Personal Record or Race Records? What Do You Run For?

Did you read this fantastic article about Gene Dykes, a gentleman from Pennsylvania, who ran a sub-3:00 in Toronto earlier this week at the young age of 70?!  Shockingly, his 2:55:17 run didn't even earn him the age-group world record (2:54:48 held by Ed Whitlock).

Of course, this is a wonderful feat but it got me thinking...when you enter a race, do you focus on beating the race record or your personal record?

Being a back of the packer myself, I always focus on my personal record.  If I have run the course before, I aim to improve my personal record for that specific course too.

Leave a comment below and tell me about your approach to races!