12 June 2007

Fartleks (hee hee hee)

They say you can tell real runners apart from your average "other" person by who snickers at the mention of fartleks. Real runners can say it with a straight face. Non-runners can't help but snicker.

Fartleks. (hee hee hee).

Well, maybe I'll be a real runner someday. I went for a 4.5 mile fartlek filled run. (I'm not even sure how to use it correctly in a sentence). And I'm exhausted. I think I ran too many fast sections without enough recovery sections. I have to admit, everyone time I kicked my pace up a few notches I had to giggle at the thought of what I was doing. It was fun though. A nice change of pace (literally and figuratively). Sadie couldn't figure out what I was trying to do. "Make up your mind already" she kept barking at me (literally and figuratively).

Oh, and I decided that I'm only going to wear my watch on my weekend long run. I tried wearing one for a week and I felt trapped by the tick tick ticking away. But I think it will be nice to keep track of my long run times.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Keep running!



  1. LMAO!! It IS nice to break things up every once and awhile :) I don't blame you on the watch thing. I always feel so much more relaxed without seeing the seconds tick past (yet I still can't leave it at home LOL)

    Don't worry, I won't hold you in too much suspense . . . today is the day my friend!! Lube in the mail!! :P

  2. I like to think I am a real runner, but it still makes me giggle on occasion.

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  3. I wear my watch, but sort of ignore it. I know that doesn't make sense. I have the rolling timer that keeps me on track for my run/walks - I try not to look at it, but just listen for the beeps. I also wear a Garmin - I try not to look at it too often - I have the front screen set to a timer and the distance. Seeing the current pace drove me nuts.

    Someday I'd like to run without looking like a techno-geek. (A watch, a garmin and a phone). Unfortunately, we all have to make concessions and mine is promising to wear all the stuff to keep my heart under control. Okay, I guess the Garmin does nothing for that, so that's my inner-techno-geek coming out!

  4. I think I have only tried fartleks a couple times... still confused with the actual purpose of them...

  5. funny...yeah I struggle to keep myself from constantly checking the watch but I'm getting better. Great job on the fart' run!:)

  6. i love that word! :) and i can't even use it in a sentence let alone do one. do you have to say excuse me if you fartlek?

  7. i have to admit that I still snicker at that word...but now I only do it in my head, not outloud.