I've just got back from my run this morning where I tried to do the fartlek approach using the week 1 podcast for my intervals but I have to confess that I totally failed.
I'm a really slow runner - it's the only way I know to keep going for 30+ minutes - so trying to run just a little bit faster right from the start was just a disaster. I was instantly out of breath and struggling to "jog" the 90 seconds and even had to walk at times.
In the end I just gave up on trying to run faster and plodded on at my usual slow pace but I was still puffed out and listening to Laura saying things like "slow down to a walk" and "stop running now" (or however she says it) really affected my incentive to keep going! And when she said to stop running at the end I just stopped even though I had only run for 20 minutes and covered 1.67 miles.
I just didn't have the energy to keep going which is frustrating as I have been managing to run for 5k or more for the last 3 runs.
And it was such a beautiful sunny day (at last) and I really wanted to have a good run! It was also the first time that I had gone out on my own. Usually I have my daughter or husband with me to keep me motivated.
Frustrating! Hopefully the weather will be good enough for me to go for another run tomorrow - this time I will go back to my usual slow and steady plod - I'm just not ready to try going faster yet.