Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Contains spoilers for the first mission of the running app, "Zombies, Run!'
Last night I took a "run" with the Zombies, Run! app (for Android) for the first time. I have to put run in quotes because I haven't had any kind of a run since March and that was less than a mile with short intervals. Last night, I didn't even attempt intervals- mostly because there was no battery in my GymBoss (the cover fell off during the 2011 Princess Half and I've had a naked battery compartment since then). I decided I'd just do what I felt like I could and at least walk faster than I usually do. It was such a beautiful night: just under 80 degrees, clear, sun still up but not at a blinding angle. I went to my third favorite place to run, the path around the lake behind my gym.
I missed quite a bit of the first "transmission" because I thought I had to start my music first. Couldn't figure out why Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers' version of "King Tut" sounded so... atmospheric. And I could barely hear what they were saying. Turns out that "King Tut" was playing as part of Zombies, Run! and I was *also* hearing Porno for Pyros' version of "Tonight." Not a great mashup, by the way. Actually, "King Tut," for all that it is a fun song and would probably great to run to on a regular run, really did not work for me in this context. It was the only real musical misstep. Anyway, I sorted that out, and switched off my other music player. Ah, now I can hear Sam and Dr. Myers talking to me! Time to concentrate on being "Runner 5."
The next song was a mid-temp rock song by a friend of mine. And during that time, I was chased by a "small army of zombies." Even not being speedy, I was able to outrun the undead. Then it was time to run "through a hospital." Sure, I'm in a park, but okay, we'll go with that. I didn't run at all during that part, just walked fast and listened to Owl City's "Fireflies." But then! Then I was chased by a swarm of zombies and had to run for my life! And the playlist kicked up Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll." Yeah, um, that song is really fast. And I ran faster to keep up with the beat. Too fast. I managed to run for most of the first minute as I heard the moans of the zombies chasing me, but couldn't keep it up. They caught me and I had to drop one of the items I collected to distract them. Luckily, it wasn't the mysterious CDC file I found in the hospital.
I had a radio transmission from Sam, who told me that the zombies are moving unusually fast, led by the former "Runner 5," a zombie named Alice. Then The Cure's "Close to Me" came on and I almost had to stop because I was laughing at how fitting that was. Instead, I ran as much as I could and walked the rest. Alice was gaining, but I got away. Whew! I arrived at the the survivor compound, where the guards shot down any remaining zombies who were chasing me. The song playing as I dragged my tired old body through the end of the mission? Run-D.M.C.'s "It's Tricky." Honestly, how did they get just the right songs from my playlist?
So, I have to say, I really enjoyed working out with the "Zombies, Run!" app. Hopefully, I will get in better condition before the zombies start getting faster! I did about two miles in 35 minutes. Slow, but I'm satisfied for a first run/walk in ages. I did end up somewhat convinced that there were zombies in a the trees around the parking lot, but I'm fairly sure it was just sparrows.