A Simple Running Log

October 31, 2014

Training for 10/31/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:37 pm

Happy Halloween!


I have some training to record. Wednesday, I took Pepper to the trail for an easy 3-miler, and then I did some strength training when I got home, including abs, push-ups, invisible chair-sitting and a little lifting with the adjustable dumbbells.

Thursday, I just did an easy, untimed lap around the 4.5-mile loop, and today, Pepper and I did a lap around the 5.5-mile loop and I’m going to do some more strength training.

Pepper and I looked pretty festive for our run today. He carried this orange and black plush “bone” I bought him exactly a week ago that’s already cruddy and gross, and I wore the race shirt from the Seaside 10-Miler I ran about this time last year, which has a Halloween theme.

I tried to get a picture of us when we got home, but first Pepper lost all interest in the toy, and then my lack of selfie skills took care of the rest. This is as good as I could get:


"I already carried that thing five and a half miles; I'm not picking it up again for your dumb camera."

“I already carried that thing five and a half miles; I’m not picking it up again for your dumb camera.”

So we gave up and went back in the house, where Pepper was convinced he heard something outside and had to go investigate from the safety of the inside, of course:



Tonight, I’m going to 16 Mile with Clark and Mike. They’re having a costume contest. I doubt I’ll win anything, but I’m putting on the pirate costume stuff I bought 10 years ago and painting up my face to look dead.

Tomorrow, I have to get up pretty early and hit the road for the seven-hour drive to West Virginia, for the Marshall half marathon Sunday morning. It’s going to be cold! I will definitely be breaking out the tights, either full-length or capris, and a long-sleeved top, with good gloves and an earband.

I don’t have a goal for this race. I’m going to start with two of my running friends, Dave and Carissa, who are aiming for a 3:35 finish in the full. It’s a double-loop course, so if I can hang with them, I’ll get to run pretty much my entire race with them. If their pace is too much for me though, I’ll drop back. I just want to get through this one, improve at Rehoboth in five weeks and then train for Shamrock for real over the winter. That’s the plan right now, anyway.

And since today is the last day of the month, it’s time for my summary:


  • Week 1 (Oct. 1-4): 9 miles
  • Week 2 (Oct. 5-11): 24.8
  • Week 3 (Oct. 12-18): 21.5
  • Week 4 (Oct. 19-25): 23.5
  • Week 5 (Oct. 26-31): 23

Total: 101.8 miles

Holy crap, I hit triple digits this month for the first time since July. I was surprised to see that, actually. It seemed like I skipped a lot more runs than that, but it’s a nice step up from the 50 and 60 miles I put in over the last two months. The only race I ran was the second leg of the Baltimore marathon relay.

In November, Shamrock Marathon training technically begins sometime soon, so my mileage will definitely continue to creep up. I have three races planned too: the Marshall half this weekend, the Across the Bay 10K a week later and the Pumpkin Pie 5K I do every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

October 28, 2014

Training for 10/28/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:14 pm

Well, I’ve run some miles since the last time I posted. Not as many as I’d planned, but what else is new?

Friday, Pepper and I did our typical easy, untimed lap around the 4.5-mile loop, and when we got home, I did some strength training, ab exercises, push-ups, invisible chair-sitting and lifting with the adjustable dumbbells.

That evening, Clark and I went out to Cambridge, where we met TK and her boyfriend, Parker, for dinner. They left after dinner, but Clark and I went to a brewery for a couple more beers.

The next morning, I did not get up in time to run the 10.5 miles I’d been planning. Well, actually, I did, but I was having more fun lying around and being lazy instead. Finally, it got too late to run much at all before I had to be at a winery outside Vienna for my sister-in-law’s baby shower. I ran 3 miles with Clark and Pepper and called it good.

The baby shower was pretty good. I won a big-ass pumpkin pie-scented Woodwick candle. When the baby shower broke up, I went to a bar in East New Market, where Clark, my brother, my dad and my uncle were celebrating the impending arrival of my brother’s first kid with beer.

When that party broke up, Clark and I went home for a bit, and then went to the Denton pub for dinner. We wound up staying there until the lights came on at 2 a.m. Which is why I did not feel like running at all yesterday!

