A Simple Running Log

July 31, 2018

Training for 7/31/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:41 pm

Yesterday stayed in the low 70s all day, so there was no excuse for not going up in the attic and getting my strength training done. I finally went up there in the evening and did ab exercises, push-ups, three minutes in the invisible chair and lifted with the weights.

Then I went out and did the easy 3-miler on the schedule. Usually my legs feel like lead after strength training, but for whatever reason, they felt pretty peppy yesterday. Maybe it was the slightly cooler temperatures and overcast skies? Who knows. But I breezed through those miles at an 8:10/mile average that felt like nothing. Love it when that happens!

I got the mail when I got home and found this:

2019 alq50k postcard

It’s a postcard from the Algonquin 50K race dictator. I signed up for February’s race last week, before the price increase tomorrow. Hard to imagine running in a blizzard right now, but I already hope he’s wrong!

Today, I put off my run again until late in the afternoon, even though it’d gotten warm and sunny again. It was also still humid because of the storms in the area. I didn’t feel quite as peppy for the middle distance run, a 6-miler, but I managed an even pace the whole way around the 6.5-mile loop and finished in just over 57:00, an 8:46/mile average.

If the storms hold off this evening, Clark and I are going to take the bikes out, but I’m done running for July so I’ll do that part of my monthly summary now.


  • Week 1 (July 1-7): 37.2 miles
  • Week 2 (July 8-14): 21.8
  • Week 3 (July 15-21): 29.2
  • Week 4 (July 22-28): 34.6
  • Week 5 (July 29-31): 14

Total: 136.8 miles

Not bad. I started marathon training on July 9, and so far I’ve gotten in all of the middle and long runs on the schedule, and most of the speed workouts. I let laziness get the best of me a couple of days though.

As far as racing went, I did that 22.2-mile trail race on July 4 that was very hot and very slow, and two more summer series 5Ks that were both big improvements over the 5Ks I ran last month.

In August, I have one last summer series 5K, this coming Saturday. And that’s it for racing. The rest of the month is just marathon training.

July 30, 2018

Training for 7/30/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 9:09 am

Friday night, rain delayed the O’s game, but after a late start, they got the whole thing in. And the O’s even won! Plus, there were crab cakes and Smith Island cake in the suite. I think we all had a pretty good time.

We left near the end of the eighth inning, when the O’s were up 15 to 3 or something like that, but it was still 2 a.m. by the time I’d cleaned up Pepper’s mess in the back room (just a big puddle of pee this time) and got to go to bed.

Saturday was pretty chill. I got up to give Pepper his breakfast around 7, but then went back to sleep for a bit. It was 10 a.m. when I went out to do a lap around the 6.5-mile loop.

It wasn’t quite as hot and humid at that time as it’d been the day before, when I bailed on my speed workout at the track barely a third of the way through it, but it still wasn’t very pleasant for running. I took a short walk break at the end of each mile and finished the loop at a 9:30/mile average.

The rest of the day, Clark and I just lazed about on the couch. There was some napping in there too.

Sunday, I had plans, first with my friends and then with my younger sister, so I went out for a run a little earlier.

I did a lap around the 4.5-mile loop, with the pyramid interval workout in the middle, for a short speed workout.

Right as I was finishing up the first 60-second interval, I ran up on a crew setting up “road closed” signs near the end of the road I was about to turn on. I asked if it was OK for me to run through and one of the guys said there was a hole in the road, but I could walk around it on the grass.

I was still jogging the 60-second recovery before the next interval when I arrived at the hole. I was expecting the road to be washed out, since they’d told me I’d have to go around in the grass, but it was just a dinner plate-sized hole near the edge of the pavement. I guess they were worried it’d turn into a sinkhole if cars kept driving over it, but it still made me laugh when I saw the size of it compared to what I’d imagined.

Anyway, the rest of the run was fine and I finished the loop at an 8:19/mile average.

