A Simple Running Log

October 31, 2018

Training for 10/31/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:58 pm

Happy Halloween!

Pepper has had a rough couple of days. Pretty much since we got home Monday night, he’s been antsy and generally unable to lie still for more than a few minutes, but when he gets up to pace around, he moves very slowly. And if he stands still for a few seconds, his back legs start to slip out from under him, especially on hard floor surfaces like in the kitchen.

Yesterday afternoon, he seemed like he was feeling better, so I put him in the back room and went out and ran the 5.5-mile loop at an 8:29/mile average. Clark got home from work just about the same time I got back from the run, and Pepper still seemed OK.

But for most of today, he was looking even worse. He still at least ate his dog food (and whatever else I’d give him) and drank water, but other than that, he looked like he was auditioning to be an extra on The Walking Dead, just doing this painful zombie shuffle around the house. He seems OK again now, and seems to be sleeping comfortably on the couch next to me, but I really don’t want to upset him all over again by putting him in the back room so I can go run.

So, another rest day. I might do some much-needed strength training. But no miles, so I can safely post my monthly summary now.


  • Week 1 (Oct. 1-6): 22.3
  • Week 2 (Oct. 7-13): 41.4
  • Week 3 (Oct. 14-20): 65
  • Week 5 (Oct. 21-27): 31.2
  • Week 6 (Oct. 28-31): 5.5

Total: 165.4 miles

This month’s mileage was not quite where I wanted it to be; I had to cut short my second 20-miler due to extreme digestive issues, even for me, and I still haven’t done that last double-digit run I’ve been putting off since this past weekend, first because I was on vacation and now because Pepper has been sick.

But I did stack up a lot of great runs between 5 and 12 miles, and the Baltimore Marathon, the only race I ran this month, in place of the third and final 20-miler, went really well other than a couple bathroom stops between miles 10 and 13 due to more digestive distress.

All in all, I think the final few weeks of Richmond Marathon training have been solid, and I’m feeling confident I’ll have a good race a week from Saturday.

Richmond is pretty much the only thing I have going on in November, though I’ll most likely also do the Huffin’ for Pumpkin Pie 5K the Saturday after Thanksgiving, as usual.

October 30, 2018

Training for 10/30/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:29 pm

I spent a lot of time watching grown men play children’s games this weekend! Unfortunately, they didn’t all work out the way I hoped, but it was still fun.

Friday, Clark and I got up at 4:30 a.m. Eastern time to catch our flight from Baltimore to L.A., landing around 11 a.m. Pacific time. (I love “gaining” three hours in the air when we fly out west.) We were early checking in at our hotel in Manhattan Beach, so we walked down to a California Pizza Kitchen and got some lunch. Our room was ready after that, so we took a shower, put on our Dodgers gear and got an Uber to Dodgers Stadium.

It was a beautiful evening in Southern California! We sat in right field, in a section that came with all-you-can-eat hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and peanuts.

before game 3

Clark and me before it started. He got a Manny Machado jersey because Machado was the best player for the Orioles for several years until he was traded to the Dodgers earlier this summer, and he wears Cal Ripken Jr.’s number, Clark’s favorite player growing up.

world series beer

Good thing the food was free, because the beers were $17 to $19 EACH!

Brad Paisley performed the national anthem and a local California Air National Guard squadron provided the fighter jets for one of the coolest fly-overs I’ve ever experienced. (I’ve seen some good ones at NASCAR races, but baseball stadiums are much smaller so they felt a lot closer.) Everyone was pretty jacked up after all that. Play ball!

At 5:10 p.m., the game started. There were a handful of exciting moments, but they were few and far between. At the end of the ninth inning, it was tied 1-1, after a single solo home run from each team.

during game 3

I think this was sometime in the middle of the regular innings.

It went into extra innings. The 10th, 11th and 12th crept by. Still 1-1. In the 13th, both teams scored one run apiece, which got the crowd revved back up for a minute. But that meant it was still tied — more extra innings.

longest official game

I took this picture at 11:31 p.m. It says the game was already officially the longest in World Series history, by time and innings.

