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2023 RunBlogRun Winter Training Block, Week Four, Day 2…speed play is for Tuesday

Larry Eder

This is your workout for Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

The Swedish word for “speed play” is Fartlek.

Most modern training systems use fartlek and the workouts com in a variety of shapes and durations.

Gosta Holmer, an Olympian in 1912 and 1920 was the head Swedish national cross country coach in the 1930s.

His team was not doing well, so he looked at his program and came up with Fartlek, a way to incorporate natural surroundings into a modified interval program.

I learned about fartlek in the 1970s at DeSmet, where we would sneak on a local golf course, and charge up all of the hills on the course, as well as looking to avoid the greens keepers.

Your workout for today: warm-up, 50-minute fartlek, 15 times one minute hard, one minute easy, 10 minutes at the front and 10 minutes after fartlek session, cooldown slowly.


  • Larry Eder has had a 50-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America’s first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: “I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself.”

    Theme song: Greg Allman, ” I’m no Angel.”

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