A Simple Running Log

January 31, 2017

Training for 1/31/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:33 pm

I had a run on the schedule today, but by the time I got home from covering something for the paper this morning, I’d convinced myself I was in need of a rest day instead. It has been a week since the last one, so I guess I wasn’t just being lazy (ha, yes I was.)

I should peel my ass off the couch and do some strength training. We’ll see.

Since it’s the last day of the month, it’s time to sum up January.

Mileage:

  • Week 1 (Jan. 1-7): 27 miles
  • Week 2 (Jan. 8-14): 34.5
  • Week 3 (Jan. 15-21): 48.1
  • Week 4 (Jan. 22-28): 39.6
  • Week 5 (Jan. 29-31): 11

Total: 160.2 miles

Meh. Should’ve been more. I did run through snow, extreme cold (for Delaware), screaming wind and pouring rain this month, but I also cut short a lot of runs for no reason other than I felt like it. I didn’t run any races either, but I never do in January.

February is the real Monster Month of Shamrock training, so I need to stick to the training plan.

I know I’ll get in at least one good long run this month before Shamrock. My next 50K, in Pocomoke City, is a week from this coming Saturday. The only other race I might do is a free 5K in St. Michaels the following weekend.

January 30, 2017

Training for 1/30/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:07 pm

I’ve run some miles over the past few days, just not as many as I was supposed to.

Friday, I ran the 4.5-mile loop. I took Pepper with me for the first time all week, because Clark and I were going to have to leave Pep home that night when we went to Dogfish Head for Clark’s birthday.

Dogfish Head was good, as usual. Plenty of delicious beers on tap, and the live band was awesome too. We stayed until a little after midnight.

clark-34th-birthday

Saturday, I was supposed to run 20 miles, the first of three 20-milers in preparation for Shamrock. Well, I slept in. Then I made pancakes per Clark’s request, since Saturday was his actual 34th birthday. Then I finally put away all the ornaments on the real tree in the front room. Then my parents stopped by to drop off a birthday card for Clark.

By the time I went out to run, it was well past 2 p.m., and we had plans to be at Clark’s parents’ house later for another birthday dinner.

So I only ran the 10.1-mile loop. Short, but better than nothing. It turned out to be a pretty enjoyable run at least.

When I got home, Clark had taken the lights off the tree and dragged the thing to the back yard. More than a month after Christmas, everything is finally put away.

I also got this picture of Pepper. He looks like this a lot. Like the hate is rising but he’s still adorable haha. I don’t know why he makes this face all the time.

cute-hate

Dinner that night was excellent. Clark had asked his mom to make some typical New Orleans food, so we started with crawfish dip, and then his dad steamed some more crawfish. I’d had crawfish meat before, like the way it was served in the dip, but I’d never cracked one open myself. I was surprised how little of each crawfish you actually eat. It’s just the tail — the rest of it is waste.

Anyway, his mom also made crab-stuffed catfish and shrimp gumbo over rice, and we had a salad and fruit along with it, with chocolate cupcakes for dessert.

Sunday morning, I got up in time for a quick run before I was supposed to meet my friends to finally exchange our Christmas gifts. I did a lap around the 6.5-mile loop. It was another good run.

Later that morning, we all met for brunch, staying almost until the restaurant closed for the day. It takes us forever to coordinate everyone’s schedules so we can spend a little time together, so we like to drag it out when it finally happens.

Last night, for dinner, Clark and I cooked a couple of beef tenderloins in the cast-iron skillet and put the leftover crawfish dip on top. It was so good!

It snowed overnight. We woke up this morning to quite a bit of accumulation, but 95 percent of it melted throughout the day. By the time I went out to run late this afternoon, the roads were completely clear. I did another easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop.

January 26, 2017

Training for 1/26/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:51 pm

Today, I ran a lap around the 5.5-mile loop. It was still just barely warm enough for shorts, but it was pretty windy. At one point, running head on into it, I had tears, snot and drool running down my face. So glamorous.

Other than the wind though, it was a good run. My legs felt a lot less sore than they did yesterday.

I forgot to mention something yesterday. There are a couple deer carcasses along my usual running routes right now — all idiots that ran out in front of cars, like the dangerous pea-brained idiots they are, I’m sure — and yesterday, I saw two of those carcasses being picked over by bald eagles.

I know bald eagles will eat carrion (there was a pair that used to hang around the pit where my dad dumped his dead chickens every day), but it always surprises me to see a bald eagle acting like a damn turkey vulture. I want to yell at them “You’re supposed to be more majestic than that!”

