RUNNING

Why Going On A Run While Playing Pokemon Go Works

  • Step 1: Incubate Some Eggs
    1 / 11 Step 1: Incubate Some Eggs

    By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore

    Some background here- when I first tried this recently, Pokemon Go hadn’t hit Singapore shores yet. But I was in Australia for a family holiday and decided to try out the game, only to get instantly hooked by how much it got me roaming the great outdoors hunting for Pokemon. I was staying by Cottesloe Beach and wondered to myself, why walk instead of run? And it makes perfect sense, considering how much more you can get out of the game moving quicker than just strolling around. 

    So first things first- get all your eggs in incubators.

    For the uninitiated, within the game you can get eggs, which will hatch into Pokemon. But in order to do that, you’ve got to get the eggs into incubators (which you can either get within the game or purchase outright- you’re provided with one free one at the start of the game), and walk the requisite distance before the eggs will hatch. They come in distances of 2km, 5km and 10km, and the longer the distance you walk the rarer the Pokemon you’ll hatch.

    Now you get why it makes perfect sense to run while playing Pokemon Go, right? The distances of 2km, 5km and 10km are really quite suited for joggers of all staminas.

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  • Step 2: Pick A Good Running Stretch Where There's Pokestops Galore
    2 / 11 Step 2: Pick A Good Running Stretch Where There's Pokestops Galore

    This wasn’t hard to find when I was by Cottesloe Beach- there’s long stretches of running trails that went on for five to ten kilometres which had Pokestops the entire way! And there’ll probably be areas like this in Singapore when the game launches- like MBS or East Coast Park- and you can accure quite a few Pokeballs, potions and items that will help your Pokemon quest during the run. At the end of my run I ended up:15 Healing potions, 6 Revive potions,12 Razz Berries, 62 Pokeballs, and 23 Great Balls. That’s a really good haul for just 30 minutes of running!

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  • Step 3: Don't Forget To Enjoy Your Run
    3 / 11 Step 3: Don't Forget To Enjoy Your Run

    One of the things I had to remind myself was to stop checking my phone obsessively, and trust that the game would alert me whenever a Pokemon popped up, so that I could concentrate on the running bit. At first, it was tough, but after a while I became comfortable with just relying on the vibrations from my iPhone which acted as alerts.

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  • Step 4: Don't Run Past Your Pokestops...
    4 / 11 Step 4: Don't Run Past Your Pokestops...

    It’ll happen occasionally- you’re so engrossed in your run, and you miss a Pokestop or two. It’s not big deal, but the trick is in the next slide…

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  • ...If It Looks Like A Pokestop, It Probably Is!
    5 / 11 ...If It Looks Like A Pokestop, It Probably Is!

    And that’s the trick- trust your instincts- if it looks like a landmark of some sort, it probably is a Pokestop.

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  • Step 5: Don't Be Afraid To Fight...
    6 / 11 Step 5: Don't Be Afraid To Fight...

    Along my path I bumped into a gym..

    My first-ever Pokemon Go Gym Battle- was I ready for it?

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  • Just A Matter Of Picking Battles...
    7 / 11 Just A Matter Of Picking Battles...

    I checked out the competition- a Tangela Pokemon with a Combat Power of 375. It was time to test my own Pokemon…

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  • And Lots Of Finger Mashing
    8 / 11 And Lots Of Finger Mashing

    And I unleashed my newly acquired Fearow, which had a little less Combat Power at 301, but did admirably, winning by the skin of it’s teeth! (Or beak.)

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  • 6. Never Step Looking For Pokemon- You Might Be Surprised..
    9 / 11 6. Never Step Looking For Pokemon- You Might Be Surprised..

    After my triumphant exit from the gym I started up running again, expecting that to be the highlight of my jog. Little did I expect to see a smallish Pokemon suddenly pop out…

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  • By A Rare Pokemon!
    10 / 11 By A Rare Pokemon!

    My shock turned to glee when I realized I stumbled across a Bulbasaur, a fairly rare and hard-to-catch Pokemon!

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  • 7. And Last But Not Least, The Efforts Of Your Run
    11 / 11 7. And Last But Not Least, The Efforts Of Your Run

    After catching the Bulbasaur, I carried on the last few kilometers of my run. Just when I was catching my breath, my phone vibrated, and a cracking egg showed on the screen- I had hit 5km and one of the eggs had hatched! All that in a 30 minute run- isn’t that far better than just strolling along instead?

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