A Simple Running Log

June 29, 2018

Training for 6/29/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:40 pm

I got my workout done before noon again today! I should’ve gotten out there earlier than I did, but at least I didn’t wait until 3 p.m. to get started like I normally do.

I went upstairs first in the already uncomfortably warm attic and did some strength training for the second time this week. Ab exercises, push-ups, three minutes in the invisible chair and weights.

I felt like I was already drenched when I came downstairs, but a mile into my run, I realized I had severely underestimated the amount of sweat my body can produce haha. I ran a very slow lap around the 5.5-mile loop.

A little over halfway through the run, I was thinking about how hot I was, and then I remembered a run on an extremely cold day in January on that same stretch of road, when my fingers had gotten so painfully cold, even in my thickest fleece gloves, that I thought I might get frostbite. I’ll take blazing hot over that any day!

About a half a mile from home, I saw a UPS truck turning onto my road and I crossed my fingers it was headed for my house. When I got home, sure enough, there was a package waiting on the step — my new 1400 v6s!

1400 cropped

Too lazy to take a picture of my shoes, so here’s a stock photo I just pilfered.

The last pair of the v5s that I got in January still seem to have some mileage in them, so I’m going to put these in the closet until I need them.

Another thing — I’m running the Richmond Marathon again! Normally I wouldn’t do the same destination fall marathon twice in a row, but it just worked out this way.

For one, the only other driving-distance marathon I was really interested in was Charlotte, but it’s Nov. 3, the same day TK is getting married, so that’s out.

Then Kelly said she and her boyfriend are both running Richmond. That means I’ll have a long run partner through the summer and fall, and then we’ll all get to celebrate post-race.

It fits in perfectly with the Baltimore Marathon, exactly three weeks before, which I’m signed up for already to run in place of the last 20-miler.

Clark said he’d do the half again too.

And finally, I just really liked everything about that race and I’d love to do it again!

Training starts July 9. I’m using Hal Higdon’s Advanced 1 plan again. I tried Advanced 2 a couple of times and ended up burnt out or injured. Everyone has their own threshold for what constitutes too much training, and two speed workouts every week was beyond mine for sure.

So that’s settled! As far as this weekend goes, since I got my long run taken care of yesterday, it’s going to be pretty slack. I just want to do a few miles early tomorrow morning and then take Sunday as a rest day.

Then we’ve got the wedding later tomorrow morning, followed by a lunch reception, and then we’re coming home Sunday. Pepper is spending the weekend with Clark’s parents. His mom just picked up Pepper and I miss him already!

June 28, 2018

Training for 6/28/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:13 pm

Today’s run was TOUGH.

I wanted to get in a long run before Clark and I leave tomorrow for my cousin’s wedding in Virginia. Kelly agreed to meet me early this morning for 12 miles. I stupidly suggested Trap Pond.

We got started around 6:30. It was already close to 80 degrees with 95 percent humidity, which, while not ideal, is pretty normal. It’s summer.

The plan was two 6-mile loops, consisting of an out-and-back on a paved road to a campground and the 4.5-mile boundary trail around the pond.

The out-and-back was fine. Then we got on the trail.

Flies are, like humidity, just something I expect to deal with in the summer. We’d coated ourselves in bug spray before we took off, but a few were still bothering us. No big deal.

Then one or two turned into three or four… which turned into five or six… which turned into both of us getting absolutely swarmed by flies.

By the time it got bad, we were far enough along that it didn’t make sense to turn around, so we ran that entire first lap around the pond. Those goddamn flies were with us every step of the way, flying into our eyes, noses, mouths and ears. We were both running with both arms flailing, trying to swat them away. For miles!

I have never seen flies like that. Usually I get one or two that won’t leave me alone, but it felt like every fly in a 50-mile radius was on my head, or biting whatever exposed skin it could find.

Long before we finished the first loop, we agreed there was no way we were going back for a second lap around that pond. I’m not going anywhere near that boundary trail for the rest of the summer!

But we still had six miles to finish today, so first we ran that out-and-back again, which got us another two miles. Four to go.

We decided we were going to have to take it to the road outside the park, but that meant running by the house, right outside the main entrance, with the dog that bit Kelly just about a year ago exactly.

She was obviously pretty anxious about it, so she grabbed a field hockey stick and some mace from her car, which she carried the whole last four miles.

