Journey To the Finish Line

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zombies run

Life With Twins – Week 7

My apologies for being late on this update (again). Between internet issues that seemed to always occur when I had the time to blog and some baby fussiness (more on that next week) I’m running horribly behind.

Its been a pretty cool week this week – both Abby and Miles have started cooing and “talking” more. They’ve also both had more consistent social smiles. In fact, I was singing to miss Abby a couple of days ago and she smiled at me in response. If it were possible I would have died from the cute. Both babies have added a consonant to their vocabulary, sometime cooing “ah-gaaa” or “ah – goo”. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get a recording of this yet. Miss Abby still spits decent amounts inconsistently and I’ve basically given up trying to figure out what causes it because as soon as I think I have it figured out something changes. At this point as long as shes gaining weight, doesn’t seem to be in pain or showing signs of dehydration I’m just resigning myself to more laundry. Whatever. It gives me an excuse to wash the new supportive sports bras I have to have in order to keep The Boobs in control.

We had a visit from an old friend this week who I hadn’t seen in 12 years. My family hosted her as an exchange student when I was a Freshman in high school – almost 20 years ago. Sheesh….Anyway she and her husband are from Finland and took a trip over here to tour the south east part of the US this summer. They spent a night with us and met the babies.

On my side I’m back to working out regularly again and its been really nice, and good for my sanity. I’m up to running 3 consecutive miles using my fun Zombies, Run app though my time could use some work :). I’m getting ready to register for my comeback 5k in August. I’d love to eventually run another marathon but no plans in the works for that yet. I’m contemplating registering for the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon (a half marathon) mid October depending on how mileage goes in the next few weeks.

I got an email explaining my bullet issue and so we are going to give this a trial run:

  • Ok bullets, its you and me. Who is going to win it this time?
  • Our visitors give us cool new sunglasses and we sport them like champs.
I'm, like, important and stuff
I’m, like, important and stuff
I'm too cool for this nonsense
I’m too cool for this nonsense
  • HA! Its working!
  • Babies start sleeping in slightly longer stretches (3.5-4 hrs vs 3) – WOO HOO!
  • The Boobs aren’t used to this and start to go wacko again (sigh)
  • Miles parties a little too hard
I'm not as think as you drunk I am
I’m not as think as you drunk I am
  • Abby sports mama’s favorite outfit and has the cute face to go with it
  • Miles insists on showing off his rolls again. Its ok with mom though because it gives me good ammo to show all his friends once he turns 16 or so
This is how I roll
This is how I roll
  • In case you couldn’t tell we also phased out his newborn clothes this week and he is officially wearing 0-3 months. Miss Abby’s newborn diapers are being phased out as well.

Aaaand this week by the numbers:

  • You’ve got your hands full: 2 (I didn’t go out much myself this week – somehow when Bryan is with me it apparently looks as though our hands are less full)
  • Total miles run this week: 9
  • Total consecutive miles: 3.1
  • Fastest time: 30:09
  • Ounces of milk in my freezer: about 220 (Oreos anyone?)

Zombies, Run (no really, run!)

As a fairly frequent (though others might call it obsessive) runner, I’m always interested in new ways to keep myself entertained while plugging away at the miles.

Music is generally my top choice, but gets old after awhile. I found audio books to be quite entertaining, particularly for long runs. The problem is, they are also quite expensive ($20+ a piece…. I mean I like Cynthia Nixon but I’d rather pay less for a non celebrity to read me my book, thanks). Running with others is another great idea, but not always possible. Then there is my brain, and while we all know that I am just so highly entertaining, sometimes I’m running to escape my brain, not tune into it. Unfortunately, running entertainment is fairly limited, as its not really possible to carry much. I suppose I could watch TV, but that would mean I’d have to run on a treadmill, and I LOATHE (not hate, loathe) treadmills.

A few weeks ago, a fellow runner posted a facebook status that read something like this:

Just completed a 7.72 km run playing Zombies, Run!: collected 17 supplies, outran 3 zombie mobs

Intrigued, I inquired about said strange facebook status, and was told that this was a game as I expected. BUT, you could only play it WHILE running.

I have to admit that the price ($7.99) held me off on the purchase for a bit, even after said friend blogged about the game himself.

Finally I decided I was being silly and just bought the thing. How could something called Zombies, run! not be cool?

The game itself it quite simple, really. (And if you haven’t guessed, is an Iphone app – I am not sure if it is made on Android apps or not). You slide to run – you start the mission, and you run. The GPS keeps track of your distance and pace, so all you have to worry about is running. The story is played directly to you through your headphones, and during the game it will play you music from your ITunes if you choose. I have to say that the story line and characters are a bit cheesy, but luckily none of the characters speak long enough to cause an annoyance.

Basically, you’re in a plane full of supplies – I can’t remember where you are headed. You’re hit and crash and spend the first part of the mission running towards safety in Abel Township – and away from zombies. As you go, you pick up supplies. If you choose to allow “zombie chases” during your run, you’ll hear a voice telling you “zombies detected”, and even hear grunting and growling through your headphones. Your job is to speed up to evade the zombies.  It’s forced interval training, and thoroughly entertaining. I stupidly caught myself checking behind me to see if anything was chasing me the first time.

I had planned on a 5 mile run and was slightly disappointed when I realized the mission was over after about 3. However, the game still runs, playing you your music through “zombie radio”. You still pick up supplies and you can still be chased. After I finished I checked the settings and realized you can make missions 30 min or 1 hour. It could be a slight annoyance if you’re trying for more than 6 miles, because you’re either basically just going to listen to your music when your done or you’re going to have to stop to end the mission and re-start another one. Annoying if you’re trying to tract time, but the game saves your info, so not too difficult to figure out. As you run more, you collect more stuff and unlock more missions. Can’t beat that.

Moral of the story?

If you like to run, own an I-phone (or ipod touch I would imagine), have a sense of humor and a spare $8, buy it.

Zombies detected 🙂

(this is not any kind of paid endorsement – I’m not cool enough to get asked to do things like that)

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