September 16, 2006
the little PR
A few years ago I played bass in a bluegrass band made up of ex-punks, some of whom had become pre-middleaged hippies and some who remained hopelessly cynical. One night we played somewhere and a silly girl acquaintance had had a bit too much to drink and started going on and on and on about "the little guitar" (mandolin). The little guitar, the little guitar. This here's a story 'bout a little PR.
I'm not really going to write a novella about a 5-second PR in a 5K; I just really, really wanted to write "this here's a story 'bout a little PR." The story itself is pretty predictable: I went into it with a bad, bad head, the usual raceday stagefright/negativity/whathaveyou. Driving to the race I said aloud (to myself): "wow, I really really don't want to do this, not at all, no." The main goal was not to fall apart in the 2nd mile, and I accomplished that, falling apart in the 3rd mile instead. Splits were 6:07/6:13/7:11 (1.1), and yes there were a few wee uphills in that last mile. 19:33 was good for 2nd (woman). They did not have a masters division, and they apparently invented new age groups specially for this race, so I was 1st in the 41 - 45 AG.
And that was the story of the little PR.
Posted by joe positive at September 16, 2006 4:27 PM
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congratulations on your PR well done!!!
Posted by: Dawb at September 16, 2006 6:32 PM
... always with that unique joe+ve style...
(ran myself yesterday, CorriRoma midnight race downtown Rome to honor Abebe Bikila's 1960 marathon, 11Km only (the last part), raining, barefoot, cobblestones were slippery like ice, plenty hills and downhills (memo 7 hills of Rome??)thus felt very pleased with a no-injury, no-pain, happier-than-jack 44:45mins. There was plenty of room for improvement but no traction last night...However just beautiful. GO joe+ve, GO!)
Posted by: corrado giambalvo at September 17, 2006 12:43 PM