A Simple Running Log

June 30, 2016

Training for 6/30/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:33 pm

Well damn, the year is half over already as of midnight tonight. Crazy.

Yesterday, I went upstairs and did some strength training. I did the usual ab exercises, invisible chair-sitting and weights, but I skipped the push-ups because for some reason, my right hand felt strained when I got in position to do any. No idea what that was about. It hadn’t bothered me all day.

Last night, NBCSN aired the 2001 Pepsi 400, the first race at Daytona after Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s death at the end of the Daytona 500 earlier that year. I knew how it ended — Dale Jr. got an extremely popular win — but the majority of that field has retired in the last 15 years, and it was really cool seeing them race again. Bobby Labonte got a top five! So did Michael Waltrip (now a commentator), Elliott Sadler (now a full-time Xfinity Series driver) and Ward Burton (probably living off the grid in the backwoods of southern Virginia again.)

Even the commentators were giving me a heavy dose of nostalgia. Benny Parsons died in 2007 from lung cancer, and Bill Weber was fired by TNT in 2009 for undisclosed reasons and is now working as an “illusionist,” according to his Wikipedia page.

I’m pretty sure I would never turn off the TV if there was a channel that just showed NASCAR races from the early ’90s through 2003: The Davey Allison years through Bobby’s last win, and before Jimmie stupid Johnson started stinking up the place.

Of course, the channel couldn’t show any of Jeff Gordon’s wins. I don’t hate him anymore — in fact I think he’s really good as a driver-turned-commentator — but I still felt a knee-jerk twinge of “haha!” when 2001 Gordon, who would win the championship that year, got involved in one of the wrecks and was later black flagged by NASCAR for not being able to maintain minimum speed.

Anyway, this morning, I got up and did my run first thing again, before it got too warm out. I ran an easy lap around the 5.5-mile loop. The best part of my run was about three miles in, when I came across a guy out walking his pit bull. The dog’s name was Simba and he was very excited to see me and let me pet him!

This is usually Pepper’s reaction when I get home and he smells another dog on me:

cheater

But he didn’t seem to notice today. Clark had left for work since I’d left for my run, which meant Pepper had to spend a few minutes alone, so he was just happy that nightmare was over.

I took Pepper back to his vet this morning. He’s still maintaining his weight, and he left a urine and blood sample so the vet can check those again, to see if his kidney function has changed since the last time it was tested.

Pepper also got a cortisone shot, because he’s been scratching and biting at his hind end for the last several days, as though something was biting him. The vet didn’t find any fleas or flea eggs, so he wasn’t sure what was bothering Pepper. I think he somehow stuck his butt in an ant colony last week haha. Seriously. He came in from the back yard once, and he had a couple of ants near his tail. I swept them away, but he’s been scratching and gnawing on himself ever since. Hopefully that shot did the trick, because I’m tired of listening to him chew on his butt.

I took him to PetSmart and got his nails ground down, and bought him a new retractable leash since he chewed through his old one, and then we came home.

Since today is the last day of the month, it’s time for my monthly summary.

Mileage:

  • Week 1 (June 1-4): 17.6 miles
  • Week 2 (June 5-11): 32
  • Week 3 (June 12-18): 26.1
  • Week 4 (June 19-25): 34.6
  • Week 5 (June 26-30): 23.5

Total: 133.8 miles

Not terrible. About the same as the last couple of months. Philly marathon training starts in the second half of July, so those totals will start to pick up soon.

As far as racing goes, I ran three 5Ks this month, two of which were faster than my best 5K last summer. So that’s good. I’ve got three more 5Ks lined up for July, and I might go to Rosaryville for the 25K there again.

I also did some good cross training, riding Kara’s bike and swimming.

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June 29, 2016

Training for 6/29/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 9:41 am

Last night, it was pretty late by the time I got a chance to run, but I did manage to get in a lap around the 4.5-mile loop before it got completely dark. The running part was fine. It was really humid though, so I was soaked in sweat since it wasn’t going anywhere, and then I got thoroughly coated in all the little bugs that seem to come out at dusk. As soon as I got home, I got in the shower and rinsed them all off. Gross.

Today, I was smart and got my run done first thing, while Clark was still home, so Pepper didn’t have to go with me or be alone. I did a lap around the 7.3-mile loop. It went fine, except it was even more humid than last night — 99 percent. More completely saturated running clothes. Nice to have it done early though.