Instead, I stayed on the couch again and watched the NASCAR race. It was a little disappointing that Jeff Gordon didn’t get the win and therefore an automatic pass to the championship round in Miami, but he did finish second to a non-Chase driver, which means no one got the automatic pass this time and Gordon’s leading the running to advance on points. The main reason it was disappointing was because Clark said he’d buy a vintage Gordon shirt off eBay to wear to the Miami race if he won and guaranteed he’d have a shot at the championship in the last race. Maybe next week!

Speaking of Miami, we got our tickets in the mail yesterday! We bought a three-day race package — tickets to the Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup series races that weekend — that also included preferred parking and, best of all, a pass to get down on the track after the race where they’ll be celebrating whoever wins the championship. It’s going to be a pretty awesome weekend.

Also yesterday, I did finally run. I took Pepper out for, you guessed it, 4.5 untimed miles. I also did some abbreviated strength training when I got home.

Today, I had some stuff to do for work this morning, but I’m about to take Pepper out for another run. I think we’ll mix things up and go for the 5.5-mile loop.

The Marshall half marathon is in five days. I don’t have high hopes for a decent finish, honestly. I’ve just been so damn lazy about anything farther than 4 or 5 miles and harder than keeping-up-with-Pepper pace. I’m definitely glad I dropped to the half though. It’s going to be ugly enough; a full marathon would just be brutal.

October 23, 2014

Training for 10/23/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:56 pm

Yesterday was rainy and windy all day, to I took my run to the trail, where the trees block that crap pretty well. I took Pepper too, since it wasn’t raining very hard at all by the time I left.

We did an easy lap around our usual 3-mile loop. When I got home, I did some ab exercises, push-ups and invisible chair-sitting, but I skipped the weights because Clark and I decided to go to 3rd Wave and drink some beers instead.

We took Pepper with us, which meant we had to bring his leash. Unfortunately, we left the leash in the Crown Vic when we got back home, and I didn’t realize it until I’d gotten Pepper into his harness and all wound up for another run today, after Clark had driven the Crown Vic to work.

There was no way I could run with Pepper if he wasn’t on his leash, so, even though I felt terrible, I took off his harness, left him in the utility room and ran by myself. I made sure to turn on my iPod before Pepper realized he was being left at home so I didn’t have to listen to his wailing.

I know I said a couple days ago I was going to get back into speedwork today, but I didn’t feel like it. So sue me. It was still way too windy outside. I did another easy untimed lap around the 5.5-mile loop instead.

A while back, I was dismayed to find out Nike seems to have discontinued my absolute favorite style of running shorts. Not that my vast collection is any danger of wearing out any time soon. But, I found on clearance last week a pair of the style that replaced them, the Rival shorts, so I ordered them. Today, I got to run in them. They might actually be even better than my old favorites. So that’s good news.

October 21, 2014

Training for 10/21/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:04 pm

Today, I had a long day of work assignments scheduled, so I got up at 6:15 a.m. to get in a run first thing. I love having my run finished before 7:30 a.m. like I did today, but boy do those first moments in the pitch black right after the alarm goes off SUCK.

Anyway, when I forced myself outside, I found the wind from the last couple of days had died off, finally, and it seemed to be a little warmer (though that might just have been because of the lack of wind.) I did an easy, untimed lap around the 4.5-mile loop.

I think it might finally be time to stop putzing around and reintroduce some actual speedwork into my running. I was thinking about the races I have coming up through the rest of the year. Obviously the Marshall half, in less than two weeks, is a lost cause, and the Across the Bay 10K the week after won’t be fast because of the nearly 2-mile uphill climb on the bridge. But I have the Pumpkin Pie 5K I run every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and it would be nice to not feel completely awful and molasses-slow. That’s about five and a half weeks away at this point. I think I’ll go to the track and do some intervals Thursday.

October 20, 2014

Training for 10/20/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:28 pm

He’s OUT!!!

Yesterday was the final race of the second round of the Chase — bottom line, if Jimmie stupid Johnson didn’t win at Talladega, he would no longer be eligible for the championship.

Well, guess what? He didn’t win! I can go to the final race of the season in Miami knowing I will not have to watch him celebrate a record-tying seventh championship, and that is just… well, I don’t have the words for it. I’m really happy! And while he’s probably pretty bummed, I don’t feel bad for him at all because he’s got those other six championship trophies he can use to wipe his and Chad Knaus’s tears.