We didn’t see the dog, so that at least went our way. But I was really dragging ass by that point. I haven’t run that far since the St. Michaels half marathon several weeks ago, and it had only gotten hotter while we’d been out there. I kept having to slow to a walk.

We stuck it out and made it back to our cars. I was soaked to the bone in my own sweat, and I almost got eaten alive by flies, but I got that long run in the books — 12 miles, done.

June 27, 2018

Training for 6/27/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:48 pm

Today, I didn’t have anyone to meet early, so I did what I always do and put off my run until as late as possible. Since I have something to cover for work this evening, that put my run in the middle of the afternoon. Smart!

But first, I went upstairs in the sweltering uninsulated attic and did some strength training — abs, push-ups, three minutes in the invisible chair and weights. I had the fan on, but Pepper hogged it, of course, so it didn’t do much for me.

I was already drenched when I went out to run. Thankfully, it wasn’t too hot today, only in the 80s, and not that humid. But it was bad enough, and I was a little lead-legged from the strength training, so it wasn’t a very fast run. I did a super easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop.

June 26, 2018

Training for 6/26/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 8:17 am

Yesterday evening, I went out for an easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop. It was a really nice evening — not too hot and the humidity had fallen off — so I took Pepper with me. I think that distance might be too much for him now. He was panting like crazy halfway through. I felt like part of it was because he’d insisted on carrying this giant toy in his mouth, and it was blocking the amount of air he could inhale, but he would not give that thing up. So I just slowed him to a walk whenever it sounded like he was about to blow up.

He was fine once we got home, thankfully. We got to see the really pretty sunset.


I could’ve gotten a picture of the ensuing sunrise this morning too, because I got up at 4 a.m. To do speedwork! On a track!

Pepper was NOT happy with me (Clark is out of town on business at the moment) when it dawned on him what I was doing as I got dressed to leave the house. I definitely felt guilty, walking to the garage as he howled in the utility room.

I was supposed to meet Susan, Kelly and another runner, Amy, at the Laurel High School track at 5 a.m.

I knew what street in town the school was on, but I’d never noticed where the track was or how to get to it. I was creeping slowly down some side streets in the dark after I made a couple wrong turns, looking for the track and/or the entrance. I was waiting for a cop to pull me over after a resident reported a suspicious vehicle haha.

That never happened though, and I finally found the track. Turned out everyone else was running late to varying degrees and I was the first one there.

Amy wound up oversleeping so much she just ran at home, so I didn’t get to meet her today. Kelly also overslept but came anyway, about 30 minutes later than intended, with her boyfriend, Corey.

Susan got there a few minutes after I did, and we got started by running a warm up mile together. It was humid this morning, but the temperature was really nice, in the low 60s, and there wasn’t even a hint of a breeze.

After our warm up, Susan did 400s with 35 seconds of rest between each, while I wanted to do at least five 800s with a lap of recovery between each.

My 800s went OK. As usual, I aimed for 7:00/mile pace (3:30) on each. All but one were a hair slow — 3:32, 3:36, 3:33, 3:30 and 3:35 — but it was an improvement over last week’s interval workout, when I had to cut most of my intended 800s down to 400s because I was struggling so much in the much hotter conditions.

I tacked on one 400 just for the hell of it, which I ran in 1:36.

Kelly and Corey showed up after my second interval and started their own workouts.

I had to cut short my usual 2-mile cool down by half a mile when the ol’ poop pangs showed up. Seaford’s track still has a lone port-o-potty within walking distance, but Laurel’s does not, and all the buildings with permanent facilities were locked. So, after finishing a total of 6.5 miles, I had to drive the 25 minutes or so home before I could take care of business. It wasn’t very comfortable but I made it!

Pepper had been a good boy, at least, and not pooped in the floor. I got him his breakfast only a little bit later than usual.

That 4 a.m. alarm wasn’t any fun, but I liked having company for a speed workout, and it was nice to have it done so early for once.

June 25, 2018

Training for 6/25/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 8:00 am

I ran another crappy 5K this weekend. The first two miles were actually quite a bit better than last week’s race, but the third one fell apart so much worse than last week’s I managed to run two seconds slower overall, which was obviously not the goal! I clearly still have a lot of work to do.

