48 responses

  1. Jenna
    January 28, 2010

    Can never add too much almond butter! Never a bad thing!

  2. Alison
    January 28, 2010

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who laughs at the word “Fartlek.” Yes, I’m still 12. Thanks for posting your treadmill run; I think I might give that a try next week. I’m always looking for ways to make treadmill running more interesting.

  3. Courtney
    January 28, 2010

    I did a post on fartleks once and I think people were like “what is this chick talking about!!” HA! I love doing fartleks so I can control my speed/intensity but still feel like I am pushing myself.
    adventures in tri-ing

  4. Diana
    January 28, 2010

    It is a funny word. I’m portuguese so even some words in english sound funny to me sometimes. It’s a matter of perspective :p
    That breakfast cookie looks yummy.

  5. Anna
    January 28, 2010

    8.5– whoa!!! Speed demon!

    Yep, fartlek cracks me up every time I see it in Runner’s World 🙂

  6. Anne P
    January 28, 2010

    Baaahahahah I love the word Fartlek. Hilarious 😉

  7. eaternotarunner
    January 28, 2010

    I definitely need to add more intervals to my treadmill runs, thanks for the info 🙂

  8. Matt
    January 28, 2010

    I like to do my fartkeks outside and pick something in the distance as a goal and sprint to it.

  9. Emily
    January 28, 2010

    I ran track in high school, where fartleks meant that a group of the team ran in a line, and every minute or so, the person at the back of the line had to sprint to the front, then lead the line. Exhausting, but an excellent work out. And as mature high school students, we certainly never made fun of the word fartlek! (please sense my sarcasm 🙂

  10. megan
    January 28, 2010

    I have no idea what the terminology means either, and I ran distance in track in high school! I’ve forgotten all of it (or at least tried to) 🙂

  11. Heather (Heather’s Dish)
    January 28, 2010

    i’m glad you made that cookie sans protein powder…i haven’t been able to find one i like, and have been wanting to try the breakfast cookie for a long time!

    p.s. i snickered at the title to this post, then felt kinda silly when i read the reason…oops 🙂

  12. Madeline – Greens and Jeans
    January 28, 2010

    The treadmill at my gym starts to make a lot of noise around 8.0 so whenever I do speed workouts I get a lot of stares!

  13. Running on Faith
    January 28, 2010

    While training for the Ragnar relay for April (with Bobbi’s team), I am really working on my speed! As a result, I have been doing SO much research and training plans that I felt I did not have time for when I was training for my half and full marathons. It is liberating to try different workouts (strides, track, “Fartlek”, tempo, etc. etc.) during my week to see a noticeable difference in the speed and endurance at the speed that I hadn’t seen during my marathon training! Thanks for the clear breakdown because I still had NO idea what that term meant 🙂

  14. Heather
    January 28, 2010

    Sometimes I’m amazed at how technical running can get…whatever happened to just going for a run?! haha 🙂

  15. Mara @ What’s For Dinner?
    January 28, 2010

    That made my brain hurt. I think I “get” it, but all the numbers and everything don’t compute 🙂 It’s a great word though!

  16. Brandi
    January 28, 2010

    ha, I totally don’t understand those terms 🙂 but the explanation does make a bit more sense!

  17. Cassie
    January 28, 2010

    thanks for this post! i’ve always seen this run in training plans and tried to find a different plan so that i wouldn’t have to figure out what the heck a fartlek was 🙂

    it’s not so scary after all!

  18. Ashley
    January 28, 2010

    What was your total mileage with this treadmill workout? I’m going to work it into my training schedule too!

    • Meghann
      January 28, 2010

      hmm… honestly I never checked the total mileage. I always pay attention to the time for the work out rather than the mileage when I’m on the treadmill. Sorry I’m not much help There!

  19. Heather
    January 28, 2010

    Thanks for the great explanation – I kinda made up what fartlek meant – I was on the right path – just not completely right.

    Sounds like a great workout – I may adapt it for my treadmill runs as well.

    Good luck with the training!

  20. tramey1
    January 28, 2010


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  21. Heather @ (The Single Dish)
    January 28, 2010

    Great run!! I love your new hair color!

  22. Doug
    January 28, 2010

    Def. going to use that for conditioning. I am running a 5 mile for the Children’s Miracle Network on Saturday at 2 pm here in Jax. Thanks for breaking that down. I would have thought they were push ups or sit ups!

  23. runninghealthy
    January 28, 2010

    Good job with the fartlek (*hee*). I HATE running on the treadmill and am always looking for ways to make it more interesting, so I’ll probably try a workout like this soon. Thanks for the info!

  24. Megan
    January 28, 2010

    Calling me Coach Megan would pretty much make my life complete 😉

    My boyfriend absolutely loses it whenever I say the word fartlek. Lots of giggling and calling me a “fartlek-er”

    I LOVE the new hair color, too! I had a super traumatic experience trying to dye mine blonde in college (then subsequently trying to dye it back and looking SUPER goth).

