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Excuse me... I just Fartleked? (Read 939 times)


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    I'm a newbie runner. Just wondering what a Fartlek is, and why/when I might do it.
    2010 Goals
    1. get to and maintain 20 MPW
    2. sub 50 min Crazy Legs 8k -- April 10 (so close! 50:13... next year)
    3. sub 30 min 5k
    4. improved time in Madison half marathon -- May 10
      it's basically choosing to sprint certain distances within a regular run-- like, you're running along and then decide you'll pick up your pace between the next two lamp-posts or from the first cutie-pie you pass til the next, etc. it keeps things fun-- it turns a routine run into play. and oh yeah, it builds a kind of speedwork into your running routine which trains your body to run faster, ups your lactate threshold, builds more muscle more quickly, burns more calories, gives you a differently colored bar in your graph, etc. you can make it as formal/regular or as random and varying as you choose. it's fun!


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        And you can claim you speak Swedish, too! I have an "I fartlek'd" sticker on the back of my car, as well as an "uff da" sticker--gotta represent my Scandinavian heritage, ya know! Smile k

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        '14 Goals:

        • 6 duathlons (1 Olympic distance)

        • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


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          I love to do a fartlek when it's raining outside. No one is usually around. Trouble with those runs is like always, in New York, you have to really watch out for traffic. That's why I call those runs in particular.....SBD Fartleks. Silent But Deadly Fartleks (Duh,,,,as if I even needed to explain that! DOH!!!) Tongue Tongue Tongue


          Blaine Moore (MM#2867)

            Fartleks are a form of interval training where you never stop running throughout the workout, and will normally (but not always) run your intervals and recovery for a set duration rather than for a set distance. For example, you may run 10×1 minute repeats with 3 minutes of recovery running between each repeat. The name “fartlek” comes from the Swedes and means running play. Fartleks don’t need to be timed; one of my favorite runs is to just go out and randomly choose a target to run fast towards at regular intervals without rhyme or reason. I might sprint to a telephone pole or after a pedestrian up ahead of me or an intersection, with however much recovery between each interval as it takes me to find a new target that peaks my interest. (copied word for word from "Answers for the top questions about interval training")

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              This topic is freaky relavent to me. Last night I ran my first fartlek... 1 mile warm up 2 miles fartlek and 1 mile cool down. IT WAS A BLAST!