A Simple Running Log

November 18, 2019

Training for 11/18/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:29 am

It got really cold and windy here again this weekend, but I made the best of it. Nice to know I won’t have to put up with it too much longer!

Saturday morning, Clark’s dad picked up Pepper so he could could hang out at my in-laws’ house while I did my long run in Salisbury. They have always been a big help with Pepper, but especially so this past month and a half after Clark went to California, and I am extremely grateful for them. Pepper always acts like it’s the end of the world when he has to go with them, but I know he’s much happier there than he would be alone in the utility room for a few hours. Plus, I don’t have to worry about coming home to a huge mess to clean up, so, win-win.

The night before, Melissa had texted me about running together, so I invited her to join us. She, Kelly and Susan were all already at the zoo parking lot when I got there.

I don’t think the temperature was as cold this weekend as it was last Saturday, but it was a lot windier. Once again, a buff made all the difference.

We did our usual laps of the 5K trail loop, stopping at our cars for water and to change direction after each loop. Halfway through the third loop, Corey got there and joined us for the rest of the run too.

I don’t know if it was because Melissa was there and we were trying to show off how fast we could run while talking nonstop or what, but that wound up being our fastest long run together ever, I’m pretty sure. We did 14.2 miles at a 9:10/mile average and never shut up once haha.

Melissa had to go run errands after we finished, but the rest of us went to Acorn Market for their biscuit bar. Gretchen met us there too.

The biscuit bar was a breakfast buffet with an emphasis on biscuits. There were a few different gravies for the biscuits, but I loathe gravy, so I stuck to butter and all the different jams and jellies. I also had sausage links, scrambled eggs, a cinnamon roll bake and roasted Brussels sprouts, which I’ve never thought of as breakfast food, but it worked!

Anyway, we had a really good time stuffing our faces and laughing about more dumb stuff. Then I picked up Pepper and we went home, where we spent the rest of Saturday.

That evening, Dave called and asked if I wanted to go the Ravens game in Baltimore the next day. He was supposed to go with Mike, who has season tickets, but Mike got sick and said I could take his ticket.

I called Clark’s parents to see if they could watch Pepper again, which they agreed to, so it looked like I was going to a Ravens game!

Sunday was just as cold and windy as Saturday. Thankfully, the rain was no longer in the forecast.

I meant to run, but knowing I was going to be sitting in the cold wind that afternoon, I just couldn’t make myself go out in it in the morning too. So I took the day off running and sat on the couch with Pepper until it was time to go.

I dropped off Pepper and picked up Dave. There was no traffic at the Bay Bridge and we got to Baltimore with plenty of time to “tailgate” (sit in the car and down a few Slightly Mightys each) before the game started.

Mike’s seats are pretty high up and I was expecting it to be very cold and windy. I dressed in layers and brought blankets and Hot Hands. Fortunately, the way the wind was blowing, we were protected from it somehow, so I didn’t even need the Hot Hands. It actually wasn’t that bad.

It probably helped that the Ravens dominated the game after a scoreless first quarter. They wound up beating the Texans 41-7!

dave and me at ravens v texas game 11-17-19

A lot of people left early in the fourth quarter, but Dave and I stayed until it was all over.

The only thing that didn’t totally go our way Sunday was how long it took to get out of the parking lot. On the bright side though, we were parked next to some guys who decided to have a post-game tailgate too and shuck some raw oysters, and they gave some to us. They were delicious!

By that time, the NASCAR season finale race had started, so we listened to that on the radio.

Kyle Busch won the race and thus the championship. Martin Truex finished second in both the points and the championship. My guy, Kevin Harvick, was fourth in the race and third in points, and the other driver who’d gone into the race with a shot, Denny Hamlin, wound up finishing 10th in the race and fourth in points.

Next year, the season finale race moves to Phoenix, only a four-hour drive from San Diego. Maybe we’ll see another championship race sometime!

When we got back to Dave’s house, I hung out for a little while. Kasey and Kaylee had gone to a birthday party at a trampoline park, and they’d turned down the lights and given all the kids glow sticks and light-up jewelry. It looked like a rave for 5-year-olds haha. Kaylee loved all that glow-in-the-dark stuff though!

kaylee light show

I picked up Pepper again and came home, where I fell asleep pretty early.