Saturday morning, TK picked me up at 6 to go to Rehoboth for this year’s Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash. When we started doing this series in 2010, this immediately became one of our favorites, thanks to the post-race water park access, but we both had to skip it the last couple of years due to travel conflicts. It was good to be back!

After we picked up our bibs and event T-shirts, I had plenty of time to do a warm up, so I ran an easy mile. I didn’t feel too bad, and the weather, while super humid, was overcast and not too hot. Lining up inside the park for the start, I honestly thought the race was going to go a lot better than the last one six days earlier.

We got the commands and we were off!

2018 jungle jims 5k start

I’m in the middle in the bright yellow sports bra and black and white shorts.

The course is nothing exciting, just an out-and-back through a residential neighborhood near the park.

Once again, the first mile seemed to last forever, but I finished it in 7:13, a full 20 seconds faster than the first mile in my last 5K.

Running toward the turnaround at the halfway point, I could already feel the fatigue settling in. Breathing was getting harder and harder. I distracted myself by looking for people I knew coming back from the turnaround, and spotted Kelly and Susan.

I got to the turnaround and tried to cheer myself up by reminding myself that I was now over halfway done and running toward the finish line, rather than away from it. I also looked for people behind me I knew, and saw TK and her sister Kari.

Right after I saw them, I came up on the water stop before mile 2 and stopped to drink a cup. I started running again, and mile 2 was done in 7:37. Slow, but still about 20 seconds faster than the second mile of my last race. All I had to do was hold on for the last mile and I’d have a finish time that was a solid improvement.

Well that didn’t happen. I felt like garbage. Worst of all, I felt almost pukey a couple of times, and had to slow to a walk to get my stomach back in line. Yep, I had to walk in a 5K again!

I saw the weirdest thing while I was struggling through that last mile though. OK, so it’s like mile 2.4 and the field is pretty much spread out. Everyone ahead of me is running on the extreme right shoulder of the road, just about in single file, as we run out of the neighborhood toward the next right turn.

I became aware of a guy running past me on the left shoulder of the road. At first I thought he wasn’t in the race; he was just out for a morning run and happened to wind up on part of the course. Then I realized he was wearing the race shirt. So he was part of the race. Why was he the only one on the opposite side of the road? Didn’t he remember we were making a right turn soon?

After he got past me, he started drifting across the road toward the right shoulder. OK, so it dawned on him and he was moving over to the correct side of the road.

Then the weird part happened. A car came up from behind us. At this point, the guy is right in the middle of the road. No longer moving toward the right shoulder, just running down the very center of the (still open to traffic) road.

The driver of the car slowed and waited for the guy to catch on. After a few seconds, the driver lightly beeped the horn. It was not obnoxious, just a “hey, there’s a car here, can I please get through?”

I expected the guy to jump a little — maybe he really hadn’t heard the car come up behind him — and immediately finish moving over to the right shoulder to let the car pass.

Nope! He glanced over his shoulder at the car with a look like “I’M USING THIS ENTIRE ROAD FOR A 5K AND I AM VERY IMPORTANT SO YOU WILL WAIT” and stayed right in the middle of the road!

So the driver tried to go around on the guy’s left, since all the other runners ahead were on the right side of the road, and the guy MOVED OVER TO THE LEFT TO CONTINUE BLOCKING THE CAR!!

The car finally squeezed between his dumb ass and the left curb, and as it sped away, the guy yelled something at it I didn’t catch. I’m sure it wasn’t “Sorry I’m such a festering asshole!” though!

I was absolutely flabbergasted. The first time I ran this 5K, a guy in a Lincoln Town Car drove very fast, very close, past all us runners near the beginning of the race, to send a message about how much he hated that we use the road in his neighborhood for an hour once a year to hold a 5K. Well now I can see why they hate us!

Anyway, nothing else exciting happened in that mile. I finally finished it in 8:23 (oof!!) and crossed the finish line in 24:17.

2018 jungle jims 5k finish

Coming to the line.

I got a couple bottles of water and found Kelly and Susan, who’d both finished well ahead of me. Eventually I went out and did one more slow mile for a cool down.

I saw TK and Kari on their way to the finish while I was doing my cool down. When I got back, we all changed into swimsuits and got in the lazy river. It wasn’t a hot day but the water still felt pretty good after running in that humidity.

