Speed Work Week 17 – The One With the Sweaty Mess

6:30 pm start time at the Coke Plant / COLT.

With the heat and humidity still high, please do take care and reduce your pace. The effort will still be there, even slower.  After the run consider joining us for Wing Night at East Side Marios.

We will be focusing on 400’s as we lead up to the Mac Pass Mile. For those not racing that race, carry on as usual. For those that are doing the MacPass, well let’s bring it up a notch. Ideally as we prep for a Mile Race, we are actually going to want to do some of our intervals at Race Speed. For this week I suggest starting with 3 regular paced intervals, then moving up to 3 at race pace. If you need help figuring out what that pace is let me know.  If you are doing more than 6, then finish with 2 that are at regular interval speed.

While the group will workout this week together, I will include the workout on this page should you not be able to make it. If you are unfamiliar with interval sessions, attending a few would be a good idea, or at least finding someone who understands how these work. I must say that the most important part of this workout is the warm up, followed closely by the cool down with the intervals being third in line. Under no circumstances should you skip the warm up and cool down. Also try to run the assigned paces, even if they feel easy to start. You should be left tired by the end, but not destroyed. With that being said, here we go.

10 min light jog. At the end of the light jog feel free to add 2 strides of 10-15 seconds (short sprints). After the jog you can perform your movement activation drills. 5 squats, 5 step back lunges, 5 side step squats (per side), marching drill with hop

We will aim to do a session of 6-8x400m. This means you should (unless still sore from the race) aim to do one more 400 than you did the last session. We want to build up the distance we are running at speed now.  After each 400 you will do a light 200m jog. Try to limit the rest time between each 400m run, as sustaining a higher heart rate will end up being more beneficial.  On the trail we will be doing our 400’s in both directions this week to minimize recovery time.

Paces are based on 5km race pace. Please choose what you consider to be your current 5 km race pace (not necessarily your all time best). This would ideally be within the last few months or else add 1 min to your last race time. If you are on the cusp and have not raced in a long time, round up.

Race Time    Avg Pace           400m Target Time      Avg Pace in Min/Mile

35 min+:      6:23 min/km –       2:33                                 10:15 min/mi

30-35 min:  5:50 min/km –       2:20                                   9:23 min/mi

27-30 min:  5:18 min/km –       2:07                                    8:30 min/mi

25-27 min:  4:53 min/km –       1:57                                     7:50 min/mi

23-25 min:  4:27 min/km –       1:47                                      7:10 min/mi

21-23 min:  4:05 min/km –      1:38                                      6:34 min/mi

20 min:       3:45 min/km –      1:30                                       6:02 min/mi

19 min:       3:35 min/km –      1:26                                        5:46 min/mi

18 min:       3:25 min/km –     1:22                                         5:29 min/mi

Cool down is a 10 min easy jog.

Ian

Speed Work Week 16 – Bring a Towel and Don’t Panic

6:30 pm start time at the Coke Plant / COLT.

We will be focusing on 400’s as we lead up to the Mac Pass Mile. For those not racing that race, carry on as usual. For those that are doing the MacPass, well let’s bring it up a notch. Ideally as we prep for a Mile Race, we are actually going to want to do some of our intervals at Race Speed. For this week I suggest starting with 3 regular paced intervals, then moving up to 3 at race pace. If you need help figuring out what that pace is let me know.  If you are doing more than 6, then finish with 2 that are at regular interval speed.

While the group will workout this week together, I will include the workout on this page should you not be able to make it. If you are unfamiliar with interval sessions, attending a few would be a good idea, or at least finding someone who understands how these work. I must say that the most important part of this workout is the warm up, followed closely by the cool down with the intervals being third in line. Under no circumstances should you skip the warm up and cool down. Also try to run the assigned paces, even if they feel easy to start. You should be left tired by the end, but not destroyed. With that being said, here we go.

10 min light jog. At the end of the light jog feel free to add 2 strides of 10-15 seconds (short sprints). After the jog you can perform your movement activation drills. 5 squats, 5 step back lunges, 5 side step squats (per side), marching drill with hop

We will aim to do a session of 6-8x400m. This means you should (unless still sore from the race) aim to do one more 400 than you did the last session. We want to build up the distance we are running at speed now.  After each 400 you will do a light 200m jog. Try to limit the rest time between each 400m run, as sustaining a higher heart rate will end up being more beneficial.  On the trail we will be doing our 400’s in both directions this week to minimize recovery time.

