A Simple Running Log

June 28, 2013

Training for 6/28/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 7:31 pm

This morning, I took Pepper to the cross country trail for a short run around the 3-mile loop. It was another hot, muggy morning, even with the benefit of all the shade on the trail, so Pepper wasn’t his normal spritely self. It was a rather leisurely pace today, when he was moving at all instead of pretending to be completely fascinated by the same stump he’s peed on 125 times before. When we got home, I just did some stretching.

Tomorrow, I’m running the Beach Paper Firecracker 5K in Rehoboth. I would just like to keep improving on my time from last week’s 5K and keep up the age group win streak. The course is one I’ve run 10 times before, so I know all the turns and mile markers by heart, and it’s also pretty well-shaded.

Usually we have our Fourth of July party the same day as this race so I come right back home after it, but Clark’s business trip forced us to push it back to next weekend. TK doesn’t have anywhere she has to be either, so we finally get a full day at the beach!

The NASCAR race is in Kentucky and on Saturday night this weekend, so I don’t know what I’ll do Sunday, other than hopefully getting up early enough to get in my long run before it gets too hot outside.

June 27, 2013

Training for 6/27/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:14 pm

This morning, I woke up so thoroughly convinced it was Friday, I asked Clark if his parents were going to their beach house tonight so they could watch Pepper tomorrow morning while I run my next 5K (Clark has to fly out for the weekend Friday night for work.) Since he has more of a grasp on days of the week than I apparently do, he was pretty confused why I was racing a 5K on a Friday morning and why it would matter if his parents were at their beach house.

Too many miles in the heat this week? I don’t know. But I was pretty damn disappointed to figure out it’s only Thursday.

Last night, I did another 4.5 miles. Weather.com claimed the feels like temp at home was close to 100 degrees, but I don’t think that was right. It was warm and very humid, but not that bad. The run itself went fine, but I was completely soaked by the end of the first mile, and then I got bitten up by mosquitos in the last mile and a half through a wooded area. When I got home, I got right in a cold shower to cool down and scrub off all the bugs that had drowned to death on the sweat-soaked surface of my skin. Two showers in one day — now I know how Kara feels, haha.

Today, after I got straightened out on the actual day of the week, I got dressed and went out to run again. Normally, I’d have done a second speed workout, but since I’m racing that 5K in two days, I just did another easy run around the 7.3-mile loop. I took my water bottle with me and sipped on it every mile. It was another uneventful run.

That put my mileage over the last four days at just shy of 30 miles. Just so happens the last four days were also the first confirmed heat wave of the summer, so I guess I picked the right week to do a couple of doubles specifically for heat acclimation. I should be good to go for the first week of marathon training next week.

June 26, 2013

Training for 6/26/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:06 pm

I’m planning another double today. I wanted to do strength training followed by an easy 3-miler, and then another easy 4.5-miler.

I was going back and forth on which one I should do in the morning and which one I should do tonight. I settled on the strength training/3-miler this morning, because I don’t want to lift weights in that attic after it’s had all day to bake in the sun again.

Right after breakfast, Pepper and I went upstairs, where it wasn’t too bad yet, and I did ab exercises, invisible chair-sitting and weights.

When we came back downstairs, I stepped outside for a second and decided it was too hot for Pepper to run on the road with me. I don’t feel like cleaning up dog puke. So I left him in the utility room and did an easy 3-miler on the road by myself.

That leaves a lap around the 4.5-mile loop when I get home tonight. I think this is paying off; I already feel better running in the heat than just a week ago.

June 25, 2013

Training for 6/25/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:33 pm

Last night, I actually did my strength training and another short run. I was pretty surprised!

It was miserably hot in the attic — definitely somewhere in the 90 to 100 degree range, and humid — but Clark offered to spot me, which meant I had someone to keep me accountable. That also meant I did all of the exercises with more weight than I would have used had I been by myself.

It’s an off week for push-ups, so I just did ab exercises and weights. I let Clark pick the exercises.

Clark was sweating just setting up between the different exercises, so you can imagine how much was pouring off of me. There’s a full-size bath towel in the attic that I use to wipe off sweat or as a cover for the bench if I’m sweating. That thing was thoroughly soaked by the end of the workout.

It was close to 8 p.m. when I got done with that, so I headed right out for my run. I didn’t know how well it would go, since I ran yesterday morning and then did my strength training just beforehand.

A brief storm had passed through while we were upstairs, but the sun was back out by the time I ran. So was a rainbow. It was a really pretty evening for a run.

