A Simple Running Log

August 31, 2015

Training for 8/31/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:23 am

I didn’t quite put in all the miles I intended this weekend, but it was due to timing more than laziness, and I still got in some good runs, so it wasn’t a wash.

Clark had said Friday night he wanted to leave our house by 9 a.m. the next day, to be at the beach house by 10. I knew there was no way I’d get up in time to run 17 miles and be ready to leave by 9 a.m. (OK, maybe this was laziness haha.) So after I fed Pepper his breakfast, I looked at the time and decided I only had time for the 10.5-mile loop.

It was a decent run. I had to use the bathroom a couple of times, but the actual running part went fine.

I got home around 8:30 a.m. and found Clark still in bed — where he stayed until 10:30 haha. I had plenty of time to get in the other 6.5 miles of that run. Oh well.

When we did make it to the beach house, we put a couple surfboards on the Jeep and Clark, his dad and I rode down to Indian River. (Pepper stayed at the house with Clark’s mom, aunt and grandmother.)

There were so many people at Indian River, we had to wait for a parking spot to open, and when we did get down to the beach, we found a ton of surfers out in the water, all waiting for the few waves coming through. Every now and then they’d get a decent set and a few surfers would catch a wave, but for the most part it looked like a lot of this:

surf lounge

It was a great day for laying out on the beach though! I took the surfboard out for a little while, but I spent most of the afternoon just lounging in the sand.

When we got back to the beach house, Clark’s brother and sister-in-law had gotten there. We got to see Snoopy take off for his first kayak ride:

snoopy in the kayak

He seemed to like it!

That evening, we celebrated Clark’s grandmother’s birthday. Clark’s dad had caught some crabs out in the bay, so he steamed those. We also had steamed shrimp, bison burgers, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans, fresh pineapple, cantaloupe and cake for dessert. It was all very good.

Chad and Samira left after dinner. Clark and I had originally planned to go home that night too, but we wound up staying at the beach house. I was absolutely exhausted and fell asleep right after they left, but Clark stayed up until 2 a.m. with the rest of his family playing games.

Pepper woke me up around 6, wanting his breakfast. He was pacing around with his nails clicking on the linoleum floor, so I fed him early. I noticed the sun was about to come up. I hadn’t seen a sunrise on the beach all summer, so after Pepper ate, I walked him over to the beach to see it.

The beach was empty so I unclipped his leash as soon as we got over the dunes. I ran down to the water to get a couple pictures of the sunrise:


So pretty! I turned around to look for Pepper, thinking he was right behind me, but this was as close he was willing to come, and the look on his face made it clear he wasn’t happy about even being there:

pepper on the beach

“Can we GO now?”

We walked back to the beach house, woke up Clark and hit the road. When we got home, I changed into running clothes and headed out for a run.

I had an 8-miler on the schedule, but I wasn’t so sure I wanted to run that far. It was warming up because it was already mid-morning at that point and I just wasn’t really in the mood for it.

I ran the whole thing though, much to my surprise! Other than another bathroom break and a walk break around mile 4.5 to eat a GU because I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet, I ran the whole way and felt fine.

When I got home, I tried to turn off my iPod, which had worked fine for the whole run, but it wouldn’t respond. I think it’s dead. It was acting weirder and weirder throughout the afternoon yesterday, and this morning, it’s just a blank white screen if it turns on at all.

I’m annoyed but not surprised. I should probably wear it in its armband, but I prefer to put it in a shorts pocket, which means it gets soaked in buckets of sweat this time of year. RIP, iPod.

Anyway, I took a shower and then met my friends at the Olive Garden in Easton for lunch to celebrate Julie’s birthday. It’s always fun to hang out with them!

When I got home, I spent the rest of the afternoon with Clark at home, and yesterday evening, our friend Mark stopped by.

This morning, I ran an easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop with Pepper. The first mile was so slow — almost 15 minutes! We left the same time Clark was about to leave for work, but he hadn’t driven away yet. I think Pepper thought Clark was still at home, so he was trying to get me to take him back too. He was an absolute turd for the first mile, stopping in the road to glare at me or just poking along, spritzing all the soybean plants in the fields we were passing. He finally picked it up about a mile and a half into the run, and we ran the rest of the loop at a pretty good clip.