In the afternoon, I first met my friends to FINALLY exchange freaking Christmas gifts! And celebrate Meredith’s, Julie’s and my birthdays, and TK surviving another tax season. We’d had to postpone previous attempts in February and May when things came up at the last minute. I read somewhere being friends as adults is just texting “We have to get together soon!” back and forth until one of you dies. Boy is that the truth! Between kids and jobs, it is nearly impossible to get all five us in the same place at once.

Later, my sister picked me up and we went to Salisbury to see “Across the Universe” in the theater!

I didn’t see it in a theater when it was first released in 2007, but after I watched it on DVD with a friend, it immediately became one of my favorites. I loved the story, and all the covers of Beatles songs they used to tell it (and the snippets of lyrics in dialogue and characters’ names throughout.) I bought my own copy of the DVD, which I’ve watched at least 20 times, and a copy of the soundtrack, which I’ve listened to countless times.

I always regretted not seeing it in a theater, so I was pretty pumped when I saw it was being re-released for three days at a limited number of theaters, and one of them was only a half-hour away.

I LOVED IT. I am so glad I got another chance to see it on a big screen!

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

July 27, 2018

Training for 7/27/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:27 pm

I had three things I wanted to get done this morning — this week’s speed workout, dropping off the recycling and getting the Jeep’s registration renewed.

I loaded up all the recycling in the Jeep and went to the Seaford High School track first. I was supposed to do four 800-meter repeats.

Well, today was not the day for it. Or at least, it wasn’t by the time I got to the track at 10 a.m., when the feels like temp was close to 100 with the humidity and full sunlight.

I did a mile to warm up that felt terrible. Then I ran the first 800 in 3:40 — 10 seconds slower than goal — and felt like I was gonna pass out. I walked the entire recovery lap and took off for the second 800, but less than halfway through the first lap, I just quit running and decided I’d rather not risk heat exhaustion today. Should’ve gotten outside about four hours earlier if I was going to get that done! So my planned six miles became two. That was a bust.

When I got back to the Jeep, it already smelled like a hot Dumpster inside with all those empty beer bottles roasting in the sun. Next stop was the landfill. I did manage to check that one off the list.

Finally, I drove to the DMV in Georgetown, expecting the Jeep to breeze through inspection. My father-in-law had just gotten it back yesterday from a mechanic who’d replaced the exhaust and the brakes.

Guess what. It failed. Because of the brakes!

When the inspection guy told me the left rear brakes weren’t working at all, I made a face that probably looked like I’d never even heard of brakes haha. Then I explained they had JUST gotten “fixed,” which was why I looked so confused. He showed me the computer-generated report showing zero percent brakes on that wheel and told me to take it back to whoever did the work.

So that was a big fat waste of time. Thanks, mechanic!

When I got home, at least Pepper hadn’t pooped in the floor.

Anyway… later this evening, I’m going with Clark and a bunch of his coworkers to the Orioles game, because they got tickets to the skybox owned by someone they do business with. Looks like it’s going to storm, again, but I don’t care about the game at all, as long as the skybox is still stocked with beer and food.

The rest of the weekend is up in the air. I’d thought we could take the Jeep back to the beach house at some point, but it looks like it’s staying in our driveway with its expired tags at least until next week.

As for running, I got the long run out of the way yesterday, so I just want to do a couple shorter runs tomorrow and Sunday. Maybe I’ll try those 800s again if I can get outside early enough.

July 26, 2018

Training for 7/26/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:36 pm

Monday and Tuesday, I wound up taking complete rest days. First of all, I was home alone with Pepper because Clark was away on a business trip, and I already had to leave him both evenings for work. So the dog guilt was in full effect. And second, the weather was really unsettled, with a lot of pop-up severe thunderstorms in the area, and I didn’t want to get caught miles from home and have to hope a neighbor came along to rescue me before I got struck by lightning, like that one evening last summer.

