A Simple Running Log

November 23, 2015

Training for 11/23/15

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:16 pm

It feels like freaking winter out there all of a sudden! EW.

Last Monday, I ran in shorts and a tank top. Today, sadly, I will have to layer up a little more when I go out for the easy 3-miler on the schedule — it feels like 34 degrees with the 14 mph wind chill. Poor Pepper will need his dork jacket.

Anyway, running didn’t go so hot this weekend. Saturday, it was still nice enough for shorts and a long-sleeved shirt, so I went out for my long run. I cut it down to the 10.5-mile loop, but even that just felt like too much effort. I didn’t feel as physically bad as I had the day before, but I just did not want to do it. I at least didn’t let myself cut the run any shorter.

I spent the rest of Saturday lazing about the house with Clark and Pepper. We stayed in that night too.

Sunday morning, Clark left to try surfing. It had gotten pretty chilly and windy overnight, so running the 5-miler on the schedule did not look at all appealing. Plus, I had this weird tight spot on the inside of my left knee. Seemed like a rest day was a good idea. I did a lot of stretching, something I’ve been really bad about for a long time.

In the afternoon, we went to my parents’ house to watch the NASCAR season finale, since we still can’t get NBC at our place. Jeff Gordon’s fifth championship was not meant to be, but he finished a respectable sixth in the race, which was third among the Chase drivers, therefore earning him a third place finish in the final points standings in his last season.

The only driver who finished higher than third in his last full season was Dale Earnhardt Sr., who was second in 2000, but he didn’t exactly get to make the decision to retire immediately following the 2001 Daytona 500.

The winner of the race and therefore the 2015 champion was Kyle Busch, who held off fellow Chase contender Kevin Harvick after a late-race restart.

Nothing against Busch, but I was really glad we hadn’t spent the money to go to Miami to watch him win — only because of all the jokes about someone else winning a championship in Bobby Labonte’s old ride I’d have had to endure haha.

Busch is the second driver to win a Cup Series championship in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing; Bobby did it in 2000. He’s also only the fourth driver to win championships in both of NASCAR’s top series, joining Brad Keselowski, Harvick and Bobby. And now Kurt and Kyle Busch are the second pair of brothers to both have won Cup Series championships — the other pair is Bobby and Terry Labonte.

“BOBBY LABONTE IS STILL RELEVANT!!!!” I screamed into the void…

Dammit. I hope he’s having a nice bike ride somewhere. I haven’t heard a word of any plans for part-time rides next season.

bobby champ

The good ol’ days! Remember Circuit City? This IS old.

Anyway, back to running. That spot on the inside of my left knee feels 85 percent normal today. I think a short easy run will be OK. And plenty of stretching after!

 

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