A funny named training method makes exercise more fun! A fartlek is a Swedish word that means “speed play.” This method of training is a way for you to find your next gear in running speed or it can be applied to other types of training. With a fartlek, you engage in random speed training that is playful so it doesn’t feel like work. Basically, you trick yourself into getting faster. Ready to give it a running try?
WARM UP: 10 minutes of easy running
DYNAMIC WARM UP: 30 seconds each of high knees, butt kicks, forward lunges with a kick and leg swings
4 x 20-second strides with a 40 second recovery
WORKOUT: 10 to 20 total minutes of unstructured fartlek. Randomly pick up your pace for whatever distance you feel like. Maybe run faster to the next street sign or count off 7 mailboxes.
You can scale this workout up or down to match your fitness level. Have fun!