A Simple Running Log

June 28, 2019

Training for 6/28/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:30 am

Today is the hottest day yet. There was absolutely no reason I couldn’t have run early this morning — Pepper just had normal gas last night and I slept fine — but I just didn’t. Once again, I waited until after 10 a.m. to get my butt out the door and into the inferno.

I just wanted to do an easy lap of the 4.5-mile loop. I took off at a very easy pace, but not even a mile into it, I was baking.

Then, just before the 1.5-mile point, I saw it — irrigation! Spraying into the road!

I followed the spray back and forth a couple times and got completely drenched in ice cold water. I felt so much better as I took off again!

For the next quarter-mile haha. Then I was back to baking. And there were no more irrigation systems along the rest of the route.

I trudged the rest of the way home and finished the loop at a 9:44/mile average. Then I checked the weather — felt like 97. OK, I felt a little better about my pace.

Tomorrow morning is the Beach Paper Firecracker 5K in Rehoboth Beach, my second summer series 5K and third series race total. I’ll be halfway to qualifying again already.

I don’t really have a time goal for it, considering there is no big cold front expected overnight. I definitely don’t expect to beat the 23:23 I ran last week in cooler weather. I hope I can keep my age group win streak going though.

No matter how slow it is, it’ll get done, and then I don’t know what we’re up to the rest of the weekend. I have this week’s long run Sunday, but it’s a cutback week so I only have to do 8 miles.

June 27, 2019

Training for 6/27/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:12 am

Welp, I didn’t make it to the track early this morning to do my speed workout before it hit 90 degrees after all.

I had a lot of trouble sleeping last night. I don’t know what Pepper ate, but he seriously had the worst gas of his life — and that’s saying a lot, because he’s been gassy pretty much every day since I’ve known him. I was lying in bed trying to go sleep, but the rank stench emanating from that dog’s ass was nearly suffocating. And as soon as one fart started to fade away, I’d hear the next one, and then the smell would hit me all over again. I mean, it was impressive.

I finally left our bedroom and tried to sleep in one of the spare bedrooms, but I just could not shake the fart smell. It was like it had permeated the whole back half of the house.

Then, a little after 5 — less than half an hour before I was supposed to get up — Kelly texted and said her own dog had been sick all night and she wouldn’t be able to make it to the track anyway. I turned off my alarm and finally got a couple hours of sleep.

So that’s why it was, again, after 10 a.m. when I went out to do the four 800-meter repeats on the schedule. I didn’t check the weather before I left, because I didn’t want to know exactly how hot it was, but I did when I got back. It was 93 degrees.

I did a mile and a half to warm up, then ran four half-mile intervals, with a quarter-mile of recovery after each, and another mile to cool down.

I knew 3:30 per interval (7:00/mile pace) wasn’t happening today, so I just tried to find a manageable pace and not die. My actual splits were 3:42 (7:24/mile), 3:34 (7:08), 3:36 (7:12) and 3:45 (7:30.) And I needed every one of those recoveries!

Thanks to all the walking I did after each interval, my average pace for the whole 5.5-mile loop was 9:44/mile.

On the bright side, I wore the new 1400s I got in the mail yesterday, and I had no calf pain, so that was definitely just a symptom of old shoes.

June 26, 2019

Training for 6/26/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:26 pm

Marathon training hit a bit of a speed bump the last few days.

It got hot here, which means I can’t put off my run until even the late morning if I want to get in any kind of decent run. Of course, I procrastinated anyway Monday and Tuesday. They both turned into rest days.

Instead, I stayed in the air conditioning with Pepper and did a lot of this:

pepper and me on the floor

Today, I really meant to get back on the sunrise runner wagon, but… I didn’t.

It was about 10 a.m. and pushing 90 degrees when I finally went out. To do the 11-mile long run I was supposed to have done three days ago. I love it when I make things suck as much as possible!

It was awful. My first couple of miles were around 9:00 but it just went downhill from there. It wasn’t even that humid (at least), but I convinced myself I felt so out of breath any time I tried to run, I wound up walking a ton of it. I was really kicking myself for not going out, oh, four hours earlier.

The fact NEITHER pair of my new running shoes had shown up yet wasn’t helping either. I was wearing the old Zante Pursuits, which I hadn’t worn in nearly a week, and by mile 9 or so, my left calf was getting noticeably tight again, so I walked even more.

Anyway, I eventually finished a lap of the 11.2-mile loop at what turned out to be an 11:11/mile average. Yowza.

But! Things are looking up. I got two deliveries today:

new shoes

1400s on the left, Zante Pursuits on the right.

