How to Measure a PR

Let’s get this straight.  One of the pillars of NP is racing and we will always race.  We will always challenge ourselves and each other to get faster by racing each other in workouts and racing ourselves on PR day.  (Remember PR stands for personal record, so who else you gonna race??)  Therefore, one of the ways to measure a PR is time.   It’s very simple:

How fast did you finish a full tour?

If you did it faster than you’ve ever done it before, you set a PR.

Another way to measure a PR is distance.  How far did you get during the time between your start up section 37 and when time was called.  If you went farther than ever before, that’s a PR too.

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but it’s so important that we also learn to measure PRs in other quantities, on other scales, and with other scores for success AS WELL AS in time and distance, because life is way bigger than a freaking scoreboard.

Think about some of those measures for determining a PR…

Consistency is a great one.  Can you stay moving for the entire workout–no breaks?  Can you maintain speed in the first half and second half of your sections?

Effort is another one.  Did you push through and give everything you had throughout the workout or did you give up/let go/stop trying to do your best?

How about fun? Did you enjoy it, even the difficult, pain-in-the-ass moments right around section 12 as well as the exciting moments like the start and the finish?

And enthusiasm!  Measure that shit!  How many people did you call out by name and cheer on as they worked toward their PRs?  How often did you shout, whisper, or growl* out a “good job” or “go get it” to the people next to you as you passed or were passed by them?

Celebration.  Let’s measure that because the rewards are exponentially achieved when we focus on PR’ing there.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes someone to finish a tour or what section they are on when time is called, if you allow yourself to celebrate the shit out of their last section or two or six, I dare you to notice how that changes YOU, not only them.  I end up running faster when someone’s face is up in my grill.  And when they’re excited as hell about what I’m doing–no matter how fast or amazing it is— it just feels better to be celebrated.  I know, I know, not everyone wants to be yelled at or have attention drawn to them when they’re riding shotgun on the struggle bus, but I’ll tell you what–if I had a nickle for every time I lose my mind over someone while they’re racing and they comes to me after saying how much that helped or meant to them, I could buy at least 2 buffs.  It’s worth it to PR in celebration!

And let’s not forget, or underestimate the power of PR’ing in flair.  Wear a costume, wear a hat, wear your rainbow socks or your tutu from ballet school.  Wear body paint or giant fake blingy-chains.  Wear something that gives you flair and makes you feel amazing.  When it fires you up, it can’t hurt in your attempt to PR the shit out of those stairs.

What else? How else can we quantify and qualify our experiences on PR day that allow us to see and feel the progress we are training to achieve?

Ultimately, we absolutely want to get faster and go farther–it’s a giant part of why we train.  But the QUALITY of the experience is essential to any PR feeling like a true success.  It’s important that we look for and strive for our racing PRs as well as the other measures of personal success and record-setting.  We’re all better when we do.

Be sure to track your times & distances in the NP Tracker.  It’s a great way to record what you did, so you can plan to beat it next PR Day.

Good job out there today friends.  Keep showing up and racing like we did today.  The tribe is strong.

See you on Friday at Summit Ave. for the hills. 

* depending on how much pain you were in at the moment

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