How Fartlek Training Can Help Make You a Better Runner

August 22, 2014 3:07 PM

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How Fartlek Training Can Help Make You a Better Runner

Fartlek is a term borrowed from the Swedish. The Swedish word Fart (speed) and lek (play) combine to form the word Fartlek (speedplay). Fartlek training incorporates bouts of fast and slow running over varying distances. The duration and intensity are relatively unstructured as opposed to the strict limits used in interval training.

Swedish cross-country coach Gösta Holmér developed fartlek in 1937. Holmér's cross-country running teams had suffered defeat throughout the 1920s by the legendary harrier Paavo Nurmi his Finnish teammates. Holmér's plan concentrated on both speed and endurance training in the form of short bursts of...

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