A Simple Running Log

January 31, 2020

Training for 1/31/20

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:46 pm

The second time Pepper and I went to the building gym yesterday evening, it was empty, so I got on the treadmill and did my tempo run.

Luckily, the treadmill was having a better day, and it only ran the speed I set it at through the whole workout.

I did a mile to warm up at an 8:49 pace, then sped it up to 7:41 pace for the next four miles. I was barely a few minutes into the tempo part of the run when someone else came in the gym.

This is the third time that’s happened. I always ask the other person if they’re OK with Pep being there, fully prepared to stop running and leave with him if they’re allergic or just don’t like dogs or whatever. But for the third time, the other person said he was fine with Pepper wandering around while he did his workout.

Good thing he liked dogs so much, because he was lifting weights, and any time he sat down between reps, Pepper went in for pets haha.

He left again before I was done running. I don’t know if that was really his whole workout or if he cut it short because it turned out he didn’t like Pepper being there after all.

Anyway, the tempo miles felt pretty good and they were over in no time. I did another half-mile at an 8:49 pace to cool down, finishing 5.5 miles in 44:00, an 8:01 average pace.

Today, Clark wasn’t going to run on his lunch break, so he hung out with Pepper while I did. I just ran another easy 5-miler along the 101. It was a little on the warm side this afternoon, but I’m not complaining. I ran an 8:33/mile average.

Other than another HIIT class I’m meeting Clark to take later, that wrapped up January for me, so here’s a summary.

Mileage:

  • Week 1 (Jan. 1-4): 17.2 miles
  • Week 2 (Jan. 5-11): 44.5
  • Week 3 (Jan. 12-18): 28.2
  • Week 4 (Jan. 19-25): 43.4
  • Week 5 (Jan. 26-31): 40.3

Total: 173.6 miles

Looks like a marathon training month! I did completely skip a 17-mile long run out of laziness, and then I had to cut short a 10-miler when neither of the treadmills in the gym would cooperate, but for the most part, I got in some good miles.

I ran one race, the Carlsbad Half Marathon, which was encouraging as a fitness test for my goal time at Shamrock in March.

In February, I’ve got a lot more miles coming up, starting with this weekend, the first of three 10- and 20-mile run weekends.

The only race I have scheduled is the Algonquin 50K next weekend. Usually, it lands on the second 10+20 weekend, but Shamrock is a week later than usual this year, so the training plan is off a week and the 50K doesn’t fit in quite as neatly. I won’t get a cutback week between the first 20 and the race. Oh well!

January 30, 2020

Training for 1/30/20

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 8:07 pm

Yesterday afternoon, I met Clark at the gym. We were under the impression we’d only have to do the timed initial fit test for the challenge once, so we signed up for back-to-back classes again.

Well we were wrong. Turned out every HIIT class was the same fit test. So we got to do it twice.

The test was a series of exercises that cut down from 100 reps to just five, followed by a short lap around the parking lot. Our times were recorded and will be compared to the same test at the end of the challenge.

This was the full workout:

  • 100 mountain climbers (50 on each side)
  • 90 Russian twists (45 on each side)
  • 80 body weight squats
  • 70 jumping jacks
  • 60 bicycle crunches (30 on each side)
  • 50 push-ups (not gonna lie, I had to do the modified “girl” pushups with my knees on the floor. I’d still be there right now if I had to do regular pushups)
  • 40 jump squats
  • 30 sprawls (similar to burpees)
  • 20 sit-ups
  • 10 renegade rows (with medium weight dumbbells)
  • 5 man-makers (also with dumbbells)
  • Short lap around the parking lot

It was tough. Some people were absolutely flying through the reps; I think the fastest guy did the whole thing in 8 minutes and change.

The first time around, my time was 13:37 I think. The second time, those jump squats in particular slowed me down, but overall I wasn’t much slower, finishing in 13:54 or something.

Anyway, the more you improve on your time at the end, the more points you score for your team, so being slow might’ve helped me here.

