A Simple Running Log

April 28, 2017

Training for 4/28/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:40 pm

Today, I went out to do one last short run at the 8:46/mile pace I’m supposed to run tomorrow morning for the 1:55 pace group in the Island to Island Half Marathon.

I made it outside before noon for once, but not by much. It was already more than 80 degrees and sunny.

I ran the 4.5-mile loop, but didn’t realize I hadn’t started the Garmin until I was almost a half-mile down the road.

Once I got it started, it said I ran the next four full miles at an 8:35/mile pace, 11 seconds faster than my goal. But thanks to the warm weather, that “easy” goal pace started to feel much harder than it should have.

A little rattling the day before the race, I have to say! Oh well. I’ve run enough shitty training runs right before a race that went fine to know I shouldn’t worry. Too much.

This afternoon, Pepper and I ran some errands. We took all the recycling to Hardscrabble, then went to the New Balance store in Rehoboth, where, thanks to a sale plus a gift certificate, I scored a pair of the new 1400s for almost half off. The next stop was the inlet in Ocean City to get Clark’s and my race packets, and my pace sign and band.

Tomorrow morning, we have to get up pretty early. Clark’s parents are at the beach house for the weekend, so his mom is going to meet us about halfway between the house and the inlet to take Pepper, and then we’re supposed to be on a bus leaving the inlet parking lot at 5:45.

The race starts on Assateague Island at 7. Looks like it’ll be warmer than the last few years I’ve done this race, but not as warm as this morning, thankfully. It’s supposed to be in the mid 60s at the start and the low 70s by the time I should be crossing the finish line.

Other than that, I think I’ve got a 3-miler on the schedule for Sunday, and I definitely need to take the bike out at some point, considering I’m signed up to ride it 56 miles a week from tomorrow!

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April 27, 2017

Training for 4/27/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:48 pm

Today, it warmed up, so naturally, I waited until the middle of the afternoon to run.

It was in the mid-80s, sunny and windy when I finally went out. It was not a particularly pleasant run, but I got in a lap around the 4.5-mile loop.

April 26, 2017

Training for 4/26/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:07 pm

The last couple of days were gray and rainy, and that, plus a few work assignments, drained my motivation to get in my training runs to nothing. I wound up taking two total rest days Monday and yesterday.

Today, the rain finally stopped, and this afternoon, I went out to make up some of the miles I’d skipped.

I did a lap around the 8.4-mile loop. Everything felt fine except my stomach. I guess I’ve been eating too much crap over the last few days too. Well, hopefully that run got everything back on track.

April 24, 2017

Training for 4/24/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:19 pm

Friday, my younger sister and I went to Busch Gardens for the day. We left a little later than intended, and then had to drive through Salisbury instead of around it after someone had a bad enough accident on the bypass that it was closed completely, but we were in the park by 11 a.m., an hour after it’d opened.

It was only April, but it felt like the middle of summer, sunny and nearly 90 degrees in the afternoon. Unlike summer though, there was hardly anyone there, other than several school groups, so the lines for almost all the rides were basically nil.

That meant we sailed through the list of rides we wanted to hit. By noon, we’d knocked off three roller coasters — The Loch Ness Monster, Apollo’s Chariot and my first new-to-me coaster of the day, Tempesto.

me with the loch ness monster

Me at the entrance to The Loch Ness Monster.

loch ness monster and alpengeist

Interlocking loops on The Loch Ness Monster and part of Alpengeist as seen from a dock over the river.

Since it was so hot, we also hit the water rides. We rode Escape from Pompeii and Roman Rapids before we took a break for lunch.

We got brisket from Trapper’s Smokehouse, which we ate while listening to people scream high above us at the top of the first drop on Griffon.

Right after lunch, we eased back into the rides. We did Le Scoot, a log flume and the third water ride in the park, and then got in line for Invadr, the park’s newest roller coaster, a wooden one that just opened two weeks earlier. It was the first roller coaster we had to wait in a bit of a line to ride, but it moved quickly.

flume and two coasters

Le Scoot drop in the middle, Alpengeist to the left and Invadr to the right.

