A Simple Running Log

September 16, 2016

Training for 9/16/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:54 am

Clark’s parents came and picked up Snoopy last night, so our houseguest is gone. Pepper will be reunited with him soon though — we’re going to the beach all weekend for Clark’s triathlon Sunday in Bethany Beach, and his parents had already offered to watch Pepper. I’ll miss him, but it’ll definitely be easier not having him with us.

Since we’re going to the beach, I did something smart for once. This morning, I got my scheduled long run done at home, instead of telling myself I’d do it tomorrow at the beach when I know full well I’d just find some reason to cut it way short.

The long run this week was 14 miles. I set out for a lap around my 14.5-mile loop sometime after 8 a.m. That was a little later than I wanted to leave, but it was such a gorgeous day — cool, sunny and low humidity — that it really didn’t matter.

What did matter was the miles I’ve been piling up lately! My whole body was just not into it, physically or mentally. I need a freaking day off.

Several times I told myself I’d take a shortcut home, put Pepper in his harness and take him out for a short second loop to finish the whole run. But then I’d try to picture myself actually leaving the house to run some more, and I knew that was a crock of shit.

I passed up all the shortcuts and did the entire 14.5-mile loop. It was not fast, but it was 14.5 miles on my feet and in the books. And now I don’t have to pretend I’m going to do it tomorrow!

I still have a 7-miler on the schedule for tomorrow morning. Maybe I’ll drive up to Rehoboth and run part of the trail used for the marathon. I love my back roads here at home, but I’m kinda sick of looking at them at the moment.

Sunday is absolutely, definitely, without a doubt a rest day. I can’t wait to spend it cheering for everyone else swimming, biking and running their tails off while I sip coffee on the boardwalk haha.

Anyway, this weekend should be fun. There’s a big welcome party for everyone in town for the triathlon tonight at The Starboard in Dewey. Tomorrow, I’m not sure what we’re doing. Sunday, the transition area opens at 5:30 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30, so we will be up bright and early for that.

I think this one is a 0.62-mile ocean swim, 18.5-mile bike and 4.5-mile run. Piece of cake haha.

There’s a post-race party right there on the boardwalk, with barbecue from Bethany Blues and beer from 3rd Wave. I’ve already got my wristband.

I’m not sure when I’ll post again. We come home Sunday, but then we’re leaving Monday morning, to fly to New Orleans for a few days. Clark has to take another state contractor license test, and it just so happens Monday is our seventh anniversary, so I’m tagging along so we can celebrate there. His test is Tuesday morning, and then we won’t be home until Wednesday evening. So it might be Thursday before I get around to this again.

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