A Simple Running Log

December 12, 2016

Training for 12/12/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:06 am

Last year, we waited until the weekend before Christmas to get a tree, and this was the Charlie Brown tree we ended up with:


This year, we went a little earlier and had a better selection.


I didn’t realize what a monstrous tree I’d picked out until Clark got it set up in the house. Last year, the tree was so tiny we didn’t have to put all the lights on it. This year, we could’ve used a couple more strings!

It had plenty of room for all of our ornaments. This is one of my favorites:


My mom bought this for us the year we got married. The reason I like it so much is because it was actually 2009 — Mom didn’t figure out why it was on clearance until she was wrapping it haha. She just thought she’d found a really good deal.

With the live tree up and decorated, I’m pretty close to ready for Christmas. I just have to buy a couple more gifts and write and send cards.

I had a successful weekend of running. Saturday morning, I did an easy lap around the 6.5-mile loop. Pepper didn’t go with me because Clark was home, but I had dog company anyway. I got to pet three dogs along the way: a little yippy dog that came barreling out of its yard like it was going to snap at my ankles, but was really just aggressively pursuing a belly rub; my favorite pit bull, Simba; and a very pretty long-haired brown dog I’d never seen before but also just wanted to be rubbed on.

Sunday, I ran the 8.4-mile loop, but it didn’t feel as smooth as Saturday’s run. I hadn’t eaten very well the day before — I’d say 60 percent of all the calories I took in for the day came from an eclair cake my friend had made — and I just felt blah. I didn’t get to pet any dogs either. Oh well.

Sunday afternoon, Clark and I took Pepper to meet Santa at the Easton PetSmart. We saw my friend TK and her mom, who’d brought four dogs between them, and Clark’s parents, who’d brought Snoopy.

This year, PetSmart had everyone sign up to meet Santa, and then they called the pets in to the room one at a time and shut the door. In past years, they’d just let everyone line up in the room, which probably led to some very distracted pets.

Pepper was extremely distracted anyway, because Clark had come into the store with us, but he didn’t come into the room; he went to Target next door to pick up something for me. Pepper was convinced Clark was right outside the door, and would not sit still with Santa for anything, not even treats.

Finally, we got him to sit for about half a second, a fleeting moment that the woman taking the photographs somehow managed to capture:


He’s just a little blurry because he was in the process of taking off again haha. Still a very cute picture!

Today, I’ve got an easy 3-miler and strength training on the schedule. It’s pouring rain right now, but it’s supposed to stop this afternoon, so I’m just going to wait to run. Let’s be honest though — I’d more than likely put it off until as late as possible anyway.



  1. Cute photo! I could never take Bandit to go see Santa. She would go ballistic (he’s basically everything she hates).

    Comment by afastpacedlife — December 12, 2016 @ 1:15 pm | Reply

    • Aw! What kind of dog is she? My parents had a husky named Bandit so I just assume every dog named Bandit is also a husky.

      Comment by aschmid3 — December 12, 2016 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

      • She’s 12-lb dog of pure rat terrier fury. She’s awfully sweet when she knows you, but she can be a complete holy terror (holy terrier, as we call it) with strangers. Luckily she’s pretty good when we’re walking out on the streets as long as people ignore her, but if a bearded man with a hat looked at her . . .

        Comment by afastpacedlife — December 12, 2016 @ 3:27 pm

      • Haha yeah, sounds like Santa and she would not get along very well!

        Comment by aschmid3 — December 12, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

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