|Navin, #418 after completing his Negative Split at |
Back in December at Reggae Marathon he not only burned up the full Marathon in a time nearly 20 minutes under his target time (we barely made it back to catch his finish) but he achieved the runner's dream of running a negative split for the second half of the race.
The negative split is when you run the second half of the race faster than the first half. Yes, this is as hard as it sounds, especially in an event as long as the 26.3 miles of a Marathon and and really challenging in a warm weather run such as Reggae Marathon. And Navin did it with a smile on his face and with barely a sweat. He even had enough energy to walk the mile along the beach back to our hotel chatting all the way. A machine!
Here's the twist in the Sporting Life 10K when it comes to the Negative Split: its downhill for the first 6 km's before flattening out for the final 4 km push to the finish. Do I sandbag it for the first half saving myself for the flat finish? Do I let gravity do it's work for the first half hoping to have something left in the tank to go faster on the flat? Is achieving a Negative Split just a crazy pipe-dream for the Sporting Life 10K? All that will be answered on May 11.
If you're interested in how to run a negative split, check out this article from Runner's World: The benefits of a Negative Split.
I'm totally focused on "The Negative" now. Thanks Navin :)
Until next time...