Clark decided to do the test backwards the second time, starting with the man-makers and working his way up. He said it was harder that way.

Today, I have a 45-minute tempo run. Clark wanted to run on his lunch break, and then take another class after work, so I was going to take my chances on the treadmill and try to get my run done before it tried to shoot me into the back wall. But when I took Pepper down there, there was already someone on a rowing machine, so I’ll check again in a bit when hopefully the gym is empty.

January 29, 2020

Training for 1/29/20

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:05 pm

Yesterday, I went to the gym in our building, all set to spend an hour and a half on a treadmill.

Instead, I didn’t even get in 10 minutes.

There are two treadmills in that gym. I got on the one I always do, set up my workout and started running.

About 6/10ths of a mile in, it did that thing again where the belt suddenly sped up to max speed.

Well, I really wanted to get in the 10 miles on the schedule, so I shut down that treadmill and moved over to the other one. Plugged in the same info, started running.

Less than 2/10ths of a mile later, IT DID IT TOO.

I was all out of treadmills at that point. I’d only run 0.8 miles.

I was pissed. I do not like the treadmill, but it’s better than not running. Now I don’t even have the option.

I called the building maintenance hotline to report the issue, but tomorrow will mark a full week since the WiFi has been out, no matter how many times I (and now Clark) have called and emailed about it, so I don’t have high hopes for these damn treadmills ever getting fixed.

Today, I took Pepper to Carlsbad so he could hang out with Clark on his lunch break while I ran along the 101. It was pretty windy — I think we’re experiencing the Santa Ana winds today — but the road never tried to randomly speed up to 6:00/mile pace, so I had a much better run. I ran 6 miles at an 8:46/mile average.

Later this afternoon, Clark and I are going to two more boot camp classes. The first one, we have to do an initial fit test for the challenge.

January 28, 2020

Training for 1/28/20

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:51 pm

Today is Clark’s 37th birthday!

I took this picture last spring because I thought Clark and Pepper look like they’re disappointed in my report card and worried I won’t get into a good college if I don’t start applying myself haha.

Anyway, yesterday, I took Pepper to the gym in our building and I ran an easy 4-miler on the treadmill at an 8:49/mile pace and 1 percent incline.

Then we met Clark at the gym in Vista. Pep had to sit out in the truck while we were in there. He was not happy, but oh well. Life sucks sometimes, even when you’re the most spoiled dog in the world.

Yesterday was the first day of the 8-week strength training challenge. There are a bunch of classes throughout the day to pick from, mostly high-intensity interval training “boot camp” classes. “Perfect attendance” is 48 classes — one a day for six days out of every week of the challenge.

I will not be making perfect attendance, since I’m trying to fit this into marathon training, the last eight weeks of which, when I’m hitting peak mileage, just happens to coincide with this challenge. But I want to go at least twice a week, maybe three.

These boot camp classes are about 30 minutes each. Clark got the brilliant idea for us to sign up for two, back-to-back, on our first day. It sounded like a bad idea to me, considering how sore we both were after doing one round each of weight training in our building’s gym more than a month ago, but I went ahead and pre-registered for both anyway.

So we all started with a warmup — two sets of four exercises, repeated for 25 seconds each with five seconds of rest between. Then we split into groups at five stations, each with two exercises. We did both exercises three times in a row — 24 seconds of work with an 8-second rest, for Kobe. Then we all ran a short lap around the parking lot (during which I could hear Pepper barking — I chose to imagine he was cheering us on haha) and rotated to the next station.

I was OK on the exercises that worked the legs or abs. But the upper body stuff — push-ups, kettlebell swings, pulsing those big heavy ropes — that stuff burned in no time.

We survived the first class. My arms were noodles. Neither of us were thinking a repeat was a good idea, but we’d already electronically reserved a spot in the next class that couldn’t be undone at that point and didn’t want to be no-shows our first day. Plus, Clark’s coworker was giving us a hard time about punking out haha.

So we did it all over again. I don’t know how, but we did. I definitely did a lot more “resting” when I was supposed to be doing push-ups the second time around!

