The 10k Race is only 12 days away and I’m pushing to try to increase my speed. I have a few things working aginst me though. Months of distance training for my 1/2 marathon and hot humid runds. Blah! Anyway, as I was doing research the most consistant thing I saw for building speed were Fartleks. Unlike Tempo Runs the definition for fartleks is consistant across the board.
Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training. The variable intensity and continuous nature of the exercise places stress on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is unstructured; intensity and/or speed can be varied whenever the athlete wishes. ~Wikipedia
So what does a Fartlek work out look like? Any sort of interval training really. Start with a base pace, something you can maintain fairly easily and then add burst of speed. This can be anything from I’m going to run to that next light pole as fast as I can to I’m going to run the next 1/4 mile in x minutes. Here is an example of one of my Fartlek trainings:
1 mile @ 8:26
1/4 mile @ 9:00 (2:15) min mile pace
1/4 Mile @10:00 (2:30) min mile pace
Repeat for 2.5 miles
1 mile @ 9:51!!!
Total 4.5 miles in 41:52 an average of 9:18 per mile.
I actually really liked these, they are also good for endurance training so I think they will become a regular part of my workouts.