Fartlek Workout

Friday Fartlek Run – Meb’s 10km Session #2

Meb Keflezighi is a legendary runner. On top of his marathon success, Meb has a 10,000m PB of 27:13.98. This workout has a variety of speeds to build not only speed but also endurance, teaching the body to build pace throughout the workout and then repeat it after a short break. This session is great for runners up to a half marathon, as well as 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 runners often use and it means speed-play. See a previous post about training intensity (levels) to know how hard to work.

This workout has come from Meb Keflezighi & Scott Douglas’ book Meb For Mortals: How to Run, Think, and Eat like a Champion Marathoner.

Meb’s 10km Session #1

  • 10min WU Level II;
  • 2x 1mile Level III, 4min RI;
  • 2x 1mile Level IV, 4min RI;
  • 2x 1mile Level V, 4min 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 a total of six, one-mile reps, with four minutes between for a Rest Interval (RI).

The first two reps are done at Level III (or marathon pace). The next two reps are at Level IV (or slightly slower than 10km pace) and the final two reps are done at Level V (5km pace).

The Cool Down (CD) is at a low intensity, jogging (Level I-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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