Life has been a little crazy lately, so I decided to take my buddy Courtney up on her offer to fill in for me. I got to meet Courtney in person this year when we ran ZOOMA and the Fit Foodie 5k. I LOVED hanging out with her and am already scheming to find another race we can drink at, I mean run, together. So, here she is, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC. Please make her feel at home!
Hi y’all! I’m so happy to guest post for Erika since she posted for me while I was off getting married. She’s one of my favorite bloggers and I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time with her recently in real life and she’s just as awesome as she appears on her blog. Anyway, I thought I’d share my tips on how to PR a race in 3 easy steps for all of you gunning for fall PRs!
- Step one: drink copious amounts of wine the night before the race. Must do this with running buddies. Must laugh so much your stomach hurts. You do this because at the end of the race (ya know, after you PR) you will take pictures like this one:
- Step 2: forget your garmin at home and force yourself to run with no idea what pace you are going. Chances are you aren’t really paying that much attention to the clock anyway – but in order to make sure, you gotta forget that little reminder on your wrist.
- Step 3: run with a buddy and chat the whole race. In the last .2 miles of the race decide that you are nearly about to pass out and speed up so you can get to the wine at the finish line. It may result in you feeling like this as you cross…
…but it’s effective. Trust me. This method worked for me both at Zooma Annapolis and more recently at the Fit Foodie 5K. I don’t necessarily recommend this for a race you are actually trying to PR, but it’s a surefire way to PR by accident!
What’s your go to method for scoring a PR?
Courtney is a recently married marathon runner who writes about running, food, and her faith at Eat Pray Run DC. She loves running (most days), eating pizza and bacon (sometimes at the same time) and living in DC. You can find her at Twitter, on Facebook and Instagram.
26 thoughts on “How to PR a race in 3 easy steps!”
That first picture is too funny – I’m sure there’s a good story behind that one!
LOL – michelle it was post 5k where most of us actually DID PR! it was a super fun day with those ladies!!
Wine. The story is wine. ;o)
Hehehe, very good tips! I’ll be sure to give them a try next time 🙂
I, like Courtney, swear by this. My fastest half marathon in 2014 involved a bit too much beer the night before…
it works like a charm! 🙂
LOL, I am dying right now!!
teehee 🙂 this was a really fun post to write!
Thanks for writing such a fun post for me! Love it!
LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE that photo.
it’s almost enough to make me run.
do it! 🙂 just make sure to follow these tips for maximum fun! 🙂
:o) Someday I’ll get you to run with me.
LOL haven’t tried those tips but maybe I should!
they totally work, trust me! 🙂
It’s a great way to prep for a race.
Ha ha ha. I’m pretty sure there’s an age limit to being able to PR hungover. And I’m pretty sure I’m past that limit.
naw, no age limit 🙂
Haha I love this! I once actually did PR after leaving my watch at home. Not knowing my pace made me speed up I think! I will clearly need to keep these in mind for my race this weekend 🙂
yes! let us know how it works 🙂
I can’t tell you how many of my friends have PR’d after drinking too much the night before!! I think there’s definitely something to ‘lowering expectations’!! HA! Awesome.
And you know, carbs LOL.
i think you’re right about that one 🙂
My 5K PR happened when my Garmin wouldn’t turn on.
Maybe that is a thing.
We should write a book and get rich… race money:)
i’m in!! 🙂
OMG, this is hilarious!!Great post Courtney!