A Simple Running Log

January 18, 2019

Training for 1/18/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:12 pm

Today is a beautiful day for a run, for January anyway. Hardly a breeze, sunny skies and in the 40s. And I had a great run out in it!

I intended to do eight miles at goal marathon pace, 8:12/mile. The first mile was a little too fast, 8:05. I thought I backed off in the second mile, but I sped up to 7:50. Mile 3 was 7:46.

I managed to get closer to goal pace the next few miles, but they were all still a little under 8:00. The last two were 8:02 and 8:05 again.

In the end, I finished the 8.4-mile loop in 1:06:something, a 7:56/mile average.

I’m definitely not adjusting my goal pace to sub-8; that did not feel like something I could keep up another 17.8 miles. But if I can be smart and back that off 15 seconds per mile, I think my 3:35 goal for Shamrock just might be doable. It was an encouraging run!

Shamrock, by the way, is two months from yesterday. So far I’m feeling pretty good about how this training cycle is going.

My running plans for the weekend are at least a 25K on the trails tomorrow, perhaps a little more after I’ve finished the official race distance, and then a rest day Sunday. I don’t really have any other plans, period, beyond that.

Clark just left to go to New Orleans. His friend Bart is a huge Saints fan and got himself and Clark tickets to the Rams-Saints games down there Sunday. I’ll be looking for him on TV from our couch with Pepper.


January 17, 2019

Training for 1/17/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:10 pm

It’s been a week and about 52 miles since my last day off running, so I’m taking today as a rest day. I’d really thought about running today and tomorrow, plus the 25K trail race Saturday — which would be nine days in a row — so I could make Sunday a rest day, but I was dragging ass the last few miles yesterday and I think my legs could use a break. I think I will do some yoga and a little strength training.

I still want Sunday to be a rest day though, as the weather is supposed to be awful. Since I’m riding up to the race with Melissa, who’s doing the 50K, I’ll have time to kill, so I might run a few more miles after I officially complete my race distance.

Normally I wouldn’t care about making up the 5.5 miles I was going to do today, but I’m on track to just break 200 miles this month — something I haven’t done in six years — and I don’t care how little that actually matters, I really want to make it happen. I had a slow start to January and skipped a couple scheduled 8-milers because of Pepper’s issues, so I can’t really miss any more miles.

January 16, 2019

Training for 1/16/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:08 pm

I ran this week’s 9-mile middle distance run today. The temperature warmed up a tad from yesterday, but I underestimated how cold it was anyway out there with the wind, and underdressed a bit. That inspired me to keep it moving — I ran the 9.1-mile loop in 1:18, an 8:38/mile average — but I am frozen solid. Off to take a piping hot shower!

January 15, 2019

Training for 1/15/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:00 pm

Yesterday, I went out just before sunset and did a lap around the 4.5-mile loop at an 8:51/mile average. I was going to do some strength training when I got back, but I didn’t. No real reason, just lazy.

Last night, I couldn’t sleep for about three hours, because I was convinced there was dog poop somewhere, either in the floor or stuck in one of Pepper’s paws again. The smell was consistent and terrible, but I just couldn’t find it. I guess I finally fell asleep. This morning, I found out there’d never been any dog poop — it had just been Pepper farting the whole time. Now that is a rancid ass.

Today, I put off my run too long to be able to do the 9-mile middle distance run I was supposed to do, so I swapped it with the short run tomorrow. This week, the second short run increases to 5 miles.

I did a lap around the 5.5-mile loop. My splits got progressively faster, from 8:51 the first mile to 8:16 the fifth. I finished the loop in just under 47 minutes, an 8:33/mile average.

When I got home, Pepper had been a good boy and not pooped in the back room. But then he became very much the opposite of a good boy, when, as soon as I opened the door to the rest of the house, he pooped on the CARPET in the hallway instead, and I found out something he’d eaten wasn’t agreeing with him. I would much rather clean up diarrhea from linoleum than try to scrub it out of carpet!