When they announced the awards, I was second in my age group. I remembered getting passed during one of my walk breaks in the third mile by the woman who finished first (sad trombone noise haha.)

2018 jungle jims 5k age group award

Second, third and first in the F 35-39 AG.

I was second of 12 in our age group, ninth of 128 women and 53rd of 257 runners overall.

The park was still open to the runners after the awards, so we rode the water slides and did a couple more laps of the lazy river before it was time for us to vacate ahead of the park’s opening to the public for the day.

We stopped by the Old Navy outlet next. Saturday was $1 flip flop day, so TK bought 50 pairs of varying sizes and colors, to provide for guests at her wedding in November if they want to swap their uncomfortable dress shoes before hitting the dance floor at the reception.

It looked like rain any second, so we didn’t do the beach thing. Instead, we wandered around the rest of the outlets for a while until it was time for Dogfish Head to open for lunch. They just released Fruit-full Fort the day before, a version of their Fort beer brewed with a ton of berries, and I really wanted to try it. Usually the super-high alcohol beers taste like liquor to me, which I don’t like, but this one was just fruity. It was delicious, but one 10-oz. pour was definitely enough!

fruit-full fort

TK took this picture of me so I could send it to Clark, who immediately requested I bring home a crowler of it.

We went home after lunch. Later that afternoon, Clark and I went to his coworker’s house to hang out in his pool, until the rain that had been forecasted all day but never materialized finally showed up.

Sunday, I went out for a run around 7:30 a.m. It was sunny, warmer and just as humid as the day before. I was glad I’d gotten the 5K out of the way Saturday.

I didn’t feel like doing a long run though. I just did a very easy lap around the 5.5-mile loop, and was completely drenched at the end of it.

That afternoon, Clark and I took Pepper to Lewes. First stop was the New Balance store, so I could get a pair of the updated 1400s with my gift certificate. Well, guess what. That store no longer carries the 1400s! And the only pair of Zantes they had in stock were the same color as the ones I already have, because I got them from that store. So I have no idea what I’m going to use that gift certificate on now. Plus, I now have to spend my own money on new 1400s. That was aggravating.

We went to Big Oyster Brewing for lunch, then bought a beach umbrella and went to Cape Henlopen State Park, where dogs are always allowed on the beach. I thought I’d be smart and go to Herring Point, what I thought was the lesser-known beach access compared to the bathhouse area, but it was pretty packed too.

We found a nice spot on the beach though and spent a couple hours there. As much as I’ve been to Fenwick already this year, that was the first time I’ve actually been on the beach or in the ocean.

We had an early dinner at The Wheelhouse and got home around sunset. It was a really nice, relaxing day, other than the lack of 1400s at the New Balance store.

Today, training continues with strength training and a short easy run. I have three weeks until my next 5K, the Race for the Ribbon 5K in Rehoboth. I’m sure it’ll be hot as hell but I still want to make some progress over these first two summer series 5Ks.

June 22, 2018

Training for 6/22/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:11 pm

Today, I did some strength training for once — abs, push-ups and lifted with the adjustable dumbbells — and then I ran a very easy lap around the 4.5-mile loop.

This weekend, I’ve got the next 5K in the summer series tomorrow morning, and then hopefully a long run Sunday.

Tomorrow’s race is the Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash in Rehoboth. This is one of my favorites, though I haven’t gotten to do it for a few years. The course is boring but after we run, we get to hang out in the water park for about an hour and a half.

Naturally, it’s supposed to be kinda cool and possibly raining tomorrow morning. Oh well. That will not stop me from getting in the lazy river and on the water slides.

As far as my race goes, I would like to make an improvement on the 24:15 I ran in this past Sunday’s 5K.

Then Sunday, I want to get in double digits, possibly a lap around the 11.2-mile loop.

June 21, 2018

Training for 6/21/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:31 pm

Happy first day of summer!

Yesterday, I didn’t run early before it got hot, and then in the evening, instead of running once it’d cooled off a bit, I went with Clark and Pepper to Abbott’s Grill for dinner. So it became yet another rest day.

Today, however, I made myself get up and go out after I fed Pepper his breakfast. It was humid as ever, but at least the temperature was only in the low 70s.

