Fartlek in Sweden

I was in Sweden for a few days negotiating a customer contract, staying in the Scandic Hotel in Boras, and as we had finished our negotiation meeting for the day, that allowed me to get in a run.  As I was in Sweden I decided that it just had to be a Fartlek run (as Swedish coach Gosta Holmer developed fartlek training in 1937), and I thought it would be good training to do that for an hour.  I would run for 3 minutes to warm up and then do a series of hard 1 minutes followed by recovery 3 minutes, and without a set route would just keep running until the hour was up.

Meme Of Thrones

Meme Of Thrones

I started at the hotel and ran down Yxhammarsgatan towards the Viskan river, crossing over to Sven Eriksonsgatan before running alongside the railway track to take me past the station and up to an open area of tarmac ground which was just left unused.  I circled that before using Centralbron to cross the railway lines, then turned right along Norrby Langgata, staying on that for some time, and continuing as it became Skaraborgsvagen and passed the Boras Arena.  Not long after that I turned left down Campinggatan and then left again, which brought me behind the Boras Arena, where there was a lot of football coaching activity happening on the training pitches.

I turned left on to Algardsvagen, crossed to the other side of the Viskan and followed Skaraborgsvagen back into town, before going back out on to Kungsgatan and then turning left up a hill away from the centre.  I turned left at the top and this brought me to Mill Mountain Park and the wonderful Boras Kvarnbergsparken, a water reservoir standpipe which has been incorporated into a castle tower by architect Erik Josephson.  I ran back down towards the river and turned left into the centre of town, unfortnately going over some rubble which hurt the underside of my left heel, running through to the other side and crossing a bend in the river to get to the Stadsparken, then crossing back over the river before running back towards the hotel, but I was going to get there a little early so I ran down a parallel road and followed a square before coming to my finishing point at 1 hour and 1 minute.

It had been a good run, apart from the effect of running over the rubble, and although Strava measured it at 5.8 miles it had clearly missed the beginning part of the run, only picking it up at the railway station, so I reckon I did cover over 6 miles in the time.

Sven Bean

Sven Bean

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