The Apocalypse Walk

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know by now I’m into apocalypse training. Most people would call it a fitness regime, but for me it is most definitely about not being too fat, too slow, too weak to survive.

To that end, I have made a decision.  At least once a week, every week, I am going on an Apocalypse Walk to get myself ready- and I want YOU to join me.

Yes, you.

What makes the Apocalypse Walk different from normal walking?

A number of things. First and foremost, the Apocalypse Walk is specifically designed to increase your chances of survival. It will increase strength and stamina and stop your bitching. Now, I’m NOT  a doctor or a fitness instuctor: Before beginning the walk I suggest you take advice from people in these wonderful professions- especially if you’ve not exercised before or have health conditions.

That out of the way, let me explain how this works.

For the Apocalypse walk, you don’t need any special equipment- at least not to start. You just need you, an outfit suitable for post apocalyptic survival, some boots and a backpack. You also need a hill. A good, long, steep hill. If you don’t have one of those, you can do this on the treadmill with the gradient up high- but it’s better to be outside.

Now, the next step is very simple. I want you to walk up that hill. I want you to walk up it every week, no matter what (unless the what is potentially life threatening). As you get fitter, and more used to walking up that hill in all weather conditions, I want you to- slowly, very slowly- add weight to your bag, to simulate carrying the things you’ll need. Once you’ve got used to that, I want you to consider starting wearing a chainmail shirt on that walk, on that hill. And then I want you to walk down it. Same conditions.

I want you to do it in snow, in boiling sunshine. I want you to take only what you can carry, and learn to prioritise and survive- so on hot days your pack will be full of water. I want you to learn what post apocalyptic wandering will be. And I want you to do it until it’s easy. Then I want you to make it harder on yourself somehow.

And I want you to report how you’re doing to me, on twitter. You can follow me @gingerkytten. Tag your posts #ApocalypseWalk. I’ll encourage you, bully you- whatever it takes.

My first Apocalypse Walk is tonight. Tomorrow, maybe there will be photos. The first ever offical In Case of Survival Apocalypse Walk. It’ll make you fit, and sexy and strong, but most importantly, it’ll help you survive.

anninyn

Anninyn lives and works in the UK, though she writes in a world of her own. Raised on a steady diet of sci-fi, intellectualism and political thinking by hippies, she looks at modern life through a somewhat-...unique... lens. She is obsessed with the apocalypse, and can be reached at anninyn@incaseofsurvival.com for all apocalypse-based inquiries. She is working on her first novel. You can find out about her and her other work through her website http://cbblanchard.com/

5 Replies to “The Apocalypse Walk

  1. I have just found a way to get my boyfriend to work out with me! Thank you for this wonderful idea. I’m sure he’ll take to this like a duck to water. He started his survival set-up by planning a shirt (for screen printing in the future) that will be covered in formulas, recipes, and basic knowledge. He’ll wear his shirt everyday so that mankind will never forget how to make paper (and drive girlfriends crazy). He calls it his “Mathamagian” shirt. Yeah, I date that guy.

    1. Well, I’m just back from mine and I feel great (tired though) totally persuade your boyfriend to join you- mine took an hour, which isn’t that long.

      And I think his Tshirt sounds awesome. My husband just has a book.

  2. How come I’ve only found this now? This is an awesome idea! I might start wearing a pack when I do runs listening to Zombies, Run! to simulate the extra weight. Love it!

  3. What if you don’t have a tredmill (can’t afford it; college student & getting married) and you don’t have a hill to climb up?
    I would also recommend Nerdfitness.com. They have great ideas and they have given me great tips of staying fit.

    1. Just go on the longest, steepest walk you can. My area is actually mostly flat – when I say ‘Hills’ I mean areas that other regions would call ‘slopes’.

Leave a Reply