I sorta did a speed workout. I ran a lap around the 4.5-mile loop, but instead of just plodding along at an easy pace the entire way, I picked it up for the second and fourth miles, which I ran in 8:02 and 7:33. My average pace for the entire loop was 8:43/mile.

That’s two speed workouts in one week! It better really pay off in my next 5K… in two days haha. Actually, if I can just get through the whole thing without having to walk to catch my breath, that will be a major improvement over last weekend.

June 19, 2018

Training for 6/19/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:38 am

It got hot here again, and the humidity is back. Today I wanted to do a speed workout at the track, so I managed to get myself there a little after 8 a.m. before it got too warm. It was already pretty toasty though.

I went in thinking I’d do five 800s, but after I ran a warm up mile and then sped up for the first interval, I decided on a change of plans — a mix of 400s and 800s. Yeah, I was already sucking wind in the humidity THAT bad before I’d even gotten halfway through the first 800 attempt haha.

I wound up running two 400s (1:45, 1:44), an 800 (3:29), another 400 (1:43), another 800 (3:28) and two more 400s (1:43 and 1:39 — that one hurt!), with a lap of recovery after each, plus the warm up and cool down, for a total of seven miles.

I was pleased I’d managed 7:00/mile pace or better on each interval, for a total of 2.25 miles, but I gotta admit those recovery laps involved a LOT of walking. It was just so hard to breathe. But I did it!

I was completely drenched by the end. Actually, I was completely drenched after the first 400.

Then I went to the UPS Store and dropped off my 880s to ship them back, officially ending my third New Balance wear test.

When I got home, I got to clean up dog poop! My reward for leaving the house. Thanks, Pep!

Speaking of Pepper, last night, the grossest thing happened. OK, not grosser than all the poop we have to clean up whenever we leave him home for 20 minutes. But I’d never seen this before.

I let him out one last time to use the bathroom before I went to bed. I’ve mentioned a couple of times how much worse the mosquitos seem this year. Well, when he came back in from his pee break and followed me into the bathroom, I saw he was COATED in mosquitos, especially on both of his rear legs.

I immediately started swatting them off of him. As soon as I’d hit one, it would explode. Every last one was chock full of blood.

It was disgusting. There was blood smeared all over Pepper’s legs, my hands and the bathroom floor, where the mosquito pieces were falling as I smacked them off my poor dog.

This is the eighth summer we’ve had Pepper, and I have never seen anything like that before. It was like he’d walked right through a mosquito nest, but he’d only been in the middle of our back yard for a couple minutes. These things are a menace!

June 18, 2018

Training for 6/18/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 8:30 am

I’m REALLY hoping I was still feeling the effects of the blood donation this weekend, because I ran a couple of terrible 5Ks! I was still glad I’d showed up for both though.

Saturday morning, I ran a lap of the 5.5-mile loop at home. I definitely felt better than I had two days earlier; I could at least run an easy pace for more than a mile without needing to slow down to catch my breath. I finished at an 8:45/mile average pace.

Later that morning, we went to Fenwick. We took our bikes. The plan was to go for a ride with Clark’s family in the early afternoon, but Chad and Samira got there late due to beach traffic, and by the time we’d had lunch, it was about time for me to leave for Delmar for the 3rd Wave Brewing Co. 5K. So I had to skip out on the group ride.

I got to the brewery about 45 minutes before the 5 p.m. race time. It was a warm day, in the low 80s, but the humidity wasn’t too bad. Really nothing to complain about in June.

Melissa was running late and got there with just enough time to get her bib and use the bathroom before we had to get to the starting line, so we didn’t run a warm up.

We got the start commands and took off.

So I never intended to run that race hard, since I had a summer series 5K the next morning, but I didn’t expect it to feel SO bad to run even a little faster than an easy pace! I felt like absolute garbage from the first step, like I couldn’t get a breath.

I finished the first mile in 7:43.

2018 3rd wave 5k mile 1

Fake it ’til you make it! Or until no one is taking pictures haha.

I managed to make it the turnaround of the out-and-back course and slowed for a few seconds to drink some water. That was the other thing — I was so thirsty from the second I started running, even though I felt like I’d drank plenty of water that day before the race.

Anyway, after the turnaround, things just got worse. I had to walk a couple times to catch my breath. Mile 2 was 7:52 and mile 3 slowed all the way to 8:20.

I finished in 24:46, one of my worst 5K times ever.

