A Simple Running Log

December 31, 2016

Training for 12/31/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:47 pm

I don’t usually post on the weekend, but I finished up my running year today, so I’m going to go ahead and sum up 2016.

First things first, today’s run: I had 16 on the schedule but left too late to get in that many miles before noon, when registration for next year’s Rehoboth half marathon opened at a discount for the first 500 registrants. I cut it to the 10.1-mile loop, and it turned out to be one of the best solo training runs I’ve had in a while.

For one, since Pepper stayed home with Clark, I could finally wear my new iPod. I missed having music even more than I realized! That was a big help.

I also wore the Garmin 220 Clark passed down to me after he got his new Fenix 3 for Christmas. It was nice to see the miles tick off, and I think it definitely kept me on pace. I wound up running the 10.1-mile loop at an 8:24/mile average pace, and the last two miles were by far the fastest.

I got home just in time to make sure I was among the first 500 to register for Rehoboth. On Dec. 2, I’ll be running my sixth consecutive and seventh overall Rehoboth half marathon.

Clark also signed up for the half, and he signed up his dad, as a late Christmas gift.

Anyway, that finished off both the month and the year. I’ll do my December summary first.

Mileage:

  • Week 1 (Dec. 1-3): 16.1 miles
  • Week 2 (Dec. 4-10): 20.5
  • Week 3 (Dec. 11-17): 28
  • Week 4 (Dec. 18-24): 32.3
  • Week 5 (Dec. 25-31): 34.7

Total: 131.6 miles

I slacked a bit on the mileage after Rehoboth, but I needed it. I feel ready to get into the heavy mileage of Shamrock Marathon training over the next couple of months.

As far as racing goes, I ran two in December: Rehoboth, which was my fastest half marathon in a couple of years, and a miserable Ugly Sweater 5K with Pepper in freezing rain on an icy bike path. They can’t all be winners, I guess.

And now, to sum up 2016!

Mileage:

  • January: 190.6 miles
  • February: 156.6
  • March: 147.2
  • April: 135.6
  • May: 131.9
  • June: 133.8
  • July: 135
  • August: 160.3
  • September: 178.8
  • October: 175.6
  • November: 136.4
  • December: 131.6

Total: 1,813.4 miles

Last year, I ran 1,581 miles, and decided my goal for this year was to run at least one more mile. Well, I’d say that was a success! I wound up running 232 more. I’m pleased with that total.

Overall, I had a fun year of running, probably mostly due to the fact that I enjoyed my second consecutive injury-free year. No stress fractures, no aggravated tendons or muscles, nothing. A whole year of just putting on my shoes and hitting the road without having to think about what might hurt this time.

I ran a lot of good races this year too:

clark and me jb shot

In February, at the 40K mark of the L.A. Marathon, Clark’s first marathon, which I got to run with him.

marathon medals

In March, I finished the Whale Challenge once again, including my first sub-4 marathon in three years on a windy, chilly day.

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Led the 1:55 pace group at the Ocean City Half Marathon on yet another windy day in April.

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MORE cold wind and rain at the St. Michaels Half Marathon in May, but it was the three bathroom stops I had to make to tend to my cranky guts that ruined my shot at making my goal time.

masser 5 miler finish

It finally warmed up in time for the Masser 5-Miler on Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff event for this year’s Seashore Striders summer series.

2016 twilight 5k finish

It just kept getting hotter too — the Twilight 5K on July 22 was, according to the race director, amongst the top 10 hottest races he’d ever put on in Delaware.

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TK and me before the final race of the summer series, on Labor Day weekend, just before a hurricane grazed the area.

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Finishing the Dogfish Dash 8K in September with Pepper. He’s kind of aggravating to run a race with, but damn if the pictures didn’t make it all worth it! This is probably my favorite running picture of all time.

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The October day Pepper set a new mileage PR — he ran 12.2 miles with me!

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Mile 21 of the Baltimore Marathon, my “training” marathon, which I finished in 3:54. I love this race so much I’ve already signed up for it again in 2017.

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After finishing the Monster Mash Half Marathon in Dover. I’ll probably come back for this one in 2017 too — the first mile is on the NASCAR track and the finish is right outside it, and dogs are allowed! So this could be Pepper’s first half marathon.

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Finishing the Philly Marathon in November, my goal marathon, barely faster than Baltimore the month before, thanks to the worst weather (freezing temps, 30 mph sustained wind) I’ve ever tried to race in.

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Finishing the Huffin’ for Pumpkin Pie 5K in 21:39, my fastest 5K in a couple of years.

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Final mile of the Rehoboth half marathon, which I finished in 1:46 on the dot, while wearing my first ever pair of New Balance wear test shoes.

