A Timed Mile: Old vs. New PR’s

A Timed Mile: Old vs. New PR’s

Whether I like it or not, my little running life is distinctly divided into two categories:

Pre-babies and Post-babies. 

Funny how these 4 little people turned my world upside down… And now I could not imagine my life without them.

Pre-babies Tia:

There was the tiny little running Tia who started a habit of running at least a mile every day the summer of 8th grade.  This Tia ran cross country and track in high school and college.  She typically did not run more than 10 miles and did not like to race anything more than a 5K.  After 2 10k’s in high school she swore off anything more than 3.1 miles.  After all, a 5K was long enough!

Running high school XC- circa 1996
College XC- circa 2000

Post-babies Tia:
This Tia is not motivated by a coach or scholarship.  She does it to be a better person, a better wife, and a  better mother.  She enjoys distance running best and loves the “quiet time” that accompanies running.

Fall 2010
Spring 2011
My favorite post race pic from the Houston Marathon- Ashton loved his salty marathon mama! (Jan. 2012)

A 5K with Abi- June 2012

When I started running again after Anna was born I never dreamed I would even come close to my high school and college PR’s.  I considered all records from my “former life” unobtainable.  After all, how could I compete with the younger, skinnier, more athletic version of myself?  When I ran a 41:42 10K in high school I never thought I could run that fast again.  In April I proved myself wrong and man, it felt good to crush that old PR! There are still several times that I haven’t come close to matching but I’d like to think I was working on that.  The 5K is one of those distances that I am going to keep racing but it’s going to be a tough one to beat.  What is the difference in my running now?  Honestly, I think it comes down to heart.  I want it more now. 

One of my favorite things to do is beat the “young Tia.”  She is actually my favorite competitor!  This morning I decided to race “her” in the mile.  I have actually not raced the mile since I was 18.  (In college track you run the 1500- not the mile.)  My high school and current mile PR is 5:27.  I had no idea what my current timed mile would be but I wanted to get as close to that high school PR as possible.  I have done mile repeats so I had an idea of what I was capable of but a timed mile is a little different.

I know I haven’t been training for this specific racing distance (and marathon training is probably not the best time to try something like this) but after my track fiasco Wednesday I wanted to redeem myself.  I needed to challenge myself. (BTW- A timed mile was not on my schedule today but ever since Wednesday it has been in the back of my mind.  I love having a schedule but sometimes you just need to mix things up. I guess I’ll find out how I  really feel about this tomorrow when I’m running 20 miles!)

When I got to the track I realized that the HU guys and girls basketball teams were on the track doing some kind of circuit workout.  I tried not to think about how much older I was than these kids.  In some ways I don’t feel much older than them but then I think about how much my life has changed that time.

I ran 1.5 miles to warm-up.  I didn’t want to warm-up too much (it was pretty warm out) and this seemed like the right amount.  Then I started my watch.  Usually when I am running around the track I have to pace it just right because I know I will be doing reps of some sort.  It felt a little different knowing I needed to go all out for 4 laps.  After my first lap I started to wonder why I decided to do this.  Why did I think this would be a good idea?  I heard the a few of the guys from the basketball team behind me.  One of them passed me.  They were only sprinting one lap.  I didn’t want anyone else to pass me. They finished their lap and then a basketball girl started her lap right behind me.  At this point I was on my third lap. I was not about to let this college girl pass me.  She didn’t.  I gave the last lap everything I had.  This was it.  I kicked it in the final straight-away.  Then I finally heard my watch beep.  I looked down- 5:29.

No, I didn’t beat my 5:27 but I’m proud of that 5:29.  I worked hard for it.  I jogged a few more miles to cool down and I had some time to reflect on how running and my life in general has changed since I was 18.  It’s been a long road but I am finding my way back into competitive running.  I may not beat all my old PR’s but the mile is mine.  I’m not sure when it will happen but I am going to beat that 5:27. Mark my words! Sorry, “young Tia!”  πŸ˜‰

Did you run in high school or college?

Do you have old PR’s that you think are unobtainable?

Have you timed yourself in a mile recently?

24 thoughts on “A Timed Mile: Old vs. New PR’s

  1. HOLY MOLY girl!! You are going to smoke that 5:27 if you’re running a 5:29 right now. So fast! You inspire me! Wouldn’t want to race you though. ha! And to answer your question from your comment…I have PF right now and just taking a break from running so my body can get whole. Also some issues with my hamstrings. Enjoying the quiet time even if it means a bigger waistline. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks! Sorry to hear about PF. Ughhh. I love everything about running except for the whole injury part that seems to creep up in the most inconvenient time. You have such a good attitude about it and seem to be taking it all in stride. I hope your recovery is speedy and you can get back out to do what you love! Thanks again for your comment.

    1. Yes, of course when I got home I had to look up my potential marathon time in McMillan and I know I should be able to go sub 3:10 (which is my goal). Somehow I need to learn to push myself to reach my potential in the HM and full marathon distances. Hopefully I can get to that place. Thanks for your comment!