The second one I saw yesterday flew off as I was running up on it. I can’t see very well without glasses, so I wasn’t 100 percent sure it was an eagle. Then I glanced over to the right and saw a guy, pretty much standing in the trees, with a camera with a huge telescope lens. Not something you see every day around here! I hope that really was an eagle, and that guy was a wildlife photography enthusiast, because otherwise, that was really weird haha.

January 25, 2017

Training for 1/25/17

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Yesterday, I didn’t run before I had to go cover something in the morning, and by the time I got home late in the afternoon, I had zero motivation to go out and run in the cold wind. So I did some strength training at home.

Last night, Clark and I went to The Fork + Flask at Nage, a Rehoboth restaurant with a needlessly complicated name we’d not tried yet. It was pretty good, but the presentation was… also a little needlessly complicated. My cedar-planked salmon came with a small pile of still-burning cinnamon sticks haha:

dinner-at-nage

Those strips in the middle are butternut squash, by the way. They were pretty good. I mean, it was all good, but damn. Kinda try-hard.

Dessert was excellent too. It was cheesecake brulee with sherbet and meringue:

dessert-at-nage

Today, the weather had improved quite a bit. It was sunny and 60 freaking degrees this afternoon! I went out in shorts and a T-shirt to run the 10.5-mile loop, this week’s middle distance run.

I made Pepper stay home. He’s been being really weird about his dog food lately (though he’ll still immediately scarf down any dog treats or human food) and I don’t think he needs to run off any extra calories until he starts eating normally again.

I took my phone specifically to get a picture of some “street art” I saw the last time I ran this particular route that made me laugh pretty hard (but I won’t post it here because it’s kind of offensive if you don’t think dick jokes are as funny as I do.) However, I will post the picture I took of the horse I see every day, who was still wearing his blanket in spite of the unseasonably warm weather. Maybe he feels dapper in it and didn’t want it removed.

horse-in-a-blanket

He tolerates me, but I think he really likes Pepper, since Pepper is often wearing a similar-looking “blanket.” I swear he gives Pep a nod haha.

Anyway, the weather was great, but my legs were embarrassingly sore after doing squats and lunges yesterday. I felt a little like the Tin Man lurching down the road. Overall though, it was a pretty great run for this time of year.

January 23, 2017

Training for 1/23/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:47 pm

Saturday morning, Clark left pretty early to go surfing. We were going to have to leave Pepper home alone in the afternoon, so I took him with me for the 9-miler on the weekend’s schedule.

The first three miles were molasses slow. He kept stopping to sniff, pee and poop. I didn’t mind so much though, because every dump he took on the side of the road was one less I was going to have to worry about cleaning up when we got home later.

By the time we got to the ferry, he’d finally gotten everything out of his system, and the last 6.5 miles were quite a bit faster (except for when I had to stop in the woods for a bathroom break of my own less than 1.5 miles from home.) Other than all the pooping, it was a pretty nice lap around the 9.5-mile loop.

That afternoon, we went to Dave and Kasey’s house to celebrate Kaylee’s second birthday. She’s into Daniel Tiger, so Kasey got this shirt made for her:

kaylee-second-birthday

So cute!

After the party broke up, Clark and I went to RAR Brewing in Cambridge for a bit, had dinner at Jimmie and Sook’s and came home to — no dog poop! What a good boy.

Sunday, I was supposed to do 19 miles but I… didn’t. I really have no excuse other than I just didn’t feel like running for close to three hours. So I just did a lap around the 4.5-mile loop in the early afternoon and called it good enough. Lame, I know.

Today, the weather went from gray and dreary to pouring rain and screaming wind. I guess there’s a nor’easter passing through.

I waited as long as I could to do the short easy run on today’s schedule. By the time I finally went out at 4 p.m. (sans Pepper), the rain had slacked off from a torrential downpour, but it was still coming down pretty steadily, and the wind was blowing at a sustained 25 mph.

They say there’s no such thing as bad running weather, just bad gear. They are wrong! Today was a shitty weather day for a run.

The whole first mile was head-on into the wind. I felt like I was running up a mountain. I was completely gassed by the time I made it to an intersection and got to turn so the wind was at least only coming from the side for the next mile. The cold rain pelting my face wasn’t helping either.

The couple of miles where the wind was mostly at my back wasn’t bad at all. I even did something nice and dragged a fallen tree branch off the road.

The last 3/10ths of a mile or so were once again head-on into the wind. I was barely moving. It was like running through quicksand, so I just slowed to a walk a little earlier than usual. My only thought at that point was “This is so stupid” haha.

