A Simple Running Log

April 30, 2013

Training for 4/30/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:29 pm

Last night, I did not do my strength training. Big surprise, right? I had much more important things to do, like lying on the couch and watching the “Teen Mom 2” season finale.

I did get up this morning in time to do my scheduled interval workout though. I was supposed to do four 1600-meter repeats at goal half marathon pace. Once again, instead of driving in town to the track, I just used the Garmin to measure out four one-mile repeats with a half-mile of recovery between each.

Or at least I would have, had the thing not been close to dead. I know I put it on its charger Saturday after my run; I guess it wasn’t on there all the way though, because as soon as I turned it on this morning, it claimed the battery was low. I still programmed in the intervals in the hopes its “battery low” alert was like my car’s “out of gas” alert — super conservative, because it knows I’m going to ignore it until the last possible second, at which point I might still have a lot of ground to cover.

I thought all the rain from yesterday was supposed to have moved on by this morning, so I was surprised to find it lightly misting when I stepped outside. It was still warm enough for shorts and a tank top at least, and the mist wasn’t coming down too hard, so I wasn’t concerned enough to go get a hat.

Naturally, the mist turned into a light rain as I ran my warm up mile. It wasn’t until I was far enough down the road I didn’t want to turn around that I first thought, “Huh, a hat might have been a good idea. I bet this little shower passes over quickly though.”

The “little shower” continued to pick up in intensity as I finished the warm up mile and hit the ‘lap’ button on the Garmin to start the first interval. Once again, it reminded me the batteries were low, and once again, I hoped that meant I still had another hour before they actually died.

I sped up for the first interval to what felt like goal race pace. I didn’t look at the Garmin though, until I was getting close to the end of the first interval, to see how much farther I had — only to see a blank screen.

Great. It’s pouring rain, I didn’t wear a hat and my Garmin’s dead. I ran hard to about where I imagined the first interval would have ended, and then decided that was enough goal race pace for today. I lost all the will to run the intervals if nothing was keeping track of it for me. I’ve had this Garmin for two months and I’ve already turned into one of those people!

So I just trotted home at an easy pace. It might have been enjoyable if not for the rain pouring into my eyes, which, by the way, never let up. Somewhere around mile 5, I decided to pick it up again, and I think I ran about the next mile near goal pace again. But who really knows?

I was soaking wet and pissed at my technology fail by the end of the run, but I did get in 7.3 miles, so that was something.

And with that, April is over, so it’s time for my summary:


  • Week 1 (April 1-6): 24.4 miles
  • Week 2 (April 7-13): 37.9
  • Week 3 (April 14-20): 47.6
  • Week 4 (April 21-27): 39.8
  • Week 5 (April 28-30): 15.8

Total: 165.5 miles

It turned out to be a decent mileage month, even with all the workout juggling (and skipping) I did. I only ran one race, the Seashore Classic Half Marathon on April 14 in Lewes that I used as a training run, so it wasn’t a very exciting month in terms of racing.

I’ve got two races coming up in May, the St. Michaels half marathon on May 18 and the Masser 5-Miler on May 26. I’d really like to PR in both. I think it’s definitely doable.

It’s probably going to start getting warm by the end of this month too. I can’t wait to start complaining about the humidity again! It seems like just yesterday I was complaining about the cold.

April 29, 2013

Training for 4/29/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:24 pm

I had a pretty good weekend.

Friday night, I stopped by my uncle’s house after work to pick up the Richmond tickets, and then I stopped by my parents’ house to drop off my mom’s cake plate, which I’ve had since my birthday. Mom mentioned my dad had just gotten new baby chicks in the chicken house that afternoon, after getting all new litter, so I had to see them on my way out.

Brand new chicks in house No. 2.

Brand new chicks in house No. 2.

angry chick

It’s been a long time since I’ve been around my parents’ house the day they dropped off the new chicks, but I don’t remember them being quite so… bold. They used to run away from me. Friday, they were swarming all over me and pecking anything they could reach.

My foot overtaken by a swarm of baby chicks.

My foot overtaken by a swarm of baby chicks.

