This is our second week in the Brooks’ sponsored Spring training for 800m to 5000m. We will be using clips from Josh Kerr, the 2021 Olympic bronze medalist at 1,500m, Danny Mackey, his coach and founding coach of the Brooks Beast and Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon champ and bourbon afficianado. If you want to learn more about Brooks, please go to www.Brooksrunning.com.
Fartlek is the Swedish word for ‘speed play’. When Gosta Holmer took over the coaching of the Swedish cross country team in the 1920s, he was most annoyed that his team was being clobbered by Paavo Nurmi and his Finnish cross country team. Holmer developed fartlek, focusing on fast segments with walking or jogging for recovery. It is a mainstay of many elite athletes and it has the benefit of being bespoke. What that means is that you can fine tune fartlek to your shape, so two people, at two levels of fitness can get benefits from the same workout. As we get into the season, we will show you some more challenging fartlek sessions.
Today’s workout: Thursday: warm up, warm up, 45 minute fartlek, 10 minutes running, then 10 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 15 minutes running, then cooldown
Coach Danny Mackey, Brooks Beasts TC, photo courtesy of You Tube
Today’s clip from Coach Danny Mackey: Lessons I have learned from coaching the Brooks Beasts TC : https://bit.ly/3d6qqft
To learn more about Danny Mackey, please check out: https://www.runblogrun.com/2020/07/runblogrun-presents-socialing-the-distance-with-larry-eder-featuring-coach-danny-mackey-of-the-brook.html
Brooks presents: 2022 RunBlogRun Spring Middle Distance Daily Track Training (800m-5000m), Week 2, Day 4
Monday: warm up, 30-45 minutes moderate running, 2 x 100m stride outs, cool down
Tuesday: 45 minutes running on trails, warm up and cooldown
Wednesday: warm up, 30-45 minutes, moderate running, 2 x 100m stride outs, cooldown
Thursday: warm up, warm up, 45 minute fartlek, 10 minutes running, then 10 x 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, 15 minutes running, then cooldown
Friday: warm up, 30-45 minutes moderate running, 4 x100m stride outs, cooldown
Saturday: warm up, All comers meet, indoor meet, 800m if you are 3-5k, 3k if you are 800m person, 3k if you are 1,500m person, cooldown
Sunday: 55-60 minutes moderate pace, on trails