One of the many things I love about running is I am my competition.  PR – “personal record” – has a nice ring to it – no matter how I place, it’s a “win” if I PR.  Sometimes, simply feeling strong at the finish is cause for celebration, despite what the clock says.  This is primarily because I’m not talented enough to compete for a top place.  I did win my age division in a marathon once … but, it was a relatively small race the same weekend as the Boston marathon, and all the fast runners were out of town.  While I usually aim to simply beat myself, I can take a perfectly good race experience and diminish it by comparing myself to…