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2023 RunBlogRun Winter Training Block, Week Nine, Day Two, a day of fartlek

Larry Eder

This is Tuesday, February 28, 2023, the last day of February.

This is day two Week Nine of the 2023 Winter Training Block.

Today is a fartlek day. Fartlek is a speed play in Swedish and it comes from the late coach Gosta Holmer, who was an Olympic multi-eventer (decathlon, pentathlon, long jump. Coach Holmer was the national coach of the cross-country team in Sweden in the 1930s when the team was not living up to expectations.

Coach Holder improvised a creative way to use repetition and interval training, not on the track, but on the trails around Sweden, and give some control to the teams. What happened was, as the athletes got into shape, they added challenges to the workouts, and got stronger and faster.

Your workout for today is warm-up slowly, 60-minute fartlek, suggested breakout, 10 minutes modest pace, 20 x one minute hard, one minute easy, 10 minutes modest pace, 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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