Yesterday, we got even more storms in the afternoon, but it finally looked like there was a window of opportunity to get in my middle distance run, which this week was a 6-miler.

Well, good news, there was no lightning. But it was so hot and muggy I was PRAYING for one of those torrential downpours by mile two — which never came. Instead, the sun came out, cranking up the mugginess, and it was a slow, miserable slog around the 6.5-mile loop at a 9:41/mile average.

Today, I met Kelly in Salisbury to knock out this week’s long run early. Technically, I only had either the 11-miler I didn’t do last weekend, or the 8-miler that it cut back to this weekend, but she wanted to do 14. What’s another three miles?

Oh man. It was awful. It was after 9:30 a.m. when we got started. The sun was out again, and the humidity was through the roof.

We did two laps of the park, which got us a little more than six miles, then ran toward the college. We did a figure-eight around the sports fields, plus a mile around the track. Finally we ran back to the park and back to our cars.

I drank a ton of fluids — I drained my 21-oz. water bottle three times — but it still wasn’t enough, and I wound up with some stomach cramping and side stitches that weren’t a lot of fun. (But I never needed the bathroom at least!) I had to walk a lot.

In the end, I did 14.5 miles at a 10:36/mile average. It was definitely one of those long runs where any pace goals go straight out the window, and I just think of it as bonus time on my feet.

Anyway, that was 21 miles in the dead of summer over a less than 24-hour span. It might have been slow as molasses, but it’s miles in the bank.

July 23, 2018

Training for 7/23/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 9:09 am

It’s here — the date that has always felt to me like summer is almost over, for no specific reason. I’m not sure what it is about July 23 but it just feels like the beginning of the end.

I had a pretty good weekend though. We avoided most of the heavy rain to get in the bike ride and a short run Saturday morning, and while Sunday’s 5K was not an improvement on my time from the previous weekend’s race, it was on a more challenging course (as in, there were actually some hills) and I felt like I put in an honest effort.

Friday, we went back out on the boat in the afternoon. The weather was just as nice as the day before, but unfortunately, the wind had picked up and the water was choppy. There was one very short stretch with halfway smooth water, but when I was trying to ski on it, other boats just kept coming through one after the other, churning it up with their wakes. Then Corey’s hat flew out of the back of the boat, so I dropped off to retrieve it, and that was the end of that.

Corey skied too, and Dave knee-boarded for a bit, but other than that, we just beached the boat so Kaylee could look for seashells again (smooth ones only.)

Saturday morning, we were up bright and early for the Heart of the Chesapeake bike tour in Cambridge. Dave was, in fact, riding it too, so Clark and I picked up him and his bike on our way.

It’d rained on us a bit while we were loading up the truck at home, and then some more on the way to Cambridge, but when we got to the YMCA to pick up our bibs and T-shirts, it was dry.

The ride began and ended there at the Y, but we went to Great Marsh Park, so Clark and Dave could go for a swim first. The Choptank was even choppier than the day before — the wind had picked up quite a bit — so it didn’t go so great.

Then we got the bikes ready and took off to ride the 32-mile Ragged Point route.

The first half of the ride, the wind was mostly at our backs. We were rolling right along at 20 mph or faster every time I glanced down at my Garmin.

Dave and Clark were riding next to each other and I was right behind them. Dave had “readjusted” his bike after he’d gotten it back from getting it fit for him earlier that week, because he thought the seat was way too high. Well, it was pretty clear he should’ve left it the way the professional had set it haha. His knees were flying out to the side with every pedal stroke, and he even said they were sometimes hitting his elbows! Clark, on the other hand, had a very fluid pedal stroke.

Clark noticed the same thing when he was riding behind Dave. When he told him, Dave was like, “Huh, I guess that guy knew what he was doing!” He said he’s gonna put the seat back.

I will say, the proper position on one of these bikes feels pretty weird for the first time, but it’s definitely much more efficient.

