A Simple Running Log

November 27, 2019

Training for 11/27/19

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Last night, I went to my last Caroline County commissioners meeting as a reporter. I’m not sure exactly how long I’ve been covering them, but it’s been at least seven years. Often, elected officials and reporters don’t have the best relationship. But everyone who’s served on that board in the time I’ve been covering it has been accessible and transparent, making my job to get the story straight easier.

Apparently the current commissioners noticed and appreciated that, because at the end of the meeting last night, they gave me a signed card wishing me luck and thanking me for my excellent work! The president wrote I’ve been “fair and accurate,” which is what I’ve always tried to do, so that was nice to hear. They also gave me gift cards for gas, food and coffee for the drive across the country.

It was a really sweet and completely unexpected gesture. Somehow I doubt any of the elected officials in the towns I cover are going to miss me that much haha.

Anyway, today has been another day of trying to sort through stuff in this house. I also finally got rid of a small piece of furniture I’d posted on Facebook that took forever to get someone to actually come to the house and take (the first one flaked completely and the second one kept putting it off but eventually showed up.) Meanwhile, at least 20 other people kept messaging me to ask if it was still available. Glad that thing’s gone.

I also got in another short run, an easy 3-miler at an 8:48/mile average. It was pretty breezy, and tomorrow’s supposed to be even windier, so we’ll see how the tempo run I have scheduled goes.

Other than that, tomorrow is, of course, Thanksgiving. We’re going to Clark’s parents’ house first and my parents’ house later. This’ll be the last time we see most of our families before we head west, and we’re not coming back for Christmas, so it’ll be extra special.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2019

Training for 11/26/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:44 pm

Earlier this year, my friend TK sold her house. She said she got rid of a lot of her unwanted stuff on Facebook Marketplace. I was kinda skeptical about it, but this morning I posted a few pieces of furniture no one took from us.

Damn if I didn’t start getting bombarded with messages immediately! It was all the little tables that could fit in a typical car that went quickly; I haven’t gotten any hits on the bigger stuff like a dresser and desk. But I’ve already gotten rid of a few things, which means someone else moved them out of this house for me, and I got a few bucks in the process. Win-win.

I got a run in amidst all the Facebook selling too. I had an interval workout on the schedule, six 800-meter repeats.

It was a perfect day for a run. I did 1.5 miles to warm up, then ran six half-mile repeats, with a quarter-mile of recovery between each.

I’m supposed to run 800s at 10K pace, so I shot for 3:45 splits (7:30/mile pace.) Actual splits were 3:45, 3:35, 3:37, 3:41, 3:36 and 3:32.

After the final recovery interval, I ran another 1.3 miles to cool down and finish the 7.3-mile loop in 1:00:51, an 8:21/mile overall average.

November 25, 2019

Training for 11/25/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:17 am

Saturday morning, I met Kelly, Susan and Melissa at the Salisbury park for this week’s long run, 15 miles.

We did one loop of the park, then headed out on the streets for the next segment. We were going to run near Melissa’s house anyway, so we stopped and got her dog, Holly, to run a couple miles with us.

The last time I ran with Holly, it was a warm, muggy morning, and she wasn’t running too fast. It was much colder this time, and she took off at a good clip. The rest of us couldn’t keep up! She kept looking over her shoulder to see where we were haha.

Melissa dropped Holly back off and we ran back to the park, where Corey was meeting us again for the last bit of the run. By the time we got back, we were about 10.5 miles in, so we only had to do 1.5 loops of the park.

None of us were feeling quite as peppy as last week, so we weren’t as fast, but we got it done. My Garmin showed 15.3 miles at a 9:25/mile average.

We continued the new tradition we started after last week’s long run and got brunch immediately after, where Gretchen met us. Not sure why it took us this long to put together running and food!

We went to Mad Hatter Cafe in Salisbury. I had a tough time settling on one thing on the menu. In the end, I went with an open-faced breakfast sandwich — egg cloud, thick bacon and avocado on a huge biscuit. It was so good!

breakfast sandwich

I also tried some of Melissa’s sweet cream pancakes with blueberries and lemon ricotta, and they were absolutely delicious too.

We probably won’t be able to meet for a long run this coming weekend, then Rehoboth is the weekend after that and then Clark and I are leaving, so this may very well have been my last long run with them, for a while anyway. We failed to get a picture at the park where we’ve run so many miles together, but we did get a picture of our breakfast group.

breakfast group at mad hatters

Melissa, Kelly, Corey, me, Susan and Gretchen.

