Friday Fartlek Run: 6x 1,000m

This workout is a great way to develop speed for a 10km and a bit of endurance for a 5km race. Because of this it is perfect for short course triathletes.

Each week I will be posting the Friday Fartlek Run Sessions that you can do to enhance your running. Fartlek is a Swedish term that is often used by runners and it means speed-play. See this previous post about training intensity (levels) to know how hard to work. If you are working directly with Coach Ray he will in most cases prescribe either a Pace Zone or Heart Rate Zone to work within if you are training with these tools.

6x 1,000m

  • 10min Warm Up Level II;
  • 6x 1,000m Level V, 3min Level II;
  • 10min Cool Down Level I-II;
  • 10min Stretching

The warm up should be done at an intensity that is steady but not over consuming at Level II for 10 minutes.

For today’s main set complete six repetitions of 1,000m at Level V. The idea is that you cover the 1,000m as fast as you can but maintain consistency with your splits without slowing down as the session develops. In between each rep, jog for three minutes at Level II as your Recovery Interval (RI).

The cool down is at a low intensity (Level I-II), jogging for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Finish with 10 minutes stretching to assist with the recovery.

If you would like further advice feel free to contact Coach Ray.

Coach Ray is the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi – Endurance Sports Consultant and is a prominent triathlon and marathon coach in New Zealand.

Coach Ray specialises in assisting first timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. He can be contacted at and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up to his monthly informative newsletter.

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If you enjoyed this workout, here is a workout I published 6 months ago:

Friday Fartlek: 400/800/1600/800/400

For more great workouts see Coach Ray’s eBook: ‘Top 10 Workouts from Coach Ray – The Ten Most Popular Training Sessions from”.  Use the workouts within the eBook to enhance your fitness.

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