Time to Re-Set My Personal Records

This year I turn double-nickel and over the past couple of weeks, knowing this has caused me to think a lot about the Glory Days – you know those days when we used to run fast, but bear no resemblance to our current running abilities.

The Personal Records (PRs) that I set during those glory days will never be broken – age and injury have taken their toll on my body. Running that fast again simply ain’t happening. As much as I would like to believe that I could regain that competitive level again, the reality is I am older and slower and those PRs are very safe.

So what is a guy to do for a little extra motivation that going for a PR can be.

How about re-setting all PRs and starting 2012 with a clean slate – starting my running career from scratch.

Can I, can we do that?  I don’t know why not.

They are my records and it is my running career we are talking about, so by damn it is my choice.

But aren’t there records of all those races we have run somewhere on the Internet? Someone has to have the times we have run somewhere and will come out at some inconvenient time and burst our bubbles by saying “Nananana, that wasn’t your real PR, your real PR was…

Now if you are/were nationally or regionally ranked that might be true, but for most of us, especially us old farts, who ran a lot and mostly local races back in the dark ages, before race results were put in computers we are fairly safe.  Besides I can always caveat it with “It’s a new PR since I reset everything for 2012 and beyond.

Therefore, when I race a distance this year for the first time, it will be a new PR and hopefully I will have a few opportunities to challenge that new PR I set initially over the course of the year.

The distances I plan to race or run for time this year are:

  • 1.0 mile
  • 2.0 mile
  • 5K
  • 5.0 mile
  • 10K
  • 15K
  • 10 mile
  • 13.1

You notice that I didn’t put any goal times up, I want this to be a clean slate as far as expectations (except that I stated that I want to try for a sub 20:00 minute 5K – whether that is very realistic we will find out).  I do not plan to run any further than a half marathon this year – if I even go that far. I am saving longer distances for 2013, but only if I can stay uninjured for 2012.

So as of today all of my PRs that I set during the first 40 years of my running career are in the history books of my life and I don’t have any Personal Records for now. I have a clean slate and a new set of goals to run for

How about you – when did you set your PRs? Were they many years ago or within the past 5 years? If they are more than 10 years old do you really think that you will ever lower them again? Is there any harm in re-setting your PR?