Apparently, I am not.
And, in racing, that's less than ideal. In racing, negative -- as in, negative splits (running the second half of the race faster than the first) -- is a positive. I am rarely a negative splitter. At least not in any distance longer than 5K.
Take a look at Saturday's splits:
7:20 pace for last .2 or so
Not negative at all. But then, for my last 5K, I ran the right way:
6:17 pace for last .1
Started conservatively and then sped up. Just like all the training books, articles, web sites recommend. Granted, I ran a PR with those positive splits and just missed a PR when I ran negative ones.
Hundreds . . . thousands of running experts can't be wrong! Right?
I know running negative splits is the right thing to do and I wish I was better at it. So, as I start looking forward to my marathon training, one of the things I plan to focus on is running negative splits. Most of what I've read recommends shooting for even splits in the marathon -- something that is easier to do if you regularly run negative splits in your shorter races.
I'll be practicing what I read, and here's a small sample of some of what I've read:
Let the Tempo Come to You
Negative Splits Equal Positive Results
The Positive of Negative Splits
Race Pacing Calculator
I've got plenty of time to refine what works for me. Maybe by May I'll be consistently negative.
Then again, I might just end up staying positive. We'll see!