So, in spite of a lot of less than ideal weather this year, I had a pretty decent year of racing. No PRs, but some strong runs. Maybe I’ll finally break one of my old records in 2017.

Outside of running, I had a good year too. I did a fair bit of traveling.

clark on a surfboard

With Clark on the beach in Malibu in February, where we stayed for a week after the L.A. Marathon.

all of us forsyth park fountain

I spent a week in Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., with my mom and sisters.

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Tagged along with Clark on a short business trip to New Orleans in September, where we celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary.

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Spent a week in October driving around New England, including this stop in Maine to see the road Dogfish Head Craft Brewery was named for.

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Went to Phoenix in November to check off another NASCAR track. Surprisingly, Julie actually wants to travel with us again to a destination track next year! I thought for sure those two drunken idiots on the left had ruined it for her.

And this wasn’t one of my accomplishments, but it was impressive enough I have to add it to this year’s summary:

Clark Eagleman finish

Clark finishing his first half IRONMAN, the 70.3 Eagleman, in June, which he plans to do again in 2017.

So what’s in store for 2017?

Running goals:

  • Stay injury-free for a third consecutive year!
  • Get consistent about strength training again.
  • Get my half marathon time back below 1:40.
  • Run a new marathon PR (sub-3:40.)
  • Run at least 1,814 miles.

I’m already signed up for several races next year: the Algonquin 50K in Pocomoke, in place of a 20-mile training run for Shamrock (Feb. 11); the Whale Challenge at Shamrock (March 18 and 19); the St. Michaels Half Marathon (May 20); the Baltimore Marathon (Oct. 21): and the Rehoboth Half Marathon (Dec. 2.) I will also pace the Ocean City Half Marathon (April 29) again if I’m asked, but the pace team organizer hasn’t started that process yet.

I’m sure I’ll do the summer series again, and I still have to pick a goal fall marathon. Right now I’m leaning heavily toward Richmond on Nov. 12.

And that’s it. Happy New Year! See you in 2017.

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December 30, 2016

Training for 12/30/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:29 pm

Today, it got cold and windy, so Pepper got to wear his new dork jacket for the first time.

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Which he hates as much as the old one haha. Too bad!

We did a lap around the 5.5-mile loop. A little cloud came through and dumped the first snow flurries I’ve seen while running this season. It didn’t last long at least.

Other than that, my last run with Pepper of 2016 was unremarkable. Just another routine run.

Oh, I guess there was one other thing of note — about halfway through the run, my yearly mileage hit 1,800, a mark I haven’t seen since 2012. I’m pretty happy about that!

Tomorrow is, of course, New Year’s Eve, and so the last run of the year. I’ve got a long run on the schedule, 16 miles this week. If it’s gonna get done, it has to get done tomorrow, because I’m never in any shape to run anything on New Year’s Day.

December 29, 2016

Training for 12/29/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:39 pm

Today, Pepper and I just did another easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop. When we got back, I actually did some ab exercises for the first time in forever. I have gotten so incredibly lazy about strength training! Fixing that should probably be one of my resolutions for 2017.

December 28, 2016

Training for 12/28/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:11 pm

Today, the sun finally came out, but it cooled down a bit. Not much, just enough to need capri-length tights instead of shorts. Pepper still didn’t need his dork jacket.

We did an easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop. Apparently I’m not the only one who’s been eating too much crap since Christmas — Pepper went out to poop no less than four times this morning, and took another enormous dump while we were running haha. Too many treats!

He also grabbed himself a nice mouthful of something else’s poop along the way. I wasn’t quick enough to get it out of his mouth before he’d gotten most of it down either; I just got a thick smear of it across my gloves when I forced his mouth open. So there’s something to look forward to later, if it makes him puke like chicken shit does. Great!

December 27, 2016

Training 12/27/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:16 pm

The weather has been pretty decent the past couple of days — overcast and gray, but warm enough for shorts for me and no dork jacket for Pepper — and we’ve put in a couple of short easy runs.

Yesterday, we did a lap around the 4.5-mile loop, and today we ran the 5.5-mile loop. Both runs probably would’ve gone better if I hadn’t been eating so much chocolate since Christmas, but oh well! There’s still plenty in the house, so I don’t see my eating habits improving much over the next several days.

December 26, 2016

Training for 12/26/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:35 pm

Well, I think we pulled off Christmas.

Saturday, I finally did all the crap to get ready to host Christmas Eve that I should’ve been doing all week. Cleaned the house, folded and put away the gigantic pile of clean laundry, helped Clark take the screens out of the window, etc. I also made Aunt Helen’s veggie pizza, per her recipe, which I think was supposed to be for two separate pizzas, but I stacked up all the ingredients, so I wound up with what I was calling a deep dish veggie pizza. Whatever!

