Running Negative Splits

It’s the end of the week and the end of the month. First Saturday of the month tomorrow which means 10k Club Handicap Race for me.

Since last months handicap race I’ve been progressively working towards running a negative split 10k for October’s race! I thought this would be an ideal race strategy for this upcoming run. I figured it would also help me run my own race and not just sprint off with everyone else in the beginning! So while everyone is running fast for the first mile ill be holding back a bit and sticking with my race plan 🙂 I’m hoping that my pacing skills are getting better and I will attain optimal race results.

A little rundown on what a Negative Split is for non runners. In a nutshell a negative split is when your speed increases during the run so the second half is faster than the first half. The speed increase can either be a minimal or a substantial amount. (ie; running a bit slower for the first third of the run, pick up the pace in the middle and finish with strength & speed). For every runner this will be different depending on what their goal time is!

Twice a week during my interval sessions (Tuesday & Thursday) I’ve been practicing negative splits. From this I took note at how much better I felt during/after a speed workout. My negative split abilities still need a little fine tuning but I am getting there!

The Plan for Saturday Morning:

  • Start the race 10-20secs per mile slower than my race pace
  • Gradually build up speed as I near the middle of the race
  • Once I’ve hit my race pace I will start to pass as many tired runners as I can

It will take some self control but I will not be tempted to speed up when all the other runners fly by in the beginning. lol I can just imagine the conversation that will be going on in my head tomorrow morning.

I didn’t get to capture many of my eats today. So you will have to use your imaginations!

5:45am- 5k Run

Post Run- Green Tea, Oatmeal with Mixed Berries, Chai Seeds, Vanilla Creme Protein Powder and a dash Mixed Spice

Later that morning I went to grab some coffee with my dad. I was still feeling hungry and the cafe we went to was still serving breakfast. So I ordered their Seasonal Fruit Bowl with Citrus Yogurt.

Spent the rest of the morning shopping! I ended up buying a new running crop…couldn’t help myself (even though my wardrobe overflows with running gear).

Lunch was eaten at a different restaurant. I’ve been here about a dozen times and I always get the same thing either something with Salmon and combine that with the Greek Salad. But today I ordered off their Breakfast menu! I went with the Muesli, Honey Yogurt, Milk, Fruit and Chai Latte 🙂

I was feeling tired this afternoon so I skipped my workout that I had planned and just relaxed. Saving myself for tomorrow!

Pre-Dinner Snack- Strawberries & Green Tea + Sesame Snaps

Well I hope you’ve all had a lovely week 🙂

Weekend Plans? Saturday 10k race, Sunday 15k Long Run & I’m going to the Zoo for my friends B’day!


Tuesday & Wednesday Workout Recap

Happy Wednesday Everyone I hope your all enjoying the week so far!

Tuesday Morning started with a delicious breakfast. I was going to try out a new recipe that I had bookmarked from another blog. Sometimes it’s so hard to choose between them all there are so many amazing one’s out there! I had a craving for Sweet Carrot Oats. This was my second time making them and they tasted delish 🙂

In between Breakfast and Lunch I snacked on some Mixed Raw Nuts, Sesame Snaps, Apple & Cinnamon Muffin and a Mango-Coconut Fruit Ice.

Tuesday was definitely the day I went with what I craved! For lunch I roasted my fave veggie Beetroot and had that with some Brussel Sprouts + Blueberry, Muesli, Yogurt Parfait.

Afternoon Workout: 2 x45min Intervals on the Bike. It was a tough and sweaty workout. But I’m seeing the benefits from these workouts in my 10k times as well as in my Long Runs. Increased Stamina & Endurance 🙂

Post Workout: Chocolate Milk, Stretching & Ice Bath and snacked on my last Apple & Cinnamon Muffin with some Yogurt and a Mandarin.

Wednesday: Today I woke up just before 5am. Started off with my Pre-Workout fuel of Black coffee to get my heart rate up and a tablespoon of Honey.

Workout 5:45am-  3k warm up run followed by Hill Training. Completed 10 repetitions running at close to race pace. 2k warm down run back home. Just to rehydrate a bit before I moved on to some Light Weights I had a scoop of protein powder with 250ml water.  Shoulder Press 15 reps x3, Bicep Curls 20 reps x3, Side Raise 15 reps x2 Done!! Chocolate Milk & spent 15-20mins Stretching.

Breakfast: Green Tea & Blueberry Oatmeal with Vanilla Creme Protein Powder and a dash of Mixed Spice.

Morning & Afternoon Snack 🙂

I’ve significantly increased my mileage this week hopefully my pace won’t suffer too much in the short term. But in the long run the harder workouts I’ve been doing plus the increased mileage are valuable and will help me become faster. It will give me confidence when I’m racing knowing that I can push on and finish hard 🙂

Spent the afternoon working on my workout routine and goals for October. It’s definitely crunch time now with quite a few upcoming races/events.

I’m Sprinting Again

Kicking it up a notch from last weeks Strides and getting back into Sprints. I was going to do Strides again but since my knee felt reasonably good during this morning’s 5k Recovery run…sprints was back on the menu for this afternoon’s workout!

