As we get into the best time of year for running, I wanted to give you runners out there a workout you could try. Many of you might be familiar with the term "Fartlek". It's a Swedish word that means "speed play". If you've followed a running program before you've probably done a Fartlek workout. What a Fartlek workout consists of is a mix of faster and slower running periods within the same workout.
You could mix these periods of time based on distance, time, or make it completely random. Example for each:
Timed Example: 5 Minutes at an easy pace; 1 Minute at a hard pace for 30 minutes.
Distance: Run 1 mile easy; Quarter-Mile Hard for 5 Miles
Random: Randomly choose street signs, attractions, etc. to run hard to when they pop into your vision.
Have fun, experiment, and see what kind of "speed play" you enjoy!
We are Amber and Jordan Kirbey. We are excited to share our experiences and ideas with you!