Muskoka Algonquin Runners are in full summer swing. Great turnout for our Fartlek run Tuesday and a rewarding dip afterwards. Join us Thursday July 18 at Conroy Track from 5:30-7 pm for a hill workout followed by a swim. We will keep everyone together around some hills and will seek shade. Call a friend/club member and get them to come out. Runners of all abilities welcome.
We are always looking for new workouts and just read a great urban take on the Fartlek run, which can be run anywhere. The author calls this workout “competitive jogging”. Here are the rules:
“The game that I like to call competitive jogging is very simple. First, I choose a course, about 3 miles. Second, I start running it. The only rule is that I can never get passed by anybody else who is on foot or on rollerblades. Regrettably, I have had to let bikes pass. If someone is running a sprint, I sprint. If someone is roller blading quickly, I sprint. If someone is running 5 minute miles, I run 5 minute miles. I never get passed by anyone. The course distance is absolutely critical in this game. 1.5 miles (in either direction) is challenging yet doable. It means that the maximum distance I would have to keep up with someone is 1.5 miles. Usually, if they are sprinting they only go a few hundred yards anyway. The toughest challenges are the marathon runners who are absolutely cruising my whole course or the rollerbladers who are effortlessly pushing me to the brink. After I return home I usually declare myself the winner, do some stretching, and feel great about my run. Jogging problems solved. Can you tell I love competition?”
Finally, some inspiration from Mark Remy at Runner’s World: