Yasso 800’s

Monday:
I wasn’t ready to talk to Monday, yet.
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5:30am run with friends
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And Perch afterwards
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Truth.
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Track prep: Caramel Macchiato Gu, splits in a plastic bag because rain was in the forecast, and Cocogo.  Use code: JENCHOOSESJOY (all caps) for 10% off.
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Tuesday:
I still keep the original Picky Bar bags to hold my key for rainy day runs.
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Workout: Yasso 800’s – NERD ALERT: Bart Yasso just commented on my Instagram post about my workout!!!
(My last tough workout before Boston and it was in the rain!)
3.5 mile warm-up
10x800m (400m recovery jog)
1 mile cool down
My goal was to keep my 800’s under 3:36.  My actual splits were: 3:35, 3:34, 3:34, 3:34, 3:35, 3:33, 3:33, 3:33, 3:32, 3:27.
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Here’s a great article from Runner’s World about the Yasso 800’s.  Supposedly, there is a correlation between your 800m time and your predicted marathon finish time.
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Jason surprised me with beautiful flowers.  I’m sure it didn’t have anything to do with him being out-of-town for the NCAA Final Four and National CHampionship games! 😉  If you’re local, Garden Delights always sends the prettiest arrangements.
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I had a MantraBand giveaway on Instagram a couple of weeks ago.  @cosmo_polita won and posted this gorgeous pic!
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Do you run the Yasso 800 workout?  Do you think it’s marathon finish time predictor?
What’s the earliest you’ll wake up to run?  I have a rule that my alarm time can’t start with a 3:XX!
What’s your favorite Gu flavor?  If not Gu, what’s your preferred mid-run fuel?
Does anyone still remember or use the old Picky Bar bags?
#choosejoy

46 thoughts on “Yasso 800’s

  1. I used to have a rule that my alarm couldn’t start with 4:xx but now I do 5am boot camp and orange theory so I guess I’ll have to go with 3:xx as well.

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  2. I have started a few 20 miles at 3am (with a friend). Seems funny to have 20 miles done by 6am. I don’t prefer this, but sometimes it’s my only option. Live your beautiful flowers.

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  3. I want to try Yasso 800s but I’m afraid I’d fail terribly! I plan to start speed work in June so I’m looking forward to trying them then.
    The caramel macchiatto flavor sounds interesting. I like to take Honey Stinger gels during my run, in either the Acai Pomegranate or the Fruit Smoothie flavor.

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    • It’s a great workout. Just choose a realistic pace, so you can successfully complete the workout. I’m sure you’ll be able to do it!! My husband love the fruit smoothie honey stingers…so good!

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  4. I’ve gotten up in the 4:xx hour before, but even that is pushing it! Definitely no earlier! I’ve never found Yasso’s to predict my time for me. I’ve run ten of them in the 3:00 or just below before and I definitely don’t run that in a marathon! I wish! It’s a great workout regardless!

    I can’t handle GU. I used to really like the Jet Blackberry flavor, but my stomach doesn’t do well with them anymore. I love Honey Stinger chews and waffles. I use them on all my long runs!

    What beautiful flowers! Lucky girl! Have a great day Jen!

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  5. [Don’t read this, BFF Bart!] I have yet to do Yasso 800s. I know for sure that they are tough stuff, though! I will probably get some done next year when I rock out another marathon (I think? Maybe? Meh…then again, it’s next year…maybe…I dunno.)

    Earliest I get up: 4:00am. I do this often. I also zonk out at 9:00pm. Shah.

    Fave GU flavor = Salted Caramel!

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  6. I haven’t done a yasso 800s workout yet but I hope to do my first one this week sometime! That’s awesome that he commented on your instagram.

    Earliest I run: 11:00 am on weekends. I can’t run in the mornings!!

    Favorite gu: Salted caramel but I might have to try the caramel macchiato next!!

