As I ran this morning pushing baby C, I concluded that I am the Queen of RANDOM PR’s[yes I did indeed crown myself]. I love pushing myself farther and faster and I do not need to pay for a race to have that feeling of accomplishment.
There are many PR’s I set alone on the road, or with my kids in tow, that mean more to me than half of my marathons. These PR’s probably mean nothing to you, some of them you may not even understand[triple stroller run], but that does not matter to me.
Why? Because my PR’s are my PR’s and they make me happy even if they mean nothing to anyone else on this planet. That is one of the TRULY BEAUTIFUL things about running. A PR is a PERSONAL record - your record may be 5 miles someone elses may be a 50K. It does not make them MORE of a runner than you. What matters is that you are continually striving for improvement[whatever your definition of improvement may be].
One of the many great things about obscure PR’s is that they can motivate you! This morning I wanted to run 10 miles – I was tired – it was hot – I was pushing baby C – I wanted to quit - but I knew if I ran 10 miles it would be a single stroller PR. Knowing this, I was motivated to run ALL 10 miles.
Have you raced a bazillion 5K’s only to feel disappointed in your time? Race a 5K alone on a track – maybe you will PR, maybe you won’t – but the pressure will likely be off. If you PR – you are happy to tell the world of your accomplishment. Run no faster than you normally do and only you know that you were attempting to run faster.
Your fast is FAST.
Don’t compare your times to others. If you ran a 12 minute mile last year and this year you run an 11 minute mile – you are fast.
If you ran a 6 minute mile last year and this year you run a 5 minute mile – you are fast.
Do not get caught up in your times compared to others – only compare your times to your times and you will feel HAPPIER about your running.
My random PR’s for the month of July.
Triple Stroller Run: 10 Miles – 1:29
Single Stroller Run: 10 Miles – 1:26
Treadmill Mile: 5:39
Week Mileage High: 66
If you had asked me 10 years ago if one day I could do these four things – I would have told you….you were insane.
Have I told you lately how much I LOVE running?