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To PR or not to PR?

Posted Apr 19 2012 8:45am

Morning, friends!

I got my Thursday started with the usual – a 4.4-ish mile run with my girl Elle !

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We met up at 6:30 a.m. and ran our normal hilly loop – it felt great to get out there! I was out late last night (I went to dinner and to see “Bring It On: The Musical” with some friends – SO entertaining!) and almost considering cancelling on the run this morning, but I knew I would be bummed if I did because I won’t have a chance to work out later today. So glad I didn’t bail, as I knew I would be!

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Splits:

  • Mile 1: 9:57 (ridonk endless hill)
  • Mile 2: 9:12
  • Mile 3: 8:25 (hooray downhill!)
  • Mile 4: 8:47

We ran the first super long endless hill a bit slower than usual, but it’s all good. Great run! We chatted away the whole time, as per usual.

Speaking of running – I’m running the Tarheel 10 Miler on Saturday morning!

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The Tarheel 10 Miler is a race that everyone said I should do before leaving Chapel Hill – it starts and ends on campus in Keenan Stadium and winds all through campus and the surrounding areas. It’s supposed to be a fun but VERY hilly race. Like, the race course looks like a blanket being shaken out. Given that, I’m debating if I should try to PR or just have fun, enjoy the course and Chapel Hill, and not worry about time. As you know, I just set a new PR at the Tobacco Road Half Marathon a few weeks ago (average pace: 8:20 min/miles), but that race was mostly flat. However – my current 10 miler PR is really old – it’s 1:28:27 (average pace: 8:51 min/miles) from the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler back in April 2010. I haven’t done a 10 miler since, and clearly I’ve gotten faster, which is pretty awesome to see – I feel like speed happens so subtly you don’t really realize it until you look back at your old race times and are like… whoa! How did that happen?! :)

Anyway – what do you guys think? To PR or not to PR? I feel like I should just go for it, even with all the hills… I’m in good running shape right now and even though the Tobacco Road Half Marathon was flat, I still averaged 30 seconds faster per mile in that race AND ran 3 miles farther. So… yeah. Thoughts?

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Time to race off to school – I have a presentation to give this morning! But before I go – please go check out my guest post on DailySpark from earlier this week: Fast, Fit, and Fabulous Breakfast Ideas . It may make you hungry. :)

Happy Thursday, friends!

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