Fartlek Session

Friday Fartlek Run: 6 Minutes

This session is a great way to enhance your speed for 5km and 10km events.

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.

Six Minutes

  • 10min Warm Up Level II;
  • 2x 3min Level IV, 2min Level II RI;
  • 3x 2min Level V, 2min Level II RI;
  • 6x 1min Level V, 2min Level II RI;
  • 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 for 10 minutes. This session can be done either on the road, trail, or track.

The main sets for this workout involve completing three sets that all involve six minutes of running hard.

The first set is two reps of three minutes duration at Level IV, each with a two-minute Rest Interval (RI) at Level II in between reps.

The second set is three reps of two minutes at Level V, once again with two minutes of Rest Interval (RI) between each rep.

The third set is six reps of one-minute duration as fast as you can go (Level V+).  Once again you get a two-minute Rest Interval (RI) between each rep (more rest than the hard segment) at Level II.

The cooldown is at a low intensity, jogging for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Finish with 10 minutes of 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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If you enjoyed this workout, here is a similar session I published 12 months ago.

Friday Fartlek: Pace Calibration Run (PCR)

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


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