Windy, hot, hilly fartleks

It was cloudy when I started running today. The temperature was in the upper 70s and winds were brisk. I debated as to whether to run on the treadmill at The Village or run outside. I decide on an outside run because it felt cooler than it actually was. It was fartlek day!

I ran easy for about 10 minutes with the wind before I started my first interval. I had to do 6 intervals of 4 minutes at level 3 followed by 2 minutes easy before cooling down for 10 minutes. Some intervals were uphill and against the wind. When the sun peeked through the clouds, I was hot. There was also a touch of humidity in the air. The first fartlek felt easy, the second one hard (against the wind), the third one easy, and the final three felt really hard. I guess that’s the nature of interval training!

I ended up running 7.6 miles in an hour on a hilly course. It was hard but satisfying run.

Tomorrow evening, Julie and Renee come to town for a few days. I’m sure my house will be festive and alive! Of course, I have to do my long 3-hour run on Saturday. 

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