Then, I read about Yasso 800s and realized, yay, I’m doing it.
Bart Yasso is the Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World Magazine and a very famous figure in the sport. He is the celebrated creator of the Yasso 800s workout. Essentially, if you can run 6-10 800 meter sprints (half miles) in your marathon time, you are prepared to run your marathon in that time. What does this even mean? If you can run a half mile in 3 minutes, 20 seconds, 6 times in a row (with breaks in between), you should be able to run a marathon in 3 hours, 20 minutes. It doesn’t make any sense, but apparently people swear by them and they frequently work out perfectly.
For more, visit http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/yasso-800s.
Anywho, up until this week, I ran on the treadmill because I could set the speed and just concentrate on not falling off. But I really wanted to see if I could achieve similar results on a real track. Turns out, I could!
This is how I felt the first 100 meters of every sprint: