Fartlek Workout

Friday Fartlek Run – 3 sets 5x 30-20-10

This workout came from some research published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. The research showed that experienced runners improved their 5km time by 4% over 7 weeks. This session is great for runners from 5km to 10km, especially triathletes.

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 workout has come from an article in Runners World about some research about running intervals to improve your 5km time. You can read the article here.

3 sets 5x 30-20-10

  • 10min WU Level II;
  • 5x 30sec Level II, 20sec Level IV, 10sec Level V;
  • 2min Level II RI;
  • 5x 30sec Level II, 20sec Level IV, 10sec Level V;
  • 2min Level II RI;
  • 5x 30sec Level II, 20sec Level IV, 10sec Level V;
  • 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 reps that are a minute long. Start with 30 seconds at Level II, then increase to Level IV for 20 seconds, before a ten-second sprint at Level V. Each set includes five reps.

Between each set jog at Level II for two minutes. Complete a total of three sets.

The Cool Down (CD) is at a low intensity, jogging (Level II) for a minimum of ten minutes. See the chart below for recommended warm-up durations for various total durations.

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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