The Adventures of Half Marathon Training: Day 5

My hair situation is a whole lot better, in case you were wondering. πŸ˜„ Took me a little over 3 hours yesterday, but my chunk of hair is as close to bleach blonde as it will ever get and my roots aren’t showing! Even more surprising they aren’t orange, which’ll happen sometimes when I let them get really bad.

But enough about hair, let’s talk about running!! Today was a fartlek fartlek fartlek! Hahaha not only do I love saying it, I usually enjoy doing them as well.

For those of you who may not know, “fartlek” (seriously, who doesn’t smile when they it?!) is the Swedish word for “speed play”. Basically, it’s a super unstructured workout in which you literally play with speed.

For example; after warming up, I could decide to run hard to that mail box, run (or walk) at a recovery pace to the next light pole, run at a moderate pace up this hill, then sprint up the next hill, and then run at an easy pace until the end of this street, and so on and so forth.

So with that in mind, I set out to do a 25 minute fartlek while doing some Pokemon hunting. I figured I need to slow down to catch them, so that should work, right?

It turns out that it worked out really well!! I caught a few Pokemon, hit some Pokestops, hatched an egg, and most important, I finished my workout. Which actually ended up being 25:40 minutes long, but I just had to hit 2 miles. Haha I’m sure all of my fellow runners know the feeling. I mean, it just feels wrong to stop at 1.8 miles. Plus I felt pretty great the whole time, which is always a good thing!

Anyway, I’m trying to get into the habit of weeding the garden for 20-30 minutes after I run (which is exactly what I did today). Things are doing great out there, but it’s kinda becoming overrun with grass.So instead of trying to do it all at once, realizing I wont be able to do that, getting discouraged, and giving up on the whole thing, I’m going to do a little bit at a time and systematically get rid of the grass. At least that way I’ll be getting a little bit done almost everyday. Actually, I got quite a bit done in 20 minutes today! πŸ™‚

Like I said though, everything is doing really well out there. We’ve gotten a whole bunch of cucumbers which Luke has pickled. I think we’ve had something like 5 jars so far? I don’t remember exactly, but it’s been a lot and they are super good! I’ve also had a few HUGE zucchini! Unfortunately though, the squash bugs have found them and are killing my plants. I’m working on combating them, but last year they killed all of my squash plants. This year they’ve already killed my spaghetti squash…

Our tomatoes are probably our best plants right now! Our pear tomato plants have been kicking off perfectly sweet tomatoes for about a week now. These things are seriously like candy, they are so freaking good! And our beef steak tomatoes are just now starting to ripen! We’ve had 4-5 already (and of course Luke had to jar them πŸ˜‰ ), but i’m thinking in the next week or so we’re going to have more tomatoes than we know what to do with. πŸ™‚

Little pear tomatoes and one small banana pepper, fresh from the garden.

On a very, very unrelated note, it’s Friday Friday Friday YAY! That means only 2 days until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes out and I absolutely cannot wait!!!!!! I’m so so so excited about this book and I really hope it’s as good as the other Harry Potter books. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Are you looking forward toΒ Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

What’s your favorite running workout?Β 

Are you currently training for a race?

What color are your socks?Β Mine are black. Kinda boring really…

Hahah these are all very important questions that I would like you to answer. πŸ˜‰

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