Runners Defining True Love Through Fartleks

Runners may have an odd way of expressing their affection for each other. But hey, if you’ve met your perfect match then they should totally get that being the ‘fart’ in this instance is a total compliment! πŸ˜‰
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Shall we say that the two perfectly match strides?

Maybe true love always turns left together?

Perhaps even it’s not so much that I totally adore you’re company, as much that you push my @$$ to a new PR?

Bottom line: you know it’s a real match when you’re both out on a training run, one winds up injured or hurt, but their immediate response is, “Don’t stop the watch! Keep going, I’ll see you when you’re done!” #dontsacrificetherun πŸ˜‰

1) What are your favorite kinds of fartleks?
Maybe 3 minutes on two minutes off? Pyramid fartleks can be fun too.

2) Do you have a corny runner line like the one above?

3) If you’re on a run with other people and one is unable to keep going for whatever reason, what is your reaction?
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10 thoughts on “Runners Defining True Love Through Fartleks

  1. When my now-husband and I started dating, we thought it was great that we both ran, and could run together. WIN. This worked for a long while. We got married (although were living on different sides of the US), and decided to train for a marathon to run together. We tried to do our longest runs on weekends when we were visiting each other – and learned very, very fast that we have different serious training habits.

    In short, he runs because it’s fun. If it stops being fun, he’ll rest. Or walk for a bit. Or slow down. Or whatever. I train because it’s fun, AND because I like to work hard and be fast. So if it stops being fun (like, on the 4th of 6 intervals), I keep running. This caused no small amount of tension: “You go. No, I don’t want to leave you. Just GO. NO. *mad because my workout was cut short*” Obviously, the romantic entanglements complicated things.

    The story has a happy ending – we’ve since worked things out. I relax a little, he steps it up a little, and sometimes, we run apart. It’s OK. πŸ™‚

    PS I’m still a bit too straight-laced for fartleks. I want a specific interval, not something willy-nilly. πŸ˜‰

    • hahaha…okay, u and i have the SAME mentality. the main reason i tend to be picky with who i run with is because i go in with this, “i’m not walking, i’m not stopping once we start…some kind of CRAZY scenario must play out if we’re actually stopping the watch.” read as: alien abduction, or leg chewed off by a lion πŸ˜‰

  2. I am a three minute on, two minute off kind of girl too. Most of the “fast-paced get your run on” songs last for about three minutes and I need my music to keep my legs turning over!
    Chris is not a runner. He maintains that his part in our workout relationship is to “lift the heavy thing” while I “run the far thing”. But, we have decided to do Tough Mudder together this year and part of the training is a lot of running. Oh, and I have to learn to lift the heavy thing (namely myself)…
    When my little sister and I have run races together we have always made the pact that whoever feels the strongest at the end of the race should go ahead, whenever they feel the need to surge and the other needs to drop back, it is every woman for herself. First over the line has to find the water and bananas though πŸ˜‰

    • hahaha…i know, that’s why i was so happy to see u talked chris into the tough mudder!! maybe he’ll come around eventually, but even if he doesn’t he seems way too nice to NOT keep around. plus, we could all use help lifting heavy things. πŸ™‚

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