When the results were posted, I was first of 20 in the F 30-39 age group, fourth woman overall of 82 and 15th overall of 127 finishers.

30-39 winners 3rd wave 5k 2018

Top three in the male and female 30-39 age groups.

The last two years I’ve run this race, the age group awards were half-size growlers. This year they mixed it up and gave us stainless steel pints.

Melissa was third woman overall and won her age group too. We had a pretty good time after the race, drinking out of our new age group awards.

melissa and me after 3rd wave 5K 2018

All’s well that ends with beer.

By the time I got back to Fenwick, it was after sunset, and we all had a 5K to run in the morning, so we got carryout from the Crabcake Factory and called it a night.

The next morning, Clark got up at 4:30. If you think tri training is over because Eagleman is done, you’re wrong. Last week, he signed up for another 70.3 in Wilmington, N.C., in October, and there’s a bunch of shorter tris in the area in September he’s planning on too. So he got up that early to first swim in the ocean, then ride his bike to the race site in Rehoboth.

I, on the other hand, stayed in bed until 6 and drove a vehicle to Rehoboth like a normal person haha.

No one else swam with Clark, but his brother and dad both rode their bikes with him. Samira rode with me in the truck, so we could rack the bikes and drive everyone home after.

We all made it to Rehoboth in time to pick up our bibs and be ready for the start of the Father’s Day 5K. TK was there too. Once again, I skipped doing a warm up.

andrews before the fathers day 5k 2018

Clark, me, Samira, my father-in-law and Chad before the race.

It was another decent June day for a run, warm but not super humid.

We took off and I didn’t feel as bad from the first step as I had the evening before, so that was a plus. The first mile felt like it took forever to end, but I ran it in 7:33. Not smoking fast by any means, but I really thought I’d be able to hang on to that pace.

Ugh, nope. As the next mile wore on, I started feeling worse. I stopped at the water stop just before mile 2 to drink a little and throw the rest over my head. I started running again and passed the second mile marker — 7:59. Yikes!

The third mile sucked. There was a turnaround at about mile 2.3 and Clark was right behind me. He told me to not let him catch me.

Well that didn’t last long haha. Once again, I had to slow to a walk in a freaking 5K to catch my breath, and he went trotting by.

I started running again not long after that and caught back up with him. He kept prodding me to pick it up and beat him, but it felt like all I could do just to keep running at all.

We finally made the last turn and could see the finish line ahead at the boardwalk. Once again, Clark told me to go, so I tried. I wound up pulling away from him by a few seconds. Mile 3 was 7:56 and I finished in 24:15.

2018 fathers day 5k finish

No pretending I didn’t feel like crap for this one!

Clark was right behind me. He ran his best 5K in years. Chad later said he won the trisuit division haha.

clark finish of 2018 fathers day 5k

Speaking of Chad — that’s him to the right of Clark in that picture. He’d finished two and a half minutes earlier, in 21:40. Later that day he was asking me how to do intervals, and I told him about tempo runs too. He’s running 7:00 miles without speedwork. He’ll be even faster if he starts doing it!

Their dad wasn’t far behind us. He also ran a 5K PR. Maybe the key is a nice long bike ride just before the race to really loosen up the legs? It seemed to work for all three of them!

Samira finished too, as did TK.

Right after I finished, I was standing in the shade with Clark and his dad, and two people walked by — I assume a father and son — and I heard the older one say to the younger, “You can’t improve if you don’t do your cool down.”

He was right. I used to be diligent about warm ups and cool downs for short fast races. I also used to be diligent about strength training and speedwork. And I used to be a lot faster.

So I went and ran another mile really easy to cool down, and thought about all the crap I used to do that I’ve gotten super lazy about.

Speed is all relative — I am by no means saying a 24-minute 5K is horrible, and there are plenty of runners who could beat my 20:38 PR with a bum leg. But I am tired of the downward trend in my race times, especially the short fast ones.

So, I’m looking at this 24:15 as a starting point. I have four more 5Ks in the summer series and I want to improve with each one. It’s summer, so these aren’t going to be my fastest 5Ks regardless, but they can get better.

The next one is this coming Saturday, so I’m not expecting any big miracles by then, but then I have a three-week break until the third one.

Anyway, there was a post-race party at Zogg’s, where we could get free beer.

