The Sunday Read: No motivation? Let zombies chase you

I’m a little old-fashioned in that I’m not keen on the current trend toward “warrior races” where pseudo military basic training is crossed with Fear Factor-style challenges (such as electric shocks). Personally, I believe it’s hard enough to run a good foot-race at the maximum edge of your ability. But, hey, if you like receiving shocks, crawling through mud and even having zombies chase you, who am I to rain on your parade?

To be sure, having the incentive of knowing that if you don’t run fast enough that a member of the walking…uh, running dead might rip open your lid and gobble the contents therein just may be enough to drive you to your personal best.

This week The Sunday Read is all about zombies, barefoot runners, Roger Bannister, gait analysis and more.

Bored of your iPod music? Then you might be a candidate for Zombies, Run! The new app written by Orange Prize-winning fiction writer, Naomi Alderman, is an audio game designed to push you through intervals and more. http://usat.ly/y4YTNe

“The runner who wins is the one whose form deteriorates the least,” says Dr. Andrew Miners, a sports injury specialist interviewed in The National Post on 3D gait analysis. http://natpo.st/w7c2Al

Barefoot running gets another boost from the upcoming documentary, The Perfect Runner, soon to air on CBC’s The Nature of Things. See the preview here: http://bit.ly/yOWYt6

But then back at the Post, we learn that the Kenyans purchase running shoes as soon as they can afford them in an article entitled The Myths & Dreams of Kenya’s Track Stars. http://natpo.st/x7C2zu

Finally, join 82-year-old Roger Bannister as he recalls breaking the four-minute mile. With the Olympics coming to London, England, speculation is that Bannister may be asked to light the ceremonial torch. http://bit.ly/xJEBVh

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About subthree

A multiple award-winning journalist, I'm currently a contributing editor with both Canadian Running and Canadian Cycling magazines. My articles have appeared in Explore, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many other magazines and newspapers. Formerly a competitive cross-country mountain biker, I switched to running in 2006. I've run seven marathons, qualifying for Boston five times (and which I've run once). Generally, I've placed or won in my age group in races, in distances ranging from five and 10 kms to half and full marathons. I've also taught spin classes at a number of leading Eastern Canadian gyms. Sub-three was a 2012 #Runchat finalist for Best Overall Blog.
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