TITLE: Negative PRs
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: April 11, 2007 7:41 AM
are usually a good thing. A negative PR is usually not.
In the last fours days, I have recorded a dubious achievement.
I have run my slowest time ever on three different routes,
ranging from 3 miles to 9 miles. And these times weren't
close to what I expect. The only thing that saved me from
the more dubious four-for-four was the 1.5 miles yesterday
in the middle of a 5.5-mile route on which I picked up my
pace to something speakable.
My rationalization is that this downturn in speed is the result
of running a few more miles again plus my first interval
workout in seven months -- a 5x800m, 6.5-mile workout last
UPDATE: I almost made it four for five this
morning, but I came in a minute or two under my slowest time
for the route in question. Of course, that slowest time had
been run in 8" of slushy snow, a year ago December! Rationalizing
this one would have been even easier to make, as I ran an
extra four miles with a student last night and my legs should
be a bit more tired than usual. Besides, both the run last
night and the one this morning were also done in 4-5" of slushy
snow as well. I don't usually plan on snow runs for mid-April,
but at least it was nice to break a fresh pack of snow one last
time before spring arrives for good.