Start slow finish strong

Start slow finish strong

It's a common mistake with a heartbreaking result. The starting gun sounds and you take off–fast. Inevitably, the swift start takes its toll, and you slow down and miss your goal. Oops.

A more effective way to nail a time or finish strong is to run a negative split–that is, starting conservatively so that you run the second half of the race faster than the first. You'll clock a better time and feel stronger. It's the most efficient way to run. Instead of burning all your fuel early, you save energy for the end and gain confidence as you stride past everyone in those last few miles.

So unless you have a solid race plan in place next weekend, remember to pace yourself, run your own race, and not get caught up in the excitement of the start.

Posted: Monday 25 July 2016