Friday afternoon, I spent an hour scrubbing and vacuuming out my car, because I told Allison I’d drive us to Baltimore and my car was absolutely disgusting. It looked much better by the time I was through with it.

I left home exactly when I needed to in order to be at her house at our agreed-upon time, but, of course, five minutes into the drive I remembered I’d left behind the confirmation sheet I needed to get my race bib. Guess I won’t be on time after all.

Right after I pulled a U-turn to head home, I saw in my rearview mirror something large buzzing around in the back seat. I thought it was a moth, until it landed on my steering wheel — it was a WASP. And when I turned the wheel to make a turn at an intersection, the son of a bitch fell off the wheel and landed right on my jeans, on my left thigh, where it immediately set to work trying to sting me through the material!

Somehow, in spite of the blackout state of panic I was thrown into — I’ve been stung by a wasp before and those things hurt for hours — I managed to get the car off the road and into a convenience store parking lot without stalling it out or hitting anything else.

I flung open the driver’s door, but I guess I was a little too enthusiastic about it, because as I was jumping out, the door swung back and cracked me right on the head haha. It’s funny now, especially imagining someone else seeing it, but it probably hurt worse than a wasp sting would have. I did, however, sweep the wasp safely off my jeans before it broke through to my leg.

Apparently another part of my body’s response to panic is to break out into an immediate sweat, because my head got so freaking sweaty so quickly I thought it was pouring blood where it’d hit the door frame! I needed a minute to assure myself my head was not bleeding, and then to laugh at myself for the whole thing, before I made it the rest of the way home, got my confirmation sheet and tried again.

Take two went much better. I got to Allison’s house only a few minutes late and we hit the road. Other than a little traffic backup trying to get onto I-97, the drive was easy and soon enough we were at the Marriott, where Vanessa had already checked in and was waiting for us.

Or so we thought. Turns out Vanessa was at the Courtyard by Marriott, less than a half-mile farther down the road. We didn’t figure it out until we discovered the rooms on the second floor only went up to 221, which made it impossible to find room 254. When we asked the worker at the front desk if we were in the right hotel, her facial expression made it clear we weren’t the first morons to make that mistake haha.

We had a much easier time finding Vanessa when we went to the right hotel. Allison and I put our stuff in the room, and then Vanessa drove us all into downtown Baltimore. The expo was in the convention center. The crowds weren’t very thick by that time, so we breezed right through packet pick-up and browsed the vendors’ booths.

We went to dinner at the Pratt Street Ale House, right across from the convention center. Since none of us had to run very far in the morning, we didn’t see any reason not to indulge in a few of their in-house beers.

pratt st ale house dinner

Me, Allison and Vanessa at the Pratt Street Ale House.

Back at the hotel, we laid out our stuff for the next morning and set the alarm for 4:45 a.m. I slept great until about 2 a.m. Then I just couldn’t get back to sleep. I tossed and turned until the alarm finally went off.

We dressed in our matching outfits and headed out into a perfect morning for running! It was a little chilly just standing around, but it would feel great when we were moving.

We stopped at a 7-11 for coffee and made the quick drive into downtown Baltimore. I followed what looked like volunteers flagging us into the free stadium parking, so I was surprised when I wound up at the entrance to a non-stadium lot and a guy came up asking for 10 bucks. I said I thought the stadium lots were free, and he said, “Yeah, I guess you can try that,” like there was a slim chance there would still be parking.

A few turns later, I turned into a 95 percent empty stadium lot haha. Nice try, scammers!

We followed the crowds to the race start/finish area between the Ravens stadium and Camden Yards. Our fourth teammate, Caitlin, arrived a few minutes later. After a port-o-potty stop, we took a team picture before I got on the bus to go to the first exchange.

team before race

Team Maryland Maniacs: Vanessa, Allison, me and Caitlin.

Since I was running the second leg, I had to be on a bus at 6:30 a.m., a half-hour before the full marathon and relay started, to be taken to the first exchange. Our line of about 20 school buses left the Ravens stadium on time, but stopped soon after and had to wait for about 15 minutes before our police escorts showed up to lead the buses through the city.

I thought that was a little unnecessary until first a produce delivery truck and then a taxi cab both tried to shoehorn their way into the convoy because the drivers were too impatient to wait for the buses to all pass. Both times, the cops stopped right in the road and got out of their cars to yell at the drivers, and both times, the driver of our bus, which was second in the line, cackled with glee haha.

