So there were board exams. Then we went back to Wisconsin, and my grand plans of daily runs were thwarted by horseflies. (This sounds like excuses, but it's not, really. The only way I could get out of my mother-in-law's property was to run down a half-mile-long driveway surrounded by forest, and get eaten by horsefiles. I'm just not that hardcore. Sorry.)
Yesterday, it was finally cool enough to have an enjoyable run and it felt SO GOOD! I took it easy on myself, and went back to week 3 of the couch-to-5K plan, because I know I won't hurt myself that way. I could also just listen to my body and figure out when I need to sneak a walk break in there, but it was nice to let go for a bit and just listen to the little voice in my ipod instead. I can tell I've lost a bit, but I know I'll get it back with regular training.
What this means is that I won't be doing the Nike Women's Event. That's ok. Right now I'm vacillating between training on my own, at my own pace and signing up for a 5K, then a 10K, then thinking about a half marathon, versus joining a TIT group to train for one of their winter events. (Probably a half marathon. I want to do a full marathon at some point, but I don't want to push my body too too hard unless I have a good base). I think I will go to a preview party next week to see how I feel about it. The coaching and the team aspect appeal to me, as does the cause, I am still a little wary of the commitment-with-a-C, money and time-wise.