Zombies Run! 5K – Attempting to get fit

Zombies 5k Zombies Run 5K 8211 Attempting to get fit

Andrzej Marczewski

Gamification Expert, author, consultant and designer. I love to write about it, talk about it and bore people to death with it! If you really want to get to know me, check out the About page.

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  1. I’ve been using Zombies, Run since it first came out. Back then I couldn’t even run or jog a full lap around a track! I started using the regular ZR walking on the treadmill and the track. The ZR 5K was the one that got me running though so you’ve made a great choice by starting with that one. ZR is more fun running than walking. πŸ™‚

    I too hated running. Never did it. Never wanted to do it. Now I run for fun. I even did a half marathon! I would never have believed that I would ever do that much less want to! I lost about 45lbs and have kept it off for about two years now. I wrote about the process as I looked at how motivation works with gamification: http://www.educatoral.com/wordpress/2013/12/01/gaming-and-motivation/

    Cheers to you, Andrzej! I never really cared for zombies and I hated running and now I love both! ZR really works. πŸ™‚

    • Awesome stuff. I must admit it is a struggle, having some issues with my knees – but I will prevail!!

      • I hear you on that one. I had knee pains but my worst issues were my calves. Both injured to the point where I needed months of physical therapy. Then, after I managed to get back into running after healing both calves, I had some really bad ankle sprains, one took 6 months to heal all the way! And I’m still running! In the zombie apocalypse, you can’t stop running no matter what! πŸ™‚

  2. Interesting focus on narrative. Would be good to different impacts (pace, heart rate, co-op) making a difference on the narrative outcomes.

    Also try one of the zombie role plays that have cropped up as I’m pretty confident that running from *actual* zombies will improve your fitness πŸ˜‰ (as well as the experience)

    • In the full version of Zombies Run! There are more elements. So for instance each run has a new section of the very large narrative. As you run, you collect items that can be used back at your base. After the run, you spend a few minutes building up your based (defences, medical facilities etc). Also, you can set it to have random chases. All of a sudden the comma person starts yelling at you to run faster and you start to hear the zombies getting closer. If you fail to outrun them, you lose some of the items you have collected.

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