To fartlek or not to fartlek? ~TJ103

Yay it’s the weekend, I have my walking group, and normal domestic stuff but otherwise I have quite a few hours that are purely mine. I have little spare cash, (like most people at the moment), so pleasures have to be simple and cheap – great for the soul!

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So it will be running somewhere. I live in Wales so there is a tendency for lots of hills and rain! I may drive to the coast tomorrow and run on the beach in sand – have not done that since I was a child, that sounds very good. Will all depend on how today goes, half parkrun after walking group is favourite.

Tomorrow a nice long fartlek session on the beach sounds great – update tomorrow when I have released my soul to do it’s thing.

Mini Fartlek ~TJ99



So tonight’s little session was very short. I worked late then visited Mum, had a chat cooked her dinner, made her eat!

Got home at about seven thirty, got changed and off I went, without my Polar Link, which has disappeared.

I was going to try to run up a killer hill, I walked it last week at a slow pace for one mile, was very hard going.

Off I went on a slow run, calves screaming for me to stop, breath coming in gasps (it had gotten colder today), so the intention to run one mile up a very steep hill foundered very quickly. Fartlek it!

So then I ran between lamp posts, driveways, short medium runs until I was halfway up the hill, in the pitch black and feeling very very very tired. Decided on common sense as opposed to heroics and ran back down.

It was a light-bulb moment but I had not yet seen it!

Fartlek – I love it ~TJ62

Apparently my haphazard training has a name – Fartlek – this comes from Sweden and I love it, did that on Wednesday and did some hill running intervals tonight. I promised Steve that I would do a Parkrun (properly) in September so am sort of training for that,

I am enjoying the testing of my body and spirit, and exploring the different types of training and running that there are, great fun indeed and a good sense of achievement.