I’m excited to begin the new series on NYC Running Mama – the PR spotlight. The PR spotlight will feature runners who have recently PR’d. It could be on the treadmill, track, or on the roads. The purpose of the feature will be to discuss what was done differently – whether it was pacing, fueling, hydration, training, mental preparation, etc.
One of the things I love most about running is that I’m constantly learning – I learn just as much from the 4:30 marathoner as I do from the 2:45 marathoner. Hopefully this feature become a tool in which we all learn from each other.
Meet Pamela: Not only is she my best friend (we’ve known each other since we were 13!), but she is the social media expert behind Sparkly Soul headbands. Although she has run a good number of marathons, Pamela was stuck at the 5-hour mark for most of them. This past spring, she revamped her training and began seeing immediate results. The first time I really became aware of how much faster she had become was at the NYC Half Marathon in March. I was used to Pamela being a 10+ min per mile runner so when I saw her run me at (I was cheering at mile 7) only an hour into her run, I was astounded!! She continued her improvement through the summer and fall…and just PR’d the marathon by 53 minutes at the Philadelphia Marathon!!! Here is how she managed to go from a 4:43 marathoner…to a 3:50!!!