How To Run A Negative Split

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 15, 2010

Good morning!

Today is a rest day for me so I used my extra time this morning to work on a fun kitchen project that I am putting together!

Recognize any of these pictures?  :biggrin:


I’ll be showing more pictures in my next post. Eric and I also need your help with a couple things!!

Then it was time for Vegan Overnight Oats!


With Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve.


Peanut Butter Crunch VOO Parfait:

  • Vegan Overnight Oats (I used 1/2 cup oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Amazing Meal powder, 1 cup Almond Milk)
  • Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve
  • Gluten-Free Rice Crisp (the crunch)
  • Cacao Nibs (more crunch!)


It was unbelievably good…probably one of my top 5 that I have made so far!!! I felt like I was eating a blizzard!

Indoors and outdoors…

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The best is when it gets all swirly and mixed up. It is sheer bliss. I really don’t want summer to end! I am going to have to wear a winter jacket this winter when it gets cold in the mornings, just to make my vegan overnight oats!


Many of you have been asking me questions about the negative splits I have been talking about in my running posts so I thought I would put together a FAQ post on the topic today. I am by no means an expert, so I source Runner’s World when needed and I am mostly speaking to my own personal experience.

How To Run A Negative Split

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“What is a negative split?”

  • A negative split is when the second half of your exercise (e.g., run, bike, swim, etc) is faster on average than then first half of your exercise. The object of a negative split is to conserve your energy in the first half, allowing for a strong finish during the second half. This strategy is also very useful if the second half of your route has a lot of hills.


For example, this 4 mile run IS a negative split:

  • Mile 1: 10:11
  • Mile 2: 10:24
  • Mile 3: 10:01
  • Mile 4: 9:04


This is a negative split because mile 1 + mile 2 = 20:35 mins and mile 3 + mile 4 = 19:05 mins. It is a negative split because you completed the second half of your exercise 1:30 mins faster than the first half.

This 3 mile run is NOT a negative split:

  • Mile 1: 8:30
  • Mile 2: 10:06
  • Mile 3: 8:50


You can easily tell that this is NOT a negative split because your 3rd mile is slower than your first mile (8:30 min/mile), really mile 2 is irrelevant here because your simply split it in half.

Mile 1 = 8:30 + half of mile 2 = 5:03 totals => 13:33 mins

Mile 3 = 8:50 + half of mile 2 = 5:03 totals => 13:53 mins

Thus, the second half of this run is 20 seconds slower than the first half of the run. Not a huge difference, but this would not be a negative split.

“How do you run a negative split? I have a very hard time finishing faster than I begin.”

Last summer, I could not run a negative split for the life of me. Almost every single one of my runs would end with a slow, dying crawl. With each mile I would often get slower and slower until I was finished. I longed to run negative splits, but I never made it happen.

I have been able to run negative splits lately and I attribute this to a few reasons:

1) Garmin 305

The Garmin 305 was one of the best purchases I have ever made. It allows me to see the time of each mile as I run and I can gauge what pace I need to maintain to run a negative split. Without a training watch it would be very hard for me to determine if I am running negative splits. It has also been helpful for me when setting a goal of running each mile faster than the previous mile. I got my Garmin 305 at Costco and it was significantly cheaper than other retail stores (although you can purchase it online for a bit less).

Of course, it is possible to run negative splits without a training watch (if you know the distance of your route and have mile markers), however I did not have the motivation until I got Dwight!

2) Decide you will run a negative split!

Negative splits just don’t ‘happen’, you have to decide before your run that your goal is to run a negative split and then you have to be conscious of this your entire run. If you want to zone out, I don’t suggest trying to run a negative split because they take a lot of focus and looking at your mile split times. Part of the reason why I love running negative splits is because I am doing math in my head and it is a great distraction on runs. The runs fly by when I aim for a negative split.

3) Start off slower than normal, between 1-2 min/mile less than you normally would run on fresh legs.

Normally, when I start a run I want to go fast on my fresh legs. I am happy at about a 7:45-8 min/mile pace at the start, however when my goal is to try a negative split, I try to make my first mile around a 9 min/mile pace. These times will vary for everyone, but you have to find what is comfortable for you. It will take some playing around with it until you find what works for you…this is part of the FUN of learning to run negative splits! Lots of trial and error. If you are having trouble achieving a negative split, you are likely running much too fast in the first third portion of your run.

