A Simple Running Log

July 23, 2010

Training for 7/23/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:57 pm

This morning I did the week 6, day 3 workout of the 100 push-up challenge and an easy 5.5-mile ride on the bike.  Some idiot thought it would be a great idea to resurface one of my favorite roads, for both running and biking, with this finely crushed, loose gravel. It felt like I was riding my bike on a freaking running washing machine. There were about three sets of visible tire marks through the gravel, so who knows how long it’s going to be until that crap gets packed down.

The road wasn’t even that bad! I just ran it Wednesday. It didn’t seem any worse to me than any of the other roads around that area. Which makes me worry they’re going to resurface the rest of the roads.

There probably won’t be too much going on in this blog next week, as I’ll be on vacation and away from my only source of internet access. But don’t worry. When I come back to work Aug. 2, I’ll have tomorrow’s 5K and a whole week’s worth of training to babble about.

Speaking of that 5K, I’m still hoping to beat my time from three weeks ago (23:35), but apparently it’s going to be nasty hot all weekend, so this might turn into a “just survive it” kind of race.

I’ll let you know how it goes… sometime.

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July 22, 2010

Training for 7/22/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:22 pm

I was scheduled to do an 11-mile long run this weekend, my longest run of this training cycle so far. But I have a 5K first thing Saturday morning, which would leave eight miles of extra running. It’s supposed to be hot as hell, and I’m sure Clark and TK would much rather head straight to the beach as soon as the race is over than wait around for me to get through eight more miles, so that wasn’t going to work.

Clark and I are staying at the beach that night, which I’m sure will involve some drinking and staying up too late to get up early enough Sunday morning to do 11 miles before it once again gets insanely hot, so that was definitely not going to work either.

And there was no way I was going to run 11 miles tomorrow, after running Tuesday, yesterday and today, with a race scheduled for the next morning.

So, I chose a fourth option. I ran my 11 long, slow miles today, before work. Today’s workout was supposed to be six miles at marathon pace, so I will tack on a mile warm-up and two miles of cool-down to Saturday’s 5K, essentially swapping the workouts.

I got up at 5:30 a.m. and was running by 5:50 or so. The sun was just starting to really come up, so it was still relatively cool. I settled on a 6.5-mile loop, a water break and a 4.5-mile loop.

The first loop was uneventful and passed in about an hour and a minute, average pace 9:27/mile, which was pretty much what I was shooting for. My legs felt a little tired from yesterday’s tempo run, but not too bad.

At the end of my lane, I gulped some water and tried a few PowerBar energy chews I got in a free sample through the mail. They’re filled with gel, which leaked out somewhere in shipping and coated everything in a sticky goo. I ate four anyway. I thought they were too sweet. I think I’ll stick to my GU Chomps.

I set off for the last 4.5 miles. About 1.5 miles later, I felt some familiar gut pains. I don’t know if it had anything to do with those energy chews, but at two miles I couldn’t stand it anymore and ducked into a cornfield.

After that, I felt much better and finished the last 2.5 miles. Average pace for the 4.5-mile loop (minus the bathroom break) was 9:13/mile, making my average pace for the whole 11 miles 9:21/mile.

I’ve never run a long run before work, and I feel even more like I need a nap. But it feels really good to have a solid long run behind me, and the day after a long tempo run to boot.

July 21, 2010

Training for 7/21/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:27 pm

This week’s Wednesday speedwork was a 40-minute tempo run. I had to move it to the 5.5-mile loop to get in the whole 40 minutes.

I did a 10-minute warmup, or a little more than a mile. Then I took off for 25 minutes at a comfortably hard pace. I wound up covering 3.2 miles, average pace of 7:48/mile, which I was happy with. Then I did a slow run back home for the last 1.3 miles. Total time was 46 minutes, or about an 8:21/mile average pace overall.

I was really happy with this run. The fast portion wasn’t much slower than my current 5K pace, and while it didn’t feel easy, it didn’t feel all-out either. And last night, instead of going to bed a little early like I’d planned, I stayed up later with Dave and Clark, eating pizza and drinking beer. Not a whole lot of either, but that’s still not a recommended dinner the night before a hard run.

July 20, 2010

Training for 7/20/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:51 pm

Another Tuesday, another 4.5-mile easy run. This time my average pace was around 8:46/mile, and I felt pretty good.

