This morning at 6 a.m., I met my friend Jen for a track workout.
On the schedule for today: Yasso 800s.
If you aren’t familiar with Yasso 800s, the idea is that you take your marathon goal pace (3:30—3 hours and 30 minutes—for me) and run 800s at that same “time”—3:30 (3 minutes and 30 seconds).
This is not a full-out sprint but an interval workout repeated several times. I did six 800s today.
We ran 2 miles to the track.
6 x 800 meters
(I took 90 seconds of walking/resting in between each interval.)
2 miles back home
Total: 7 miles
As you can see, I was able to run most of the 800s faster than my goal of 3:30. Now either:
A.) I should have kept jogging instead of stopping to rest.
(This article says to jog for the same number of minutes it takes to run each interval. My theory was that if I could reduce the recovery time, this would only make me strong—although that maybe controversial.)
B.) I can run a marathon faster than 3:30 (!).
C.) I should have done more intervals. (The article linked above says to do up to 10.)
D.) This theory isn’t very accurate.
I’m hoping B is the correct answer!
I guess only time will tell. . . . . .23 days!!
This afternoon, I ran another 3 miles, which included 800 meters of barefoot running on the track.
Total for the day: 10 miles
Have you ever done Yasso’s 800s? If so, did you think they are an accurate predication of what you are capable of?