Not gonna lie, I was over it. I’m not a baseball fan, and this game was boring me to tears. I’d also already been up for almost 24 hours by this point, and my butt had gone to sleep sitting on the hard plastic bench. I sure wasn’t going to leave before it was over, but I was starting to wonder if it that would happen. What if no one ever scores again, and we’re all stuck in this weird baseball purgatory for the rest of our lives?

The crowd was trying really hard to stay in it, but it was getting late and they’d stopped serving beer in the seventh inning, so everyone’s buzz was long gone. The couple in front of me got quieter and quieter until I heard the guy say to to the girl, “Sober baseball just isn’t as much fun, huh?” haha.

The crowd cheered again when the Jumbotrons showed the clock had just reached midnight. Half an hour later, the game was in the 18th inning. A double-header!

Finally, Max Muncy blasted one to center field. Everyone held their breath as the Boston outfielders ran for the wall. But the ball cleared it, well beyond their reach.

The crowd woke up and went insane.


after home run

That little blue and white blob in the middle is the team celebrating at home plate.

clark after game 3 win

Clark after the win!

Seven hours and 20 minutes after the first pitch, at 12:30 a.m. (3:30 if you woke up on the East Coast), it was over, and the Dodgers had won, 3-2.

after game 3 with guy stealing our cups

Clark and me after the game, along with the guy who stole our commemorative beer cups while we were distracted haha. We let him have them.

It took a while to get back to our hotel. The designated ride share pickup spot in the stadium parking lot was jammed with people waiting on Ubers and Lyfts, so we walked a mile and a half from the stadium before we tried to get an Uber. I’m not sure what time it was when we got back, but I know we’d been up for more than 24 hours and I was absolutely exhausted.

Saturday morning, we slept in, and then got breakfast at the hotel. Later in the morning, we went for a run.

It was about a mile from our hotel to The Strand, a paved biking/walking/running/Rollerblading path along the beach. We ran down to that, then ran toward El Segundo and back.

manhattan beach running path

Where we turned around.

Our splits ranged from 8:00 to 12:00 (when we were climbing back up the hill from the beach), and in the end we ran 6.3 miles at a 9:38/mile average.

After we got cleaned up, we took another Uber to El Segundo and got lunch at Brewport Tap House. Then we stopped by El Segundo Brewing Company.

el segundo brewing

Another Uber later, we were in downtown L.A., to watch Game 4 at Mikkeller, the best beer bar in the city. They had Hill Farmstead on tap! That’s the Vermont brewery we drove through the mountains in a snowstorm to reach a couple years ago. I haven’t had their beer since we were there.

Watching the game, it looked like L.A. was going to pull off another win, so Clark was checking out ticket prices for Game 5, the next night. But then they blew the lead and lost. We were pretty bummed.

Sunday morning, walking to breakfast at the hotel, we agreed we didn’t want to go to Game 5 to possibly see Boston clinch the Series. A couple Green Bay Packers fans walked by. Hmm, maybe we could go to the Rams-Packers game at the Coliseum?

So we did. We also took our Dodgers gear in case we changed our minds about Game 5.

Packers at Rams

Running nerds will appreciate that this is also the stadium where Joan Benoit Samuelson won the first women’s Olympic marathon in 1984!

I’ve never been to a game where the fans of the home team were the minority. You’d think we were at Lambeau Field, other than the fact it was 80 degrees and sunny.

As Clark pointed out, it’s been a long time since L.A. had an NFL team, so while some of these Green Bay fans were from out of town, a lot were probably locals who picked another team years ago. (I saw several cheesehead hats in the shape of California, and some shirts that combined the L.A. Dodgers logo with Green Bay colors.)

There was one Rams fan who had a cheese grater hat haha. Most of the Green Bay fans laughed when they saw it, but the one sitting right next to me was very offended. “That’s not just rooting for a team, that’s like, ANTI another whole team! I HATE that!”

Anyway, the first half was a little slow, but in the second, the Rams wound up pulling off the win and improving to 8-0.

And then Clark and I got another Uber and went to Dodgers Stadium. (The StubHub app has made it VERY easy to decide to go to events on a whim.)

Traffic was ridiculous after the football game ended, so we missed the first couple of innings of the baseball game.

But we got there in plenty of time… to see the Dodgers lose, and the Red Sox clinch.

red sox champs

So we can say we saw a team win the World Series. Just not the one we wanted to see. Oh well. There’s always next year!