It’s really hard to make friends as an adult, as I think any adult reading this will agree, but running (or any hobby/shared interest) is a great way to do it. I consider all these people friends and I’m going to miss them!

I have to give all the credit to Kelly for breaking the ice and getting me to talk to her and Susan in the first place. Susan and I had been running a lot of the same Seashore Strider races since 2009 — often finishing within seconds of each other — and I was always just way too awkward to say a word to her! Then Kelly started running a few years ago and actually spoke to people in real life, and what do you know, it turns out we all really enjoyed training together. It’s no coincidence I’ve completed so many more long runs this year.

One of my goals when we move is to make a real effort to make friends. I think that was one of our biggest mistakes when we lived in North Carolina. It didn’t help that Clark and I both worked weird enough hours that we rarely saw each other, let alone other people, but we both felt lonely and cut off from everyone where we came from. We moved back the day our lease was up.

Clark has already taken steps toward not making that same mistake. He joined a local running club out there, and signed me up for it too. They meet a couple times a week for a run and then hang out at one of the breweries or restaurants that sponsor the club.

Anyway, I got home expecting a big mess in the utility room, because Clark’s parents hadn’t been able to watch Pepper. But, much to my surprise, he’d been good and hadn’t pooped! He got a lot of treats for being such a good boy.

Later that afternoon, Kara, Huey and the twins came and took as much of our furniture as they could fit in their vehicles, and they’re coming back for another load later this week. They are the only ones who told us they wanted some of this stuff to actually follow through and take it! There’s so much other furniture in here that people told us they wanted, but now that it’s time to move it, they changed their mind and I have to figure out what to do with it. Gah.

Sunday was pretty quiet. I did go out in the afternoon and run a lap of the 5.5-mile loop. I wound up running a progression run and finished the whole loop in 46:something, an 8:25/mile average.

This week, packing/donating/throwing away stuff continues. Clark will be home in a few days to help. And I’m still training for Rehoboth. Today, I just have an easy 3-miler on the schedule.

November 22, 2019

Training for 11/22/19

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I was going to do another easy 3-miler today, but I got caught up with some work stuff while I was waiting for the rain to move out, and I’m meeting Kelly, Susan and Melissa bright and early tomorrow morning to run 15 miles, so I think at this point I can just call it a rest day.

A week from Monday, I’m turning in my work computer and cell phone. I broke down and got my own iPhone in February, so the work one is pretty much ready to be turned in right now, but I don’t have my own laptop, so I’ve got a lot of crap saved on this one I’m trying to move onto a flash drive or email to myself before I wipe it clean.

Today I started deleting old sent emails. They went back to 2008, when I first started working full-time for this company. I thought it was funny that through about 2010, my sent email subjects were 95 percent some variation of “hey,” as I apparently just emailed my friends all day. Clark pointed out that was before most people had smartphones, so we weren’t texting as much as we do now.

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A very productive week in the office in June 2008.

An aggravating number of the work-related emails were either apologies to people about mistakes that had magically showed up in editing and made it to print, warnings to the other reporter in my office that his work had been “edited” and needed fixing before it went to print, or emails to our editor about mistakes I’d found in my own “edited” stories that hadn’t been printed yet or requests for corrections on ones that had.

My first editor there had a habit of waiting until about 3 a.m. to put the paper together, and creating a ton of mistakes. Mistakes that were then printed in stories under my name, or in headlines most people don’t realize the reporter doesn’t write. My mom had a theory he did it on purpose so I couldn’t look for another job because all my writing samples looked like I suffered a mini stroke at some point every time I wrote a story.

He got laid off in 2012, and the editor who took his place mostly left my work alone for the next seven years. Because — and I don’t care if this sounds braggy — it never needs much editing anyway.

Anyway! Back to 2019. Tomorrow, after my run, Kara, Huey and their boys are hopefully coming to the house to start taking some of the furniture they want. Kinda depends on the weather. It might rain tomorrow.

Sunday, I’ve got another 5-miler on the schedule.

November 21, 2019

Training for 11/21/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:58 pm

I had to leave Pepper home alone for a few hours this morning for a couple work assignments. I got home around 1 p.m. and found he’d been a good boy and not made a mess in the utility room. He got some treats, went out a couple times and then settled down on the couch.

pepper eating yogurt

I offered him the last bit of my yogurt, thinking he was just begging for it because he didn’t know what it was, but damn if he didn’t lick that thing clean.

