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Marathon Training Monday- Week 2

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Today will be the start of week 2 of my marathon training. Last week’s training felt really good. I was able to put in a total of 16 miles for the week. Here is a recap of last week’s training:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Yasso 800s x4 (4:17 ave); 400m jog x4; 100m sprints x4; 100m jog x4; 4 Miles Total

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Hill Repeats 2.64 Miles Total

Friday: Cross-train; basketball

Saturday: 9.35 Miles Total (11:54/mile pace)

Sunday: Rest

What are Yasso 800s?

Bart Yasso, the ‘Chief Running Officer’ over at Runner’s World Magazine, found this method of determining how you will do on your marathon. He called it the Yasso 800s. He states that your marathon time can be determined by doing ten 800 meter repeats and averaging out your time. Your average will approximate your marathon time. For example, if the average of your 800 meter repeats is 3 minutes 15 seconds, you will finish your marathon time will be 3 hours 15 minutes. If your average is 4 minutes 7 seconds, your marathon time will be 4 hours 7 minutes. You get the point.

The premise of the Yasso 800s is to build your endurance to be able to complete ten 800 meter repeats with 400 meter jogs in between. To put it in perspective, I was only able to complete FOUR repeats!! It takes a lot of endurance to complete this and that is one thing that I will be using as a gauge for my endurance and training. Hopefully,  will be able to build up to 10 repeats before the marathon. Even though my average of the four repeats were 4:17, it does not give me a good measurement until I am able to complete 10 of them in on training session. I guess I have a lot to work on. Next time, I will definitely run slower to be able to do more.

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Whether you train hard or train easy, just get out there and train.

My Long Run

I do my long runs on Saturdays because my wife is also training for the Disneyland Half Marathon and she does her long runs on Sundays. I was able to run over 9 miles with some walk breaks, which I believe helped me run longer without feeling sore or tired the next day.

Week 2 Training

This week’s training is going to be a little bit of a juggle because it is Fourth of July week and I am actually working a 24 hour shift on Saturday. That means I won’t be doing my long runs on Saturday. I plan to run six miles on Independance Day in the early morning so I still have the rest of the day to enjoy our city’s festivities. I also plan to put in two other run days and have a total of 12 miles for the week. The weekly mileage is less but I plan to work on my speed during my runs.

How is your training going and what do you have planned this week? I’d love to hear from you all in the comment section!!

Thanks for Running with me!!

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  • Jenn July 1, 2013, 7:23 pm

    Those sound intense!

    Sounds like you’ll be able to keep the holiday week in line with your plan. Good luck on your long run on Thursday!

    No big plans for me, unfortunately. If I can make it out of the house for a few short walks and to see the fireworks, I’m going to call it a win.
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    • Ron July 1, 2013, 9:44 pm

      Thanks Jenn! I have to try to squeeze all the training I can into my tight schedule. Even short walks are better than nothing! I hope you get to see some fireworks! Happy 4th!

  • Demaish July 9, 2013, 7:13 am

    I have been slacking for the last few months…I do not run but I really need to get back to the gym and get back in shape. I am also planning to get a mountain bike to supplement my gym.
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    • Ron July 11, 2013, 5:35 am

      Hi Demaish, Now that you passed your NCLEX, you’ll have time in your hands to get back into the gym and get back into shape! That’s how I was when I was in CRNA school, I gained 20 lbs from the stress, bad eating habits and not being active.