Day 7 – Victory Laps:
What was your biggest accomplishment of 2013?
Definitely the marathon PR in Berlin. I feel like I have to fight hard for every minute of a PR, so even though I didn't reach my goal time, a PR is a PR...
I also managed to get a PR in the half-marathon, and at the 10 mile and 10k distances.
It's odd, because as I tend to look back on 2013 in terms of running, it seems like it was kind of a let-down year. Mostly because I had a goal for the marathon and I didn't meet it. Aside from the marathon, the distance that matters most to me is the 5k. And I didn't PR there either. I got within about 20 seconds of a PR, but alas, 20 seconds is 20 seconds.
But when I list out the 2013 PRs:
- 10 mile,
Of course when you're just starting out, you compare yourself to yourself, you're constantly improving, and that's a great measure. But lifelong running isn't like that.
Fortunately, one of my very first running coaches instilled in me that running should never be viewed as a competition UNLESS you're looking at age group competition. You should never compete against yourself because as you age, at some point, you won't beat your younger self and if you start competing against yourself, when the PRs end, you'll stop running. And you're not even supposed to compete against your own recent times because of variations in courses, weather, etc. He said the best thing you can do is compare yourself to others in your age group. They're also getting older. They're also running a course with 5 massive hills. They're also dealing with temps of 95 degrees. Whatever.
So maybe I'm approaching my peak, and I will continue watching age group standings, and of course just focusing on feeling like I ran my own best on any given day, but right now, I guess I'll hope that 2014 still holds a few PRs for me.
The marathon PR was definitely my biggest victory. If I don't ever break that time, it will be okay. It's something I can be proud of.