A Simple Running Log

August 23, 2011

Training for 8/23/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:25 pm

This morning, my middle distance easy run was a short one, only 6.5 miles. The weather was pretty sweet too, low humidity, temperatures in the 60s and sunny, so I took Pepper with me.

It was a very enjoyable run. As much as I hate the thought of summer ending in less than a month, it was nice to get to run with Pepper again. I think he had a good time too.

This will be my last post for a while. We’re heading to Los Angeles tomorrow for a vacation. Other than going to a Dodgers game, we don’t have a solid itinerary. I’ll still be running every day though, including a track workout on UCLA’s track Thursday morning and, of course, the Bulldog 25K Trail Run this Saturday. Have a good week, I know I will!

August 22, 2011

Training for 8/22/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:51 pm

Happy birthday to my brother! He seems to be enjoying get older — he said baldness is more acceptable on a 27-year-old than a 26-year-old, haha.

This morning, I did some ab exercises and invisible chair-sitting (it’s an off week for push-ups), a lap around my 4.5-mile loop at an easy pace, some weight lifting and finished up with barefoot exercises, stretching and foam rolling.

Saturday morning, Pepper and I ran three easy miles on the trail. When we parked, I noticed there was one other vehicle. I hate running into people on the trail. It’s a narrow trail, so Pepper and I have to squeeze around the other person or people, and Pepper’s always petrified of the other person, no matter who it is. I hoped we were able to avoid meeting the other person.

We were about halfway through the run when I saw the other person ahead, a woman. She wasn’t walking though, she was just standing there, and it looked like she was picking up something. I figured she had seen us coming and was picking up a small dog. Pepper didn’t notice her until we were almost to her, and that’s when I saw she was just picking up things like a hat and a Walkman from the trail.

She looked really embarassed and said, “Sorry, I had to use the restroom.” Ha, we had caught her getting her things back together after copping a squat on the trail! My worst nightmare!

I just said something about how I do it all the time, and Pepper and I went on our way. I hope she wasn’t too embarrassed.

After our short run, I went to my friend Allison’s bridal shower. It was a brunch at her church, only a few minutes from my house. We had a nice time.

Allison’s sister Laura took this picture — I look like I’m about 6 feet tall, but that’s because Allison is a little short and I’m wearing wedge sandals, so I’m really not that much taller than Allison:

After the shower, I went home and Clark and I cleaned the house, including a guest shower we’ve never used in the three-plus years we lived in the house, because his brother and his brother’s fiancee are staying at our house while we’re on vacation.

The next morning, I got up around 6:15 a.m. to get ready for my first 12K race.

I got to Preston in plenty of time for the 8 a.m. start. After I got my race bib and T-shirt, I did a mile to warm up.

The course was pretty simple. We headed out of Preston toward Choptank, made a right at the ‘Y’ in the road, ran down to the marina, ran to the other end of the ‘Y’ and then headed back the way we came. I’ve driven down those roads so many times. It didn’t seem long enough to make a 7.5-mile race, but it had been measured.

There were less than 100 runners in the 12K and 5K combined, but it was the first year for this race, and the organizers were hoping for between 50 and 100 runners. I didn’t see any of the fast women who run a lot of the beach races. Maybe I had a shot at winning this thing!

Just after 8 a.m., we got the command and we were off. Within the first half mile, I had passed a group of three girls, running the 5K, who had taken off with the lead. Before I knew it, I was only running with one other guy who I knew was going to turn around at the 5K halfway point. There were two younger guys a little ahead of us, but the lead pack, all guys running the 12K, was pulling away.

When we got to the 5K turnaround, the guy I had been running with and one of the younger guys just in front of us made the U-turn and headed back to town. Soon after that, I passed the second younger guy. The lead pack was just a blur of colors in the distance, and soon I couldn’t even see that.

For the rest of the race, the only other runners I saw were the three women who were directed to go the wrong way at the ‘Y’ and came running toward me. Other than that, there was no one ahead of or behind me. I was alone.

I had intended to run the race as a tempo run, since I skipped the scheduled tempo run this past week, but I didn’t know it was really going to be solo like that!

Around mile four, after I had passed through the marina at Choptank and gotten on the other side of the ‘Y’, I started getting tired. I had gone out too fast (my first mile was 6:56 and I was shooting for 7:30), it was hot and muggy and the damn road back to town seemed a whole lot longer than I remembered. And there was no one else, to run with or try to catch.

I don’t know how many times I wished I’d signed up for the 5K. I tried to keep up my form, but damn I was getting tired. I passed a mark on the road designating the 10K point, which I passed in 45:41, faster than my current 10K PR. Why wasn’t this race a 10K, anyway?

