A Simple Running Log

November 30, 2017

Training for 11/30/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:55 pm

Today, I capped off November with one last easy lap around the 5.5-mile loop before the Rehoboth Half Marathon in two days. Tomorrow is a rest day and Saturday is race day!

Right now, the weather looks pretty nice. No chance of rain, “light” wind and temperatures above freezing at sunrise at 7 a.m., which is when the race starts. I won’t be agonizing over what to pack and then tossing and turning all night, worried I didn’t bring the right stuff, which sounds like a huge improvement over the night before Richmond a few weeks ago.

My only sorta goal for this race is to run under 1:45, an 8:00/mile pace. The farther under that I can get, the better.

Earlier, I was in Rite Aid and I saw the latest addition to the Reese’s line up:

giant reeses

An entire pound of chocolate and peanut butter! Those things felt like two huge burger patties. I’m intrigued. I’m also sure I’d get sick before I finished the whole thing, but that wouldn’t stop me from trying haha.

Anyway, since today was the last day of the month, it’s summary time.


  • Week 1 (Nov. 1-4): 15.5 miles
  • Week 2 (Nov. 5-11): 47
  • Week 3 (Nov. 12-18): 4.5
  • Week 4 (Nov. 13-25): 28.7
  • Week 5 (Nov. 26-30): 29.9

Total: 125.6 miles

Not bad. My mileage fell off a cliff there between the second and third weeks, but that was to be expected with running a marathon and then recovering.

Speaking of the marathon, the only two races I ran this month both went really well — I ran my fastest marathon in years at Richmond, and then I ran by far my fastest 5K of this year last Saturday.

Looking to December, my mileage should start climbing again, since I’m now training for the Shamrock Marathon. The only race I’m registered for all month is Rehoboth, but I’ll probably do that free Ugly Sweater 5K in St. Michaels again, scheduled for Dec. 10, and maybe one more short race before the end of the year.

November 29, 2017

Training for 11/29/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:55 pm

Yesterday, I took Pepper with me for a lap around the 4.5-mile loop. Not far into the run, he picked up a 5-ft. stick with a bunch of smaller twigs still attached. He carried it the rest of the run, looking like the world’s tiniest 10-point buck haha. Considering deer firearm season just started Saturday, I was worried he was going to get us shot, but we made it through unscathed.

Today, I wanted to do this week’s middle distance run, a 6-miler, so I left Pepper home. Since I was only going to be gone less than an hour, I decided to let him have the whole house again. I went out through the front door instead of the side door, which I usually use.

The run was good. It was a really nice day, warm enough to comfortably wear shorts and a T-shirt. I ran an easy lap around the 6.5-mile loop.

When I got home, I went to open the front door — but Pepper had LOCKED IT. That door has a deadbolt; there’s no way to accidentally lock it and then go through it, and there’s no way to lock it from the outside without a key. So he’d obviously pawed at the door after I left and flipped over the deadbolt lock.

I knew everything else was locked, but I ran around the house and checked everything anyway. Pepper was going nuts as I yanked on all the doors and windows. I kept yelling at him that he’d locked the front door, but obviously he wasn’t catching on.

Fortunately, one of my neighbors was home and let me use her phone to call Clark at work to come let me in, and then let me sit in her house and wait for him. The sun was setting and it was getting chilly quick.

Clark got home and let us in the back door. Pepper came running like, “Hey, what took you so long?” What a turd. At least he didn’t poop on the carpet this time.

November 28, 2017

Training for 11/28/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:20 pm

Yesterday, I went out intending to do another easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop. My digestive tract had other ideas, unfortunately. It was in a foul mood for some reason (I’d felt fine all day until I started running) and a mile in, I knew I better turn around. I had to stop in the woods a quarter-mile later, and then I had to go again as soon as I got back to the house. Whatever I ate, I’m sorry!

I tried something though. When I left for the run, I didn’t lock Pepper in the utility room. I let him have the whole house, to see what he’d do. When I got back, it looked like he hadn’t done anything. I left him in the whole house again last night when I had to cover a short town meeting. I was gone an hour that time, and once again, when I got home, he hadn’t messed anything up.