It didn’t go nearly as badly as I’d expected. I did 3 miles. About a mile into it, I passed a house with a concrete driveway. These two kids were in the road in front of the house, hitting a tennis ball back and forth. I couldn’t figure out why they didn’t just use the driveway. They were gone by the time I made the turnaround and went back by on my way home.

This morning, I had hill repeats on the schedule. My regular Tuesday meeting only meets every other week in the summer, so I didn’t have to be there on time today. I slept in, even though I knew it was going to get hot quick today.

By the time I finally drove out to the Sharptown bridge, it was pretty warm. I did a mile to warm up, and then ran up and down the bridge five times. I did another mile to cool down, for a total of 4.6 miles at an average pace of 8:14/mile, according to the Garmin.

I think I’ll take tonight off.

June 24, 2013

Training for 6/24/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:57 pm

Saturday morning, I ran the Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash. I forgot to pre-register for it, so I asked TK to be at my house 15 minutes earlier than usual so I’d have plenty of time in case there was a long line for day-of registration, as there was at last week’s 5K when we arrived.

That set my alarm at 5:15 a.m. I was ready to go when TK got to my house at 5:45 for the roughly one-hour drive to Jungle Jim’s in Rehoboth.

This was the fourth year I ran this race. It’s one of my favorites all year. The course itself is pretty boring – an out-and-back on residential streets – but it starts and ends in Jungle Jim’s, a water park, and runners get free run of the park’s lazy river and a couple of the slides for about an hour and a half after the race.

The water park has always been a welcome perk because the first three years I ran this race, it was a little on the grossly hot and humid side. Saturday wasn’t cool by any means – I’d still be looking forward to jumping into the lazy river as soon as I crossed the finish line – but it was definitely the nicest running weather we’d had for that particular race so far.

We got to Rehoboth ahead of the day-of registration crowd, apparently, because it took me two seconds to hand in my form and get my bib and event T-shirt. It felt weird to be running ahead of schedule for once. I’m usually late for just about everything.

There was still more than a half hour until the 7:30 a.m start at that point, so I ran a slightly longer than usual warm up, to the first mile marker and back, just because I could.

A lot more runners had shown up by the time I finished my warm up. Soon enough, they called everyone to line up behind the timing mats at the start line, and then we were off!

The start of this race is always crowded as we leave the water park and try to squeeze onto the left shoulder of the road, since the roads aren’t closed to traffic. I think I did a decent job of placing myself in the pack, and I didn’t have to dodge or weave too much at the beginning for once.

Coming out of the water park at the start. I'm in the orange sports bra and black shorts near the left side of the crowd.

Coming out of the water park at the start. I’m in the orange sports bra and black shorts right behind the little kid on the left side of the crowd.

I felt OK in the first mile, and passed the first marker in 6:37 by my watch. Soon enough, we made the U-turn around the cone marking the turnaround and headed back.

I was running with this woman named Meryl, who must have been the most popular runner in the whole race. As we met everyone behind us on their way to the turnaround, it seemed like every other runner yelled out to her. I finally got my one and only shout-out when we met TK. People know me too! Well, a person. Whatever.

Anyway, we passed the second mile marker right after that. I think the watch was at 13:32 – a 6:55 second mile. Once again, I’d fallen off in the second mile, but it wasn’t as bad as last week. Better yet, I was on track to beat last week’s time.

The third mile was tough. I was hot and tired of running, but that’s how the last mile of a 5K always feels, so what else is new? Luckily, I had plenty of company to keep me pushing. I got by Meryl and another woman who had passed me in the first mile, and then I caught up to a couple of guys.

One of them was Lap, who had finished right in front of me last week. I recognized him because he’s the only runner wearing a long-sleeved shirt in these summer races. It looks so uncomfortable!

I just couldn’t get around him though. Every time I thought I had a run on him, he’d surge ahead. But I’m pretty sure trying to run him down helped me keep up my pace at the end.

Unsuccessfully trying to keep up with my long-sleeved rival.

Unsuccessfully trying to keep up with my long-sleeved rival.

jungle jims 2013 finish

I crossed the line in 21:15 by my chip, a 6:51/mile average pace, a 13-second improvement over last weekend’s 5K and by far the fastest I’ve run that particular course, so I was satisfied with it.

I briefly thought about running a cool down, but then I sat down with a bottle of water and a slice of watermelon and that idea went out the window. When TK finished, we changed into our swimsuits and hopped in the lazy river.