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  7. Jen, I definitely run 800s, but I had NEVER heard about the fact that Bart says this is a marathon predictor until now – whaaaat?!? I think it could definitely be a predictor for fast folks like you, but I find it REEEEEEALY hard to believe that I could run a full marathon in 4:18-4:20 (times for my most recent 800s workout); it would be awesome if I could, though – ha! 😉 I’ll keep this in mind, for sure! Somehow setting my alarm for 4:01 seems better than 4:00 am. 🙂 I love GU, but I also use Honey Stinger gels & chews, too. I wish I’d saved some of the old Picky Bars bags; I always love seeing yours! Have a great day, Jen!

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  8. Jen those are some amazing splits!!!! You are such an inspiration.

    I do this weird thing where I eat honey as mid-run fuel… It’s cheap and clean and doesn’t mess with my stomach.

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  9. You NAILED that workout! I’m so pumped for you to run Boston!!
    I used to wake up at 4:30 to be at the gym to run by 5 but I haven’t done that in a while!!! Need to get back into it.
    I like Gu but Honey Stinger is what works best for me. Easy on the stomach and tastes really good! 🙂

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  10. Awesome paces on your Yasso! Those are like my exact 800 splits from a couple weeks ago – we would be good training partners.
    My favorite Gus are salted caramel – the salt tastes so good during hard runs and races.
    The earliest I’ll wake up for running is 4:00 am – but thankfully I haven’t had to in a while!
    I’ve never tried Picky Bars but really want to. Lauren Fleshman is one of my favorite elites!

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  11. Ummm yeah Jen I’d say that you totally crushed those 800’s Jen and you are definitely going steady with them no ha lol 😛 … ohhhh pretty flowers!! I’m such a sucker for followers because I mother was into gardening. Yes, I do run the Yasso 800’s workout and love it. I also like doing 12×1 fartleks … talk about lungs burning. Call me plain Jane but my favorite GU flavor is vanilla and behind that would be salted watermelon … after all summers coming and watermelon is a summer staple ha! The earliest I wake up for a run is 4:05am that’s pretty much my daily routine. And of course I remember the original Picky Bars bag lol 😀

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  12. Wow, I wish my husband had beautiful flower arrangements delivered every time he went out of town. You have yourself a keeper! 🙂

    That is awesome that Bart commented on your Instagram post. I probably would have done a little happy dance. The last time I did Yasso’s 800s it predicted my marathon time within 5 minutes. He knows his stuff!!! Way to kill it out there!

    The earliest I will get up to run is probably 5am, though I might get up earlier on race day depending on the start time and setup.

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  13. Incredible 800s! I run them but I’ve only done 6×800 not 10. You’re a beast!! We are getting so close to marathon day!!! I use Clif bar gels for fuel. They have a double shot mocha flavor I really like. Earliest I’m up is 4.45 def no 3 am wake up for me!!! 🙂 have a beautiful day Jen!

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  14. Caramel macchiato GU is my favorite! It hits the spot and gives just the right amount of energy 🙂
    Awesome Yasso 800s!!! I think they can be a decent predictor of marathon times but only if your long run and tempo training are on track too. I think there are a TON of other factors that go into a marathon time. For instance, I can do 800s in 3:30-3:35, but I haven’t even been able to finish a half marathon in 1:45 yet much less be on track for a 3:30-35 marathon :/ I struggle maintaining that tempo pace for longer periods of time. Oh well, something to work on!!

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  15. High five on those Yasso’s!! That was my workout too yesterday and I nailed all my splits in the cold rain… super happy about that. 😉 I love me some Picky Bars!! I have major allergy issues so I have to be careful trying new gels/GU/etc but all the comments on Honey Stingers have me intrigued. Gonna have to check that out! Cheers!!

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  16. Hi Jen–I just stumbled upon your blog relatively recently and really love it! I was reading about Cocogo and contemplating buying some–do you use it on long runs in addition to taking the Gu, or just drink it by itself before/after your long runs? I’m trying to figure out the best way to incorporate it to reap the benefits. Thanks!

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