June 28, 2016

Training for 6/28/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:47 pm

I wound up taking a rest day yesterday. I was pretty tired and just never felt like doing anything. So I didn’t. It was nice.

Today, I was still too tired to run this morning before I had to be at work for a meeting. I was going to get it done this afternoon, but then I got two assignments. The first one involved petting dogs and the next one has a high chance of free ice cream, so I’m not too upset about either. I’d like to run some miles when I finally get home.

June 27, 2016

Training for 6/27/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 8:54 am

I said I wanted to get some mileage in this weekend, and I did! I ran double digits Saturday for the first time since the St. Michaels half a month ago, and yesterday, I let Clark talk me into doing an unofficial Olympic-distance-ish triathlon with him.

Oh, first, Friday evening. I did run. I took Pepper out for a lap around the 4.5-mile loop, and when we got back, I went upstairs and did some strength training.

Saturday, I went out for my run relatively early, for me. It was about 10 a.m. when I left the house. It was a sunny day, not too hot or humid. Pretty nice day for a run. I ran the 10.5-mile loop. The second half got a little slow, but it was a good chunk of mileage in the books.

Clark and I spent the rest of Saturday lazing about. “Austin Powers” was on TV. I forgot how much I loved that movie! I can’t believe it’ll be 20 years old next year.

That night, we went to Berlin for dinner, at a restaurant we’d not tried before, Blacksmith. I had halibut over mushroom risotto. It was really good! Even better, they allowed dogs on their outdoor deck, so Pepper got to go. Once again, he tricked everyone there into thinking he is a calm, well-behaved dog. I need to take a picture of our utility room so I can show people the truth haha.

Sunday morning, Clark and I loaded up all our stuff in his truck and went to Cambridge for our own little triathlon. He’s planning on running two Olympic-distance tris in the area in the next few months. That’s a 1.5K (0.93-mile) swim, 40K (24.8-mile) bike and 10K (6.2-mile) run, so we did about that distance or a little more yesterday.

We parked at Great Marsh Park, where the transition area and finish line for Eagleman was a couple weeks ago.

The swim was first, and was the part I was most nervous about. If you get tired while swimming, you can’t just stop or you’ll, you know, drown! I think the farthest I swam the couple of times I went with Clark to the pool in the winter was 750 yards, so not even half a mile, and that was with breaks every 25 to 50 yards. Now we were going to swim a mile in open water.

We swam in the part of the river that was the swim warm-up area for Eagleman. It’s technically a little bay with a jetty about a half-mile from shore. Clark thought it might be shallow enough we’d be able to touch the bottom the whole way across, but we must have been there around high tide, because it was definitely too deep just about the whole way across.

Well, I made it out to the jetty and back without drowning, but I am still pretty bad at swimming. I’m very inefficient. It’s definitely something I’d have to work on a lot if I ever decide to pay money to compete in a triathlon. I think Clark said it took us 47 minutes total to swim out there and back.

My legs already felt a little jelly-like after the swim, probably because I just thrash them around aimlessly haha.

Back at the truck, I swapped my swimsuit for a pair of compression shorts and a tank top, and Clark got into his biking shorts with the padded butt. I need a pair of those! My butt does not like bike seats.

For the bike leg, we followed the Eagleman course to a point and then turned around. Clark kept having to wait for me to catch up before he could make a turn. He’s still much faster than I am on the bike. We wound up riding 27 miles. I’m not sure how long it took us.

We got the bikes loaded back on the truck. Clark swapped his bike shorts and shoes for running shorts and shoes. I didn’t have to make any costume changes between the bike and run.

It’s been a long time since I’ve tried to run after biking, and I’ve never tried to run after biking 27 miles and swimming one. My legs were toast!

We followed the Eagleman run course for the first 3.1 miles and then turned around and went back. I needed a walk break every time Clark’s watch beeped a mile, and then some walk breaks in between the mile markers the last couple of miles.

I’d eaten a GU halfway through the bike and another just before we started the run, taken a couple of salt caps and drank plenty of water, but it didn’t seem like it was enough. I was on fumes for the run.

We finished it though! I was so glad to get back to the park. I refilled my water bottle at a drinking fountain and then got back in the river. Right there by the shore, the water was the perfect depth that I could sit on the sandy bottom and be up to my neck in the water. Very refreshing!

