Are you a running nerd?
According to a Buzzfeed quiz I took, I am a total running nerd.
So, in the spirit of true nerdiness, I’m going to share with you my latest discovery, from this morning’s session with my Delhi running group…
My discovery is that I really, really, REALLY enjoy unstructured fartlek.
Doubt it gets weirder than that 😛
As I’m sure you all know, fartlek training is “defined as periods of fast running intermixed with periods of slower running.”
In structured fartlek, you do (for example) 1 minute fast followed by 1 minute slow, or whatever combo you decide.
In the unstructured version that Coach Vijay made us do this morning, it was random.
We all started out fast – but our own version of fast – and when he blew the whistle, we changed to slow, and so on and so forth, in a pattern of uneven times. Coach didn’t set a pace, nor a fixed time frame. We ran on our own, according to the whistle.
What I liked about this morning’s session is that it was me fixing my fast and my slow, so I was totally running for and against myself.
No feelings of dismay at the superior speeds of my fellow runners, as happens in tempo runs, for example.
Today, I decided my level of fast, and ran my own drill. Since I am naturally a slow runner, and habitually the last to finish drills, often I admit to feeling disappointed by my own lack of speed, compared to the others in my group.
But not in this training method.
I finished the fartlek session shattered, but not at all discouraged.
No one comes first or last in such a drill.
So you end the session totally elated 🙂
One last thing before I go.
Won’t you please share your level of nerdiness?
Post a comment (directly here in the blog, please and not via Facebook) and we can see just how nerdy we all are!!