I decided to try to get an idea of how much progress I’ve made since my injury, and how much more I will make before my half marathon Sept. 5. The half is about seven weeks away, so I checked to see what I was up to seven weeks ago.

That was June 1. Two days before, I had just run a slow, miserable 5-mile race, my first race post-injury, and on June 1, I ran the loop I ran today but had to take two walk breaks despite running a much easier pace.

Seven weeks later, I ran an unbelievably hot and humid 10K (1.2 miles more than the 5-mile race) at an average pace more than 30 seconds faster per mile.

In other words, I’ve made a lot of progress, and I still have hope I’ll make enough more progress over the next seven weeks to hit my time goal in my half.

Nice to know I’m getting somewhere.

July 19, 2010

Training for 7/19/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:29 pm

This morning was weight training and a short bike ride.

Saturday’s 10K was fun, in its own way. It was hot and miserable, and my time was way off my best, but I was pretty proud of my performance anyway.

TK, who was also running the 10K, met me at my house, about an hour from Wyoming, around 6 a.m. It was already 80 degrees and very, very humid.

 Apparently, part of the charm of this race is the extreme heat, which is why it doesn’t start until 8 a.m. They’ve been putting it on for 32 years now, so the race directors aren’t exactly newbs who don’t yet know July races should start at 7:30 a.m. at the absolute latest.

Still, there were a ton of runners, for both the 10K and the 5K. After checking in, I did a warm-up mile, which really only got my sweat glands pumping. I knew we were in for a miserable time.

Just for good measure, the race didn’t even start on time. There was such a huge line at the four port-o-potties at 8 a.m., the directors gave it another five minutes so everyone could take care of business beforehand.

Finally, we were off. The first mile was all paved. I hit the marker at 7:45. I didn’t have much hope I’d be able to keep it that fast for the next 5.2 miles. We immediately turned into the orchard at this point, and ran down a rutted dirt path. I liked that part of the course, but apparently a lot of the runners around me didn’t, as there was a lot of cursing as they tried to avoid the little holes and ruts everywhere.

That didn’t last long though, and the rest of the course was on paved roads in full sun. The water stops were strategically placed so we hit them each twice, except the one right at the turn-around point, so we had a total of five chances for water. At the turn-around stop, they were also tossing ice-cold towels at us. At all of the stops, there was a volunteer just tossing cups of water on runners or spraying us with a garden hose. And there was a fire truck parked on the course, spraying us at about the 1.5- and 5-mile point.

In spite of the volunteers’ best efforts, I think it was after the turn-around that I really started to feel all the heat. The road just stretched on forever. It was endless fields on either side, no spectators, and the runners had gotten spaced out enough that I was never really running with anyone.

And this was also Mennonite country. I saw, I think, three horse-drawn buggies on the course. Right after I met one of the buggies, a guy came running up from behind me and said, “Wow, I wonder what that Amish woman in the buggy thought when she saw you.” (I was running in just my sports bra and shorts.) I said I figured she was pretty scandalized. He said, “I bet she wears more clothes when she takes a bath!” Ah, comic relief.

Soon after I passed the on-course fire truck the second time, at the 5-mile marker, I recognized the road from my warm-up mile and knew exactly how far I had to go. That perked me up as much as it could and I forced myself to pick up the pace just a bit.

I finished in 51:51, a full three minutes off my best time, but I was really very proud of myself. I have never run a race in heat and humidity quite like that, but I ran the whole thing, and ran it well, I felt.

I elbowed my way through the crowd of kids hogging the firetruck spray after their 5K, crouched down and soaked in the water. Then I did a cool-down mile.

Back at the finish area, I watched for TK and Kari. I figured they would finish somewhere around 1:10. I had seen them on the course after I made the turn-around, and they looked hot but were cruising right along, just like everyone else.

Well, 1:10 came and went. Then 1:15. Then 1:30. Before I knew it, they were packing up the finish line and the place was clearing out as everyone was going to the nearby Moose Lodge for the after party.

I felt a little panicky. I asked a race director if he was sure everyone was finished. As he was saying the course was clear, I looked back where the finish line had been and saw TK and Kari walking toward me.

