Training Schedule

Training Sessions

Please remember that the sessions below are weather dependent and that they may change on the night to accommodate for poor running conditions, tentative club sessions for the next couple of months are below (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

We need volunteers to help leading the sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. If you are willing to help please get in touch.

Training sessions are done in training groups, an explanation about the groups can be found here http://www.heatonharriers.org.uk/training/training-groups/

At the foot of this page is further info around training for events, please do not be put off by this information, training sessions are designed to cover a wide range of abilities. If you are looking to attend just one Heaton Harriers session a week you are more than welcome.
anyone needs info on session/venue/groups  e- mail  samdaly@btinternet.com
A MORE DETAILED EXPLANATION WILL BE PUT ON WEB SITE THE WEEK BEFORE EVERY SESSION.

Monday 2nd september

Monthly mile(starting 7.0.clock)
Starting at the junction of rutland road and west street .All participants can run an accurately measured mile.The first runner will start at 7.00 so it is advised you get there early to do a proper warm up. This is not a race ,it is basically a personal time trial to give you an indication of youre fitness level.

Tuesday 3rd september

400’s on grass
george stevenson school  (just off west lane,great lime rd.forest hall)

About the session.

Warm up run approx. 1.5 miles from blue flames, a 400 mtr curcuit will be marked out on stevenson field, in groups do 6 – 8 400 mtr  all out 100% efforts at vo2 max taking 2.5/3.5 mins recovery between efforts.

Thursday 5th september

200’s 3 team relay (if not meeting at blue flames session starts 7.20 butterfly gates rising sun next to asda)
about the session
form groups of 3 of equal abilitys, runner 1 runs hard to runner 2 who runs hard back to runner 3, continue for 20 mins.

Sunday 8th september

NORTH RUN

Tuesday 10th september

Figure of 8 session (if not meeting at blue flames meet at top of pit heap in rising sun country park) 7.20
About the session
This is a 25 minute continuous run done in groups using the figure of 8 course in the rising sun country park.
The course is a big lap and a little lap with a hill in both.Run at low tempo pace and work the hills.

Thursday 12th september

balliol lactate threshold session (warm up from Blue Flames approx 1-1.5 mile) or meet at Balliol  at 7.15-20 balliol session map

About the session;

200m hard, 100m harder! groups 1&2 90 – 2mins recovery, other groups 2-3 mins recovery between reps.

this kind of session if done regularly  aims to push the lactate threshold level, by increasing the threshold it increases the time you can work at a higher intensity, basically running faster for longer.

Tuesday 17th september

Heaton park hill session   ( warm up run from blue flames approx. 2.5 miles )
2 – 4 – 6 – 8 session.
session starts at junction of heaton road and jesmond vale lane. NE6 5HL 7.25
About the session.
form groups at the top of the hill and run easy to bottom to start session, run hard to 2nd lampost, jog back to base and reform group.Run hard to 4th lampost ,jog back to base and reform group.Do the same to 6th then 8th lampost.Continue for 25 minutes , if you reach 8th lampost before 25 minutes start back to 2nd lampost again , then 4th ect.. until 25 minutes reached.

Thursday 19 September.

Tempo Run 6/6/6/4 minutes. About The Session

Warm up from blue flames to top of coach lane , start by running 6 minutes at low tempo on the 20/18 route, pick pace up to mid tempo for the next 6 minutes then turn and head back for 6 minutes of mid to high tempo pace.At the end of 6 minutes mid to high tempo finish run off to top of coach lane with a high tempo (5k race pace) finish, log your finishing time to compare for next time we do this session . Warm down with easy jog back to blue flames.

Tuesday 24th september

West street 800’s(if not running from blue flames session starts 7.20 coast road junction of west street, warm up run from blue flames approx. 2 miles)
About the session
This is an 800 mtr interval training session done in groups starting at juction of west street and coast road .
All groups do as many as 30 minutes allows , taking 50% of effort time as recovery.

the training plan is based on a 4-week cycle of hard, medium hard, very hard and then an easy week. Each week is then broken down as follows:

  • Mondays are rest / recovery days (sauna/swim/massage etc)
  • Tuesdays are very hard club session
  • Wednesdays are easy run
  • Thursdays are medium hard club session easy/medium paced. If not competing on Saturday do a shorter fast run on Saturday and make Sunday’s long run medium/fast paced. If competing on Sunday have a rest/recovery (sauna/swim/massage etc) on Saturday, compete on Sunday and have a relaxed shorter recovery run on Monday. DO NOT COMPETE ON BOTH DAYS.