We had no more attempted line-crashers and were rolling along, until a call came over our bus’s radio, from the driver of the ninth bus in line: “I’m going to need a police officer to meet me when we get to the exchange; I have an emergency.”

A little ripple of excitement went through everyone on our bus. What emergency requiring police assistance could there possibly be on a busload of relay runners?

For some reason, the driver of the bus with the emergency could only seem to get in touch with our driver, who then got in touch with someone named Spence, who seemed to be the one in charge. Spence asked what the emergency was. Our driver radioed the other driver: “What’s your emergency?”

It was dead silent on our bus as we all strained to hear the answer: “Someone… urinated on my bus.”

Suppressed laughter bubbled up. The girl in the seat next to me wondered if the rogue urinator on the other bus was drunk. “Welcome to Baltimore!” she laughed. We thanked each other for not pissing the seat.

Then we got a little more information over the radio — apparently someone on that bus had to pee so bad, she went to the front of the bus, pulled down her pants and PEED IN THE STAIRWELL.

Our driver had two reactions to that extra information. “Oh, that’s just nasty!” she said, followed by a loud announcement — “Folks, if anyone on this bus has to pee that bad, I have a trash can right here!”

The convoy made it to the exchange without further incident. I don’t know what happened to that woman when the cops met her!

It was about 7:15 when we all gathered at the exchange at mile 5.8. I had my phone with me, and had gotten a text alert that Allison, our team’s first runner, had crossed the starting mat at 7:06. She had estimated it would take her a little under an hour to run her leg, which was mostly uphill.

Not long after we arrived, the first wheelchair racer went flying by. Soon, the first team relay runner came through — the winning team, sponsored by Under Armour, would win in 2:15!

first runner past exchange

First runner through, who happened to be a relay team member.

A couple more relay runners came through the exchange, and then the lead full marathon runner went by, who would win in 2:33. At first, the passing runners were just a trickle. Eventually the crowd started to thicken up. We cheered for everyone as they passed.

More and more relay runners were coming through too. It was kind of a cluster at the exchange; the official results as of today, two days later, show 911 teams finished the race, so there were 911 leg two runners standing there trying to pick out their teammates as they came up the hill to the exchange. Every now and then a first leg runner would find themselves standing in the middle of the exchange yelling the name of the teammate who was supposed to take the timing chip but was nowhere to be seen, but for the most part, teammates seemed to be able to find each other pretty quickly.

Around 7:45, I ate a salted caramel GU, since it’d already been two and a half hours since the Clif bar I’d eaten for breakfast. Soon, my phone buzzed with another text alert — Allison had just passed a timing mat right around the corner and should be arriving at the exchange at any second. Sure enough, I saw her pigtails and red sparkle skirt flying up the hill. I stepped out of the crowd, waved her down, put the timing chip around my ankle, gave her my sweatshirt and Chapstick and took off.

Yay, I was running! My leg was supposed to be exactly seven miles, with some slight uphills, but mostly downhills.

The first couple of miles, I didn’t feel so great. I probably should have drank a lot more water between the beers at dinner the night before and the coffee I had first thing that morning, because I had a lot of little stitches going on around my collar bone and down along my ribs. I was passing a ton of runners though. Allison had run her first leg at about a 10:18/mile pace, and I was hitting my goal pace of 8:00/mile, so I was picking off runners by the handful.

I guzzled some water at the first fluid stop I passed, and felt a lot better after that. I kept weaving through other runners, taking it easy on the very short uphills and flying down the downhills.

About halfway through my leg, we ran near the Inner Harbor. Half marathon runners were streaming across the full marathon course in large packs, trying to get to their start line at the halfway point of the full course, an hour and 45 minutes after the full started. I didn’t have to dodge anyone though.

This was also the point on my part of the course where the spectating crowds were the thickest. We had tons of people out cheering us on. I gave a high five to every little kid I saw with their hand out.

Soon we made a left and started on an out-and-back section. We also passed the next exchange point, though we wouldn’t hand off to the next runner until we came back. Vanessa, who was waiting for me at that exchange, spotted me as I ran by and yelled my name, which is always a great boost.