Today, I’m going to do the 5-miler I didn’t do yesterday, which means I’ve already thrown off this week’s training schedule and it’s only Monday.

November 15, 2019

Training for 11/15/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:44 pm

Today, I had this week’s tempo run on the schedule, which cut back to 30 minutes, so I went out to run the 4.5-mile loop.

It was a nice day for it, overcast, no breeze and about 50 degrees. I did a mile to warm up in 8:48 and then I sped up for three tempo miles, aiming for 7:42/mile splits. Actual splits were 7:35, 7:40 and 7:24. Felt good, other than some side stitches I think were the result of not drinking much water all day.

Then I ran the last half-mile home at an 8:28/mile pace, and finished the whole loop in 35:43, an overall average of 7:55/mile.

This weekend is pretty quiet compared to the last few. I’m meeting Kelly and Susan tomorrow morning for this week’s long run, and then I’m supposed to do another shorter run Sunday, but that’s all I’ve got planned. I will definitely be watching the NASCAR season finale Sunday afternoon too.

November 14, 2019

Training for 11/14/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 7:18 pm

Last week, I meant to order two individual bananas in a grocery pick-up, but I accidentally ordered two bunches. I couldn’t eat them all fast enough, so today I made banana nut muffins with the remaining overripe ones. They turned out OK. Kinda dry.

After I ate one of them, I had enough time to get in the easy 3-miler on the schedule before I had to cover something for work. I don’t know if it was something in the muffin, something else I ate today or just another off day for my GI tract, but I had to GO with about a mile still to go. I was able to make it home OK, thankfully, and finished the run at an 8:53/mile average.

November 13, 2019

Training for 11/13/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:36 pm

Today warmed up just a hair compared to yesterday, and the sun came out, but it was still way too cold and windy for my tastes when I went out to do this week’s intervals workout.

On the bright side, I did get to wear for the first time a cold weather top I’d gotten from New Balance back in the summer, when it’d been marked down from $120 to $20 or $30. Turned out to be perfect, so I’m glad I invested in it, probably when it was 100 degrees and humid out.

Anyway, I plugged the workout — five half-mile repeats, plus warm up, cool down and quarter-mile recoveries — into the Garmin and off I went.

I ran 1.5 miles to warm up. My goal on the intervals was 3:37 (7:14/mile pace), and I ran them in 3:37, 3:30, 3:28, 3:35 (had to run into the woods to use the bathroom halfway through that one haha) and 3:27, which I was happy with.

After the final recovery, I ran 1.25 miles home, to finish the 6.5-mile loop in 53:18, an 8:12/mile overall average.

November 12, 2019

Training for 11/12/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:56 pm

Yesterday was a gorgeous, sunny, warm fall day, just perfect for running. So naturally, I got busy with work and didn’t make it out to do the short easy run I was supposed to.

Today was, oh, about 35 degrees colder, windy, raining for much of the day and then even snowing a little bit. Ugh. There are a lot of things I’m anxious about regarding the move to California in a few weeks, but missing all this cold wintry weather crap is NOT one of them.

Anyway, the precipitation at least moved out in time for me to do yesterday’s run before sunset, but I still had to layer up and face the frigid wind. I just did the 3-mile out-and-back at an 8:45/mile average.

November 11, 2019

Training for 11/11/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:19 am

Saturday, after a looooooong wait at the Budget rental car counter in Baltimore, Clark finally got home around 4:30 a.m. I got up an hour and a half later to meet Kelly and Susan in Salisbury for this week’s long run.

It was colder than the day before — 25 degrees by my car’s thermometer when I parked — but thankfully the howling wind had died.

Kelly and I were both wearing tights, but then Susan rolled up in shorts. There’s always one haha.

We did laps of the trail loop around the park. Corey met us after we’d finished two and did the next two with us.

We kept the pace nice and easy, but my legs were dead. I guess from the tempo run the afternoon before? They didn’t feel sore when I woke up, but once I started running, they just had no go.