Anyway, we got to the turnaround at about mile 17 and took some food from the rest stop. We didn’t hang around too long because it’d already rained on us a bit on the way there and it looked like it could start again any second.

The way back was not as much fun, with the wind in our faces. I lost the other two pretty quick, as I slowed down because I thought I felt my tires slipping on the wet pavement on some of the tighter turns in the road.

When I got back to the truck, the Garmin said I’d ridden 32.9 miles in 1:43, an 18.5 mph average speed.

It’d started raining on us a couple miles from the end. By the time we’d re-racked the bikes and were ready to run, it was coming down pretty steadily.

We ran a 5K out-and-back. I always feel like I’m running on two peg legs after riding my bike, but I seem to always manage a good pace. My splits picked up from 8:29 to 8:02 and I finished with an 8:14/mile average.

It was really pouring as we were leaving Cambridge. I was so glad we’d gotten out early enough to finish the bike ride before it hit.

Clark and I took some naps when we got home. In the evening, we went to 3rd Wave. I like that place anyway, but I wanted to go that night specifically to pick up my T-shirt from the 5K I ran there last month. (They’d already run out of my size by the time I got to packet pick-up.) The shirt wasn’t there, but Kelly was, so we got to hang out with her and her boyfriend. We went to the Greene Turtle with them after so Clark and I could finally get some dinner.

I didn’t want to stay out too late, since I was signed up for my next summer series 5K the next morning. It was a little after 11 p.m. when I got to bed.

I slept OK, but I was pretty tired when Pepper woke me up five minutes before my 5:30 a.m. alarm. I got up and got my stuff together. TK picked me up at 6.

We got to the race site in Rehoboth around 7 and quickly picked up our bibs and T-shirts. Then I ran an easy mile to warm up. I didn’t feel sore from riding my bike the day before for the first time in a month, but I didn’t feel too peppy either. A 9:00/mile pace felt like a chore. I’m sure the 96 percent humidity wasn’t helping.

I joined the crowd at the start and we were off!

2018 run for jj 5k start

I’m to the left in the orange shorts. (Fredman photo)

2018 run for jj start close up

Coming around one of the turns in a little loop at the beginning.

By the way, this second shot was taken by Richard, who does just about all the Seashore Striders races and takes nonstop pictures the whole time, before, during and after the race — like this one, for instance, he just stopped running, stood here at this turn and snapped photos of everyone trotting past. I finally asked him yesterday what he does with them all and he said he posts them on Facebook. So now we’re Facebook friends and I can look through the past several years of photos.

Anyway, after running this little loop at the start, we ran into a residential neighborhood, turned onto Surf Avenue, running along the beach, and then ran into Henlopen Acres, one of the fancier neighborhoods in Rehoboth.

For some reason, there are rolling hills in this neighborhood near the otherwise pancake-flat beach. About halfway through the race, I decided they must have been built artificially, so some of the homeowners could feel they were literally on a higher level than their neighbors.

We passed the first mile marker not far into Henlopen Acres, which I ran in 7:15. I was pleased with that.

The rolling hills got to me in the second mile though. I mean, the uphills were nothing spectacular, but any extra effort is going to feel worse than it really is halfway through a 5K.

Mile 2 slowed to a 7:28. I was hurting but I was still running.

We came up to a water stop around mile 2.2 and I slowed for a few steps to gulp down a cup of water, then started running again.

There was one last uphill as we ran out of Henlopen Acres (why didn’t that feel like much of a downhill on the way in??) and back onto Surf Avenue. I was dying! I wanted to walk so bad.

It was a straight shot back to the finish line. I finished mile 3 in 7:38 and made the last turn for the line.

2018 run for jj finish

Almost there!

I was done in 23:30.

So I was 17 seconds slower than last week, instead of faster, but I still happy with my race. I kept pushing when the hills and humidity were making it hurt, which is a big improvement over the first few races of the series this summer. I still have work to do to get my speed back, and maintain it, since I don’t see them shortening 5Ks to only two miles anytime soon.

