A Simple Running Log

October 30, 2009

Training for 10/30/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:18 pm

This morning I had a spectacular pace run. I got up too late to do five miles at pace and an additional 5.5 easy miles, so I did seven miles at pace. Actually, faster. I timed in with an average pace seven seconds faster than intended, and it felt so good. I think I would have slowed down over the next six miles had I been running my half today, but that was mostly because this was my fourth day of running in a row and my legs always feel tired by Friday’s pace run.

Today’s run only bolstered my hopes to not just beat, but pulverize my time from my first half in my next race, three weeks from tomorrow. I’ll have been tapering the week before the race, so I’ll be all nice and fresh and ready to not just run 13.1 miles, but race them.

Screw humility — GO ME!!

October 29, 2009

Training for 10/29/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:58 pm

This morning, a magical thing happened: It didn’t rain. And I did three easy miles and weight training without getting soaked. How novel.

I’m still up in the air about my running for the next two days. I scoured the Talladega guest guide and didn’t see anything about walking or running on the track being an offense that will get you kicked out. You just can’t throw things on the track from the grandstands (because Jeff Gordon cries when fans throw beer cans on his car after he wins.) So I’m not worried about ruining the whole weekend by being banned from the track if I try to sneak out for a lap early Saturday.

It really just depends on how much I drink Friday night, how much sleep I get and if I can get up early enough to do it before 8 a.m., when infield ticket holders will be allowed to drive two laps around the track.

So I think tomorrow morning, I’m going to do 10.5 miles — five at pace, then the rest easy. If possible, I’ll try to get in another five easy miles Saturday morning. That would keep me on schedule as far as mileage.

Wish me luck!


October 28, 2009

Training for 10/28/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:08 pm

This morning was a speed workout at the high school track — 9×400 repeats at 5K pace, with 400 m of recovery in between. It went well, but damn I am tired of getting rained on. The weather is apparently going to clear up for the next couple of days, and then Delaware can be as rainy as crappy as it wants to be, because we’re leaving for Talladega on Friday night.

October 27, 2009

Training for 10/27/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:24 pm

This morning it was raining so hard the sound of it beating down on the roof woke me at 5 a.m. I hoped it was earlier — maybe 2 a.m. — so there would be a chance the rain would have moved out by the time I had to get up and run. But it was not, and the rain did not go anywhere.

I pulled on my New Balance sweatshirt and a Honda baseball hat and did my scheduled 5.5 easy miles anyway. My shoes were soaked less than a mile in, not because of the rain coming down, but because so much had fallen so quickly that it created several unavoidable rivers streaming across the entire road.

After this morning’s run, I think I need a pair of running tights. The only pair of cold weather running pants I own are fleece, which are great, except when it’s raining. They tend to soak it up quickly. And they have a flared opening, so when they get wet, the ends of the legs tend to flap around quite a bit.

So, hey — Christmas gift idea! Running tights and some racing flats. And another one of those New Balance sweatshirts. They’re great for anything.


October 26, 2009

Training for 10/26/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:41 pm

This morning was weight training again.

Saturday morning was 10.5 odd miles. Depending on which direction I was running, the gusting wind either slowed me to a crawl or pushed me so hard from behind I felt like I was flying. Plus, it was unusually warm. When I ran Friday, I wore fleece pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Saturday I wore a short-sleeved shirt and shorts, and it didn’t require any warming up to feel comfortable.

I’m not sure about this week’s training. We’re leaving Friday night for Talladega, so I’ll be at the track Saturday, which is when I normally do my long runs. There’s another 10-miler on the schedule this week. So I can either skip the pace run Friday in favor of the long run, do a long pace run Friday as a sort of two-for-one deal or do the pace run Friday and try to sneak out on the race track Saturday morning for the long run (which would be really cool but possibly not legal). I’ll figure it out.

October 23, 2009

Training for 10/23/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:27 pm

This morning, I had a 5-mile pace run on my training schedule. Normally, any runs that require actually knowing my pace are done on the high school track. But the thought of 20 laps around that thing was not agreeable, so I figured out how long it should take me to do the 5.3-mile loop on the road at a 7:49/mile pace and did that instead.

About 1.5 miles into it, I was running by a farm I often pass. Today, the farmer was out by the road, doing some weed-whacking. He stopped me and asked how far I jog every day. I said it varies, because I’m training for a half marathon in a few weeks. And he said he jogs five miles every morning before he starts work. Then he said he sees me goes by a lot, he’s impressed by my dedication and to keep it up.