If it seems like there’s a lot of dog poop talk in this post, well, I’ve had to smell a lot of it since the last time I posted, and frankly I’m sick of it. Thank God for scented candles.

Don’t worry though, Pepper and I are still friends. He’s lying with his head across my arms while I’m trying to type this right now.

January 14, 2019

Training for 1/14/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:09 am

I had a successful weekend of training!

We were out late Friday night and slept in Saturday morning. Then Clark suggested we make a Crock Pot of chili for the football games later, so we went in town to get the ingredients for that from Walmart.

With the impending snow, Walmart was even more of a mad house than usual. It took me forever to get through the check out line.

We made another stop at the beer store and then came home. By that point, it was already 1 p.m. and I still had 19 miles I wanted to run before the sun went down. Clark said he would get the chili started if I wanted to leave for my run.

One problem however — in my rush to get out of Walmart, I’d left at the register the bag with the ground beef. That’s the first time I’d ever done something like that.

I called the store and, of all the employees in there that day, the one who answered my call just happened to be the same one who’d rung me up and knew I’d left a bag. She said Clark could come pick it up. I felt bad making him go back in there!

After he left for a second trip to Walmart, I changed into running clothes, filled my water bottle with Roctane and put two GUs in the pouch and hit the road.

The plan was the 14.5-mile loop, eating a GU at miles 5 and 10, a stop at the house to eat one more GU and then the 4.5-mile loop.

Thank God there was no wind Saturday, because it was cold and damp, with the storm on the way, and any kind of breeze would’ve made it unbearable.

The first big loop went OK. It dawned on me I hadn’t eaten anything since cereal for breakfast and I think I was feeling that in the last few miles before I got back to the house. I also had to stop to use the bathroom twice, once in a port-o-potty near the ferry around mile 4.7 and once in the woods just after mile 9 (that second stop took care of it though.)

When I got back to the house, it was so nice and warm inside, and it smelled like the chili cooking in the Crock Pot. I really did not want to go back out in the cold and crank out those last few miles. I took my time eating a third GU (which did NOT hit the spot after smelling that chili!) and rinsing out my water bottle so I could leave it. Then I went back out to finish the run.

The last 4.5 miles weren’t too bad. It felt great not to carry that water bottle. I was able to speed back up a little in the last two miles and finished the entire 19 miles in 2:51 on the dot, a 9:00/mile average pace.

I was really pleased with myself for getting in the whole run, and at a good pace too!

Back in the house, I did a lot of stretching and took a hot shower. By that time, the first game had started. My brother and Clark’s parents came over to watch it. Then the chili was ready. My weirdo brother doesn’t like chili, and went in town to get a plain cheese pizza instead haha.

It started snowing sometime that evening. There was just a light dusting when we went to bed.

Sunday morning, there were a couple inches on the ground and it was still coming down. We had pancakes for breakfast and then settled in on the couch.

I kept putting off the 9-miler on the schedule. Finally, it got to the point I had to get started if I was going to make it home before the early football game.

It really wasn’t that cold, just around the freezing mark, but it was windy again. Unfortunately, by that point, the snow had switched to more of a freezing rain.

I put on my new trail shoes and went out. About three miles of my 9.1-mile loop had been treated and were being plowed by the state roads department, but the other six were not, and there was a lot of slushy snow to slog through. The trail shoes were perfect! They had enough grip, and even better, they kept my feet warm and dry the whole way.

A couple miles from home, I came across a woman out walking her dog, a black Lab that kept enthusiastically jumping in and out of a ditch filled with icy water. I thought of how I’d left Pepper — on the couch curled up under a blanket haha. That ditch would be the last place he’d want to go!

Anyway, it was slow going, but I eventually made it home in 1:25-ish, a 9:28/mile average.

After another hot shower, I spent the rest of the day and evening on the couch with Clark and Pepper, watching the rest of the playoff games.

