One of my “go-to” workouts is doing some sort of fartlek run, with the hard parts totaling 15-20 minutes. A fartlek, Swedish word for speed play, is a mixture of hard running and easy running for an a certain amount of time or distance. Fartleks are pretty worry-free in terms of preparation; I always do them for time so I never have to map out distances before the workout and they generally do not leave you very sore like track workouts (or maybe I just don’t do them hard enough…).
Yesterday I did 4×4 minutes hard with a 2 minute recovery. It snowed here (2 whopping inches) a few days ago and Virginia does not own snow plows or salt so the roads were still s0-so. I was pretty disappointed with a short tempo run I did last weekend so I knew I wanted to do something shorter but at the same hard effort.
The first one felt horrible but the rest were around 6:35 pace (I would like to be around 6:00 pace). I wasn’t happy with it but I know strength and speed will come with consistency so I just focused on effort and not pace. Also, there was a lot of black ice and slick spots on the road which led for some interesting and frightening moments so that threw paces out the window as well. I am a horrible snow runner, by the way.
Looking forward to dropping my paces soon enough and am looking forward to the next few weeks of training! I have another tempo run scheduled for this weekend so here’s to having a better one than last!
P.S. Have you seen this? 10 reasons why yoga pants are the best pants.
I want to hear from YOU.
Do you do fartlek runs? What kind/how far?
Yoga pants…yay or nay?