I did another slow mile to cool down and got back to the finish line in time to see TK finish. We walked back to her car to get our flip-flops, then back to the finish area to wait for results.

When they posted them, I didn’t see my name in the list at all. Then TK found me — it had me finishing in 42:08, even though I’d gotten a text immediately after finishing saying 23:30.

I know I didn’t walk over the timing mat a second time, but I guess I walked close enough to it after TK’s finish that it picked up my chip again. Anyway, the race director got it sorted out and the results were correct by the time they announced the awards.

They pull out the top five overall men and women, which helped me, because the fourth overall woman was in my age group, moving me from second to first in our group.

2018 run for jj 5k awards

With one of the other two winners in the F 35-39 age group.

Now I’ve only got one more 5K to run to qualify for this year’s overall awards in the summer series. We’re taking next weekend off and running the Race for the Paws 5K on Aug. 4 in Dewey Beach.

Then Richard took this nice photo of TK and me:

2018 run for jj after race with tk

TK and I had not brought swimsuits for the beach after the race, since the forecast was for thunderstorms. There were no storms though. In fact, it was a gorgeous day there at the beach. Blue skies all around.

We got breakfast at Egg. I’d not tried it yet but I’d heard good things about it. I had an Eastern Shore Benedict (poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce on an English muffin with crab meat instead of the traditional Canadian bacon) and fresh fruit. It was delicious! We got there early enough we didn’t have to wait to be seated, but by the time we left, there were a lot of people hanging around outside waiting for a table.

Then we got to the New Balance store just as it opened, and I used a coupon and my gift certificate on a new pair of 890s, which are going to be my long run shoe for now, instead of the Zantes I’ve been wearing. The only color available in the store was gray and hot pink. Not my favorite, but for $26 (instead of the original price of $120), I didn’t care.

When I got home, I spent the afternoon on the couch with Pepper. Clark had to go to his office to get some stuff done before he flew out this morning for a short business trip. He got back home in time for the end of the NASCAR race in New Hampshire, which had gotten rain delayed.

And now it’s Monday! I have to move some things around in my training schedule, as I told Kelly I’d do a 14-miler with her Thursday, so I’m not sure what’s on my agenda for today.

July 20, 2018

Training for 7/20/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 8:27 am

Guess where I was yesterday!

dover bridges

On the boat!

Dave got the Party Barge out for the summer and yesterday was its first day back on the Choptank. Kasey and Kaylee went too.

We rode up to see the old Dover Bridge permanently open beneath the new Dover Bridge, and then we did some skiing. It was such a perfect day out there. The whole river was like glass.

Later, we rode up to Suicide and Clark met us. I went back to the Choptank marina on the boat, then drove to meet Clark in Cambridge for dinner.

I think we’re going out again this afternoon. Today is another nice day, but the weather forecast for the next seven days straight is thunderstorms.

This morning, I ran an easy 3-miler at an 8:51/mile pace. I’d originally intended to do this week’s long run today, but I didn’t feel like it, I have too much to get done before we go back out this afternoon and my long run shoes are worn the hell out anyway. I think I’m going to use my New Balance gift card when I’m in Rehoboth this weekend to get a pair of the 890s. Maybe I’ll get that 11-miler done Monday.

Tomorrow, Clark and I are riding the 32-mile route at the Heart of the Chesapeake bike tour in Cambridge. I think Clark said last night he’d talked Dave into doing it too (Dave got his bike back a couple days ago) but I’m not sure.

And then Sunday, I’m running my fourth 5K of the summer series, the Run for J.J. 5K in Rehoboth. I just want to improve on the 23:13 I ran last weekend. Getting back into the 22’s would be nice.

July 19, 2018

Training for 7/19/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:22 am

Yesterday, I wound up taking a rest day. I didn’t go out early for the short easy run on the schedule. Then it got hot. Then I realized I’d run the previous eight consecutive days.

