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Twosday: Running

New pairs of running shoes purchased in the last week:

  1. New Balance Minimus: When I bought the Muddy Monk Season Pass for this year, I went out and bought a pair of trail running shoes.  Except for the blister I got when I made the mistake of wearing them for the first time at a race, they have been awesome shoes.  However, they’re kind of heavy, and as I discovered during the Muddy Monk Double Down (which I’m just now realizing I never posted the recap for…) they are extremely heavy when soaking wet.
    minimus I ran in them on Saturday, and I’m happy with them so far.
  2. Vibrams: I’m pretty skeptical of the whole barefoot running movement, but that does mean I haven’t been curious about these creepy toe shoes.  So when my friend Scott posted a link to Vibrams for $30 at the REI Outlet website, I couldn’t pass them up.  I’m not willing to spend $80 – $90 to give these shoes a try, but $30 I can handle.  I actually really want to wear them for the Warrior Dash in June, and if that works out, Pretty Muddy in September.
    vibrams I should get these on Wednesday or Thursday.

Signs I might have a racing problem:

  1. I signed up for two races on the same day, and then I nearly did it again.
  2. I’m signed up for 4 races in the month of June.  This would be one every weekend except the Run for Boston 5K and Warrior Dash are in the same weekend.  I’m hopeful I will survive.

Running apparel I’m lusting after:

  1. This Better Than Naked running jacket from The North Face: I really need a spring/ fall running jacket that is wind and water resistant, but I’m cheap.  I have a hard time spending $130 on any article of clothing – let alone a running jacket that will be used pretty sporadically.  However, it just so happens I have a birthday coming up and parents who love me dearly.  As such, this jacket will soon be mine.
  2. A pair of running shorts that are comfortable!  I hate shorts.  I just don’t find them comfortable to wear – physically that is – it’s not a self conscious thing.  I hate the feeling of fabric bunched up in my unmentionables area.  Last week I bought what can only be described as hot pants from Old Navy in hopes that those would be better than typical running shorts.  They’re better, but I’m still not a fan.  I might just have to accept that shorts just aren’t in the cards for me.

Races I’m REALLY looking forward to:

  1. Run for Boston 5K – I’m just so amazed by the people from Chicago Running Bloggers and Muddy Monk and their efforts in getting this race organized and publicized and sponsored.  Today the Chicago Tribune ran an article about the race.
  2. Zooma Women’s Race Half Marathon – I actually never had any intention of running this race until last week when Mindy tweeted about coming to Chicago to run it.  I decided to run with her and to make this a goal race.  Mindy is speedier than me (though not insanely so) so I’m hoping she can help pace me to a PR

Other Running Related Items to Note:

  1. I created a new/ updated running page.  I realized I’ve been pretty terrible about writing race recaps and even keeping track of the races I’ve run and my finish times.  Thank god for the interwebs,  I was able to find the majority of my times online.
    1B.  I imported all the posts from my old blog Girl Can.  When I originally started Running in Chucks, I wanted a clean slate, but I also missed being able to link to old content – particularly running related content like race recaps and my marathon training posts.
  2. I started tracking my work-outs on Daily Mile again.  I prefer the RunKeeper app to the Daily Mile compatible app I’ve started using, but I missed the community of Daily Mile.  I also missed the blog widget – lame I know.  We’ll see.  I may just use both.

Zombies, Run!

It’s possible I’ve never mentioned this before, but I’m pretty nerdy. I would die to travel in the TARDIS. Dystopian fiction is my jam. I played World of Warcraft, a lot, for about three years. If I has more time, I’d play way more videogames.  (I’ve been longing to finish Bioshock…) I spend my Friday nights playing tabletop games with friends. (I call board games tabletop games.) And not just your mainstream games like Apples to Apples and CatchPhrase. We might have once played a Dungeons and Dragons board game…

I know. You’re all shocked. I just seem so cool on this blog. Anyway…

It could probably go without saying anything that combines my love of fantasy and gaming with my love of running is pretty much a winner in my book.

Enter, Zombies, Run!


A friend if mine told me about this app a year or so ago. At the time it was only available on iPhone, but it sounded so cool that I anxiously awaited it’s release on Android. I downloaded it the day it released. It’s kind of pricey ($7.99), but so far it has been worth every dime. (And I’m not one to actually purchase a lot of apps.  I’ll deal with the ads in the free versions.) I’m actually only 50% done with the game, but the story is just so good. I really can’t believe how well written this app is.

Without giving much of the story away, you are cast as “Runner 5” after ending up in survivor camp, Abel Township. Your job is to complete various missions collecting supplies and helping to solve the cause of the zombie plague that has overtaken much of the world. The mission storylines are intermingled with songs from your own playlists.

Each mission runs about 30 minutes, but the app also has a 60 minute settinig. You also have the option to turn on zombie chases which adds some intervals in which you have to speed up to escape a zombie hot on your trail.

You can also allocate the supplies you collect to build up the various areas of the township – hospital, armoury, etc. This is where the gamer in me gets excited, leveling my base.  This can be done via the app or through the ZombieLink portal which is pretty cool.  You can review storylines and your run data on the website.

Right now I’m only completing about a mission a week because, aside from just not running very much, I’m so torn between wanting to know how this all ends and wanting to drag out my zombie entertainment as long as possible! Luckily, they are releasing a second installment in the spring.

And I’m totally aware this post reads like a (or rather the world’s worst) sales pitch, but I assure you the people behind Zombies, Run had nothing to do with this post.  They have no idea I exist. I just wanted to share one of my all time favorite apps with you guys. This is the time of year when motivation starts to thin, and there’s nothing like a good storyline to keep me moving. Oh, and they apparently have a 5K training app now if the lack of zombies in the Couch to 5K is a total dealbreaker for you.

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