Improving your VO2 Max will enable you to run at higher intensities. This is a perfect session for runners and triathletes running events up to Half Marathon in distance.
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.
2x 3min, 4x 1:30min, 6x 45sec
- 10min WU Level II;
- 2x 3min Level V, 3min RI;
- 4x 1:30min Level V, 1:30min RI;
- 6x 45sec Level V, 45sec RI;
- 10min CD Level II;
- 10min Stretching
The Warm Up (WU) 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 three sets. The first set is made up of two reps of three minutes duration at Level V. After each rep take a three minute Rest Interval (RI), just walking and jogging. Then go straight into the second set, which is four reps of 90 seconds duration at Level V again. Make sure you give your everything on these Level V segments. After all of these reps take a 90 second Rest Interval (RI) just walking and jogging as you feel like. Keep the legs moving to help the blood flow to remove lactic acid and other waste products. The final set is made up of six reps at Level V of 45 seconds duration. Between the reps take a 45 second Rest Interval (RI). As with the other Rest Intervals (RI) keep your legs moving.
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.
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