Last week my trainer told me a goal was to get in two runs between sessions. We met last Wednesday so I had five days to get 2 runs in before we met again on Monday. Of course, being a naturally competitive person, I took it as a challenge. I succeeded in meeting the challenge. I got up each morning, put on my Garmin Forerunner 10, plugged in the iPod shuffle, tied up the Asics and hit the street! Friday Run: Wasn’t my best. I hadn’t run in a week and a half and my body felt it. Mile: 14:51. Total: 1.1 mile (16:32 Sunday Run: I was feeling pumped for the run, I skipped any workout on Saturday so I knew I was running and going to the gym on Sunday. Determination wins all. Mile: 12:59; Split: 14:14. Total: 1.57 (21:01) That was my two runs before my next session Monday morning. My trainer put me through the motions. We went over a series of stretches to do after each run to try and overcome hip stiffness. Then we proceeded to put me through a killer arms workout! Hated it at the time, felt amazing afterwards. Again, I was told (er, challenged…) to get in two runs between Monday and our next session on Friday. That said, I went out for my run today. Challenge this morning: better my mile and improve my split from Sunday. Challenge achieved! Tuesday Run: Hot and humid outside, but legs and body were up for anything. Mile: 12:47 (improved by 9 seconds). Split: 12:59 (improved by 1 min 15 seconds!). Total Milage: 1.63 in 21:01. Total milage improved by .6 in same time. New mindset – better my best, then better that! Never compare yourself to others, but always challenge yourself against your previous. New PRs come anytime you go for a run – right now mine is at the 1 mile mark and overall split time. Use personal challenges. Use determination. Both will foster a great sense of motivation. What is your everyday run PR goal?