Great week of training after #restweek

Fitness Friday Linkup #RunningBloggers {}Wow, what a week.

I’ve had some happy moments this week, but mostly it’s been sad. So much death. Both close to my family and across the country.

I was back on my training schedule after a last week’s rest and then my 10k. It’s been a great week of running and I really needed that.

Here’s what I’ve done:



• 1.23 mile run to the race, 12:12 (9:55), then a 1.23 mile walk home afterward.

It was close enough to home that I decided to jog there rather than deal with parking. Made for a good warmup.

10k race {}

Few minutes before the race started. Ready to roll!

• 10k race! Finished in 59:46 (9:38 pace)

I’m super happy about this pace. Still a little slower than I wanted, but still a personal record for the distance! The majority of the course was really hilly so I knew right away I wouldn’t make my goal. My fastest time for 6.2 was a 9:42 average and I was determined to beat that. Success!


After the race with a student in our department, Nathalia. She finished second in her age group for the 5k!

Sunday & Monday

• Recovery and rest days.


• 4.09 miles, 37:32 (9:10 pace)

I had 4 miles on my schedule. Then Boston happened and those 4 miles took a lot more meaning. The distance was to mark the bombings 4 hours and 9 minutes into the marathon; I was on a mission and ended up with probably my best run ever. 9:10 pace? Very fast for me.

#runforboston {}

I had my race shirt on all day under my sweater, then added the note for my run.


• 30:00 vinyasa flow yoga, some stretching and some rolling.


• 3.1 miles, 30:25 (9:49 pace)

This run was scheduled as an As You Feel run. We’re between thunder storms (hello tornado warning and golf–ball hail last night!) and quite windy. It took plenty of willpower, but I did not look at my pace until the 3 miles mark. My GPS announces distance as I go, but I don’t have it tell me my pace for days like this.

I really focused on my actual running. “Shoulders down, watch that back, keep your weight forward, front foot strike, protect those knees, elbows in, don’t cross your arms, shoulders again, keep breathing steady…” All those things that are not yet second nature to me and start to get lost when I focus on my pace. It felt good to have a more “technical” run with no concern for speed.


Cold, wet and windy. That water is usually quite calm.


• I’ll only get in a short walk today, and then we’re heading out-of-town early. We have a funeral to attend and family to be with this weekend. I plan to spend some time on the hotel tread mill Saturday morning and get my 8 miles in.

Four weeks until my very first half marathon! Sheesh…. only four???? Scary. Gotta stick to the plan and I’ll be ready.


Happy weekend, all!

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15 Responses to Great week of training after #restweek

  1. Kristy says:

    Awesome week! I think you’re going to do GREAT in 4 weeks in the half!!! good luck!

    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      I hope so! I’m already resigning myself to the fact that I won’t make my original pace goal – I’ve had to back off some training to keep my knees healthy. Oh well. I’ll still finished strong. Plus, it’s better to have my first half a slower time so I can destroy a PR later, right? 😉

  2. AmyC says:

    Love that you ran to & from the race! Congrats on your finish. Happy Friday!

  3. jennifer says:

    Love that you ran to the race! lol.. awesome times, too on all your runs!

    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      Thanks! I like not driving as much as I can. So long as the weather agrees, I like to walk or bike and mile and half to my office. Saves money, pollution and better for me, too!

  4. Ima Mosier says:

    You will be ready for the marathon. Sounds like you had some quality runs this week. And congrats on the PR.

    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      I hope so. Thanks for the encouragement! Regardless of my half mary tine, I’ve still had a great spring running season, so can’t complain at all.

  5. good luck in your upcoming half marathon!

  6. What an awesome week! Well done on the PB! xx

    • LarissaDaltonS says:

      It felt great to beat my time! One of the many things I love about running: you can always see tangible improvement competing against yourself.

  7. Becky C. says:

    You will do great at the half marathon! Congrats on your PR. Tornado warning and thunderstorms sounds like weather we had in Oklahoma last week. We got to spend a little time in the storm shelter last week.

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