In the meantime, Clark went to the liquor store and bought so much the guy who rang him up asked if he could come to our party.

Late in the afternoon, I went out and ran an easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop. I had more on the schedule, but that’s really all I had time for. Better than nothing.

The party was a success.

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My brother-in-law, Huey, who doesn’t really drink anymore, after he let Kara make him three Grey Goose and cranberries haha.

And that was pretty early in the proceedings!

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Clark, me and Dave in our best ugly Christmas sweaters.

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Uncle John and my dad, who accidentally won best Christmas sweater.

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Becky and Kara after they finished off the Grey Goose and moved on to the Tito’s.

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Clark’s dad, mom, aunt and grandmother reacting to something Clark was saying.

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Pepper was over it by 11:30, ready for everyone to get out of his house so he could go to bed.

Unfortunately for Pep, the party wasn’t anywhere close to over yet at that point, and it was after 1:30 a.m. when the last guests left. By the time I got the house put back together and went to bed it was almost 2:30.

We didn’t have to be at Clark’s parents’ house until 10 a.m. Christmas Day, so I thought I was going to get to sleep in. Not so much! Clark insisted we get up before 7 to start opening gifts.

We let Pepper open his first. He got a new running jacket, like the one he’s worn the last four years, but insulated, and a new harness. He was not very jazzed about those haha. He did like his new squeaky toy and the bag of grilled venison filet treats though.

Clark gave me the waterproof iPod shuffle I was hoping for, as well as a new Seiko kinetic watch. I’ve had a kinetic Swatch watch for two years, but the thing could only store enough energy to run for about 10 hours after you take it off. Since I don’t wear it when I’m working from home, I had to shake it to get it running and reset it pretty much every time I wanted to wear it. Then it started keeping terrible time, and then it just quit running altogether about four months ago.

Clark’s had a kinetic Seiko for years, that stores up to six months of energy and keeps perfect time, so hopefully this will be the last watch I ever need.

I gave Clark a Garmin Fenix 3 (which means I inherited his Garmin 220), a cold weather Nike running top and a couple more pairs of Smartwool running socks. He’s planning on Eagleman again in June, and wants to start training in January, so he should be set.

We spent the rest of the morning and the afternoon at Clark’s parents’ house. Christmas brunch with his family is one of my favorite meals all year, especially the eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and the strawberry danish.

In the evening, we went to my parents’ house for Christmas dinner. Clark was pretty drunk and told my dad my two least favorite words in the English language, which my dad and pretty much everyone else repeated ad nauseam the rest of the time I was trying to eat. Let me tell you, I could’ve gone the rest of my life without hearing “moist” or “squirt” ever again, and I definitely didn’t need to hear them 200 times in a 20-minute span from everyone I’m related to!

Anyway, we exchanged gifts after dinner. As a gag gift, to go along with the Copper Hands arthritis pain-relieving gloves I got last year, Dave gave me a pair of anti-glare “night vision” glasses:

night-vision-glasses

These came in pretty handy much sooner than expected.

Clark passed out in a recliner right after we got done opening presents. It started with a couple of bows on his head, and quickly devolved from there. My family was in hysterics as people added more decorations to the sleeping drunk guy. Definitely the most entertaining part of the evening!

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Aunt Debbie unwrapping a Hershey’s kiss to put in his hand, hoping it’d melt and then he’d smear it across his face when he woke up.

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It kept falling out of his hand though, so we stuck it on his face, and my brother put on the finishing touch:

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So festive haha. I removed everything before I woke him up to go home. He had no idea any of this happened until I showed him all the pictures this morning. Fortunately he found it all as funny as the rest of us did!

As soon as we got home, I went straight to bed. Today, I haven’t done much, but we did send this picture to my brother, of me using my Copper Hands and my new anti-glare glasses to play the handheld game system he gave me last year:

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Getting old isn’t so bad now with all these new technological advancements!

Anyway, judging by how many of my family members told me yesterday how much they enjoyed having Christmas Eve at our house compared to Aunt Helen’s (quote from Aunt Gail: “Helen would’ve thought we were being too loud!”) I think we might have just accidentally permanently inherited hosting duties. Two days later, our house still smells like the oil Aunt Gail uses to fry shrimp, but other than that, I didn’t mind having everyone here, so that’s fine with me.

Today, I still need to go for a run. I was going to go by myself earlier, after I’d loaded some music on my new iPod, but I waited too long. Clark went to Annapolis with his dad to fix the boiler at his brother’s house, which means I’m here alone with Pepper, which means he gets to go with me, which means the return of music to my runs will have to wait until another day.

