Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Trick or Treat Trot 5K

I ran a 5K last weekend, but did not do it for time as I did not run at my pace. Instead, I ran it with a friend who recently finished the Couch to 5K program and came to Chicago to run her first 5K with me. What an honor! We had a great group of friends come to town for the event, and it was the best race that I have attended! The weather held for us, too. Despite a gloomy forecast there was no rain. It was a bit cooler and windy, but a beautiful day overall by the lakefront. There were many people in costume, and it was a blast to watch them go!

Running this race taught me a huge lesson about running slower than my normal pace. It seems that I always push myself to run as fast as I can, and I have problems backing off my pace for any significant amount of time. Thus my long run days are really never long runs. By running this race at a pace almost 5 minutes longer per mile than my normal pace I realized that I could have kept going and going and going even when we completed the race. It gave me incentive to do some longer runs at a slower pace and improve my distance base. Yes, I have read about it a million times... but only by actually trying it did I find out that it works for me, too (DUH).

This fall has been crazy, but in a good way. I have had every non-work day packed with activities, and my daughter and I have had so much fun apple picking, making scarecrows, carving pumpkins, decorating the house for Halloween, roller skating, and going to parties that I feel like I missed October altogether!

My weight loss has been pretty stalled because I have been indulging at all of these events, both food-wise and in terms of adult beverages (and then with more food!). But I am okay with the (relative) maintain that I experienced, and feel that I am getting back on track now. I see good things coming this holiday season!


Melissa (The Daily Mel) said...

I'm so glad you were able to run with Donna on her first 5k! I so wish I could have been there with you guys this weekend.

Nice that you were able to pick up on the long slow run lesson. That was always a hard one for me when I ran back in high school & college, too. I always wanted to push myself, but it was usually just so I could get the run done and do something "fun" instead. What I wouldn't give to be able to run like that again now?!! LOL

MochaTrina@Me So Hongry... said...

There's something about this time of year that stalls weight loss. I am going through the same thing. It seems both my kid's and my schedule is jam packed with events. And of course there is food at these events. But we will make it through the holidays.

That's awesome that you ran the 5K with your friend. What a great support team!