A Simple Running Log

October 29, 2010

Training for 10/29/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:54 pm

This is my last time blogging as a non-marathon finisher… I hope.

This morning, I finished off my preparations for this thing with a 2-mile easy run, push-ups and yoga. Tonight, I will most likely try to squeeze in the evening yoga session again if Clark and I don’t go anywhere, but I won’t be too worried if that doesn’t happen.

Tomorrow, I’m sure I will have to do the yoga thing one last time, but nothing else, before I head to D.C. for the expo in the afternoon. It’s probably psychological, but the influx in yoga this week really seems to be helping. I’ve had this tight spot on my right leg for months, kind of on the inside of the back of the knee. Running or walking really doesn’t bother it, but hamstring curls and certain stretches cause it to make itself known. I can still feel that spot when I really stretch my legs, but it’s gotten a lot looser just in the past few days. Of course, the lack of running has probably helped it too.

Anyway, after the expo tomorrow, I’m heading to Meredith’s house, where she has promised a big pot of spaghetti, my favorite pre-race meal. Clark is putting the Tyvek on the garage tomorrow, so he’s meeting me at Meredith’s house in the evening after he finishes that up.

And, of course, Sunday is the big day. I wonder if I’ll get any sleep Saturday night. I’m already jittery just thinking about it. The training is done, the plans have been laid, I feel 100 percent physically, the weather is looking cooperative and now all I can do is just see how it all pans out.

October 28, 2010

Training for 10/28/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:16 pm

Just three more days!

This morning I did my last strength training session before the marathon and rode my bike. It’s almost here.

October 27, 2010

Training for 10/27/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:30 pm

The countdown is at four days! In fact, four days from now, at this very moment (11:05 a.m.), I hope to be around the 20-mile marker of the marathon, running over the 14th Street Bridge and passing the Jefferson Memorial.

This morning, I ran two easy miles, did today’s 100 push-up challenge workout and finished up with yoga.

Yesterday, I planned the hell out of the upcoming race weekend. I have everything figured out — which Metro station I’m parking at to get to the expo Saturday and the race Sunday, where Clark and I should meet in the finish festival after the race, which Metro station is going to be most convenient for leaving the finish festival and the best routes between the Metro stations and my friend’s house, where we’re staying the night before the race.

My friend from Boston, with whom I’m running this, is flying in Saturday morning, so we’re planning on meeting up at the expo that afternoon.

I printed out the race course map as soon as I registered in April to memorize where the hills are (the steepest are miles 1-3, 7 and 8 and the final .2 to the finish line), but yesterday, I really examined it to figure out what food they’re passing out on the course and when, so I can plan what I’m carrying with me, if anything. The first food station isn’t until 9.5 miles into the race, and they’re only handing out oranges, so I will definitely bring some Chomps with me for the first half of the race. Three miles later, we get Clif Shots gels, and at mile 19 we get Jelly Belly Sport Beans, so I don’t think I’ll need to carry any more Chomps than I will want for just the first half of the race.

Also, since it’s Halloween and spectators are generally awesome, I wouldn’t be suprised to see some candy being handed out at unofficial aid stations. I will never turn down a Reese’s Cup or a Milky Way.

Water stops are every two miles and will offer both water and POWERade, so no worries about hydration.

I even made a list of all the cool things we’re going to see along the course. They don’t call this “The Marathon of Monuments” for nothing. The starting line is in front of the Arlington Veterans Cemetery (and the end of the course passes by it again just before the finish line at the Iwo Jima Memorial.) The first 9 miles or so aren’t heavy on the scenery, but starting before mile 10, we will pass by the Watergate Hotel, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Mason Memorial, completely circle the National Mall, see the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Veterans Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian, the Grant Memorial, the Bureau of Printing and Engraving (where they print money), the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

The only thing I have not made is a pacing plan, and that’s because I don’t feel like one will do me any good anyway. The distance is totally new and this weekend’s race is all about getting the first one under my belt. I would love to keep about a 9:00/mile pace and finish in less than four hours, but I’m not going to be upset if I have to modify that.

Of course, since I have planned this weekend down to minute, that just means everything’s going to completely derail somewhere along the line, right? Haha. I hope not.

October 26, 2010

Training for 10/26/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:24 pm

Five more days!

This morning I did my last 3-mile easy run and, for the first time in months, I did the a.m. session on my yoga DVD. I wish I was more adamant about doing yoga, the way I am about running. I never stretch like that, for a half hour straight, on my own, and I always feel so great when I do.

Just two more 2-mile runs between me and the marathon.

October 25, 2010

Training for 10/25/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:49 pm

This morning was weight training and the beginning of another repeat of the last three weeks of the 100 push-up challenge workouts.

Saturday morning, I did my last long run — 8 miles at an easy 9:08/mile pace. I wore the 905s I’m wearing in the race and while I could tell that tendon in my right foot wasn’t 100 percent healed, it wasn’t anything like the severe pain radiating up my shin around the 7-mile marker of last week’s long run. I’m not running much this week leading up the race, and not tying the laces through the very top holes of the shoes seemed to really help, so I do not anticipate any problems at all in the race.

Famous last words, right?

Yesterday was a rest day, and boy did I need it. I went out Saturday night for a friend’s birthday. While I stopped drinking pretty early in the evening (around 8 p.m., after downing multiple Jello shots, a few light beers and three regular shots), we stayed out dancing pretty late and didn’t get to bed until sometime around 2 a.m. It rarely matters how late I actually go to bed, I still wake up around 7:30 a.m. at the latest anyway and can’t get back to sleep. I woke up hangover-free but I was pretty freaking tired.