Today, training continues with a short easy run and strength training.

January 11, 2019

Training for 1/11/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:11 pm

Man, it’s been a week at work.┬áBy the time I got my writing wrapped up today, I kinda just wanted to stay on the couch with Pepper. Plus, while it wasn’t as windy as yesterday, it was still pretty breezy, which was pushing the feels like temp well below freezing. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the cold?

Eventually I got dressed and went out to run. It was too late to do the 800-meter repeat workout I’d skipped yesterday, however. So I did a lap around the 4.5-mile loop and threw in the pyramid intervals (30, 45, 60, 90, 60, 45 and 30 seconds of hard running, with 60 seconds of recovery between each) in the middle.

I don’t know what my paces were on those intervals, but the two miles in which I ran them were both around 7:50, with the recoveries as well, so it felt like a decent effort.

I ran the whole loop in 37:13, an 8:16/mile average.

This weekend, I’ve got 19 miles to run tomorrow, and another 9 to run Sunday. They’d already treated the roads when I ran today for the snow we’re supposed to get Sunday. They’re only calling for 1 to 3 inches, so that’s not too bad.

Other than that, we’ve just got football playoffs to watch.

January 10, 2019

Training for 1/10/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:15 pm

Stupid winter is throwing a wrench in my running schedule here. I had a speed workout planned for today, six 800-meter repeats, but the wind is absolutely screaming and it seems like it wouldn’t be very productive. I was going to swap it with the 9-miler I was going to do tomorrow instead of taking a rest day — so I could take the rest day Sunday instead, when it’s supposed to be snowing — but damn I just don’t feel like running nine miles in that wind either.

So, new plan — speed workout tomorrow, when the wind is supposed to have backed off by half; 19-mile long run Saturday, when there’s supposed to be hardly a breeze; and the 9-miler Sunday, when it might be snowing but oh well, I have trail shoes I got for Christmas and still haven’t even tried yet.

Also, Pepper is being extremely snuggly today, even for him, and is currently asleep with half his body in my lap, and everyone knows you can’t move if the dog is resting comfortably on you.

So since I have no training to speak of, I’ll write about the races I’m signed up for in 2019, and the ones I’m considering.

Definites (as in, paid for):

  • Saturday, Jan. 19 — PHUNT 25K in Elkton, Md. This is a trail race in a state park near the Pennsylvania border. My friend Melissa talked me into registering for it — LAST January, before last year’s PHUNT had even happened. Apparently it’s an extremely popular event. There’s also a 50K option, but the 25K (one 15.5-ish-mile loop) fit in better with my Shamrock training to this point.
  • Saturday, Feb. 9 — Algonquin 50K in Pocomoke City, Md. This is my third year running this trail race in place of the second 20+10 weekend in Shamrock training. I heard there’s going to be Smith Island cake at every aid station this year. I don’t think I’ve ever made myself sick on cake while running before, but this might be the race it happens. I will try to keep in mind how bad I felt for a couple miles after inhaling an entire Oatmeal Creme Pie in three bites at the halfway aid station last year.
  • Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17 — The Whale Challenge at Shamrock in Virginia Beach. Duh. Goal marathon. Currently training to finally beat the PR I set in this same race six years ago.
  • Sunday, March 24 — The Los Angeles Marathon. I’ve never done marathons on back-to-back weekends, so I’m a little anxious to see how this turns out. I’ll be running this one with Clark, same as I did the last time we ran it, in 2016.
  • Saturday, May 18 — St. Michaels Half Marathon, St. Michaels, Md. I’ve participated in the running festival there every year since they started it; I did the now-defunct 10K in 2012 and I’ve run the half every year since. They offered a half-off discount on Black Friday, so I jumped on it.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7 — Rehoboth Beach Half Marathon, Rehoboth Beach, Del. Another duh! I signed up for this one the moment registration opened with a discount New Year’s Eve.