Start to finish, it took us about four hours and 15 minutes. Of course, we biked a little farther than we would in an actual Olympic-distance tri, and our transitions were extremely slow, with all the clothes changing and having to unload and reload the bikes in the truck.

I changed again into dry clothes, and then we went to RaR Brewing for lunch. We wound up talking to this couple from Columbia (the town in Maryland, not Colombia, the country) who were in Cambridge on vacation specifically so the guy could train on the course for the full Ironman there this fall, which he’s signed up for. Maybe we’ll see them in October. I’m sure we’ll be at Bart and Marybeth’s house to spectate.

We went home after a long lunch there. We didn’t make it in time to see the end of the Sonoma race, so we didn’t get to see Tony Stewart win it, his first in three years and possibly his last, since he’s retiring at the end of this season. Oh well. That’s what the internet is for. It looked like a pretty good race.

One of our friends came over last night, so we stayed up a little too late drinking beer. I’m kinda sore and hungover this morning. I think I’ll be OK for a few miles later today though.

June 24, 2016

Training for 6/24/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:49 pm

Confession: I haven’t run yet today. Shocking, I know! I will though. Promise. A big rain shower just passed through. Too bad I missed it. It looks steamy out there now that the sun is out again.

This weekend is the first one in six weeks that I don’t have a race scheduled. I thought we were going to be in Sonoma this weekend for the NASCAR race when TK and I were picking out our summer series races. She’s out at the Grand Canyon right now, trying to drum up the courage to walk out on that glass-bottom bridge, so this weekend didn’t work for either of us.

Tomorrow is the Jungle Jim’s 5K, the one that ends in the water park, which I’ve done every year we’ve run the summer series. Once we decided to put off Sonoma, I thought about going and running it anyway, even though we already have enough 5Ks picked out to qualify for the series, but ultimately decided I’d like a weekend off.

Actually, we don’t have anything at all planned! Clark is at the O’s game with a bunch of coworkers tonight, but tomorrow and Sunday are wide open. I’d like to get in some mileage this weekend. Maybe we’ll wind up at the beach at some point.

June 23, 2016

Training for 6/23/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:42 pm

Yesterday, Clark and I took his truck and the Jeep to the DMV, where they both passed inspection and got updated registrations, went to the beach house, got a surfboard, drove to Indian River, where the surf was supposed to be good and found… nothing haha. It was practically a lake out there. Lame.

We went back to Fenwick. We got take-out from Papa Grande’s for the first time this year. I can’t remember if the quesadillas were always on the menu, because I’ve always just gotten tacos there, but I had the pork carnitas quesadilla last night and it was ridiculously good. So the drive to the beach wasn’t a total waste of time. Plus, we returned the Jeep to its rightful parking spot in the beach house driveway.

Today, storms were in the forecast all day again, and it was raining its ass off this morning, but then it (mostly) cleared up this afternoon. It wasn’t too hot, only about 80, and it was cloudy, so I took Pepper for a quick lap around the 4.5-mile loop. It was very humid, however. Not the best run I’ve ever had, but pretty typical for summer around here.

Also today, I found a website, http://www.mypetmoji.com, that lets you make a “petmoji” of your own cat or dog, so I made Pepper:

share-Pepper

This is the exact face he makes every time I stand up to get a drink of water or go to the bathroom and he thinks I’m abandoning him forever haha.

I was pleased with how spot-on this turned out, other than the tail. There was no nub option.

June 22, 2016

Training for 6/22/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:29 pm

Yesterday, I actually went upstairs and did my strength training — ab exercises, push-ups, invisible chair-sitting and weights. There was lightning in the area all night though, so I didn’t go for a run.

Today, the storms had cleared out. I managed to get out for my run before noon for once, but not by much. It was sunny, hot and windy. That’s what I get for procrastinating. Again.

I did an easy lap around the 6.5-mile loop, in the New Balance Vazee Paces I got yesterday. I really like them! Just like all the other shoes I’ve tried in New Balance’s Fresh Foam lineup, they felt broken in and comfortable from the first step. No blisters or rubbing.

When I got home, instead of just drinking my usual chocolate milk, I put it, some ice and an overripe banana in a blender and made myself a smoothie.

This evening, Clark and I are taking his truck and the Jeep to the DMV to get the tags renewed, which shouldn’t take long, and then we’re going down to the beach to go surfing.

