I haven’t tried this yet, because I, uh, left my running shoes in Norway, but Zombies, Run is certainly an amazing concept. It’s a running app for your phone that sets you in a story: 100 metres into your run you hear ZOMBIES CHASING YOU! You have to escape them, and pick up medicines and other supplies before returning home where you can log in and use your collected supplies. Apparently there’s a story being narrated as well, and the more missions (or runs/workouts) you complete the more the story develops.

I suppose Endomondo and Runkeeper slightly gamify your workouts, but this is taking it to a whole new level!

4 thoughts on “Turn your workouts into zombie adventures

  1. Gaute

    Sounds like the perfect way to train for this: http://runforyourlives.com/

  2. Linn

    The story is getting frightfully exciting actually. Makes me want to run more so that I can hear the rest of the narrative!

  3. Jill

    I wonder if it could be called electronic literature? I must get myself new running shoes and find out : )

  4. Lauren

    Yay, they are working on an Android version too.

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