Anyway, it was fun to see them again, but when I stepped outside, I remembered one of the most annoying things about living on a farm:

dirty car

Not that my car is ever really clean, but this thick layer of dirt was just from driving up and down my uncle’s lane, and then driving down my parents’.

Saturday morning, I got up with plenty of time to do my long run, which was supposed to be two hours long this time around. It was just about a perfect day for a long run, as far as the weather was concerned.

The run was OK. It was better than last week’s, but it didn’t feel as easy as I would have liked. I ran my 14.5-mile loop in 2:00:33, so at least I got the time right. That was an 8:19/mile average pace, according to the Garmin.

A half-mile from home, I was standing at the end of a road, waiting for a couple of trucks to go by so I could cross, when I realized the second one in line was my brother. He didn’t even stop to say hi, just rolled on by while laying on the horn, haha. He later said he didn’t stop because I looked like I was “in the zone.” I was standing still!

I did some stretching and talked to Kara about how her 10K had gone that morning, and then I got ready for Richmond.

We wound up leaving around 2:30 p.m. The race was to start at 7:30 p.m., and the drive is about 3.5 hours, plus we had to make a couple of stops to pick up beer and food for tailgating. Luckily, traffic wasn’t too bad, even around D.C., and we got there in time to fire up the grill and make some burgers before we went in.

It turned out to be a perfect evening to watch what was a pretty exciting race. Kevin Harvick came from seventh with two laps to go to win, Jimmie stupid Johnson was never a factor all night and Bobby even had an OK finish, coming home 19th. Any race where he’s in the top half of the finishing order is a good race these days.

Looking down the front stretch toward the start-finish line.

Looking down the front stretch toward the start-finish line.

Mike and Clark.

Mike and Clark.

I was asleep before we even got out of the parking lot. I woke up in time to see the presumably drunk driver going the wrong way down Route 50 past Annapolis. Clark said the car was in the center lane, swerving wildly and flying. I really hope that moron didn’t cause a collision.

We didn’t see any more drunk drivers on the way home, just a ton of deer, and we arrived around 3:30 a.m.

I got out of bed a little after 10 a.m. yesterday. It was another beautiful day for a run, but I wasn’t quite feeling up to it yet, haha. I ate some breakfast and did some chores that really needed to be done. I was feeling much closer to normal by that afternoon, so I went out to the trail for an easy 5-miler.

I didn’t take Pepper with me, because I figured he’d want to run much faster than I felt like, and he’d get confused when we finished the first loop and I wanted to keep running instead of getting in the car and going home.

I was really glad I’d left him home, because there were a few other people on the trail, and they all had dogs with them. One was this huge Lab, and it was down in the stream under a bridge we cross, splashing around and fetching a stick its owner was throwing for it. Pepper would have crapped his pants!

I took it really easy for the whole run, and finished 5.2 miles at an 8:54/mile average.

That evening, Clark and I went to Salisbury, so I could get a bridal shower gift for next weekend. We took Pepper with us too, and went to the Evo Public House for dinner. It had gotten a little chilly, but we sat outside so Pepper could stay with us. We were the only ones eating outside by that point. There was a steady stream of people coming and going from the restaurant though, and a lot of them wanted to pet Pepper and tell him how pretty he is. That dog just eats it up, haha.

This morning, it was raining when we woke up. Of course, that meant Pepper just took a quick pee after breakfast and then wanted to be let back in. I let him in, because I knew I’d have plenty of time to stand in the rain with him until he took a dump out there after my run.

I did an easy 3-miler, getting completely drenched in the process, and then got Clark to let Pepper out. I stood in the backyard with him until he finally gave up and took care of business.

Tonight, I’ll do my strength training as planned.

April 26, 2013

Training for 4/26/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:27 pm

Today turned out to be a rest day after all.

The friends who were going to go to Richmond with Clark and me tomorrow had to bail because they couldn’t find a babysitter, and Mike, the only person who could take one of the extra tickets on such short notice, teaches a welding class at Chesapeake College on Saturdays, so we can’t leave until 1:30 or 2 p.m. now. This will severely cut into the tailgating time — like down to nothing, probably — but, that means I’ll have plenty of time to get my long run done tomorrow morning.

