Heroes and Role Models: Doing Yassos

bart-yasso-croppedI first encountered the name of Bart Yasso in 2001, the year I trained for my first marathon.  As a midlife running convert, I was new to the concept of systematic training. I scoured the pages of Runner’s World magazine for advice. Most training plans left me cross-eyed, with spreadsheets full of numbers: goal race distance, pace, heart rate, repeats, intervals, tempo pace, race pace, and the like.

I pretty much blew them off until one training approach caught my eye:  Yasso 800s.  (Check it out; the article is still available online.)  The formula was both simple and mysterious. (How could such an arbitrary calculation work?)  Begin with target marathon time in hours.  Run 800-meter repeats, converting marathon hours to minutes. For a 5-hour target marathon, run 5-minute, 800-meter repeats.  Yassos were fun and I wove them into my training, but knew very little about the man behind the method. (more…)

Running in Retirement

retirement-inviteYou have probably noticed that we are reflecting on the implications of age for our running.  As a brand-new 70-year-old I can speak both from personal experience and stories from my peers. Baby Boomers who run deal not only with physical changes, such as delayed healing and declining aerobic capacity (typically listed on the minus side of the ledger).  We can also make entries on the positive side, such as the benefits of retirement from a demanding job schedule.  As I look around, I have lots of company in the ranks of running retirees.  Several threads of opportunity and motivation converge in a growing trend. (more…)

Aging, Aches and Pains

running-injuriesIn writing about running through the golden years, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that our bodies change.  With advancing age, I regularly discover new weak physical links and devote more resources to caring for them.  Fifteen years of half marathons have introduced me to the plantar fascia, iliotibial band, patellar tendon, tensor fasciae latae, quadratus lumborum, Achilles tendon, tibialis and fibularis.  (I never imagined that high school Latin would enlighten my running injuries.) (more…)

The Big Seven-Oh


My favorite Jeff Galloway book is Running Until You’re 100.  My favorite highlight in six years of hosting Jeff’s visits to the Missoula Marathon was sharing a sweaty hug when he finished his 200th marathon on his 70th birthday (see a Runner’s World article about that special occasion).  Following in Jeff’s footsteps made a huge difference when I welcomed my own 70th this past summer.