Zombies Run 5K – Completed!

This past Sunday, I finally completed my eight weeks of training using the Zombies Run! 5K app. It felt really good to wrap it up and get ready to move on to the regular Zombies Run app.

I knew I could do the five kilometer length because I had done it before (soon after I wrote this post about my training). But one of the best things was that I also had my best pace of this training. In fact, my 18:40 min/mi pace was much better than my previous best of 19:03. And it felt good. That truly was the best part.

If you just did the math on when I started and when I finished, you may have noticed that it was longer than eight weeks. I ended up having to stop for over a month due to injury. Nothing serious, but I tried some different shoes that once again tore up my heels badly. In fact, six weeks later, I’m still having to cover my heels with large band-aids in order to be able to wear any walking shoes.

So, along with the red Fit-Bit wristband I treated myself to after completing the training, I’m also going to finally get some new walking shoes. I’ve got a recommendation for Tri-State Running in Edgewood, KY and hope to go there soon. I plan to take the two old pairs of shoes I’m currently using to show how shoes wear when I walk in them. Hopefully, they will have a solution to my heel issue. This keeps happening far too often.

I’ve purchased the regular Zombies Run! app and I was happy to see that all of my 5K training “runs” (I’m still walking) carried over to this app. I’m looking forward to starting this new program and hearing more about the adventures in Abel Township as they fight off the zombies.

Runner Five reporting for duty!

Zombies Run! App

More Thoughts on Walking and Zombies Run! 5K

Due to a bit of slacking off this weekend, I finished the fifth week of my Zombies Run! 5K training this morning. After my review of the app last week, I wanted to add a few more observations on using it as a walker.

Zombies Run 5K

1. I solved the problem I had with the app pausing over and over. Turns out the issue wasn’t the Mophie Juice Pack at all, but rather the juice pack headphone adapter. I ordered two replacement ones and they work like a pro. The old one has been pitched.

2. Because of my Chondromalacia patella, I am never going to be a runner. Even walking must be done carefully and usually combined with water aerobics.

Last year, when I was trying to use the Ease Into 5K app, I would try to walk faster when the disembodied voice told me to run. The problem was that I used up so much energy in those fast walks that trying to complete the entire workout was really difficult. One day, when the voice said to run, I said nope. And getting through the workout didn’t make me not to ever work out again.

With the Zombies Run! 5K, there are weeks where you are instructed to do heel lifts or leg lifts. While I ignored any run commands, I tried the lifts at first. But, I would lose my momentum and my pace suffered too. That’s when I realized what I really wanted to do was to build up my endurance and slowly pick up my pace.

3. So about my pace… Back when I was doing the training for Half Pig in 2009, my starting pace was about 18 min/mile and I was down about 16 min/mile after eight weeks of training. That’s when that nasty chest cold hit me hard and the few walks I had the next month were in the 17 min/mile range.

When I started doing Zombies Run! 5K, I was in the 21 min/mile range. This past week for the first time, I was under 20 min/mile for the entire week. That feels pretty good.

4. Before today’s workout, I got looking ahead to some of the future workouts. I’ve been averaging 2.66 miles in the 50-52 minutes allocated to the most recent workouts. I knew the last workout was a 5K so I wondered how much time was set for that. 51 minutes. Ouch. That means about a 16 min/mile pace. I don’t see me getting to that pace in three weeks.

But it did inspire me. Today, I concentrated on keeping my momentum up while adding on as many little side trips to me route to see how off 5K really is. Plus, when the workout was finished, I just kept walking. And I came really close. 2.98 miles or 4.8 kilometers. I can do this! Add another loop or two and I’ve got it.
So Wednesday’s workout goal is to reach 5K. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I think that’s it for now. And I’ve glad to get this written down. Even if no one else reads it, I have something to refer back to later in my training.

And if someone else does this? Hey, thanks! 🙂

— Carla

Review: Zombies Run! 5K

Last year, I tried out an app called Ease Into 5K. While it worked okay at the time, there were some things that I didn’t care for and I decided I wanted to try something else. A friend on Facebook recommended the Zombies Run! 5K app and I’m so glad she did.

Zombies Run 5K

The idea behind Zombies Run! 5K is that it puts you in the middle of a science fiction zombies story. You are being trained as one of the runners used by a post zombie apocalypse settlement in England to retrieve needed items like medicine, food and so on. The program is eight weeks long with three workouts scheduled each week. There is also an intro workout that provides you much of the exposition for the story plot. And the British accents just add to the fun for an Anglophile like me.

Zombies Run 5K Workouts

Within the app, each workout is represented by a notecard pinned on a cork board. Before you do that workout, you can see what it will involve. After you finish it, the card shows a summary of what happened during that workout and the date you completed it.

Zombies Run 5K Week 2 Workout 2       Zombies Run 5K  Heel Lift

Tapping on the workout card gives you even more information.  When there is an exercise in the workout, you are shown instructions on how to do it correctly. Then, you tap on the “Start Workout” area at the bottom and go to one more screen before starting.

Zombies Run 5K Start

This was one of the things I liked better than Ease Into 5K. You have the option of changing your playlist each workout instead of having to go to the Settings for the app to change it. The Shuffle option is really nice too. You can even choose no music if you prefer. I also appreciate the GPS check before starting.

Zombies Run 5K Log Story

After you complete the workout, you can click on the workout to see the log and story update. For more detail, synchronize your data with the Zombies Run! web site using Zombie Link. There is also information there on the more substantial training program you can use after finishing the 5K version.

Zombies Run 5K - Problem

The only problems I’ve had using Zombies Run 5K were caused by issues other than the app. As you can see above, the app kept pausing on me one day. Turned out that the problem was with the ear buds adapter I have to use when my iPhone is in the Mophie Juice Pack Plus case. By switching to another case that doesn’t require the adapter, the problem was solved.

This morning, I finished Week Five Workout One. Once I got really going with the system, I haven’t missed a single workout. The story keeps me interested and I keep walking. And that’s what really matters.

— CG