Running with the group pulled me through. I ran 13 miles in 2:03, a 9:31/mile average.

On my way home, I stopped by Bart’s house to pick up a chainsaw he let Clark borrow to cut down a pine tree in our back yard the septic inspector said was in our tank’s drain field. Clark had intended to do that Saturday, but then he decided to put it off until Sunday, and we went to Analog-a-Go-Go at Dogfish Head’s brewery in Milton instead.

By that time, the afternoon had warmed up enough that it wasn’t miserably cold. Good thing, because we took Pepper with us, and he hates being even a little chilly.

This year, we each got a total of nine samples. My favorites were Goldenmilk Latte, an oat cream ale brewed with turmeric, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, star anise and vanilla beans; and Smoovie Fixins, a beer that tasted like a fruit smoothie. I also liked Autumn Rose, an apple brandy that was served warm.

Near the end of the afternoon, Clark and I were admiring a very clean Jeep Wagoneer parked outside the brewery, when the owner came out and drove it away — Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder. Over the years, we have seen him at so many Dogfish Head events, or even just hanging out at the brewpub in Rehoboth. I love that he seems like he still genuinely loves beer!

We went to Lewes next and met Paul, one of Clark’s former coworkers, at Big Oyster. Then we all headed to Fenwick.

Julie, Kara and Huey met us there. I went with them to Papa Grande’s for dinner, and then we all went down to Fager’s Island in Ocean City.

When we first got there, it wasn’t exactly hopping haha.

packed dance floor

Julie all alone on the dance floor.

But more people showed up as it got later. We had a pretty good time dancing, mostly to the live band in the other room, but also to the DJ when the band was on a break.

Around midnight, we’d had enough to drink to take selfies.


funny faces

Which we then sent to Aunt Helen. She never responded haha.

It wasn’t long after this I’d hit my limit. The bars in Ocean City close at 2 a.m. and I knew I wasn’t going to make it. So I got an Uber back to Fenwick and went to bed.

Sunday morning, I got breakfast at Bayside Skillet with Julie, Kara and Huey, which helped, but I was still absolutely exhausted from the day before. When Clark and I got home, he went out to cut down that tree while I took a nap.

I helped him drag all the pieces of the tree out of the yard and into an overgrown lot behind it. Then he went for a run while I stayed on the couch with Pepper and watched the NASCAR race in Phoenix.

We got a pizza for dinner and turned on a new Hallmark Christmas movie. I fell asleep before the end, but I can guess how it ended. The couple who’d butted heads when they first met at the beginning had fallen in love and then kissed 30 seconds before the credits started rolling.

Clark had to leave around 3 a.m. today to make his flight back to San Diego. It was the last time he’ll go back to California without Pepper and me! He’s coming back for Thanksgiving and staying that week after to help clean out the house and go to closing. Then we’re going to Rehoboth for the half marathon that weekend, and leaving the Monday after it to drive back to Oceanside.

Today, I woke up thinking I had a relatively light day of work. Then I opened my email and got a couple texts, and now I’ve got a lot to pack in, so I better get back to it. I’ve also got an easy 3-miler to squeeze in somewhere.

November 8, 2019

Training for 11/8/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:19 pm

I wasn’t sure I was going to get to run today. Pepper had an upset stomach this morning and went out to puke a few times, and I didn’t want to leave him home alone if he was sick. On top of that, some stupid cold front came through overnight and it was freaking cold and windy, after a week of otherwise ideal running weather, so I wasn’t really itching to get outside and do a tempo run in that anyway.

But then Pepper settled down and seemed like he was feeling OK again, and I thought about how it could be cold and windy in Rehoboth (four weeks from tomorrow!) so I should suck it up and do it.

The feels like temp with the wind chill was in the mid 30s. I went with a thick long-sleeved shirt, cropped tights, thin gloves and a buff.

I have to say, I don’t know how I went without a buff through so many winters, and I’m grateful for the two trail races I ran this past winter that gave them away as premiums, because I’m not sure I’d have tried them otherwise. They are MAGIC. Today, I could pull it up over my face when running into the wind or pull it down when I wasn’t, and my neck was always out of the cold, yet never overheated. Seriously, if you’re going to be outside for any reason in cold, windy weather, get yourself a buff.

