Hi guys! I have not checked in for a long time! I see that all is well and people keep putting in some impressive training and racing performances!
I am actually not running a marathon this spring but will be running NY in the autumn. How realistic is it to put in a good time in NY?? If I'm after a PB this year and after London (not enough time to prepare) what would be my best chance?
NY in November Oslo in September Milton Keynes in May Any other UK marathon between May and October
Negative splitting is a fine art and very difficult to get right. That's why only 5% achieve it.
Of course an easy way to negative split is to set off 5 minutes slower than target pace and finish strong but that also defeats the purpose of maximising one's potential.
To aim for your potential one must push the limits to see where your line is and every now and then you'll surprise yourself with a strong performance but more often than not you will end up with a positive split. The key is to minimise that positive as much as possible.
Setting off 5% quicker than your estimated target time is bonkers and can't possibly return a best result. It might produce a PB but you'll never know if a negative split would have produced a better time.