4) Run slow for the first third, pick it up in the middle, and finish strong!

I love how Runner’s World puts it: “Patiently run a bit slower for the first third of a run, pick up the pace in the middle and finish with strength and speed.” [source].

5) Go out with a bang for each mile 

End each mile very strong and fast, just like you are finishing a race. When I do the math in my head sometimes I realize that I need to boot it in order to make my goal of doing a faster second mile than the first. This often leaves me running hard at the end of each mile to meet my time goal.

5) Take at break at the beginning of each mile and when necessary

I like to finish each mile strong, so I typically take a walking break at the beginning of each mile. This works for me because I get a breather and then it gives me energy to tackle the next mile. I take a break to walk at least once a mile, if not more. There is no shame in walking as much as you need to! When I first started running, I used to run for 1 minute at a time. Over time, you will build up your endurance. [For my running story see the post I did called ‘From 1 minute to 10 miles’]

6) Sprint the last few hundred metres of your run as you would in a race.

Finishing strong is one of the best feelings in the world. I only wished I had started doing it sooner!

7) Walk for a cool-down

This is crucial as you will be very out of breath after sprinting and your heart rate is soaring. I typically walk about 0.25 mile after my runs.

8) Stay Hydrated

I don’t know how I ever survived my runs without my Camelbak. I bring it on short runs and long runs. I always say I didn’t know how much water my body really needed until it was readily accessible!

“Why does it work?”

Runner’s World puts it nicely “The reason this works is because it can take your body several miles to get warmed up. After that, your muscles are charged, your joints lubricated, and mood-boosting endorphins flood your system. You’ll find yourself running faster without feeling any more effort.” [source]

“What are the benefits of doing negative splits? Why should I do them?”

Negative splits are not for everyone, but they can be great for the following reasons:

1) They build running confidence

2) They improve endurance

3) They are a fun distraction while on runs and a great challenge

4) You improve your math skills (lol)

5) They will help you run strong in races

6) They force you to adjust your pace and give you motivation to run faster and harder than you normally would

7) Injury prevention (it allows your body to warm up properly)

Have you ever tried to run a negative split? Do you think you would try it out?


There is a new shipment of Glo Bars at Ambrosia today! There are also more variety packs, Crave, Empower, and Adore Glo Bars in the shopping cart.

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Jessica @ How Sweet July 15, 2010 at 8:32 am

I would love the crunch! I was wondering how long it takes you to make the VOO combo in the mornings – like to assemble it? I don’t really like cold oats, but it is taking a bit too long for me to make warm ones every morning (I add soft serve too). Thinking about trying overnight again!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

The longest part is the BSS processing- it takes about 2-3 mins. Other than that it is just layering…its super quick for me!


Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 15, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I always make my hot oats the night before, then wait for them to cool and store in the fridge overnight. In the morning all you need to do is put them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and it’s done (you might also need to stir in some more liquid before heating to loosen them up a little). Just a thought.


Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 15, 2010 at 8:32 am

Fabulous tips!!! Oooh I can tell already I’m going to LOVE your picture project! :) Can’t wait to see more!


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

Your peanut butter crunch looks amazing!

Do you find that negative splits help with overall speed? I am looking for various ways to increase my pace as I am training. (I am aiming for a 2:15 1/2 marathon this fall…my first ever)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:29 am

I do find they make me faster overall. I run much harder than when I don’t aim to do a neg split.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

Colour me Officially Inspired. I’m going to run negative splits on Saturday, I promise.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:30 am



Rebecca C. July 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

Did 3 miles negative splits today:) It does help, I tend to run fast in the beginning and this has helped me pace my runs. Race tomorrow…10 miles:-)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

I am SO bad about negative splits– they’re like an impossible feat for me!

That peanut butter soft serve looks so yummy!


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

As a new runner, this information is so very much appreciated! I recently started finishing strong with any type of workout I’m doing. Usually, the last few minutes, I book it! I tell myself “You can do anything for 2 minutes”. I end up walking away from my workouts on Cloud Nine because of this.

