Calling it a PR

I rarely PR these days.  Dammit, why did I have to run so fast when I was younger?  Sure, I could say I have “post-college” or “adult” or “recent” PRs, but….meh.  A PR is a PR to me.

Which is why, I guess, I got lucky today.  I don’t think I ever raced the 5-mile distance when I was younger and faster.  So today?  Totally counts as a PR!

Race Stats
Race: NYRR Womens Team Championships
Date: August 7, 2010
Weather: Nice – 70*, low humidity
Time: 35:30
Mile Pace: 7:06
Place (overall): 114 / 509
Place (F30-34): 20 / 84

Overall, I’m pretty happy.  Took it out a little fast (6:49 for mile 1), but not too crazy.  Mile four, which included Cat Hill, kind of killed me.  Mile five was a constant challenge – a battle to keep myself from giving up.  Around the four-mile marker, coach shouted at me: “don’t go flat!”  Which is exactly what I was doing.  I tried to keep myself engaged and mostly succeeded, but still think I should have been able to break 35.  Oh well.

But compared to January when I ran the same course?  3.5 minutes faster.  So that’s something to be happy about.

And I do think it’s probably a PR!  I’ve been racking my brain and don’t recall racing any five-milers in my youth.  So, yay!  PR!  If only by memory default. 🙂

Congrats to teammates who also had awesome races today: runnerskitchen and amarathoner.  And great to hang with training hard, hardly training and bridges runner in the start corral! 🙂

Of course, I wore my CEP Compression Socks.  Hotness.  Who else is gonna be rocking CEP socks?  Holly at Couch Potato Athlete!

Congrats!!  Email me at eatdrinkrun at and we’ll work out the deets.

Well, I could go on about the beers and quesadillas that were consumed after the race, but I’ll spare you.  Besides, it’s bedtime.  Tomorrow is long run day.  No rest for the weary!

10 responses to “Calling it a PR

  1. Hooray for PRs! I’m pretty sure yesterday was my first 5-mile race also 🙂

    So great to run with you this morning. I heart you Shelby!!

  2. Congrats! I kind of hate the CP five-mile course, but you ran a solid race (at least as far as I can tell from this interwebs recap). Two remarks: I am also stymied by my college PRs. They are soooo much faster than I run now. HOWEVA! Don’t doubt yourself. The point of running with a team is to get faster. Put in the training, and I bet you can come closer to your PRs than you think. Or beat them. Or maybe not, if you were a DI superstar, and in that case, bask in your former glory and tell us about it.

  3. Great job!! PR’s are fantastic. Keep at it and you’ll beat it again. 🙂

  4. Awesome! Sounds like it was a satisfying race. And fun that you repped the compression socks for the first time while racing. Chopping off 3.5 minutes is huge!

  5. Congrats! Definitely a PR:) I’m with Sarah about the 5 mile course BUT it makes it that much more fun to go out of the park.

    Nice to briefly meet you yesterday!

  6. Woohoo! I can’t wait to wear my compression socks! 🙂

  7. Congrats-glad you had a great race!! Was fun hanging out in the corrals beforehand too 🙂

    What I was actually doing for a little bit in 2008-2009 was keeping track of my “submasters PRs”…best times since turning 30-was just something to indulge myself til I got another distance PR 🙂

  8. congrats on the race! with the way you are training and doing the tues track workouts, you’ll definitely break 35 in no time!

    and speaking of chi-town…havent even book a flight yet!

  9. Congrats on a great race!!! Turning 30 made you faster.

  10. I wear compression socks too when running or working out. I’m not embarrassed!

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