I’m Not Going to PR

HI! Long time, no see!

I went missing for a couple of days because I just felt drained. Every night when I got home from work all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and eat a Hershey Kiss. I’m feeling recharged now and ready to jump head first into February!

After a couple of days without running I got out to the beach yesterday for a short run. This was a planned down week for me as far as long runs go so I was happy to just cruise along for 60 minutes without a pace or distance in mind.

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I’m looking forward to running the A1A Half Marathon in just a couple of weeks but I’ve completely changed my expectations for the race. Now I’m just running this one for fun (and to hopefully beat my Cape Coral time). I’m not running for a PR and admitting that is so relieving.

I’m simply not in shape to PR. My best long run in recent weeks was 8 miles at 14:14 pace. To beat my current PR I would need to run 13.1 miles below 13:30 pace. You might think an easy long run at 14:14 pace means a PR is within reach but really it’s not.

Since coming back from time off after the Chicago Marathon I really haven’t put my heart into speed work. I’ve done it erratically. Every time my right hip doesn’t feel right (even if it’s just extra tight) the first thing I stop is speed work because I just don’t want to end up having to take extra time off again. I spent way too much time sitting out in 2015.

In January I started incorporating speed work back into my routine regularly and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how good it feels to do again. However, I don’t have enough speed work behind me to say a PR attempt is a reasonable thing to do. I tried tricking myself into believing it was possible, but it’s time to face the music. I dug myself into this hole and well, it is what it is.

I’ll close out the 2015-2016 season without achieving any new PRs, but I will hopefully be able to hang my hat on finally completing the Florida Storm Series.

November – Fort Lauderdale Half
December – Cape Coral Half
January – Miami Half
February – A1A Half
March – Miami Beach Half

More importantly, if I make through the Miami Beach Half in March that will mean I’ve gone five months without having to take off time for injury. Here’s hoping that’s a trend that sticks around all year so I can crush some PRs in 2016-2017!

I’m ready to make this year the best running year of my life!

How was your weekend? Did you watch the Pro Bowl?
Is it still snowing where you are? I think we’re going back up to the 80s this week!

13 comments

  1. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    It hasn’t sowed any more here and it’s actually warmed up quite a bit, but there is still lots of snow on the ground! I am hopeful it will melt within the next few days.
    It sounds like you are being smart and realistic about your training. Progress may feel slow but you will eventually reach your goal, and better to do it without risking an injury!

    1. Kristina

      Thanks Lisa! Progress definitely does feel slow but I can see it now when I look back over the notes in my training log. I feel like I’m taking longer to come back than I should but at the same time being overly cautious has worked to keep my shoes on the ground!

  2. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I think the worst thing about injuries is that, even once they’re healed, they leave us gun shy. Every twinge and twitch feels like it could be a recurrence, so we play it safe! I totally get that; and I think it was probably smart to take a break from speed work in the months after Chicago. I’m glad you’ve been able to get back to it this month without any hip concerns. Readjusting a goal race can be a tough decision, but I trust you’re making the right one based on where you are right now. I’m looking forward to seeing you in Feb!
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    1. Kristina

      Yes, exactly! At first every single little thing would make me panicky. The longer I’m injury free though the more confident I’m feeling!

  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Whenever I hear the phrase “went missing” I think of Nancy Grace. 🙂

    5 months without taking time off for injury is HUGE! Obviously it was smart to back of speed work. That’s the first thing to go when I start having problems! And I would rather not PR than PR and be injured. Or injure myself in TRAINING for a PR.

    I am glad you feel relief in altering your Miami expectations and deciding to run for fun!
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    1. Kristina

      Hahaha! I love it!

      It feels frustrating to still not be back to where I was, but it feels nice to be running injury free so I guess the trade off is worth it! 😀

  4. cheryl

    We have had lots of melting snow the past couple of days. Today it is supposed to be 50*–I think I will run in shorts! It doesn’t really feel like winter has started yet.
    I know the relief about changing goals–It can be a great decision. 5 months injury free is great!
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  5. brittney

    i think it’s great that you’re listening to your body and not just focusing on a PR. i think we all get caught up in the whole “PRing is the goal” thing, but focusing on not getting injured is a great goal, too!

  6. Heather

    Hitting 5 months injury free is an admirable goal! I don’t remember if you’ve mentioned it with this injury, but I know a lot of running injuries tend to have pretty big re-injure rates if you aren’t careful. Taking the time to make a smart and safe return to running is certainly worth the cost of missing a couple PRs.

    I also completely love that you are able to make an honest assessment of your current fitness and adjust your goals to match. I have had training setbacks before and I always seem to just keep pushing towards my original goal without considering if I need to adjust. Or at the very least waiting until the week of the race to admit goal defeat. Taking the pressure off and just running for the joy of it is brilliant.
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  7. Kerry

    Five months is a big landmark for your hips. I’m glad to hear that things are on the up and that you are feeling good. It’s always mentally so draining to deal with an injury. Ever twinge I feel I start to wonder if this is the beginning and I start to question my training plan. I think cutting out the speed work is probably the best thing you can do. I’m glad you are running A1A for fun. I can’t wait to see you there!
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  8. Hanna @ TheMillennialNextDoor

    I had to do a lot of goal readjusting for the races I ran this fall, because my heart just wasn’t into training for them, so I know how you feel – that weird mixture of relief and disappointment. You’re doing the right thing though. I know it’s been said time and time again, but there will always be other races. Maybe all of this cautiousness now will pay off later, as you will just have that much more mental and physical energy to devote to nailing your Chicago Marathon redemption!
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  9. Cocomama

    I watched a LOT of Netflix on Saturday and spent the entire day Sunday bonding with the kid. It was a great weekend!

    Superbowl is next weekend and after that, I can practically hold my breath until Baseball starts up again! Hooray!
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  10. Jennifer @ The Final Forty

    There are definitely more important things than PRs (for example, listening to your body)! You’re doing the right thing, and you can still enjoy the racing season even if your body isn’t fully ready to perform the way you want it to. And then again, you might just surprise yourself…ya never know! 😉

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