Just keep running. Just keep running. I kept my eye on the cone marking the turn back toward the park and ran for it. Just past the cone, I ran past the 7-mile marker. When I got back to the park, I could see all the 5K runners, long done running, lounging about under the gazebo, but I still had another quarter-mile to go.

I was so sapped. I trudged around the paved park path. Was this really only a quarter-mile? There were a few fleeting seconds when I was out of sight from the rest of the park that I actually thought about walking a few seconds. I was that close to the finish line, and all I wanted was to walk, haha.

Finally, I came around the final turn and saw the finish line ahead. Usually, I can muster up some kind of kick at the end of a race, but I didn’t have anything yesterday. I trudged across the finish line, the first female finisher in the 12K.

I stopped my watch — 54:42, a 7:21/mile pace. That was more than a minute faster than my goal time of 55:48 (7:30/mile pace.) I was surprised to say the least, but rather pleased with it.

I’m getting better at pushing myself harder for longer distances. Just gotta keep up the tempo runs and long slow runs, I suppose. It seems to be working so far.

The rest of the 12K runners came through, one by one, most of them as spread out from the rest as I had been. I like small, uncrowded races, but I think that course could handle quite a few more runners, haha.

At the awards ceremony, I somehow managed to also win a $50 Red Lobster gift card, and I got a trophy for winning the women’s race.

So that’s my first 12K. I ran a 7.5-mile race in August two and a half minutes faster than I ran a 7-mile race in November last year. I think that’s good progress.

I went home and did some yoga. Then I drove over to my friend Meredith’s house, and we went to dinner and then saw “The Help” in the theater. I loved the book, and I thought the movie was good too. It’s been a year since I read the book, recent enough that I remembered the general plot but long enough I’d forgotten a lot of the details, so I just enjoyed it instead of thinking they left this part or that part out of the movie.

August 19, 2011

Training for 8/19/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:21 pm

This morning, I ran another 10.5 miles. I wasn’t that excited about it, honestly. After my 20-miler yesterday, I really just wanted to sleep in. But I reworked my schedule for a reason, so I did it anyway.

My left foot was pissy. It got a blister in a weird place yesterday, on the inside of the foot, above the ball and near the base of the big toe. It wasn’t a very large blister, but I lanced it before I got in the shower yesterday and then some soap got in it and it burned like crazy. It was still stinging a little this morning, but I put some moleskin on it and hoped it held up.

Once I got past the first mile, I had forgotten about the blister and my legs didn’t feel too heavy anymore, and it turned out to be a decent run. I finished the 10.5-mile loop in 1:33:10, average pace of 8:52/mile.

I was beat when I was done though. Since last Saturday, I have run 80 miles, definitely my highest total over any seven-day stretch. I’m really looking forward to just a few easy miles on the trail with Pepper tomorrow morning, and then a race Sunday.

The rest of the weekend looks OK too. Tonight, Clark and I are going to a Ravens pre-season game, and tomorrow morning, I’m going to a bridal shower. I’ll probably spend the rest of tomorrow cleaning the house. Sunday is the 12K in Preston of course, and then I’m meeting my friend Meredith to see “The Help” in the theater. I really liked the book, so I’m hoping the movie is good too. There’s also the Michigan NASCAR race in there.

August 18, 2011

Training for 8/18/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:23 pm

I ran this week’s long run this morning, the first of three 20-milers.

I got up at 5 a.m. and hit the road around 5:30. It was still dark. There was a waning moon, but it kept sliding in and out of the clouds. I hate running in the dark. I’m convinced there are evil, nocturnal creatures hiding in the fields and woods, waiting for me to run by.

Thankfully, the sky started to lighten a couple of miles into my run, and by the time I got past the ferry, about five miles in, it was completely light out. That was a good thing, because running through the swamp in the dark once last year was creepy as hell and I really don’t ever want to do it again.

I liked so much having Pepper along for the last several miles last week, I decided to do that again today. I ran my 14.5-mile loop first, taking a salt cap every 45 minutes or so, then stopped at the house to drop off the iPod and the empty water bottle and get Pepper.

We ran the 5.5-mile loop to finish the run. I was feeling pretty good, and wasn’t having any trouble keeping up with Pepper. We were breezing through the run at an easy pace until we were less than two miles from home. Three of the tiniest, yippiest puppies I have ever seen came running after us. These dogs were seriously the size of Pepper’s head. Yet, as usual, Pepper had a heart attack when he realized we were being chased and took off at a gallop, eyes wide in terror. I knew there was no slowing him down so I took off with him. I was happy to see I could keep up with a terrified, sprinting dog 18 miles into a training run.