So, since I ran that tempo run yesterday morning and then did my strength training last night, I turned today back into a rest day. And voila! Now maybe my long run won’t suck this week after all.

The other short run I’m supposed to do this weekend is just an easy run on the schedule this week, not a pace run, so I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to get that done sometime Sunday. Probably at the last minute again, like last Sunday.

April 25, 2013

Training for 4/25/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:00 pm

This morning, I had my second speed workout of the week on the schedule, a 30-minute tempo run.

It was just warm enough to get by with shorts this morning, thanks to the sun and no thanks to the gusting winds. Luckily, the wind was blowing almost in the right direction for the second time this week, so it wouldn’t be too much of a problem while I was actually trying to maintain a decent pace.

I did an easy mile to warm up with the wind mostly in my face, and then I made a turn out of the wind and sped up for 30 minutes. The last half-mile or so was kind of facing the wind again, but it wasn’t too bad, and I had covered exactly 4.2 miles at the end of that half hour, an average pace of 7:08/mile.

I slowed down to something closer to 8:00/mile and ran the rest of the way back home, finishing off 7.3 miles in 55:30, a 7:36/mile overall average pace.

Tonight, I’ll do my second strength training workout of the week. It wouldn’t be a problem if tomorrow was going to be a rest day like it’s supposed to be, but since we’re going to the NASCAR race this weekend, I want to get the first of three two-hour long runs out of the way tomorrow. I probably won’t have time for it Saturday morning before we leave for Richmond, and I definitely won’t feel like doing it Sunday when we get back.

I fully expect tomorrow’s long run to suck for the second week in a row, but oh well.

April 24, 2013

Training for 4/24/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:55 pm

Last night, I did the strength training I skipped Monday night. Clark wasn’t home yet from work to push me, but I feel like I did a better job on my own than I used to. I did abs, push-ups and weights, and then went downstairs for stretching.

This morning, I just had an easy 3-miler on the schedule. I took Pepper with me, and we did the usual out-and-back on the road.

I think Pepper gets a genuine rise out of hearing all the dogs we pass on that route barking their heads off at him. They’re all in kennels or fenced in, and there he is, trotting down the open road with a stick in his mouth.

He loves it when we turn around at the 1.5-mile mark, because then he gets to hear all those dogs going nuts again on the way back. He’s practically prancing! What a jerk.

April 23, 2013

Training for 4/23/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:35 pm

Remember yesterday, when I promised I was going to do my strength training last night like I was supposed to, and stick to my schedule this week?

I lied.

I got home a lot later than expected last night after an article took a lot longer to force myself to write than expected, and by that time, all I wanted was dinner and an evening on the couch watching crap TV. So that’s what I did.

But! This morning, I actually got up when my alarm went off (OK, the second time it went off), got dressed and did my interval workout before work!

I had five 800-meter repeats at 10K pace on the schedule today. Rather than waste the time driving into town to run on the track, I programmed the Garmin to measure out five half-mile repeats with a quarter-mile of rest between each, plus a warm up and cool down.

It wasn’t as cold as yesterday, but it was still chilly enough to need capris and a long-sleeved top. Plus, it was pretty windy.

As I took off on my warm up mile, the wind was directly in my face, meaning, since I’d make a turn before starting the intervals, it would be coming from the side or from behind me during all five intervals. So that was working with me for once.

I hit the ‘lap’ button after the first easy mile to start the first interval. I didn’t check the pace at all through the whole workout; I just tried to run by feel. I think Brad turned off the sound on the thing before he sent it to me, because it’s never chirped to announce the end of a mile or an interval the way other people’s do, and I’ve not yet bothered with trying to figure out how to turn it back on. I had to keep an eye on it to see when to start and end each interval.

I sailed through all five intervals, and then did two more miles easy to cool down, finishing off my 6.5-mile loop in just under 50 minutes, an overall average pace of 7:41/mile.

I scrolled through the laps as I walked back to the house. I couldn’t believe the paces I’d been running during those intervals. I was shooting for around 7:00/mile, and really felt like that was about where I was, but the actual paces were 6:51, 6:50, 6:45, 6:25 and 6:38. Thank you, tailwind!

So that went well. It also felt really good to get that out of the way before my regular Tuesday morning meeting for once.

