I'll just throw it out there that I think the prediction theory behind the Yasso 800s is bull. Seriously, too many variables interact with long distance running for 800s to predict a marathon time. Anyhow, I did hit the track Wednesday for the first time in awhile. I warmed up w/ 800 meters, then started in on 10 X 800 w/ 400 jog between (cheated on this a little, though, by stopping after each 3 repeats to record my times). It was pretty hot (duh, I live in LA) and humid.
Let me insert a little mini-rant here. This week I didn't have summer school, so I was able to sleep in until 6:00 or later, pushing my running time WAY back into the morning, like 7 a.m. So, the track was actually being used when I arrived. Why in the heck do people think it is acceptable to walk 4 abreast in the inside 3 lanes. Worse than that, I clearly, obviously was moving at a much more rapid pace than they were, but REFUSED to move. I even know these particular men from church, and thought after the first time around they would get a clue and move to the outside lanes. Nope, they stayed right there. Each time around, I had to run from the inside lane to the 4th (!!!!) lane to get around them. In the future I might have to pull rank and lock myself inside the track. LOL. Things like that explain why I like running before dawn- ALONE.
On to the workout. I had read a thread about the Yasso 800s prediction factor recently and had it in my little head that I wanted to run 3:00-3:05 for each split. I knew this was slow, but given that I am not accustomed to repeats this short, I thought that was a modest, but appropriate goal. Here are the first 3- 3:05, 3:04, 3:05 and I stopped to record my times into my training journal. Next 3- 3:02, 3:05, 3:05 and I stopped to record those 3. I was feeling pretty gassed, but wanted to push it on the last 4- 3:01, 3:02, 3:02, 3:03.
In all, I am pleased and disappointed with this workout. I am pleased b/c boy, do I have some endurance. Those are some very consistent splits with nice improvement on the final 4. I am disappointed b/c I know that's pretty slow. Anyhow, my training has been slow, but solid lately. I'm getting in about 60 miles a week with 2 quality workouts a week.
I have been considering training w/ Daniels for my upcoming marathon, but have been informed recently that Daniels is for "fast" people (i.e. not me). So... it's looking like Pfitz again, AND I have decided on Hartford, CT for the next marathon. The bonus plan is to meet a good friend in San Antonio 5 weeks later for that marathon, but there will always be the option to bail into the half.
Run strong, friends!