We did at least manage to hold on to our souvenir beer cups this time haha.

And we’ll be back at Dodger Stadium in March, as the start line of the L.A. Marathon is in the parking lot, which we registered for months ago already. Clark already noticed Opening Day is only a few days after the marathon…

Since the game only lasted the normal nine innings, it was still early enough we could walk to another bar, Mohawk Bend, a couple miles from the stadium. We had a couple more there, and then we took an Uber back to the hotel.

Monday, our flight wasn’t until 1 p.m., so we had a lazy morning getting breakfast at the hotel (there was brie and Nutella at this complimentary breakfast spread!) and packing up.

The trip home was fine. It was almost midnight by the time we got home.

I thought Clark’s parents would hang on to Pepper for the night and drop him off in the morning, since it was so late, but Clark’s dad brought him right over as soon as we got home.

He said Pepper had been good, other than the first night, when he threw up a couple times, but I’m wondering how true that was. He was an absolute shithead all night, repeatedly getting up like he wanted to go out, and then, half the time, not going out after all. By 4 a.m., I decided to just stay on the couch so I could be close to the back door, but Pepper tried to stay on the couch with me. He was just as unsettled as he’d been on our bed, which meant I still got no sleep.

If he’d been like that all weekend, it was no wonder Clark’s parents were so eager to get rid of him!

Anyway, between his antics and the jet lag, it was after 10 a.m. when I finally pulled my ass out of bed this morning. Good thing I’d taken today off work when I wasn’t sure which day we were coming back, because I am getting absolutely nothing done other than this blog post.

Oh, and I need to go for a run! I’m tapering for Richmond, so taking a couple extra rest days over the weekend wasn’t as big a deal as it would’ve been a few weeks ago, but I need to get back on track. I will probably do a short run today and the 12-miler I put off over the weekend — the last double-digit run before the marathon — tomorrow.

October 25, 2018

Training for 10/25/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:46 pm

Today, I did another short easy run around the 5.5-mile loop. It was another cool, slightly breezy day. I ran it at an 8:38/mile average.

I also got my bib number for Richmond already. I’m 1666. Two weeks and two days to go!

I won’t be updating this blog until next week, because at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Clark and I are flying out to L.A. to go to a World Series game. For a minute there, it looked like we weren’t going to make it, but the flights are booked and Pepper is taken care of, so we’re outta here.

As far as running goes, I have one last long run on the schedule, a 12-miler, but I’m probably just going to do some shorter runs while we’re out there and do 12 when we get back.

See you next week! Go Dodgers!

October 24, 2018

Training for 10/24/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:43 pm

Another day, another awesome run! Today I did this week’s middle distance run, an 8-miler. It was a sunny, windy day, cooler than yesterday, but shorts and a long-sleeved shirt felt perfect once I got moving.

Once again, I glided right through the whole run and got progressively faster, even when running into the wind near the end. I finished the 8.4-mile loop in 1:11:07, an 8:29/mile overall average pace.

October 23, 2018

Training for 10/23/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:21 pm

I’ve run a couple of really enjoyable short, easy runs the last couple of days. Not sure why I feel this good already after Baltimore — I was expecting some slower, clunky miles this week — but I’m not going to complain.

Yesterday afternoon, I did a lap around the 5.5-mile loop. I didn’t wear the Garmin, so I have no idea what the pace was, but it felt smooth. It was also so chilly I had to break out a pair of capri tights for the first time since the spring.

Today, it warmed up again enough for shorts and a T-shirt. I did another lap around the 5.5-mile loop. This time I wore the Garmin, and I just sped up as I went along. I ran an 8:41/mile average pace.

Here’s hoping this trend continues all the way through Nov. 10.

October 22, 2018

Baltimore Marathon recap

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 9:34 am

The Baltimore Marathon wasn’t the poop-free long training run I was hoping for, but it mostly went well and I got in a decent final long run before the Richmond Marathon, now less than three weeks away.

My brother-in-law, Chad, also ran a pretty solid first marathon, and the Bald Hairybacks, the marathon relay team made up of Clark, his dad and two coworkers, had a good time. All in all, I’d call it a success.

Friday afternoon, Clark and I drove up to Baltimore. We met Bart at the expo at the convention center and picked up our race packets. As always, the premium was a super nice Under Armour shirt.

