8 week plan

Our 8 week plan is written by our head-coach to improve running technique, endurance and speed.

It includes two sessions per week:

  • a speed session which can be ran in your own time, or at club on Tuesday night (pre-registration required)
  • a base session to be performed solo (or with socially distanced friends).

Speed session

DateSession
Tuesday 1 December1 minute x10
1 minute recoveries
then
1 minute x10
30 second recoveries
Tuesday 8 December1 kilometre x5
(x6 for endurance group)
1 minute recovery
Tuesday 15 December3 minutes x3
2 minutes x3
1 minute x3
Run as a progression
1 minute recoveries
Tuesday 22 December2, 2, 4, 4, 6, 6 minutes
1 minute recoveries
Tuesday 29 DecemberPyramid
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 minute(s)
1 minute recoveries
Tuesday 5 January2 minutes x 10
1 minute recoveries
Tuesday 12 January90 seconds x15
30 second recoveries
Tuesday 19 January4 minutes, 2 minutes x3
1 minute recoveries

Base session

To develop endurance and strength in the right areas, base sessions are a challenge that can be repeated week-after-week to gauge progress and measure goals.

Select from:

Don’t forget to warm-up and cool down to bookend each session.

Reference

Hill training

Always a firm favourite amongst our runners; hill training takes place on Radnor Cliff, Sandgate.


Winter 9 mile

The winter 9 is a hilly long run that should be tackled just below race pace.


Fartlek

Fartlek is Swedish for ‘speed-play’.

It is an unstructured form of interval training with continuous movement.

“Unlike tempo and interval work, fartlek is unstructured and alternates between moderate to hard efforts with easy efforts throughout. After a warm-up, you play with speed by running at faster efforts for short periods of time (to that tree, to the sign) followed by easy-effort running to recover. The goal is to keep it free-flowing so you’re untethered to the watch or a plan, and to run at harder efforts but not a specific pace.”

From Runners World: What is the difference between fartlek, tempo, and interval runs.


Parlaauf

Parlaauf is a continuous relay involving two runners. (Parlaauf is german for ‘pairs’).

Two runners will run around a track in opposite directions: one running fast and the other running easy.

When they meet, they swap pace.
The fast runner begins their slow recovery jog and the easy runner begins their sprint.

This continues for a pre-set amount of time.


Progression

“These workouts start at a comfortable speed, gradually get faster, and wrap up at marathon, threshold, or even interval pace. This kind of acceleration offers your body an opportunity to warm up, helps develop your sense of pacing, and trains you to hold onto your speed–even when you’re slightly tired.”

From Runners World – Fast forward your pace.