My second endeavour to attempt to get faster called for a 5 mile fartlek run. Once I got into running I quickly learnt that fartleks aren’t some rude smelly thing, they actually mean ‘speed play’ in Swedish.
The work out asked me to do a 1 mile warm up, 3.5 miles of 2 mins fast and 2 mins slow, and then a 0.5 mile cool down. I attempted this after work one evening, not my usual time to work out, but I made sure to fuel up with a banana about 90 mins before to give me an energy boost.
The 3.5 miles of fartlek were tough. I didn’t quite crack a technique of knowing when to speed up or slow down without looking at my watch. After each faster segment I began the slower segment with a walk for about 20 seconds and then went back to a slower jog. I couldn’t believe how quickly the time passed doing this work out, it definitely kept my mind occupied.
I’m really pleased with my splits, it gives me some hope of what I might be capable of in the future!
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