Photo by Steven Lelham
If you're aiming to get a new PR (personal record) in your next race it's important to have a pacing strategy in mind beforehand.
One trick that many professional runners use to get faster race times is to split up their runs in so called negative splits. That means starting a little bit slower than your intended pace and kilometer by kilometer, or mile by mile, slightly increase that pace until at the end you're running slightly faster than your intended pace. That way you're not burning yourself out by starting too fast.
For a long time the best way to setup splits with a running watch was to use Garmin's PacePro feature. But now you can get a similar setup with Apple Watch by using Watchletic!
Whether you want to run negative or positive splits, using a reference route for hill effort calculations or just plain 1km/1mi splits, I'll show you how you can setup all variations in this post.
This is how it will show your current pace and how much faster or slower than your current target pace you're running. Notice also the progress bar showing how long until your next pace split.
First of all, if you're unsure how to setup custom workouts with Watchletic, first read this blog post.
With that out of the way, here are step by step instructions how to setup splits:
If you want to run a route where you have a GPX file you can use that file to let Watchletic take hills into account when calculating pace splits to make sure you can run a little slower on uphills and still finish your race at your goal time.
I'll be using a GPX file provided by Göteborgsvarvet, a half-marathon in my home town of Gothenburg.
I hope this post helped you with setting up and understanding pace splits on your Apple Watch. Take care and get ready to hit those PRs!