  2. That’s a kick-butt mile. You’re so speedy at the short distances! I can never do well under a 10k! I didn’t start running until a few years ago, so I don’t really have an “old” self to beat – but I do like to improve every year. IF (I mean big if!) I get healthy next winter will be my fourth year to run a marathon – I try to get a PR each year. That’s kind of fun.

    1. You WILL!! I can’t wait to see what kind of marathon time you have on healthy legs! And as far as the mile- if you can run a 3:06 marathon I KNOW you can sprint it out for 4 stinking laps!

  3. I love this post Tia. I wish I had a “pre-babies Carissa” to compare myself to and that I had been involved in high school or college running. I’m rejoicing with you over your mile time. That is amazing! I think you are right on about having more heart/wanting it more at this point in life. I’m in a weird running season where every race has been a PR for me. That can last forever but I’ll enjoy it for now. πŸ™‚

    1. You are in an exciting phase though! Enjoy it and soak up every PR!! You are working just as hard for your times as someone who has been running for years. πŸ™‚

  4. ahhh! I can only imagine how good that must’ve felt! I like the spin you put on “you as your biggest competition”.
    With your determination & new reasons for running, your younger self doesn’t have a chance! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks! Sometimes it’s hard to find motivation in daily workouts when you have no one to run with but there is something to be said about about competing against yourself. I think that’s what separates running from other “team” sports.

  5. You may not have beaten it but you were pretty close.

    Everything I do post babies is an improvement on my running life before. Possibly because I was a discus thrower in my pre-baby life and once I actually started running at uni I was carrying quite a lot of extra weight. Before babies the farthest I ever ran was 10k – now I’ve done a marathon. Not too bad for this 40+ Mum.

    1. I did not know you threw discuss! You’ve come a long way! πŸ™‚ I hope when I’m in my 40’s (which won’t be too long!) I am still out there giving it my all. I’m sure it gets harder with kids getting busier and starting their own lives. You are so inspiring!

  6. Tia, That is a fast one mile!!! When you wrote that you got a 5:27 back in HS, I did not think you could get as close as you did today! 2 seconds away?? I am always impressed and inspired by your track workouts. The 10 mile repeats that you did were so fast too!
    Oh, and I also compete with my old self and the old PRs I had before kids. I wrote a whole entry about it here http://howwerollkatiesblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/breaking-3-prs-in-4-months.html I managed to break 3 of my old PRs last year. Just like you said, I want it more now. I was so happy when I beat myself πŸ™‚

    1. I will have to go back and read that one! I think we have very similar backgrounds and goals. πŸ™‚ I’d love to meet you some time if we ever run the same race. Are you doing Boston?

    2. No, no plans for Boston yet. My husband has told me to go for years, but I want to go with him. The experience would not be the same without him. He qualified last year but we decided not to. My next one is Baltimore in October. But at some point, I would love to meet in person too. I do feel like we have a lot in common! I can relate so much to what you write in your blog πŸ™‚

  7. 5:29!!!! AWESOME Tia!!!! That is my ultimate goal. I want to run 1 mile at the pace the Women’s Olympic marathon winner won, which is between 5:20-5:30.

    After you ran it, could you have imagined running 25.2 more at that pace? CRAZY!!!

    1. No!! I kept thinking about the winner of the guys marathon this year and how every mile was under 5- for 26.2!!! How?!?!?!? It was all I could do to sprint it out knowing I was only going around the track 4 times!

  8. You are awesome! I just did two miles fast (for me) for an LT test and was happy with how I did…but since I was a lazy puss as a teenager I have nothing to compare it to. My best 5K time was a 22:34 (pre-kids) in 2005. I’d love to beat that. I was 32 then, almost 40 now. Maybe it can be done….you have my wheels turning! Congrats!

  9. I love this story of the new Tia competing with the old Tia! Two seconds off? That is incredible! Way to go, Tia! I have no doubt you’ll beat that 5:27. You inspire me. I can’t remember the last time I did a timed mile… I’m not exactly in the best shape to do one now, but maybe I should anyway, to have a “pre” and “post” marker. πŸ™‚

  10. First, I Really liked seeing all your photos together- pre babies and post babies. I know you are still a FIERCE competitor, but I like the tenderness I see with you and the kids. πŸ™‚

    Amazing job this week on the mile. I am sorry I am a little late to get to this, but that is just OUTSTANDING. I have no doubt you can go faster than that even. As we are adults, and not on the decline (I refuse to think this way) we can add to our experience and create new thresholds for ourselves.
    I am excited to see how your marathon goes. I bet it will kick the pants off your first one- back in your early days!

  11. That is an insane time for a mile! A tutrle could lap me, of course. I have never timed a mile. I started running after my 3rd child turned 1. I did the c25k challenge and have been running for 4 years now.

  12. I know I’m a little late to the show on this one, but this one really inspired me. Why can’t I blow the top off of those old HS/College PR’s? I just never thought it would happen. That’s my new goal, I’m officially PR’ing instead of PR’ing every race with the “since college” removed!!! Thanks, girl! I’ll be thinking about you tomorrow!

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