It sounds a bit like icecream, but a Negative Split is a runner’s term meaning you run the second half of your run faster than the first half.
Negative splits as a runner
As a runner I usually finish faster than I started. And that’s because I’m always very careful to save my strength, making sure that I’ll fínish. I’m always worried I won’t be able to go the distance, which is probably why I’m not a fast runner. The second reason I can do negative splits easily, is because by the time I’m halfway through my run, my body is well warmed up and running becomes easier.
Positive splits as a mom?
But what about doing negative splits as a mom? I find that much harder. When my kids were little babies I poured everything I had into taking care of them. I breastfed on demand, and always picked them up when they were crying. But now that they are teenagers, I sometimes feel quite fed up. I just want the constant questions, noise and demands to stop, and get some peace and quiet. So then I start worrying I spent too much energy when I started out as a mom, leaving me with not enough patience left for the second part. Am I doing a positive split as a mom?
But whenever I go thére, I remember: all that love I felt in the beginning is still there. In abundance. And besides, if I really feel depleted I can always go for a run. Running helps me refuel, and makes me feel energized for the second half of the rocky path of motherhood.
Do you do negative splits as a runner? And what about as a mom?
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