Clark asked if I wanted to go for a ride in his Camaro. He’d driven it to work that morning, and he needed to go in the evening to one of the few gas stations in the area still selling non-ethanol gas.

camaro in the morning

Clark waving goodbye on his way to work in the morning.

It was a perfect summer evening to ride with the windows down. We wound up having to go all the way to Cambridge for the gas. Fortunately, no cops spotted us, because the car’s tags expired in January 2007 haha. Kinda hard to say it’d just slipped his mind to renew them for the last 11.5 years!

Pepper went with us. He’s sat in the car a few times, but it was the first time he got to ride in it. He seemed to like it; he was a lot less fidgety than he is in the truck.

camaro at sunset

After we got home around sunset.

side of camaro at sunset

Love that stance!

Clark is going to try to get it tagged in Delaware. First step is finding the title. It wasn’t in his parents’ safe deposit box yesterday and it wasn’t anywhere in our house this morning, so he’s going back to his parents’ house to check one last spot. Hopefully he finds it and his motorcycle title is with it, because he couldn’t find that today either.

Anyway, this morning, Clark went out early for a run first, and when he got back, I went for my own.

I had a 30-minute tempo run on the schedule. Honestly, tempo runs are the speed workouts I find most intimidating. The effort isn’t as hard as that of an interval or a hill repeat, but it’s sustained for a lot longer.

Unfortunately, they’re also probably the most useful for getting my 5K speed back, so they’re a necessary evil.

The weather was no reason to skip it. It was a beautiful morning for a hard run, not too hot and not terribly humid.

I ran an easy mile to warm up, in 8:47. Then I decided I was going to run two miles around 7:45/mile pace. Not all-out 5K effort, but definitely not in my easy run comfort zone.

The first mile wasn’t too bad. Every time I glanced at the Garmin, it showed a current pace of 7:45 or 7:40, but I finished the mile in 7:34.

The second mile got harder. I also had to stop three-quarters of the way through it for a bathroom break in a corn field. I’m sure that helped me speed up a little in the final quarter-mile, because I ran the second mile in 7:27.

I took the next half-mile easy, then ran the half-mile after that at a 7:10/mile pace. Finally, I ran the last half-mile home easy for a cool down.

I finished the 4.5-mile loop in 36:16, an 8:04/mile overall average. I haven’t run that loop that quick in months. I’d forgotten how great it felt to smash a tempo run like that!

July 17, 2018

Training for 7/17/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 9:15 am

Summer is back in full effect here!

It’s gotten hot and humid again. Running hasn’t been the most fun the last couple of times out, but I’ve gotten in my miles.

Yesterday, I waited until 4 p.m. to run. That was dumb. I only had a 3-miler on the schedule, but the heat made it feel three times as long. I waited to check the weather until I got back — felt like 100.

Later, I went with Clark and Dave to the bike shop in Delmar so Dave could get fitted for the used tri bike he just bought off Craigslist. He also got his first pair of padded bike shorts, a tire pump, a rear light, a spare tube and a helmet, and Clark gave him his bike shoes and clip-in pedals since he was ordering new ones anyway, so Dave should be all set to ride when his bike is ready.

This might mean the end of the Swim-Bike-Runny Schmidts at Eagleman next year, as Dave is thinking about doing the whole thing himself, but I’m sure I could recruit another runner to take on that leg. We’ll just have to come up with a new team name.

Late yesterday afternoon, I got an email from work informing me I didn’t just have one assignment today, I actually had three, and the first one was at 8:30 a.m., 45 minutes from my house.

It was probably a good thing, because it forced me to get up and get my run done early. I had this week’s middle distance run on the schedule, an easy 5-miler.

I went out around 6 a.m. It was already nearly 80 degrees with 96 percent humidity.

I did a lap around the 5.5-mile loop. I was a little annoyed I didn’t get to run through a single irrigation spray; the best I got was someone’s lawn sprinkler a mile in. It was a slow, sweaty run, but I finished the loop in 49:09, an 8:56/mile average. And now I don’t have to do that this evening when I get home.

