It hasn’t even been 24 hours since I published my last entry, which included great acclaim for negative splits, and already Runner’s World has me doubting myself. In this story about knowing when to use a surge during a race is this tidbit:
The fastest races are run with even splits. Indeed, world records reveal that, statistically, fast, steady speed yields the best performances.
That literally couldn’t be more the opposite of what I quoted Grant as saying. So I ask: What the butt??
I think you’d be hard-pressed to find world records that weren’t beaten with the last leg being the fastest. It could also be that even splits vs. negative splits comes down to taste. I have a feeling I’m a negative split guy, because I hate going out too fast.
This just goes to show you: No one knows what the hell they’re talking about.