Once you've run your first road race, you have set a PR or "Personal Record." It refers to your best time in a race of a specific distance.
My last PR for Pat’s Run (Pat Tillman, soldier and pro football player) this year was an 8:55 minute per mile pace. This is definitely my best “PR” to date. The 4.2 mile course winds through the streets ofTempe, AZ and is staged so that all participants finish on the 42-yard line on Frank Kush Field inside the Sun Devil Stadium. This is symbolic of the #42 jersey Pat wore while he was a Sun Devil.
This is my third year running this event and it keeps getting bigger every year. There were an estimated 30,000 participants and you could feel the excitement and most importantly, the support of the community for this fallen solider.
Maybe all the excitement paid off because I have NEVER run so fast! When I looked at my timed results I thought for a moment that they had the wrong bib number. Well they didn’t and my training had paid off.
About a month prior to this run, I ran a 10k (6.2 miles) with a PR of 9:38 minute per mile. It was called the “Nun’s Run”, and yes, Nun’s do run. My secret recipe this time was to taper the week before the event. I just rested and stretched and didn’t run. I continued to eat lean meats, greens, fresh fruit and one non-alcoholic beer.
I am always trying new ways to beat my last PR. I read everything from the latest fad to the classic interval training methods. I was reading a report in the Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; men drinking the non-alcoholic beer reported far fewer illnesses than runners swallowing the placebo beverage. It also showed that they had less inflammation and soreness. I am always looking for ways to decrease soreness/inflammation and healing time.
I also take one daily serving of BCAAs (Branched Chain Amino Acids) with 5 grams of Glutamine about 30 minutes before I swim, bike or run. This seems to give me more energy and is caffeine-free.
Well, it’s about time for me to go run now as I am preparing for my last 10k run of the season this coming Saturday. I hope to have a new PR to share with you next time. :-)