April 22, 2013

Training for 4/22/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:42 pm

Friday night, when I got home from work, I did a quick strength workout upstairs, just abs and a routine using the weight plates, before I met TK and her boyfriend for dinner. Clark went to an O’s game with a coworker that night, who had also invited another guy I see on a regular basis for work — hopefully my drunk husband didn’t affect this guy’s opinion of me, haha.

Saturday, Clark had to be at work at noon to interview a potential hire for the engineering department, so I got outside early enough to get my long run done beforehand. It was a breezy, chilly and overcast day, and I was feeling a little sluggish after the previous three days’ consecutive fastish runs, so I’m blaming all that for the fact it took me 1:53 to finish my 13.2-mile loop this week. Oh well, it was done.

The interview didn’t go all that well for Clark, mostly because the job candidate never showed up. Never even called or anything! Clark and a couple of the higher-ups sat there for almost two hours waiting for the jerk.

That afternoon, we drove up to Alexandria to see Chad and Samira. We had a pretty good time that night in Alexandria’s Old Town, including dinner at a pizza place where I inadvertently ordered a $26 bottle of beer, haha. Yes, it was good. Probably wouldn’t order another for that kind of money though!

Sunday morning, we left around 10:30 a.m. to get brunch. The first two people we saw were both wearing race bibs and space blankets. Turned out there was a big 10-mile race that morning that ended right in Old Town. Clark asked if seeing those two caused me to suddenly want to start running. Um, no. I wasn’t in any shape to run a mile yesterday morning, let alone 10.

We drove into downtown D.C. for brunch at Founding Farmers. It was really good. We all shared an order of homemade beignets, that came with caramel, chocolate and raspberry dipping sauces. One of my favorite memories from New Orleans was the beignets at Cafe du Monde, and these were just as good, maybe even better. Then I had eggs Florentine that were so good it almost makes me want to learn how to poach an egg and make Hollandaise sauce — almost. And we all got to help Samira finish off her vanilla pastry cream-stuffed French toast with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

If you can’t tell, I really enjoyed brunch, haha. I must have been in a food coma when we got up to leave though, because I left my stupid wallet on the table, like a moron.

I didn’t realize it until we’d gotten back to the car and were leaving the parking garage. We drove back to the restaurant, where I found out someone had turned it into the hostess (they probably saw the ancient flip phone, $4 cash and Delaware ID and figured my credit cards just weren’t going to be worth the hassle haha.) A manager had already found my parents’ cell and home numbers in my phone and called them in an attempt to get a hold of me to let me know they had the wallet.

By the time I got back in the car, my dad was calling Clark’s phone. Now most people, once they found out I’d already gotten the wallet back, would have been like, “Oh, OK, glad that worked out, talk to you later.” Not my dad. He gets hopped up about anything outside his ordinary routine, and I got to hear the whole rousing tale multiple times, from the weird number that came up on the caller ID to the manager telling him I had left my wallet at the restaurant. He’s probably going to tell that story all week, so I apologize in advance to everyone he comes in contact with.

Anyway, we were going to look at the cherry blossoms after that, but it looked like we’d completely missed the season. Maybe next year.

Clark and I drove home in the afternoon, so I had plenty of time to get in that day’s scheduled 5-mile pace run, but not much motivation. Finally, around 6 p.m., I figured if it was going to happen, I better get out. I got dressed, and still, right up to the moment I finally stepped out of the house, I was seriously debating on whether or not I should just skip it.

I made a deal with myself — if I felt as crappy as I expected, I could just turn around at the 1.5-mile mark and do an easy 3-miler, and save the pace run for this morning. I didn’t wear the Garmin or even run the chrono on the Timex, that’s how sure I was it was going to be a shortened run.

Sometimes you surprise yourself though. I felt freaking awesome as I took off down the road, and I sped up to what felt like was probably close to my goal pace. (Who really knows though — maybe I was way off.) Either way, I sailed right past the 1.5-mile point and kept on going. I polished off the whole 5.5-mile loop and was, of course, really glad I’d pushed myself out the door.

Must have been that fancy beer the night before. No wonder it cost so much!

