After a mile or so warm-up run to the "track*," and a few shuffles here and there to prepare the rest of the muscles, Coach announced we'd be running Yasso 800's: Select your marathon goal time and run approximately a half mile using that number. Say you want to run a 5 hour marathon: run your 800 in 5 minutes. 4 1/2 hour marathon goal? 4:30 minute 800.
This was my first time and I really enjoyed it...in a sadomasochistic kind of way. We did four and I managed to pull out an average of 4:14. Guess that means a 4 hour 14 minute marathon**, and if it can be applied to half-marathons, a 2 hour 7 minute goal time. Since I'm aiming for a 2:11 next month at San Antonio's Rock and Roll Half, I think I'll make time for next Tuesday track practice too!
Has anyone else tried the Yasso 800? What were your results?
*Doh! The Junior High we planned on running at had a school football game, so we ran the roller-coaster street behind it.
**Considering my one and only marathon was WELL beyond the 6 hour mark, I should be skeptical. Of course, I have come a long way since then...literally!