And that took care of August, so it’s time for my monthly summary.


  • Week 1 (Aug. 1): 6 miles
  • Week 2 (Aug. 2-8): 26.6
  • Week 3 (Aug. 9-15): 31.3
  • Week 4 (Aug. 16-22): 43.9
  • Week 5 (Aug. 23-29): 40.1
  • Week 6 (Aug. 30-31): 12.8

Total: 160.7 miles

160 miles! I haven’t run that many miles in a month in two freaking years! Obviously I was still slacking the first half of the month — I completely skipped a 13- and 14-mile long run — but the second half, I made a real effort to actually stick to my training plan. I feel pretty good too, no aches or pains. I didn’t run any races this month.

September should be an even bigger mileage month as I get into the longest runs of marathon training, including a 19-miler and the first of three 20-milers. I also have two races planned, the Last Blast Prediction 5K this coming Saturday, and the Dogfish Dash 8K the last Sunday of the month. Dave sent me a text yesterday he’d run 5 miles in 35:24 that morning, a 7:05/mile average. He’s getting fast!

August 28, 2015

Training for 8/28/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:19 am

I never ran that easy 4-miler Tuesday, so I did it today. I didn’t get up until after Clark left for work though, so Pepper had to go with me. While it was definitely warmer than yesterday, it luckily wasn’t what anyone would call hot, so he was fine. We did an easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop, and unlike Monday evening, he didn’t puke at the end.

This weekend I have a 17-mile long run and an 8-miler on the schedule. Other than that, we might go to the beach, and my friends and I are finally meeting Sunday afternoon to celebrate Julie’s birthday… two and a half months ago. We’re really on the ball!

August 27, 2015

Training for 8/27/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:34 am

I went for my run right after feeding Pepper this morning. I stepped outside in my usual sports bra and shorts and *almost* went back in for a tank top, because it was downright chilly!

I’d had a 40-minute tempo run on the schedule, but for whatever reason decided to wuss out and just do an easy lap around the 5.5-mile loop. When I felt that nice cool air though, I knew an easy run would be dumb. I just had my Timex, but I decided to time the run and at least try to make a tempo-ish effort out of it.

I put the running playlist on my iPod on shuffle and the first song that came on was the Ataris’ cover of “The Boys of Summer.” I love that song but it’s kind of depressing this time of year: “Nobody on the road, nobody on the beach. I feel it in the air, the summer’s out of reach.” I hate the end of summer! (Though I do like it when no one’s on the beach anymore.)

It seemed especially appropriate this morning, given the chill in the air. As much as the beach bum part of me hates to see summer go, the runner part of me really appreciates the better running weather.

So I made the most of it. The first couple of miles I ran right around an 8:00 pace, and it felt almost easy. Then my gut decided to make itself known, and I had to duck into the woods. Of course. With that taken care of, I cranked out the next mile in under 8:00, and then the last 2.5 in 19, a 7:36/mile average. I finished the whole 5.5-mile loop in 43 minutes, an overall average of 7:48/mile. It’s been a long time since I ran that loop that fast. I felt pretty good when I was done.

Today, we’re exactly one month away from the Dogfish Dash. Dave asked me a couple days ago how my training was going. I said I was running a lot of miles but I didn’t feel fast, and I was thinking about challenging him to an additional 20 miles after the race just so I could win something haha. Maybe I won’t be so slow after all. I’m pretty sure I’ll still have to bank on him actually wearing that inflatable costume to have any chance at beating him though!

August 26, 2015

Training for 8/26/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:09 pm

There truly is a national holiday for everything, and today is National Dog Day.

good news dogs

So here’s one of my favorite pictures on my phone, of the day Pepper showed me what he thought of my attempt to take a selfie with him:


Makes me laugh every time! This one more accurately shows what he normally looks like though:

pep asleep

Anyway, happy National Dog Day, Pep!