Competitive Running

Try to grade your competitive runs in the following three categories:

A – important race or Pb attempt
B – possible time trial or faster run(e.g. Parkrun, NEHL)
C – participation/social run, for club points or fun

In any one four week period try to limit competitions to one A, one B, one C and one no-race week.

Tempo runs help you improve your running economy and your running form. They are sometimes described as ‘threshold’ or ‘hard but controlled’ runs), tempo based on 5k times
16:00 min = 5:33 min/mile
17:00 min = 5:53 min/mile
18:00 min = 6:12 min/mile
19:00 min = 6:32 min/mile
20:00 min = 6:52 min/mile
21:00 min = 7:11 min/mile
22:00 min = 7:31 min/mile
23:00 min = 7:50 min/mile
24:00 min = 8:10 min/mile
25:00 min = 8:29 min/mile
26:00 min = 8:48 min/mile
27:00 min = 9:07 min/mile
28:00 min = 9:26 min/mile

Information on Trevor’s fast running/speed endurance 400m session
5km time   1st rep finish    2nd rep start     2nd rep finish      3rd rep start     3rd rep finish
30.00          2.13                 6.39                  8.52                     13.18               15.31
29.30          2.10                 6.30                  8.40                     13.00               15.10
29.00          2.08                 6.24                  8.32                     12.48               14.56
28.30          2.06                 6.18                  8.24                     12.36               14.42
28.00          2.04                 6.12                  8.16                     12.24               14.28
27.30          2.02                 6.06                  8.08                     12.12               14.14
27.00          2.00                 6.00                  8.00                     12.00               14.00
26.30          1.58                 5.52                  7.50                     11.44               13.42
26.00          1.55                 5.45                  7.40                     11.30               13.25
25.30          1.53                 5.41                  7.34                     11.22               13.15
25.00          1.51                 5.33                  7.24                     11.06               12.57
24.30          1.48                 5.24                  7.12                     10.48               12.36
24.00          1.46                 5.18                  7.04                     10.36               12.22
23.30          1.44                 5.12                  6.56                     10.24               12.08
23.00          1.42                 5.06                  6.48                     10.12               11.54
22.30          1.39                 4.57                  6.36                       9.54               11.33
22.00          1.37                 4.51                  6.28                       9.42               11.19
21.30          1.35                 4.45                  6.20                       9.30               11.05
21.00          1.33                 4.39                  6.12                       9.18               10.51
20.30          1.30                 4.30                  6.00                       9.00               10.30
20.00          1.28                 4.24                  5.52                       8.48               10.16
19.30          1.26                 4.18                  5.44                       8.36               10.02
19.00          1.24                 4.12                  5.36                       8.24                 9.48
18.30          1.22                 4.04                  5.26                       8.08                 9.30
18.00          1.19                 3.57                  5.16                       7.54                 9.13
17.30          1.17                 3.51                  5.08                       7.42                 8.59
17.00          1.15                 3.45                  5.00                       7.30                 8.45
16.30          1.13                 3.39                  4.52                       7.18                 8.31
16.00          1.10                 3.30                  4.40                       7.00                 8.10
15.30          1.08                 3.24                  4.32                       6.48                 7.56
15.00          1.06                 3.18                  4.24                       6.36                 7.42
14.30          1.04                 3.12                  4.16                       6.24                 7.28
14.00          1.01                 3.03                  4.04                       6.06                 7.07
13.30          0.59                 2.57                  3.56                       5.54                 6.53
13.00          0.57                 2.51                  3.48                       5.42                 6.39

Session: 400m Repetition Running

Variety: Pace reps and strides.

Intensity: Reps are fast, but not necessarily “hard” because they are short and are followed by relatively long recovery. Recoveries are long enough so that each run feels no more difficult than the previous one. The purpose of Repetitions is to improve speed and efficiency and you cannot get faster or more efficient if you are not running relaxed. If it takes 3 minutes recovery between Rep 400s, then that is what is needed. Reducing rest time between individual reps does not make for a better session, in fact it probably makes for a worse session because the short rests will increase the stress by moving the body into the lactate energy system leading to reduced speed and poor economy Think of Repetitions as similar to current 1500 or mile race pace.

Purpose: To improve your running speed and economy.