I haven’t written about running in a while, and you all know that I like running more than any exercise. That was one of the hardest parts about recovery. It was hard to step back on running, yet it actually helped me fall more in love with running because I started to do it for the right reasons (instead of burning calories or being a body size I wasn’t meant to be.) Since I talked to you a couple weeks ago about my plans to train for a marathon, my sister and I talked, and we decided that we’d rather do a half marathon in the fall, so that’s what we’re going to do. 🙂 Because of that I want to share some of my favorite ways to train. Over the years of learning about running, I’ve learned that there is no one size fits all for runners. I totally love Amanda and Susie, because they both remind me of that with all their different articles about different runners, ways we relate, ways we can support each other, and even hilarious posts (like the one Amanda just wrote.)
Last week Susie from Suz Lyfe wrote a post about speedwork, and it made me think about how my relationship with speedwork has changed over the years. I’m a really . . . slow sprinter. I love to run steadily and slowly, but I’m not good at track repeats. However, I love to run fast (fast for me.) I’m never going to be a 7:30 min/mile person for a half marathon or a marathon, but I love to push myself when it feels right. How do you push yourself if you’re really not that good at track workouts or you dread track workouts?
The answer is: Fartlek.
What does that mean? It’s a really fun type of running that doesn’t take as much focus on numbers but more on effort/intuitively listening to your body.
Fartlek running is a series of short bursts of speed over a run. Here’s how I like to do fartlek runs.
Keep in mind that I’m not a running coach or a professional on running. This is only my personal experience with speedwork that has worked the best for me!
1) Warm up for one mile.
2) Pick an object (tree, sign post) that is about 50-100 yards or feet from you and run as hard as you can for it.
3) When you get to that object slow down and jog slowly for as long as you need to recover.
4) Repeat this until the last mile of your run.
5) Cool down… Do all dat stretching.
For a long time I was a bit too tied to my watch, so I had to get rid of it. I’m just someone who is overly obsessed with getting in a certain number, hence the reason I don’t have a Fitbit.
Fartlek running has become a form of speedwork that I really enjoy. I just started getting back into it last week with the huskies, and I think/hope that it helps drain more of their excessive energy.
Now I want to give you 5 reasons to love Fartlek runs if you need a change from normal speedwork:
1) You can do it out on the road. You don’t have to go to the track.
2) You can make the distance that you sprint a distance you feel comfortable with at the moment.
3) You can listen to your body more than being tied to a watch.
4) You can surprise your dogs… with random bursts of speed (Ok. that’s a silly reason, but it is fun!)
5) If you are running with a beginning runner, a fartlek run could be less intimidating to them than regular speedwork.
However, I don’t want to say that doing regular speedwork is a bad thing. It’s not. It’s fun to push our bodies, to see how God repairs our muscles after we push them, to rest afterwards and replenish those muscles, to progress and see improvement in your pace, and I think it’s cool that each runner can pick the one that works the best for them.
Last but certainly, of course, not least I am spontaneously linking up with WIAW for the party. I haven’t been linking up as much lately, but I thought I would share how my days of eats been looking lately. I’ve actually been hungrier than usual, and it’s been shocking to me that I’m hungrier (even though I’m not more active.)
It’s actually a really good lesson for me to continually listen to my body and not the ‘calorie’ idea I have in my head.
So with that, what have I been ‘nomming on lately? 🙂
Kat’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars for Snacks – These are the bomb. They are crispy, crunchy, slightly sweet, and they definitely don’t disappoint with the thin chocolate later on top and the creamy nut butter throughout.
Delicious Turkey Enchiladas with ALL Da Cheese! – My mommy made these, and they were so perfect. We ate them on Monday night before Bible Study.
Monday Snack #1: This was so good. I drizzled a banana with homemade chocolate frosting/sauce and dipped it in some leftover almond butter I made and Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter.
Random Salad Combos: I love putting mashed potatoes on top of salad; there’s just something about creamy mashed potatoes combined with crunchy lettuce cucumbers. I think I can say that they probably won’t be doing that at the Cheesecake Factory soon, but it tastes good if you try it at home.
Salad number I was from Sunday. I topped it with turkey and lots of dressing. Do not skimp on dressing.
Last but not least I’ve really been loving podcasts and listening to the Bible on my Iphone lately. I wanted to share some of my favorite podcasts with you that have been a huge blessing to me in growing in the faith, learning about being truly healthy, and mental health conversations.
#1) Chasing Joy Podcast (I really loved Georgie’s recent Q&A.) Georgie talks about facing different life challenges, dealing with weight gain, intuitive exercise, and more about mental health and really enjoying the little things in life.
#2) Ask Pastor John Podcast – Especially in a world where there is so much confusion over truth and faith and what a Christian really is, this podcast is always pointing me gently but firmly back to Scripture and being rooted and grounded in God’s Word.
#3) Sheologians – These gals, Summer and Joy, are really thoughtful, and they’ve had me really thinking about engaging with and applying God’s truth and love to the problems that I confront day to day. They are kind, sober, joyful, and they talk about so many relevant issues.
#4) Revive Our Hearts – Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth is a precious Titus 2 older woman who is always sharing the beauty, the truth, the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Last week before Father’s Day, she shared a delightful, full series on the podcast on ‘The Father Heart of God’ and how God is the PERFECT Father to His children, how His love is steadfast, how God sets His love upon His children, how He knows His children by name, and it was just a really really grounding God glorifying series. It was awesome. It left me with a wonder at how God is so merciful and compassionate and pitying on His children.
#5) Renewing Your Mind Minute with Dr. R.C. Sproul – I love this one. R.C. Sproul Sr. is a mature godly pastor who uses one minute, about 5 days a week, to remind Christians of fundamental truths of the Scripture. This recent one, ‘Life After Death’ really brought me back to why I shouldn’t fear death because of Jesus’ Christ’s victory over death!
I’m linking up with all the people this week for What I Ate Wednesday, Tuesdays on the Run (for next week), and Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Amanda! I’m also linking up with Jamie for Sunday Thoughts to share these favorite podcasts.
Ok let’s hear it from you!
1) If you enjoy running what kind of speedwork do you like?
2) Any podcast recommendations for me?
3) If you were to do speedwork which sounds more fun? (Track or Fartlek?)