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Friday Fartlek Run: Andrew Simmons’ 50/50 Run

This session is great to improve speed for runners over 5-10km. It is perfect for both runners and triathletes alike.

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.

The inspiration for this session comes from an article on Training Peaks written by Andrew Simmons from Lifelong Endurance.  Read the original article here.

Andrew Simmons’ 50/50 Run

  • 25min WU Level II;
  • 25min Level III-IV;
  • 10min CD Level II;
  • 10min Stretching

Start this run Warming Up at Level II.  I’ve set this up for a 60 minute run but the idea is that you do 50% of your run at an easy aerobic Level II pace.

When you are half way through  the run (I’ve also allowed for a ten minute Cool Down afterwards) increase your pace to Level III-IV what Andrew Simmons describes as Half Marathon to 10km pace.

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

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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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