Negative Splits and Other Things That Make Me Smile!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

This evening, I am over the moon! My run went fantastic and the last half was almost ~30 seconds per mile faster than the first half. For the most part, my runs are definitely slower in the end and the negative self-talk (not split!) kicks in. Of course, it helped to have the most gorgeous day! The canal was full of boats enjoying the weather.


As mentioned in my last post, we had many fun things in the diary! On Saturday, my work hosted a children’s film viewing at the BFI, British Film Institute. They had lots of food and everything was kid friendly – even things for my picky eaters! The film was part of The Tate Movie Project and titled ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit.’ It was really cute and they even gave us a DVD. I was so amazed… Lauren loved it! She watched for the entire 30 minutes and at the end clapped (before everyone else) and said HOORAY! It was produced by the creators of Wallace and Gromit, using the drawings of children from the UK. Here is a picture of Lauren after the movie…


She was so cute and had a great time! Afterwards, we walked along the Southbank. This made me nervous, but Lauren enjoyed looking at the water!


We enjoyed spending Saturday evening with friends at their house watching the England vs Spain football match. It was a friendly match, but Wembley Stadium (you will remember it from a September post) was sold out! They cooked Billy’s absolute favorite meal – roast, fresh mashed potatoes and peas! He definitely doesn’t get food like that at our flat.

They had put up some of their Christmas decorations that day and we helped with their beautiful tree! It was a lot of fun. The best part is their nativity scene. Lauren immediately went into their kitchen to get her favorite stool and took it in front of the nativity scene. She sat there pretty much all evening (when not playing football and tennis) and played with the animals. If she know the way down there on her own, I can guarantee they would have a daily visitor… And maybe even Billy to have roast! 🙂


I hope your weekend has been just as good! Was your weather as gorgeous as London’s this weekend? Any tips to help ensure that each run is a negative split, I’d love to hear them!!


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3 Responses to Negative Splits and Other Things That Make Me Smile!

  1. Jim says:

    Hi Karen ~~ I liked this post, it was very informative. Lauren is awfully cute in your pictures. I can see that she would like a kid friendly nativity set around here. It was real nice too that you too could attend the BFI affair. I am glad about the ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit.’

    I am one of the uninformed about competition running. I had to Google the Negative Split:
    “<EMIf the second half of a run is faster than the first half, the strategy is called a negative split. In order to do negative splits, runners must conserve enough energy to allow them to run faster during the second half. The conserved energy is used to not only overcome the effects of becoming tired but to do that and also run faster. This is desirable, because it means the runners avoid going out too fast at the beginning. Negative splits are desirable on courses where there are more/steeper hills during the last half than during the first half. Most runners consider this the best strategy.

    The easiest way to measure splits is to carry a GPS that measures split times. If you don't have a GPS, you can always use a stop watch and record the split times on your hand.”

  2. Congrats on the negative split! I don’t negative split training runs too often, but have managed it in races by trying to really nail it home on the last mile or so. Never have managed it in a full marathon though…only shorter races!

  3. mom says:

    The day must have been a lot of fun and rewarding!

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