This is our last outdoor official speed session of 2018. So much great work and progress was made this year. With the trail getting dark and the last major local race upon us (Moncton), having a break from a structured plan will do everyone some good until we head indoors in January.
Remember that the goal of an interval session is not to run as fast as possible, but to run faster than race pace and be able to rerun the same effort over and over.
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.