It was chilly! Yes, we complained haha. But we sucked it up and did a couple of laps around it. We’re tough, after all.

When two of the slides were opened, we rode both of them, getting out of the pool at the bottom of the second one just in time for the start of the awards ceremony.

I won my age group again! Halfway through the six races I have to run to qualify, I’m 3-for-3 on age group wins.

My annual age group award acceptance picture in a bikini, haha. I finally got a new one!

My annual age group award acceptance picture in a bikini. I finally got a new one!

In addition to finishing first of 25 in the F 30-34 age group, I was the fourth woman overall of 215 and 29th of 382 total finishers.

It turns out turning 30 before the summer series started and moving up an age group totally worked to my advantage. The second and third overall women were both in the 25-29 age group, finishing in 20:00 and 20:26, meaning if I was still 29, I’d have finished third in my age group by a wide margin in the race. Looks like I aged out of that group at the right time!

The water park kicked us out not long after that. TK and I didn’t have time to go to the beach this weekend. She had a baby shower that afternoon, and I had a birthday party, so we just went home right after the race.

The birthday party was fun. As is usually the case at a kid’s first birthday party, the highlight was when they gave Delaney her own little cake and, after a little coaxing, she started grabbing handfuls of cake and icing and smearing it everywhere haha. Why isn’t it acceptable to eat cake like that anymore past your first birthday? I can’t wait for my 31st next year. I’m bringing it back.

Clark and I left the party when it was time to feed Pepper. After we had him taken care of, we drove to St. Michaels to meet my friends Allison and Jillian, who was visiting from Wisconsin for the weekend, and Allison’s date, Tim.

We started with dinner at Gina’s Cafe, this little Mexican restaurant, and then we went to the Carpenter Street Saloon to see a cover band. A bunch of wedding guests showed up not long after the band started and the place really got rolling. We had a great time!

Jillian, Allison and me at Gina's.

Jillian, Allison and me at Gina’s.

Saturday night, I stayed sober and let Clark go nuts. He covered dinner, so I opened a tab at the bar and told him to put his drinks on it. The last purchase of the night was three shots of Patron Silver – all for Clark, haha. I promptly cashed out after that. Those shots were $11 each! I guess I owed him though, for the $26 bottle of beer I accidentally ordered at a restaurant in Alexandria a couple of months ago.

Clark and me at the end of the night.

Clark and me at the end of the night.

It was about 2:15 a.m when we finally got home again. I’d been up for 21 hours. I went straight to bed, but I was so tired I couldn’t fall asleep. I hate that feeling.

I woke up Sunday when Pepper needed to be fed, feeling so exhausted I might as well have been the one to slam three shots of tequila at the end of the night before. Still, I had trouble making myself go back to sleep after Pepper was taken care of.

Clark left to play golf with a friend, and I spent the rest of the morning dozing on the couch and not doing my long run. I liked it so much, I continued doing that through the rest of the afternoon, while watching the NASCAR race from Sonoma. It was way too hot and humid outside to think about running anyway.

This morning, I was up nice and early once again, thanks to Pepper. I ate some breakfast and then headed out for a run.

I did a lap around the 7.3-mile loop this morning, which wasn’t too awful. I was completely drenched in sweat less than two miles into it, but I didn’t feel nearly as bad as I did when I slogged through that 10-miler last weekend. Tonight, I want to do my strength training and then get in a few more easy miles. It’s finally getting hot here, and I’m hoping a couple two-a-days this week will help me get acclimated for the start of marathon training next Monday. I don’t want to give myself a chance to use the weather as an excuse to slack off.

June 21, 2013

Training for 6/21/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:53 pm

Happy first day of summer!

This morning, I stayed out of bed after feeding Pepper and went right upstairs for strength training. It was downright chilly up there, enough so I just left the door at the bottom of the stairs open. Pepper loves when that door is left open. He gallops through the whole house, including up and down those stairs, several times, just because he can. He always looks a little mad at me for closing it again when I come back downstairs.

Anyway, while he was enjoying having the run of the entire house, I did my push-ups, ab exercises, invisible chair-sitting and weights. After breakfast, I put Pepper in his harness and then wrangled him into the car (he was so excited — or upset, I can’t tell the difference sometimes — about going for a run he was leaving huge ruts in the stone driveway with every step he took as he bolted around the yard.)

