Good Morning! I hope your weather is as nice as ours is today because I am in heaven. It was 71 degrees this morning when I left to run at 6:30 but the humidity and the dew point were in the low 60’s so it actually felt like 71 instead of 90, crazy isn’t it? I would give up chocolate if we could have weather like this every day.
Okay maybe not chocolate but broccoli, I’d give up broccoli.
Anyway, my point is it was really nice this morning and so I decided to practice some 800’s. I’m not training for anything right now but when I am, I love incorporating Yasso 800’s into my routine. This morning I ran them while listening to Lewis Del Mar’s Loud(y).
The weather coupled with that song make anything seem easy.
In honor of track Tuesday let’s talk about Yasso 800’s for a minute and what they are exactly. For newbie’s or those of you who don’t run, an 800 is roughly a half mile or two laps around the track.
The premise behind the yasso 800’s is that if you want to run a 3:30 marathon then you would need to train by running 800’s in 3:30 each and jogging the same amount of time in between. If you want to run a 4:20 marathon then you run your 800’s in 4:20 and so on. You get the point.
You should start doing Yasso 800’s when you begin marathon training. You start by running four 800’s and then increasing each week until you reach ten of them.
Now, in my experience Yasso 800’s have not been 100% accurate for me, but that’s my experience. I’m not a running coach or a scientist but I do like numbers and analytics and I like the theory behind the 800’s but I use them mainly for speed work because they do help me with speed. I personally feel like for the theory to work for me I’d have to run a lot more of them for a much longer distance.
Adversely, I think it’s also really important that you don’t forget your weekly long run as well as some tempo training and a few easy runs. With all of those things in your arsenal you should be able to nail your next race. With that being said, I’m interested in knowing about your own experiences.
Have you run Yasso 800’s in your training and if so were they accurate for you?
What’s your weather like today?
Do you have a favorite speed work song? What is it?