Then I came up on a live band which was just starting Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Call Me The Breeze,” one of my all-time favorite songs and a staple of my running playlist on my iPod. It’s too perfect for running: “Well now they call me The Breeze/I keep blowin’ down the road.” I moved over to the edge of the road so I could give them some very enthusiastic fist pumps as I passed.

This part of the race wasn’t as scenic, as it was a lot of warehouses and industrial areas near the harbor, but the turnaround was through the Under Armour headquarters, where they had a lot of people cheering. And once I made that turn, I knew exactly how much farther I had to run to get back to the exchange and hand off to Vanessa.

I was cruising right along, when I came up behind the strangest thing I’ve seen in a race. Often you’ll see an unfortunate man or two after a race (or maybe during it) whose nipples have been so badly chafed by his shirt they started bleeding, leaving a telltale “red 11” down the front. (Women generally don’t have that problem thanks to sports bras, which fit a lot tighter and hold things in place better than the average running shirt.) Well, I came up on a dude who had a red 11 on his back. I was glad I had my phone with me for once, so I could take a picture, and somehow my phone managed to focus on it even while I was running. Someone please explain to me how this happened, because I really don’t know!

bloody back nipples

Before I knew it, I was back at the exchange and handing off to Vanessa. I stopped my Garmin and checked the numbers — 6.8 miles (a lot of other leg two runners said it was short) in 54:09, a 7:59/mile average pace. Exactly what I was aiming for!

It was a bit of a walk back to the finish area, but it wasn’t very crowded there yet, since most of the runners were still out on the course. I found Allison, got my relay runner medal and a bunch of free granola bars and fruit, and then we camped out near the finish line to wait for our other two teammates.

The relay winner had finished as soon as I got to the stadium. Allison and I got to the finish line just in time to see the men’s marathon winner. Soon, the women’s winner crossed in 2:58. She looked like she’d just been out for a short training run, she looked so relaxed! Allison later said she read that was that woman’s first full marathon. Pretty great debut!

We saw the men’s half marathon winner finish in 1:07 and the women’s in 1:20. It got more crowded as the bulk of the full and half marathon finishers started coming through.

Then we saw a red sparkle skirt approaching — our final runner, Caitlin! I tried to get a picture. You can see her skirt:

caitlin finishing

Our team’s chip time was 4:08:01, a 9:27/mile overall average pace. They’re probably still sorting out timing issues now, but as of today, we were 43rd of 281 all-female teams and 298th of 911 total teams. That’s a lot of other relay teams that got beat by chicks in sparkle skirts!

Vanessa got back to the finish area just before Caitlin finished. With all four of us back together, plus Caitlin’s boyfriend, Bob, we picked up our two free beers each and hung out in the finish area.

mich ultras

It was just Michelob Ultra, but free beer is free beer.

team after finish

Caitlin, me, Allison and Vanessa in the finish area.

And here is the pretty cool medal (the lower claw is a bottle opener.)


I don’t have a good picture of the event T-shirt, but it’s a super nice Under Armour women’s cut shirt in a gray heather material. It’s probably the best race shirt I’ve ever gotten. Having the UA headquarters in Baltimore (the founder is a Maryland grad) means this race always has premium swag.

The five us walked to an Irish bar and grille at the Inner Harbor for lunch, and then we had to say goodbye and head our separate ways. I dropped off Allison at her house, and then went back in Easton to get a birthday card for my nephew. I was still wearing my “I (heart) MD” shirt but had forgotten about it, and was really confused why the cashier asked me if I was a tourist until I remembered it haha.

I met the rest of my family at Kara’s house for my nephew’s 11th (!) birthday party. By the time I got home after 10 p.m., I was more than ready to go straight to bed.

I slept like a rock Saturday night. Yesterday, I was feeling good when I woke up, so I took Pepper for a short run late in the morning. It had gotten chilly and windy overnight, so Pepper had to wear his dork jacket for the first time this year:

He was really excited about it too.

He was really excited about it too.

I wanted it to be an easy 3-miler, since I’d run relatively hard for me right now the day before, but Pepper had other ideas. Namely, getting the hell back inside as soon as possible. On top of the cold, windy conditions, he had to run past a truck parked on the side of the road and a house where people were outside in the yard, talking, so he’d had enough very quickly haha. It was not an easy run at all.