June 21, 2016

Training for 6/21/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:17 pm

Yesterday got pretty hot, so I waited until the evening to get my run done. I went out around 7:30, after Wheel of Fortune ended. Since it was the longest day of the year and all, I still had plenty of daylight left. I ran an easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop and got home before the sun went down on the first day of summer.

Today, I did the same thing — procrastinated on running until it got way too hot. I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to get it done this evening though. It’s on the verge of storming out, and very strong scattered storms are in the forecast until later tonight. I will at least go upstairs and do the strength training I never did yesterday.

Also, the UPS driver just dropped off another pair of New Balance running shoes for me. The Zantes I’ve been running in aren’t dead yet, but I couldn’t resist the deal I found. The Vazee Pace that was released last year, which I’d always wanted to try, was recently updated, so the original version is discounted. I found a highlighter-yellow pair in my size at Running Warehouse for $42 (original price $110.) I hope I like them! If so, I will rotate between them and the Zantes.

Over the last year and a half or so, I’ve started buying my New Balances in a size 9, instead of the 8.5 I’d worn for years. Since I got rejected by New Balance’s wear tester program a few years ago for wearing a half size, I resubmitted an application with my new whole size. I haven’t got an acceptance, but I also haven’t been rejected again, so who knows, maybe I’ll get to try out some new shoes for free.

June 20, 2016

Training for 6/20/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:22 am

HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!!!

This weekend was pretty great. The weather was perfect and I got to spend a lot of time out in it. I also had a fun first paddleboard race and ran a decent 5K.

Saturday, I got up at 6 a.m. for a short easy run. It was downright chilly outside, so much so I had to put on a short-sleeved shirt. I ran the 3-mile out-and-back.

We got the paddleboard loaded up on the Jeep and drove to Byrd Park in Snow Hill for the Return to Goat Island stand-up paddleboard races. The 3-mile recreational race I’d signed up for didn’t start until 11 a.m., but the schedule said everyone should be checked in by 8:30.

Instead of giving us race bibs to pin to our clothing, they drew our race numbers on our left arms and calves in permanent marker. We also got a nice shirt and a bag with some stickers and coupons.

I watched the start of the 6-mile race a little after 9 a.m. The course was pretty simple. Goat Island is in the middle of the Pocomoke River. One lap around the island was a mile.

For the next couple of hours, we watched the 6-mile racers paddling around the island, and I took some pictures.

pocomoke river

The course on the Pocomoke River at Byrd Park.

pepper and clark at park

Clark and Pepper.

goats!

A pen full of baby goats!

pepper water bottle

Pepper looking like a goat drinking from my water bottle haha.

I put my board in the water about 20 minutes before my race was to start. I couldn’t get the adjustable handle on my paddle to move. This was the first time I’d used it all year, and I guess it still had salt water dried in it from last year. I made my way over to where Clark and Pepper were waiting on shore so Clark could try to un-stick it. It took a little while, but he got it.

I paddled on down to the dock that served as the start line. There were about 50 people, mostly on paddleboards, with a few kayaks mixed in. Since it was so congested, they told us to start on our knees or butts, and then when we got the horn, we were supposed to paddle up to five strokes, to spread out just a hair, before standing up.

I started near the back of the pack. I’d noticed most of the boards looked a lot different than mine. Most people had “touring” boards, which are lighter and have a pointy nose. Mine is a big, heavy board I bought in the off-season from a rental place, which had loaned it out to people who’d never been on one before. I was pretty sure I was about to get blown out of the water haha.

We got the horn and took off. I wasn’t last, but I wasn’t far from it, and that did not change throughout my three laps around the island! I was paddling as hard as I could, but I just couldn’t keep up with those touring boards.

At least I wasn’t the guy who fell off his board right in the middle of the pack three seconds after the race started haha.

Anyway, I made my way around the island three times. The water was nice and smooth. There was a bit of a headwind on the back side, but not bad.

I got lapped by the two lead kayaks and the lead paddleboard not far from the end of my second lap. They finished around 36 minutes; I finished, in 40th place, in 57 minutes.

I definitely understood how Clark felt about his bike compared to others in his triathlon the weekend before! In running, more expensive shoes on the same person don’t make much of a difference. That is not true in cycling or standup paddleboard racing!

