Just found out my result for the Vancouver Sun Run (10km, or 6.21 miles) I participated in yesterday! Comparing it to my results over the years:
 Did some training. Tried to get under an hour. Ran most of the way; walked for about 5 minutes. result: 1:06:37
 Trained, though not as much. Tried to get under an hour. Ran the entire way, not stopping once. result: 1:08:07
 Didn’t train at all. Barely even exercised. Had no goals. Stopped to walk a few times. Ran for about 90% of the run. result: 1:13:15
I ran the whole way in ’06, but I didn’t do as well as ’05, and the result wasn’t all that different from this year. I did much better than I expected this year — I thought I would be extremely out of shape, but I was still able to run through most of it, and despite stopping a few times, I got under 1:15. So what does this mean? I guess there ARE benefits to slowing down once in a while during a long distance run. I think I will remember this next year and try to get under an hour again. Though it was nice not aiming for anything this year. Made the run a little more relaxing.
I swear if only I were taller, I’d be able to cut 10 minutes off my results. Curse my 5’1″ stature.