In March, I had a pretty big half marathon PR. I ran the Shamrock Half marathon 8 minutes faster than I’ve ever run a half and it’s safe to say, I definitely learned a few lessons both during the race but also after. I love sharing what I’ve learned so today I’m sharing a few lessons learned after a big PR.
- Recalibrate your future goals. After I finished my race and was ready to think about marathon training for Chicago this fall, I realized that given my fitness level after running Shamrock, I needed to recalibrate my goals. I set a new big scary race goal for Chicago (more on that in a future post) and had to shift my mindset around my goals. I was still thinking of myself in terms of my old marathon PRs and not my new half marathon PR. If you’ve earned a big PR, you might find yourself doing the same thing.
- It’s okay to be proud of yourself. Pride is actually a really good thing. It can of course, be selfish and turn into something bad. But it’s okay to be proud of hard work. I’ll be honest – it can feel hard to say “I’m proud of myself for the hard work I put in.” But you know what? I am proud of myself. I often think about what I would say to a running buddy and then try and say that exact thing to myself. And if a friend of mine had a big PR, I’d be so stinking proud of them and would encourage them to be proud of themselves. So, I am proud of myself and that’s okay.
- Consider the possibility of other bonus PRs. Chances are, if you run one PR race, you can probably PR a shorter distance in the month or so following that first PR. I managed to PR both the 5k and the 10 mile distance in the month after Shamrock, just because I was all trained up. If you happen to have a shorter distance race coming up after your PR, you may find that you unexpectedly get a couple of other PRs. A nice little bonus!
What lessons have you learned after a big PR?