June 29 2016
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When I first started racing, I went out too fast. Because I didn’t know how to pace myself, I blew up and had to take walk breaks during 5Ks. I was trained for the distance, but I went out at a pace I couldn’t sustain for the race.
As I got into longer distance racing, I still had no idea how to pace myself and often ended up running the last half of the race much slower than I ran the first half of the race.
Running a positive split race is rarely ever fun. Suffering from going out too fast makes the last half of the race feel like punishment.
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The good thing about running the first half of a race too fast is that you know exactly what you did wrong during the race. It’s not necessarily an easy thing to fix, but with practice, patience and implementing specific pace workouts during training you can avoid the dreaded positive split race and finish strong.
Executing a negative split race is a huge confidence booster. Running the second half of a race faster than you ran the first will help your ability to run a smart race and set you up for success.
The added bonus of running a negative split – you’ll pass a lot of runners in the second half of the race.