Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training. Fartlek training is simply defined as periods of fast running intermixed with periods of slower running. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is unstructured; intensity and/or speed varies, as the athlete wishes. For example, “sprint all out from one light pole to the next, jog to the corner, give a medium effort for a couple of blocks, jog between four light poles and sprint to a stop sign, and so on, for a set total time or distance.” Does that variable intensity of running sound familiar to another sort of running..? Perhaps the exact sort of physical demands you’ll be doing on an obstacle course? You betcha. Get out there and do 20 minutes minimum of fartlek. Push yourself hard for this one.
Obstacle Racers NZ Advent Calendar!
Each day in December, leading up to Christmas, we’ll reveal a daily challenge to get in mud shape. This advent calendar doesn’t involve chocolate (you can click here for some great chocolate recipes), but it does involve mud. We present the 2017 ORNZ Advent Calendar: 24 Days to Obstacle Racing.