A Simple Running Log

December 31, 2014

Training for 12/31/14

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:24 pm

Well, that’s it! 2014 is officially over, as far as my running goes.

I’ve run twice since I posted yesterday. I almost didn’t bother last night, but Clark just started training for the Shamrock Half Marathon, so when he got back from his own 3-mile run, he made me go for the 4.5-miler on my schedule. I pointed out if I moved from the couch, Pepper would no longer have my butt to use as a pillow, but Clark didn’t think that was a good enough excuse.

It’s gotten pretty damn cold here over the last couple of days. I had to break out my best winter running jacket last night, and I was still freezing cold the first mile or so. At least it wasn’t windy. It was also a very clear night with a ton of stars, the moon was out and most of the neighbors on my route had Christmas lights on. So it was pretty.

I was less than a mile from home when the ol’ gut pangs started. They went from zero to NOW in about three steps. I didn’t even have time to try to take cover. At least I remembered to turn off my headlamp haha.

Anyway, other than that, it was a pretty decent run at an easy 8:30/mile pace.

Today, for my last run of the year, I took Pepper for a lap around a route that turned out to be 8.4 miles. I had an 8-miler on the schedule; normally, I’d have taken a route that’s about 8.2 miles, but the last roughly 2 miles of that route would have been head-on into the cold wind, so I took a different way to stay in the woods and out of the wind.

It went well. I had a hard time holding Pepper to an easy pace, and our miles varied from just under 8:00 to 8:33. In the end, we ran 8.4 miles in 1:09:30, an 8:16/mile pace.

So that’s it. First, my December summary:

Mileage:

  • Week 1 (Dec. 1-6): 25.6 miles
  • Week 2 (Dec. 7-13): 23.5
  • Week 3 (Dec. 14-20): 33.1
  • Week 4 (Dec. 21-27): 33.1
  • Week 5 (Dec. 28-31): 17.4

Total: 123.4 miles

Triple digits! I’m happy with the mileage, though it should have been closer to 150 if I hadn’t been such a lazy bum about long runs all month. As far as racing went, I only ran the half marathon in Rehoboth, in which I failed to pace Jen to her first sub-2 and battled the worst gut problems I’ve had all year.

And now, my 2014 summary.

Mileage:

  • January: 31.4 miles
  • February: 65.2
  • March: 111.4
  • April: 126.4
  • May: 155.4
  • June: 148.1
  • July: 130.5
  • August: 56.3
  • September: 68.5
  • October: 101.8
  • November: 94.3
  • December: 123.4

Total: 1,212.7 miles

Man, this downward trend in my yearly mileage total that started in 2012 continues, unfortunately. That’s about 1,000 miles fewer than I ran in 2011, my highest year to date. I barely averaged 100 miles a month.

You can see I started the year injured, came back in March, had a few good months, got injured again at the end of July and got over that only to be hit by a general lack of motivation for the last few months of the year. It’s like I’m just waiting for the next injury now, so what’s the point of really getting back into training? I think that’s a big part of why I’m being so lazy about my long runs. I’m worried they’re the most likely to aggravate an old injury or find a new one.

Well, my running this year wasn’t all bad news. There were some bright spots.

In March, I ran Shamrock in Virginia Beach for the fifth year in a row, though I had to drop to the half for the first time. I was happy with my race and even happier to get to see a lot of my running friends again.

Finished the half in 1:48:43, though my chip screwed up and claimed I'd run 1:37. I wish!

Running the half.

postrace group

In April, I got to lead a pace group for the first time, leading the 2:30 pace group at the Island 2 Island Half Marathon in Ocean City. In spite of a Code Abby at mile 11, I finished in 2:29:51, so, almost perfect, and was sought out by no less than four people after the race who thanked me for my pacing.

Passing traffic at just over 5 mph. Suckers!

Passing traffic trying to get into Ocean City while running just over 5 mph. Suckers!

In May, I ran a Run or Dye 5K with my sister-in-law and her brother, and I ran the St. Michaels Half Marathon, which, at just under 1:44, would turn out to be my best half marathon of the year.