Our next stop was the Pratt Street Ale House right across from the convention center. I had a couple beers there and tried to find something on the menu that fit in with the no-fiber rule I’d been trying to stick to. I settled on a margherita flatbread that just had cheese and tomato slices.

We went down the street to Pickles Pub for the beginning of the Dodgers-Brewers game. Clark’s dad and brother made it to Baltimore and met us there. It was getting late by then, so we all headed to our respective hotels with plans to meet early the next morning.

Clark and I stayed in a hotel near the airport. I slept well except for 2:30 a.m., when I was woken up by several very loud, definitely drunk people hanging out in the hallway outside our room. They were really carrying on. It sounded like they didn’t realize they were no longer at the bar. I was pretty close to calling the front desk when it suddenly stopped. I don’t know if someone else complained or if they all finally decided to go pass out. I was just glad to get back to sleep.

My alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. Clark and I were out the door by 6. Traffic into the city was still very light that early and we got a great parking spot in one of the free stadium lots.

Bart had stayed at a hotel across the street from Camden Yards, right next to the marathon start line. On our way to meet him there, we ran into Travis, the fourth relay team member. Clark’s brother and dad found us at the start line. The gang was all there.

The weather was almost ideal, in the 50s to start, only warming up into the low 60s, with a light breeze. If it’d been less humid it would’ve been perfect, but I guess we can’t have everything.

About 30 minutes before the 8 a.m. start, I hit the bathroom in the ballpark, took off my sweats and checked my bag.

We all wished each other luck, and then Chad, Clark’s dad, who was running the first leg for the relay team, and I squeezed into the crowd at the start line.

I’d waited too long to get in the corral and couldn’t get any farther up than well behind the 4:15 pace group. If this were a goal race I’d have been upset with myself, or tried harder to force my way up farther, but I just decided to take it as an opportunity to start even easier than intended. The first three miles are uphill anyway.

At 8 a.m. on the dot, we were off! About a minute later, I crossed the start line.

As expected, the first three miles felt slow, as it was so crowded and there was plenty of uphill. But they were all right around 4:00 pace — 9:11, 9:03 and 9:09. I caught and passed the 4:15 pace group somewhere in these first miles.

Then we made a right turn into Druid Hill Park, and then into the zoo (where handlers had PENGUINS waiting to greet us!) We ran some nice downhills and miles 4 and 5 sped up to 8:38 and 8:27.

This is also the part of the course where the push-rim wheelchair racers catch us (they get a five-minute head start on the field, but the uphill in the first three miles slows them down.) They all have bike escorts riding ahead, clearing a path, especially for the downhills, when the wheelchairs are obviously flying. Every year, there’s a near collision because of idiots wearing earbuds, not paying attention. This year was no different. Seriously, if you must listen to music, just use one earbud, so you can hear if something important comes up.

Getting off my soapbox now… I ran by the first relay exchange. Right around the corner was mile 6. That split was 8:34. I ate the only GU I’d brought with me and washed it down with a cup of water from the aid station just past that mile marker.

Clark’s dad had started in front of me and I never caught up to him on that first leg. It wasn’t far into the second leg that I found the next teammate, Travis. I ran with him for a bit and then sped up again. This section of the course has the best downhills, heading back toward the Inner Harbor, so I had to take advantage. I ran miles 7, 8 and 9 in 8:46, 8:32 and 8:40.

Somewhere in that section, I was running through an intersection. Traffic was backed up on either side of it as drivers waited to cross (which was going to be a LONG wait.) Right as I ran through, someone laid on the horn, which made me snap my head. The cop holding traffic laughed and said “They like you! They like you!” Which made me laugh too. That did not sound like a friendly honk!

We got into the Inner Harbor area, which was nuts, as always. Half marathoners were trying to cross the marathon course to get to their own start line for the 9:45 a.m. start. There are also a ton of spectators.

As I was running through, I heard someone call my name and I stopped when I saw it was Shaggy, Clark’s and my old college roommate! He was running the half this year. I had a nice little chat (another perk of doing these races as training runs) and then went on my way.

Around the next bend in the road, we passed the second relay exchange for the first time, before doing an out-and-back to the Under Armour headquarters. Clark was there so I stopped for another little chat, to tell him I saw Shaggy.

