Running half-mile reps not only gives you the physiological benefit of enhancing your VO2 Max, but it can also be a great way of predicting your 5km pace. This is a perfect session for runners and triathletes running events between 5km & 10km.
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 post came from an article on Runner’s World that describes this as a great workout to predict your 5km time (more about that after the workout). Read the original article here.
5k Predictor II
- 10min WU Level II;
- 3x 60sec Level IV, 30sec Level II RI,
- 4x 800m Level V, 5min Level I RI;
- 10min CD Level II;
- 10min Stretching
Start the workout with a Warm Up (WU) of ten minutes of easy jogging at Level II. To elevate your Heart Rate (HR) and prepare your body for the effort that will come, you will run at Level IV for one minute, then take a 30-second Rest Interval (RI) jogging at Level II, completing three reps before moving into the main body.
The Main Set involves running four, 800-metre reps at your goal race pace (and adjusting your pace as needed over the remaining reps), with a five-minute walk between reps at Level I as your 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 of stretching to assist with the recovery.
Take the average pace of your reps, to get the average pace to run your 5km at.
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