Fartlek Session

Friday Fartlek Run: Less is More 1,600’s II

Although this is a traditional speed session for 5k and 10k runners, there are benefits for those running marathons (as well as half marathon distance as well) as this session came from a marathon training plan. A session like this enhances your threshold running pace and makes you a fitter runner ready to handle the higher intensities.

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.

This week’s workout was inspired by a workout in an article from the August 2005 Runner’s World by Amby Burfoot entitled The Less-Is-More Marathon Plan. Credit for this workout should go to Bill Pierce, Scott Muir, and Ray Moss as it is their FIRST principles that lead Amby Burfoot to write about it in the article. You can learn more by reading their book Run Less Run Faster.

Less is More than 1,600’s

  • 10min WU Level II;
  • 4x 1,600m Level V, 400m Level II RI;
  • 10min CD Level II;
  • 10min Stretching

Start the workout with a Warm Up (WU) for a minimum of ten minutes of easy jogging at Level II.

The main set is made up of four, 1,600m repetitions run at Level IV (aim to run these reps at a pace of 35-40 seconds per mile/21-25 seconds per kilometre faster than 10km pace), with a 400m jog at Level II between reps for 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.

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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