Running again, I knew I was going to have to stop to use the bathroom. It’d been brewing since about mile 7. There was another water stop and a bank of port-o-potties just before mile 10. I ducked into one and took care of business.

My watch beeped mile 10 just after I got out. Between stopping to talk to people and the bathroom break, that mile had taken 10:24 to finish.

I felt a lot better though! I got to the turnaround at the UA headquarters and grabbed a sleeve of GU Chomps, ate half of them and held on to the other half for later.

Then we headed back toward the second relay exchange. I think this picture was taken along that stretch:

2018 baltimore marathon mile 11.5

It was mile 10 before anyone commented on my Ravens shirt!

I ran miles 11 and 12 in 8:52 and 8:48, but I could feel my guts rumbling again. What the hell!

I made it past the relay exchange again, where I saw Clark again, still waiting on Travis, but just past that, I had to stop for the second time in three miles. It took me a little longer, but I wanted to make sure I got absolutely everything out that time.

I rejoined the race, passed the half marathon start, finished mile 13 in 11:05 and then crossed the halfway timing mat in 2:01.

The next few miles of the course are nice. It’s mostly flat and it’s quieter (but still has plenty of spectators.) There was a slight reroute this year that took us along more of the Inner Harbor than we used to see.

Unfortunately, I didn’t feel so great. I didn’t have to poop anymore, but I had the worst side stitch under my ribs on the right side. I really didn’t want to slow down and walk though, so I just dug my fingers into it and concentrated on exhaling when I was landing on the opposite foot. Don’t ask me why that works, but it does. Eventually. Miles 14, 15 and 16 were 9:04, 8:48 and 9:10.

And then we hit The Merge.

Right before the mile 16 marker, the marathon and half marathon courses come together for the final 10 miles. It goes from plenty of room to run to super crowded.

That also happens to be where the worst hills of the race are. Between not feeling like weaving through the crowds more than absolutely necessary and the hills, I always slow down on this stretch. This year was no exception. Miles 17, 18 and 19 were 9:17, 9:37 and 9:54.

On the bright side, the side stitch went away! I’d been worried I was in for a repeat of this race last year, when the side stitches and stomach cramping just got progressively worse until I’d had to run-walk the last eight miles, but that was not the case. I didn’t feel too bad by the time I made it past the last relay exchange just before mile 19!

There was more uphill in the next mile, but then we finally got a nice downhill stretch to Lake Montebello. The course made a lap around the lake next.

Mile 20 was on that lap. I finished it in 9:07. My elapsed time was something like 3:05 — 45 minutes faster than the horrible solo 20-miler I’d run a month earlier! I was really glad this one was going so much better.

A little past that, we hit the next aid station, which had more GU. (I’d eaten the other half of the Chomps at mile 16.) I took a strawberry-banana gel, some Gatorade and some water, then started running again. Mile 21 was 9:59.

We finished the lake lap. Immediately after that was an out-and-back they’d had to add last year when they changed the finish of the course. I hated it last year and I hated it this year too.

The rest of the course took us through some nice neighborhoods with a TON of spectator support. Mile 22 was 9:11.

I think I passed the Dunkin’ Donuts table in the next mile, where I stopped for the Munchkins this year since I didn’t feel like I would puke if I ate them, like last year. Mile 23 was 10:02.

In the next mile, I saw and cheered for the two people in tiger costumes dancing to “Eye of the Tiger” on repeat, nonstop, until the course closes. They’re an annual tradition! They had to miss it last year for work or something, so I was glad to see them back this time.

I actually felt just as good at the end of this marathon as I had at the beginning, which makes no sense. Mile 24 was 8:59.

In the next mile, I passed two spectators yelling at us “Y’all are gonna EAT tonight! Who wants to go get ice cream right now?” Mile 25 was 8:46.

There was a little more uphill in the last full mile, which kinda sucked, but it let me pass back the (relay) runner in the banana suit who’d passed me a mile earlier. Let me tell you, if you want attention from spectators, run in a banana suit. They were beside themselves when they saw that banana coming. All any of them could get out was “BANANA!” And then the banana would wave at them haha. Mile 26 was 9:08.

