Run Fartlek

Friday Fartlek Run: Neha’s Fartlek

Spending time running at VO2 Max intensity will help develop your ability to run longer at this intensity. This is a perfect session for runners and triathletes running events up to 10km in distance.

Each week I will be posting the Friday Fartlek Run Sessions that you can do to enhance your running. Fartlek is a Swedish term that runners often use and it means speed-play. See a previous post about training intensity (levels) to know how hard to work.

The inspiration for this session comes from an Instagram post from Neha Singh in Dubai. You can follow them on Instagram @sketchily_yours

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What went through your head when you heard the term “fartlek” for the first time? . Well to me…I imagined a person running and passing gas with each step 😂 . . . Fartlek is a swedish word which means “speed play” (fart- speed; lek- play) and it does feel like play 😁. Did my first fartlekrun workout today….and I enjoyed it!!!! . . . So today was 60sec+40sec+20sec run…with a gradual increase in speed. The last 20sec was an all out dash 😎😃 Followed by 2 mins recovery jog. Repeat 4 times . . . . . #fartlek #fartlekrun #speedworkout #runnersofinstagram #loveforrunning #thisgirlruns #running_daily #run #runnerlife #trainhard #trainingrun #trainingpeaks #garminvivoactive #dubairunning #runningirl #beatyesterday #workhard #happyme #lovewhatyoudodowhatyoulove #runningdrills #striderunning #runningmotivation

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Neha’s Fartlek

  • 10min WU Level II;
  • 4x
    • 60sec Level III,
    • 40sec Level IV,
    • 20sec Level V,
    • 2min RI Level II
  • 10min CD Level II;
  • 10min Stretching

The Warm Up (WU) should be done at an intensity that is steady, but not overconsuming at Level II for ten minutes.

The main set is made up of four reps. Within each rep increase your speed as you work your way through. Start off with 60 seconds at Level III, before increasing to Level IV for 40 seconds, then finish the rep with 20 seconds at Level V. After each rep take a two-minute Rest Interval (RI) at Level II.

The Cool Down (CD) is at a low intensity, jogging (Level II) for a minimum of ten minutes.

Finish with 10 minutes of stretching to assist with the recovery.

If you would like further advice feel free to contact me.

I am the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi – Endurance Sports Consultant.

I specialise in assisting first-timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. I can be contacted at and 021 348 729.

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