So this morning, when Clark had to go to work and I had to leave to cover another meeting, we left Pepper in the house, with the TV on, hoping he would just lay on the couch and sleep, like he does when we’re home.

This meeting lasted quite a bit longer, and I didn’t get home until almost noon. As soon as I opened the back door, I could smell dog poop, but I couldn’t see it yet. Great!

I found it on the carpet near the hall bathroom. If he’d just taken a couple more steps, it’d have been on the linoleum in the bathroom. Since he didn’t, it left a bit of a stain on the recently steam-cleaned carpet.

So that was the end of that experiment. Back into the utility room he goes.

Other than the poop though, it looked like he’d been OK. Every single interior door was wide open, I guess so he could check to make sure we weren’t hiding in a closet, but he hadn’t chewed anything.

I’m about to go out and try the 4.5-mile loop again. Hopefully with a cooperative digestive system this time.

November 27, 2017

Training for 11/27/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:16 am

I had a productive weekend of running!

Friday afternoon, after Clark got home from an abbreviated work day, I went out and ran a lap around the 4.5-mile loop. I’d done a little strength training after my run the day before, including some weighted squats and lunges, and my legs were embarrassingly sore. I didn’t even do that many! It made for a clunky run that left me a little worried about how the 5K I was supposed to run the next morning would go.

Saturday, I got up early to drive to Rehoboth for the Huffin’ for Pumpkin Pie 5K. It was below freezing when I left home, but it started warming up quickly, and by the time the race started at 9 a.m., it was somewhere in the 40s in Rehoboth. It was a clear, sunny day with just a little breeze — perfect racing conditions.

The race is on the course that starts and ends at Grove Park, the same one I run so many times throughout the year.

After I got my bib and event shirt, I did a short warm up, a little over a half-mile. My legs felt a lot better than they had the day before, which was a relief.

Back at the park, I got in the large (for this area) starting pack:

2017 huffin for pumpkin pie 5k in starting pack

We got the starting commands and we were off!

The start was dicey as always, as we had to make a right turn almost immediately after crossing the line. It got better after that though. We had a nice long straightaway that made up almost the rest of the first mile.

It didn’t take too long for everyone to get sorted out, and I could stop weaving around people and just settle into a comfortably hard pace.

My Garmin reported a 7:03 first mile, which I was happy with. I hoped I could maintain that, and not fall off by 30 seconds in the second mile, which I’ve done a lot.

The course took us past the ocean and then back into the residential neighborhood near the park. We hit the second mile marker and my watch beeped — 7:02! Look at me, maintaining a pace in a 5K!

If I could run one more mile at that pace, I’d get a sub-22 finish. I really tried to hang on to it, but my lack of speed work was catching up with me and I was getting tired.

We turned back onto that long straightaway, now headed back to the finish line. It always feels so much longer at the end of a 5K than at the beginning! I was steadily passing other runners as I chugged along though, which was encouraging.

I heard my watch beep the end of the third mile — 7:08. Damn, fell off a few seconds. I made that last turn and saw the race clock closing in on 22 minutes, and tried to sprint it in to squeak in under it.

2017 huffin for pumpkin pie 5k finish

This is my sprinting face.

I made it, and I didn’t! There are two results lists on the Seashore Striders’ website. One shows my time was 21:59.1. The other one rounded it up to an even 22:00. I’m going with 21:59!

I did a slow, easy 1.5-mile cool down. Back at the park, I checked the results. I was surprised to see my time had been good enough to win my age group (out of 11 runners), which meant I got a pumpkin pie!

It’s been several years since I’ve won the age group pie at this race. I was happy to bring it home with me again.

2017 huffin for pumpkin pie 5k awards

Shockingly, two days later, it’s still intact. My mom brought me a loaf of her homemade pumpkin bread when she came here for Thanksgiving, so I’m still working on that. I’ll get to the pie next.

Anyway, I was also the seventh woman of 180 to finish, and 35th of 339 total finishers.

Usually, TK and I make a whole day out of this race and go to the outlets to start our Christmas shopping. She couldn’t make it this year, but I did a little shopping anyway. It didn’t take long before I was completely fed up with the traffic in the parking lots and all the people in the stores, but I did score a few good deals before I gave up and went home.