We went to the trail, where the temperature was just about perfect for a run, but I had to stop several times just to scrape off all the spider webs. We also had to again pick our way around several downed trees from last week’s storm, and there was a brief hang-up when Pepper found the “stick” he wanted that was actually a root (I had to drag him away from it), so it was a little slow going today. But that was fine with me.

I’m running the Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash in Rehoboth tomorrow morning. It’s my favorite 5K of the summer series, because it starts and ends at the water park, and runners get free use of part of the park between the race and the park’s opening for the day. I’m not feeling particularly speedy at the moment, so I don’t have any big expectations for the race, but I’d like to at least beat my time from last weekend’s 5K. It would also make me happy to keep up my streak of first-place age group placings, since those are what they use to figure out final age group standings at the end of the series.

Outside of running, I’m going to a friend’s kid’s first birthday party tomorrow afternoon and then, in the evening, meeting a couple of my online runner friends, one of whom is visiting from Wisconsin. I don’t really have any plans for Sunday after the long run I’m supposed to do in the morning, but there’s a NASCAR race in Sonoma to watch.

Yesterday, I got a pretty exciting picture message from my brother:

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That would be Dover Bridge — as seen from the Choptank River. Specifically, from Uncle Lee’s old ski boat, which Dave got running and took out on a test run yesterday!

He said he’s got one more little thing to fix on it after the test run and it should be good to go. He also said the river is already warm, which is good news. I’m that much closer to finding out if I can still get up on one ski after a seven-year hiatus!

June 20, 2013

Training for 6/20/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 7:37 pm

Last night, I really did do my workout as planned when I got home. I went upstairs to the attic for ab exercises, push-ups, invisible chair-sitting and weights, and then I went outside for a rather pleasant easy 3-miler on the road. Except for the part where I had to go to the bathroom less than a mile from the end of a freaking 3-mile run. On the bright side, the cornfields on our road have finally reached an acceptable height, so I don’t have to tear my way through the briars lining the woods for the rest of the summer!

This morning, I just did an easy lap around the 7.3-mile loop. It was such a nice, cool morning, I wore a shirt. Tomorrow is the first official day of summer, so I don’t think I’ll get many more days like that until the cornfields are cut down.

June 19, 2013

Training for 6/19/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:14 pm

I don’t have anything to report yet today. My first assignment today was at 7 a.m. Pepper woke me up early enough I probably could have gotten either the strength training or the short easy run on the schedule out of the way before I had to be at work, but instead I told him to lay down and leave me alone so I could get some more sleep before my alarm went off.

I swear I’m going to do both tonight after work though!

June 18, 2013

Training for 6/18/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:50 pm

Last night, I did not run or do my strength training. I just spent a lot of time lying around.

This morning, however, I got up early to get in my run before my usual Tuesday morning meeting. It was just an easy lap around the 5.5-mile loop by myself.

Pretty lame post today!

June 17, 2013

Training for 6/17/13

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:17 pm

I had a couple of tough runs this weekend!

Saturday morning, I set out to do my long run for the week, a lap around the 10.5-mile loop. This would be my first double digit run since the half marathon in St. Michaels almost a month ago.

Since I was training for that half, the weather has warmed up quite a bit. It’s no longer a good idea to wait until 10 a.m. to start a long run, but that’s what I did Saturday. It didn’t feel unbearably hot when I stepped outside, but I could tell it was going to feel that way after I’d been running for a while.

I at least thought to take my water bottle with me. I sipped on it every 1.5 miles or so. I was feeling OK until about mile 7. The temperature was starting to get to me, and the rest of the way home was a road with absolutely no shade. Luckily, a few clouds rolled over the sun and gave me a little bit of a reprieve; otherwise I might still be out there. It was a sucky run.

When I got home, I drank some chocolate milk and stretched a lot. That afternoon, Clark and I went to a birthday party for my friend Julie. Before we left though, Clark was showing off how well he can hold a spoon on his nose:

clark spoon

I’ve never been able to do that, but he insisted I try. I kinda got it, but you can see it’s being held up as much by my chin haha:

I like how the sunlight behind me makes my teeth look radioactive.

I like how the sunlight behind me makes my teeth look radioactive.

Anyway, we went to the party for a little while, but had to leave early because we’d both put off buying Father’s Day gifts for our dads. By the time we got home from that, it was already after 9 p.m. Clark went back to the party, but I stayed home because I had to be up so early the next day for the 5K.

I got up at 5:30 a.m. Sunday and was ready to go by the time TK picked me up at 6. We drove down to Rehoboth and parked right in front of the Dunkin Donuts on the main drag because we knew we’d want coffee after. We got our bibs and event T-shirts and hit the bathrooms. I had just enough time to run a very short warm up, not even a half mile, and then I got in the pack at the start line.