I did not make Pepper go with me for my run this morning, an easy lap around the 8.3-mile loop. It was a great morning for a run. I think the temperature was all the way down in the upper 60s and it didn’t feel too humid for as early as it was. Other than the two stops I had to make in corn fields to use the bathroom (I’m really going to miss those corn fields), it was a very pleasant run.

August 25, 2015

Training for 8/25/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:46 am

Well don’t look now, but I think I might actually be properly training for a marathon again. Saturday, I did something I haven’t done since Dec. 2012 — I ran a 16-mile solo training run. 16.3 miles to be exact! It’s been a long time since I ran more than 10 miles when there wasn’t a finisher’s medal waiting at the end.

It wasn’t perfect. I still have a tendency to procrastinate, and then try to talk myself out of the scheduled distance by telling myself a shorter distance will suffice. Saturday, I didn’t leave the house until almost 10 a.m., and pretty much the whole way, I had to force myself past every turn that would have gotten me home quicker.

I just kept telling myself not to worry about pace — I took walk breaks whenever I wanted — and to concentrate on getting in the miles and the time on my feet. Whenever I’d think about how loooooong it was going to take, I reminded myself the time was going to pass one way or another, so I might as well make use of it.

And it worked! Mentally, I got a little bored by the last four miles or so, but physically, I felt fine the whole way, better than I did after the 10.5-mile run a week earlier. It took me a bit over 2.5 hours to finish, an average pace somewhere around 9:30/mile. I never even had to use the bathroom, even though I’d drank beer and had a fried clam strip po’ boy for dinner the night before!

The weather definitely helped. I really couldn’t complain about being too hot, and it was only something like 50 percent humidity, so just about ideal.

I was a little proud of myself. It’s been a year now since I last dealt with an injury, so maybe I’m finally over worrying about causing another one by actually training for races.

That evening, we went to my sister’s house to celebrate my nephews’ birthdays, and we got home in time to see the end of the Bristol race.

Sunday, I had an 8-miler on the schedule. I thought about switching it with Monday’s 3-miler, but we were planning to stay at the beach house Sunday night to go surfing Monday, and I knew I’d rather only have to do a few miles at the beach instead of a middle-distance run. Once again, I told myself walk breaks were OK, just get in the miles.

The first mile was creaky! I was starting to think I was going to have to walk the last seven miles. But then things loosened up, and I wound up running every step of the 8.3-mile loop.

I ran almost 25 miles in two runs on back-to-back days! Seriously, the last time I put in that kind of mileage was the winter I was training for Shamrock 2013. It feels great! Now I just have to keep this train rolling.

Sunday afternoon, we went to the beach. We took Pepper to a new brewpub on 45th St. in Ocean City, Assawoman Bay Brewing Co. The view of the namesake bay was beautiful, and the beers were good too.

Monday morning, Clark’s mom left the beach house early to go to work, and she took Pepper with her, to drop him off at our house for the day, so we didn’t have to take him to the beach with us. Yeah, he hates being alone, but he also hates the beach, so he was kinda screwed either way.

Clark and I had intended to get up early enough Monday morning to get in that 3-miler first thing (he’s training for the Dogfish Dash), but we didn’t. Instead, we loaded up the Jeep. Then we were met at the beach house by a college kid who interned for Clark’s company this summer, and his girlfriend. They recently bought a surfboard and are trying to learn to surf. We put that one on the Jeep too, and Clark, his dad, the college kids and I all rode down to the Indian River Inlet.

It was a pretty sweet day, both for surfing and for just sitting on the beach and soaking up the sun. There were a lot of surfers out in the water at Indian River. I took out my paddleboard and stayed out of their way, out past the breakers.

Later in the morning, Clark’s dad had to leave to go to work too, so we all drove back to the beach house. After we’d dropped him off, we got some tacos for lunch and then drove to Assateague.

It didn’t take long to get to the beach, since we didn’t get stuck behind a single moron stopped in the road to take pictures of wild ponies, and when we got there, we could actually park in the parking lot for the first time in weeks. Good riddance, tourists!

It was quite a bit choppier at Assateague. I didn’t bother with my paddleboard; I just took out the longer surfboard. I was able to paddle out, but that was about it.

