A P.R. is a Personal Record in running. If you have even a strand of competitive nature and you run, you have a PR to beat – maybe it’s not a racing P.R. but instead it’s your time to do that lap around the neighborhood, or the time on the display of the treadmill as you wrap up a daily run. A P.R. is a big deal. Beating P.R.s is what I live for. Not just in running but in everything. Can I make dinner faster today than yesterday? Can I finish my conference call at 5:21 and still get to my daughter’s school at 5:30? I’m a dork that way…
I had started running in March of 2009 and ran my very first race in June that year – the Howard County Library 5K. It was a P.R. race because the first time you race any distance it is automatically your best race time ever at that distance. I love that. So my next 5K wasn’t until a year later, same race (I ran 2 10Ks, 2 Half Marathons and a 10 miler in between). That race started off as running perfection. I was the female Meb Keflezighi. Super fast (7:30 miles at the 2 mile mark) feelin’ great, looking like a pro… Then (dun dun dunnnnn) my bladder took the spotlight. I had to go. I had to go BAD. (story here). Suffice it to say that what could have been an amazing race turned into a mediocre (ha ha – get it? Ochre? Yellow?) finish at 30:29.
So THIS year, I had my sights set on a BIG FAT P.R. because, well, that’s how I roll for every race. I’m not especially well trained right now but I still run enough that I should be able to take down a 5K and then put in another 8-10 miles afterward. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not exactly fast, but I am exceptionally competitive and that can get you faaaaar.
So I controlled my coffee intake (lesson learned) and ran my rear end off. I gave a respectful nod to the Golden Arches as I passed, and finished my race in 25:25 (Garmin time). That’s about an 8:14 mile. And for this girl, that rocks. A career P.R. for speed at any distance.
The lesson here is to USE those spot-a-pots! Get in that long line when you GET to the race. And then get BACK in line when you are finished. A P.R. is best, and easiest, without the P(ee).