MIT Wednesday Workout - 7.31.2013

What kind of workout involves duct tape, a whistle a relentless pursuit of perfection? This week's Wednesday workout does, that's what!

If you are looking to build on previous success in your half or full marathon training you may also choose to join Jeff for the weekly tempo and marathon paced workouts. These workouts will focus on building your endurance and increasing your ability to run or walk faster for longer. Each week Jeff will provide your with a specific workout and pacing recommendations for the group. Jeff will also provide hydration for this group.

***For those who are following the experienced and advanced schedules and who are doing Wednesday speed workouts please take note of the following.***


Your schedule includes a determined mileage for each day. On Wednesday your mileage includes a warm-up, the workout and a cool-down. There will be occasions where your schedule calls for more or less mileage than will be included in the Wednesday workout. In these cases you have a couple of options: 

  • Complete the mileage as prescribed for the Wednesday workout without regard to differences with your weekly schedule. This option is fine as long as it doesn't throw your weekly total off by more than 5%.
  • In the event that your weekly schedule calls for more mileage on Wednesday than is prescribed for the workout you may wish to do the additional mileage in a longer warm-up or cool-down are do a second workout on Wednesday morning before coming to the workout. You may also choose to add mileage to your Thursday or Friday workout. 
  • In the event that your weekly schedule calls for less mileage on Wednesday than is prescribed for the workout you may wish to do less mileage on days following the workout, but do NOT neglect the warm-up or cool-down.

The workout this week with Jeff is as follows. We will start at the high school and do our 1 mile warm-up as we head over to Worthingway Middle School for the workout.

  • Half & Full Marathoners - 1 mile warm-up; 60 minute Fartlek on the track; then head back to the school for a 1 mile cool-down.

What is a fartlek you ask? According to Wikipedia, Fartlek, which means "speed play" in Swedish, is a training method that blends continuous training with interval training.[1] The variable intensity and continuous nature of the exercise places stress on both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. It differs from traditional interval training in that it is unstructured; intensity and/or speed varies, as the athlete wishes... however, in our case intensity and/or speed varies, as the Jeff wishes ;) Essentially you show up. Head to Worthingway and I'll tell you what to do! This will be fun, challenging and will be a great training tool that you may choose to start incorporating once a week on your own! I'll tell you where the duct tape and whistle comes in when you get to the track!

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