Strong probably-s, but not paid for right now:

  • Saturday, April 6 — Salisbury Running Festival, Salisbury, Md. Last year was this event’s inaugural year. Melissa ran it and has brought up that I should run it several times since then. (She’s very persuasive, if you haven’t figured that out.) There’s a marathon, half marathon and full or half relay option. There’s no way I’ll want to do another marathon that soon. If I run it, I’ll either sign up for the half, or I’d love to get a relay team together for the full (four runners) or half (two runners.)
  • Sunday, April 7 — Big Oyster Brewing 4.25-Mile Run, Lewes, Del. Clark and I ran this one last year, also its inaugural year. This was the point-to-point race that started in Cape Henlopen State Park and ended at the brewery, where they gave us free beer and food for a long time. Really can’t beat that.
  • Sunday, April 14 — Coastal Delaware Half Marathon, Rehoboth Beach, Del. I did the half there last year (there’s also a full and a 9K) and really loved the course.
  • Sunday, April 28 — New Jersey Half Marathon, Oceanport, N.J. — You know I’ve never run in New Jersey? This could be the year. My friend Chris from Colorado was planning to come to Shamrock, but the logistics just didn’t work. However, they worked better for New Jersey, so I want to meet her there. It’s the next best thing to finally going out to Colorado to see her, which I keep saying I want to do! Several other runners from the old Loop are planning to run too.
  • Seashore Striders’ Summer Series — This will be my 10th year running it. It starts with the Masser 5-Miler on Memorial Day weekend. Then I have to run five 5Ks throughout the rest of the summer to qualify for the series. There’s a prediction 5K on Labor Day weekend, followed by the series awards ceremony, to wrap it up.
  • Sunday, June 9 — Eagleman, Cambridge, Md. Dave bought a bike last summer and wants to do the whole triathlon himself this year, but Kara found us another runner for our relay team. We have not registered yet, but I want to get on that soon.
  • Sunday, Sept. 29 (?) — Dogfish Dash 8K, Milton, Del. The date has not been announced, but for the past several years, it’s been the Sunday before the fall Dover NASCAR race, which is again the first one in October, so I’m hoping that’s the case again this year.
  • Saturday, Oct. 19 — Baltimore Running Festival. This really depends on my fall marathon plans, but for the past few years, I’ve run the marathon at Baltimore in place of the last training 20-miler for a November goal marathon.


  • Mostly just thinking about fall marathons. I like the November races; the last few years, it’s still been hot well into October. Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 16, sounds fun, though it looks pretty hilly. I’ve never run it and I haven’t been to the city since we moved back here in early 2008. Richmond (Nov. 16) and the Outer Banks (Nov. 10) would both be repeats for me, but I loved both of those races so I wouldn’t mind going back. Or maybe something else will come up. I’m open to suggestions! The only weekend that is out is the first one in November, because we’re probably going to Texas that weekend for this year’s new-to-us NASCAR track.

Have any other races I should add to the list?

January 9, 2019

Training for 1/9/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:24 pm

Today I had another short easy run on the schedule. All that beautiful running weather from yesterday was gone, and in its place was cold wind and overcast skies. Blah.

It took me all day to go out and do my run. I wasn’t too excited about it, and I wasn’t moving particularly quick, just plodding along. I finished the loop in 40:something, a 9:02/mile average.

January 8, 2019

Training for 1/8/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:05 pm

Yesterday, I did the short easy run on the schedule, a lap around the 4.5-mile loop at an 8:40/mile pace. Still skipped the strength training though. It’s just so easy to keep putting it off, and then it’s too late.

Today, I had this week’s middle distance run, which increased to 9 miles.

It was a beautiful day for a run in January, warm enough for shorts and a long-sleeved T-shirt. Pepper seemed like he’d been doing OK today, and he was fine home alone for the shorter run yesterday, so I put him in the utility room with his dog bed and headed out.