Then we made a left turn onto Pratt Street, and just ahead was the finish line!

I picked it up to a 7:00/mile pace for that last stretch. I heard Clark yell my name from the sideline and waved at him.

I finished the marathon in 4:02:52, a 9:16/mile pace.

2018 baltimore marathon finish

That shirt seemed to get longer as I got sweatier, and by the end it looked like I wasn’t wearing shorts.

That time placed me 22nd of 135 in the F 35-39 age group, 118th of 924 women and 508th of 2,325 overall.

My Garmin had gotten a few 10ths ahead of the mile markers and said I’d run 26.5 miles, a 9:10/mile pace.

Either way, that overall pace was more than two minutes per mile faster than the one terrible 20-miler I did last month. I am feeling MUCH better about my ability to run a good race in Richmond than I was before Baltimore, which is the whole reason I sign up for this “training” marathon.

I got my medal, took some water and snacks for when my appetite came back and then went to try to find Clark.

2018 medal

Photo from the race’s Facebook page of the marathon medal on the cannon at Fort McHenry, the scene depicted inside this year’s fold-open medal.

He wasn’t where I’d seen him before the finish line, so I figured Bart, the last relay runner, must have finished. So I went to gear check to get my bag, then the changing tent to get into my dry clothes.

I’d never noticed this before, but everyone in that changing tent was making the same quiet “Ahhhhh!” sounds as they removed running shoes that no longer felt comfortable after hours of running or clothes that had either chafed or were just soaking wet with sweat. I was right there with them. It’s almost involuntary. NOTHING in this world feels better to me than taking off a soaking wet sports bra! I felt so much better in dry clothes.

Unfortunately, the gear check bags weren’t big enough to hold my sweats plus a different pair of shoes, so I had to put back on the shoes I’d just run in. I didn’t have any blisters from them or anything, but my feet just were not excited to be back in them.

Next stop was the beer garden, where I found the Bald Hairybacks celebrating their 4:13 finish. Chad had gone back to his hotel to shower, but eventually he and Samira made it to the beer garden too. He’d finished in 3:51. Not what he was aiming for, but I told him my first marathon had taken me almost 45 minutes longer than I’d expected. I also told him he’d be looking for his next marathon within two days and he said he was already thinking about it.

andrews guys

Chad, Clark and their dad.

chad clark me and mr clark

Plus me.

bald hairybacks

The Bald Hairybacks, in order of the relay leg they ran — my father-in-law, Travis, Clark and Bart.

Dogfish Head was the beer sponsor again this year. We stayed until they were out of 60 Minute IPA, Namaste and SeaQuench Ale.

Clark, Bart, Travis and I went back to Pickles Pub, which was giving away another free beer with race bibs that day. We also got a late lunch, and then we all headed home.

Actually, Clark and I went to Kara and Huey’s house for Jamie’s 15th birthday party, where we got more food — burgers, salad and mac and cheese, with an ice cream birthday cake. Those spectators at mile 25 knew what they were talking about haha.

When that broke up, we went to the Washington Street Pub with Dave. By the time he was ready to leave, the final Dodgers-Brewers game was in the seventh inning, so Clark and I went to Doc’s to meet one of his other coworkers and see the end of the game.

The Dodgers pulled it off! They’re going back to the World Series!

Which means Clark and I are going too! Games 3, 4 and 5 are next weekend in L.A., but I’m not sure what the actual plan is right now.

We finally went home after that. I went straight to bed.

Sunday, I tried to sleep in, but I didn’t make it much past 7:30 a.m. Clark’s parents dropped off Pepper later in the morning, and we spent the rest of the day on the couch, watching NASCAR and football.

Today, I feel pretty good! I am officially tapering for Richmond, even though this week still has some decent mileage. Today is a short easy run and strength training.

October 19, 2018

Training for 10/19/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:10 am

Yesterday, I kept putting off my run and then work stuff came up, so I wound up taking a rest day.

Today, I did the run I meant to do yesterday, an easy lap around the 8.4-mile loop at a 9:09/mile pace. It was an absolutely perfect day for a run. I really hope it’s just as perfect for the marathon tomorrow.

Yep, the Baltimore Marathon is tomorrow! Since I’m running it in place of the last 20-miler before Richmond, I will not be trying to push the pace. Actually, if I ran exactly the same pace as today, that would get me home in four hours, which sounds like a pretty productive morning to me.

