Zombies, Run! 5k Training is an 8-week training program and audio adventure for beginners that’ll improve your fitness so you can run a 5km distance.
We give you clear and detailed instructions about when to walk, jog, run and stretch, building up your confidence and stamina over 25 workouts - combined with a gripping story delivered straight to your headphones.
(If you already have running experience, check out our “Zombies, Run!” app with extra features including 400 more missions, Zombie Chase interval training, a base-building game, and more!)
Zombies, Run! 5k Training is from the creators of Zombies, Run! (Six to Start & Naomi Alderman), the world’s most popular smartphone fitness game with 5 million players worldwide.
Featured by the New York Times, BBC, Time, Wired, and Runner's World!
WHAT PLAYERS SAY ABOUT ZOMBIES, RUN!
“This app is amazing. It gets me wanting to go for a run, it’s not exercise anymore, it’s pure entertainment.”
“Keeps me entertained and actually makes me want to stay out running longer. Love it!”
“This app is a work of genius - I finally have a reason to run!!
EXPERTLY-DESIGNED 5K TRAINING PROGRAM
Devised by Julia Jones and Shauna Reid of Up and Running e-courses, this 8-week, 25 workout training program combines awesome storytelling with expert training know-how. Using this app isn’t just good for you - it’s also amazingly exciting!
GET FIT AND BECOME A HERO
You’re Runner 5, a vital member of one of the last outposts of humanity at Abel Township. During 25 workouts, you’ll be trained to help find supplies and protect the town from the ever-encroaching horde of the shambling dead, in a story written by award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman. You’ll learn about the characters, and you’ll have a vital mission of your own to train for and complete. Once your training is complete, you’ll be in the perfect place to continue the story as the hero in Zombies, Run!
PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS
Everything about Zombies, Run! 5k Training is designed for beginner runners: clear and detailed workout instructions, a gentle learning curve, and importantly, we don’t make any zombies chase you until you’re ready!
UNLOCK THE STORY
Unlock all workouts for unlimited play by subscribing to the Abel Runner's Club!
YOUR OWN SOUNDTRACK
Choose your own music before you start running: the story unfolds in during your tracks through a series of dynamic radio messages and voice recordings. Play your music from Spotify, Apple, Music, Pandora, Google Play Music, and we'll mix it with our story!
STATS & PROGRESS REPORTS
View split-time graphs and stats for your running and game progress!
VIEW YOUR RUNS ONLINE WITH ZOMBIELINK
Check your running stats and view and share your maps with our ZombieLink website, all in a beautiful and easy-to-use interface!
SYNCS WITH APPLE HEALTH
Your workouts will sync to Apple Health and your Activity Rings, and we can also use your Weight to better calculate calorie burn.
ALREADY PLAYED ZOMBIES, RUN!?
Zombies, Run! 5k Training takes place between Mission 1 and Mission 2 of Season 1, so it’s a fantastic way to experience 24 all-new missions about how Runner 5 first trained up with Sam, Doctor Myers, and the rest of Abel Township to become a valued Runner.
Subscriptions are $5.99 USD/month or $34.99 USD/year. Subscriptions will be charged to your iTunes account after your confirmation of purchase.
Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You can go to your iTunes Account Settings to manage your subscription and turn off auto-renew. Cancellation of the current active subscription period is not allowed.
Requires iOS 9+. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
Follow us at @zombiesrungame and visit zombiesrungame.com
BIG NEWS, RUNNER 5: If you're a subscriber to the Abel Runner's Club (via Zombies, Run!) you can now unlock full access to ZR 5K Training for free!
Already unlocked all the workouts in ZR 5K? Don't worry, nothing's changed – you still have access and you'll never need to subscribe.
I'M A SUBSCRIBER, HOW DOES IT WORK?
1. Open up Zombies, Run! on the phone you're subscribed on.
2. Sync to ZombieLink. This should happen automatically but you can manually sync by going to More > ZombieLink.
3. Open ZR 5K Training and sign in to ZombieLink (you may need to go to More > ZombieLink).
4. Everything in the app will magically unlock!
Check blog.zombiesrungame.com for the full details!
Ratings and Reviews
Good for beginners or former athletes looking to get back in shape
The stability issues other reviews have mentioned seem to have been fixed. This is a good couch to 5 k program with a gradual ramp up and a fun story that keeps you coming back. There is a lot of unstructured “free form run” time (you decide how much to run or walk)which allows it to be a good program for all levels of starting fitness, but also structured drills that guide you to keep improving each week. I’m halfway through and gotten to the point where I’m jogging the whole time for the (5-15 minute) free form runs, my blood pressure is down 20 points, and my pants are getting loose. I used to HATE running but this makes it fun!
Would be good... if it worked.
I did the intro run and everything ran smoothly. I’m not really into zombie stories but I was enjoying the characters, voice acting, etc. Then I started the Week 1 Day 1 run, and it worked great... up until the very end. Just as I was finishing the run, my entire phone restarted. No data was saved. I was frustrated, but I’d finished the run, so I went on to the next day’s run a few days later. Started the initial walk, and then wondered why the scientist was silent when it had certainly been 10 minutes. Checked my phone to find the app had crashed. I restarted the app and started the run again, but there was no way to skip forward past the parts I’d already completed (a feature in the last C25K app I was using). On top of that, it wouldn’t even finish the intro before the app crashed again.
On top of the crashes, the app is an enormous drain on my battery. The previous C25K app I used did not have that problem.
It’s a good app in theory... but I can’t use an app that crashes like this. If the devs fixed the crash problems, they’d have a great app, and I’d have fun. But until this is fixed, I’m going to have to go back to my other C25K app.
A little buggy but I can get over it
I really enjoy the original Zombies, Run app and decided to buy the 5k app to improve my running as it’s pretty poor. I ended up buying the full version so I could do all of the missions, which I probably wouldn’t have done if I knew it was going to become so buggy after the fourth week. The timer doesn’t always work right, so I’m stuck unlocking my phone to force it to the next segment if I wonder how long it’s been. It’s almost like the game times out and doesn’t give you the prompts to run or walk. Once I turn on my phone though, it will “catch up” and give me ALL the prompts at once. It isn’t normally more than an inconvenience since it removes one cycle from my workout, but my runs routinely go 15-20 minutes over the time they should now, which I have to account for so I’m not late for work in the morning.
- Six to Start
- 326.6 MB
- Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear Themes
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © Six to Start and Naomi Alderman
- In-App Purchases
- Unlock All Workouts $3.99
- Abel Runner's Club $34.99
- Abel Runner's Club $5.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.