There isn't just one parade to start Stampede. There are little mini parades going by every morning. At least that's when I've noticed them.
I've known for a while my run cadence is really slow. Lumbering, even. I go through bouts of trying to speed it up, and tonight was another.
After a slow start, I got settled in. Depending on how granular you want to get, my pace was pretty steady for about 3 k (.5 to 3.5), but my cadence started about 85, and gradually dropped off. I could feel it happening, and was working, churning, pushing those legs to turn over, even deliberately shortened my stride, and it didn't work.
This was a fast run pace for me. I maybe could have gone another K, but I think I'd be regretting it. Those middle K's were just under a 6:20 pace, and the fastest K was 6:12. I don't often run that fast.
What I've been feeling in the right shoe is now showing up in the left shoe. Time to go shopping.
Seeing myself in the snug bike jersey on the weekend has had a bit of a galvanizing effect on me. Eating habits are changing. I either need to up the workouts, and I don't think I can, or I need to take in fewer calories.