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Please explain splits to me

I keep seeing people time their laps and other distances and talk about splits. I thought it was the time of a lap or length, but that’s not it. The term makes it sound like a difference between laps or lengths, but that’s not it. It seems to be based on total distance, but I’m not sure.

Can someone please explain splits? I’m a smart techie person who loves math and I don’t get splits. Sigh.

Tue, December 9 2008 » Useful tools

2 Responses

  1. brianthinagain December 10 2008 @ 9:29 pm

    Splits are the times it takes to run a portion of your total run. For example I run 4 miles all the time and keep track of my splits. I ran 8:50, 9:20, 9:00, and 8:30 for each mile yesterday so these are my splits for the 4 miles. It basically means you split up the distance evenly and time each one separately.

    The next thing you hear a lot is to do negative splits. This means that you are getting faster as you go so your time difference from one to the next is negative.

    One of my swim teachers likes to call this descending to confuse things even more. Which means you do each set faster than the previous. Or she will call it building if you are supposed to go faster throughout each set. It can all get very conflustering when one is huffing and puffing in the pool resting for 20 seconds and getting instructions that don’t make sense.

    Hope that makes sense…

  2. Alexia December 10 2008 @ 10:36 pm

    Brian, thank you! That definitely helps.