We had to leave around 3, to unload the Jeep at the beach house and then drive home in time to feed Pepper his dinner. We were a little late getting home, and Pepper had already taken a dump in the utility room. Oh well.

Later in the evening, Clark and I really did run that 3-miler we hadn’t done in the morning. It was right around sunset when we left the house, with Pepper of course.

The farmers had started harvesting some of the cornfields yesterday (my bathroom! Noooo!) and the bugs were out in force last night. Right after we made the turnaround to come home halfway through the run, I got a huge gnat in my left eye. Clark was able to pick it out for me, but my eye watered pretty much the rest of the way home. That one stung!

Then, right as we were about to turn back onto our own lane, steps from the end of the run, Pepper puked up his dinner from two hours earlier. So hardcore! I stayed outside with him for a while in case he had to puke again, but he was fine. I’m not sure he was even aware it happened haha.

And that was the last few days of real live marathon training. Today, I’m just doing an easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop.

August 20, 2015

Training for 8/20/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:10 pm

Today, I got my run in before breakfast again, when it was already in the mid 70s with 100 percent humidity. I just did an easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop, but I was completely soaked in sweat when I got home. Really wish the humidity would back off to something reasonable!

Later in the morning, I looked out the back doors to see a flock of the enemy infiltrating the yard:


Wild turkeys!

I was traumatized when I was younger by a run-in with an angry wild turkey in the woods behind my parents’ house. It probably wasn’t any bigger than the ones here, but in my mind it was pretty much a pterodactyl coming at me haha.

Anyway, my watchdog was snoozing on the floor and completely useless, but the jerks just ran through the yard and disappeared. I bet they’re planning something. They probably somehow knew Clark and I went to Mike’s house for dinner last night, where he served us a marinated wild turkey breast.

Tomorrow is a planned rest day, and since I actually ran all the miles on the schedule this week, I’m going to take it. Gotta rest up for Saturday’s 16-miler.

August 19, 2015

Training for 8/19/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:11 pm

Oh man, today’s run got a little ugly. I had an easy 8-miler, this week’s middle distance run. Even though I knew it was just as warm and humid as it’d been yesterday morning, I didn’t take any water with me. I didn’t feel like carrying it. I was really wishing I’d bothered with it about halfway through though. Dumbass.

Anyway, again I waited until Clark got back from his run to take off on mine. I warned him I might not make it back before he had to leave for work, but I was thinking it would just be because of the distance, not because of all the walking I was going to wind up doing!

The first few miles weren’t too bad, but as I was running past the ferry, I could tell I was going to have make a stop in the woods for a bathroom break soon. I took care of that at about mile 3.5. The rest of the way home, however, I kept getting bad stomach cramps, which would only go away if I walked them off. They’d then come roaring back after a couple more minutes of running. They weren’t caused by needing to use the bathroom again. I’m pretty sure it was caused by dehydration, after running in 100 percent humidity with no freaking water.

I didn’t let myself take the shortcut home, which only would’ve saved a mile anyway. It took forever, but I finished the whole 8.3-mile loop.

August 18, 2015

Training for 8/18/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:46 pm

There was this 800-meter repeat workout I never did last week, so I did it today, instead of the easy 4-miler on the schedule. Like yesterday, Clark went for a run first, and I waited until he got back so I could go for mine, without Pepper, while Clark was still home getting ready for work.

I didn’t feel like running any farther than on the schedule, just harder, so I did the 4.5-mile loop. To fit in all five half-mile repeats and quarter-mile recoveries, I only had room for a half-mile warm up and cool down.

It was a tough workout. It was really humid, and it was quite a bit warmer than yesterday morning too. I also had a wonky digestive system the whole way. It never got to the point I had to stop in the woods, but it felt like it was on the verge.

In spite of all that, I thought I’d done an OK job of hitting my goal of 3:30 per repeat. The Garmin doesn’t show pace when it’s measuring the intervals, so I didn’t know how fast I’d been running until I finished the entire workout and looked over the numbers.

