Monday, August 10, 2009

I'm Set to PR This Weekend

I often can go months and months without running a race, but this year is different: Thanks to a commitment to speedwork, I'm primed to PR. I figure I better strike while the iron is hot. So little more than a month after setting a new personal best in a 5K, I'm going to toe the line in a 10K. I'm doing the Pace of Courage Run here in Portland, which supports a family in their fight against cancer and their goal to promote cancer awareness.

It's a heartbreaking story involving two types of cancer--the mother has a recurrence of ovarian cancer and the three-year-old son recently succumbed a rare form of brain cancer. I know I will be wiping away many tears along with sweat as I run.

I debated whether it was crass to try to run my fastest at such a meaningful, heartfelt fundraiser, but I decided I'd be showing a passion and commitment to life by doing so. I've stepped up my speedwork with make-me-proud results: On Friday, I did a tempo run. Before going to bed on Thursday night, I told myself I'd run 5 miles at tempo, but in the early light of day, that goal seemed daunting so I told myself I "only" had to go 40 minutes. Silly me: I ran so fast (7:55/mile, on average), I ended up covering slighly more than my original assignment. Proving, once again, it's all in the mindset. Sometimes it's better to approach a hurdle from a different direction to make it seem less daunting.

Then this morning I hit the track for a final pre-race session. I did 4 x 1200, telling myself anything under 6:00 was great (yet knowing, full well, I really wanted to run 5:30s). I did 5:32, 5:29, 5:33, and 5:26. Woo-hoo. I urge all of you Portland runners to join me on Saturday morning. Let's race!

7 comments:

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Best of luck on the PR speedy lady!!

Feener said...

just read your article in runner mag, liked it about the adventure type races.

what an amazing run to be doing to help this family. my friend's mom is currently losing her battle with ovarian cancer, we MUST find a better way to find early detection for this silent killer.

Darin Swanson said...

The course is flat, fast and scenic. Run inspired and please let us know if you set a PR!!

Carolina John said...

Good luck sarah! Im' hoping for a 5k pr sunday too. a few of them maybe.

AirborneVet said...

Good luck on your run and give the mom who lost her son, my best. It's good to run races that have true purposes.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

UPdate!! How did you do?

marybob143@aol.com said...

You are FIERCE, Sarah!!! Awesome, awesome, awesome...