And I’m meeting Kelly at the track bright and early tomorrow morning for this week’s interval workout, four 800s. It’s supposed to get really hot the next few days (and of course, this is only the beginning of summer), so if I’m going to make an honest effort at marathon training, I gotta get my butt back in early-morning gear.

June 24, 2019

Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash race report

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 8:22 am

Well, I didn’t quite hit my 22:xx goal in my 5K this weekend, but I wasn’t too far off, and I’ve got four more summer series 5Ks to try again.

Clark and I stayed in Fenwick the night before the race. I had a good dinner, didn’t drink any beer, went to bed at a decent time and slept pretty well all night. I actually set myself up for a good effort for once.

Even better, the weather was beautiful! After all that heat and humidity all week, it was chilly and relatively not humid Saturday morning.

I drove to Rehoboth and got to Jungle Jim’s about half an hour before the 7:30 a.m. start. It took no time to get my race bib and event T-shirt. Then I ran a mile in about 9:00 to warm up.

At the start line back in the water park, I found Kelly and Corey, and Kelly’s friend Tina. We all wedged ourselves into the 300-plus pack of runners and then we were off!

Right from the start, this little kid started ping-ponging around in the pack, nearly tripping everyone within a 5-ft. radius. Here I am probably giving him the stink eye as we ran out of the park (glad I put on those reflective sunglasses haha.)

2019 jungle jims 5k start

The kid finished under 24 minutes, so he’s already a good runner — he just needs to work on his race etiquette! Namely, running in a straight line, especially right at the beginning of a race, when everyone is bunched together.

After we cleared the park entrance and got on the street, it started to spread out.

I felt pretty good for the first mile, even though it felt like it was never going to end. When it finally did, my Garmin reported a 7:12 split.

As we came up on the U-turn at the halfway point, I realized I was closing in on Corey. He’s usually quite a ways ahead of me, but he’d said before we started running he thought he’d gotten a mild case of food poisoning the day before and he still felt a little pukey.

I caught him at the turnaround, but I couldn’t get past him. We wound up running the entire second half of the race together.

After the U-turn, we passed Richard and his phone camera, capturing everyone’s best halfway-through-a-5K faces haha. I tried to pretend I was having a great time.

2019 jungle jims 5k after turnaround

I always think I maintain my pace in the second mile of a 5K, but I rarely do. Mile 2 was 7:30. Dammit.

The third mile was pretty freaking tough. I hadn’t realized we were running slightly downhill in that stretch on the way out, but I definitely noticed it was slightly uphill on the way back. I wanted to stop and catch my breath so bad! But I kept reminding myself this is what it’s supposed to feel like, and I wasn’t actually going to die. Not gonna lie, I also didn’t want to let Corey win haha.

The third mile marker was right before we turned back into the water park — 7:37. “Only” 25 seconds off my first mile! Oof.

One last sprint to the finish line right at the park entrance:

2019 jungle jims 5k finish

Then I was done, in 23:23 officially.

So, 24 seconds off my goal, but I was happy with myself for legit trying the whole way. 5Ks just hurt and I’ve gotten bad about letting myself off the hook when it gets uncomfortable.

And I get to do it all over again in less than a week! My next summer series 5K is this coming Saturday.

I ran another easy mile to cool down, then changed into my swimsuit. Even though it really wasn’t hot, we rode all the water slides that were open until they announced it was time for the awards.

I was first of 12 in my age group. I’m 2-for-2 in the summer series.

2019 jungle jims awards

I was also the fifth woman of 144, and 46th of 305 overall.

Kelly and Corey both won their age groups too, and Tina was second in hers. Overall, a pretty successful day for our little group.

We had time to ride a couple more slides before they asked all the runners to leave ahead of the park’s official opening for the day.

I went back to Fenwick. Clark and I got the Jeep loaded, fought traffic to get to Harris-Teeter to get some food and then fought it again all the way back to the beach, where we met a couple of his coworkers.

It had warmed up enough by then that it was a perfect beach day. We “fished” and sat out there on the sand all day.

surf tags

Delaware brought back the blue surf tags this year, so everyone had to replace the old white ones.

fishing poles

Poles in the sand.

pepper on the beach

Pepper’s feelings on the beach: “I hate this but at least I get to be with Clark so I will tolerate it.”

When we went back to the beach house in Fenwick, one of Clark’s coworkers, who’d been drinking all day, tried to paddleboard in the canal, his first time on one. It went about as well as you’d expect. He toppled off that thing at least 50 times! It was pretty entertaining for the rest of us, and Clark’s mom said the next day, one of the neighbors thanked us for the free show haha.