Turns out, Kari had just about passed out from heat exhaustion around the 5-mile point. Fortunately, the guy in the fire truck was a medic, but he didn’t have any supplies with him, so he called an ambulance. They had Kari stand in the hose spray while they waited for the ambulance. Her blood pressure was really high and she was having chills in spite of the heat, so they wanted to take her to the hospital, but she refused, so they just drove her back to the finish area.

She claimed she was feeling a lot better by the time she and TK found me, but just to be safe, TK drove Kari home in her car, and I followed in my car so I could pick up TK.

TK and I went to the after party, where I found out I had placed third in my age group and got a handmade wooden buffalo trophy, definitely my favorite age group award to date.

Yesterday, TK said she and Kari went swimming and Kari was feeling back to normal, so that was good news.

Overall, except for Kari’s heat exhaustion scare, I really enjoyed the race. That might seem odd, since the weather was so horrendous and my time was way off my best, but I feel like pushing through crap races like this one pays off in fall events. I’m pretty sure I’ll do it again next year — I’ll just know in advance not to expect any spectacular PRs.

July 16, 2010

Training for 7/16/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:39 pm

Since I’m running a 10K tomorrow, today was a light day, just a 5.5-mile bike ride and some push-ups.

I’m not sure what I’m aiming for in this race tomorrow. It doesn’t start until 8 a.m., so it’s going to be quite warm. I’ve only run one 10K before, in 48:55, which is about a 7:54/mile pace. Maybe I can beat that? I don’t know. Guess I’ll just have to wait and see how I feel.

I’ll also do a mile warm-up and cool down to get in the 8 miles total I’m supposed to run tomorrow.

July 15, 2010

Training for 7/15/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:12 pm

This morning was a 6-mile pace run. I split it into 3 miles at goal half marathon pace (8:00/mile) and 3 at goal marathon pace (9:00/mile).

The first two miles were too fast, 7:48 and 7:45. I pulled back on the third, but still hit the 3-mile mark about 30 seconds too soon.

I was wiped at the end of those three miles, which either means I don’t have a chance in hell of holding an 8:00 pace throughout a half marathon, or doing a pace run the day after a speed workout in even hotter weather is taxing. I’m going to go with all of the above, ha. 

I walked a bit and took off again at my slower marathon goal pace. Around the four-mile marker, I got fed up with my orthotics, because the right one was causing a blister on the bottom of my foot, so I stopped long enough to rip them out of my shoes. The rest of the run was more pleasant. I hit the 6-mile mark right on time, then slowed down for the half mile to home. Total distance of 6.5 miles.

At home, I did a little upper body weight lifting and stretched.

Hey Kara, if you’re reading this, thanks for the tip on the sushi place in Fruitland! Clark and I went there for dinner, and it was EXCELLENT. We both prefer just straight raw fish or fish with just a little rice, none of the fancy specialty rolls, so he got the sashimi plate and I got the sushi and sashimi combo plate (10 pieces of sashimi, 5 of sushi and a simple tuna roll). We also split appetizers of edamame and seaweed salad, and he ordered some sake. I tried some, but I didn’t like it, so I let him have it all. It was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time!

And we sat at the sushi bar, so the guy making the sushi got a big laugh when he realized I’d been trying to eat everything with upside-down chopsticks the whole time.

July 14, 2010

Training for 7/14/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:03 pm

Wow, I’ve been at work almost three hours and I’m just now getting around to updating this blog today. I’ve not been busy with actual work, just agonizing over a thank-you e-mail to the woman who interviewed me yesterday and compulsively checking my phone and inbox for any missed calls or messages from her or the human resources director at that company.

In case you didn’t figure it out, I’m being considered for a new job, a marketing and communications position at a large company. I was interviewed yesterday by the head of the department I’d be in, but the human resources manager called out sick and wasn’t at the interview, so she’s supposed to be calling me today or tomorrow to conduct her part of the interview over the phone.

I really want this job, and I know I can do it, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high, just because I’m sure there are some other candidates who could also do the job. I have to be a realist here. I even sent a resume and cover letter in response to another similar job listing this morning.

I WILL get away from this newspaper, I WILL get away from this newspaper…

Anyway, enough about that. In the middle of replaying in my mind and analyzing every single thing my interviewer and I said yesterday, I did manage to get in a good speed workout at the track this morning.

Today was seven 400m repeats, with 400m of recovery between each and a half mile of warm-up and cool-down, for a total of 4.5 miles. I was aiming, again, for 1:45 splits on the repeats.

