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Running Zombies Might Not Be a Bad Thing

Brooks Running will air an ad during Saturday’s Olympic marathon trials, though I suppose it will be a condensed version of this 3:15 epic titled “The Rundead.”

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Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - February 11, 2016 at 10:29

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From the Vault: Should Zombies Do Speedwork?

At Wired.com, they have taken up a question vital to the future of our nation: Which are more frightening, slow zombies or fast zombies?

Opinions vary, but every debate benefits from a scientific angle, such as this one, provided by “radonol”:

It seems zombies would be unable to increase (or even have) VO2 max, so speedwork wouldn’t have the same benefit for them as it would for you – so get out on the track and increase your chances for survival when the zombie apocalypse hits!

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New Heart Study Is Good News for Zombies

The running community is up in arms about an editorial to be published in the British journal Heart that claims “Running too fast, too far and for too many years may speed one’s progress toward the finish line of life.” In a story headlined, “One Running Shoe in the Grave,” the Wall Street Journal summarizes the argument:

What the new research suggests is that the benefits of running may come to a hard stop later in life. In a study involving 52,600 people followed for three decades, the runners in the group had a 19% lower death rate than nonrunners, according to the Heart editorial. But among the running cohort, those who ran a lot—more than 20 to 25 miles a week—lost that mortality advantage. Meanwhile, according to the Heart editorial, another large study found no mortality benefit for those who ran faster than 8 miles per hour, while those who ran slower reaped significant mortality benefits.

So if you have run for more than 30 years, run more than 25 miles per week, and maintain better than a 7:30 pace, you lose your “mortality advantage.” You are, however, a badass.

It is best not to get too worked up about these sorts of things in either direction. Even if Heart is correct, running fewer miles at a slower pace might decrease your mortality from heart disease while increasing it in the event of a zombie apocalypse. I’m planning to submit an editorial headlined, “One Running Shoe Out of the Grave” that will detail how the zombie horde will first eat the brains of the sedentary, then pursue this new cohort of slow, short-distance runners with extraordinarily healthy hearts. The survivors will be the faster sort of ultra-runner, plus triathletes, since I’ve never seen a zombie on a bike or attempting an open water swim.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - November 28, 2012 at 11:42

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“Too Many Zombies”

Geekdad at Wired.com has an excellent race report of the Run for Your Lives zombie 5k obstacle run in Georgia. The wet weather gave the event a real The Walking Dead vibe, since the TV show also involves zombies, Georgia, running and mud.

The general sentiment was positive and fun, but a few participants complained that there were “too many zombies.”

Suck it up, buttercup. Think of it as practical training for the coming zombie apocalypse. You can work on the academic theory part during the summer.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - March 6, 2012 at 10:39

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Sears Targets Rapidly Growing Market: Zombies

Just as fall is prime marathon season, so to is it prime zombie season. And what self-respecting zombie wants to find himself at the end of a game of zombie tag without some fresh, juicy brains? If you’re one of the walking dead, don’t get shut out for lack of speedwork. Sears is now taking care of all your retail needs, in your language! The department store chain is especially pumped to get you into the best shape of your, um, life.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - October 25, 2010 at 10:07

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Should Zombies Do Speedwork?

At Wired.com, they have taken up a question vital to the future of our nation: Which are more frightening, slow zombies or fast zombies?

Opinions vary, but every debate benefits from a scientific angle, such as this one, provided by “radonol”:

It seems zombies would be unable to increase (or even have) VO2 max, so speedwork wouldn’t have the same benefit for them as it would for you – so get out on the track and increase your chances for survival when the zombie apocalypse hits!

3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - April 16, 2010 at 11:39

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Game of Thrones Withdrawal? Try Running With “Fit for Battle”

Do you find that your mind wanders during a run? Do you sometimes wish it would wander? Now you have a choice between thinking about work and thinking about orcs.

Fit for Battle is the latest app to combine role playing games and running.

Fit For Battle has six interactive audio quests to choose from and places you as the main character and the hero of the story, where you need to run to escape from villains, dragons and goblins to survive and in turn maximise your running performance.

…Fit For Battle works to reward the runner for exercising and celebrates each story milestone. The game also takes into consideration the runner’s performance in the real world and converts that performance into part of the story. At the end of the run the amount of calories that were burned convert into gold coins in the story, which can be used to buy clothes and magical items for the virtual character each user creates.

Here’s the short video promo.

This follows in the footsteps of BattleSuit Runner and Zombies, Run! but the tech has improved markedly so your experience is likely to be more immersive. Who knows, they might next create a fitness app for platform diving.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Mike - June 29, 2016 at 09:29

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