Don’t Google your own name. Just don’t. I’ve been wanting to add a section to my about page with my PRs for awhile, but it takes time to find results scattered all over the place from the past 10-15 years. I have a few memorized, but I had to dig up old college media guides and, yes, Google my own name to find some races. I also found some really bad race results I had forgotten about. A 30 min 5k from when we missed the start of the race. A 3:52 marathon I ran “for fun” that I ended up walking the last 6 miles… hungover.
After perusing these results and finding the races I was searching for, I had a few thoughts:
1. My 800 time is going down. My PR is from college, believe it or not, on a 3200 meter relay team when I had to fill in for someone at the last minute. My coach put me on the anchor leg and told me not to let anyone pass me. I remember running the first 400 way too fast (I hadn’t run an 800 since high school) and then hearing footsteps behind me. I somehow held on and finished, then found my coach to get my split. I thought for sure it was at least a 2:15, maybe faster. Nope. I know I ran a faster 800 in a workout, but that doesn’t count unfortunately.
2. Longer road races are not my strong point, but I have a lot of room for improvement. A big goal of mine this year is to break 3 hours in the marathon and to race a solid half marathon. My half marathon PR is from the 2011 Patrick Henry Half Marathon, and it was supposed to be at my goal marathon pace. At the time, I was shooting for a 3 hour marathon, so I should have been pleased with a 1:30. However, that race occurred during Hurricane Irene and it felt much harder than I had expected. Needless to say, I would like to run much faster than that and erase that 1:30 from my personal record book.
3. I need to run more 10ks. I think the 10k could be a perfect distance for me if I train properly for it. I still haven’t found my 10k PR time because it is going to take some more research. I know I ran it in 1999 at the trials for the Empire State Games. I had also ran it the year before when I was still in high school. Those were my only attempts at that distance on the track. I don’t know why I abandoned the 10k after that, but I think this was my biggest revelation today.
4. Personal records are still my biggest motivator. Of course everyone wants to win, but I’d rather get my ass handed to me in a race and run a fast time versus finishing first and running a slow time. There’s something special about finally seeing a new number next to your name that you previously thought was impossible.
Would you rather win (overall, or age group, etc.) or run a fast time?