It’s a horrible word, Fartlek—an uncompromising mess of harsh Scandinavian consonants. If you’re not fit, the semi-structured combination of fast and faster, steady and steadier, can make for a pretty harsh workout too.
Not for Ruben.
He’s coming into form and he reeled off a 10-mile fartlek like it was nothing, spending a lot of the time running 5:15/mile, the pace he’ll need to run to qualify for the Olympic Marathon this year.
He started the workout wearing Tracksmith Bislett Pants, but the intensity took it’s toll, so he stripped down to No Days Off Van Cortlandt shorts at halfway. Cotton is always in season, and the No Days Off over-dyed Grayboy was the perfect partner for a tough start to the day.
By the time Lyndsay got out on the road the temperature was dropping, so she started out in the new Tracksmith 226 Soft Shell jacket. As a middle distance runner her cruise pace is pretty quick, and she quickly warmed up enough to strip down to the Grayboy Tank, which in its No Days Off guise comes in over-dyed black.
With snow falling when the athletes got back from their afternoon runs, they threw on their Post Run Robes while the fire warmed up the lodge. They ate, dried clothes and got busy recovering—yoga, foam rolling and resting, ready for more of the same the next morning.
We drove down to the small town of Lyndon first thing the next morning. The town is home to Lyndon College which has a track out front, sandwiched between the cemetery and the white-spired church. It was cold, of course, but not too cold—the runners quickly got warm.
Ruben ran the straights of the track at marathon pace and floated the bends while Lyndsay unleashed a full speed workout. For her, the indoor track season is fast approaching meaning she needs to maintain the sharpness needed to compete in 800m races on a banked track.
Film maker Joel Wolpert accompanied us throughout the camp to shoot Cold Forged. Learn more about the making of the film over on Medium.
You can learn more about the No Days Off collection at Tracksmith.com—place an order and you’ll receive a free No Days Off calendar (including a sharpie) so you can track your progress.