So I spent yesterday on the couch mostly. There was no way I was going to be able to nap through any of the Ravens’ game. What should have been a blowout of the winless Buffalo Bills turned into a total nail-biter. And in the NASCAR race in Martinsville, Denny Hamlin won and Kevin Harvick was third while Jimmie Johnson was fifth, so Hamlin and Harvick both cut down on Johnson’s points lead. With four races to go, Hamlin is only SIX points out of the lead, and Harvick is 62. The thought of Johnson NOT winning a fifth straight championship is pretty much making my day. I will be rooting for Hamlin and Harvick over the last four races.

I did snooze through most of the Patriots-Chargers game after the Ravens game finally ended, but I woke up in time to see the Chargers’ kicker ding a field goal attempt that would have tied the game and sent it into overtime off one of the uprights. Sucked to be him!

Finally, Clark, who had been working his butt off on the garage roof all weekend, along with his dad and brother, came inside when it was too dark to work anymore, and we went to Applebee’s for dinner and to watch the late Packers-Vikings game, since we don’t get NBC at home.

And I was still exhausted when I woke up this morning. Sleep debt gets harder and harder to make up the older I get.

October 22, 2010

Training for 10/22/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:43 pm

This morning was just some weight training. Tomorrow is my final long run, only 8 miles.

Since the marthon is now a mere nine days away, Oct. 31 now shows up on weather.com’s 10-day forecast. In Washington, D.C., it’s supposed to be mostly cloudy with a high temperature of 62 degrees that day. I hope it stays that way. It won’t get much better than that.

October 21, 2010

Training for 10/21/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:45 pm

TEN days until MCM! I’m almost in the single digits here!

I had a really nice run this morning. I was supposed to do 4.5 miles easy. For some reason, it dawned on me I have not run fast since the 5K I ran in Federalsburg almost a month ago, so I decided to revisit the speed intervals I used to do all the time.

I was just going to do the first set — two-minute warm-up, two-minute interval of fast running, repeat, then five 30-second intervals with 30-second recoveries between each, total of 14.5 minutes — then run the rest of the way home at an easy pace. But I felt so good at the end of the first set, I decided to do the second set as well — 30 seconds, 45 seconds, one minute, 1.5 minute, one minute, 45 seconds and 30 seconds of fast running with one-minute recoveries between each.

That added up to 30 minutes of intervals. It was about another six minutes of easy running to get to the end of my loop. Total time for 4.5 miles was 36:11, about an 8:03/mile average.

It felt really good to run hard like that again. Since I have been concentrating on running my miles to get ready for the marathon this month, I haven’t done any speed workouts or run any races.

And all I have left to run before the marathon at this point is one last 8-mile long run Saturday, and three runs next week of three and two miles each. Forgive me if I sound like a huge redneck here, but the hay is in the barn, folks!

October 20, 2010

Training for 10/20/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:15 pm

This morning I ran three easy miles in a cold rain. I didn’t know what to do with myself when I was done running. It felt like I had barely started.

Just a week and a half until I get to run 26.2!

October 19, 2010

Training for 10/19/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:17 pm

This morning was 4.5 easy miles at about a 9:00/mile pace. I wore my 100s, and my left foot felt fine and my right was a whole lot less irritated than during Saturday’s run, so that was encouraging.

It got chilly and breezy here again overnight, which I’m not loving, but it’s supposed to warm up to seasonal temperatures again by the weekend.

October 18, 2010

Training for 10/18/10

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:15 pm

This morning was weight training. I completed week six of the 100 push-up challenge last week, so I’m taking this week off push-ups.

I’m less than two weeks away from my second attempt at my first marathon, and I feel 1,000 times better at this point than I did in March, except for one thing: My feet have decided they can’t stand shoes any longer.

I hate to break it to them, but shoes are happening in this marathon.

I really don’t know how this started. There’s these two tendons that connect your shin to your foot. When you flex your foot up, they’re the ones that pop out on the top of your foot.

Those tendons now act like the tongue of a shoe, or even a damn sock, might as well be burning acid. They can’t stand anything touching them.

It makes no difference what shoes I’m wearing. On Saturday morning, I wore the 905s I’m planning to wear in the race on my 12-mile long run, the same 905s I have worn in every single race I’ve run since I got them last Christmas, with no problems in either foot. But Saturday, the right foot especially was extremely bothered by the tongue of the shoe. Around seven miles in, I had to stop and walk because the shooting pain in that tendon, when it rubbed the tongue, was so excruciating.

I got through the last five miles. That afternoon, I wore my old 740s to a wine festival in Salisbury. Again, any contact between the tongue and those tendons was painful, though not as painful while walking as it was while running.

And yesterday, just wearing a damn pair of low-rise socks that landed on those tendons hurt like hell! So did wearing my 100s to buy chili ingredients at Walmart and to play football in the back yard later that afternoon.

Finally, this morning, I wore my old 737s for weight training and again, ouch.

Really, feet? Two weeks before my marathon, I feel great all over, but now I can’t wear SHOES?? How the hell is this supposed to work?

I remember the left foot doing something similar a few weeks ago, right before the last 5K I ran, and it was fine in the race. At this point, the longest run left on the training schedule is a mere eight miles, so my feet will get plenty of off-time from running and my dreaded running shoes. This is not a debilitating injury, so this marathon is in no way threatened. It’s just annoying.

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