Lance Armstrong Wins Ironman 70.3 Hawaii
This is the best running app ever! I basically have a month to get summer body mode. Week zero starts today.
The New Running Game Where ‘Zombies’ Chase YouFebruary 19, 2012
The new iPhone app called “Zombies, RUN!” is not your standard running game.
It’s designed to encourage folks, such as say, video gamers, who aren’t usually associated with exercise to take up running.
British writer Naomi Alderman, who is a gamer herself as well as an Orange-award winning novelist, came up with the idea for “Zombies, RUN!” while in a class for amateur runners she tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Mary-Louise Kelly.
“The start of the course they said to us, “Why do you want to learn how to run?” and one woman said, “I want to be able to out run the zombie hoarde,” Alderman explains. “Then I thought, ‘Ahh, this would be a good idea for a game.’”
In 2011, Alderman teamed up with the games studio Six to Start in London to brainstorm around the idea. They launched a Kickstarter page in September to gain support for their project. Their original goal was $12,500 but by the time the fundraising ended they’d raised $72,627 making it the biggest video game project on Kickstarter in 2011. “Zombies, RUN!” will be available for download February 27th.
The premise of “Zombies, RUN!” is simple: you are “Runner 5” set out on a mission to collect supplies and accomplish different objectives in a post-apocalyptic world. The app takes you through 13 audio missions, all which feature an ongoing story that you are an active part of and that involves the occasional zombie chase.
And what happens if the zombies catch you?
“The first time they catch you it’s just gonna say “The zombie has caught you,” but after a number of times that they catch you then you have failed this mission and you have to start the mission again which means more running so, you know, good for your heart,” Alderman says, laughing.
2012 London Marathon Nike LunarGlide+ 3 x Mark Ward
To celebrate this year’s London Marathon, Nike has teamed up with artist Mark Ward to create graphics for this year’s special London edition of the Nike LunarGlide+ 3, part of the city pack collection of nine shoes highlighting major marathons around the world.
Bonk: To suddenly lose energy during a race, often due to going out too fast in the beginning. Also known as “hitting the wall.”
Chip: A timing device built into your race bib number or attached to your shoe that clocks exactly when you cross the start and finish lines. Sometimes referred to as a D-tag.
Chub rub: Painful chafing caused by upper thighs rubbing together.
Fartlek: A silly-sounding Swedish word meaning “speed play.” This is a kind of running workout that incorporates irregular bursts at various speeds.
Lactate threshold: The intensity at which lactic acid begins to accumulate in the body, causing fatigue. This threshold can be raised with regular training.
Negative split: A phrase used to describe when a runner completes the second half of a run or race faster than the first half.
Overuse injury: An injury that occurs from running too hard, too frequently, or not allowing enough recovery time.
PR: Your “personal record” or best time for a distance. Also known as “PB” (personal best).
Rest day: A day free from running or any structured workout.
Speedwork: A hard workout, often performed at a track, which includes fast-paced intervals or sprints.
Tempo run: A moderately difficult workout in which a runner sustains a comfortably hard effort (e.g. half marathon pace) for an extended period of time.
**Definitions found in Women’s Running magazine Jan/Feb 2012 issue. “Runner’s Dictionary” image by chasefear.
Various distances in miles:
400 meters: 1/4 mile
800 meters: 1/2 mile
1200 meters: 3/4 mile
1600 meters: 1 mile
5K: 3.1 miles
10K: 6.2 miles
Half marathon: 13.1 miles
Marathon: 26.2 miles
Ultramarathon: Anything longer than 26.2 miles
Tough Mudder: Kinda of fun