Even after the puppies gave up and went back to their yard, we still weren’t in the clear, because the commotion had attracted the attention of every other dog on that road, and they were all barking their heads off. The rest of the dogs were fenced, so we didn’t get chased any more, but it was like a chorus of angry, barking dogs echoing all the way down that road. Pepper just kept running for his life. I couldn’t stop laughing at his dumb ass!

He finally stopped sprinting, but he had clearly had enough of running for the day and wanted to get home, so we never really got back to our easy pace. As a result, I ran my first sub-3-hour 20-mile training run, coming home in 2:58:45, an overall average pace of 8:56/mile. And that was after my first couple of miles were 9:30 each.

At home, I did a lot of stretching and foam rolling.

August 17, 2011

Training for 8/17/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:03 pm

This morning, I was woken up by Pepper’s butt, as he slammed it down right by my head in an attempt to get my attention to let him out and feed him. I thought maybe that was just where he wanted to lie on the bed, until I opened my eyes and saw he had twisted his head around so he could stare at me as well. So I got up.

After taking care of His Highness, I did this morning’s push-ups workout, ab exercises and invisible chair-sitting, and then I ran my 5.5-mile loop at an easy pace.

I ate my breakfast with Clark and saw him off to work, and then went upstairs to do some weight lifting. I finished up with barefoot exercises and stretching, took a shower and now I’m at work myself.

August 16, 2011

Training for 8/16/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:08 pm

This morning I ran my middle distance easy run, a lap around my 10.5-mile loop, and kept it at an easy pace, just a bit under 9:00/mile.

That’s about all there is to say about today’s run. I did some stretching when I got home.

August 15, 2011

Training for 8/15/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:54 pm

This morning, I ran my 4.5-mile loop at an easy pace first. When I got back home, I started the last week of the 100 push-up challenge with its first workout, did some ab exercises and invisible-chair sitting, and some weight lifting.

Clark borrowed his brother’s Bowflex SelectTech dumbbells this weekend, so I used those. I really liked them. Instead of having a giant rack of dumbbells, you just set the dial on each end of the dumbbell to the weight you want, and it adjusts the weights.

Just like everything BowFlex makes, those things are ridiculously expensive, so since we were only borrowing them for a few days, they’re going back to Clark’s brother and I’ll be using the free weight plates his dad gave us when we moved in to this house more than three years ago.

Both of my weekend runs went really well.

Saturday, I set out for my 19-mile long run. I knew it was supposed to rain Sunday, but I thought Saturday was supposed to be nice. Two and a half miles into the run, I was running through the hardest downpour I’ve seen in a very long time. My hat’s brim was useless against the deluge of water pouring down on me. The roads couldn’t clear themselves fast enough, so I was splashing through standing water within minutes.

It went like that for about three and a half miles. Finally, it slacked off, and then it stopped altogether. The sun came out after that, so it got pretty steamy, to the point there was mist coming up off the wet roads.

I ran my 14.5-mile loop first, sipping on my water bottle and taking a few salt caps every five miles or so. As I was approaching my lane, I finished off the water bottle and ate a pack of Jelly Belly Sport Beans. I went in the house and dropped off the water bottle and my iPod, and picked up Pepper.

We did the 4.5-mile loop together. I was glad to have him with me. He kept me moving when I was getting tired of running. I felt pretty good though, overall, and we finished the loop strong.

All in all, I ran 19 miles in 2 hours and 51 minutes, a 9:00/mile pace.

That evening, Clark and I went to my twin nephews’ 13th birthday party, and then we went out in Easton with my brother and his fiancee and my cousin. One of my friends who was in the area visiting her parents also came out with us.

It was 2 a.m. when we got to bed. I was curious how that was going to affect my pace run the next morning.

Sunday morning, I got up a little later than I wanted. I didn’t feel so great. I wasn’t hungover, but I was really tired. I knew if I waited any longer to run, it was just going to get hotter, so I forced myself outside at about 8 a.m.

I was supposed to do 9.5 miles at my intended marathon pace, 8:30/mile. I ran the first mile in 8:31 and wasn’t so sure I could keep that going for another 8.5 miles. I hit three miles in 25:35, about five seconds off the pace, and I thought that was going to be it.

However, the farther I ran, the better I felt, and I started dropping seconds every mile. I finished my 9.5-mile loop in 1:19:02, average overall pace of 8:19/mile.

After my chocolate milk, I suddenly felt ridiculously tired, and I went back to bed. I think I took a three-hour nap. I felt much better when I woke up.

