Fartlek? What's that all about?
Posted on: 24 Mar 2010
I've never quite got Fartleks. Thr training plan was for a 50 minute one today. It seems to me that a Fartlek is unstructured interval training and it is the unstructured bit that I find difficult. If I have understood it right you run in bursts when you choose to and for as long as you choose. I find it difficult to motivate myself to stretch my effort if I don't have to.
I much prefer structured intervals eg 5 minutes hard x 4, 2 minute recoveries. Having that specific end point keeps me going beyond my comfort zone but if I was doing fartlek I would probably only go hard for a shorter time.
Anyway had a go today for 50 minutes using a circuit of the country park that had some hills and did the hard efforts up them. It actually worked Ok. Still not convinced but don't feel so negative about Fartleks.
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