When Was The Last Time You Ran a Personal Best?

Kara Goucher

Have you ever surprised yourself with a breakout running performance?

Running a PR will elicit a feeling of true empowerment. You did the training. You put in the work and sacrificed your time, sweat, and maybe even some blood and tears. You deserve to run fast.

Running PR’s is fun. It’s one of the major reasons why we all head out the door every day in the heat, rain, snow, and cold. Hours of training are worth it when you test yourself and succeed.

Look at your training journal. When was the last time YOU ran a personal best?

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  1. For me my 5k PR was about 18 months ago, I’m shooting for a new PR this upcoming weekend. Back problems have kept me from making consistent progress but I feel healthy now and I’m hoping for the best.

  2. I PR’d my 5k two weeks ago; felt great 🙂

  3. I ran my fastest half marathon this year 1.17.55 at the age opf 50 and with 18 years of running behind me!

  4. May 1st, the last time I raced! 1:23 Half. I think I’m in shape to smash my marathon pr next month. I’ve never had amazing talent, but I’m finally betting serious about my training. PRs are what keep me going.

    • That’s real solid, I’m glad you’re dominating Elliot! Good luck next month in the marathon. Which one are you racing?

      • Thanks Jason. I’m headed to “Run Charlevoix Marathon”. It means a pretty long trip, but the date fits. If we get some reasonably cool weather, it could be a great course for a good time. It’s a small race, so I hope I’m not running completely alone!

        Recently found your site through Twitter. It’s great – I’ll be spreading the word.

  5. Ran 2:57 in October 10′ First and PR…hope to better my Personal Best this coming October.

  6. I did a PR in a 10k in early April, which kind of came unexpected as I come back from my injury. I find that those unexpected ones are the best.

    • Definitely. I ran my mile PR out of nowhere a few months after I graduated from college. I had barely done any fast workouts and I ran 2 seconds faster in an indoor mile. I was pumped!

  7. 3:17:30 in the marathon. 1 day ago. My first BQ in 5 tries. I am thrilled. Been a long time coming!

    • That’s great news! I’m hoping to run a BQ sometime before August so I can race Boston in 2012. Hopefully see you there.

  8. February (marathon) and April (half marathon) for me! But the year isn’t even half over. I think I have a couple more in me before the year is out!

    *crosses fingers*

  9. I ran my all-time PR for a 3.1 mile run at the beginning of April. Then a week later, I severely sprained my ankle. Today, after a little over 6 weeks after my injury, I ran my 3rd best 3.1 miles and feeling good about getting close to that PR again!

  10. Been toying with whether to post on this, as I’m curious about other people’s experience. What’s the feeling if you haven’t set a PR recently and have been running for 10+ years? Do you start to “drop” some of the older times and measure accordingly? I’ve been toying with the idea of tracking both a PR (almost all in the first couple of years of running for me) and a recent best of about 5 years, which reflects more of my real-world life (i.e., now have kids and other responsibilities).

    My last PR was a 4-mile race in 2008 at any distance. Haven’t broken a 5k/10k/half/marathon record since 2002, though I have hit my 3rd and 4th fastest 5ks ever in the last 6 weeks, and I might be taking down my 10k record this upcoming weekend (if weather cooperates). Despite many misses in recent years, something is clicking this year. But I still like the RB concept as well.

    • Hey Chip, thanks for the comment. I think that’s a good idea. There’s going to come a time when your times start to decline because of age and the amount of training you’re able to complete. Do what works for you!


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