You can blame the Swedes for the name but you would also have to give them credit for one of the best running workouts. Fartlek translates to ‘speed-play’, and it is as simple as that. Much like the Tempo Run, Fartlek can be a great way to introduce some quality during any phase, typically in the later stages of the base phase before venturing into more structured workouts such as lactate or speed intervals.
When: Any phase
What: Swedish word for ‘speed-play’ and that it is just that.
Where: Soft surfaces
Why: To introduce lactate interval training without a set structure
1 minute, 4 minutes, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 1 minute, 2 minutes with various rest depending on how you feel…