Runner Lingo | What the Fartlek?

If you are reading this, chances are you are either a runner, aspiring to be, or an enthusiast of the sport. For any of the above reasons, we are already a fan of yours. Welcome to this new exciting world of brightly colored garb, chafing, blisters, and exertion that some people deem “crazy”!

Similar to any true club or society, we come fully equipped with our own lingo. But no one wants to be THAT guy who’s asking the question you feel should already be common knowledge, right? That’s where we come in. We will be your striding-sage, your Grandma Willow, the upperclassmen of your running University, if you will. We’ll give you the breakdown on the runner lingo so you can flawlessly banter with the elites.

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[fahrt-lek] noun

  • Word that makes us giggle
  • Literal meaning in Swedish is “speed play”
  • Otherwise known as “interval training”
  • This is a form of interval training that is less structured and controlled by the runner. The workout consists of bursts of speed and intensity alternating with a regular pace or less demanding workout. The extra exertion conditions your body to improve anaerobic exercise performance and eventually increase your speed. Interval training helps you avoid injuries caused by repetitive aerobic exercise.

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