Clark and I hung around home the rest of Saturday. We got some laundry done, but other than that, we just watched a bunch of movies on TV.

Sunday, I checked my email first thing when I woke up, which I don’t normally do. I’m glad I did though, because I had a notification for a comment on this blog.

It was from Kelly, another local runner, asking if I wanted some company for most of my long run. Of course! I emailed her my phone number and we quickly got a time set up.

Kelly met me at my house and we set off down the road for a lap around my 8.4-mile loop. She’s a faster runner than I am (she ran Richmond in 3:28 and beat me by more than 30 seconds in the 5K the day before), but we easily settled into a steady pace that let us both talk the whole way.

About a half-mile into the run, we passed a house I pass every single run, no matter the distance. I don’t think anyone actually lives in the house, as it’s missing some windows and has some holes in the roof, but there’s a workshop behind it that someone uses just about every day. Sometimes there are a couple of dogs in a fenced area behind the house. They always bark at me when they see me, but they stay behind that fence.

Yesterday, I heard barking and assumed the dogs were behind the fence, as always, but then we turned and looked and there were two huge black Labs, barking their heads off and coming right for us from the front yard. What the hell!

Kelly was bitten by a German shepherd when she was out running earlier this summer. Fortunately, both of these dogs only came within a few feet of us and just barked. But it was obviously still a little scary.

I couldn’t believe that happened. In 8.5 YEARS of running by that house, I’ve never seen an unrestrained dog, but the one time I run by it with someone who was recently attacked by a dog, TWO of them coming running at us! What are the odds!

The rest of the run was dog-free. And it went by so fast! It was a nice change of pace yesterday, talking the whole way.

Kelly left after we finished the 8.4-mile loop. After I drank some water and used the bathroom, I went out and did my 3-mile out-and-back on my own to get in all 11 miles I’d had on my schedule. I passed that house twice and those dogs were nowhere to be seen.

I was pleased to get in 11.4 miles the day after a fast 5K. I think I’ll be OK for the half marathon in Rehoboth this coming Saturday.

We spent the rest of yesterday watching football and getting rid of all the leftovers and beer in our fridge.

Today, I’ve got another short easy run and strength training on the schedule.

November 24, 2017

Training for 11/24/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:31 am

Wednesday, I went out early and ran an easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop, while Clark was still home. Stanley Steemer got the utility room floor looking brand spanking new the day before, and now we don’t want to leave Pepper in there alone to ruin it all over again until absolutely necessary.

I put off finishing up the shopping at Walmart until that evening. The place was packed and the shelves were stripped clean! Definitely should’ve done that earlier. Oh well. I just needed to make a couple of vegetable side dishes, so I was able to scrounge up all that stuff.

Clark and a couple of his coworkers had brought over the tables and chairs we borrow from his office that afternoon, so we had the house all set up for dinner the next day before we even went to bed.

Yesterday morning, I woke up without a million things that had to get done, for once. It was weird! I watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then went for another run around the 4.5-mile loop. It’d gotten quite a bit chillier since the day before, but it was another nice run.

That afternoon, everyone came over for dinner. My aunt, who roasted one turkey (Clark deep-fried the other), got here first. Pepper was very interested in that turkey:

pepper with turkey

Don’t worry, he got plenty of turkey. And he begged for everything else. He even looked annoyed when I wouldn’t hand over my pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Anyway, I’d call Thanksgiving a success. It can be a bit of a hassle, getting the house ready, but I really don’t mind. Ten years ago, when we were living in North Carolina, I couldn’t come home for Thanksgiving because of my job, but Clark, who worked normal hours, did. So I was completely alone, and stuck at work, on Thanksgiving. It really surprised me how unbearably sad I was. I cried for three days straight and ate nothing but the pumpkin pie Clark made to try to cheer me up before he left.

The worst part was when I took my dinner break Thanksgiving night. We lived close enough to my job I could go home on my break. I called my parents’ house to say hi to everyone, and I could hear all the laughing and carrying on in the background, while I was in our empty, silent townhouse, eight hours away.

