I went and got myself some new running shoes over the weekend and they are either super, special, make you run fast shoes, or I really am moving faster than my normal slog.
Definition (because I am a self-taught runner and there was a long time in which I was all, “Huh? Negative split? PR? Heel Strike? What the heck?!” )
Negative Split: to run the second half of a race faster, stronger than you run the first half. So in essence, you want to go a little faster with each mile you run.
Today I ran my first negative split ever and when I was done with my run and realized what I did I was super excited and now feel motivated to finish the last 3 weeks of this program. Again.
Today I ran Mile 1 in 11:40 and Mile 2 in 10:40. Yes, I will accept all congratulations, pats on the back, and woohoos!!!! (For the record, I was running a 15 minute mile last year. Yes, I was that slow.)
And just in case you happen to be a new runner and don’t have someone teaching you to run either, (you have no idea how happy it made me to hear that some of you have ventured out onto the roads because of my accomplishment last year) let me tell you a little secret. Use your arms. A lot. Last year I was running with only my legs and it was tough. I was slow (you could walk faster than I could run) and I was exhausted at the end of each run. But this time around I watched Prefontaine and he told some kids to use their arms when running. And oh my gosh, it makes a world of difference- especially on the hills. So pump those arms away my friends!
It also helps to have a few motivational phrases running through your head. I still use:
I run because I can.
When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they would give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them.
I know they would do the same for me.
I picture this sweet boy in my mind when I think of that quote.
When subbing at the high school I got to watch the track coach for a few minutes and heard him say, “I have yet to see you make yourself uncomfortable!” Every time I want to quit I do a mental check to see if I am feeling uncomfortable. Somehow feeling uncomfortable motivates me all the more. Call me crazy it’s okay, I can handle it.
All I’ve got left are “long” runs. Come on super duper, make me run fast, new shoes. Don’t fail me now.