December 23, 2016

Training for 12/23/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:48 pm

Happy Festivus! And merry Christmas Eve eve!

I have so much to do before everyone gets here tomorrow night for Christmas Eve, and I haven’t done any of it. Why do I always do this to myself? Oh well…

I did manage to get Pepper outside earlier for the 7-miler on the schedule. About two miles down the road, we ran into a woman walking a very large Akita I’d never seen before. The dog was friendly and wanted to play with Pepper, but of course Pepper was doing everything he could to avoid socializing. He’d be so happy if every other dog in the world just disappeared one day.

Anyway, the woman said she just moved to the area from northern Delaware this past summer, and she runs too, but she hasn’t been able to for a while as she’s been recovering from a fractured knee, the result of a freak accident caused by her dog.

She guessed Pepper was about a year old, tops, and was very surprised to hear he’s actually 8. She was also impressed that he’s run up to 12 miles with me.

The rest of the way around the 7.3-mile loop was routine. It was a nice day for a run, but it wasn’t quite as warm as I’d thought when I got dressed in shorts and a thin long-sleeved shirt. I was pretty chilly by the time we made it home.

Guess I better get to work here. I hope everyone has a merry Christmas this weekend!

December 22, 2016

Training for 12/22/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:53 pm

This morning, I took Pepper out as soon as possible for a quick 3-miler. I wore the new 1400s that came in the mail yesterday. They felt so good!

Even better, Pepper took a massive dump while we were out, because I was going to have to leave him home while I drove my aunt to the airport. I swear he knew he’d just messed up after he did it — he just stood there and glared at me, like he knew exactly why I was so happy to see him do that haha.

I took a shower, left my sad dog at home and picked up Aunt Helen. She chattered the whole way to the airport, about Bill, about her runny sinuses, about all the ways flying has changed since the last time she flew (pre-9/11.) She seemed a little disappointed when she found out Bill wouldn’t be able to meet her right at the gate like the olden days, but she bounced back from that pretty quickly after he sent her a text message. I have to say, the whole thing was adorable. I’ve never seen Aunt Helen like this. She practically ran into the airport when I dropped her off at the curb.

I also thought it was funny, when we were talking about Christmas presents, and I told her Clark got me a waterproof iPod for running, because I’ve drowned the last three in sweat. She could not believe I produce that much sweat when I run. She was especially grossed out when I told her sometimes I can hear my feet squelching in my shoes, when it’s not raining haha.

Anyway, I got her car safely back to her garage, and then I came back home to release Pepper from his fortress of solitude, so everyone’s happy again.

December 21, 2016

Training for 12/21/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:07 pm

Happy first day of winter! Today is an appropriate time to listen to one of my all-time favorite songs:

True story: I got in a ton of trouble in seventh grade when my dad went to listen to his digitally remastered copy of “Songs From the Wood,” the 1977 album on which this song appears, and it wasn’t in its case, because I’d, uh, borrowed it. I was listening to it in my room, through my headphones, when he came in looking for it. Caught me red-handed haha.

Anyway, I’ve been busy running around doing Christmas crap the past couple of days, but I’ve also gotten in a couple of runs.

Yesterday, Pepper and I did an easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop. In the evening, Clark and I went first to Dogfish Head’s brewery in Milton, where he showed off another entry in his ugly Christmas sweater collection along with the hat he’d just bought in the gift shop:

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Yes, the star on the Christmas tree is a bottle opener haha. Then we went to the brewpub in Rehoboth for dinner.

Today, I took Pepper out for another run, this time around the 5.5-mile loop. Not far down the road, a UPS truck was pulling out of a neighbor’s driveway. He stopped in the road to tell me he had a delivery for me, and he’d leave it on the front step. I knew exactly what part of it was, and I couldn’t wait to get back to open it!

We finished the run and I found these beauties on the front step as promised:

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A new pair of New Balance 1400v4s!

For some reason, they came with an extra set of laces. The only difference I can tell right now is the tips are green instead of pink. Maybe they’re a different length. I really didn’t think anyone cared about the colors of the tips of their shoelaces enough to include another option in the package.

I’ll try those out tomorrow, before I’m driving Aunt Helen to the airport for her trip out to Kentucky for an unknown length of time.

December 19, 2016

Training for 12/19/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:23 pm

I had a pretty slack weekend, as far as running went.

Saturday morning, we woke up to a delightful freezing rain falling. Clark laughed when I asked if he still wanted to go do the 5K in St. Michaels we’d signed up for. But I’d told TK I’d be there, so I put on an ugly Christmas sweater and put Pepper’s on him, and we headed out.