Then we went to ride Griffon. After watching that first drop so many times while we were eating, I was a little nervous about it. It’s a dive coaster; the train dangles at the top of the first 90-degree hill for five or six seconds before it drops, so if you’re sitting in the front row, you’re just hanging there, looking straight down at the ground 205 feet below.

It was the only roller coaster we rode on the front row, but the wait wasn’t too long, because the trains are laid out weird; they’re three rows of 10, so the line for the front moved 10 people at a time.

It turned out to be quite a ride, and definitely my favorite of the day. That first drop was so much fun! But it did feel like we’d gotten stuck up there, it seemed to hang for so long before letting us go.

griffon at top of hill

Train dangling at the top of the hill.

griffon coming down hill

Going down!

julie and me with griffon

Julie and me in front of Griffon.

We rode Verbolten next, another new one for me. A lot of the ride is inside a building. Apparently there are three different “stories” shown through the lights they flash in the building as you’re going through it. The coolest part was when the train stopped, in the pitch black, and then it felt like the track fell away and the whole train dropped down. After it left the building, the final drop was the same one over the river that used to be on The Big Bad Wolf, the roller coaster Verbolten replaced.

The last ride of the day was Alpengeist. That thing is already 20 years old! Time flies.

Anyway, it was fun as always, but when that one was over, I was ready to be done with roller coasters. We’d just ridden seven coasters, plus three water rides, in less than five hours. It was nice not having to wait in lines, but I think we could’ve spaced them out a little more.

Julie said she’d had enough too, so we got some ice cream, did a little browsing in the gift shops and then hit the road around 5:30 p.m.

julie on horse

Julie telling me to hurry up and take her picture, because she’d just noticed the sign saying only little kids were supposed to be on that horse haha.

I was driving Julie’s car, cruising in the farthest left lane on a four-lane highway, which was separated from the four lanes going the other direction by a 2-foot concrete jersey barrier. We hadn’t gotten very far when something in the rearview mirror caught my eye. At first I thought someone had blown a tire behind us, but then I realized it was an SUV JUMPING THE BARRIER from the other side of the highway! It landed behind us in the lane we were in and barrel-rolled down the road. Pieces were flying off of it and cars behind us were scattering to avoid it. It was insane! It looked like something from an in-car camera during a NASCAR race at Talladega or Daytona.

I think Julie got kinda freaked out by the mere few seconds that had separated us from getting landed on by a flying SUV, but then we got stuck in a traffic back-up and got passed by a guy creeping down the shoulder of the road on a tire so destroyed the rim was on the pavement, which made us laugh.

The rest of the ride home was uneventful. When I got home a little after 10, Clark was drinking beer. I had a couple with him and then fell asleep on the couch. I was beat.

Saturday, I slept in until almost 10 a.m. And when I finally got up, I still felt exhausted. I don’t remember riding roller coasters taking so much out of me, but then again, I wasn’t so damn old the last time I did that.

I spent most of the day lazing about on the couch, while Clark went to Cambridge to swim and run. When he got back, I went out for a run myself.

The weather had undergone quite a change since the day before. It was chilly, gray and drizzly. I decided to save the long run for the next day, and just did an easy lap around the 5.5-mile loop.

Sunday, it had stopped raining, but it was still on the cool and cloudy side. Late in the morning, I went out to do my long run.

I wore the Garmin to try to practice the 8:46/mile pace I’m running for the 1:55 pace group at the half marathon this coming weekend.

It went better than last week’s attempt. I finished the 12.3-mile loop in 1:46 and change, an 8:38/mile pace. A little fast, but better than a little slow.

Oh, and Clark signed up for that marathon Saturday night, and said he might run with my pace group, so that would be cool.

Sunday night, we had tickets for the last beer dinner at the original Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth. Clark’s parents took Pepper for the night, because we were pretty sure we were going to have to get a room within walking distance and stay there. We both got hammered at the last beer dinner we went to, and we didn’t have a driver with us this time.

