Next time you see a group of runners hurdling cars and pushing pedestrians aside…. You will know that they are probably just on their “Zombie Interval”. This app definitely looks like a good way to add a bit of fun into your next workout.
If your standard running routine needs an adrenaline boost, maybe flesh-eating zombies will do the trick. An app called Zombies, Run!, is a narrated game where real-world runners must out run zombies and collect supplies to keep themselves and their fellow humans alive — and the only way to do that, is to hit the pavement.
“When you’re out running, you’ll occasionally get chased by zombies and you’ll need to speed up in response over the next minute,” said the app’s co-creator Adrian Hon.
“That’s very much like interval training, which is one of the best ways to get fit and to improve cardio. But it’s incredibly hard to make yourself do it because it’s painful. But when you’re being chased by zombies, well that’s another thing,” he said.
“You hear the sound of the gates of the base you live in going up and someone says, ‘The gates are broken — we’ve got an emergency’ and suddenly the megaphone goes on and tells you to report to the gate immediately ‘Go, go, go!'”, said Hon about the beginning of mission three.
“Every time I hear it, I still speed up. And it puts a smile on my face because I think ‘OK, let’s go for it'” he said.
Created in conjunction with award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman, the motivation for the app was to use the power of storytelling to make running more entertaining and motivating.