Was listening to the latest "running with the pack" podcast. The show co-host suggested that we should erase our PR's (personal records) every 5-10 years. This was based on the theory that life and environment and our bodies change over time and we shouldn't have to compare against a high mark set many years ago.
Master competitor stands firm against this sort of nonsense. My 10K PR of 37:02, set in 1985 (I think) is still meant to be bettered. Hey, all I need to do is lose 20 pounds, live on green algae for a month, and have the Hand of God touch me...I'm sure if those three elements comes together, a sub-37 is still out there.
And what of my 8:53 50 mile PR from 2001 (once again it was somewhere around then)? Give me the right course, on the right day, on a place in time when I'm not injured. Of course there's something south of 9 hours that will give me a new record for the distance!
You might have noticed that much of being a master competitor is living as a legend in your own mind. No one is going to tell me to erase my PR's because that's part of the complete experience. From then until now, I train and race to better those efforts. I may not succeed, but you'll have to pry my bony hands off my water bottles before I'll stop trying.
Don't erase...just build your base...and increase the pace!