This summer I would like to break 2:00 for the 800m run. Having only run the event a handful of times, ever, I believe my personal best is 2:03.1. I know I ran a few 4x800 splits faster than that but I don't know how fast. Those times were all from high school. I may have been able to run slightly faster in college but with less races, there was less time to expiriment with an event that I am not overly good at. In addition, due to the volume of my overall running and lack of anything truly fast, I don't know if I would have gone much faster at all.
You may be thinking, why would he want to do this? My reasons mostly come back to time and motivation. In my mind, 6 x 150m, no matter how fast, is mentally much easier than 10 x 1k, especially alone. Clearly it will also consume much less time. Another reason I want to do this is that I was always envious of the guys with the natural leg speed that I lacked. Plus, everybody knows that going fast is fun.
For now, I am just going to keep running as I have been until my April 27th 50k. After that I will lightly jog for awhile and focus on recovering from that race and getting mentally ready to tackle this new type of training. I haven't decided on an actual course of training yet, I am still doing my homework. It will probably be a little higher mileage than most 800 training plans because I still want to be successful at trail races this summer and the SDSU Classic 8k in the fall. I think for awhile I will plan to do weeks that include hills, fartlek, and a long run with strides after most easy runs. I am also going to focus on the whole body with lots of cross training in the form of bouldering and mountain biking.