Friday Fartlek Run: 5x 800m

This session is great to sharpen your speed during a taper for runners aiming for an event between 10km and a marathon.

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.

5x 800m, 400m RI

  • 10min Warm Up Level II;
  • 5x 800m VO2 Max Level V, 400m RI Level II;
  • 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.

The main set is made up of five reps at Level V covering 800m (or two laps of an athletics track). At the end of each rep drop your intensity down to Level II and jog for 400m as a Rest Interval (RI).

The Cool Down (CD) is at a low intensity, jogging (Level II) for a minimum of ten minutes.

Finish with 10 minutes stretching to assist with the recovery.

If you would like further advice feel free to contact me.

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 coachray@coachray.nz and 021 348 729.

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