The results were taking forever. Turned out something had gone wrong with the timing chips and they’d had to resort to the tags they pull off our bibs as we finish. (Which they do as a back up, just in case this happens with the chips.)

Imagine my surprise when I was eventually called up as the winner of the F 35-39 age group.

Even more surprising: Every year, the local New Balance store donates two $75 gift certificates for each race in the summer series, to go to the male and female winners of a random age group. I’ve won my age group at a lot of summer series races over the last eight years, but NEVER on a day when my age group was the lucky gift certificate winner.


age group gift certificate


This is perfect! I wanted to replace the 1400s I got in January. Now I can for nearly free!

They say half of winning is showing up. I may have felt like crap most of the 24 minutes and 15 seconds it took me to run that course, but lucky for me, no one faster showed up and I got FREE SHOES. Worth it!

I was also the 11th of 168 women to finish, and 65th overall of 375 total runners.

We all loaded up in the truck to go back to Fenwick. Chad and Samira were riding in the back with the bikes. They later said as we were driving through Dewey, someone yelled to them, “You get more exercise if you ride the bikes!” haha.

When we got back to the beach house, Clark’s grandmother was there, and his mom had made us all a nice big breakfast. (Pepper had been hanging out with her and Snoopy all morning while we were at the race.)

After breakfast, I took my bike for a ride, since we’d gone to the trouble of bringing it down there and I hadn’t ridden it the day before. I did the 24-mile round trip to the Indian River inlet bridge and back.

There was a lot more traffic in the middle of the day, but the only issues I had the whole ride were with another biker and then some stupid pedestrians, both within the first few miles, between Fenwick and Bethany.

The biker was the first one. He was riding right in the middle of the shoulder when I caught him. I loudly said “On your left” as I went to pass him on the left. Which was when he inexplicably turned to his left and almost ran right into me! I had to swerve into the road to avoid him. Thankfully there was a break in the traffic at the moment and no one ran me over!

He said something I didn’t understand at first, but I think it was “no signal,” as in, I didn’t signal I was there. What the fuck do you think “ON YOUR LEFT” means?

I also can’t figure out why he was making a hard left turn there anyway. There was nowhere to go other than into traffic. It was so weird.

Then, a mile later, I could see a family, two parents and three little kids, waiting for traffic to clear to cross Route 1. Well, I guess the bike didn’t count as “traffic” for the dad and two of the kids, because they moseyed right out in front of me. I had to slam my brakes to keep from running into one of them. The mom at least looked bewildered too.

I mean, for a few minutes there, I felt like I was in a real life version of Paperboy.

That was the last of it and the rest of the ride was fine. I finished 24.1 miles in 1:20, an 18 mph average.

When I got back to the house, I took a shower, and then I went to the grocery store and got stuff to grill burgers for dinner for everyone.

After dinner, we all headed home. Well, we didn’t go straight home. We went to my parents’ house first, so I could see my dad for Father’s Day.

We got home a little after 9:30 p.m. We always park the truck close to the front door to unload it when we’ve got the bikes. What I was not counting on was the mosquito herd that descended on us! I’ve run into mosquitos this year, but only in the woods, not in the middle of our yard.

And that brings me to today. It’s the last day of my wear test with the 880s. I will take one last run in them, distance to be determined, and ship them back.

June 15, 2018

Training for 6/15/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:57 pm

I wound up taking another rest day today. Just felt sluggish and extra tired for whatever reason, and it didn’t feel like running would go well.

I hope I’m feeling more energetic tomorrow, because this weekend, I’ve got two 5Ks lined up, one at 3rd Wave Brewing tomorrow evening and then one in Rehoboth on Sunday morning.

The plan is to do 5 easy miles tomorrow morning, then run the 5K in the evening at a slightly faster pace to make tomorrow my long run day. I do 3rd Wave for the post-race beer, not the time. They had to push it back two weeks later than it’s been the last couple of years, so it bumped up against the Father’s Day 5K I’ve done the last several years too.

Sunday’s race is the first of five 5Ks I have to run to qualify for this year’s summer series, so I’d like to actually race that one. I don’t really have a goal time for it, just hoping to be able to maintain some kind of decent pace for the entire 3.1 miles.

Besides running, I think we’re spending some time at the beach with Clark’s family, and of course I’d like to see my dad sometime Sunday.

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