Growing up with a name like Martie (a boy’s name) was a little rough at times…especially all the lovely things it rhymes with….like fartie;)! So I found it especially amusing when I discovered that speed training was often referred to as fartleks, meaning speed play in Swedish (I am 90% sure of this, please correct me if I am wrong).
Fartleks are actually my favorite runs. They are random, just like me:). You can pick the pace as much as you like for along as you like, very unstructured (again, a similarity to myself).
Here’s how I typically go about it. A mile warmup (always). I try to listen to super
fast paced music with a chorus that is more explosive. I gage my speed to the song.
I love Krytonite by Three Doors Down. The chorus makes me a speed demon. So I run a steady, comfortable pace and then when the song picks up, I sprint and hold it until the song slows again. I repeat this pattern throughout the song, but usually the last 60-30 seconds of a song is especially fast and this is where I try to run all out. The song ends and I usually walk for a minute or long enough to catch my breath;). Next song…repeat. But each song is unique, therefore so is each Fartlek.
It is defined as speed play for a reason. Have fun with it! Make it your own run…customization…no rules just right (lol, hail Outback Steakhouse;))! Enjoy!