That was a great little pep talk, but then I realized I had not paused my watch while we were talking. So I don’t know if I actually ran that loop in my intended time, but if I didn’t, it was close. It’s not very important to be right on the exact second anyway.

It was a pretty, sunny morning, but the clouds are rolling in now and I think tomorrow’s 10.5-miler is going to be in the rain. Poot.

October 22, 2009

Training for 10/22/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:33 pm

This morning was three easy miles and weight training.

Yesterday, I had some time to kill between when our office closed and an evening assignment, so I went to Martinak State Park. I had one of my employer’s Nikon D50s in the car for the meeting, but it was so pretty at the park I had to take some pictures. So, here is Martinak at sunset in the fall:





October 21, 2009

Training for 10/21/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:01 pm

This morning was just a great run.

It was a 45-minute tempo run on a 5.5-mile loop. The first 15 minutes were run at an easy warm-up pace (10:00/mile), the next 20 were run at tempo (7:16/mile) and the final 10 cool-down minutes were run at the original 10:00/mile pace.

I didn’t realize how fast I’d been running the tempo part of the run until I drove back over the loop to see how much ground I had covered in those 20 minutes (2.75 miles). I was shooting for a pace closer to 7:37/mile, but I wound up running it only a few seconds slower than my average pace in my fastest-ever 5K.

And the weather could not have been better. The sun was just coming up, there was still a little fog over the fields, all the fall colors in the trees… man, I love runs like today’s.

Then I had to take my car back to the body shop where it got fixed late this past winter. It runs fine, but it’s getting increasingly quirky, in the dash area. Indicator lights will come on for no reason, then go out; the windshield wipers will come on by themselves; washer fluid will start spraying by itself; and this past weekend, I tried to turn on the wipers, but the turn signal came on instead and several random indicator lights lit up on the dash.

I hope they figure out what’s wrong (and determine it stems from when they had to replace the airbag) and just fix it. At first it was almost a little funny, but now it’s just annoying.

October 20, 2009

Training for 10/20/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:28 pm

Well, I gave in to Hal Higdon’s temptation. His training plan calls for easy miles on Tuesdays. Every week, I have resisted and run speed intervals instead. I don’t know if it was because I got new shoes that needed breaking in, the unbelievably awful never-ending weather the last three days of last week or the fact my legs never really had a chance to recover, but by the time I finished my 9.5 miles Saturday, I was really hurting. I stretched a lot more than usual after Saturday’s run. I didn’t feel sore Sunday though.

So today was 4.5 EASY miles. OK, not as easy as they should have been. But no speed intervals. I’m hoping by running easy Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and running for speed Wednesday and Friday, I can comfortably keep up with this training plan for the next four weeks, until the half marathon. And then destroy my time from my first half.

Anyway, the run itself was really, really nice. I don’t know how else to describe it. The first frost of the year was on the ground, so I should have been complaining internally the whole way about the cold, but I think that horrid run on Saturday has made me appreciate running in cold, but pleasant, weather. Plus I just got these sweet New Balance gloves in the mail last week. They’re huge, but they’re so warm, and yet my hands don’t get sweaty. They’re a lot better than the cheap cotton gloves I wore last winter.

October 19, 2009

Training for 10/19/09

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:22 pm

This morning was weight training in our bitterly cold upstairs room. But at least the damn sun is shining for the first time in nearly a week.

Saturday’s run was nothing but miserable. I waited until 11 a.m. to take off on my 9.5-mile run, hoping it would stop raining for the first time since Wednesday. It did not. It at least let up a bit from the torrential downpour coming down when I first woke up, but it was cold and windy on top of raining. I got over my aversion to hats to wear one that did a good job of keeping the rain out of my eyes, but after an hour and 20 minutes of slogging through the rain, everything was cold and wet.

I immediately peeled off all of the wet, cold clothing and put on some dry stuff when I got home, but I just felt like crap for a couple of hours after that. I could not get warm enough. I did more stretching than usual because all of my muscles, my legs especially, felt unnaturally sore and tired. Then my head started to hurt and I wound up taking a nap. I never do that.

Eventually, I worked up the nerve to strip down long enough to get in the hot shower, and by about 5 p.m., I was feeling fine again. This crap better be worth it when I run my next half marathon in less than five weeks.

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