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10/20/10 10:14 A

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I think that depends!! I just did my third HM and blew my last time out of the water. That being said, I don't know if I can count on that improvement forever, haha. I think I'm capable of going faster, so with good training I think I have years of PRs ahead of me. BUT it also depends on the race. If I go do a race in Florida this Feb, my goal isn't to PR, it's to maintain fitness through the winter. I think each race is different. But I just hope to make overall progress every year.

But remember to run for fun first and foremost! :)

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10/14/10 11:57 A

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Getting a PR is nice, and I often hope to (because I am still fairly new to running and improving my times steadily!) but I try to just enjoy the race. So PR or no PR, I enjoy myself.
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10/13/10 9:30 P

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I think you have to go with what the course and conditions dictate.
I'd love to improve my time and get a new PR for my next marathon but it's a far tougher course than I ran in Austin. I made enough mistakes that I have a lot of room to improve but I know the conditions will be a lot tougher at Athens.

I made a huge improvement over my half marathon time but I benefitted from perfect weather conditions and much better training. I think I still have room for improvement for my half time but it will be a lot harder to make a significant improvement.

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10/13/10 4:52 P

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Run really fast at the beginning of a race and yell "I'm ahead, I'm winning"
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I've done that and the other runners didn't find it particularly humorous... :P It's also very hard to do because the really good runners run at a pace that's nearly as fast as many of us can sprint!

In the Tour de France in 2004, Jimmy Casper, the Lanterne Rouge (last place rider), shot ahead on the last stage and whipped out a digital camera and took a picture of himself leading in front of Lance Armstrong before dropping back into the pack. :-P

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10/13/10 2:21 P

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LOL!!!

The longer you have been running, the harder those PRs are to get!!

I usually pick one or 2 goal races each year that I try to PR at. The rest I run for fun or for training. But like someone else said... I am also flexible and will give up hopes of a PR if things aren't going well, OR I change up my plan if things ARE going well.

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Run really fast at the beginning of a race and yell "I'm ahead, I'm winning".

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if you want to PR just run a new distance for the first time.

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10/13/10 1:43 P

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I choose target races on which to focus and treat any races that come up in between as extra-hard tempo runs or just a progress measurement. Sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised; sometimes no so much, but I just remind myself that I am not at my training peak and can't expect peak results.

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I don't try to PR at every race, especially if I'm in the middle of training for a particular goal race. However, it's a really awesome feeling when I do so!

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10/13/10 12:40 P

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I've run so few races with so much time in between them that I figure I HAVE to have improved enough to get a PR. But, if i've taken a long break (e.g. when my daughter was born), then I reset my expectations for a slower race. I have yet to run my first HM, so it WILL be a PR. :) Just not sure yet if I will run to see how fast I can do it, or just run the whole way with my sister-in-law.

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10/13/10 11:53 A

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I'm just happy to finish each race! emoticon

For me, my fun comes from running with my running buddies. If I PR, it just makes it that much sweeter.

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I only run a few races each year.
Pretty much the same races each year so I try to get a better time for that particular race.

I had a better time at a recent race, but so did many others so I placed about the same as last year. Still improved my time so happy with the result.

In November I do a Veterans Day 5K. Great turnout at this race. Lots of old guys, even older than me....
It's a bit demoralizing to come in 8th in my age bracket(60-69)! There's a 70+ guy that runs this very hilly 5K in 23 minutes.
I have a significant excuse list if anyone needs any... :)


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I'm more of a beginning runner and have done several 5K races this summer to keep me motivated. My ultimate goal is to complete a 5K in under 30 minutes so for me, I'm always hoping for a PR that brings me closer to that goal.

On the other hand, it depends on the race. Last weekend was the last 5K I'd be doing with my running buddy for the year, so I slowed my pace to run it along side her and finish together. It just seemed a nice ending to a great summer.

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10/13/10 10:32 A

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If it is a marathon, usually I try and PR every time, unless I know the course is hard and I am just doing it for " fun". As for 10k and 5k's and half marathons, it depends, I usually just try to go out and have fun and not worry about a PR.

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I totally do that! I know, I should not be so bullheaded, but cannot help it!

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I did a half on 25 Sep hoping for a PR and didn't make it (only 2 minutes off.) On 3 Oct I did another half, and knowing it would be more crowded and I had just run the weekend before, I decided to just enjoy the fact that I would finish two half marathons in two weeks. I took NINE minutes off my time from the weekend before!

