You’ve gotta get lucky to PR. That’s what I learned after closing out another week of training. You can train your ass off, but if the stars don’t align on race day, you’ll run the race you intended to just at a slower pace than you needed to PR.

What the hell happened!?

This week was extremely humid in my neck of the woods, I closed out my workouts during the week and went outside for my easy runs on Friday and Saturday.

I was dying.

If I can’t run 6 miles easily at this point without panting like a dog during the…ahem…dog days of summer, how the hell am I going to run a marathon in a month and hope set a PR, never mind qualify for Boston (holy run on sentence!).

Deena Kastor Sets a PR

Deena Kastor

I’ll need the luck of the Irish to be on my side. Thankfully I’m staying with my buddy who’s last name is Clark, he graduated fromNotre Dame, and will be at the Irish game on Saturday night before the marathon. That could be the luck I need!

The 6 miles on both Friday and Saturday felt like about 20. I was out there forever. My body was breaking down, legs getting heavy, and I might as well have been trying to breathe in a hot yoga studio.

If the weather on marathon morning is 75F with 90% humidity I don’t think there will be very many PR’s being set that day. You need proper training and a lot of luck to set a PR. If mother nature doesn’t cooperate with you, you sustain an injury, are facing a strong head wind, or get attacked by a wild pack of eagles you’re highly unlikely to set a PR.

Proof from the Pros

Deena Kastor, the starter at Big Sur said (it took 3 minutes to list out her accomplishments/records), “Today’s a great day to set a PR, the weather is perfect.” She was right.

“My goal for Boston this year was to win and to run under 2:09,” he says. “If I’d done that and not won, I would have been celebrating like I had won because it’s something I’d never done. If you run a personal best, whether it’s by 1 second, 10 seconds, 2 minutes, you better celebrate, because they don’t come very often.” – Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi: Gotta Get Lucky To PR


Getting out there this week and training at the same pace over those distances proved what both of those highly accomplished runners said. In hindsight maybe I should have dialed the pace down knowing the temperature/humidity/dew point combination. After all you’re getting your easy runs in to accumulate mileage. As much as it’s great to run these a minute slower than race pace, it won’t kill you to run a few miles slower than that.

At the end of the day it comes down to luck, you can train your ass off, but you need a little help from your friends.


Workouts This Week

Monday: 6mi 8:05/mi – Easy

Tuesday: 7:20/mi – 2 mi WU 3 x 2mi repeats 2 mi CD – Strength

Thurs: 7:18/mi – 2 mi WU 9 mi @ Tempo 2 mi CD

Fri: 6mi 8:09/mi – Easy

Saturday: 6mi 8:12/mi – Easy

Sunday: 18 mi 7:35/mi – Long – Scheduled for 16 went the extra 2 miles, all at a pace 10 faster than scheduled. Mentally I needed that. I’ve run most marathons 30 seconds faster than my training long runs. I also wanted to get to a point where I could visualize the race actually starting at 20 miles and finishing strong.


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