My First Ever Fartlek!

Last night I did my first ever fartlek run (5 miles)! You guys better watch out because I’m becoming a speedster. I’ll be placing first in my age group…. when I turn 95 : )

I’m actually not sure if I’ve ever sweat so much in my life. Be thankful that it was dark out because you know I like to post sweaty selfies to validate my runs and this one would have been really gross if you could see the sweat!

Also, I have to ask:

What’s worse… getting into the shower knowing beforehand that you chafed during your run, or finding out as you step under the water?Β 

Last night I chafed for the first time in a long time and man, I really did NOT want to get into the shower. The anticipation of the pain is a killer! I would much rather be unpleasantly surprised.

In other more uplifting news, Friday after work Adam and I are heading to Miami Beach to see a live taping of @Midnight — a show on Comedy Central.

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We don’t really watch it very often, but I’ve never been to a live taping of anything before so I’m pretty excited! Plus, Adam and I hardly ever go to Miami Beach because it’s super touristy, but sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in your own town.

Plus, Adam’s working from home on Friday, but really he’s going to come to work with me and work from my office! : ) I work close to Miami Beach so it makes sense for us to just head on over after work.

Hope you enjoy your Thursday… the weekend is in sight!

Have you ever placed in your age group or overall at a race? Did you get a trophy?Β 

Love or hate Fartlek runs?



  1. cheryl
    April 3, 2014 / 9:36 am

    the live taping sounds fun! Congrats on the fartlek!
    I have placed first in my age group–it is getting easier to do, the older I get! πŸ˜‰
    The best prizes are gift certificates to running stores…Oh, and a DELICIOUS homemade pie from a turkey trot…Have a great Friday!

    • April 6, 2014 / 7:54 pm

      Thank you!

      I doubt I will ever place at a race and I’m completely okay with that… although a gift certificate to a running store definitely sounds like a great prize worth gunning it for!

  2. April 3, 2014 / 9:58 am

    I placed in my age group a couple times! I got 3rd in the Harrisburg Mile once and then this past summer I got 2nd! And about a year ago, when I ran my first 5k, I came in 3rd overall and I was the first woman! It was a small 5k but I still felt pretty good. No trophy, but a $50 gift card to Dick’s is way better than a trophy!

    • April 6, 2014 / 7:55 pm

      $50 gift card is way better!

      I bet if you raced more you would have so many more placements. You are FAST!

      Coming in third in your first 5K? So awesome!

  3. April 3, 2014 / 10:02 am

    I’m always on the fence with fartleks.. i’m a #s person, so it’s hard for me to just ‘pick up the pace’ for X time without wondering what my actual mile pace would be or if my pace is too fast even for a short time. sounds ridiculous but it bothers me! I’m heading out for a progression run (my FAVE)! But any speed work is definitely my favorite. I like getting faster, and i’m happy to hear your fartlek went well! WOO!

    • April 6, 2014 / 7:58 pm

      Progression runs are definitely my fave too, but I loved the fartlek. Knowing I would have recovery breaks helped me feel confident picking up my pace past what I would normally feel comfortable doing during the fast portions. I suspect this has something to do with me being new to speedwork … if I were a faster, stronger runner overall I’m sure I would just want to run fast the whole workout!

  4. April 3, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    Good job on your fartlek! I’m so jealous of you going to a taping of @Midnight. I have a HUGE crush on Chris Hardwick. Tell him I said hi. lol!

  5. April 3, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    I loved fartlek in high school – it was so much fun to do it with a group. Now I do it some but just my own version.
    I don’t race much anymore but back when I used to (grad school and some after), yes – I have won (age group and some overalls). Sort of fun when that happens.

    • April 6, 2014 / 8:00 pm

      I think it would be SO MUCH FUN to win! I would definitely strut around like the queen of the race πŸ™‚ Maybe it’s a good thing that I’m not fast, it keeps my ego in check!

  6. April 3, 2014 / 10:36 pm

    That show looks a lot of fun. Enjoy! πŸ™‚
    Great work on the 5 mile fartlek! Do you have a set number of fartleks or do you just go for it when you feel like a speedy burst? And how far/long for? I am a bit inept at fartleks – tried them once in last year’s half marathon training, but none in the training plan am using this time round. Hmmm, maybe I’ll just stick some in on a run one morning, surprise my legs hey πŸ™‚

    Yes, got a trophy, ONCE! yay, and in answer to your question about this, no, I don’t think I’ll be going back to fight for my placing the second year running. That Wall is called Great for a reason! I think I’ll just leave it as some incredible thing that happened (that I never thought would ever happen). Too hard basket for me this year. Sorry if that sounds lame. πŸ™‚

    • April 6, 2014 / 8:02 pm

      For this Fartlek my coach had me do:

      1 mile warmup
      3 miles alternating 60 seconds fast, 60 seconds recovery
      1 mile cooldown

      It doesn’t sound lame at all — that must be one of the toughest halves in the world! So awesome that you conquered it last year! I am still in awe!

  7. April 4, 2014 / 6:53 am

    I love fartleks! Other than the chafing – ouch! – how did it go??

    I love the host of @Midnight but I only watch him on the Talking Dead haha. He’s funny!

    • April 6, 2014 / 8:03 pm

      Other than the chafing it went AWESOME, although when i woke up the next day my legs definitely felt sore in a good way!

  8. April 4, 2014 / 9:52 am

    Congrats on the fartlek and the live taping sounds really fun. I prefer knowing before, then I can ease into the shower lol. My first ever official race I placed third in my age group, got a small little trophy for that. Sat in our living room FOREVER lol.

    • April 6, 2014 / 8:04 pm

      Placing at your first ever race is awesome!!! I would leave it up in the living room for the rest of eternity … or until I got a bigger trophy πŸ™‚

  9. April 5, 2014 / 10:04 am

    Great job! I placed 2nd in my age group at a 5K last year. I was really excited. The race was small though and there were a lot of walkers πŸ™‚

    • April 6, 2014 / 8:07 pm

      That’s so great! I actually get extra nervous at small 5Ks because around here it’s usually 80% walkers but then 19% serious runners who I know are going to sprint to the finish and 1% that is me πŸ™‚

  10. April 5, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    I think all my runs are fartlek lol I am just not one to hold a steady pace. I usually at some point try to either do speed mile or however long I can take it πŸ™‚ That sounds fun to go to a live taping! Fun memories. I have chafed a few times and wowowow does it sting. Summer in the humidity is always tough here, I know you deal with all year! I always swipe a little antibiotic cream on when I do that. Take care!

    • April 6, 2014 / 8:08 pm

      It stings so bad! I’m pretty good about putting on body glide when I run outdoors, but I always seem to forget that chafing can happen on treadmill runs too, UGH.

  11. April 8, 2014 / 4:31 pm

    Yay! I love fartleks! Some much fun to play with speed. And definitely worse to discover you chafed after you get under the water. Ouch!