  25. Niki @ Niki’s Neverending Adventure
    January 28, 2010

    I love fartleck runs!! My favorite is the 5-4-3-2-1 where after you warm up for about a mile you run hard, like 5k pace, for 5 minutes, then recover for 1-2 minutes, then 5k pace for 4 minutes, recover 1-2 minutes, 5k pace for 3 minutes, and so on and so forth!! Makes treadmill runs go by super fast!

  26. Julie @ Wearing Mascara
    January 28, 2010

    THANK YOU! I am always so confused by training plans that say that. It’s annoying. I will be referring to this post in the future. 🙂

  27. Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    January 28, 2010

    What a yummy breakfast cookie! I’ve still never made one, but I need to!

  28. feetinmotion
    January 28, 2010

    We did fartleks a lot during high school cross country. Our coach would say “I’m picking up my swedish friend from the airport this afternoon,” and we knew it was coming! We usually did fartleks for about 15 minutes and whenever he blew the whistle we had to all out sprint, he would then blow it again less than 30 seconds later and would continue doing that leaving a minute or two in between sprints. Definitely a hard workout if you make it that way. Especially if hills are involved which he usually blew the whistle when we went up the hills! Ha.

  29. thewhatkateateblog
    January 28, 2010

    i like the color a lot & really didnt notice the ‘patches’ at all! im sure youll feel better about it after you get a new cut! happy almost friday 🙂

  30. goodtastehealthyme
    January 28, 2010

    fartlek always makes me giggle too! I’m so immature sometimes! LOL

  31. Chelsea
    January 28, 2010

    Fartlek ALWAYS makes me laugh.

  32. Erin
    January 28, 2010

    I love fun words like that! 😀

  33. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair
    January 28, 2010

    Oh I’m so glad you explained that! I’ve always been a bit confused about what “Fartlek” is!

    I guess my next question is, is there a difference between Fartlek and Interval and if so, what??

    I usually do my speed or “interval” sessions on the track so I’ll do, like, 800s. Is that also considered a fartlek??

    Haha, sorry to bombard you with more questions, interesting post! 🙂

    • Meghann
      January 28, 2010

      That’s a good question! However, I’m not sure what the answer is. 🙁 Anybody else?

    • Megan
      January 28, 2010

      I think there are two major differences, but anyone can correct me if I’m wrong.

      First, intervals are usually for a longer period of time/distance than fartlek pick-ups (e.g. the 800 meter repeats you metion), especially when training for a marathon. Also interval workouts *usually* are harder and require more recovery.

      Second, in their “truest” form fartleks need not be a specific amount of time/distance. Meghann mentions that it’s the Sweedish word for “speed play,” so often fartlek runs are done in a more spontaneous way, especially when there is a coach to start and end the pickups, as someone mentioned above. Without a coach, if you plan on doing 10, you could pick a point (tree, stop sigh, etc.), run fast to it, then recover until you are ready for another one.

      here’s a runner’s world article that describes them further: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-238-263–12081-0,00.html

  34. foodfitnessandfreya
    January 28, 2010

    I love fartlek training! It’s really helped me increase my speed 😀 – I incorporated a 7.03min mile into my 5miler this morning 😀
    Oh that cookie looks so good! Gah there are SO many breakfast ideas I want to try..there just isn’t enough breakfasts in the day!!

  35. theprocessofhealing
    January 28, 2010

    Does the breakfast cookie actually keep you full? I’ve been wanting to try them for a while. Could you post the exact measurements of the ingredients? Thank you so much!

    And the fartlek actually makes sense when explained like that. And I thought I was the only one who didn’t understand this crazy running terms, glad i’m not 🙂 Why can’t they come up with simpler words haha?

    And congrats on the running anniversary! If you are a newbie, i’m a super newbie!!!

    • Meghann
      January 28, 2010

      I usually plan for my breakfasts to keep me full for about 3 hours or until my morning snacks. I do the smaller breakfast + snack routine because I love my snacks and find having one really breaks up my mornings.

      I don’t have exact measurements for the cookie because I always eye ball I usualy mesuare out the oats and then add a dollop of almond butter and enough pumpkin until I get the consistancy I want. Its usually one or two good size spoonfuls of pumpkin. 🙂

  36. Maura
    January 28, 2010

    Something tells me your sister might be more helpful during the next dye job rather than Derek 🙂 The color looks great!

  37. Paige@ Running Around Normal
    January 28, 2010

    Thanks for that breakdown! I’m definitely going to give that workout a try 😀
    Sounds like you’ve got a good friend in Megan.

  38. K
    January 28, 2010

    I want your secret for staying injury free! Seriously! You run so much and still manage to never be injured! What’s the secret?!

  39. Carrie
    January 28, 2010

    THANK YOU for explaining this in plain English!! I, too, get so confused by running jargon. It makes total sense now. I’m going to have to try that treadmill workout soon!

  40. gina (fitnessista)
    January 28, 2010

    lovely bfast cookie! thanks for the shout out 😀
    are you running sunday? i’ll be in orlando and was thinking on venturing on a 10-miler if you’re down 🙂

  41. TorontoGirloutWest
    January 29, 2010

    Funny! I just always called those interval runs! ?

  42. Sarah (from See Sarah Eat)
    February 22, 2010

    I still giggle like a 3rd grade boy every time I see that word, ha ha. I usually just call it speedwork 😉

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