Dogfish Head’s founder, Sam, his family and several long-time employees were the guests of honor at the dinner. Before it started, Sam came around and talked to everyone there, which was nice of him. I asked him how it felt, being that close to seeing the original building get leveled. He said it was just starting to hit him. It looks like the last day that building will serve customers is May 7, and the new one will host an opening party June 2.

The dinner was excellent.

last beer dinner menu

The menu.

After it wrapped up, Clark and I went downstairs and hung out there until last call.

clark at dogfish head

Clark.

me at dogfish head

And me.

When the place closed, we walked to the nearest hotel that didn’t have a No Vacancy sign to get a room.

The lobby was deserted when we walked in, and a handwritten sign on the counter said “be right back.” So we stood and waited. A few minutes later, this woman came stumbling down a hall toward us, using the walls to hold herself up. At first I thought she was the receptionist, but she came to our side of the counter, got very close to me and started talking about how she’d had to wait four hours for someone to help her the last time she came to the lobby. Next thing I knew, she was holding my hand. It was so weird!

She wandered back down the hall, so I called the hotel, hoping the ringing phone would summon the actual receptionist. A much more sober woman came out from the back office. While she was getting us checked in, that woman came back, this time with a guy. Clark and I got out of there before anyone tried to hold my hand again haha.

Anyway, once we made it to the room, everything was fine. We got up this morning and came home.

Today, I have an easy 3-miler and strength training on the schedule.

April 20, 2017

Training for 4/20/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:25 pm

Today, I did another lap around the 6.5-mile loop, in the morning for once, as it was supposed to be sunny and in the 80s by the afternoon.

It was a pretty decent run, except for the bathroom break I had to take about four miles in. I was regretting the crab-stuffed jalapenos I ate for dinner last night haha. I felt much better after the, well, burning subsided.

Tomorrow is my rest day, and it’s also a day off from work, because my younger sister and I are going to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for the day!

For some reason, Williamsburg, Va., became my family’s de facto official summer vacation spot when I was 8. Before that, we always spent a week at the beach with the rest of my dad’s family. I guess my parents got tired of them haha.

My brother and I were pissed at first when my mom told us we were skipping the beach vacation to go to what sounded like some kind of garden full of bushes, but we were happy once we got there — after two or three days of being dragged around the boring historical crap in Williamsburg, that is.

My dad is definitely a creature of habit, so once he found out how much he liked the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour that was free with park admission (no longer the case, sadly) and a few steak houses in the area, that was it. Every summer from 1992 on, we went to Williamsburg.

I quit going with them the summer before my 10th grade year, because I had a job, band camp and field hockey practice, and a car to get myself to all of it. I went once more my senior year, in October 2000, with my physics class for “Physics Day” at the park.

It looks like they’ve built four new roller coasters in the 17 years since I was last there, and replaced The Big Bad Wolf, but The Loch Ness Monster is still there. That was my first ever roller coaster that first year, and it scared the crap out of 8-year-old me. I loved it!

So anyway, Julie and I are leaving very early tomorrow so we can be there when the park opens, and then driving back home tomorrow night.

This weekend, I’ve got a couple more training runs on the schedule, another 1-hour, 45-minute long run, and a 5-miler. I should take my bike out for a ride too.

And Sunday, Clark and I have tickets for the last beer dinner ever at the original Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth, before they raze it and open the new, much bigger one they built next door.

April 19, 2017

Training for 4/19/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:19 pm

Well, I did not get back into the habit of early morning running, to no surprise. I put it off until the late afternoon today. The weather was nice enough to do that, at least. I just did an easy lap around the 6.5-mile loop.

April 18, 2017

Training for 4/18/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:24 pm

I had a pretty busy day scheduled for work today, so my best chance to run was first thing this morning. Now that the days are getting long, I can no longer call it my only chance to run, but I know when I get home later there’s a strong possibility I’ll just want to stay on the couch, so it’s definitely accurate to call it my best chance.