And beautiful kitchen art :)


Claudia July 15, 2010 at 8:45 am

Hi Angela, thanks for the great tips


Ilana July 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

You’re awesome. One day when I finally learn to run I will return to this post and re-learn how to run a negative split :)


JL Goes Vegan July 15, 2010 at 8:49 am

Excellent post! I’ve been running for a few years now and know about this, but needed the reminder. My running lately has pretty much been just slugging out the miles, no focus on quality. This was a great nudge!


Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 15, 2010 at 8:50 am

Good post – I’ve never really thoughtabout negtive splits before, but after reading this I think I’ll make a point of doing them :)


Mel July 15, 2010 at 8:50 am

Here’s an easy way to run a negative split without a garmin: run an out and back route and time how long the ‘out’ part takes then try and beat it on the way back!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

Awesome idea!!!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels July 15, 2010 at 8:54 am

Wow you always get so many good photos of your meals. How on earth are you so patient. I’m lucky to get one photo, sometimes I get none because I’m like “food is done, let’s EAT!”


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

haha Im obsessed with photography and find it almost as fun as eating (ALMOST!)


Lisa @ I'm an Okie July 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

Loved this. I’m a new runner so this great information!


Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 15, 2010 at 8:57 am

Thank you for all that great information!! I’ve never “on purpose” tried to run a negative split (yet) but have done it not on purpose!


Lizzie July 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

I started working with negative splits last summer at the track and actually surprised myself with how much faster I thought I was, even when I felt like lying down and taking a nap! I tried negative splits in a 4 mile race last year and was right on track until the start of the 3rd mile when I ended up with a stomach cramp (probably due to not enough water the day before) and finished well under the time I wanted to. It was disappointing but encouraging at the same time – if that makes sense. Love the photo idea!


Courtney @ Three Months July 15, 2010 at 8:58 am

I’ve only tried overnight oats once, but I’m always tempted to try them again after seeing your pretty pictures!


Holly July 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

Hi Angela. :) I have been reading your blog for a while now but I think this is the first time I have left a comment.

I really enjoy reading your running story and your tips on improving your running. I did C25K earlier this year and ran my first 5K in May to benefit the humane society. (I finished in 33:53, which I was amazed with because it was over 3 min. faster than I had ever run that distance.) I took June off from running and did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.

I am now getting back into running. I would like to do more 5Ks but have also decided to try to train for a 10K. Do you recommend any training programs? I am currently contemplating loosely following Hal Higdon’s novice training program.


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

I don’t think you can go wrong with Hal’s plans, although if I remember correctly he suggested to run more days than I wanted to so I had to take out one run a week when I looked at his plans. I think with any plan you need to make sure it is adjusted for your lifestyle and body’s needs. :)

Congrats on your 5k success!!! Amazing time. Cant wait to hear about your 10k.


Wei-Wei July 15, 2010 at 9:02 am

Hmm, interesting. Maybe I’ll try this for my mile run? Haha. :D If I run in the future I’ll probably try going for negative splits :D



Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 15, 2010 at 9:07 am

Omg, that peanut butter crunch parfait was definitely made even better by your eating it out of a measuring bowl, haha.


Camille July 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

I am generally able to run negative splits during races because I am so pumped on adrenaline! They always make me feel so accomplished :)


Nikki T July 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

I want to start trying to run negative splits…but I hate math (lol)!
I do have a Garmin 305 though, thankfully!
Also, I LOVE the look of this kitchen project…Can’t wait to see more!


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 15, 2010 at 9:22 am

Ahh that PB Banana softserve gets me every time!


Therese July 15, 2010 at 9:22 am

I’ve been running more negative splits this year. I know I’ve improved when some have been completely unintentional! Ha ha ha I’m not one for speed right yet but it really is nice to go for to get a quality workout in. Especially when you’re doing just a couple of miles, it helps to add focus and intention to a run. Since I do 10:1s I tend to go by 10 minute intervals instead of miles (or km’s) and then my Garmin just tells me how I did!


jenna July 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

thanks for the information on neg splits! very interesting.

:) can’t wait to hear about your pix!


Heather (Heather's Dish) July 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

oooooooh, i can’t wait to see the kitchen project! and i can’t wait to copy it ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

hahah well we need your help first before we ruin it LOL


Stacey July 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

I find the term negative splits quite interesting, because I just run and dont usually analyze my time too much. But it is something I may try to follow more – at least be more aware. I find that by nature though, I tend to start off slower in the first 3 miles of a run and once I get past that 2 mile point, my energy level raises. Its as if I were running with weights attached to my ankles that after 2-3 miles are removed. And usually I always try to push myself the last mile or 2 of a run because – hey, I’m almost done. No need to conserve energy anymore, right? :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

you are a natural! :) Im the total opposite…I start fast and tend to die off lol.


