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The 800m is a tactical event that balances both speed endurance and stamina. The event has shifted from a test of endurance to somewhat of a sprint at the highest level.
Running a good 800m time is a good indicator of your health and fitness level, and your athletic ability.
How can you improve your 800m time?
There are a couple of things that the athlete needs to focus on.
- Speed endurance
- Explosiveness and reaction time off the ground.
The easiest way for runners to improve their time is to improve their stamina and average velocity. This can be achieved by running for mileage and maintaining a running tempo that will allow the athlete to maintain their average velocity.
What kind of 800m workouts should the athlete focus on?
- 200m tempo runs & interval training
- 400m tempo runs & interval training
- 600m tempo runs & interval training
- 1200m tempo runs and interval training
- Acceleration training
- Hill runs
- Mountain runs (Incline cross country)
- Altitude running
Average 800m times by age
|10||3:30 minutes and under||3:30 minutes and under|
|11||3:10 minutes and under||3:10 minutes and under|
|12||3 minutes and under||3 minutes and under|
|13||2:45 minutes and under||3 minutes and under|
|14||2:15 minutes and under||3 minutes and under|
|15||2:05 minutes and under||2:45 minutes and under|
|16||2 minutes and under||2:30 minutes and under|
|17+||1:55 minutes and under||2:10 minutes and under|
800m training videos
Is a 2 minute 800m good?
Yes. Most people want to break 2 minutes for the 800m. 2 minutes is world class for women. It is a great running time for men.
Other 800m training resources
800m training discussion thread
800m training approach – Reddit
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