Bart Yasso is one of the few people to have completed races on all seven continents from the Antarctica marathon to the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon.
In 1987, he won the U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship and won the Smoky Mountain Marathon in 1998. He has also completed the Ironman five times and the Badwater 146 through Death Valley.
He has also cycled, unsupported and by himself, across the country twice.
He is perhaps best known for inventing the Yasso 800s, a marathon-training workout used by many.
A 2007 inductee into the Running USA Hall of Champions, today he serves as Chief Running Officer at Runner’s World and travels nearly every weekend to races across the country and around the world meeting runners. Many runners refer to him as “the mayor of running.”
He has also authored his memoir: My Life on the Run: The Wit, Wisdom, and Insights of a Road Racing Icon.
In this episode Bart and I discuss:
- His humble beginnings in the sport
- A day in the life as Chief Running Officer at Runner’s World
- Trends he is seeing on the ground in our sport
- The impact of commercialization and rising race entry fees
- The races he feels every runner should race at least once
- His thoughts on the ultra running movement
- His strategies for getting through tough patches in a race
- How Lyme Disease has impacted his running
- Making running a lifestyle rather than a race bucket list goal
- How he discovered the correlation of 10 x 800 (Yasso 800s) as a marathon time predictor
Bart believes that winning isn’t the payoff in running but rather the reward is living the lifestyle and embracing the journey. It is not only about finishing, it is about moving forward.
How to select the right race for you and things to consider when choosing which races to run.