There are two types of runners. Those who refer to the best time they’ve ever run in their life over a specific distance as a personal best (PB) and those who refer to the same thing as a personal record (PR). These two groups are usually distinguished by nationality.
In our experience, Canadians refer to their best time as a PB, while Americans stick to PR. But here’s the problem. Lots of Canadians run in America, and while some are down there fighting the good fight against the personal record sayers, some have converted. Below is a list of Canadians who train in America. Some have remained PB loyal and some have converted.
Rory Linkletter – loyal
Not only is Linkletter loyal, he’s spreading the word about the Canadian way.
— Rory Linkletter (@ThePapaLinks) January 27, 2019
Charlotte Prouse – converted
Prouse ran a great race in December, narrowly missing the Canadian indoor 5K record that Gabriela Stafford later snagged. Below is evidence of her calling her new 5K time a PR.
Ashley Taylor – loyal
Taylor clearly calls her 2018 indoor best time a personal best. Well done.
Ben Flanagan – undecided
Flanagan never explicitly uses the term PR, but a commenter does and Flanagan doesn’t correct him. Either he’s super polite, or he’s team PR. To be determined.
Sage Watson – loyal
Even though she’s been living and training in America for a number of years, Watson has remained a personal best user.
Kinsey Middleton – loyal
She’s a dual citizen and she still uses PB.
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👀 on the prize!! I just nailed down my spring season, and I’m so excited to announce that my next race will be the @chevronhoustonmarathon Houston Half Marathon! I cannot wait to return to the race that holds my current PB and will hopefully be the site for a new one this coming January! #idp
Brandon McBride – loyal
Canadian 800m record holder Brandon McBride, a PB man.