The thing is though, those expensive touring boards aren’t really meant to go in the ocean, while mine can. I like being able to take mine out in the ocean, and I don’t want multiple boards. So I’ll probably stick with mine, and just be OK with never being very fast in these races.

In spite of not being very competitive, I really had a good time in the race. It was the same reason why I like running races. I’m usually alone while running or paddleboarding, so it’s fun to be around a large group of other people with the same hobby every now and then. There’s one at Fager’s Island in August I’d like to do if we’re not busy.

I got my board out of the water and found Clark and Pepper. They’d run 3 miles together through Snow Hill while I was paddling.

My race registration included a ticket for a free lunch. I was absolutely starving by that time. I got a chicken salad sandwich and a cup of sliced cucumbers in vinegar, and a Tall Tales Brewing Red-Headed Step Child.

And I got another goat picture:

goats with shirts

I’m not sure, but I think the shirts were to protect them from sunburn.

There was a little piggy in this pen too!

piggy

The winners of the 17-mile race the next day would get to name one of the baby goats, which would then be placed on Goat Island to live with other goats. If I got to name one, I’d call it Pepper Jr., because that stupid dog would not stop grazing on grass all day. (He does that all the time.) Pepper was also mistaken for a goat once haha.

We got home that afternoon. I got cleaned up and met my friends to go to dinner at Red Hot and Blue, a barbecue place on the other side of the bridge, to celebrate Meredith’s, my and Julie’s birthdays. It takes so long to get all five of us together in one place! Oh well. It’s always a good time when we do finally make it.

I got home around 9:45 p.m. Clark had ridden his bike down to the beach (40 miles, if you’re wondering) and I was supposed to get Pepper and drive the Jeep to the beach. I packed a bag real quick with some running clothes for my 5K in the morning and Pepper and I drove to Fenwick.

It was after 11 p.m. when I got there. I was beat, so we went straight to bed. I set an alarm for 6 a.m. and expected to fall asleep immediately.

Not so much! First, as soon as I laid down, my stomach started to hurt. It’d been hours since dinner and I’d felt fine up until that moment, so I had no idea what the problem was. I tried lying on my stomach to see if that would make it feel better. It did, but then something even weirder happened.

I don’t have allergies, at least none that I know of, but as soon as I put my face close to the pillow, I felt the back of my tongue get itchy and it felt like my throat was constricting. If I took a deep breath, it made a wheezing sound. WTF is this nonsense?!

I had no idea what to do so I just sat up, coughed a lot, drank some water and waited for it to go away. I guess it did eventually, because I slept enough to have some weird-ass dreams in between waking up over and over. I could only remember one when I woke up for good just before my alarm. In it, everyone who’d registered for the same 5K was posting on Facebook that they too were having some kind of unexplained allergic reaction. I was so confused when I woke up that I immediately pulled up Facebook on my phone and started scrolling down to see if I’d dreamed it. Which I had, of course.

I did not feel at all refreshed or well-rested when I got up, and the last thing I wanted to do was go run a stupid race. But I’d already paid for it, so I got dressed.

Clark and his dad were probably going to go surfing that morning, so I left the Jeep and got to drive my mother-in-law’s super sweet 2005 Prius haha. She has a brand new Lexus hybrid but kept the Prius and still drives it 97 percent of the time.

I was parked in Rehoboth around 6:50 a.m. and had my race bib and event T-shirt two minutes later.

2016 fathers day 5k pre race

The race photographer got a shot of the back of the shirt I got at Moon River Brewing in Savannah earlier this year.

TK arrived right about then. I said hi to her and then went off to do a warm up. I ran an easy mile and hit the bathroom for one last pee.

I found TK over near the start. It was a pretty big crowd, as usual. This race always attracts between 350 and 400 runners. And then I felt a tap on my shoulder — Allison was there to run her first race since St. Michaels last year!

The crowd moved to the start line. It was another nice morning for a run, even still at 7:30. Not too hot or humid, but sunny. We got the commands and took off.

I always start too far back in these things. Once again, I was a little boxed in as we took off down Wilmington Avenue. It didn’t take too long for everyone to start to sort themselves out by pace though.

It looked like I was in about 9,000th place as we made the first couple of turns on the course. I was steadily picking off people though. We hit the first mile marker and I checked my Garmin — 7:05. Not bad! Now let’s see if I can hold onto that.