I was slow on every single one! The five repeats were run in 3:41, 3:38, 3:38, 3:35 and 3:31. At least they were getting closer to on goal at the end, I guess. I ran the whole 4.5-mile loop in 38:02, an 8:27/mile average.

In other news, Seashore Striders posted the final results of this year’s summer series. In spite of an overall sub-par series of race times compared to the past few years, I won my age group again. The series awards will be presented after the Last Blast Prediction 5K in Rehoboth in a couple of weeks.

August 17, 2015

Training for 8/17/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:16 am

Guess who actually ran all the miles on her training plan this weekend? Guess!

Yup, it’s me!

Saturday morning, I slept in a little later than I should have, but I was on the road for my 10-miler around 9:30, as opposed to the afternoon. So that was a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, it was already sunny and humid, and only getting warmer, so it wasn’t such a great run. But it got done. I ran the 10.5-mile loop. Less than a half-mile from home, an older guy in a white Honda Accord pulled up next to me and told me it was too hot to be running. I said I knew, and that I was really wishing I’d gotten up earlier. He laughed and went on his way.

When I got home, I was so thoroughly soaked in sweat, Clark asked where I’d found an irrigation system to stand under.

We spent the rest of the afternoon lazing about, until we went outside so Clark could do the trimming and I could rake up all the excess grass clippings left behind when I mowed the lawn last Thursday for the first time in, oh, two weeks? (The place was starting to look abandoned haha.) We stayed in that evening.

Yesterday, Clark went to the Orioles game. Turned out it was guys-only. I’m not much of a baseball fan so I wasn’t too torn up about it. I mean, I’ll go to a live game, but it’s mostly for the beer, and we had plenty of that at home.

Around 11 a.m., I took Pepper out for a run. Technically I had 7 miles on the schedule, but it was too hot to make Pepper run that far, so I swapped it with the 3-miler scheduled for today. It was a typical run with Pepper; slow and plodding on the way out, flat-out sprint as soon as we made the turnaround and he knew he was headed home.

Later, I took Pepper to Salisbury. I still had a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods I’d gotten for my birthday and a voucher for yet another pair of free underwear from Victoria’s Secret. (I haven’t paid for underwear in years because that stuff lasts forever and they send me those vouchers all the time.) I found a pair of Nike Epic Run cropped tights in Dick’s, regular price $80, on sale for $60 — the exact value of my gift card. Score! Hopefully I won’t need them for at least a couple of months though.

When I was done at the mall, I took Pepper to the park outside the zoo for a walk. He absolutely lost his mind when we had to walk past a fountain, and then he took a huge dump next to a tree just as this little girl spotted him and loudly pointed him out to her whole family, but other than that it was a nice time.

I got a big take-out order of sushi and sashimi from a Japanese restaurant and got home in time to see the last bit of the race.

When Clark got home from the O’s game, we drove to Denton to get dinner at the pub. While we were waiting to make the turn onto 404, I took a picture of all the beach traffic headed west.

bye tourists

Only a few weeks until those annoying tourists are gone for good and the beach is ours again!

Anyway, by the time we got to the pub, the grill was shut down for the night, so we just got some food from Arby’s and went back home.

This morning, Clark got up early to run. As soon as he got back, I went out for my 7-miler. It was a great morning for a run! Humid, of course, but almost a little cool, which was nice. The whole thing flew by, and I was back at the house just as Clark was getting ready to leave for work, which means Pepper neither had to run today nor be alone for one second. Pretty much ideal for him.

August 14, 2015

Training for 8/14/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:43 pm

Yesterday, I took Pepper out for a run in the evening. It was an absolutely perfect evening. Perfect temperature, no humidity, light breeze, clear skies. I originally thought we would just do the 4.5-mile loop, but it was so nice out, we did the 7.3-mile loop instead, and got home about a half-hour before sunset.

Today, I took Pepper out a little earlier, in the late afternoon. It was a bit warmer, but still a decent day. We ran the 4.5-mile loop.

This weekend, I’m supposed to run a 10-miler and a 7-miler. We might be going to the Orioles game Sunday. Other than that, the weekend is wide open.

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