But, it was 4.5 miles in the books. When I got home, Pepper looked like he almost agreed I’d done him a favor by leaving him behind, as much as he hates being alone.

January 20, 2017

Training for 1/20/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:21 pm

Today was technically a rest day, but I felt like doing something anyway, so I took Pepper to the cross country trail for a quick lap around the 3-mile loop. We hadn’t been there in a while, and it was a nice easy run.

Tomorrow, I’ve got a 9-miler on the schedule, and Sunday is supposed to be a 19-mile long run.

Tomorrow is also exactly three weeks until the 50K I’m running in place of a 20-mile training run. I joined the Facebook group for the 100 or so people running it. Everyone’s talking about tapering after they do one last long run this weekend. I’m training right through it.

The weather right now, as far as the temperature goes, is about as nice as it gets in the winter around here. I’d love it if it just stayed like this until early March. But that’s not likely, so I ordered a balaclava yesterday. If it gets super cold and windy again, I’ll be ready.

Anyway, other than running this weekend, I’ve got my niece’s second birthday party to go to tomorrow. I was supposed to also see my friends later tomorrow to finally exchange Christmas gifts, but then one of my friends’ kids went and came down with a stomach bug, so that got postponed.

January 19, 2017

Training for 1/19/17

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Today, I finally put away all the Christmas stuff. Clark said something about it still hanging around a couple days ago, and I pointed out I’d at least stopped plugging in and turning on the lights, which he said was somehow worse. So it’s gone now.

I was supposed to do hill repeats this afternoon, but I really didn’t feel like dealing with Pepper’s inevitable guilt trip, so I just took him with me for a lap around the 4.5-mile loop.

 

January 18, 2017

Training for 1/18/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:21 pm

Today is my favorite niece’s second birthday!

Otherwise, it’s just another boring ol’ January day. Pepper’s foot didn’t seem to be bothering him at all, and I didn’t feel like pressing my luck with leaving him home alone again, so he got to go with me for this week’s middle distance run, a 9-miler.

It was an overcast and breezy but relatively warm day, for the middle of winter. The first two miles were slow, as Pepper did his usual routine of sniffing and peeing on everything (and pooping once — I was really glad I hadn’t left him home.) Then he found a little stick and things picked up.

A bit more than halfway through, I had to run into the woods for my own bathroom break. It hit me that Pepper has seen me use the bathroom outside so often, he must really wonder what the hell I’m doing when I actually use a toilet at home haha.

The last few miles were easy enough, and we finished off the 9.1-mile loop.

January 17, 2017

Training for 1/17/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:03 pm

I’ve just done a couple of short easy runs the past couple of days.

After I got home yesterday, I eventually got up the motivation to change into running clothes, put Pepper in his coat and harness and go out for the 3-miler on the schedule.

Today, I put off running about as late possible. I was going to take Pepper, but it started raining again just as I was about to leave, and he seemed to have a spot on one of his feet last night that was actually bothering him (not a fake “injury” to get me to cut short a run), so I left him home.

I did a lap in the rain around the 4.5-mile loop. I was bracing myself for a mountain of dog poop in the utility room when I got back, but much to my surprise, he’d been a good boy.

January 16, 2017

Training for 1/16/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:39 pm

Saturday, I wound up not running. It was raining all day, so I was waiting for that to quit, and then my brother came over, so I just didn’t go.

Sunday, on the other hand, I had an incredible run. I went out for the 14-mile long run, with the Garmin. The first few miles didn’t feel so great physically, but the splits were all around 8:00, so I kept going (and tried to slow it down a little.)

By about mile 4, I felt pretty great. The miles kept ticking off between 8:10 and 8:20 without even having to think about it. I ate a GU and took a salt cap around the halfway point, but other than that, I just kept running — I never even had to use the bathroom!

It was over before I knew it. I hit ‘stop’ right at 14.5 miles — 1:59:02, an 8:12/mile average pace. I haven’t run that distance in a training run in under two hours in years.

I was really happy with that run, and walked back to the house with a huge stupid grin on my face. There’s something about ripping off a great training run like that, when there’s no one and nothing else out there to motivate me, like in a race, that just makes me feel like a real runner. I am outside running around for two hours because it makes me happy, clearly! Otherwise, why do it?

I went to my friend’s baby shower that afternoon, but when I got home, I didn’t put away any of the Christmas crap like I meant to.

This morning, I had to be up early to cover an event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but I will run later this afternoon when I get home.

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