That shitty Thanksgiving had a lot to do with why we moved back to Delmarva when our lease was up the following January. I missed everything about this place, particularly our families, the friends I’d grown up with and the beach. (Charlotte is a SIX-HOUR drive to the ocean! Unacceptable!) If we do ever move again, it’ll only be to get closer to the beaches here.

Anyhow… I didn’t run before Clark left for work today, but he said he’s not staying the whole day, so I’ll wait until he gets back, and can be home with Pepper. It really is nice having that utility room looking decent again.

Tomorrow morning, I’m running the Huffin’ for Pumpkin Pie 5K in Rehoboth I do every year. Usually, TK runs it too and then we go shopping at the outlets, but she has a second family Thanksgiving dinner, so it’s just me this time.

And Sunday, I’m going to try to get in an 11-miler, before the Rehoboth half marathon next weekend.

Other than that, I don’t know that we really have any plans.

November 21, 2017

Training for 11/21/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:56 pm

Today, we’ve got Stanley Steemer arriving sometime this afternoon to deep clean the carpets, so I got my run done this morning.

It was another breezy day, but not too cold. Overall, a pretty nice day for a run. I did an easy lap around the 5.5-mile loop that went well.

When I got back, I even went upstairs and did some strength training. I love how I go for weeks without it, finally do a few push-ups and then basically feel like Mr. Universe haha.

And now I’m just waiting on the cleaners. Can’t wait to listen to Pepper boof at them every time they come in or leave the house!

November 20, 2017

Training for 11/20/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:37 pm

I didn’t feel up to running all weekend, so I didn’t, but today, I got my butt back out there for an easy run that finally felt good again, so I think I’m back!

Both Saturday and Sunday, I woke up still feeling stuffed up and pretty damn tired for just having slept all night. Plus, while it wasn’t as cold as it’d been last week, it was extremely windy. All of that added up to zero motivation to go out and do even the shortest run.

So, I wound up taking the most rest I ever have after a marathon. In the eight days following Richmond, I ran a total of 4.5 miles.

Today, after covering something for work this morning and then getting the article done in the afternoon for tomorrow’s paper, I got dressed and went out for a run.

It was a nice day compared to the last two. The wind had died to just a stiff breeze. I think my cold is pretty much done too. I sailed right through a lap around the 4.5-mile loop.

We did get some other stuff accomplished over the weekend though. Saturday, we took a bunch of recyclables and trash to the landfill, and yesterday, we cleaned the whole house. I also got in touch with everyone coming to Thanksgiving to figure out who all’s going to be here and what they’re bringing.

At this point, all I need to do is some shopping for the couple of side dishes I have to make. Oh, and be here tomorrow afternoon when Stanley Steemer gets here to deep-clean all the carpets Pepper has been wearing dirt paths into since the last time they were here. I don’t think I’ve ever been this prepared this far ahead of time. Feels kinda nice!

Yesterday was also an important anniversary. Nov. 19, 2010, was the day we brought home Pepper.

I take a million pictures of Pepper, because I think he’s the cutest thing alive, but of all the ones I took this year, I think these two sum him up best:


Vaguely acknowledging me telling him to stop licking that pillow…


…and then doing it anyway, while looking me dead in the eye.

Yeah, this is definitely his house, and has been for the past seven years now. Such an adorable jerk!

Yesterday was also the NASCAR season finale. I was hoping Martin Truex would pull it off, because he had by far the best overall season and deserved it the most, in my opinion, and he did. So congrats to him and his whole team!

Once again, the champion wound up having to hold off another contender to win the final race and the championship, so I guess NASCAR has gotten the “Game 7” moments it wanted out of this playoff system. It just seems so stressful for the drivers and their teams though. There’s no breathing room at all until it’s over. We’ll definitely never see another season in which the champion is decided before they even get to the last race, which, yes, was kind of boring — except for 2000, of course, when it was Bobby Labonte who had it wrapped up after the next-to-last race. Nothing boring about that!

