Florida Day 7: my first Fartlek & my alma mater

Today, I ran my first Fartlek (if you don’t know what a Fartlek is, read this).

Also, dictionary.com says:

fart·lek ˈfärtlək/ noun
  1. a system of training for distance runners in which the terrain and pace are continually varied to eliminate boredom and enhance psychological aspects of conditioning.

Today’s Fartlek was a basic one:
1-min easy run, 1-min hard run
2-min easy run, 2-min hard run
3-min easy run, 3-min hard run
then repeat x 1.

I have to admit — it was really tough toward the end. My after face tells the story:

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As you can see from my pace chart below (Look at that heart rate climbing!), in the second half, my hard runs weren’t very fast, and my easy runs were almost walking. I hit my second wind at the 20-minute mark and tried to kick it up again for that last hard run. But, I have to admit, I was wiped afterwards.

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Maybe it was the weekend at the amusement parks, or the heat and humidity on the run, but as soon as I got back to the house, I knocked out for at least an hour — in my running clothes. I don’t even remember laying down or falling asleep!

I did regain consciousness eventually, and kiddo & I drove to my alma mater and copped an NSU window decal. Hard to believe I finished medical school almost 11 years ago.

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We stopped for lunch down the street at one of my fast food favorites from when I lived down here: Pollo Tropical. The salad greens were a bit dry, and corn does have some carbs (I gave my roll to kiddo), but I enjoyed it.

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Now, kiddo and I are waiting for our delayed flight to take off. I enjoyed my time with my friends and godchildren, and sad for it to end, but it will be good to get back home as well.

Wheels up soon…

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