Martie Fart-lek

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!

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9 Responses to Martie Fart-lek

  1. Celest says:

    I love it! Best of luck on your race this weekend!!! You’ll do great! I can’t wait to hear all about it! :-)

    • Martie Tamashiro says:

      Thanks Celest! You’re the best! Hey that rhymes;)…we are all about rhyming in our house…lol! Love you!

  2. Alyssa says:

    So I don’t want to pressure you but…………. I want to know how St. George went, and I’m looking to soak in a little Marti running wisdom =) K I have 2 questions for you: 1.Do you do Track workouts? 2.When you are training for your marathons how long are your “long runs”?

    • Martie Tamashiro says:

      Hi Alyssa! You’re the best fan ever!!! ;) Thank you! I finally wrote a post about St. George just now. Sorry for the delay… Rough week! I was just thinking about you today actually. Your marathon is in a couple weeks right??? I think track workouts are awesome and essential, but I typically convert it to a treadmill:). Yasso 800′s are great! As far as long runs go, I usually try to get on as many as I can, but only up to 22 two weeks before. Last Fall we did an 18, 2×20, and a 22. Have you read Run Less Run Faster??? Great book, but it suggests 5×20! Crazy! I also want to implement some paced long runs for my next marathon. Running smart or trying:)! How are you feeling??? What’s going on with your training etc??? Please always ask me anything… I love it!!!

  3. Krista Lu Who says:

    And lots of harmonica!!!!!

  4. Traci says:

    Martie-fartie … I love you… your words are so wonderful. Im sitting in my seat right now with my legs crossed so tight cause I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants.

    • Martie Tamashiro says:

      Thanks Trace! I am so excited that you read my stuff! I love and miss you tons…and BTW I thought of you when writing this;)…love you!

  5. Traci Napolitano says:

    Its me… Love and miss you!

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