A Simple Running Log

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.



    Comment by runeatralph — November 18, 2019 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

    • I know! Somehow I never found out it even existed until three weeks before I’m moving away!

      Comment by aschmid3 — November 18, 2019 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

      • I keep forgetting that you’re moving so far away. I’ll come visit. 🙂

        Comment by runeatralph — November 18, 2019 @ 4:49 pm

      • We are open to visitors any time!

        Comment by aschmid3 — November 19, 2019 @ 9:34 am

  2. Buscuitsssssss! It hurts my NC heart that you don’t like gravy, lol

    Comment by Chris Weber — November 19, 2019 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

    • Lol! I would say I’m an outlier here on Delmarva as well. Pretty much everyone else loves biscuits and gravy here!

      Comment by aschmid3 — November 19, 2019 @ 6:21 pm | Reply

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