It was a warmish morning, but not yet hot, and we had a little cloud cover until right before the race started, of course. I wasn’t expecting much out of the race since I’d just run long the day before, so I didn’t want to start too far up, but last year, they had to go by gun times after the chips screwed up, so I didn’t want to start too far back either. I was about three rows from the front when we got the start commands.

This course is on the boring side, just some loops through some residential streets. I could tell in the first 10th of a mile it was going to be a sucky race! My legs did not have much pep in them.

The first mile seemed to last forever, which is always a bad sign in a 5K for me, because it’s usually the fastest. I finally passed the first mile marker in 6:41, which actually wasn’t bad.

Clearly I was already starting to fade in the second mile though, because when the second marker appeared, my watch was at 13:51 — a 7:10 second mile. Ouch!

I tried to pick it up in the third mile, or at least not slow down even further. I was getting hot, my legs were sapped and I was completely over the whole thing. We finally made the last turn back onto the road where we’d started, and I could see the finish in the distance. I tried to give what little bit of a kick I had left:

Clark said I just look angry here.

Clark said I just look angry here.

I crossed the line in 21:29 by my watch, 21:28 by my chip and 21:31 by the gun. Either way, a slower average pace than the 5-miler I ran a few weeks ago. What a difference a few degrees can make when you’re running!

I walked a little after, but I didn’t feel like running a cool down. I walked back to the finish line and got to see my friend Allison crush her PR by more than two minutes.

While I was waiting for TK to finish, I saw a young girl and her dad finish. The dad said it was her first 5K, which I thought was cute, because she’d run it with her dad on Father’s Day. I was looking through the finish line pictures when I saw theirs:

ruined finish photo

If it was just another person blocking them in the frame, it would just be another crappy finish line photo. But the look on the other guy’s face is what is making me laugh uncontrollably every time I look at it!

I also liked this picture, for the looks on the faces of the little boys on the sidelines watching the girl go flying by on her way to the finish.

girl at the line

When they posted the results, I’d won first in my age group of 17 runners (2 for 2 in the summer series so far!) I was also the seventh overall woman out of 181, and the 53rd overall finisher out of 412.

Allison, TK and I hung around at the after party long enough for me to get my award and all three of us to get a complimentary 16 Mile beer, which was nice, and then Allison and I walked a street over and found the house we’re now definitely renting for the Rehoboth half and full marathon in December:

beach house

By this time, it had warmed up and turned into a nice beach day. TK and I got our iced coffees from Dunkin Donuts and drove to Fenwick, to my in-laws’ beach house. Chad and Samira were spending the weekend there, and Clark and Pepper had just arrived too.

Clark wanted to drive down to Assateague again to go surfing, but TK and I just wanted to lay out on the beach, so we agreed to take Pepper across the street in Fenwick. Technically, dogs aren’t allowed on the beaches between a little before Memorial Day and a little after Labor Day, but Fenwick never gets very crowded, so I didn’t think anyone would really care as long as Pepper wasn’t bothering them.

We took an umbrella with us just for Pepper, and once we finally got him to lie down in the shade, the three of us were just enjoying the day. An hour later though, one of the lifeguards came down off the stand and almost apologetically informed me Pepper wasn’t allowed on the beach. He even told us where the state park beach started about a half-mile north and said Pepper would be welcome there.

Later, Clark said I should have told the guy Pepper was my dad, and he’s really sensitive about people thinking he looks like a dog and now the lifeguard had ruined Father’s Day and THANKS A LOT, but I didn’t think of any of that at the moment, so TK and I just packed up all our stuff and walked back to the beach house.

TK went home to see her own dad, and I sat out by the canal until Clark got back from Assateague. We all grilled lunch there at the house, and then Clark and I left too. Clark wanted to get a growler refilled for his dad for Father’s Day, so we drove back to Rehoboth to Dogfish Head. As long as we were there, we figured we might as well have a beer, so we sat on the outdoor deck with Pepper and had some. When we went back to the truck, we had a parking ticket. D’oh! I spend enough time at the beach in the off season, when the meters aren’t running, that I always forget when they are.

We drove home, showered and then went to see Clark’s parents and mine. It was almost 11 p.m. when we finally got home. I was beat.

I didn’t do the strength training and easy run on the schedule this morning, so I’ll have to do it tonight after work.

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