It wasn’t the smoothest run, but I kept myself moving, and finished a lap of the 9.1-mile loop in just under 1:20, an 8:46/mile average pace.

And when I got home, Pepper had survived just fine.

January 7, 2019

Training for 1/7/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 8:37 am

Saturday started off on a bad foot. A poop-filled foot, actually. Pepper stepped in some poop while he was outside. He came in and did two laps around the kitchen and then climbed up on the couch before I realized what was happening. By then, there were 50 little turd stamps all over the floor, and a couple large splotches on the couch.

Clark’s parents gave us a Bissell Pet Stain Eraser for Christmas; it looks like a DustBuster with a little reservoir for cleaning formula. That thing came in more than handy Saturday morning. It got all those little poop stains cleaned up quickly.

Even after I cleaned up Pepper’s paw, I still kept finding new poop smears on the couch for a while. It was driving me nuts. I kept checking all of his feet and anywhere else I could think of that he might be hiding it, but he was clean. I solved the mystery later that evening, when I put my pajamas back on — he’d swiped the back of my pajama top with his poop paw when he was climbing up on the couch. I’d been the one continuing to smear poop everywhere haha.

Anyway, Clark’s parents picked up Pepper around 1 p.m. so I could go out and do my long run, since I didn’t feel comfortable leaving him home alone that long, and Clark wasn’t going to be home from his business trip until later that evening.

Not gonna lie, I didn’t feel like doing it. The wind had really picked up by then, and while it wasn’t raining at the moment, it was forecasted to and it looked like it might start any minute.

But my in-laws had gone to the trouble to come get the dog and watch him for three hours, specifically so I could run, so I made myself go outside and do it.

Usually, I break down a 17-miler into a couple smaller loops, but I do have one big 17-mile loop. I’d only run it once before, six years ago. I decided to do that one Saturday. Less chance of skipping out on the last several miles if I don’t stop by the house at any point, and it was definitely cool enough out I wasn’t going to need any more than one water bottle of fluids.

It turned out to be a decent run. There were probably four miles total I had to run head-on into the wind, and those sucked, but they were evened out by the ones I had the wind at my back. For most of it, however, the wind was either at an angle, or I was in enough tree cover that it wasn’t noticeable either way.

I ate three GUs, at miles 5, 9 and 13.5 — one more than I used to eat for that distance — and I had Roctane in my water bottle. That was a total of about 500 calories taken in during the run. I didn’t have any light-headedness and I never felt hungry either, so I think that was the right amount.

I finished 17.1 miles in 2:33, an 8:58/mile average, exactly the same average pace as the previous week’s 16-miler.

It never rained on me, but as I was leaving the house again to go pick up Pepper, it started to sprinkle. Good timing.

Clark got home later that evening, and we watched both of the football playoff games.

Sunday morning, Clark’s dad stopped by at 6:30 to get Pepper for the day again, so we could go to the Ravens game in Baltimore.

We met one of Clark’s coworkers and his wife, plus his coworker’s sister and her boyfriend, and rode up to Baltimore. We got there several hours before the game started so we could tailgate. Those people know how to put on a tailgate! There was so much food, and it was all delicious.

The game, unfortunately, did not go our way. It looked like the Ravens were making a comeback and were going to have a chance at the end, until the quarterback fumbled to end the game, and with it, the Ravens’ season. Oh well. It was still a good time.

We picked up Pepper from Clark’s parents’ house and then came home and went straight to bed.

Pepper had another up-and-down weekend. He didn’t seem to sleep much Friday night, and he definitely didn’t sleep at all Saturday night. Clark’s parents said he paced a lot while they had him all day Sunday, and he was still doing laps around their kitchen island the whole time we were there. But then when we got home last night, he went right to bed and, other than needing to go out to use the bathroom at 2 a.m., slept like a champ right through the night. He’s asleep on the couch again with his favorite blanket right now.

Today, training continues with a short easy run and some strength training.

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