Friday, April 1, 2011

Fartlek Fridays!

Today I started interval training for running. I affectionately refer to this, as Fartlek Fridays. For those of you that may not know, fartlek is a swedish word meaning "speed play". I owe my discovery of the word fartlek, to RunnerDude, who had a recent blog posting about it. As I stated in my comment to him:

"I've just been getting ready to integrate interval training into my workouts. I think I will try fartleks if for no other reason than I like the word "fartlek". It's also a tribute to my Scandinavian heritage (in case I have to come up with a more grown up reason for saying the work "fartlek")"

I only did a 2 mile run this morning integrating about 4-5 fartleks, but that was enough to cut my mile pace down to 8:13. I've never run that fast for a sustained period of time that early in the morning, or in a "non-race" situation. I think I need to bump my fartlek runs (heheh, I just used the words "fartlek" and "runs" in the same sentence) up to 5k's thought to get the most bang for my buck.

I also had my monthly mandatory weigh this morning. Down another 5 pounds to 196 and a BMI of 24.5. Feel pretty good about cracking the 200 pound mark. Life is good! Running, Cycling, and Baseball started. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.




  1. Been away from the blog for awhile. Following the new one now!

  2. Welcome Gnarla! Glad to have you on board.

  3. I have also started doing Fartlek workouts again because it seems less serious than running for a set period of time which just tenses me up especially in my shoulders. I hope you'll improve your time with doing Fartleks
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