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.......







15 comments:

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

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  2. GO Lucy you can do it girl!

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

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

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

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  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. ;-)

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  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!

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

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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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  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!
    Michele

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  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 :)

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  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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