….Ahem, that’s Fartlek if you please!


I had a really good run last night with my group and I am happy to inform you all that I have given up body surfing on cement!

Fortunately the rain let up a bit…at least until we were all hot and sweaty then you kind of welcome it at that point.  We ran a fartlek last night and anyone unfamiliar with this term it is basically when you run in a series of 30 seconds, 45 seconds & 60 seconds.  For 30 seconds you will run at about a mid-range pace…for the following 30 seconds you sprint…then the same format with the 45 seconds and 60 seconds…then repeat the entire process.  The fartlek exercise itself is 20 minutes in length or so.  This is an excellent conditioning exercise.  I am not great at it, but I have certainly noticed how quickly I recover with my breathing doing this drill.  Our group leader, Lara, is a brilliant woman when it comes to the science of running.  She is exceptionally knowledgeable.  I have been assured by her that there are in fact five (5) running zones…I think I may have two of them down and those  zones are slow and slower…

Actually I am doing quite well with the whole thing now but I can tell you when I first started running again…back in February 2010…listening to Lara talk, well it was a new language to me.  I had never really thought of the dynamics that are involved…I had never really thought of it as a science.  But it is.  I hope at some point that I will be such a finely tuned runner that I will be able to master all the different run zones…but at this stage I am still learning…and developing.  I don’t know that I will ever want to do a marathon.  I might do a 1/2 marathon at some point….I have done the 14k and I loved that.

This morning when I woke up I was laying in bed and thinking the time was likely close to the alarm going off.  I laid there for a few moments then checked the time…5:17 AM blinked back at me.  I jumped from the bed and threw my gym clothes on….I had forgotten to set the alarm!  I am usually up at 5:00 AM.  I have a pretty good internal clock…thank goodness!   Or at least I did this morning…I don’t want to have to test this theory too many times, though.  The work out was good and intense this morning….

Tomorrow I will do another weigh-in, as I did want to set this up as a Thursday venture.  My diet has been quite good actually….so hopefully the results that I am looking for will start to materialize.  Then it will off to get my Cholesterol levels tested.  Hopefully this will give me a good snapshot at where I am a month into this regiment health wise….

It is rather gray out there…but then this is Vancouver….and this is a typical winter day…I will have to go for a walk at lunch and enjoy the fresh air.  Have great day!

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