I’m a sophomore in high school this year. As a freshman I ran a pr of 18:22 in the 5k, but after training well the last half of summer and starting cross country, I ran a 17:33 the second race of the season. I’m looking at trying to shoot for my school’s 5k record of 17:09. Now for the reason I’m making this post, I’ve been trying to run negative splits for most of my xc career, but my coach has always told me that I need to start out faster than I do, so I usually end up running my first mile much faster and slowing down throughout the race. Until this week I’ve been okay with this strategy, despite it not being my favorite, however my coach told me that I should be trying to run negative splits so I’m confused on what strategy would be best for me. As I said, I’m definitely more of an endurance type runner, I like to settle in and run at a good comfortable pace rather than running a lot faster, but I’m worried about getting trapped. I’m just trying to find the best way of breaking the 17:09 school record.