Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Waiting for the interval.....

For over a year now, I have turned up to "interval training"down at my local footy oval and waited for the whistle.

Every Tuesday morning at 6am, come rail, hail or shine.

I have to be honest, it sucks.

It hurts. To work at a level where your heart rate is hitting over 90%........oh my.  But it is not meant to be comfortable, I guess.

The idea is based around Fartlek (delightful name) which is basically run your heart out really fast for a period of time, then run at a slower pace for a time, and repeat that loads of times, till you think you are going to vomit.

Anyway, since my son Charlie's accident, I have not been to intervals. And whilst I have loved not having to hear that bloody whistle, and whilst I have not missed the pain, I have missed the smugsmuggedy smug fitness feeling that I carry with me all day from having completed the intervals.

And now I am ready and waiting to get back into it, but we are mid term and so I cannot re-enroll with my usual crew until July.

So I am just about to go and run intervals by myself whilst I am waiting.
I am a social being. The main reason I managed to commit to intervals for all of last year is because I knew everyone and enjoyed running with them (and gossipping afterwards...)

To do it alone feels clunky for me, to be honest. But that is not really a good enough reason to avoid it. I need to make sure my fitness (and my weight) are all tracking in the right direction. Today. Not next term: now.

So, I have interval fartlek tracks loaded onto my iPod and I am off............right now.......


  1. I am hearing ya! Go Lucy go. I'm off too ... I might do intervals with you!! MIGHT .... we'll see ...

  2. GO Lucy you can do it girl!

  3. You're not alone. You have us cheering you on. Go Lucy go!!

  4. wow. you are strong. I believe in you.

  5. Lucy - you amaze me, I want to so much have your drive and motivation. xx

  6. I didn't know about Charlie's accident. How incredibly difficult for all of you. Reading about it, I felt your pain. But, he's a-okay now?

    I hope your intervals kicked your butt without making you vomit. ;-)

  7. Yep, my Charlie boy is now on the mend. Thank God.

    And thank you, all, for your virtual support.

    I did my intervals. I live in a hilly area so my heart rate got up fast. But it was good....I came back red faced and sweaty. And I now feel smug!

  8. Wow! Good job Lucy! I think I might give intervals a try on the treadmill! Thank you for the motivation!

  9. Holy crapola. I'd feel smug too if I were you. Go Lucy Go!!

  10. Well done, GO LUCY!

    I used to do intervals at the gym on machines, or around my local oval. Probably not as hard as I would have if I had a whistle blown at me, but I still think it's the best way to exercise. I love it because I can cope with it mentallly a lot better than a LONG run. I would run flat out for half a lap then walk for half a lap.

    I hope you went well!

  11. First - You are my hero. Read this this morning and was like, OMG, I should get me some of that today.

    Second - There's something for you at SCI.

  12. You're kind of amazing, you know?

  13. I think I need myself some fartlek! I was running but now nothing. Maybe I could start with walking fartlek until enough pounds are dropped for my poor news to survive. Go you... inspiration!

  14. Love interval training. Bring on the vom! (well.... not quite) Never heard of it referred to as fartlek. What an odd name! And I know the smug! It's a fantastic feeling :)

  15. Life In A Pink FibroApril 17, 2011

    Good on you for not waiting! I do love the word 'fartlek'. Not sure I'd be able to motivate myself to do it on my onwn.

    Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro!


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