As soon as we stepped outside, Pepper found the back steps were coated in ice, when he launched himself face-first into the handrail because he was sprinting around like a lunatic, like he always does when he’s about to go for a ride. Didn’t even faze him though. He bounced off it and slid down the steps, and as soon as his feet found traction on the ground, he took off again.

The roads were totally fine, fortunately, so I had no problem making the roughly 45-minute drive. By the time we got to St. Michaels though, what had been a drizzle at home had turned into more of a deluge. It also wasn’t warming up as quickly as they’d predicted; at race time, it was still right around freezing.

So few people showed up, there was enough parking for all of us in the tri shop’s lot, so at least we didn’t have to trudge through the rain from the elementary school, where we’d had to park last year.

TK, her sister Kari and Kari’s dog, Lucille, got there right about when Pepper and I did. I handed off my unwrapped toy donations (the race was free, but they asked everyone to bring a toy) and put down 22:52 for my prediction (anyone who got within 10 seconds of their predicted time was a winner.)

They held off on the 9 a.m. race start a few minutes in case some people had gotten held up because of the weather (apparently a couple bridges had been closed overnight in Wicomico County for some reason.) Not that any of us were complaining. I don’t think anyone was excited to go run in the freezing rain.

Eventually they asked us to head out to the starting line, across the street and down a block. At that point, the rain had tapered off a bit, but it was still coming down hard enough that Pepper turned to give me a look that said, “Really? This is what we’re doing?”

Turns out there were 24 runners. Last year, this run had 80 finishers, and I know there were way more than 24 pre-registrants. I guess when it’s free, people don’t feel so obligated to show up when the weather sucks.

Anyway, the course was the same as last year: two short out-and-backs along cul-de-sacs in a small development, another short out-and-back on the paved bike path in one direction, and then a final longer out-and-back along the bike path in the other direction.

We got an informal “go!” from one of the tri shop guys, and we were off. Pepper gave me one last look, to make sure he was actually supposed to follow the people who’d taken off in front of us, and then he reluctantly started trotting after them.

Twenty feet later, we hit the first ice patch on the course. I guess the side street through the development hadn’t been treated like all the main roads. Everyone tip-toed over that, but there was plenty more where that came from.

At the first turnaround, Pepper took an enormous dump along the edge of a little grove of planted trees in the middle of the cul-de-sac. Awesome. Once again, I hadn’t thought to bring along a bag in case he did that (he never does that when I do remember a bag), so I covered it with the rocks lining the mulch so no one would step in it.

We took off again. I’m sure Pepper felt a lot lighter after dropping that load haha.

The rest of the run was OK. There was a lot of ice on the bike path, which I slowed for every time. I wasn’t about to fall and bust my ass. Pepper also kept stopping to pee on stuff. Not just little spritzes either — long drenches every time. I don’t know where he holds it all!

The rain also picked back up again as we were running. It was absolutely pouring by the time Pepper and I made it to the finish line, in 25:33 — by far the slowest 5K either of us have ever run, and waaay off my prediction, once again.

We walked back to the tri shop. Kari’s dog had never run more than a mile in one go, and they didn’t feel like dealing with the ice any longer, so they’d cut short the final out-and-back and only finished about half of the distance. They were already warming up by the little fireplace in the back of the shop.

We didn’t hang around much longer. TK and Kari had to leave for a family thing, and Pepper and I were cold, soaked and miserable (and coated in a thin sheen of ice), so we left. I stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee, but other than that, we went straight home. For once, I think Clark had the right idea when he punked out on that run!

Anyway, that afternoon, we went to Salisbury. We stopped at a couple of breweries, 3rd Wave and Rubber Soul, and Best Buy, so Clark could finally get that iPod shuffle for his dad he’d been meaning to pick up for the past week. He also got his mom a Fitbit, and a ton of vinyl records — The Beatles, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Bruno Mars — which we stayed up listening to when we got home.

Sunday, it was 65 freaking degrees by late morning, but windy. I had a long run on the schedule, but I did not want to do it. So I didn’t. I really didn’t want to do anything, but I made a slow lap around the 4.5-mile loop and felt like I was dying the whole way. It was just one of those days.

The rest of the day was spent being lazy. Clark went in town that evening and bought a bunch of lightbulbs to finally replace all the burned-out ones around the house. Seriously, every light fixture around here that was supposed to have three or four bulbs was down to one. It’s so bright in here now!

And today, it’s back to below freezing, and still windy. Weather is so dumb. I’ve got an easy 3-miler and strength training on the schedule.

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