Splits were 1:45, 1:47, 1:43, 1:45, 1:47, 1:49 (wtf?) and 1:45.

Also, I walked part of my recovery between the second and third repeats because one of the walkers wanted to ask me what I was doing. That’s probably why the third repeat was the fastest.

It was an extremely muggy day. Once again, it poured last night but was clear and humid this morning. Oh, and also, once again, it rained AFTER I ran too. I will confess I had to walk a little on the recovery laps after the last two repeats, and not because anyone wanted to talk to me. It was just so hot.

On the way home, I stopped at a gas station to get a gallon of milk, as we didn’t have enough left at home for a proper glass of chocolate milk. I was obviously drenched in sweat. The only people in the convenience store were the two clerks behind the counter. As I approached the counter, one of the women looked at me and said, “Wow, were you working out? Why were you doing that? It’s hot!”

I tried to explain about racing, but she just kept staring at me. She blurted out, “You look tired! We’ve got water in the back for 99 cents. Go get yourself some water!”

I politely declined, assuring her I still had some water in the bottle in my car (which was true), paid for my milk and left. I’m sure she and her coworker had a good conversation about the idiot girl running in the heat like a loon.

July 13, 2010

Training for 7/13/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:11 pm

This morning was 4.5 easy miles at a bit less than a 9:00/mile pace. Clark had to leave really early this morning to drive to Pennsylvania for a work thing, and when he left the house, it was raining. Unfortunately, by the time I woke up, the rain had ended and all that was left was the humidity.

It was an absolute steam bath. My clothes were as wet after the run this morning as they were after Saturday’s run in the rain. (OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration.) But I felt pretty good in spite of it.

July 12, 2010

Training for 7/12/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:57 pm

I had a tough time getting up this morning. Usually, I wake up on my own just after 6 a.m. This morning, I didn’t wake up until almost 7:30, and only because I heard Clark bumbling around in the bathroom trying to shave.

But, I dragged myself out of bed and did some weight training and a short bike ride.

I was just lacking sleep. Friday night, Clark and I went up to Baltimore to watch “The Blind Side” on the big screen in the Ravens’ stadium with TK, and then we went to Fells Point to visit a friend of TK’s who was bartending. I guess we got home and to bed around 2 a.m. So, late night No. 1.

Saturday, I slept in. I caught a break though, in regards to my scheduled 9.5-mile long run. If the weather had been like last Saturday, very hot and humid with no cloud cover, I would have paid big time for waiting until 10:30 a.m. to go run for an hour and a half. But it rained, for the first time in a few weeks. And this was not just a piddly drizzle. It was an absolute downpour, for the entire run.

It was fantastic! There was no wind; the water was just streaming straight down. I wore a hat, so it wasn’t stinging my face or running in my eyes. Obviously staying cool was not a problem. The only thing I worried about was blisters, as my shoes got completely waterlogged very quickly, but the wicking socks did their job and I had no problems.

That particular loop was the one I was running that day in February, when my injury first flared up and forced me to cut short my 19-mile run. As I turned onto the road on which I first had to stop and walk because of the pain, about 5.5 miles from my house, I could picture exactly what it looked like five months ago, the snow drifts up to my knee on the unplowed pavement, the three enormous trees that had fallen across it. I had to trudge through all that snow and climb over those trees, as that was the quickest way home at that point. By the time I got to the end of that road, my right knee was on fire and I had to call for a ride home. I didn’t know it then, but that was pretty much the death sentence for my first marathon attempt.

As I turned on that road this weekend, obviously all the snow was gone and the fallen trees had been cleared. Everything was green and bright, and the rain was washing over everything. It was a picturesque little country road, but I felt a dread I hadn’t realized I’d been holding onto climb up in my throat. I was actually a little afraid of the road. It was the first time I’d run it since getting injured.

If I could have, I would have held my breath for the length of that road. I kept waiting for both knees to lock up. But nothing happened. I made it to the end, turned onto the next road and went on my way. Irrational fear conquered.

That evening, Clark and I went out to a bar with my friends to celebrate a birthday. It was even later when we got to bed that night, about 3 a.m. So, late night No. 2.

Yesterday was not a busy day or a late night, but I guess I was further behind on my sleep than I realized. Last night was not long enough. Oh well, I’ll just have to try to catch up on sleep tonight, I guess.

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