An unnatural-born runner, a pretty regular yoga doer and a lover of cookies and other sweet treats, Times digital producer Laura Lane writes about her fitness journey. Questions, training tips or race suggestions? Throw her a line on email or Twitter.

A week late and still quite a few training miles short. Sorry I didn’t get around to blogging last week, guys. Much like how I was slacking on my training runs, I also slacked on this blog. Just know I missed updating you all on my nonathletic ways immensely. Probably about as much as you missed my self-deprecating sense of humor.

Anyhoo, here’s a quick recap of my life since then:

The biggest highlight of these last two weeks has been that I finished the County Line Orchard 10 Miler with ease. OK, not necessarily with ease, but I ran the entire thing without slowing to a walk. I felt great until about mile nine when I really, really wanted to slow to a walk, but I pushed through because it was only one more mile. I figured, “Why drag this last mile out when I could be finished in 10 minutes and devour a delicious County Line Orchard-made doughnut mere moments later?”

For the record, it took me approximately 12 minutes to finish that last mile. And then it took me another 15 minutes before I would even consider eating anything, let alone a doughnut. What can I say? Those last couple of miles in the orchard were rough. The doughnut was the best thing to happen to me that day, when I finally did get around to eating it. Those doughnuts are delicacies, guys.

I finished the race in 1:53:23, by the way. That’s a new record for me.

I’ll be participating in the Wanderlust Chicago 5K, yoga and meditation triathlon. It’ll be a day full of my two favorite exercises — running and yoga — all while focusing on being mindful. I’m pretty excited.

I begin a week of tapering after that 5K. My long run for this Sunday is only supposed to be 6 miles. Three cheers for rested muscles!

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