Friday, 30 September 2011


1. An athletic training technique, used especially in running, in which periods of intense effort alternate with periods of less strenuous effort in a continuous workout.
2. A workout using this technique.
As regular readers will know Thursday evenings are always bad for me when it comes training, I am usually tired or grumpy  and need some motivation to get out of the door. Having been on a training course for the past three days with work I was mentally tired and had to force my way out of the door for a run. So headtorch in one hand and mobile phone in the other I decided that this long distance runner needed to get some speed back in his legs, the only way to do it was a fartlek.
With an 8 mile course in mind I warmed up for a mile and then  ran 400 metres at full pelt and then a jog for 100 metres repeating the process until I was a mile from home when I was supposed to warm down.....but....
I had reached a gentle down hill and chose to RUN home as I got to the base of the hill I glanced at my Garmin and saw that I was running at 10.2 mph......OMG that means sub 6 minute miles, hey this old boy still has it in him even if it was for a very short distance it is good to see it happen once in a while.

1 comment:

  1. Well done! I'm terrible with speedwork and don't really do anything. Once in a while I'll do a shorter run at faster pace. It does feel good to kick it up a gear from time to time.