My mom picked up Clark and me early in the afternoon, and we met my grandmother and went to the wine festival outside Salisbury. The sun had come out, so it wasn’t quite as cold as it’d been in the morning, and we had a nice time. It closed at 5 p.m., so we were back at Grandmom’s house in time to see the last 15 laps or so of the race, which, as I already went over, was brilliant because someone other than Jimmie stupid Johnson won.

Today, I found out something that’s almost as exciting as Johnson getting knocked out of the Chase — ChapStick has a new limited edition flavor, one I’ve wished they’d make for years:

pumpkin pie

I can’t remember the last time I said this, if ever, but I can’t wait to go to Walmart!

October 17, 2014

Training for 10/17/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:02 am

This morning, I took Pepper for an easy, untimed lap around the 4.5-mile loop, and when I got home, I did some ab exercises and push-ups. Now I just have to go vacuum all the dog hair out of my car and pack my stuff, and I’ll be all set for tomorrow morning’s marathon relay. It looks like we’re going to have more running weather like today’s, which is just about perfect.

I might run again Sunday, depending on how I feel. Outside of running this weekend, I’ve got my nephew’s birthday party tomorrow evening, and the wine festival Sunday.

I’m also really looking forward to the NASCAR race Sunday. Fingers crossed Jimmie stupid Johnson doesn’t weasel his way into the top eight in points and gets cut from the Chase!

October 16, 2014

Training for 10/16/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:39 pm

Yesterday, I was going to take Pepper to the trail for a short run, but it just would not stop raining. I don’t mind rain, but Pepper hates it, and I hate the smell of a wet dog.

I put it off as long as I could. I wanted to take the recycling in town anyway, so I put Pepper in his harness, put on my trail shoes and drove in town, thinking maybe the rain would slack off by the time I got that done.

Well it wasn’t slacking off, so I was just going to go home. Then I spotted two women clearly out for a walk specifically for exercise — they weren’t going somewhere and just got caught in the rain. So I figured if they could do it, Pepper could do it.

I parked at the trail head, which was otherwise deserted, clipped on Pepper’s leash and got him moving.

Well, that lasted about 20 ft. He was miserable. I said “Do you want to go home?” and he almost ripped off my arm launching himself back in the direction of the car. So that was that.

When we got home, I did strength training upstairs, including ab exercises, push-ups, invisible chair-sitting and lifting with the adjustable dumbbells.

Today, the rain had moved on, so Pepper was out of reprieves. We did an untimed lap around the 5.5-mile loop.

Last night, the Royals completed a sweep of the O’s in the ALCS, which means there will be no changes to the route or finish line of the races in Baltimore this Saturday. While I’m glad they won’t have to go to “Plan B” for the race, I’m disappointed the O’s are done, and I’m pissed that jerk in the comments thread after the start time change was announced last week who predicted the O’s would be done in four was right.

October 14, 2014

Training for 10/14/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:41 pm

This morning, I had my usual Tuesday morning meeting to get to, so I got up early enough to get in a short run before it.

It was pretty unseasonably warm here this morning, and humid on top of it. It felt more like early September than mid-October. I’m not complaining though; I much prefer that to freezing my butt off. I did an easy, untimed lap around the 4.5-mile loop.

Today, I got my bib number for both the marathon relay this coming Saturday — 9293 — and the Across the Bay 10K on Nov. 9.

I had an idea this was going to be a big race, but I didn’t know how big. It turns out 20,000 people are running this thing! They’re starting us in 10 waves of 2,000 runners each, every 15 minutes, starting at 7:15 a.m. The last wave won’t start until 9:30.

When I registered for this race last July (as in July 2013, 16 months ago), I entered my 10K PR of 43:20 for my predicted finish time. I thought about changing it, because I’m sure as hell not in any shape to run my best 10K right now and don’t think I will be in a few weeks, but now I’m really glad I never got around to it. That got me bib 462 and a spot in the very first wave, the one least likely to get screwed up. I’ll just start further back in the corral.

The only downside is I’ll need to be on a shuttle bus to the start line by 6:15 a.m., which pick up runners from the Eastern Shore side at either Chesapeake College in Wye Mills or the Kent Island Narrows. It’s going to be a very early alarm that day.

October 13, 2014

Training for 10/13/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:58 pm

Saturday morning, I waited way too late to get in the longer run I’d had planned, so I figured I’d hold off on that until Sunday, and just do a quick lap around the 4.5-mile loop. It was raining the whole time, but not too chilly once I’d gotten warmed up. It was a decent run.

