Fartlek Session

Friday Fartlek Run – Meb’s Half Marathon Session #2

Meb Keflezighi is a legendary runner. On top of his marathon success, Meb has a ½ Marathon PB of 1:01:00. 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. Although this session targets half marathon events specifically, it is also of benefit for runners and triathletes preparing for events up to the full marathon 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 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 Half Marathon Session #2

  • 10min WU Level II;
  • 3x
    • 3x 1,000m Level IV, 1:30-2:00 RI;
    • 3min RI between sets;
  • 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 three sets, each set is made up of three reps (so a total of nine). Each rep is done at Level IV and is 1,000m in distance. After each rep within the set take a Rest Interval (RI) between a minute, thirty and two minutes long. At the end of each set take a three minute Rest Interval (RI).

a total of five to six, one-mile reps run all at Level III, with three to four minutes between for a Rest Interval (RI).

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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With his historic win at the 2014 Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi cemented his legacy as one of the great champions of long-distance running. Runners everywhere wanted to know how someone two weeks away from his 39th birthday, who had only the 15th best time going into the race, could defeat the best field in Boston Marathon history and become the first American man to win the race in 31 years.

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