Paces are based on 5km race pace. Please choose what you consider to be your current 5 km race pace (not necessarily your all time best). This would ideally be within the last few months or else add 1 min to your last race time. If you are on the cusp and have not raced in a long time, round up.

Race Time    Avg Pace           400m Target Time      Avg Pace in Min/Mile

35 min+:      6:23 min/km –       2:33                                 10:15 min/mi

30-35 min:  5:50 min/km –       2:20                                   9:23 min/mi

27-30 min:  5:18 min/km –       2:07                                    8:30 min/mi

25-27 min:  4:53 min/km –       1:57                                     7:50 min/mi

23-25 min:  4:27 min/km –       1:47                                      7:10 min/mi

21-23 min:  4:05 min/km –      1:38                                      6:34 min/mi

20 min:       3:45 min/km –      1:30                                       6:02 min/mi

19 min:       3:35 min/km –      1:26                                        5:46 min/mi

18 min:       3:25 min/km –     1:22                                         5:29 min/mi

Cool down is a 10 min easy jog.

Ian

Speed Work 2018 Week 15 – Something Wicked This Way Runs

Final week of 500’s and then we will do a few workouts dedicated to the MacPass Mile for those signed up.

It will likely be hot. So keep hydrated and ease back the effort on each interval. If you aren’t feeling well, now is not the day to do intervals. Play it smart.

This week we will aim to run 5-7 intervals. 5 for those running 25 min or slower in the 5km and 7 for those running 25 min or faster in a 5km.  All with 200m recovery.

The paces will be more similar to your 400 effort than a 600 effort, which makes these a little tough.

Don’t forget the 10 min warmup run, and our usual warm up movement routine (5 squats, 5 side step squats per side, 5 step back lunges with follow through and marching).

Race Time    Avg Pace           500m Target Time      Avg Pace in Min/Mile

35 min+:      6:23 min/km –       3:11                               10:15 min/mi

30-35 min:  5:50 min/km –       2:55                                   9:23 min/mi

27-30 min:  5:18 min/km –       2:39                                    8:30 min/mi

25-27 min:  4:53 min/km –       2:27                                    7:50 min/mi

23-25 min:  4:27 min/km –       2:14                                      7:10 min/mi

21-23 min:  4:05 min/km –      2:03                                      6:34 min/mi

20 min:       3:45 min/km –      1:53                                       6:02 min/mi

19 min:       3:35 min/km –      1:48                                        5:46 min/mi

18 min:       3:25 min/km –     1:42                                         5:29 min/mi

Cool down is a 10 min easy jog.

Ian

Speed Work 2018 – Week 14 – Ease Back in the Hot

It will likely be hot. So keep hydrated and ease back the effort on each interval. If you aren’t feeling well, now is not the day to do intervals. Play it smart.

Summer race season has been upon us for a bit, well, ever since Spring I guess. Loads of 400’s and 600’s have been the name of the game.  But now that name is 500’s.  Not our usual distance, but time to shake it up.

This week we will aim to run 5-7 intervals. 5 for those running 25 min or slower in the 5km and 7 for those running 25 min or faster in a 5km.  All with 200m recovery.

The paces will be more similar to your 400 effort than a 600 effort, which makes these a little tough.

Don’t forget the 10 min warmup run, and our usual warm up movement routine (5 squats, 5 side step squats per side, 5 step back lunges with follow through and marching).

Race Time    Avg Pace           500m Target Time      Avg Pace in Min/Mile

35 min+:      6:23 min/km –       3:11                               10:15 min/mi

30-35 min:  5:50 min/km –       2:55                                   9:23 min/mi

27-30 min:  5:18 min/km –       2:39                                    8:30 min/mi

25-27 min:  4:53 min/km –       2:27                                    7:50 min/mi

23-25 min:  4:27 min/km –       2:14                                      7:10 min/mi

21-23 min:  4:05 min/km –      2:03                                      6:34 min/mi

20 min:       3:45 min/km –      1:53                                       6:02 min/mi

19 min:       3:35 min/km –      1:48                                        5:46 min/mi

18 min:       3:25 min/km –     1:42                                         5:29 min/mi

Cool down is a 10 min easy jog.

Ian