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!