It was difficult to leave him alone again to do the 55-minute tempo run on today’s schedule. But the weather was absolutely perfect, while it’s supposed to rain tomorrow, so I reluctantly put Pep back in the utility room and went out, apologizing the whole time. Dog guilt is real!

Anyway, I haven’t done a tempo run that long in years, and I was kinda nervous about it. The plan was a mile to warm up, SIX miles at 7:42/mile and then a little cool down.

Tempo runs definitely intimidate me the most, since there’s no breaks to look forward to like in an interval workout, but they also leave me feeling the most accomplished when I nail one. I also think they do the most good of any speed work. An unfortunately necessary evil.

I ran the warm up mile in 8:43. The first four tempo miles were 7:41, 7:29, 7:34 and 7:32. At the end of that fourth one, I really needed to use the bathroom. Fortunately, I was in a wooded area at that point so I crashed through some briars and took care of business.

The fifth tempo mile was 7:24. I stopped at the end of that one to fix my headband or something, but I forgot to pause my Garmin, so the final tempo mile technically clocked in at 8:09.

I only had 3/10ths of a mile to get home from there, and thank God, because I had to go AGAIN. Just one of those days, I guess.

In the end, I ran the 7.3-mile loop in 57:26, a 7:52/mile average, which I was really pleased with.

November 20, 2019

Training for 11/20/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:49 pm

Today’s run wasn’t very exciting. I just had 3 miles easy on the schedule. It was chilly and gray, and very windy, so I was glad to not have to try to run fast into that anyway. I did my out-and-back route in 26:37, an 8:53/mile average.

November 19, 2019

Training for 11/19/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:37 pm

First things first, today is a very special day. It’s the ninth anniversary of when we brought Pepper home!

He’s an old man now, presumably somewhere between 10.5 and 11 years old, so pretty much all of my pictures of him from the past year look like this one I took today:

pepper on ninth anniversary

He doesn’t know it, of course, but he’s about to go on an adventure across the country to his new home (and couch) in Oceanside. Hopefully we can celebrate a decade together next year on the beach.

I’ve also done some running the past couple days.

Yesterday, it hadn’t quite warmed up to shorts weather, but I wanted it to be shorts weather, so I wore them anyway. Turned out just willing it to be a little warmer than it was didn’t work, and my legs were numb by the time I got home. I’d at least worn a long-sleeved shirt with thumbholes, so I ran with the sleeve pulled over my Garmin. When I got home and managed to manipulate my frozen fingers enough to uncover the Garmin, I found I’d sped up as I went along and ran the 5.5-mile loop in 47:01, an 8:33/mile average, a little fast for an easy run. Guess I really wanted to get home as I got colder.

Today, I had this week’s intervals, four mile repeats at goal race pace. It really had warmed up to shorts weather by the time I went out this afternoon, which made for a very pleasant speed workout.

I did 1.5 miles to warm up, then ran the four mile repeats in 7:43, 7:44, 7:42 and 7:40. I’ll be pretty damn happy if I run splits like that for all 13.1 miles in Rehoboth in a couple weeks.

I also did a half-mile of recovery after each, and another 0.9 to cool down, finishing the 8.4-mile loop in 1:10:29, an overall average pace of 8:24/mile.

November 18, 2019

Training for 11/18/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 10:29 am

It got really cold and windy here again this weekend, but I made the best of it. Nice to know I won’t have to put up with it too much longer!

Saturday morning, Clark’s dad picked up Pepper so he could could hang out at my in-laws’ house while I did my long run in Salisbury. They have always been a big help with Pepper, but especially so this past month and a half after Clark went to California, and I am extremely grateful for them. Pepper always acts like it’s the end of the world when he has to go with them, but I know he’s much happier there than he would be alone in the utility room for a few hours. Plus, I don’t have to worry about coming home to a huge mess to clean up, so, win-win.

The night before, Melissa had texted me about running together, so I invited her to join us. She, Kelly and Susan were all already at the zoo parking lot when I got there.

I don’t think the temperature was as cold this weekend as it was last Saturday, but it was a lot windier. Once again, a buff made all the difference.

We did our usual laps of the 5K trail loop, stopping at our cars for water and to change direction after each loop. Halfway through the third loop, Corey got there and joined us for the rest of the run too.

I don’t know if it was because Melissa was there and we were trying to show off how fast we could run while talking nonstop or what, but that wound up being our fastest long run together ever, I’m pretty sure. We did 14.2 miles at a 9:10/mile average and never shut up once haha.

Melissa had to go run errands after we finished, but the rest of us went to Acorn Market for their biscuit bar. Gretchen met us there too.