Sunday, I didn’t feel like doing my long run. Big surprise! I just did an easy 4.5 miles at an 8:51/mile average along the highway.

That afternoon, Clark and I met my mom and younger sister in Assateague and spent a few hours on the beach there. It was another gorgeous day for it.

And now it’s Monday, and I need to knock out that 11-miler I didn’t do yesterday. It’s warming up out there so it probably won’t be very quick, but it’s a long run, so it’s not supposed to be fast anyway.

June 21, 2019

Training for 6/21/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:46 pm

Happy first day of summer!

I celebrated by barely leaving my house haha. I’d thought about doing a short easy run today, but I have that 5K tomorrow morning and, quite frankly, the last two days’ runs sucked because of the hot weather and I didn’t feel like dealing with it again. (Although it’s not bad at all out there today, naturally.)

Also, I need new shoes. My left calf was getting increasingly tight over the past few days (though it feels better after I did a lot of stretching yesterday — gee, maybe I should make that a habit) and I’ve felt some twinges around my ankles, so I think my long run AND speed work/race shoes are both worn out. I will have to run in them both again this weekend but the new ones should arrive early next week.

I’ve been happy with what I’m running in, so I got more of the same, another pair of Zante Pursuits for long runs and another pair of 1400s for speed workouts and races.

As far as the weekend goes, tomorrow is, as I’ve mentioned, my first 5K of the summer series, the Jungle Jim’s 5K Splash. The course is boring but it’s the one after which we get to play in the water park, so it’s one of my favorites.

I’d love to run a time that starts with a 22, but I haven’t felt that speedy the last week or so, between the blood donation, the weather turning hot and humid and my lower legs/feet showing the first signs my shoes need replacing, so right now I’m not feeling optimistic. Hopefully I can at least improve on the 24:17 I ran in this race last year after I had to WALK a couple times in the last mile!

Sunday is long run day, an 11-miler. Other than that, I don’t know what else is happening this weekend.

June 20, 2019

Training for 6/20/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 9:09 am

Yesterday, I didn’t go for my run in the morning, and then it got really hot, so I put off the easy run on the schedule until as late as possible.

By 7:30 p.m., when I finally went out, it was still pretty freaking hot with the humidity. The worst part, however, was the bugs. They were out in force. I spent the whole run swatting at them and digging them out of my eyeballs, and when I was finally done, every bit of exposed skin was coated in them. GROSS.

Anyway, I finished the 4.5-mile loop at just under a 9:00/mile pace.

Today, if I was going to get my run in, it had to be first thing, so I wound up running twice in 12 hours.

It was just as disgustingly humid as it had been last night, but at least the bugs weren’t there.

Technically, today was supposed to be this week’s speed workout, a tempo run, but I have a 5K on Saturday morning, so I just did another easy run.

It was not much fun. My legs did not want to go at all, and even an easy pace felt like an absolute chore. I walked a bit of it and eventually finished another lap of the 4.5-mile loop, this time at a 9:38/mile pace.

June 18, 2019

Training for 6/18/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 8:58 am

It definitely feels like summer is only a couple days away out there. Today, I had this week’s middle distance run on the schedule, a 5-miler. I went out pretty early, but it was already nearly 80 degrees, 84 percent humidity and full sunlight.

It was tough. I wanted to quit the whole way around that loop! I was sweating my face off and it just felt hard to breathe.

On the bright side, even though it felt like I was barely moving, I actually managed a decent pace. I finished the 5.5-mile loop in just under 47 minutes, an 8:33/mile average.

June 17, 2019

Training for 6/17/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:38 am

Friday, I thought about making up the short run I’d skipped Monday, but I took the scheduled rest day instead. I had the first long run of the training cycle the next day and it was already going to be tough after having donated blood Thursday afternoon.

Saturday morning, I was up bright and early to meet Kelly and Susan at the Salisbury park for a 10-miler. In addition to having company for the first time in a while, I had perfect running weather going for me too — it was cool enough I wore a shirt!

Still, it was a very hard run. We did three laps of the roughly 5K loop, stopping at our vehicles to drink water after each, and I wanted to get in the truck and leave every time! I felt like my breathing was out of control almost the whole way. If I’d done the run at home and hadn’t had those two to drag me along and keep me entertained, I’d have definitely taken a shortcut and probably walked a lot.

After the third complete lap, we still had to tack on a little more than half a mile to get our Garmins to 10. It finally ended in 1:36:something, a 9:39/mile average.