Since yesterday morning, I’ve tried to cut all fiber out of my diet — all white, processed carbs, and no whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans or nuts, which is basically the opposite of what I usually eat. Lean meat is still allowed, and I did have some sweet potato last night, which has a little fiber in it.

Today, I’m also not drinking any coffee, or anything else with caffeine in it.

I’m going to see if cutting out fiber and caffeine has any effect on my poop problems during the run tomorrow. I don’t think I’ll ever get through marathons on a regular basis without having to stop once to use the bathroom, but I’m really trying to avoid the four-stops-in-12-miles type of runs I had last weekend.

I did have to stop in the woods about 5.5 miles into my run this morning, so eating a couple white bagels obviously isn’t a magic bullet, but it’s worth a try.

Anyway, Clark, his dad and two of his coworkers are running the four-person marathon relay, and Clark’s brother is running his first marathon, so it should be a fun post-race party. Speaking of which, Dogfish Head is the beer sponsor once again.

Then tomorrow evening, I have my youngest nephew’s 15th birthday party. Sunday is wide open as far as I know.

October 17, 2018

Training for 10/17/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:50 pm

I really did not feel like doing the 10-mile middle distance run on the schedule today. I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night (combination of the Dodgers game taking until 2:30 freaking a.m. and then Pepper’s usual shenanigans — last night’s edition was waking me up to let him out twice after I finally went to bed and then pooping in the floor at 6 a.m. anyway.) It was windy. And I’m just getting tired of the mileage grind this close to the end of this training cycle.

But I got dressed and went out there. The first couple of miles weren’t too great. I ran past a couple of fields where farmers are plowing and/or planting, kicking up a ton of dirt that was blowing in the wind, making it hard to breathe. Blah.

But then, I got warmed up, and I left the working fields behind. I didn’t feel like I was working any harder, but my splits were consistently between 8:20 and 8:35.

I had to make a totally expected bathroom break about halfway through, but other than that, it turned out to be a great run. I finished 10.1 miles in 1:26, an 8:33/mile average.

It’s been a while since I had an unexpectedly awesome run like that, but I love it when it happens!

October 16, 2018

Training for 10/16/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:23 pm

Late yesterday afternoon, I went out and ran the short easy run on the schedule. It randomly warmed up and got humid again, so it wasn’t quite as pleasant as the weekend had been, but it was still a nice run. I ran the 5.5-mile loop at an 8:51/mile average. And I didn’t even have to go in the woods to use the bathroom once.

Today, I took the day off running, since it’d been a week since the last one. However, it was such a nice day, I decided to take out the bike.

For Christmas last year, Clark got me, at my request, a highlighter-yellow biking jacket and a pair of knickers (cropped tights) with butt padding, so I could “ride in cooler weather,” according to me. Then spring rolled around and I was a total pansy about taking out the bike when it was still cool enough to wear them.

It had cooled off again from yesterday, and today was the day! For the jacket anyway. It was still warm enough for shorts once I got going. I was kinda pleased with myself for finally using one of my Christmas gifts haha.

I rode the 18.6-mile loop in just about an hour.

October 15, 2018

Training for 10/15/18

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:33 am

Friday evening, Clark and I took Pepper to 3rd Wave to meet a couple of Clark’s coworkers for beers, and then to Hopper’s Taphouse for dinner. By the time we got there, all the restaurants around the courtyard were closed, so Clark went over to Specific Gravity and got a pizza.

Pepper was very interested in that pizza.

pepper with pizza

He got a couple sausage slices, but I wouldn’t hand over the entire pizza, so he gave me the stink eye.

pepper with pizza squinting

Saturday was a pretty lazy day. I kept putting off running. Eventually I decided I’d wait until Sunday to do the 20-miler, and do the shorter run Saturday. And then I kept putting that off until Clark finally made me leave.

I was glad he pushed me out the door, because it turned out to be a pretty good run. It was a gorgeous, sunny late afternoon. Other than a head-on breeze in the last 1.5 miles, it was perfect. I ran the 6.5-mile loop in 56-something, an 8:41/mile average.