The biscuit bar was a breakfast buffet with an emphasis on biscuits. There were a few different gravies for the biscuits, but I loathe gravy, so I stuck to butter and all the different jams and jellies. I also had sausage links, scrambled eggs, a cinnamon roll bake and roasted Brussels sprouts, which I’ve never thought of as breakfast food, but it worked!

Anyway, we had a really good time stuffing our faces and laughing about more dumb stuff. Then I picked up Pepper and we went home, where we spent the rest of Saturday.

That evening, Dave called and asked if I wanted to go the Ravens game in Baltimore the next day. He was supposed to go with Mike, who has season tickets, but Mike got sick and said I could take his ticket.

I called Clark’s parents to see if they could watch Pepper again, which they agreed to, so it looked like I was going to a Ravens game!

Sunday was just as cold and windy as Saturday. Thankfully, the rain was no longer in the forecast.

I meant to run, but knowing I was going to be sitting in the cold wind that afternoon, I just couldn’t make myself go out in it in the morning too. So I took the day off running and sat on the couch with Pepper until it was time to go.

I dropped off Pepper and picked up Dave. There was no traffic at the Bay Bridge and we got to Baltimore with plenty of time to “tailgate” (sit in the car and down a few Slightly Mightys each) before the game started.

Mike’s seats are pretty high up and I was expecting it to be very cold and windy. I dressed in layers and brought blankets and Hot Hands. Fortunately, the way the wind was blowing, we were protected from it somehow, so I didn’t even need the Hot Hands. It actually wasn’t that bad.

It probably helped that the Ravens dominated the game after a scoreless first quarter. They wound up beating the Texans 41-7!

dave and me at ravens v texas game 11-17-19

A lot of people left early in the fourth quarter, but Dave and I stayed until it was all over.

The only thing that didn’t totally go our way Sunday was how long it took to get out of the parking lot. On the bright side though, we were parked next to some guys who decided to have a post-game tailgate too and shuck some raw oysters, and they gave some to us. They were delicious!

By that time, the NASCAR season finale race had started, so we listened to that on the radio.

Kyle Busch won the race and thus the championship. Martin Truex finished second in both the points and the championship. My guy, Kevin Harvick, was fourth in the race and third in points, and the other driver who’d gone into the race with a shot, Denny Hamlin, wound up finishing 10th in the race and fourth in points.

Next year, the season finale race moves to Phoenix, only a four-hour drive from San Diego. Maybe we’ll see another championship race sometime!

When we got back to Dave’s house, I hung out for a little while. Kasey and Kaylee had gone to a birthday party at a trampoline park, and they’d turned down the lights and given all the kids glow sticks and light-up jewelry. It looked like a rave for 5-year-olds haha. Kaylee loved all that glow-in-the-dark stuff though!

kaylee light show

I picked up Pepper again and came home, where I fell asleep pretty early.

Today, I’m going to do the 5-miler I didn’t do yesterday, which means I’ve already thrown off this week’s training schedule and it’s only Monday.

November 15, 2019

Training for 11/15/19

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Today, I had this week’s tempo run on the schedule, which cut back to 30 minutes, so I went out to run the 4.5-mile loop.

It was a nice day for it, overcast, no breeze and about 50 degrees. I did a mile to warm up in 8:48 and then I sped up for three tempo miles, aiming for 7:42/mile splits. Actual splits were 7:35, 7:40 and 7:24. Felt good, other than some side stitches I think were the result of not drinking much water all day.

Then I ran the last half-mile home at an 8:28/mile pace, and finished the whole loop in 35:43, an overall average of 7:55/mile.

This weekend is pretty quiet compared to the last few. I’m meeting Kelly and Susan tomorrow morning for this week’s long run, and then I’m supposed to do another shorter run Sunday, but that’s all I’ve got planned. I will definitely be watching the NASCAR season finale Sunday afternoon too.

November 14, 2019

Training for 11/14/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 7:18 pm

Last week, I meant to order two individual bananas in a grocery pick-up, but I accidentally ordered two bunches. I couldn’t eat them all fast enough, so today I made banana nut muffins with the remaining overripe ones. They turned out OK. Kinda dry.

After I ate one of them, I had enough time to get in the easy 3-miler on the schedule before I had to cover something for work. I don’t know if it was something in the muffin, something else I ate today or just another off day for my GI tract, but I had to GO with about a mile still to go. I was able to make it home OK, thankfully, and finished the run at an 8:53/mile average.

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