A Simple Running Log

October 12, 2016

Training for 10/12/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:50 pm

Last night, Pepper was pretty worn out after running farther than ever before that morning.


He didn’t immediately scarf down his dinner, which wasn’t that odd. I’d given him a ton of treats after our run, and he begged for (and got) some of my dinner, which was normal. He seemed totally fine, just sleepy.

Until, that is, he nonchalantly climbed down off the couch, walked to the end of it and emptied his stomach’s entire contents on the carpet.

It was all water, except for the chunk of steak I’d given him. I ran out to the garage for the shop vac, sucked it up and then scrubbed up what the shop vac didn’t get.

Pepper looked just as bewildered as I felt, like he had no idea where that came from.

We went to bed. Again, Pepper acted totally normal, climbing in and out from under the covers as he got too hot and then cold again. I couldn’t get to sleep, not just because of his constant moving, but because I was also wondering if he was going to puke again.

I guess I fell asleep at some point, because I didn’t hear it when Pepper finally went and ate the dog food I’d set out for his dinner hours earlier. I did hear it, however, at 3:30 a.m., when he walked out into the dining room and puked it all up in two separate piles, both on the carpet, of course.

Shop vac and Resolve carpet cleaner to the rescue again! After I got that mess cleaned up, I decided to try to sleep on the couch, right by the back door, so if he had to puke a third time, maybe he’d actually try to get my attention to let him out to do it in the yard.

I barely got any more sleep. Pepper wanted to be on the couch too, but he kept wanting to move, which meant he kept pawing at my legs, trying to get me to move too.

Anyway, he didn’t puke again, but it was a very restless night. When I got up this morning, I felt like I hadn’t slept at all.

On the bright side, Pepper did scarf down his breakfast as soon as I set it down for him, and he’s kept it down for six hours. Whatever upset his stomach last night seems to have moved on.

But I haven’t run the easy 5-miler on the schedule yet. I’ll see how I feel a little later.



  1. Off topic, but I’m contemplating doing Rehoboth HM and I saw that you did this a few years ago. How long is the trail section of the race? 1 mile? 2 miles? And what is the trail like? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    Comment by afastpacedlife — October 12, 2016 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

    • Hey! Rehoboth is one of my favorite races. The trail part is an out-and-back; you wind up running about five miles on it total, between miles 6.5 and 11.5. It’s a crushed gravel surface. A couple of years, it’s been kinda rocky, but I just ran on it last month and it was fine. Not technical whatsoever, so don’t worry about needing special trail shoes or anything. It can also get some puddles if it rains a lot leading up to the race, as has happened before, but it’s never been flooded. I think they’re getting close to selling out this year’s race, so probably sign up soon if you want. I’m registered. Maybe I’ll see you there!

      Comment by aschmid3 — October 12, 2016 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

      • Thanks for responding so quickly. One more question, is the gravel packed or loose? I’m asking because I’m looking for a fast half.

        Comment by afastpacedlife — October 12, 2016 @ 5:03 pm

      • It’s packed. Some people seem to feel like the surface slows them down a bit, just because it is a little softer than pavement, but then others find they run it faster. Personally I don’t really feel a difference. Anyway, I think most people would consider Rehoboth’s a fast half marathon course. It’s very very flat.

        Comment by aschmid3 — October 13, 2016 @ 6:03 am

      • Thanks so much for the info! Your words sealed my decision and I just entered.

        Comment by afastpacedlife — October 13, 2016 @ 10:44 am

      • Awesome!!

        Comment by aschmid3 — October 13, 2016 @ 1:28 pm

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