Pam July 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

Great point about monitoring the pace with the Garmin. You’ve made me realize this is an important tool I’ll have to invest in to get better. (The apps I use on my iphone right now just don’t cut it. They don’t seem to be accurate).

Thanks for sharing all this great info!


Kara @ MyWellnest July 15, 2010 at 9:49 am

I can’t wait to hear more about the kitchen project!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 15, 2010 at 10:08 am

I have an idea of where you’re going with that kitchen project so I can’t wait to see if I’m right. Those photos look great blown up though!


Tinka July 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

Thanks for the link to your “1 minute to 10 miles” post. Lots of helpful information!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

Glad you like it!


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

oooh, I can’t wait to see the kitchen project!! I have been meaning to make prints of my pictures, yours look amazing!

Thanks for the info on the negative splits. I’ve never tried to run a negative split, but this definitely helps me! I feel less intimidated. :)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 15, 2010 at 10:21 am

I just love this post! This definitely gives me inspiration to run an negative split.


Lauren July 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

Great post, Angela! Especially since I’ve been trying to work on negative splits. This helps a lot!


Elli @ 16 and Losing It July 15, 2010 at 10:36 am

your overnight oats look delish!

Great running information! I am definitely going to try running negative splits in the future to mix up my runs!


Claire July 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

I definitely think running negative splits is a wonderful idea for racing and have been trained for years to run them! I also like to do speed intervals where I run negative splits…not just longer runs. The bfast looks delicious lady!


Jo @ July 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

Great advice Angela! On shorter runs, I found I run negative splits naturally but struggle more to do it on longer runs.


Ashley July 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

Those are like jungle oats with all the green around! Sounds like a perfect crunchy recipe!! I’ll get to negative splits…one day……. :)


Melissa July 15, 2010 at 10:41 am

Yum…crunch in the VOO!! Great idea!
Thanks for the negative splits review. I’m not a regular runner but I like the idea of this training!!


Paula July 15, 2010 at 10:42 am

You inspired me to try a negative split and I tried it the last time I went running and I did it! It was very challenging but at the same time, more fun (i think!)

Another bit of info on negative splits I remember reading somewhere is that when you run fast in the first half, you get lactic acid build up which fatigues the muscles and forces you to slow down. But if you take it slow in the beginning and build up your speed, you delay the build up of lactic acid and can finish strong!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

Wow great info thanks!


Danielle (Runs on Green) July 15, 2010 at 10:43 am

Thanks for the info. on running negative splits! I’m really bad about pacing myself…I tend to get “excited” and sprint for the first mile and then I drag and then pick up again haha. I actually think I’ll try it today :D


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

hahah I do that too…I am so pumped at the beginning of a run…!!!


Sara July 15, 2010 at 10:47 am

I love the negative split FAQ, but my favorite part of this post was seeing your VOO parfait in the measuring cup! I always wondered what the actual quantity of food was that you were eating for breakfast, and now I know! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

haha VOO’ + BSSs are about 1 cup!


Julie @ Pickley Pear July 15, 2010 at 10:59 am

I love your oats – they look so delicious and filling!

Great tips on negative splits. I’ve never focused on it, as I more or less focus on my feeling of the run and just finishing :) In thinking back to my last few runs – they were most definitely “positive” splits (is that a term?!). Oh…and my Garmin is my favorite toy ever!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

I wondered about the term positive split too! ;)


Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries July 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

This just reinstates how desperately I need a camelback!


Nikki July 15, 2010 at 11:13 am

Your VOOs always look so amazing! I love how creative you get with them. So many good ideas. I have a feeling all of those pictures are going to be turned into something spectacular! I always appreciate your advice on here. It’s nice to see things from someone who’s experienced it. I’ve tried to pick it up in my running and finish strong. It feels so good to end that way!