The run reminded me of the movie “DodgeBall,” where Patches O’Houlihan trains the team by hurling wrenches at them, telling them “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!” There was a time donating blood didn’t wear me down, but those days are behind me, and that run definitely felt like a flying wrench to the face.

Of course, when it was over and I had the miles in the ol’ training log, I was glad I’d done it. I was back home before 10 a.m. and spent the rest of the day with Pepper. I cut the grass, but other than that, we had a very lazy day at home.

Sunday morning, I went out for a lap of the 4.5-mile loop. It was supposed to be a pace run (8:12/mile), but considering how impossible a much slower pace had felt the day before, I nixed that idea. Plus, it was quite a bit warmer.

Much to my surprise, I felt a lot better than I had Saturday, and while I didn’t try to hit goal pace, I ran a lot faster than I expected. The first mile was 8:44 and I kept speeding up from there, running an 8:16 pace by the end and finishing the whole loop with an average overall pace of 8:33/mile.

Not long after that, Clark finally got home from a work trip, and we put Pepper in the truck and went straight to Fenwick to celebrate both Father’s Day and my brother-in-law’s birthday with Clark’s family.

His mom made a huge breakfast and then we loaded up the Jeep with five people and two dogs and drove it out on the beach. It was pretty much the perfect beach day, and we all enjoyed soaking up the sun while watching Snoopy, who loves to dig, fling sand all over Pepper, who could not have cared less and was just trying to take a nap in the shade under the umbrella haha.

I was going to stop by my parents’ last night so I could see my own dad, but we left Fenwick kinda late and when I called my parents to see if they’d still be up, my dad said they’d gotten done cutting barley a little early that evening and he was heading to bed. So I’ll try to get over there tonight.

I also have another short easy run and strength training on the schedule today.

June 13, 2019

Training for 6/13/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:45 pm

Today was the first speed workout of this training cycle, three hill repeats, so I went out to the bridge for the first time in a while. Probably since I was training for Richmond last year. I don’t think I did a single hill repeat workout while training for Shamrock this winter.

I parked on the other side of the bridge this time, where there’s an actual parking lot near a public boat launch, instead of in the random gravel pull-off area along the side of the road where I’ve been parking since I started doing these bridge repeats eight years ago. I guess it just felt too far to drive that extra half-mile? I don’t know!

Besides getting to leave the truck in a real parking spot, I also got to do my warm-up mile on a little side road with minimal traffic, rather than on the thin ribbon of shoulder along the much busier road the bridge is on.

So overall, it was worth driving the extra 30 seconds.

Anyway, the workout was OK. It was a lot muggier today than it had been the past couple of days. Not very hot or sunny, at least.

After the warm-up mile on the side road, I ran out to the busier road and ran up and over the bridge each way, then ran up it one more time, crossed over at the top and came back down. I then did another mile on the side road to cool down.

The climbs up the bridge hurt, but that’s kinda the point. I was really glad I only had to do three today.

I wound up running a total of 3.5 miles at an 8:32/mile pace. Successful first speed workout, done.

Later this afternoon, I went to the blood bank to try to donate for the first time since I was deferred in April due to a slightly too-low hemoglobin value (iron indicator.)

I was a little worried, because I bought that iron supplement like they recommended last time, but I think I only took it a total of seven non-consecutive days. I’d pretty much forgotten about it.

Turned out last time was just an anomaly, and I didn’t need that supplement anyway, because my hemoglobin bounced back to the upper limit of “normal” all on its own. It was so high the tech asked if I’d consider donating a double unit in the future. (No! I have a hard enough time running the first few days after a regular donation.)

Everything else was good to go too. The donation went fine. And I even got a free ticket good for any day of the Delaware State Fair next month and one of a box of leftover Girl Scout cookies a local troop donated after its annual sales drive.

June 12, 2019

Training for 6/12/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:28 pm

Well, I skipped the very first day of Steamtown Marathon training Monday. I was just wiped out. I had a low grade headache all day and felt like I could fall asleep at any moment, so I took the rest day.

However, I felt much better after a good night’s sleep that night, and I have taken advantage of the gorgeous running weather here the last couple of days!

Yesterday was the first middle distance run of the training cycle, an easy 5-miler. I ran the 5.5-mile loop at an 8:41/mile average.

Today, I had another easy run, a 3-miler. The first mile was 8:50 but I just kept speeding up after that because the weather felt so perfect. By the end I was cruising at 7:30/mile and I finished the run with an 8:19/mile overall average.

I still have to do some strength training this evening.

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