Last night was my first attempt at a Fartlek, I think. My legs were feeling pretty tired yesterday but I needed to run after taking Wednesday off. Buster and I set out and after the first 3/4 mile I started to head back to drop Buster off. Came out ok in the first mile at about 8:15 pace but I was speeding up later in the mile and he wasnt cooperating. After I dropped him off, I settled into a pretty good groove and unknowingly attempted my fartlek workout. I alternated running fast for about a quarter then slowing down for a quarter. I still dont know if I was doing the workout correctly, but my legs were definately tired afterwards. I'm sure with some practice or continued use, I could add this into my work out more regularly. I havent ran speedwork since my ITB issues started so this was a nice alternative to get some sprints done. It was an interesting experience, definatley something I need to work on, but I think it will help with my speed as I work towards the 5K in a few weeks.
Other item I am working on is transitioning to morning runs. It works out best for our schedule if I'm running early in the morning and not late at night. First attempt was Thursday morning, yeah that didnt go well. Alarm went off, shut that thing off, and went right back to bed. One attempt in the books and zero success. Interesting thing is that I will wake up early on Sunday to hit the trail before Church but during the week I want nothing to do with early morning runs. I guess its all mental. So that is the new routine being attempted this weekend.
Do you have fartleks planned into your training program? Have you ever tried to transition from evening to morning runs or vice versa?
Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!