Michal July 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

I’m so glad I read this and your Running Story today – the sun has come out, I’ve had a rest day, and I’m decided to go running after I hit the Farmers Market tonight! :-)


Marathon Bound Girl aka Grace July 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

Love VOO, Love VOO!!! Had VOO for BF yesterday, yummy! I had mine with chopped up banana, unsweetened organic coconut, and cacao chips. YUMMY! Yippee, I have a happy tale, I ordered coconut butter and cacao nibs on line today because our all natural grocery store here, “Sprouts”, does not carry either of those products…wah! But I am excited I found those items on Amazon!

As for the answer to negative splits, woohoo, thanks so much for that info. I have a Garmin 305 and want to learn so much all of the ways to work it so I can start negative splits. I might have to try that with my first 15k being run this Sunday in almost 5 years. I’m on the Jeff Galloway program so I am hoping I can still do that during this race. I run with a group and I believe it’s doable. We shall see. I so want to spend an entire day learning more about this little Garmin thing!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

Goodluck with your 15k!


Rosey Rebecca July 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

I love that you ate your breakfast out of a measuring cup AND that you have a random picture of it sitting on a tree stump. HA!

Thanks for the negative split tutorial. I’ve been on and off with running and just started running seriously a couple weeks ago. I ran almost four miles for the first time yesterday (going to be asking for some MAJOR running advice in my blog post tonight). Does running on the treadmill count? I hope so. I need to start running outside. :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

hahaha I thought the tree stump was random and fun

yes treadmill running counts!


tanya July 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

Your breakfast looks so good, haven’t tried the chia seeds yet!


Anne @ Chute Assis July 15, 2010 at 11:38 am

I’ve naturally run negative splits since I started ‘wogging’ (walk-jogging) back in my early days of running! I thought I was just weird until someone told me there was actually a term for being SUPER slow to start and quick on the return. :)


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

I can’t wait to see how your picture project turns out! Have you ever tried making banana soft serve in a blender? Do you think it would work the same as a food processor? The whole ‘blizzard’ idea has my mouth watering!


Angela (Oh She Glows) July 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I have heard it can work in a blender but it takes FOREVER lol


Lisa July 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Thank you for posting this! I can never keep all these terms straight.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Thanks for the info. I was wondering what the heck a negative split was every time you mentioned one. ;) I can see why they’d be really helpful for races!


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Great running tips, thanks for the advice!
Your VOO definitely puts the “OOO” in VOO – it looks fantabulous :-P


Sarah for Real July 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Thanks for that info! I’m a new runner-ish so it’s all new to me. You made it so easy to understand!

For new runners like myself who may not want to invest in a Garmin just yet, I’ve had success with the Run Keeper Pro app for the iphone. It’s only $10 and does everything that the Garmin watches do (I think). It tracks GPS route, pace, calories, and altitude changes. It’ll interrupt your music to inform you of your pre-programmed workout prompts too. Probably the only drawback is having it strapped to my arm instead of my wrist.


Megan July 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Great post! I have trouble with negative splits but I am going to take your tips with me on my next run and hopefully I can master it!


Lizz @ Leading the Good Life July 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I love negative splits! The 1st 2 miles are usually some of the hardest for me, so it’s really rewarding to see my times get faster and faster as I get into the second half of my runs.

And I totally do math while I run! I actually love math. :) And I like how race distances and times offer complicated problems to keep my mind busy. I convert miles to kilometers, use a goal time to calculate what each mile should be, and vice versa. Whatever works, right?!


Dee July 15, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Whilst I’m not a runner (yet?) I think this is a super helpful post. I knew what a negative split it didn’t occur to me that this:

This 3 mile run is NOT a negative split:

Mile 1: 8:30
Mile 2: 10:06
Mile 3: 8:50

was not a negative split! I learn something everyday from the blogworld!

ps. LOVE your photos!


Michelle July 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I laughed out loud when I read this post – not because it was funny, but because I serioulsy JUST bought a Garmin 305 at the Running Room today! I was talking to the clerk and I mentioned how I really wanted to purchase one to help with my running, and she said that the Garmin forerunner 205/305 was on sale because it was being discontinued. I bought the last one, and here you are sharing how much it helps you during your runs! I am so excited to try it out :)


Caroline July 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I actually try for even splits a lot of the time. I worry that too much of a negative split means I haven’t run hard enough! Then again, it’s nice to wonder how much farther you could have gone and still done negative splits.


