A Simple Running Log

May 14, 2019

Training for 5/14/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:49 pm

Twenty years ago today, I bought my first car!


Charlie was my grandfather’s car until my family decided, without me, that I was going to buy it from him for $3,960. I was informed of this when I came home from my high school band’s spring trip. I wasn’t exactly thrilled with a “champagne beige metallic” (TAN) 1987 Honda Accord LX or my first monthly car payment. (Especially when, 10 years later, my aunt GAVE her car to my younger sister, but I digress…)

Three weeks later, I technically totaled Charlie when I sailed him through a ditch into a wheat field after I took a turn too fast on a wet road. But we used the salvage check to get him fixed as much as we could, and I drove him another four years.

Charlie was a total pile when I finally traded him in, but that was my fault. I was a horrible car owner when I was a teenager. (Big surprise.) But he always got me where I was going and never stranded me, except once when what turned out to be an 8-year-old battery died, so I traded him on another Honda.

It’s hard to believe I’ve had a driver license for 20 years. More than half my life. It felt like it took three lifetimes to get to 16!

Anyway, I’ve done a couple runs since I last posted.

Yesterday evening, I ran the easy 3-miler on the schedule. I guess I was feeling zippy, because it felt like my normal easy pace, but it turned out to be 8:31/mile.

Today, I had a short speed workout, six 400-meter repeats. I did my usual and just programmed the Garmin to measure out six quarter-miles, with a quarter-mile of recovery between each.

I did an easy 1.5 miles to warm up. My goal on the intervals was 1:45 each, 7:00/mile pace. My actual splits were 1:45, 1:45, 1:43, 1:42, 1:40 and 1:48. Not sure what happened on the last one. It felt as fast as the rest but I just couldn’t get the pace where it was supposed to be, and then it was over.

I did another mile to cool down, finishing the 5.5-mile loop in 46:35, an 8:29/mile average.


  1. 8 year old battery? Hot damn! I recently had to replace a battery that was less than 2 years old! Thankfully it was still barely under warranty and I was able to get another for free – right before I totaled Bessie of course. Haha! Happy race week!

    Comment by Chris Bouldin — May 14, 2019 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

    • I know! At first I was mad the car “broke down,” but when I found out it was just a dead battery and my grandfather told me how long it’d been since he’d replaced it, I couldn’t really bitch about that. Of course you had to replace yours right before the Xterra got totaled!

      Comment by aschmid3 — May 15, 2019 @ 7:35 am | Reply

  2. My first car was an 89 Accord. I paid WAY too much for it and had to deal with a 25%(?) interest rate!

    Comment by runeatralph — May 15, 2019 @ 7:52 am | Reply

    • Damn! That’s like store credit card interest!

      Comment by aschmid3 — May 15, 2019 @ 7:58 am | Reply

  3. Charlie!! A blast from the past 🙂 remember when that giant rock got wedged in the wheel well?

    Comment by Laura — May 15, 2019 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

    • Yes!! I still have that picture! I can’t believe that thing didn’t do any damage!
      Do you remember when Super Joe tried to prove he was strong enough to pick up the front of the car and I almost ran him over? He insisted I hit the gas because he was convinced he’d lifted the front wheels off the ground. Well, he hadn’t. Lol!

      Comment by aschmid3 — May 15, 2019 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

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