August 14, 2012

Rest days, fartleks and House Hunters

Workouts: zero

I've had a lingering cough for the last couple of weeks, and yesterday it felt like congestion was spreading into my sinuses. So I hit up the herbal medicine cabinet hard core and took an unscheduled rest day that is spilling over into today. It may end tonight because Alabama Outdoors is restarting their Tuesday night Red Mountain trail runs. Go here for more info about the runs. Oh man, if you take that last sentence out of context, it can be really funny, especially if you have low standards for humor like me.

Thank goodness I have three little boys who enjoy potty humor, and not surprisingly, my daughter does too. I find myself at the dinner table laughing hard and then putting my serious face on and saying, "But don't say that at school." A lot.

One of yesterday's highlights was browsing online and finding some t-shirt slogan ideas that members of our local track club had submitted for a contest. One of the generously submitted slogans was, "Did you just fartlek?" I laughed hard and then found this whole collection of fartlek-themed shirts on Cafe Press.


And for anyone, like me for pretty much forever, who doesn't know what a fartlek is, it's Swedish for "speed play." In running, it just means that you vary your speed, so you would sprint/run faster for a bit then jog for a bit. Not for set times or distances, like some more structured speed workouts, but just based on how your body feels. The Swedes and their awesome words. I thank them.

After my solid weekend of lounging and eating pizza and nutella, I finally ate vegetables again. It was like eating life (versus nutella death).


We also packed a lunch for my husband with the leftovers. Did I mention that our refrigerator isn't working? So we have to get rid of all food as fast as possible. But the freezer works, so we popped this into the freezer, and it was like a homemade Healthy Choice, except a million times better.


Last exciting news of the day. I stayed up late to watch my friend from college (purple sweater) on HGTV House Hunters International. They were searching for an apartment in Bogota, Colombia. House Hunters is possibly the all-time, most-watched show of my life, so to have a friend on it was the best thing that happened to me yesterday. When you've been lying in bed all day, small joys turn huge.


Do you ever run fartleks?

What was the last vegetable you ate? 

When was the last time you took a sick day off of running? 

Do you watch House Hunters? Did you see that episode last night?

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22 comments:

  1. The first time I ever heard of a fartlek was as a jr. high track coach. I was recruited to basically be a babysitter, because I no experience at the time running, throwing, or jumping anything. Anyways, the head coach was talking about fartleks...I had to excuse myself because I started getting the giggles. I know that by the looks on my team's faces that they were fighting giggles too...but we all knew better than to start giggling while the coach was talking. ;)

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    1. I think we should never replace the term for that reason alone! Fartleks--bringing joy to jr. high track teams everywhere.

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  2. Last veggie? Had spinach with my breakfast! (in a smoothie)
    And yeah, I loves me some fartleks! It's a great way to mix up a run and throw in speed work!

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  3. House Hunters International is such a fun show to watch. It makes me long for warm, tropical places!

    I started this year off with a horrible sinus infection that wouldn't go away and it kept me from running for two weeks.

    Green beans were the last veggie I ate. They are one of my favorites!

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    1. We canned a lot of green beans last year from in-law's farm. Yum! I only break open a can on special occasions.

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  4. No wonder Im not as skinny as you.....I need my plate of food to look like yours!!! LOL Im going to keep a picture of that to remind me!!! Erica

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    1. Ha! Whatever, you look awesome! And I definitely went back for seconds. Usually I try to eat from the salad plate to keep portions smaller (even though I usually go back for more), so I guess I got messed up using a big-kid plate. I got that idea when I traveled to Asia and noticed that everyone used really small plates.

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  5. I love fart jokes. We were cycling in Germany a few years ago and paused at the top of a hill to catch our breath with some german cyclists who were doing the same. The lady wished me a 'Gute Fahrt' (good journey) and I giggled for ten minutes before following her advice in both ways!!!

    I have been considering adding some fartleking to my running training...but I don't like it.

    Last veggie....sweet potato fries. Hmmm. Not so healthy.

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    1. That is the best story ever! I knew you would have something good to add to this discussion!:)

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  6. You looks damn good for being sick, lol! And potty humor is my favorite kind of humor. ;) I hope you feel better soon. I had a tomato, mozzarella, and basil sandwich on fresh italian bread for din-din...and also a bowl of cereal, lol. Our relay team for this racee I did in '11 was called Fartlek 7.1 (7 team members which included one chich that was preggos...hence the .1 lol...should have been .5, haha). Get some rest! :)

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  7. Do fries count?:). Hope you feel better. I haven't been sick in a long time, so can't use that as an excuse. I use other things like being lazy:0

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  8. I love House Hunters! I can't believe I'm 2 degrees of seperation from someone that was on the show, I almost feel famous myself. :)

    Where did the word fartlek come from? I thought it was some bad joke the first time I heard it. Anyway, they certainly work when used in training, I guess that's all that matters!

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    1. Exactly! I was pretty sure I was vicariously famous when my friend was on, even though I haven't seen him since 2000.

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  9. I love fartleks, especially when I run with someone else and we take turns picking the next point to sprint to. There's a certain enjoyment in the unpredictability and messiness of fartleks. Ha.

    Last veggie: mushrooms, with sauerkraut, potatoes, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries. Sounds a little weird but it tasted delectable.

    I loooove House Hunters International. It's so fun to see what people want to buy in other countries.

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  10. I am a huge house hunters fan! I only see it at the gym when I'm not working hard so I haven't seen that one yet!! Lol.

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  11. I love House Hunters! Do you guys get Love it or List it? I know that you have an equivilant bc I've seen it but can't think of what it's called. Anyway, one of my neighbours recently had Love it or List it do their place. I can't wait to see the episode and steal ideas seeing as they have the same house (layout) as me! Plus, I'm super nosey. :oP

    Do the vegetables on my veggie burger from dinner last night count? I'm more of a fruit girl than a veggie girl.

    LOVE that fartlek picture! I do them sometimes, not all that much though. I'd rather hit the track.

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  12. House hunters, yes!! Best show everrrr. So cool that your friend was on it. I'll have to look for the episode w your friend on it.

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  13. I do run Fartleks and I love saying the word..Fartlek!
    Congrats to your friend being on TV, that's pretty exciting stuff! I don't watch the show, though. :-(

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  14. I used to have a serious house hunters and hgtv obsession. It has waned some but I still watch it. Mostly we get annoyed about seeing 2500 sf houses for 250K.

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