Hey, it’s Bart Yasso. You know, the Runner’s World Chief Running Officer, long time marathoner, race director, and author of My Life on the Run. That one.
A fellow global trotter, Yasso has spent much of his running career traveling the world unearthing connections made by running. I love his account of running with the Amish here.
His namesake track workout, the “Yasso 800s,” is widely tauted as an accurate marathon time indicator. It’s based on the notion that you can predict your marathon time based on how long it takes you to run 800 meters.
Run the 800 in your goal marathon time (2:40 800s for a 2:40 marathon, 3:00 800s for a 3:00 marathon and so).
Sprinkle these into your normal marathon training program beginning with 1 x 800 on the track and building up to 10 x 800. Your goal is 10 x 800 at marathon pace at least 10-14 days before the big day.
In my book, racing for decades, traveling the world meeting thousands of runners, and having a namesake track workout pretty much makes you a G(angster). I better get cracking.