FML Workout Fartlek

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Make no mistake about it, this training regiment is no laughing matter.

There’s no way around it: Fartlek’s name isn’t doing it any favors. Swedish for “speed play,” fartlek is designed to keep your body guessing by alternating moderate-to-hard exercises with easy efforts. By running fast for short periods of time and then slowing down for easy-effort recovery running, you can “play with speed” to challenge your endurance and mental strength.

Whether you’re in a group—great for mixing up pace and time and pushing your running mates—or training as a tandem (like Chris and Amy McClung, CEO of Rogue Running and Dermatologist, respectively), this free-flowing workout will liberate you from repetitive running routines and ensure you never run out of gas.

For each of these I recommend a warm-up of 1–2 miles at easy efforts before beginning the fartlek.

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