Brekkie Post Run: Green Tea, Oatmeal with Vanilla Creme Protein Powder, Mixed Berries, Banana Slices, Chai Seeds & Goji Berries

Mid Morning Snack: Carrot sticks, Sesame Snaps, Apple & Cinnamon Muffin

Lunch: Broccoli, Sugar Snap Peas, Chickpeas smothered in Tomato Sauce & Mixed Berry, Yogurt & Muesli Parfait

10 x 100m Sprints = Done! Between each repetition I had a 1-2min walk recovery. For each set I ran close to full speed. I was just on a high after both workouts today. I taped my knee and it didn’t hinder my performance in any way. So I rejoiced in these 2 small victories 🙂

Post Afternoon Workout: Chocolate Milk & 200ml Water with Protein Powder

Afternoon Snack: Orange Slices, Apple & Cinnamon Muffin

Dinner: Baby Spinach, Tomato, Canned Salmon, Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese, Green Beans, Carrot, Broccoli also had a Grapefruit (not pictured)

Some Benefits of Sprinting 🙂

  • Sprinting Increases Stamina
  • Strengthens your Cardiovascular System
  • Strengthens your Skeletal Muscles

Goal for the week: I will rejoice in each and every small milestone

Thought for the day: Everyone progresses at their own pace!

It’s Sunday Already

The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.
~Chuck Palahniuk

Well another weekend flies by!

Weekend Highlights:

I started off Saturday morning with a 10k club run. Finished the run with a time of 40:55. Felt great throughout the run and managed to keep up with the guys for the first 7k. I dropped back for the next 2k and for the last 1k I decided to kick it a bit and see if I could at least have them in my sight. I finished 33secs behind the guys so I was extremely happy with this result.

Breakfast Post-Run: Green Tea, Yogurt, Banana & Apple & Cinnamon Muffin

Sunday’s Long Run was a 7am start. The weather was Grey but the rain held off till the very end of the run. For this run I decided to run with my dad’s running club. So the run mapped out for today was a 13.1k at 6mins per k. I stuck with the group for the first 1k then decided to pick up the pace. Two other guys were game to break away as well so I joined them and we increased the pace. Even though we ran at a faster pace it was still comfortable enough to hold a conversation! Overall awesome run and great company. I will definitely be doing my Sunday long runs with this group from now on. I’m glad I went 🙂

I spent Sunday Afternoon re-evaluating the events I will be competing in for the next 3 months. I’ve come to the decision that I will have to skip a few races. Less might have to be better at this stage. I think this will be best for me in the long run. After being pain free for about a week my left knee decided to be a pain after the run ugh! Looks like I will be taping it for tomorrow’s recovery run. This week I will be going through the whole process again of icing it after each run & heating packs before bed. I want to be ready for this coming Saturday’s 10k Club Handicap Race.

Sorry I don’t have photos of my weekend edibles but I wasn’t home all Saturday and for most of Sunday!

Workout Plan for the week:

Monday: AM-5k Recovery Run, PM-Short Sprints

Tuesday: PM-2 x45min Intervals on the Bike

Wednesday: AM-Hill Sprints & Light Weights

Thursday: PM-2 x45min Intervals on the Bike

Friday: AM-5k Recovery Run

Saturday: 10k Club Handicap Race

Sunday: Long Run 10-15k

How Was Everyone Else’s Weekend?

Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday. ~ Author Unknown

Yes it’s that time of the week again. When we can all breathe a sigh of relief & relax!

I was up nice and early ready for my 5k run and even did the Hill twice halfway through…so I guess my run was a little over 5k today! Got back home and did the whole Chocolate milk, Stretching & Breakfast.

Not too soon after I decided to bake some Muffins 🙂

Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

  • 1 cup Self Raising Flour
  • 1 cup Soy Milk
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple cored & chopped
  • 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 Egg
  1. Mix Flour and Cinnamon in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk Soy milk, Egg and Olive oil in a smaller bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Mixture should still be lumpy.
  4. Add chopped Apple and stir to combine. Don’t over mix!
  5. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into each Muffin tin.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25mins. Allow to stand in pan for 5mins before serving.

Makes 12

These Muffins made their way into my Morning Snack and Afternoon Snack 🙂

Also had an afternoon workout which consisted of 45mins of Intervals on the bike. I followed this up with of course Chocolate milk, Stretching & Ice Bath. The rest of my afternoon/evening included a bit Reading & TV.

Weekend Plans:

Saturday: 7:30am 10k Club Run, Lunch with Family Friends, Dinner will be at a Vietnamese Restaurant for a friends Birthday! I will be out all day!!

Sunday: 7am 15k run and then some grocery shopping later in the day.

What are your plans for the Weekend?

“Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.”
John Shirley

Running Fuel

Oatmeal: Low GI and full of Carbs! Provides sustained release of energy into the bloodstream & helps lower cholesterol in your body.

Fruit: Mangoes-plenty of Vitamin A and beta carotene. Strawberries-rich in Vitamin C. Kiwi Fruit-Vitamin C & Potassium.

Dairy: Calcium, Protein & Carbs.

Vegetables: Fiber, Iron, Potassium, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A.

Workout this afternoon: 2  x45min Sessions on the Stationary Bike. Completed some High Intensity Intervals! This has to be one of my favorite ways to cross train and improves my running efficiency at the same time.

So glad I don’t have classes on Friday’s. I have some baking planned for tomorrow!

The weekend is just around the corner. Take it easy this Thursday 🙂

Things That Make Me Happy

We’re halfway through the week and this makes me smile. Only 2 more days till the weekend!

‘Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold

the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul’ – Aristotle

Here are some simple things that make me happy 🙂

Early Morning Runs

The Peaceful Feeling Of Drifting Off To Sleep

Being By The Sea

The Feeling I get When I Achieve A Far Off Goal

Curling Up With A Good Book

Memories Of Being A Tomboy Climbing Trees, Riding Bikes & Scooters

I had an awesome day. Morning Hill Sprints followed by some Light Weights, went shopping and bought some new running gear and a new book to read!

Happy Wednesday Everyone 🙂

So Tell Me What Makes You Happy?