Day 3

•Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:20:05 +0000 • Leave a Comment

Oh god why am i doing this? Day three of a mile a day and my legs are beginning to remind me about their predilection for muscle strain and disjointing. Left knee was having some issues initially and then i had general fatigue for the rest of the walk. Time was 20mins 19 seconds exactly (from my front door to the bottom of my stairs). I think i have a nice route worked out now for my dead on 1mile distance.

Linky –

I need to start going on walks more during the day or at least early morning so i can go up to the park. (Because going to a park at 9pm at night is suicidal). I had a 1.5 mile and 2 mile route worked out before but it’s a lot hillier than the one i have been doing which is nigh on flat for this area. Might take the day off tomorrow, or maybe just do a short jaunt to the shops and back.

My goal is really only to walk 5 days a week and then increase my distance/time, so having monday off won’t hurt. Uhh The other thing i noticed which sucked was walking today’s route at 9pm meant i went past every single takeaway in my local area and it made me suuuuper hungry for junk.

Yep, generally it. I want to keep up the mile minimum for a week before i push the distance. I’m also going to try and do a hillier route just to get myself ready for that again. Most of my 9.5mile is flat but it always helps to work out other areas.


The actual Challenge

•Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:03:40 +0000 • Leave a Comment

So. 9.5 miles is a pretty specific distance. It is actually the (approximate) distance from my front door to my mum’s front door in the next city over. Google maps says that at the average walking time (around 20mins/mile)  it will take about 3 and a half hours.

I decided that it would be my personal goal to walk from my house to my mum’s house by the end of the year. Even if that means i’m walking down a motorway at 9pm on December 31st.

This is the reason behind this blog. Because damn if i need the motivation and accountability. And i don’t particularly want to be walking down a motorway at 9pm on the last day of the year having not walked more than a mile, or even not walked at all for days/weeks beforehand.

I have a couple of apps that i would be using to help me train but one is actually slightly glitched right now but they’re working on it. Both are made by SixToStart and are worth all the money they ask for.

The one that is having issues is called The Walk. The idea is you walk around with your phone in your bag or pocket and it unlocks sound clips that tells a story that you can listen to later (or set to play as you unlock them).  There are also missions that involve you drawing a route on a map and you have 24hrs to walk the distance you’ve put down to “beat” the mission. Sadly, there are some issues with the tracking on some phones, one of which is mine. I’ve been in contact with the developers a couple of times and they’ve said that the issue is being worked on but they’re having to redesign the whole interface so it’s taking a while. It sucks since it’s a paid app and there’s no way to progress past the mission to get the rest of the content. The story seems really engaging too from the two story missions i played before i encountered the glitch.


The second app, and one i would wholeheartedly recommend, is Zombies, Run! – You can use this app while walking, while on a treadmill, while running etc. There are a bunch of tracking options but i usually go by GPS. You are a survivor of the Zombie apocalypse and you end up in a place called Abel Township as their Runner 5. You go on awesome story missions which play as audio clips between your music. (One advantage over the Walk which is silent) There are currently three seasons of content out (Season three is still going as of this post.) I own all of Season One and all of Season Two, plus the side missions they introduced in Seasons 2.

The side missions don’t follow the main story plot and often involve a singular objective such as acting as a decoy.

There are also distance challenges that occur between S1 and S2 (you get 5k, 10k and 20k for free but have to pay for the second set). I’m planning on listening to the 20k one… or possibly doing the 5k and then 10k since my 9.5mile goal is almost dead on 15k.

There are also “supplies” you pick up as you’re walking/running and for every mission you complete you get a set number of resources. You use these to expand and upgrade your base in-game. You’d be surprised how easy it is to want to try and walk for another five minutes if you’re one supply short of an upgrade.

There are a bunch of other features and content that they are constantly evolving such as supply runs (just gives you supplies) race missions etc. The story combined with the base building aspect is pretty cool and great at giving you motivation to move your butt.

There is also one very special feature i haven’t mentioned and that’s zombie chases. I have them off (because i’m walking) but during the story there are certain points where zombies can either be triggered by the audio clip (the first mission has something like five) or they just trigger randomly as the story progresses. You have to increase your speed by at least 10% (it averages based on your tracking method) or you lose supplies and have the shame of knowing you just got your ass eaten.


So that’s it! I’m going to be working my way through the rest of Season 2 of Zombies Run for my training, hopefully increasing my times and distance over the next couple of months. Wish me luck.

Day 2

•Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:37:07 +0000 • Leave a Comment

Because who cares about Day 1?

Actually i just (in the last half an hour) decided to do this blog as a personal accountability thing.

Day 1:

I walked into town to do the big weekly shop. Here’s my route

I did the mile in just over 20mins with a sit down break while i debated if i wanted to do the shop in the closer Iceland. With traffic taken into account, that’s still slower than my “usual” time, despite not having done my walks for a few months.

My fastest mile was approx 16mins, my average is around 18 minutes. (25 minutes plus is where i started over a year ago when i first started using Zombies, Run!)


Day 2:

I waited until late in the day due to laziness but i really wanted to try and get back into a routine.

Again, i stopped in a shop (got some apples and carrots as snack food). My mile mark was around 17mins which is fantastic considering i was in a shop for about 4 of that. There is a significant glitch where i crossed a road and the GPS suddenly teleported me half way up the road and back in less than a second which may have affected my distance a little bit.


Tomorrow is Gaming day so i’m either going to do a shorter walk late in the day (8pm or after) or take the day off. My eventual goal is to build up my stamina and endurance again where going two miles is easy and doesn’t make my entire body feel 80 years old. (fucking joint problems).