The last few weeks of the year are a great time to unwind and recover from the long cross country season. The Indoor season is also going for many, but one must put together what the priorities are for the year. Your strength from cross country is not going way, and neither will most of your speed. Fartlek is a smart way to keep speed and endurance and give the brain a break.
Thursday, December 29, 2016: Warm up, Holmer Fartlek. This is old school. Warm up ten minutes, then, run somewhere in fifteen minutes, and see if you can return in 14 minutes, cooldown for ten minutes.
Week 19: A time to build, a time to race, a time to recover…
All the big stuff is over. Your next two to three weeks are holidays. Some are already running indoors, but remember, the next focus will be the spring time. We will include some running, fartlek, and some break days. Keep it relaxed. Enjoy the holidays, your body needs a break.
Monday : Warm up; 4-mile run with friends, cool down.
Tuesday: Warm up, A fun fartlek, A minute easy, a minute hard, do that twenty times, and then, cooldown. Warm up and cooldown about ten to fifteen minutes.
Wednesday: Take a day off, or run no more than four miles, easy.
Thursday: Warm up, Holmer Fartlek. This is old school. Warm up ten minutes, then, run somewhere in fifteen minutes, and see if you can return in 14 minutes, cooldown for ten minutes.
Friday: Warm up; 4-mile run, run on a soft surface, cool down.
Saturday: Take a break, relax with friends. Enjoy the holidays.
Sunday: Long, relaxed run of 7-9 miles with friends. Long runs are great way to get the body moving during the holidays.