When I got home, we watched the Dodgers win their playoff game and then turned to the Astros/Red Sox game. I had a couple Punkin Ales in the Punkin Ale pint glass I’d bought from Hopper’s the night before.

punkin ale pint glass

The other side of the glass is the Dogfish Head logo in black and orange.

I went out to pick up cheesesteaks for dinner. When I got home, the power was out. Apparently there was an equipment failure at a substation and 1,100 homes in our area were affected. We ate dinner by the light of three different pumpkin spice-scented candles haha. By the time the power came back on two hours later, Clark and I had both fallen asleep.

Sunday, we slept in and I made pancakes for breakfast. I lazed about some more. Finally, around noon, I topped off my stomach with one of my pumpkin muffins, filled up my water bottle with Roctane, put a GU in the water bottle holder pocket and hit the road for 20 miles.

Originally, I went out thinking I’d do the 12.8-mile loop, stop at the house and then do the 7.3-mile loop, if I felt like it. Honestly, I didn’t feel like running for three hours and I was already leaning toward using the excuse that I have a marathon this coming weekend to cut it short.

That might be why I went a different way just before the end of the second mile and tacked another 1.7 miles onto that first loop.

Anyway, the first few miles felt pretty good. The weather was even better than the day before — overcast and no wind, with temps in the upper 50s or low 60s — and I was starting to think I was going to get in all 20 miles after all.

Then, the poop started.

The first stop, just after mile 4, was fine. Seemed like a normal poop. I thought that was the end of it.

About 2.5 miles later, I got hit with this wave of nausea, and then I had to go again all of a sudden, RIGHT THIS SECOND. So at mile 6.7, I ran into the woods and took care of that.

OK, so hopefully THAT was the end of it. I ran on. At mile 7.5, I ate my GU. It was a cherry-lime Roctane and it was, hands down, the grossest GU I have ever eaten. Tasted like liquor! I was so glad I’d put flavored Roctane mix in my water bottle instead of plain water, because that GU needed a chaser.

Less than a half-mile later, the poop pangs hit me hard again. Off into the woods I ran.

When I got out, my shoes looked like I’d kicked a porcupine or four. Something along the edge of the woods had these quill-like things that broke off and stuck in my shoes and socks. I had to pluck all of them out, and then as soon as I took off running, I felt a few I’d missed.

Moving on… around mile 10.5, I almost continued straight where I planned to turn right. That would’ve taken me home and finished the 12.3-mile loop. But for whatever reason, I turned right. I guess I was feeling OK at the moment and thought I could at least get in four more miles before my butt would strike again.

Not so much. At mile 12, I had to run in the woods AGAIN. That’s four times in 12 miles.

This might be TMI, even for me, but you know what? People need to know the reality of what happens to your butthole when you have to poop four times, use leaves to clean up and then keep running.

IT CHAFES LIKE HELL. It’s real bad when you can feel it before you even get in the shower!

After that fourth bathroom break, my stomach was finally settled and I actually felt as good as I had at the beginning of the run. My last couple of miles were among the fastest.

But when I finished the 14.5-mile loop and got back to my house, I knew I wasn’t leaving to run the last 5.5 miles. It just wasn’t going to be worth the friction and further damage.

So, I got in 14.5 of the intended 20 miles, in 2:15 on the dot, a 9:18/mile average. The middle miles with all the poop/nausea problems really slowed it down; when I wasn’t dealing with that, I was under a 9:00 pace.

I took a much-needed but painful shower. I settled on the couch with Pepper to watch the NASCAR race while Clark went out and ran 7.4 miles, poop-free. Jerk haha.

So what the hell happened to my digestive system yesterday? I’m not positive, but I think it was the whole grain pancakes for breakfast, with the whole grain muffin just before I left. Fiber is good for you, yes, but it’s a known instigator of the “runner’s trots.” Oh, and the caffeine in the coffee I had after breakfast probably didn’t help either.

I felt fine the rest of the day, after I’d ran it all out of my system.

Anyway… the Baltimore Marathon, my last long training run before the Richmond Marathon, is in five days! I think I will try laying off the fiber and caffeine for the two days leading up to it. Bland, processed white grains only. The running part yesterday went well, so if I can avoid the digestive problems, it should be a fun marathon.

Training continues today with a short easy run and strength training.

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