Yesterday was a big day for me. Yes, it was the first day of a new month; yes, it was Superbowl Sunday (and btw, I did not catch a single second of the Superbowl–bad, I know), but it was more than any of those things.
It was the day I ran my 8th half-marathon (my 9th one overall), and I SET A NEW PERSONAL RECORD!!!
Old PR: 2.47:10
New PR: 2:36:55
I felt pretty good out there yesterday, save for a shoulder I’d slept on wrong the night before that kept going numb on me and a nagging ankle thing near the end (the latter is becoming a familiar refrain, and I should get it looked at by Coach Kris tomorrow). But other than that, I felt fantastic and knew it was going to be a good day.
Towards the end I knew I was going to PR but dared not say it out loud; just as a goalie would never say he’s going to get a shutout (and neither would any of his teammates), I just kept pressing on, thinking about our honorees (even got to hug Honoree Doug near the finish line) and focusing on the finish line.
What a sweet, sweet feeling to beat your previous best! But I can’t rest on my laurels for too long. Napa is coming up in 4 weeks, and I’ve got to shift my focus onto that now.
Yay for new PR’s, though!