Marathon Training Day 196: For runners, what does it mean to have a personal record?

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What does it mean to have a personal record? I am 37 years old, and I am wondering if it is okay to “reboot” some of my personal records? A couple weeks ago I ran the fastest mile ever while training for this marathon. That mile time was 7 minutes and 4 seconds.

That is a record for my marathon training, but it is not a personal record. I ran much faster when I was in high school. Even though I am happy with the 7:04 time, I also know it is not a real personal record. On the other hand, is it possible for my 37-year-old body to run at my young high school speed? I honestly cannot remember what I ran in high school. I was not a great long distance runner. On the days I did not feel well in high school I ran around a 6 minute mile which was slow. Monday I will give it another go to get into the 6 minute mile range. Even if it is 6:59 it counts.

Currently I count the 7:04 as my personal best because I rebooted my personal records. If there are any running purists out there who are offended, I would love to hear your input as to why rebooting my personal records might be sacrilegious in the running world. After all, these are personal records not Olympic records.

I did set an all-time “real” personal best on Saturday. I ran 8.14 milies in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 28 seconds. When I calculated that out I figured I would run a 2 hour, 3 minute half marathon time if I kept that pace … but my math and other thinking skills have been a little wonky over spring break 😀

Current personal records:

  • 1 mile – 7:04 (previous 7:55)
  • 4.07 miles – 35:57 (previous 36:40)
  • 8.14 miles – 1:16:28 (previous, um, really fast??)
  • 12.21 miles – 2:07 (previous, also reeeeallly fast… trust me)
  • 13.56 miles – 2:18:48 (previous record, ran 13.56 miles without stopping to walk)

That’s all for now! Have a wonderful day!

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2 thoughts on “Marathon Training Day 196: For runners, what does it mean to have a personal record?

  1. I know nothing about running but it seems you are improving, and I wouldn’t expect a 37 year old to keep up with his teenage records right? Even running purists get older. Sounds damn good to me.

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