The NASCAR race got rained out, so we pretty much just sat around the house and watched whatever movie was on the satellite, when the signal wasn’t getting blocked by the heavy rain that was moving through.

I’ve got the rest of the week planned out. I’m running a 12K next Sunday morning, so I’ve rearranged my schedule to get in all of my runs, including the first of three 20-milers, and still get a bit of a rest day the day before the race. This week’s speed workout was supposed to be a tempo run, not much shorter than the race, so I’m just going to aim for my tempo pace or faster in the race and call that my speed workout for the week.

August 12, 2011

Training for 8/12/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:22 pm

This morning, I had an early assignment, so I got up pretty early for my workout. I did my push-ups workout and some invisible chair-sitting at home, and then I took Pepper to the trail for a trip around our usual route.

The weather was just about perfect. Not warm but not too chilly, low humidity, plenty of sunshine filtering down through the trees. No one else was at the trail that early, so we had it all to ourselves.

As usual, it took Pepper several minutes to get all the spot-sniffing and peeing out of his system, but once he found a good stick, he took off like a little gray bullet. I just held on to the leash and tried to keep up.

I love running with that dog. I’ve learned something from watching him. He scoots over the trail with small, quick steps, and always seems to have his next few steps planned out, scanning the ground for branches, roots, whatever could be a problem. He always looks like he’s having the time of his life too, once he gets going.

The route we follow dumps us out of the woods a ways from the parking area, and we have to run across a grassy field to get back to the car. Pepper always really takes off on that field. He does a few galloping strides and then he settles back into his little quick-step stride. My goal is always to never let him get so far ahead of me that his retractable leash is fully extended, but he was yanking on the end of the leash in that field.

When we got back to the car, I let him have as much of my water as he wanted, but he didn’t want much. The ride home was the first in weeks when he didn’t slobber all over the car because he was so overheated.

The weather this weekend is supposed to be more of the same. Maybe I’ll take him out for part of my 19-mile long run tomorrow morning.

August 11, 2011

Training for 8/11/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:14 pm

Today’s Thursday, so it was speed work day. This week’s workout was six hill repeats.

I rode my bike five miles out to the Sharptown Bridge and packed it away in the woods, then ran a mile on the road to warm up.

I ran up and down that stupid bridge six times, a total of about 3.2 miles of hills. It wasn’t as draining as my last hill workout, three weeks ago. It was also a whole lot cooler and a lot less humid today.

Still, I was working pretty hard to get up those inclines, and all I could think about was the three-mile climb near the beginning of the Bulldog 25K, two weeks from Saturday. What the hell have I gotten myself into?

I finished the last hill repeat and ran another mile on the flat road to cool down. Then I pulled my bike out of the woods and rode it back home, where I did some stretching.

Last night, I rode the bike six miles to look at a house I thought was for rent, since a friend of mine is looking. The ‘for rent’ sign was gone, so I rode out there for nothing. Oh well. I can’t remember the last time my bike saw 16 miles of action in a 12-hour span, so I guess it wasn’t a total waste.

August 10, 2011

Shoe wishlist

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 7:30 pm

Yes, it’s the rarest thing on this blog — the double post. I feel like sharing.

I love running shoes. I love them more than flip-flops, and I really love flip-flops. The thing is, running shoes cost a lot, so I have to keep a lid on the spending.

I guess I should feel lucky. I’m so loyal to New Balances, I only lust after their shoes, so that at least limits the objects of my temptation to a point. Still, they keep rolling out these freaking awesome shoes, for trail running, road running and racing, and I want them all.

Here are my top two wants at the moment:

New Balance WT110

New Balance WT110

Could these look any cooler?? They’re trail shoes, the second update to my 100s. I haven’t run enough trails to warrant plopping down the cash for the first update, the 101s, or the Minimus trail in the past year, but these 110s aren’t due out until January. At that point, my 100s will be a year and a half old. I think I might be able to justify the expense.

New Balance WR1400

New Balance WR1400

These are so ugly I can’t stand it. I must have them. They’re lightweight racing flats, even lighter than my Minimuses. You HAVE to be fast to have the nerve to show up to a starting line in these things. Otherwise, you will look like a jackass.

And the worst part is, these are just the shoes I know about. Who knows what New Balance is cooking up next?

Damn you, New Balance! I should be perfectly content with my TWO pairs of Minimus road shoes and perfectly fine 100 trail shoes, but I’m not! You guys either need to drop the prices to the same as a reasonable pair of flip-flops, or you need to just cool it for a while so I can catch up.

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