The Mother of All Fartleks

The Mother of All Fartleks

fart·lek  noun ˈfärtˌlek

A form of running in which the runner varies the pace significantly during the run. It is usually regarded as an advanced training technique, for the experienced runner who has been using interval training to develop speed and to raise the anaerobic threshold. 

Guide for Mother of All Fartleks Workout

  1. Decide to go for a run on your treadmill while your kid(s) are awake. 
  2. Set treadmill to desired speed.
  3. Begin running.
  4. When your child(ren) tries to get into something or begins to cry, jump off the treadmill, sprint to their location in the house, quickly rectify the problem, and sprint back to the treadmill which you left running.
  5. Repeat until desired mileage is met or your patience has expired.

Results: If this program is followed on a regular basis, you should see significant improvements in your cardiovascular health as well as mothering reflexes.

Warning: All exercises and other forms of physical activity can be dangerous, especially if performed without medical advice, proper supervision and/or pre-exercise evaluation. Always consult your physician or health care professional before performing any exercise, especially if you have any chronic or recurring condition, and/or if you are pregnant, nursing, or elderly. Take great care when jumping off a treadmill whether it is running or not.

Example of workout utilizing two kids.
Workout tool in action.
Example of workout utilizing one kid.


3 thoughts on “The Mother of All Fartleks

  1. Ha ha. We did those runs in bootcamp, but without kids 🙂 Working out with kids awake is so super fun. I try not to do it, but when I do I find myself moving all around the room and changing directions so I won’t step on or kick a child or toy. Apparently when I am down doing exercises on the ground I make a great jungle gym!

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