Fartlek comes from the Swedish for 'Speed Play' and combines continuous running and interval training. Fartlek allows you to run at varying speeds over differing terrain and distances of your choice. Suitable for getting fit quickly when combined with steady running. Here are some typical routines to be completed during a long run:
Suitable for cross country and other distance events
Suitable for 1500m, 3k and 5k
Suitable for 800m
The Importance of Nutrition
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The Importance of Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes
Young athletes train long hours for their sport. In order to optimize that training, proper nutrition needs to be a regular component of their workout plan. A car needs fuel to run properly just as people (especially young athletes) need a healthful eating plan.
Meal and snack planning takes extra time and is often pushed to the side due to hectic family schedules, but healthy eating has to be a priority. The benefits of a healthy eating plan include:
What and When Should You Eat Before Practice or Competition?
Your body needs a well-balanced meal or high calorie snack 3-4 hours prior to practice or competition to allow for proper digestion. For early morning events, try to eat at least 2 hours beforehand. Since many athletes have practice after school, make sure you bring a small snack to eat 30-60 minutes beforehand for an extra boost of energy.
Some popular snack ideas I recommend for my young athletes include:
What Should You Eat After Practice or Competition?
After exercise, your body is like a sponge ready to absorb and replenish nutrients lost during your training session. Ideally, have a snack or meal within 15-60 minutes of completing the activity and if you only have a snack during that time, try to have a meal within 1-2 hours. This might mean a snack after late night practices and games too. If you have a long drive to and from practice, make sure you plan ahead! Make your meal well-balanced with lean protein, grains, vegetables, fruit, and dairy. If you are not able to eat solid food after exercising, try something liquid based like white milk, chocolate milk, or a fruit smoothie made with yogurt. Smoothies have a great balance of carbohydrates to protein, are cost efficient for teams, and portable for easy transport!
Do Not Forget to Hydrate.
Stick to water, milk, and 100% fruit juice as proper hydration methods.