Before Saturday, my 10K Personal Record was a 1:11:04 on a Training Run on December 30. Yes, I count training runs towards PRs. If I did it, I did it. I don't need race results on a website to know I did it.
And then Saturday I ran the Cowtown Half Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas. A day later, Twitter friend @bryanjd pointed out here that he had PRed his 10K distance as well as PRing his half marathon time! I had achieved a 3 minute improvement on my PR in the overall half marathon, but I was kinda disappointed that I hadn't taken the time to hit the lap split on 6.2 and 9.3 because I thought both had to be PRs. So after he mentioned this I went and looked up the official race results for myself again, and lo and behold, a new 10K PR! They had actually measured a 10K split - so glad they did! My new 10K PR is now 1:07:56, a 3 minute improvement!!!
And then today a Twitter friend @theburnster commented here that he had PRed his 5K time but on a training run on a treadmill so it wasn't "official". I just told him that I think it's official - I'd count it as my new OFFICIAL PR.
So it raises a question that I'm curious how everyone will answer: what requirements do you have to count a run as your new Personal Record? Does it have to be a finish time in a race? Do split times measured by an official timing company count during a race? Does any split measured by your Garmin or watch during a race count? Does the watch have to have the ability to download the data (so you could "prove" your PR, like anyone would care or question it)? Does a training run count? Can't wait to see your comments. I think I'll sum them up in another post later in the week!