4 miles with fartlek surges. Sunny, 66 degree.
Without fanfare, today marks the kick-off for my marathon training. I am training for the Erie Marathon in September. That’s why my 20 week training started earlier than usual. Might as well, I am getting fidgety about the prolonged cold weather anyway.
Perhaps my prayer has been heard. The sun was shining and the temperature pleasant when I embarked on the 4 miles easy pace run. I threw in fartlek surges during the third mile to introduce speed work early for two reasons: 1) to take advantage of my fitness level and 2) to have fun.
The concept of better-fitness and more-fun is not new. What new is how I incorporate them into my marathon training. The fartleks today is a case in point. And staying injury free is another. Nothing revolutionary, but for me, it is exciting being able to implement them after all these years.