It’s Getting Serious and My Favorite Type of Speedwork.

This morning’s run was a little over 3 miles around the lake. Sans the Garmin, just enjoying my usual neighborhood loop. It was super cloudy and humid out so I took it easy and did some ‘fartleks’ in between. Speedplay is my favorite.
After the run I had some time before I had to get ready for work so I did yoga in my living room with Ted McDonald from sportskool On Demand. Ted and I are starting to be pretty good friends now. I think it’s getting serious.
We did a series of poses including lots of hip openers. Perfect post run stretch.
‘Fartleks’ are my favorite type of speedwork. I love doing them even during my long runs. Just pick up the pace a bit, hold it for about 30 seconds, then slow it back down to your usual pace. I think it really strengthens your turnover in running and helps you to quickly be able to switch to that faster pace during races.
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Do you prefer to do yoga in the gym, studio, or at home?
I love studios but lately have been loving doing yoga right in my living room.
Ever try ‘fartleks’, or speedplay during your running workouts? 

29 thoughts on “It’s Getting Serious and My Favorite Type of Speedwork.

  1. Ahh, so that’s what fartleks are. Lol! I def. did a few of those in my “fast & furious” treadmill workout last night. Looking fwd to trying them out more so I can build up my speed & endurance! Same here with yoga… love the studios but lately, I’m lovin’ the comfort of my living room. 😉

  2. I definitely prefer yoga in the studio, but sometimes that’s just not possible, so it’s great to have these on demand things- I love em too! I think I am going to brave the blizzard and trek up to the studio for a hot class later 🙂

  3. Curious: what time do you get up for your workouts? I want so badly to be a morning runner, but I just can’t get myself out of bed. I’m hoping to make the switch from evening to mornings this summer when it’s daylight earlier. I think something about waking up while it’s still dark makes my body and mind refuse to go work out.

    And I LOVE speedwork. The idea of running fast or sprinting used to bum me out, but after forcing myself to do it and seeing how much it improved my performance at race-time, I’m a believer! Tempo runs are my favorite!

    • It depends on the day. I don’t have to be at work until around 9 so the mornings I don’t have to teach spin I get up around 6-6:30 and give myself until about 7 to get out the door. But yeah I think it’s just a mindset and not really allowing yourself to give it a lot of thought, and after a while it just becomes more of a habit. I do like to wait until it’s light outside though for safety reasons 🙂 I do much prefer morning workouts over evening though! I am probably the opposite of you when it comes to working out at night, unless I teach a class I don’t have the motivation to do it. I also think when it comes to being a ‘morning runner’ you have to get to bed early and just wind down at night. Going to bed early helps me to rise early and be motivated to get it done 🙂

  4. I started out doing a yoga/pilates DVD at home and now I have worked a lot of the moves into my core workout or workout wind-down at the gym. I’ve done fartleks but never knew it was called that!

  5. Ooh, I love hip openers for runners. I love practicing in the studio because I love my studio and the community there. I absolutely adore the owner/lead instructor at my studio, so I try to go there as often as I can. But, when I’m in a time crunch, I’ll stretch at home. I definitely need to incorporate more fartleks into my running routine. I did a fartlek run last week, but I need to do more. They’re such a great way to get in a little speed work without the intimidation of “I need to run X00 m in X:XX.”

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