So far, the app Zombies, Run! has transformed my runs from ordinary to Holy sh*t! Zombies… run! in the very best way possible. Whether I’m running under moody skies in my (usually boring) neighborhood or in brilliant sunshine on the hike & bike trail around the lake, Zombies, Run! makes every workout more fun — and mildly terrifying.
Today, I tested it on Playa Grande here in Costa Rica. It was TOTALLY AWESOME FREAKIN’ FUN OHMYGOD SO FUN.
I ran barefoot on the packed sand. I ran in the shallow water, letting it splash up my legs and cool my feet. I leapt over shells. I stopped to pick up special shells to add to my collection. I sprinted from zombs… twice! All the while, keeping my eyes on the goal: the big rock situated to the northwest of our house.
Here are a few snaps from my running adventures:
This is the aforementioned big rock. Just as I was approaching it and was feeling a little overheated and like maybe I just really didn’t want to run anymore — like, maybe I should just let the zombs get me on the next interval — my iPod helpful served up “Ace of Spades” and “Stronger” by Kanye West (Yes, he’s a giant jerk, but that is my most favorite workout song ever. I just pretend I don’t know who sings that song when I listen to it. “Oh! I like this song. I wonder who that is?)
Today was the first time I ever ran barefoot, and I loved it! It felt very natural, and I felt super connected to what was happening with my feet and ankles in a good way. Plus, there’s the added fun of being able to splash in the water. I’m not sure I’d love it on other surfaces, but the beach? Brilliant!
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