Friday, June 26, 2009

Amping up the Training!

Today I decided to do some REAL interval training to get my speed up to what I want it to be for my next marathon. I decided to use the Yasso 800s method I started today by doing 5 of these intervals in 5:30, since that is what my goal marathon time is. It was really hard to run for that long without stopping since I am used to the Jeff Galloway Run/Walk/Run program - - but I persevered and did 5 of them. I will do as the website suggests and add 1 more each week. I would like to get my time to 5:15 so I will shoot toward that goal also.

I am pleased that I was able to stay on pace for these 5 interval workouts, even though I felt like I was dying. :) I walked a minute between each one and that worked out really well for me. I finished with approximately a half mile cool down.

My weekly workouts are as follows:

Sunday - Rest
Monday-Long Run
Tuesday-Strength Training
Wednesday - Easy 3 mile run (or 30-60 min)
Thursday - Strength Training
Friday - Interval Yasso 800s
Saturday - Strength Training

Next week my long run is 12 miles; the only difference in my training next week is that I have a 10k race on Saturday so that will be in place of my interval training. I will rest also on Wednesday and run my easy run on Thursday, with strength training on Friday.

I have scheduled two races a month through September and then my marathons October 11, and December 6. I haven't scheduled any races in November, except maybe for a 5k on Thanksgiving.

I am SO excited that I am able to do this training. It is the pits during the summer months because of the heat, but I will persevere through it. Jeff Galloway suggests slowing your pace by 30 seconds per mile for every 5 degree temperature increase above 60 degrees so I will work toward doing that. I want to run in the heat to get used to it.

I will keep running and reciting my mantra, "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength"~~Philippians 4:13. I KNOW I can do all things through Christ and I intend to do just that.

God be with you and bless you all today and every day.



  1. Hey Gina! Yasso 800s! You go girl! Those are tough! Great job!

  2. Yeah, they ARE tough! I'm crazy, I think. lol