July 16, 2018

Training for 7/16/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:34 am

It looks like doing some speed work and strength training over the last few weeks did some good, because I lobbed off more than a minute from my last 5K time at Saturday’s Race for the Ribbon 5K!

I didn’t wake up Saturday feeling like a better 5K performance was in the cards though, mostly because I barely got any sleep Friday night.

Pepper had been acting weird all day Friday, pacing the house and refusing to lie down for any more than a few minutes at a time, when he normally snoozes on the couch or the floor all day. Usually he does that when he’s feeling nauseated, but the few times he went outside, I watched him and he never puked.

That pattern continued when we tried to go to bed, unfortunately. He kept getting up on the bed, flopping down and staying put for maybe 30 seconds, only to get up and jump to the floor, pace the rest of the house, come back to bed, rinse and repeat. All night.

I finally got him to lie still for a few minutes after I locked him in a bear hug. But then my alarm started going off.

Well, I’d already paid for the race and TK was on her way to meet me to drive there together, so even though I REALLY didn’t feel like it, I got up and got ready.

It was an absolutely gorgeous morning for a race, at least! Usually this one is on a hot and muggy day, but it was barely 60 degrees when TK and I left my house at 6 a.m.

Of course, as the sun came up, it warmed up, but it was still only in the low 70s and not terribly humid for the 7:30 a.m. start.

We got our event T-shirts (I LOVE the shirts they use for this race — the material hangs well and the cuts are gender-specific) and race bibs, and then I did an easy mile and a few leg swings to warm up.

As usual, this race attracted one of the biggest crowds of the summer series. There were nearly 450 finishers, between the open, Clydesdale and Filly divisions.

The start got held up a few minutes by a garbage truck completing its route on the street on which the race starts, but we got a live rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner and a chance to cheer for Arden, the 6-year-old girl who benefitted from the race proceeds this year — she just found out she’s cancer-free, after battling it twice already.

Then we got the commands and we were off!

2018 race for the ribbon 5k start

This race was on the same course as the Father’s Day 5K last month. My goal was to run an even effort from the start, so maybe I could get through a 5K without having to walk in the last mile to settle my stomach for the first time this summer!

Even though I was kind of thirsty, I passed up the water stop the first time we ran by it near the end of the first mile. I finished that mile soon after in 7:20. The second mile wound through a residential neighborhood. The morning was feeling a lot hotter after running hard for a mile and a half and I was really looking forward to passing that water stop again!

At the stop, I grabbed a cup and walked a few steps to gulp it down, and then I started running again. The second mile marker was just around the corner. My Garmin beeped and I saw I’d slowed to a 7:40 second mile.

The first couple of 5Ks I ran in June, this was the point where I kinda gave up and let myself walk because it was getting hard and I felt like I might puke.

I decided right there I was running the entire final mile of this one. If I puked, I puked. But I was pretty sure all those times I felt “pukey” in the last mile of the last two 5Ks was just me letting myself off the hook because I was so uncomfortable.

So I kept running. I told myself “It’s a 5K, it’s SUPPOSED to feel like this!” They are HARD to race. Marathons hurt like hell near the end, but 5Ks suck from the beginning. They just end sooner.

It sure doesn’t feel like it’s ever going to end at mile 2.5 though.

I did, in fact, run that entire final mile — I even sped up a bit, back to a 7:29 — and the last 0.1 to the finish.

2018 race for the ribbon 5k finish

Almost there!

And I crossed the line in 23:13, more than a minute faster than either of the 5Ks I ran in June.

I’m still not anywhere close to how fast I used to run 5Ks, even in the middle of the summer, but it’s a step in the right direction, and definitely encouraging! Just gotta keep up the speed work and strength training.

