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The First (unofficial) Medicine X walk & run

MedX Walk Run Stanford’s Medicine X is a workout for your brain. For those who want to workout their bodies too, now you have an option. Here’s an unofficial Med X walk run option.

As a reminder, the conference begins at 8:00 am sharp. Breakfast is offered starting at 7:00 am. Many runners eat breakfast before their run. But, do keep the conference schedule in mind when considering your walking or running pace. Since this is unofficial and loosely organized, you are welcome to start a route earlier - we'll find you out there!

  • When Saturday September 28, 2013 starting at 5:00 am and 6:00 am (depending on distance).
  • Where Each distance starts from the Palo Alto Sheraton which is next door to the Westin.
  • Who anyone interested in walking, run-walking, or running before Saturday’s sessions.
  • Meet Nick Dawson and others at 5:00 am or 6:00 am outside the Sheraton
  • But I’m not a runner! Don’t worry! We’ve got a plan for everyone.

Med X is about community, participation and health. There is no pressure to walk or run at a certain pace. Whether you prefer a slow stroll or a brisk run, the goal is to spend some time together outside to wake up our bodies in preparation for waking our brains.

Routes and Distances The routes and distance options start with the longest, so the crazies among us can get in some miles and the more sane can sleep in a bit longer.

The entire course map can be found here.

11 Miles

The course for the 11 mi option Starts at the Palo Alto Sheraton at 4:50 am. We’ll head out around Palo Alto, following the linked route (above) in reverse order. We’ll run along the creek and then through neighborhoods and past some parks. We’ll join the 1mi, 3mi and 5mi groups as we loop past the Sheraton.

5 Miles

The course for the 5 mi option Starts at the Palo Alto Sheraton at 6:00 am. We’ll join the 3mi and 1mi group and head out towards the stadium. We’ll make a loop up Palm Drive and then head around the Medical Center before heading back towards the hotel.

3 Miles (5K)

The course for the 3.2mi/5k option Starts at the Palo Alto Sheraton at 6:00 am. We’ll join the 1mi and 5mi groups and head out towards Stanford’s iconic football stadium. We’ll head up the famous Palm Drive and around the Medical Center to complete a loop down football Rd back towards the hotels.

1 Mile

The course for the 1 mi option Starts at the Palo Alto Sheraton at 6:00 am. The 1mi route will visit the Stanford football stadium and beautiful entrance to campus along Palm Drive.

The zombies are coming, are you fit enough to outrun them?

You are "Runner 5" set out on a mission to collect supplies and accomplish different objectives in a post-apocalyptic world... that involves the occasional zombie chase.

I think we all knew it would come to this one day. Zombies. Frankly, you can't say we haven't been warned. The CDC published the official Zombie Pandemic preparedness 101 guide in 2011. If you're    ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency.    emergency.cdc.gov

We don't know much about zombies. For instance, why do they want to eat brains? In my omnivore days, I did love sautéed calf's brains on toast with lemon caper butter. Are zombies just misguided gourmands? Possibly. However,I for one, am considerably less sympathetic to being the host of their locally sourced human offal delights.

What's to be done? Sure you can stock up on shotguns, barricade yourself in the hollow shell of a run down building and go all Mad Max on anything that moves. Me? I'm more of the out run and out last sort.

Admittedly, that raises the question: Can I outrun the zombies?

That's the premise of Zombies, RUN!, a new smartphone app designed to help encourage cardio fitness. Users fire up their phones and an audio story unfolds that starts with you, Runner 5, being chased by zombies. Along your mission, audio queues prompt you to zig down one street, or zag down another to collect supplies like water or toilet paper. Run too slowly, or not far enough and the zombies get your brains.

I haven't been this excited about a health related app in a long time. What a brilliant innovation on the gameification of health and behavior - add an interactive, fantasy layer.

For years, I've heard techies and entrepreneurs propose games where people with chronic conditions give away their health maintenance data in exchange for points, badges or real world stuff. Post your blood glucose readings and win an xbox... I find ideas like those condescending at best, teetering on malicious.

Zombies, RUN! is different. This is a way to trigger behavior change by upping one's motivation through a fictional, fun story. The end goal here, besides selling an app, is just fitness.

This also ushers in an entirely new concept for video games - ones where you actually work. This isn't pushing buttons, swiping your finger on a screen or flicking the Wimote around. You actually have to run. How interactive is that?!

Will Zombies, RUN live up to my expectations? We'll have to wait until February 27th to find out. But you can count on one thing... I'll be out there with my running shoes on collecting supplies for those of us who survive the zombie apocalypse! (And, assuming this blog is still running, I'll report back what I think of the app).

Here's the NPR storie with the game's creator:

via The New Running Game Where 'Zombies' Chase You : NPR.

Here is the creator's promo video: