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A (not) Long Run - and an experiment with fartleks

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My plan was for a long run sometime this weekend. Tomorrow's forecast is grim ❄❄❄ and with rain 🌧 due this afternoon. I really don't want to get wet for the 4th run in a row.

Well, I awoke to thick fog again for the second time in 3 days - there's no way I'm going to run in that! A relaxed coffee in bed waiting for the fog to lift. It's mid morning before that happens and I grab a quick half a banana, kit on and out.

I'm not taking any chances with the rain today so I decide to mix things up a bit and do a short 3k run instead of going long. I set off at a faster pace than usual - I wonder how quickly I can go over 3k? After about 0.5K I remember that Instructor57 said Mr Garmin reduced his fitness age after his short fartlek run earlier this week. Let's see...

Well, it was interesting....

It didn't help that the final part of this run was uphill but I think I pushed too hard over the first 2.5km - you can clearly see how my pace plummets over the final part of this run, and the splits reflect that.

But - the second split is the first time I've managed a sub 7 minute km as part of a run and Strava also gives me a PR for one mile. I have to be happy with that.

Mr Garmin was unimpressed however, and my VO2max remains unchanged. He is so fickle!

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Grannyhugs profile image

Good call on a short run given the weather. Well done on your PR. Happy running πŸ€—

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Grannyhugs

Thanks Grannyhugs. The run was fun but also a little bit unsatisfying if that makes sense. It's good to throw in something a bit different though. Sitting tight now and waiting for the snow to arrive

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GrannyhugsAmbassador in reply to Birdlady64

I know exactly what you mean, never so happy with shorter runs but I’m currently heading to half marathon distance so must throw in shorter runs to counteract the long ones.

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Grannyhugs

Yes - we should really do more of those. It's so easy to stay within our comfort zone isn't it? Good luck with your HM plan πŸ‘

Jools2020 profile image

Good to mix things up and very well done for that second split! Shows you can do it. The first kilometre was only just outside that 7 mins/km as well. Plus, well done for that 1 mile PB, too.

I think it’s good to go out and run for 3K, Fartleks, interval work or just a run. We just haven’t done it lately. Might factor it in for the next couple of weeks.

Well done for avoiding the rain! I only just made it back in time 😊

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Thanks Julia!It was fun to do something shorter and a bit different. I was surprised by how fast that first km was actually - and the mile PR was a nice unexpected bonus. The sun actually came out for a while this afternoon and the crocus, snowdrops and hellebores in the garden were lovely. The calm before the storm I expect. I hope we don't get too much snow,

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Same here! I was worried enough to cancel my click and collect shop on Monday and went to the supermarket this afternoon. Now I’m ready!

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Jools2020

Good move there. Now you can just hunker down! Hope you stocked up on the porridge!

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Jools2020Graduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Loads of porridge, seeds and maple syrup! 😊

Littleoyellow profile image

Hi Birdlady πŸ‘‹ just catching up with folks over the last few days after a rubbish January spent hiding under the virtual bedclothes πŸ™ˆ great idea of yours this morning to test out the pace over a short run AND beat the rain into the bargain πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸŒ§πŸ˜πŸ‘ and well done on your achievement πŸŽ‰ and Mr Garmin wasn't DISPLEASED was he, you held your own πŸ˜πŸ‘ sounds like a good job well done to me πŸ‘

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Littleoyellow

Hi Littleoyellow - how's that hip niggle of yours?I was pretty happy with this mornings run and it was fun to try something a bit different, even if it wasn't what I'd intended.

I hope we don't get too much snow - otherwise I might be hibernating too for a while 😁

Peter44 profile image

Well done on avoiding the rain, after your wet runs this week, that's a fast second km, i've not done any speed work, my fastest km is 7:15, but usualy up in the 8's, today, had one km split 9:12, so wont be setting any records for speed! 🀣

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Peter44

Thanks Peter - I was super happy to stay dry even though it was still slightly foggy and a bit damp.I was surprised with that second split for sure - I've been faster over 1km but that was for the Speed Challenge runs just before Christmas which were really just a warm up followed by a 1km sprint.

I should really do more speed work - it's too easy to stay in your comfort zone though isn't it?

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Peter44Graduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Maybe, once i'm back at work, might do some shorter evening runs, with a bit more speed. πŸ€” At the moment just enjoying being out more.

Instructor57 profile image

Glad you missed the rain this time πŸ˜πŸ‘Sorry Mr Garmin wasn't impressed though 😐

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Instructor57

Not as glad as I was! 😁I guess it was too much to expect for Mr Garmin to be impressed twice in one week - but it was worth a shot! Plus the one mile PR was a nice bonus

WillowandSola profile image

Unchanged is fine mines gone down and down, i’m in the orange and heading for red and the less said about poor Willow the better That sounds good a pr for a mile and fastest 1k yippee πŸ‘

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to WillowandSola

Thanks Sola. I was pleased with the mile PR and that second split. Pity about the third one though. 😒Well my VO2max isn't really that far into the green zone. I take it all with a pinch of salt really - but it's quite fun to see when it changes.

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WillowandSolaGraduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Yes it is, mine was almost in the blue once and been steadily going down since

nowster profile image

Garmin is fickle.

9weeks2Run profile image

Well done Birdlady on your sub 7 minute km, PR for one mile and not getting wet!!

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to 9weeks2Run

Thanks Rebecca. It was good to do something different.Hope you are feeling a bit more like your old self

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9weeks2RunGraduate10 in reply to Birdlady64

Thank you!!

I am feeler stronger thank you. I have had some chest tightness so just taking things very slowly!! So great to read all your posts. Take care x

CaptFrey profile image

Pesky Mr Garmin but those are great times and pace. Glad you snuck out when the rain wasn’t looking and had a good time 😊

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to CaptFrey

Thanks! Snuck out I did indeed- and it was great fun. 😁

Relieved you escaped the rain! Though I might sound crazy because I actually like running in rain as it cools me down,! 🀣Must be fun to do something different like Fartleks! Good to experience new things, well done! πŸ˜€

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Indielass00

I don't mind it actually and you are right it does keep you cool. But just fancied staying dry for a change😁I enjoyed trying something a bit different

Lifluf profile image

Well done Birdlady. That was a good run. Sometimes the short ones are the best although I'm not a fan of fartleks as I never seem to get into my comfy pace before having to change speed.

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Birdlady64Graduate10 in reply to Lifluf

Ha ha! Yes I know exactly what you mean, but think that might kind of be the point😁

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