On the boardwalk past the line, I saw Kelly and Susan. Kelly had run a new PR of 20:08! She’s definitely going to be in the sub-20 club by the fall.

I did another easy mile to cool down and got back just as TK was finishing. We exchanged our running shoes for flip flops and went to the post-race buffet at the Greene Turtle.

When they announced the awards, I had won the F 35-39 age group.

2018 race for the ribbon 5k award

In addition to being first of 18 in my age group, I was the 9th of 225 women to finish and 39th of 410 overall in the open division.

TK and I got iced coffees from Dunkin Donuts and went to Cape Henlopen State Park to lay out on the beach for a bit. It was PACKED. But it had turned into a perfect beach day. Even better, her boss called her while we were out there, and told her she didn’t have to go on the business trip she was supposed to leave for the next day, so we no longer had to get home early for her to pack.

We didn’t stay at the beach much longer anyway, but we went into Lewes and had lunch at Agave, a very nice Mexican restaurant.

When I got home later that afternoon, Clark said Pepper had still been acting weird all day. But that evening, we stayed home — Dave came over and watched the race with us — and Pepper finally started to act like his normal lazy self again.

Which brings me to Saturday night. I woke up in the middle of the night for some reason. Pepper was wedged in between Clark and me, on his back with his head half under my pillow. I thought I could hear him snoring, but I realized that was just Clark. So I kinda nudged Pepper, expecting him to wake up and move to a more comfortable position, but he didn’t respond at all.

I freaked out. I thought he was dead! Or dying — I convinced myself his heart beat seemed really slow and his breathing was shallow. I shook that dog and whisper-yelled his name several times, and nothing!

I woke up Clark and told him something was wrong with Pepper. It took a few more tries by both of us, but we finally got him to wake up. He flipped over and then stood up on the bed, and even though it was dark, I swear he gave me some serious side-eye for waking him up haha.

I was so relieved! I have never seen him sleep that soundly. I mean, I’m sure he was wiped out after missing out on 36 hours of regular naps. But that was some hardcore sleeping!

Sunday morning, it had gotten warmer and more humid, so I didn’t procrastinate too much on my long run. I went out after breakfast for the 10-miler on the schedule.

It wasn’t a particularly good run. Even though I got out there relatively early, it was still hot and I was sweating my face off. I felt better after a bathroom break in a corn field just before the end of the third mile, but I was still slow. It took me about 1:38 to finish the loop, a 9:51/mile average.

Still though, I successfully completed the first week of Richmond Marathon training!

The rest of Sunday was spent doing laundry and washing every vehicle on the property, including Clark’s ’69 Camaro, which he took for a drive for the first time in several years. In the evening, we went over to Bart’s for a bit.

Today, Week 2 of Richmond training begins with a short easy run and strength training.

July 13, 2018

Training for 7/13/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:31 pm

Today would’ve been a rest day if I hadn’t been so lazy Monday, so I made up the strength training and short easy run I skipped earlier this week.

Since I have a 5K in the morning, I didn’t do too much strength training, just abs, push-ups, three minutes in the invisible chair and another set of bench presses. Then I went out and ran a very easy, untimed lap around the 4.5-mile loop. The humidity here today isn’t bad at all, but it was still almost 85 degrees and sunny. A tad warm.

Anyway, tomorrow morning is the Race for the Ribbon 5K in Rehoboth, my third summer series 5K. It’s on the same course as the Father’s Day 5K last month, but the after party this time is at The Greene Turtle. It’s one of the best ones of any of the summer races. Plus, the race itself and a silent auction at the after party raise money for cancer research in honor of some locals. So it’s usually a pretty big turnout for a 5K around here.

My only goal is to improve on the first two 5Ks I ran. It’s been three weeks since the second one, and I’ve actually been doing some speed work and strength training, so I’m hoping it translates into SOMETHING.

After that, TK and I are hitting the beach for a little bit. As far as the rest of the weekend goes, all I know for sure is that I have a 10-mile long run on the schedule.

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