I think the pressure of trying for a PR can actually sabotage the effort to do so, at least for me.



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I am with Suzette!

I do it for the shirts and other goodies.

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10/13/10 9:13 A

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With only a year's worth of racing under my belt, I sort of feel like I should PR every time. Heck, I even want each training run to be my fastest yet. I am slowly (I'm stubborn - it takes a while!)coming to learn that it is more important to give my best each race and come away having learned something. That may or may not equate to a PR. There are a number of things I can't control that will affect the possibility of a PR. There should be nothing that prevents me from doing the best that I can on that given day though. It's just an ongoing process trying to figure out what that means.

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10/13/10 8:55 A

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It really depends on numerous factors. How I'm feeling at that time, what the weather is, how hilly the course is, how well I've trained, etc.

Basically though, no, I do not try to PR every race. I try to do my best on that particular day. If it's a PR, great, if not, that's okay too.

Just an example, my 3rd half marathon that I did was in the middle of March of this year. It was extremely hilly, I hadn't trained that well, and the weather forecast was calling for 40 mph winds, and driving, cold rain. It was the most horrific weather conditions I'd ever ran in. In no way did I expect to PR that race, I was just hoping to get through it!

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10/13/10 8:30 A

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I go into every race hoping that I won't be any slower than I was I was in previous races. But, as others have noted, some times that just ain't gonna happen because of one thing or another.

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10/13/10 6:41 A

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I'm never happy to run slower. However not every race can be a PR. For example right now I'm coming back from an injury and hope to race at the end of the month. No way am I in PR shape; I'm racing to get a gauge on where I'm at. Tune up races serve a similar purpose.

I only choose a few goal races per year. When I train for a goal race, I try and time my training so I'm in peak shape on that day. Those are always bids for a PR.

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10/12/10 11:24 P

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I have 4 HMs in the next 8 weeks. I'm using them as training runs for my first full in January. I would like to make one a good race and try for a PR, but only 1, and if I don't PR it, that's okay too....But I'm not going to push the other 3 either. I just have to decide which one will be the actual race.

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10/12/10 11:13 P

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Atta way to look at racing, Christina...being willing to change your mind-set even when one is running the race!



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10/12/10 10:56 P

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As I'm setting out to train for a race, I always kind of hope for a PR, but sometimes that goal has changed due to how I've progressed with training (i.e. if it's not going as well as I expected) or due to anticipated race day conditions, or a couple of times I've changed it just to "enjoy the experience" (like with a Disney race or one that had an unusually interesting course). For instance, I had hoped to PR at the half I did in May, but as soon as I heard it was going to be 80+ degrees that day, I reset my goal to just finish in one piece!

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From another point... ;)
I have done so much more than I expected to be able to do, so I now press my limits. I used to just log miles - now I am actively working at being stronger and faster. I don't expect to be elite, or any kind of record holder... I just want to know how far I, in this body, can go. I race very few races every year to test what work I have put in. So yes, I am looking for a PR every time. But I am also aware that any given day, any given venue, may alter those plans! ;) For instance, my last 5K was on a VERY hilly course (and most are flat around here). Knew up front that I wouldn't PR, but was still happy that I surprised my BF when I crossed the finish sooner than expected!

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10/12/10 9:22 P

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As long as I'm showing improvement in my training, I will go for a PR. However, if I don't make it, that's totally okay. The journey is better than the goal. :-)

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10/12/10 8:59 P

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My goal is to see consistency with my races, HOWEVER, I do have to appreciate the fact that each race is unique...

As my running coach used to say, "You are only as good as you are, on that particular course, on that particular day, at that particular time, under those particular circumstances."

The sad reality is, some people are just never happy unless they always PR...I am learning to love the idea that I am doing what so many people never have the courage to do.

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I just did 1/2 M on Sept 26 and it was PR 6 mins faster
Im doing another race this Sunday Oct 17 and not sure what to do.
I was off sick with flu bug last week havnt been running enough lately

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John, my 2nd HM is the Disney Princess HM at the end of February. I am NOT even attempting a PR with that one as I just want to enjoy the Disney experience. I have HM #3 planned for Mother's Day in may and that one will be a flat course. That one will be the HM PR attempt.

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10/12/10 8:51 P

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Do you go into every race trying to run at your personal best pace? or do you ever go into it happy to run it slower?

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