On November 8th I did a 10k run in Rickreall, Oregon at the Eola Hills Winery. I was supposed to run with my cousin, Kalee, but she injured her foot. That, in combination with the fact that I hadn't run since September 20th, prompted me to try to switch to the 5k, but that became a hassle, so I stuck with the 10k. Surprisingly, I did well and felt great! I even placed 2nd in my age group (out of 14, so there weren't too many of us). Reflecting on why I did fine without training, I concluded that the 3 yoga/Pilates workouts I do each day while teaching have a greater effect on my cardiovascular endurance than I gave them credit for. I'm assuming the Pilates days are aiding my cardiovascular health more than yoga, but the combination appears to at least be enough to get me through a run without feeling too depleted.
I will test this theory tomorrow, when I do a 5k "Run for Your Nuts" in Mt. Angel, Oregon (named after the hazelnut festival), after not running since the Eola Hills run. This time, Kalee and another cousin, Hannah, will be running it as well. Hannah is a high school senior who just placed 9th at state in cross country, so she will clearly be taking a different approach to this run.