Anyway, I just did another easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop, just after sunrise. It was a really nice morning for it. Every time I have to run early like that, I remember how great it was when I did that on a regular basis, whether I had to or not, and think I should really get back in that habit again. We’ll see if it sticks this time. (I’m guessing… nah.)

April 17, 2017

Training for 4/17/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:40 pm

Let’s see, what have I been up to since last Thursday…

Friday, I think I just did an easy 3-miler, late in the afternoon. Nothing notable.

Saturday, I did this week’s long run. The half marathon training plan I’m loosely following for St. Michaels prescribes long runs in terms of time, not distance, and this week’s was an hour and 45 minutes. So I decided to do the 12.3-mile loop at the 8:46/mile pace I’ll be doing for the 1:55 pace group in the Island to Island Half Marathon at the end of this month.

I guess I was still feeling crappy, because that pace felt way harder than 8:00/mile had felt in the half marathon in Cambridge just a week earlier. I managed to hang on to it through 11 miles, but the 12th one, I was just worn the hell out. I walked part of it, and took a little over 10 minutes to finish it. Even though the rest of the run was under goal pace, that brought down the overall average to 8:48/mile. I really hope I don’t feel that sluggish in the actual race, now less than two weeks away.

Anyway, that evening, we went to Clark’s parents’ house for dinner to celebrate his aunt’s birthday.

Sunday was Easter. It got really hot, nearly 90 degrees in the afternoon. I ran first thing, before my annual appearance at church. I did an untimed lap around the 4.5-mile loop. It felt good, much better than the day before’s run, but SWEATY. Guess it’s time to get used to that.

I went to church. Clark went to Cambridge to take advantage of the Eagleman-like weather conditions and do a training swim in the Choptank in his new swimming-specific wetsuit, then bike and run. I intended to take my own bike out for a ride when I got home, but when I got there, I found Pepper’s digestive system had reacted violently to all the table scraps he’d gotten at dinner the night before — there was explosive diarrhea all over the utility room. And after I got that cleaned up, he went out a couple of times to throw up. Sheesh.

So, not wanting to have to clean up any more of that, I stayed home with him and skipped the bike ride. Oh well.

When Clark got back from Cambridge, we went to my parents’ house for Easter dinner. Kaylee is the only kid young enough for egg hunts now, and she’s only 2, so the hiding places aren’t super challenging.

Today, I watched the Boston Marathon on NBCSN, which always makes me want to sign up for every upcoming marathon, and then I went out to do the easy run on the schedule, which always reminds me I’m definitely not an elite haha. I ran another lap around the 4.5-mile loop. I wore the Garmin to see if I’m running it easy enough. I was a little fast, finishing with an overall average pace of 8:30/mile. I think I should be doing easy runs closer to 9:00/mile.

And this afternoon, I finally got our taxes done and filed. Such a procrastinator!

April 13, 2017

Training for 4/13/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:56 pm

Today, I did another slow, easy lap around the 5.5-mile loop. It felt a little better than the last couple of runs, but it was still blah overall. I was also sore from strength training yesterday, but not as much as last Saturday. Not much else to say!

April 12, 2017

Training for 4/12/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:20 pm

I haven’t felt much like running the last few days. Monday, I did a slow, easy 3-miler. Yesterday, I never got up the motivation to do anything. And today, I did another very slow, easy run, this time around the 5.5-mile loop. It’s been warm and windy every day this week and I’ve just felt pretty blah. I’m sure it’ll turn around soon. It usually does.

I did do something else today though. When I got home from my run, I actually went upstairs and did some strength training. Can’t wait to see how sore I am tomorrow haha.

Last night, I was picking buildup off the calluses off the balls of my feet. The left one was normal; I just peeled off the top layer of the callus and that was that. The right one was different though. I guess I did get a blister in the race Saturday, but it somehow formed under the callus, because when I peeled off what I thought was just the top layer, it left a big hole that goes clear down to raw skin. I took some pictures, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this before, but it’s pretty gross, so I won’t post them here. You’ll just have to use your imagination. Anyway, it smarted a little at the beginning of my run today, but then I got used to it, and it wasn’t a problem the rest of the way.

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