It was also the final race of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s career. He wasn’t my favorite driver, but I always liked him, and it’s going to be really weird not to have at least one Dale Earnhardt on track for the first time since I’ve been alive. He looked so happy when the race was over yesterday though. Definitely relieved, and ready to move on. He’s a team owner in the Xfinity Series, has a broadcasting gig lined up with NBC starting next year and is expecting his first kid with his wife, so I think he’s got a lot to look forward to.

And Matt Kenseth is leaving too. He was Rookie of the Year in 2000 — he beat Dale Jr. for that title. He’s also the 2003 champ, and won 39 races, most recently at Phoenix last week. And yet he couldn’t get a ride for next year! Or at least not one he felt would be competitive. Crazy. He hasn’t officially retired yet, he’s just not driving again until something competitive comes along, if it does. So he’s going out the same way Bobby did, basically.

Back in the day, Jeff Gordon was such a novelty because he was so young — he was 21 when he moved up to the Cup series. Car owners used to prefer experience. Since then, however, the trend has been to hire younger and younger drivers, to the point NASCAR finally had to set a minimum age of 18 on any track longer than 1.25 miles (which is most of them) for drivers in its three top national touring series.

I’m sure it’s mostly sponsor-driven. They have the money. They want some young, “marketable” driver to be the face of their product. It just sucks for a lot of drivers who don’t get to end their careers on their terms. They wind up getting pushed out of the handful of competitive rides, and either putter around in increasingly non-competitive rides, like Bobby did, or just leave, like Kenseth seems to be doing.

Yes, I’m still bitter about Bobby haha. He should not be only racing his bicycle! He’s young and hip, dammit!

November 17, 2017

Training for 11/17/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:09 pm

Not much training here to speak of. I felt kinda run-down during yesterday’s run, which is usually not the case after four days off, even when the last run before it was a marathon. Then I woke up this morning feeling like I’d barely slept, in spite of getting a full eight hours, and then I started blowing snot out my nose. Looks like I caught another little cold or something. Hopefully this one passes as quickly as the last one a few weeks ago.

So I didn’t run today. Instead, I went in town and got a pumpkin coffee and a Boston Creme from Dunkin Donuts, came back home and read about other people running in the Runner’s World magazine that came in the mail earlier. Pepper liked that strategy much better!

Anyway, this weekend looks pretty quiet. We have a lot of crap to do around this house to get it ready for both of our families to celebrate Thanksgiving here in less than a week, so I expect to spend some time on that. And Sunday is the NASCAR season finale. I can’t believe the season is already over.

If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll do some running.

November 16, 2017

Training for 11/16/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:14 pm

Today, I made it outside for a short easy run, a leisurely lap around the 4.5-mile loop. It’d warmed up enough here I could wear shorts! Other than that, it wasn’t much of a notable outing. It was just an OK run.

Man, “Wheel of Fortune” last night was brutal. I really pull for the contestants in the bonus round, especially when they go into it with the million dollar wedge.

Well, it was a granddaughter-and-grandfather duo, Laurel and Frank, who made it, with that wedge, and they came *thisclose* to solving the puzzle. (They got “zucchini,” but couldn’t figure out “baked” instead of “fried” — seriously, what kind of hippie bakes freaking zucchini?? Some of the puzzles really tick me off.)

Then Pat, in his casually untucked button-down, opened the prize envelope to reveal THE MILLION DOLLARS.

This is the moment ol’ Frank here almost had a heart attack as he saw his life flash before his eyes.


I mean, Laurel is young. She can take a shock like that. But you just can’t do that to someone Frank’s age.

Then Pat did that thing he always does when they don’t get the bonus puzzle, and said they still had a good night, they won $26,000, you know. Maybe that’s a nice consolation when you only landed on the $35,000 bonus prize, but not the million! Sheesh.

Anyway, that was tough to watch. Poor Frank and Laurel. Curse you, baked zucchini!

November 15, 2017

Training for 11/15/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:03 pm

Today was my fourth consecutive rest day since finishing the marathon. I thought about going out for a short run, because I really do feel completely back to normal, but… meh. I put it off until tomorrow.

There was a potentially exciting development last night that involved Clark and talk of a second crack at the marathon next year, but there was also some drinking involved haha. So we’ll see what comes of that.

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