Today was the Yasso 800 day. There was another runner quandary associated with this run. The book schedule said to do 8 x 800. The magazine version said to do 6 x 800. This is the problem with trying to reconcile two versions of the same schedule. What's a guy to do?
First thing I did was choose my track. In years past on the rare occasion that I actually did speedwork I would go over to the middle school track near my home. The track at the local high school is locked up tighter than a drum. The middle school track is in disrepair, very rutted especially in turns 3 and 4. I decided to try a track in San Dimas that I'd seen for years. It was built by a joint venture between the city and the school so the track is open to the public.
I drover to with 1.5 miles of the track and began my warm up. Once I got to the track the temperatures were still near 90-degrees. I picked my starting point, hit the watch and took off. I completed the first 800 in a pace faster than intended. I jogged a lap between each 800 and ended up doing all 8 of them. My times were:
3:56, 4:03, 4:05, 4:06, 4:03, 4:02, 4:01 and the last one in 3:59:99!
I was pretty proud of myself for sticking it out for the entire 8 Yasso's. 9 miles total including the warm up and cool down.
This is what your shoes look like after 24 laps on the red dirt track.