Friday Fartlek Run: Gaudette’s Half Miles

This is a great session to enhance your speed over both 5km and 10km.

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 a previous post about training intensity (levels) to know how hard to work.

Gaudette’s Half Miles

  • 10min Warm Up Level II;
  • 6x 800m Level V, 400m Level I-II RI;
  • 10min Cool Down Level II;
  • 10min Stretching

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

Complete six reps of 800m at Level V (about the pace you would run for a 5km). Between each rep take a Rest Interval by continuing to jog at Level I-II for 400m.

The cool down is at a low intensity, jogging for a minimum of ten minutes.

Finish with 10 minutes stretching to assist with the recovery.

Do this workout once per week. Every two weeks add an extra two reps on until you are running ten reps.

Weeks Number of Reps
1-2 6x
3-4 8x
5-6 10x

This workout and sequencing of sessions comes from Jeff Guadette the owner and head coach of RunnersConnect in Boston, that I read about in Runners World Magazine.

I am the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi – Endurance Sports Consultant.

I specialise in assisting first timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. I can be contacted at and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up to my informative newsletter.

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If you enjoyed this workout, here is a similar session I published 12 months ago.

Friday Fartlek: 6x 200m + 3x 1,000m + 3x 400m

For more great workouts see my 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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