Jessica @ Rawtumn July 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Awesome and informative post Ang! Great tips! I always try to run negative splits, it makes me feel mentally better at the end of a run too. I’ve tried pushing myself too early on before and it never works out well. I have been wanting a Garmin 305 for YEARS though. I think once I’m back to running outdoors this Fall I’m going to bite the bullet and buy one. <3


Laura (youngDCliving) July 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Ooh! A personal food photography wall in your kitchen or something? Or maybe to tell at the market? I wanna see!


Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

For a relatively new runner this is quite an interesting read. At the moment I am just focussing on building up mileage and ‘time on my feet’. I aim to finish each run with a sprint at the end which I actually find fun, so when I’m a bit more accomplished I think I might enjoy trying to do negative splits. One for the future me thinks!


Molly (Fuel Her Up) July 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Great post! Love neg. split runs. I do want to point out that you can make these as hard or easy as you want: You can just practice the feeling of speeding up and picking a pace, or, as a competitive runner, for a hard workout I start out at an already challenging pace and then really bang it out and basically use all I got to hit a pace when my muscles are already really warm. Love negative runs!


Lisa July 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Wow – thankyou for all of that useful info!!!


Leah July 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Thanks for the info on negative splits. I have been doing pretty well on negative splits unless I have a long hill at the end of my run…

Love the overnight oats… I make mine with apple juice and eat them straight out of the fridge!


Lalla July 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

haha it’s nice to read that COLD oats it’s something strange for some of you there, as here in Switzerland it’s strange to eat it HOT! hahaha :D
In an old post you asked who did “invent” the overnight oats”, well in Switzerland was Mr. Bircher-Benner (here wiki ). We prepare it the night before because the oats needs to become soft. ;)
Il love the way you do you Bircher-Müesli, but (sad) here we don’t have chia seeds. or better, I could buy it to plant in the garden, but 300 seeds for 7.50 SFr. it’s a huge prize hehehe ;)
PS: I love your blog! So inspiring! Thanks for sharing


Liz July 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Thanks for the negative split explanation. I’m a new runner and this was insightful :)


[email protected]:// July 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Those pictures are really good, can’t wait to see what you are creating.


Lana July 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I really want to start training with negative splits…I definitely need to invest a Garmin!!!
I run on a treadmill in the winter and know which songs on my iPod have the beat for a certain running speed. I’m able to judge my speed and distance that way.


Emily @ Beyond The TextBook July 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Thanks for the info regarding negative splits! I thought it meant that each mile had to get faster, rather than just the second half. I also continue to find it motivating when you talk about running and mentioning how far you’ve come. I feel like I am stuck in such a rut and feel like I could never be a runner…thanks for continuously keeping me inspired! :)


Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

That parfait looks soooo YUMMY!



Chelsey July 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm

i just love your oats!!!!

I have never tried running a negative split, but I am intrigued. My HRM does not track mileage, so it would be tough to me to do if I wasn’t on a treadmill (which I hate).

Thanks for the info!!


Jess July 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I really liked your post on negative splits.
I also read your From 1 minute to 10 miles
and it was so informative for me. I am just
starting to run and it made me feel good that
everyone has to start somewhere and that
it is okay for me to start by running a minute
and th walking a minute! I am a new reader
and I really enjoy your posts each day!!


Lisa July 16, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I loved this post because it also led me to your post “From 1 minute to 10 miles”. I just started running and decided to use that approach last night. I really liked it because like you said, looking at the stop watch keeps your mind on other things. Also it seems like a great way to be able to gage your improvement. Previously I was just running to certain points then walking a bit but it wasn’t consistent. So thanks! I definitely hope I start to love running soon :)

I have been running/jogging on machines for years and it amazes me how much tougher outdoor running is!


Lisa August 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Ok so this is really old but I had to chime in! I used to go out way too fast and die off in a 5K until I started training on a treadmill… it is just too hot to run in Florida in August every single day for me. It took some adjusting but I got used to it, and always forced myself to negative split, because on a treadmill you can do that! So I went from being a mile-sprint-then -die-out runner to awesome at being patient and let everyone pass me the first mile. Yesterday I got a PR of 28:27 and only went out in 9:45, so with a pace of 9:11 overall I did some serious negative splitting! The averages were actually just all a tad faster than what I set the treadmill too on a 3 mile run.


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 27, 2012 at 8:40 am

nice work, congrats!!


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