Woo hoo! I'm back! This is my best 5K pace (10:36/mile), getting very close to that 10:30/mile mark I've been wanting.
I focused on slowing myself down--ironically, this resulted in a great (for me) pace. I realized I'd been starting my runs too fast and couldn't sustain that. Alternating walking and running doesn't feel very good for me. With this length of run, I like to run the whole way. By going more slowly, I didn't get worn out--and at the end I was actually able to speed up because I had enough energy for it! Yeah!