Anyway, the schedule called for a 50-minute tempo run. My plan was a mile to warm up, five miles at 7:42/mile average and a half-mile to cool down, for 6.5 miles total. I figured it would be a little over 50 minutes, but that was fine.

As I ran my warm up mile, I was already talking myself out of trying to hit 7:42/mile pace for five straight miles. I was thinking I’d just try to get progressively faster each of those five miles, and maybe I could run the last one in 7:42.

Then I sped up for the first tempo mile and ran it in 7:39. The next one was 7:31, then 7:29. The fourth was 7:23.

I really wanted to do run the fifth one the fastest, just like I’d planned, but I had to turn into the wind for that last mile, and there were a few times I had to step off the road and into the grass for an approaching car, because it was getting close to sunset and I wasn’t confident they could see me. That last tempo mile was 7:41.

I ran the last half-mile home at an 8:54/mile pace, and I finished the 6.5-mile loop in 51:01, a 7:52/mile average.

I was pretty happy I’d gotten in that run after all!

Even better, when I got home, Pepper was still fine. He hadn’t had any problems while I was gone.

Clark is coming home tonight for the weekend! He’s renting a car so I don’t have to go to Baltimore to pick him up, which is very considerate, since his flight doesn’t get in until 12:30 a.m. I can’t wait to see him!

I’m doing tomorrow’s long run early with Kelly and Susan, and then Clark and I are going to Analog-a-Go-Go at the Dogfish Head brewery. Later tomorrow evening, my sisters are coming down to the beach and we’re finally gonna get Julie to go out dancing at Fager’s Island.

Sunday, I should run again, but we’ll see what happens.

November 7, 2019

Training for 11/7/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:18 pm

Today was another short easy run as late as I could cut it before the sun set completely. I ran the 3-mile out-and-back at an 8:41/mile average. Not much else to say about it!

November 6, 2019

Training for 11/6/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:01 pm

Today, I had a couple things to cover for work in the afternoon. A week ago, I could’ve put off my run until I got home from that, but that time is gone. It’d be almost sunset by that point today. So I grudgingly got my butt off the couch and out the door before noon for once.

I was supposed to do three one-mile intervals at goal half marathon pace. I’m thinking finishing off my racing year with a half in the low- to mid-1:40s would be nice, so I shot for 8:00 miles on the intervals, which would be a 1:45 finish at Rehoboth, the top end of that range. If the intervals were faster than that, even better.

It was a gorgeous day for a run. A little breezy, but the temp was perfect, the humidity was decent and the sun was shining.

I did a mile to warm up, then sped up for the first mile. With the wind at my back, it felt easy, and I ran it in 7:44.

I did a half-mile recovery, then ran the second interval in 7:36, and it felt just as good.

The next half-mile recovery brought me up out of the swampy area past the ferry and into open farmland. Suddenly that little breeze felt like a strong wind when I had to run into it.

The final interval didn’t feel as easy, but I ran it in 7:45. I did the last half-mile recovery and then a 1.8-mile cool down to finish the 7.3-mile loop at an 8:27/mile overall average.

So maybe I’ll shoot for the lower end of the 1:40-something range in Rehoboth — if the weather is as nice as it was today, that is.

November 5, 2019

Training for 11/5/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:30 pm

Today was pretty boring. I spent most of it sitting around waiting for the septic inspection guys to do their thing. They found a couple minor issues that need to be repaired before closing, but nothing major. Other than that though, it’s good to go, which was good news.

Thanks to the time change a couple nights ago, I have less time than I used to to put off my run. By the time I went out, I could only get in the easy 3-miler I skipped yesterday, so I did that at an 8:43/mile pace. This week’s intervals will get done tomorrow.

Also, over the weekend, the pads on Pepper’s one foot got inflamed, so Clark’s mom took him to the vet. He’s on yet another course of antibiotics. He also now has a toddler sock he has to wear when he won’t stop licking it haha.

pepper with sock

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