That afternoon, Clark and I drove to the beach house in Fenwick and got all dressed up for Ben and Hope’s wedding. Mike and another wedding guest, John, met us at the house and we all rode to the wedding together in the Jeep.

The wedding was at a golf resort in Long Neck. It’d rained much of the day, but had tapered off to just a bit of a mist in time for the ceremony, which was held outside, overlooking a pond.

The reception was held in the ballroom in the clubhouse. Ben’s is the family that owns the farm where I worked for a decade from the summer before my freshman year of high school through college, and there were several former coworkers I hadn’t seen in a long time who I got to catch up with.

My brother also worked for the same family, and one of our former coworkers, Michael, asked Dave if he’d left his hair at home haha. I’m still laughing about that two days later! Poor Dave couldn’t wear a baseball hat with his suit, his preferred method of hiding his extensive hair loss.

This was even funnier because Dave is kind of responsible for turning Michael into a smartass; Michael didn’t say two words the first summer he worked on the farm, other than “Hey Dave!”, but he picked up my brother’s habit of picking on people. Since then, Dave has kind of lost his game, so he had no good comeback for Michael. Another former coworker, Mark, told Dave, “Hey, you created this.”

The reception was a lot of fun, and then a lot of us headed into downtown Rehoboth, where John got a free T-shirt from the Greene Turtle because he’d just gotten knocked the eff out by a woman haha. There’s a lot more to that story, but that’s the bottom line. When the bars closed, the four of us staying at the beach house got breakfast from a 24-hour diner in Rehoboth, and then finally went back to Fenwick.

I’d brought running clothes and my Garmin with me, intending to run that morning when I woke up. I hadn’t gotten drunk the night before, since I’d promised to drive everyone, but I was really tired and didn’t feel like running. Plus, after everyone else woke up, we were having too much fun making fun of John for getting punched haha.

Also, we were watching highlights from the NASCAR race the night before. To me, the biggest highlight was the fact Jimmie stupid Johnson didn’t run well and is 26 points out of eighth place — the cutoff for advancing into the next round — going into Talladega. He pretty much has to win Talladega to move on. I really hope he doesn’t make it! I would hate to go to Miami to watch him win another championship, so if he’s not even still eligible, it would make that whole weekend that much more enjoyable.

Most other people would probably argue the biggest highlight was the big post-race scuffle between Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth, or between Keselowski and Denny Hamlin, or when Keselowski ran into Tony Stewart for no apparent reason on pit road after the race and Tony threw his car in reverse and slammed right into the front of Keselowski’s. Should be interesting to see what kind of fine or penalty NASCAR hands down on Keselowski.

Anyway, Mike and John left Fenwick first. Clark and I hung around long enough to wash some sheets and towels, and then we stopped at Papa Grande’s for lunch. By the time we got home, it was almost 2:30 p.m.

We’d planned on going to the Good Beer Festival in Salisbury, but by that point, we’d have gotten there at 3:30 at the earliest and had to pay $35 each when there were only a few hours left before the festival closed. So we stayed home and napped instead.

Today, I’ll do some strength training and a short run.

October 10, 2014

Training for 10/10/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:09 pm

I didn’t run yesterday, because my legs were embarrassingly sore from the strength training I did the day before! I guess that’s what happens when you slack on it for a couple of weeks.

Today, they were STILL sore, but not as much, so I took Pepper for a lap around the 5.5-mile loop. It’d been raining, but had slowed to barely a drizzle at that point, and it was a tiny bit breezy and chilly enough for long sleeves.

I didn’t time it, as usual, but I did glance at the time at a couple of known mile markers, and we were cruising along at about an 8:00/mile pace the whole way. It didn’t feel too tough either! I haven’t run that fast in quite a while.

When we got home, I did some ab exercises, push-ups and abbreviated invisible chair-sitting, but I didn’t get into the weights because, again, stupid muscle soreness.

Tonight, Clark and I are going to Annapolis to see his brother and sister-in-law’s new house. Tomorrow, my friend Ben is marrying his fiancee Hope in Long Neck, which should be a pretty fun wedding. And Sunday, we’re going to the Good Beer Festival in Salisbury.

In between all that, I would like to get in a longer run, preferably tomorrow morning. I might run again Sunday.

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