Wes, me and Kasey after the run.

Wes, me and Kasey after Run or Dye.

Between miles 11 and 12 of the St. Michaels half.

Between miles 11 and 12 of the St. Michaels half.

And then I ran the Masser 5-Miler that kicks off the Seashore Striders’ summer championship series, which continued with five 5Ks throughout the rest of the summer. I won my age group in the overall standings again.

Finishing the Beach Paper Firecracker 5K in 21:15, my best 5K of the year.

Finishing the Beach Paper Firecracker 5K in 21:15, my best 5K of the year.

In July, I ran a 50K with Jen. I had a great time, but I think tripping over roots hard with my left big toe twice near the beginning of the run led to the problems I would have with that foot for the next several weeks. Oh well.

Finishing the 50K.

Finishing the 50K.

In August, since I didn’t feel like I was ready to run again yet, I dropped to the 1-mile walk option for a 5K I’d already registered for, and walked it with Pepper, who took a big steaming dump about three-quarters of the way through. Jerk.

Post-dump.

Post-dump.

August was also when I ran Hood to Coast, a 197-mile, 12-person relay in Oregon. I’d never done anything like it before and I don’t know if I will again, but I’m glad I did it once. It was a really cool event, but I think it’s too big for the course. Traffic was a nightmare. It was still a lot of fun thanks to the other people on my team though. And then Clark and I spent a few days in Portland and Seattle.

The whole team before the first van left for the start line.

The whole team before the first van left for the start line.

Starting my first of three legs.

Starting my first of three legs.

In October, I joined a smaller team to run the Baltimore marathon relay. We kicked ass in our sparkle skirts!

Team Maryland Maniacs post-race.

Team Maryland Maniacs post-race.

I ran two awesome races in November — the Marshall University Half Marathon, which I got to run with two Loop friends, and the Across the Bay 10K, the race across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge I’d signed up for almost a year and a half ago.

Just after finishing Marshall with Lisa.

Just after finishing Marshall with Lisa.

View from the bridge in the beginning of the race.

View from the bridge in the beginning of the race.

December was most notable for my other must-do annual race, the Rehoboth Half Marathon. Like I mentioned earlier, it was one of the worst race experiences I’ve ever had, but the party was great as always! I’m definitely going back in 2015 — in fact, registration just opened a few hours ago and will be the absolute cheapest until midnight, so I better sign up soon.

The best I felt the whole race, just after my first bathroom break at mile 5.

The best I felt the whole race, just after my first bathroom break at mile 5.

Clark finishing in 1:54.

Clark finishing in 1:54.

Clark's dad, who also ran the half in 1:58, Clark and me after the race.

Clark’s dad, who also ran the half in 1:58, Clark and me after the race.

Slores!

Slores!

So, 2015?

My No. 1 running goal, well my only goal really, is to stay injury-freaking-free! I’m so tired of this shit!

If I can manage that, I’d like to finally finish a marathon (or two) for the first time since March 2013, instead of continuing to drop to the half like I have the last three times. I’d also like to run another 50K, and pace the Ocean City half again. That’s about it as far as concrete running goals.

Outside of running, I had a pretty good year overall. I got to see Northern California in January, when I went with Clark to one of his work shows, and Miami in November, when I went with Clark and Mike to see Kevin Harvick win the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

The other end of Route 50!

The other end of Route 50 outside Sacramento.

Chilling in the middle of Harvick's celebration donuts after the race.

Chilling in the middle of Harvick’s celebration donuts after the Miami race.

I also got a paddleboard (and almost got stranded in the ocean on it the very first day I had it haha) and experienced my first “gray out” while riding the scariest roller coaster I’ve ever seen, The Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion.

paddleboard

The paddleboard that nearly became my new home in the middle of the ocean.

My new favorite roller coaster ever!

My new favorite roller coaster ever!

I’m pretty excited to see what next year brings. I already know I’m getting my first niece any day now and we’re going to the Chicago race in September. Other than that, it’s wide open.

Happy New Year!

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