The second mile was mostly just a loop through a neighborhood. I didn’t feel like I was maintaining my pace but I kept passing people. I seriously considered stopping for water at the aid station just before the end of that mile, but passed.

We hit the second mile marker just after we exited that little neighborhood. My Garmin said 7:17. I’d fallen off, but not too much. Just one more mile!

We made a U-turn not far past that and then headed back toward the start line. I felt like death and checked my Garmin — mile 2.2. Less than a mile to go, but it felt like so far to run!

I was running in a pack of about six runners. I felt like I was moving sooooo slooooooowwww. Like they were all going to go blowing by me, and I didn’t care. But they weren’t. Weird.

By the time we made it to the last half-mile of the course, I was in front of that little pack, except for a 13-year-old boy. I hung onto him as we made the last couple of turns. He put some distance on me as we made our way down the last straightaway to the finish line though. I never stood a chance haha.

I heard my Garmin beep the third mile but didn’t look down. (I later saw I’d actually managed to pick it up a few seconds, and ran 7:14.)

2016 fathers day 5k finish

Yup, looks like mile 3 of a 5K alright.

I crossed the line in 22:28, a 7:13/mile pace. That’s 25 seconds faster than a week ago and 1:07 faster than this same race last year. I’m not back to where I used to be, but I’m getting closer!

I would’ve run at least another easy mile to cool down, but as soon as I crossed the line, I ran into Terri, a woman I worked with in the Air Force! She was in town on vacation. She ran this race last year, but neither of us realized the other one was there until she saw my name in the results. She didn’t race this year, but she’d gone for a run on her own along the boardwalk and met me at the finish. It was so cool to catch up with her!

Allison finished and was pretty happy with her first race back. TK finished a bit later, but she had to leave almost immediately because she was going to breakfast with her dad for Father’s Day.

Allison and I went to the post-race party at Zogg’s. They had free beers for the runners, but our choices were Coors Light or Miller Lite. Sigh. I went with Coors.

fathers day 5k post race beers

When they handed out the awards, I was first of 15 in my age group. This week, they’d done delightfully cheesy trophies for all the overall and age group winners. It’s so tacky and I love it!

2016 fathers day 5k award

I was also eighth of 181 female runners, and 57th of 375 total runners.

I got an iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts and drove the Prius back to Fenwick. Apparently I arrived not long after Clark and his dad left to go surfing. I spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon with Clark’s mom and Pepper.

I took Pepper for a kayak ride. He was tolerating it until I intentionally went straight through the wake of a speedboat out in the bay, and the kayak was skipping across the little waves. He was over it after that haha. So we went back.

When Clark and his dad got back, we got some beers and hung out some more. It was a perfect afternoon for that on the screened in porch.

We left a little before 5 p.m. I took a quick shower at home and then we went over to my parents’ house to see my dad for Father’s Day.

And today is the first day of summer! I have an easy run and some strength training planned.

June 17, 2016

Training for 6/17/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:51 pm

Today, I went out for a run, sans Pepper because it was pretty warm and sunny by the time I got my butt out the door (surprise.) But it was such a nice day, I passed up the turn I should have made to run the 5.5-mile loop I’d originally intended, and went down past the ferry to stretch it out to the 7.3-mile loop.

I was regretting that a little by about the 5-mile point haha. I wished I’d brought water with me. I finished off the loop and downed several glasses of water and one of chocolate milk as soon as I got home. I also did some ab exercises and push-ups. I really slacked on the strength training this week.

Anyway, this weekend should be fun. Tomorrow, I’m taking part in my first standup paddleboard race, a 3-mile recreational race in Snow Hill.

It’s called Return to Goat Island, because the course goes around an island in the Pocomoke River on which some goats live. If I was feeling super ambitious, I could try to win the 17-mile (!!) race Sunday morning, in which case I would get to name one of the resident goats. Maybe next year!

Even if I felt like I could paddle 17 miles on a paddleboard, I wouldn’t be able to compete for goat-naming rights, because Sunday morning is the Father’s Day 5K in Rehoboth, my second of the summer series. I’m not feeling so speedy right now. I’ve been sleepy all day and my run today felt like a bit of a slog. I think that 32-mile bike ride a couple days ago kicked my ass more than I realized.

At some point Sunday, I will go see my dad. NASCAR is off this weekend, so there’s no race to watch.

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