This morning, I took Pepper to the trail for today’s scheduled easy 3-miler. It was pretty cold here for some stupid reason, like down around freezing. Pepper had to wear his dork jacket and I actually had to wear gloves and a beanie. Not acceptable. Once we got running, it didn’t feel too cold though, and we had another good run.

Tonight, I swear I’m going to do the strength training I should, and tomorrow I’m going to get up before work and do my intervals, instead of pushing everything back and screwing up the schedule again.

April 19, 2013

Training for 4/19/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:40 pm

I sort of did my tempo run this morning.

I took Pepper with me again today, this time to run the 6.5-mile loop. The training schedule called for a 50-minute tempo run, so I thought it would probably take us about that long to run that loop.

It was an overcast and breezy but warm morning. It took Pepper a little while to get going, but once he did, we sailed right through it.

I wore the Garmin, so I have the mile splits, but I can’t remember them now. I know the first one was something like 8:00, and then they got faster from there. The last two miles were 7:09 each, and then I slowed him down to a 7:45 pace for the final half-mile, for a cool down.

I think we finished the whole loop in about 48:30, a 7:29/mile average. I guess there isn’t much point to wearing the Garmin to track these runs if I can’t even remember the data.

Tomorrow, I’ll do my long run in the morning, and then we’re most likely going to northern Virginia to visit Chad and Samira. They’ve lived there for a while now, and we’ve never been there.

We’ll probably come back early Sunday, so I’ll wait to do my scheduled pace run until we get home. There’s a NASCAR race to watch in the afternoon, this time from Kansas. I hope Bobby Labonte has a much better day than he did in Texas!

April 18, 2013

Training for 4/18/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:59 pm

Man, I have really screwed up the ol’ training schedule this week. I did my long run Sunday like I was supposed to, and a short, easy run Monday morning, but ever since then I’ve just been skipping workouts or moving them around.

Yesterday I did the mile repeats I was supposed to have done the day before. This morning, I thought about doing the scheduled tempo run, but once Pepper and I got out on the road I thought it was a better idea to just do the short easy run that was supposed to come between those two speed workouts after all.

We wound up running the 4.5-mile loop, a little farther than what was on the schedule, but Pepper didn’t really stick to an easy pace, as usual. The Garmin showed we ran it at an overall average of 7:30/mile, but the individual miles ranged from 8:14 to 7:02. The Garmin also claimed we’d hit a top speed of 6:07/mile — if that’s true, I’m pretty sure it would have been where we make the right turn onto Matts Road. Pepper always gets excited there, because he knows exactly how much farther we have to go to get home, and he really takes off.

I did some stretching when we got home. I guess tomorrow I’m running the tempo run, and then Saturday morning I’ll do this week’s long run. We’re probably going to visit Clark’s brother and his fiancee in northern Virginia that afternoon and stay overnight, so it would be convenient to take Sunday as a rest day or just do a short easy run.

April 17, 2013

Training for 4/17/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:51 pm

This morning, I managed to pull my lazy butt out of bed in time to run before work.

It was a perfect morning here to run. I was supposed to do three 1600-meter repeats at goal half marathon pace, but instead of driving into town and running them on the track, I just programmed the Garmin to measure out three mile repeats with a half-mile of recovery between each, and ran one of my usual routes.

I did an easy mile to warm up, ran the workout and then ran about another 2.3 miles home at an easy pace to cool down.

During the cool down, I saw Al, who I haven’t seen since probably last November. He walks three days a week, but he must usually go out later in the day or something. He’s old enough to be retired.

He’s got two big dogs, a German shepherd and some kind of black Lab mix, and they came bounding out to the road to see me when I was running by. So Al came out to the road too, to talk.

He’s nice enough, but he always goes on and on about how he walks with a 3-lb. weight in each hand, and how I should try running with them. Today, he thought about it a little harder and decided I don’t need muscles after all, haha.

I should have challenged him to a push-ups contest. We’ll see who’s got muscles, buddy.

Anyway, I finally got away from him and finished the cool down.

The Garmin said I’d run 7.3 miles in 57:10, a 7:50/mile overall average pace. My three fast miles were 7:16, 7:11 and 7:10, or something like that. I can’t remember exactly now.

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