Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A True PR

Five days and counting until the TransRockies Run with Dean K. Fingers crossed that I will triumph. That I will not fail. That I make it the full 20.4 miles. Ken said the only way I am allowed to not make it is if I am flown out by a helicopter.

With the upcoming Pike’s Peak Marathon and Leadville Trail 100 this weekend, there was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today about trail running. It gives insight into the muscles you engage while on the trails and how some doctors recommend TR over road running because trails offer the body a break from concrete and asphalt. You can find the article HERE.

I realize you’ve been holding your breath as I anxiously awaited my race results from the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half. 48 hours later I found out that yes, indeed, it was a PR. But by the skin of my freaking teeth. 21 seconds. Last year’s time for this half marathon: 1:47:57. This year? 1:47:36.

Good thing I didn’t stop to high five that cute kid or to pull out that wedgie.

19/148 in the 40-44 female division. 140/1390 overall (female).

Meh. Could have been worse. Definitely could have been better. I always say we have our official race time, then the time we think we should have gotten if  ___________________(insert your favorite excuse here) – we didn’t stop to crap, the wind wasn’t blowing, our allergies weren’t acting up, that blister didn’t rear its ugly head, etc.

The ass still hurts. I will get massaged today. Nothing like a butt massage. I will give a good tip to the masseuse for her trouble. I just realized I had a high mileage week last week (at least for me). 50 miles! That’s why my ass is talking back. However, my ass will not have the last say. My ass will not eff up my run with Dean K. My ass will be chilling on ice and rolling on foam all week long. And if my ass is lucky there will be one run this week. Only one. Dean K. will not be happy if my ass acts up.

Moving on from the ass (I wrote “ass” 7 times in that last paragraph), do you have your official time and  your should have been time in races?

22 comments:

  1. I have Garmin time vs. official time - I usually take the Garmin time - even if it is slower! But a PR is a PR - nice job!

    Good luck with your ass this week - Dean will be so proud of you for icing and resting ;)

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  2. nice job on the pr. do you need me to massage your butt for you? no, im not a masseuse but the other's still on the table...

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  3. YAY for ass rubs!

    I've been reading alot about how TR is better too. Ehhhh, I'll stick with mill running. ;)

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  4. Awesome PR. I always go by my Garmins time.

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  5. Great job on PR! I did NOT PR on this race :D - I almost lost it with the race results. Took forever!!!

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  6. I go by what my garmin tells me. It usually only a couple of seconds different from what the posted time is anyways.

    Good luck on resting the ass this week.

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  7. great job! 21 sec is a decent PR i'd say!

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  8. Woohoo, a PR is a PR so CONGRATS!

    Here's hoping that ass cooperates for your big running date with Dean... in more ways than one!

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  9. My ass has talked back longer than 21 seconds.


    And THAT my friends, is how you incorporate THREE random parts of a blog post for hilarity. :)

    Seriously though, a PR is a PR is a PR. Baby steps is how you get to where you want to be. Great job! At least you get to update your PR logs!!

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  10. I usually take the races "offical" time because if it takes any amount of time to cross the start, I wasn't running but slowly moseying my way to the start. That doesn't count as run time to me!

    I bet you are dreaming about Dean by now!

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  11. a PR is a PR! congrats!

    i like taking whichever time is faster! ;-)

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  12. I agree with most here - a PR is a PR!!! Way to go!!

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  13. I have my RunKeeper time vs the official time. I always go with my RunKeeper. I'm not at a point where I can compare myself to others yet, so any PR is a win for me.

    As far as I'm concerned, the only reason the people in front of me are there is so that I won't be running the streets alone and the people behind me are there to make sure I don't finish last.

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  14. how'd you get your official time?
    i still don't know mine.

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  15. hahaha - laughed my ASS off! way to PR!

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  16. Congrats on the PR, always a good feeling :O)

    As for the "if" this had happened/not happened? "IF" is a banned word in our house when it relates to sports ... IF = I Failed ... and yeah, my kids get sick of me reminding them ;) LOL

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  17. stellar job! and i love how much you use the word ass :)

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  18. I go by the official time. It's that competitive nature in me; I have to know how I did, how I placed....Only the official results can tell me that. In the end, it's their time that matters.

    Congrats on your PR.

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  19. I am "offically" congratulating you!

    I gave up on the "should" or "if" times. Pooping, peeing, and other bodily issues are all part of the game.

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