Week 14 of Richmond Marathon Training and a New 5K PR

This was my first week of tapering before the Richmond Marathon,  and so far, so good.  I’v actually enjoyed the slight break from a crazy number of miles.  (I’m sure by the end of next week, I’ll be a little insane)  😉

Monday – A rest day, after my 22 mile run on Sunday

Tuesday – 10 miles on the treadmill, would end up being my longest run this week.


When there’s nothing exciting to take a picture of, I always go with my feet.  I guess treadmills don’t really inspire creativity.  😉

Wednesday – I didn’t get my run in, because I was chaperoning my daughter’s pumpkin patch field trip.  I’ll tell you, those kindergartners are adorable!

Thursday – 7 miles, again on the treadmill.  It was a good run, but not only that, those 7 miles brought my October miles to 201!  My best month ever!

Friday – 5 miles followed by lots of Halloween shenanigans.  Bringing my October monthly total to 206!

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Seriously, this is the candy from just one of my kids!  I have three times this amount in my house!  Bad news…  😉

Saturday – While my kids (and husband) were in a Halloween candy coma, I decided last minute to run a small local 5k.  I love these 5k’s because, while there are some super fast runners in my town there’s still a good chance that I can place.  😉

It was a cold, windy morning, but that didn’t damper my excitement!   I hadn’t ran just 3 miles in a long time, and with all this marathon training, and longer distance runs, I thought maybe I’d be able to get a pretty respectable 5k time.


(Seriously, will I ever have a flattering race picture?!)


This race was a lot of fun!

I knew throughout the race that I was going to end up with a pretty good time…


…and I did!!

I went home with a brand new 5k PR!  And a shiny new medal for 2nd place in my age group!!


My time isn’t the fastest, but I’ve really come a long way from the first 5k I’ve ever ran!  

I have quite a few smaller races planned throughout the winter with our local running clubs winter series, and now I am really excited about working on my speed a little before the Spring racing season!

Sunday – My mother came to visit, and I completely skipped my long run.  Bad, I know, but I’m not going to let it get to me.  I otherwise feel really good about my training this round, and I don’t think one run is going to ruin all that hard work.  😉

All in all, it was a pretty good taper week, and I will leave you with this…

Keep an eye out…  There’s something new and exciting coming to KarenGoesRunning!  Stay tuned!  😉

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  1. Congrats on the new PR – that’s an amazing time!! And holy cow to your 200+ mile month! Great job getting the miles in 🙂 I came close in August, but burned out pretty bad so I backtracked on the mileage quite a bit. Happy tapering!

    • Thanks! Oh, I’d definitely say I burnt out a little this time around, but fortunately it was at the end of Oct. 😉
      (November’s miles are ridiculously low so far, even for tapering!) 😛

  2. Yey! Congrats on the PR!! I have a love/hate relationship with PR’s and I really need to start doing some smaller races!! Good luck at Richmond next week!

    • Thanks!
      I’m really looking forward to the smaller races this winter, but I’m already on the lookout for my next marathon!
      And PR’s were so much more fun when I first started running… Almost every run was a new PR! 😉

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