This session provides you with a great Tempo run and was a favourite of Lorraine Moller’s. I remember being inspired by her as I watched her run into the stadium at the Barcelona Olympics for the bronze medal in the 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 runners often use and it means speed-play. See a previous post about training intensity (levels) to know how hard to work.
- 10min Warm Up Level II;
- 3x 2 miles Level IV, 2-mile Jog back to the start Level I-II RI (Main Set);
- 10min Cool Down Level I-II;
- 10min Stretching
The warm-up should be done at an intensity that is steady but not overconsuming at Level II. Run for a minimum of 10 minutes and head to the pre-selected start location for the main set.
Select a course for the main set that allows you to run gently downhill for two miles (3,200m), such as up the top end of the Maitai Valley in Nelson, Taylor River in Blenheim, beside the Manawatu River in Palmerston North (not the gorge), Hutt River trail in Upper or Lower Hutt or somewhere else. Often rivers provide great locations. At your 10km race pace run the slight downhill for the 2 miles prior to turning around and jogging back to the start point for your recovery. repeat a total of three times.
The cooldown is at a low intensity, jogging the remainder of the workout.
Finish with 10 minutes of stretching to assist with the recovery.
This workout and other great sessions can be found in Michael Sandrock’s book Running Tough.
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If you enjoyed this workout, here is a similar session I published previously.
Friday Fartlek Run: Greg McMillan’s Best Fartlek Workout 1
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