A Simple Running Log

June 27, 2014

Training for 6/27/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:09 pm

Well, the surfing idea didn’t pan out at all Wednesday evening or yesterday morning, unfortunately. When we got there Wednesday, the surf report said it was really choppy. So we just got some salmon filets, squash, asparagus and fresh pineapple and grilled it all at the beach house. We also tried out a new paddleboard Chad had just bought the night before and left at the house. It’s shorter and lighter than mine. It felt less stable, but it also felt faster and like it’d be easier to maneuver in the ocean than mine.

We got up at 5 a.m. yesterday to be at the Indian River inlet at sunrise. The surf report was promising decent waves. As we drove over the inlet bridge, it looked like a whole lot of nothing out in the ocean. I sat in the truck near the sidewalk that goes under the bridge, technically a no-parking area, while Clark walked out to the beach to see if it was worth parking and dragging the board out there. There was absolutely no one else around at that hour. Except a park ranger, who was so bored he pulled up in his SUV, with the dashboard lights flashing, to scold me for “parking” there — with the engine running and the headlights on. Durrrrr. Clark returned from the beach just as Dudley Do-Right was leaving.

Anyway, Clark said it was like glass out there, so we went home when it was clear surfing wasn’t going to happen. I was really tired and went back to bed as soon as we got home.

By the time I woke up, it had gotten too warm out to go for a run, so I stayed put inside with Pepper and just did some work instead. I went out for a lap around the 6.5-mile loop around 7:30 p.m.

It was actually a pretty nice run — I felt good, and it was all just gliding by — until about the last two miles. I’m getting used to the heat, the humidity and being constantly drenched in sweat, but one thing I will never be able to handle is being coated in freaking bugs. I don’t know why, but the whole last two miles of that run, I was bombarded by a steady wave of little gnats. It was so gross! They were sticking to my sweaty stomach, chest, neck and arms, and they were flying into my eyes, nose and mouth. I ran the rest of the way either flailing my arms to try to shoo them away, or wiping the coating of dead bugs off my skin or out of my face.

When I got home, I got right in the shower and scrubbed off, but I felt itchy the entire rest of the night, like they were all crawling on me. I hate those damn things!

Today, I did about five miles on the cross country trail. Other than a few spider webs, the only thing I had to deal with was the couple making out in the middle of the trail right near the entrance. I tried to get them to notice I was coming up on them by shuffling my feet, clearing my throat, basically doing everything short of yelling “GROOOOSSSSS!!!!” but nothing was working. I practically had to bump into the woman’s shoulder as I was passing (since they were taking up 80 percent of the narrow trail) before they remembered they were on a public trail where other people might have to see that shit. Come on!

Anyway, tomorrow morning, I’m running my third 5K of the summer series. This is the women-only one (there’s a men-only one right after) that awards New Balance gift certificates to the top 10 finishers. I’m going to try to get there in time for a warm up and then go out a little more conservatively than last week, so I don’t completely die like I did last week. In the afternoon, I’m going to a late Mother’s Day tea Kara scheduled for our mom.

Sunday, I’d like to get in a lap around the 9.5-mile loop, my last longish run before Marshall Marathon training officially begins Monday.

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