My training plan called for 6 miles Friday (the day before the race) and Thursday as a rest day. Well, my body was NOT having anything to do with running on Wednesday as I had already run 27 miles in the previous three days. So, running 6 miles Thursday, 6 miles Friday, I really had low expectations for my 5K today. Also, I haven't done any speedwork since before the Cleveland Marathon (almost THREE months ago!)
|Every finish line should have|
My goal was to beat my 5K PR (personal record) of 26:54, which I had set in October 2010. I've been enjoying the long distance runs so much that I've sort of stopped with the shorter distances races. That's about to change, at least a little. Maybe. But please, don't hold me to it!
During the "race", there were a few times that I almost slowed down, because really, it wasn't a real race. But then I thought of everyone I would have to tell that I gave up and my pride kept me going. Several times I was reminded of why I prefer long distance running to short races....they HURT! And the head games, wow! I forgot that my brain tries to get me to stop even in shorter distances. But, I kept watching my average pace on my Garmin and managed to keep it below my goal pace and told my brain to shut up! (Side note...I need to learn how to use the virtual partner feature on my Garmin. Any tips?)
Mile 1 was faster that it should have been (see, it really was a race!), mile 2 was pretty good and mile 3 got me almost to the finish. By about the 2 mile beep, I was DETERMINED to keep my pace up and get my PR.
If a tree falls in a forrest and no one is around to hear it..... that thought kept going around and around my mind as I was running as fast as I could. Why? you ask... well, if it's not a real race, "officially timed, officially measured", does it really count for a PR. When I crossed the finish...and went a little farther until my watch said 3.1, I decided that it did. I worked just as hard during my race today as I do during a "real" race. So I posed the question on my DailyMile report today and received a resounding YES! I ran it, I beat my previous time, therefor it's a personal record of that distance is the conclusion we've come to.
|Oh, yeah, that's a PR!|
So, my race that wasn't really a race, resulted in a PR!
Avg Pace: 8:25/mile
What are your thoughts on counting PRs or PBs from training instead of a "real race"? What do you do?