3000m specific interval workout


What is 3000m specific workout ?

3000m interval workout during the specific part of the training is used to accustom your body to the target race pace. It is to be differentiated from long MAS interval training.
They are used as an alternative to the 1000m workout and 2000m workout in the specific 10k preparation, but also useful for the preparation of a half-marathon or marathon.
The specific workout is to be carried out in the weeks preceding the competition. Running sessions at a running pace allows progression and allows you to get your body used to the pace by triggering adaptations in terms of stride, running economy and metabolism. This will also allow you to apprehend this pace and will be a psychological help for the D-day.

The 3000m specific workout is mainly used when preparing for a half-marathon or a marathon.
To prepare for a half-marathon, also look at the pace table on the 2000m specific workout.
To prepare for a marathon, also look at the pace table on the 2000m specific workout and 4000m specific workout.

Time's table depending on your MAS

With the table below, you will easily find the times to achieve the 3000m and corresponding rest times. These correspond to the target pace on a half-marathon and on a marathon.
The table reads as follows: If you plan to achieve an half-marathon competition in 1H30 min, you must run the 3000m in 12'48" with a rest of 2' between each fraction and this for all repetitions. Other example, for a marathon goal of 2H58' you must run the 3000m in 12'39". So if you know your MAS, you can estimate your time over half-marathon or marathon.
If you do not know it, it would be good to estimate it by a cooper's test or half cooper's test. With the estimation of your MAS, you will have a more precise idea of ​​your pace or your time over 10k, half-marathon and marathon.

MAS (km/h) 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
3000m 22' 03" 20' 03" 18' 21" 16' 55" 15' 39" 14' 38" 13' 39" 12' 48" 12' 06" 11' 31"
rest 2' 2' 2' 2' 2' 2' 2' 2' 2' 2'
forecast time on half marathon 2h 35' 2h 21' 2h 09' 1h 59' 1h 50' 1h 43' 1h 36' 1h 30' 1h 25' 1h 21'
3000m 22' 45" 20' 42" 18' 55" 17' 30" 16' 12" 15' 09" 14' 13" 13' 22" 12' 39" 11' 57"
rest 2' 2' 2' 2' 2' 2' 2' 2' 2' 2'
forecast time on marathon 5h 20' 4h 51' 4h 26' 4h 06' 3h 48' 3h 33' 3h 20' 3h 08' 2h 58' 2h 48'

To optimize the development of your capabilities as much as possible, do not hesitate to change the effort distances. To know the times to do according to the distance and your MAS, see the calculation page.

How to perform specific interval workout ?

First, you need to determine your pace, which will depend on your competition and your abilities.
To help you during your specific interval sessions (therefore at a racing pace), you can make a wristband with the target times.
If you're starting the interval training, you can start with 2 times 3000 m before gradually increasing as shown in schedule example of training sessions.
You can increase up to 3 x 3000m or 4 x 3000m if you have planned to run a marathon.

Procedure :

Step Description What to do
1 Warm up For warm up, jog for at least 15 min, or 20/25 min if it's very cold. The goal is to prepare the muscles to the efforts that will follow avoiding tears.
2 Stretching / Drills Depending on your habits, you can do some stretching or better, if you have extra time, do drills.
3 3000m 3000m to run in a duration depending on your MAS, see table above
Repeat 2 times 4 Rest see table above
5 3000m 3000m to run in a duration depending on your MAS.
6 Cool down Cool down is a slow jogging, of approximately 10 min, which allows the heart to calm down and recover gradually a normal pulsation rythm. If you do the workouts on an athletic track, run in the opposite direction for calm down.

The rest is done by trotting between each 3000m. Avoid walking as much as possible.
You should be able to maintain the same pace from the first to the last repetition.
As a reminder, if you do the split on a 400m athletics track, 3000 meters corresponds to 7.5 laps.
Do not neglect a recovery period of at least one day if you're not used to this effort.

Schedule example

With the schedule below, you will find an example to follow the principle of progressiveness, this example is given in order to prepare the specific pace for a half marathon or a marathon. These half-marathon or marathon specific workouts can be included in long rides.

Week Workout Amount of km Comment
Week 1 2 x 3000m 6 km
Week 2 2 x 3000m 6 km
Week 3 3 x 3000m 9 km
Week 4 2 x 3000m 6 km week lightened
Week 5 3 x 3000m 9 km
Week 6 4 x 3000m 12 km
Week 7 3 x 4000m 12 km
Week 8 3 x 3000m 9 km week lightened

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