A Simple Running Log

January 26, 2015

Training for 1/26/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:40 pm

I didn’t get much running done this weekend, but I kind of expected that.

Saturday morning, I got in an easy 3-miler first thing. There were massive puddles — small lakes, really — out in the fields, so we had clearly had some major downpours overnight. Luckily, it was down to just a light drizzle by the time I ran. Not much else to say about that run.

I had to be at Julie’s house at 9:15 a.m. to drive to the spa in Salisbury for the first leg of her bachelorette festivities. I don’t waste time or money on my nails and the extent of my hair “styling” is a trim two to three times a year, so I went for a one-hour full-body massage.

I’ve only had two massages in my life. One was five years ago, when I was dealing with the IT band trouble before my first marathon attempt. I had a sports massage specifically targeting the injured part of my legs, and it was excruciating. The other one was part of a sampler package Clark and I did at a spa in L.A. two years ago, and all I remember about that one was the masseuse’s pointy little elbows of death grinding into my back. Pretty close to excruciating too.

I wasn’t 100 percent excited about an hour of potential horrible pain, but I wound up being very pleasantly surprised. Except for when the masseuse was kneading some knots in my calf muscles, the massage turned out to be super relaxing and not at all painful. I felt amazing when she was done with me!

We hung around the spa a while longer. After lunch at Olive Garden, we went back to Julie’s house for a bit, and then a smaller group of us went to the slots in Harrington. I really do not like gambling. I’m terrible at it and I get pissy the first time I lose a buck. But the drinks are relatively cheap, so there’s that at least.

I took $30 in cash with me. I wound up blowing it on three pints of Fordham Copperhead Ale, one stint at a penny slot and a single hand of blackjack, when I had 20 but the damn dealer had 21. Another unsuccessful gambling trip! Meredith, on the other hand, won $30 at blackjack and some guy at the bar bought her a drink. She’s much better at casinos than I am.

We went back to Julie’s, where we had a little slumber party. The whole day was a lot of fun. I can’t remember the last time I got to spend so much time with my friends like that.

Sunday was sunny and relatively warmish for late January, in the mid 40s. Clark had gone down to the beach house the night before, so when I left Julie’s, I went home, changed into a swimsuit and then immediately left to meet Clark, to go surfing.

Clark, his dad and I pulled on all our wetsuit stuff, loaded three surfboards on the Jeep and drove into Ocean City. The conditions were actually pretty good. The waves were breaking a little off shore and it wasn’t very choppy.

However, this was the first time I’ve ever felt cold in my wetsuit. I think I’d been out there a half hour when I just couldn’t stand it any longer. I’ve never tried to surf this time of year, and I think I found the limit on my wetsuit. It’s too cold for it right now.

Clark’s dad’s wetsuit is the same thickness as mine, and he said he started getting cold in his too. Clark, on the other hand, has a thicker wetsuit, and he said he was actually sweating in it!

I sat in the Jeep and waited while the other two got their fill of surfing for the day. When we got back to the beach house, I was very happy to get back into my warm, dry sweats, get under a blanket on the couch and drink some beers. Clark and I got some takeout for dinner and drove home last night.

Today, I’ve got an easy 4.5-miler and strength training on the schedule. I also need to go to Walmart before this snow hits tonight and tomorrow.

I still have yet to meet my niece! Dave asked if we wanted to come over Saturday, but I already had everything planned for Julie’s thing. We were going to go over to see her yesterday, but when I called Dave, he said they already had a ton of people in and out all day. Hopefully soon!

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