This was the group picture they took for social media after the first class. Clark and I are on the far right trying to figure out how to dip out without being noticed haha.

That sign behind us should say “Sore today. Sorer tomorrow.” I am SORE.

But it’s good for me! Good for my running, good for injury prevention.

Clark is going to another class today, that nut. Then he’s going to the run club’s track workout, which also counts toward the challenge.

I’m supposed to run this week’s middle distance run, 10 miles, so it’s back to the treadmill for me. I might be ready for the next boot camp class tomorrow.

January 27, 2020

Training for 1/27/20

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:34 pm

Our WiFi is on the fritz here again, so I’m posting from my phone instead of on my laptop. Sorry in advance if the photos look wonky. I’ll fix them when I can. I’ve only called the building office three times and spoken to three different employees about it since it quit working last Thursday afternoon.

Funny thing about it though — apparently what we thought was a building-wide perk isn’t supposed to be available anywhere but the common areas, like the gym and the lounge on the second floor. Which are right below our apartment. The second time I called, the employee couldn’t figure out why I was calling the building office about the WiFi in my apartment not working haha. I guess we’ve been leeching this whole time!

Anyhow… Saturday morning, I ran the 9-mile pace run on the schedule. It was another perfect morning here. I went out to the river trail for the first time in a couple weeks.

I was aiming for 8:12/mile, but every mile was faster. I know I can’t maintain the average pace I ran for those nine miles — 7:55 — for nearly three times longer in a full marathon. And the whole point of these pace runs is to learn your goal pace so you don’t go out too fast in the race and crash and burn. But every time I try to slow down, I feel like I’m running TOO slow, so I speed up again. It’s a problem! I still have a few pace runs left between now and Shamrock to get it right.

After my run, I got cleaned up and then Clark and I took Mike to some of our favorite places in San Diego. We started with lunch at Kansas City Barbecue, filming location of the bar scene in “Top Gun,” where a Tom Cruise lookalike was hanging out to entertain tourists; then went to Coronado; went to Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle on Shelter Island; then stopped by AleSmith; and finally had dinner at Pizza Port in Carlsbad.

When we got back to the apartment, I wanted to go to bed so I could start my long run early the next morning. I stayed there with Pepper while the other two went out to a couple places near the apartment where dogs aren’t allowed.

It would’ve worked out great, if Pepper hadn’t been so worried about where Clark went without him! He just wanted to pace around the apartment. When I finally got him to lie down, he shook and huffed and stared at the door the whole time. I didn’t get a minute of sleep until Clark came back. So that was a bust.

The next morning, I didn’t start my long run quite as early as I’d hoped, but I was out the door by 8:30 am. Not too shabby for me.

It was foggy here, and pretty humid, but otherwise a nice day for it.

I ran south along the 101 until I hit 9.5 miles, in Leucadia, then turned around and came back.

I stopped every 4.75 miles to eat a gel. The first stop was conveniently near a public port-o-potty by the beach in Carlsbad. It was occupied but I didn’t have to wait long until the guy who was in there first came out.

As I was pulling the door shut I heard a voice say “OK, I guess I’ll just wait then!” It was a woman who I thought had just been stretching against the wall, about 20 feet from the port-o-potty, but apparently she’d been waiting for it. Really, she was no closer to it than several other people in the area. I had no clue she was “in line” for it.

I pushed the door back open and offered to let her have it, but she just said “No, it’s fine” and stalked off. Sheesh.

The only other notable thing about the whole run was that I finally took enough gels so I didn’t run into the proverbial wall a few miles from the end! As a result, I had my strongest long run since I got here — 19 miles at a 9:00/mile average on the dot.

I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of this before, but I finished the run near the pier so I could walk right out into the ocean for a more convenient version of an ice bath.

It was so cold, but it felt great!

Then I remembered why I hadn’t been doing that — I couldn’t put my shoes back on my sandy feet so I had to walk back to the apartment barefoot. Fortunately there are always surfers tiptoeing around barefoot between the beach and wherever, so I didn’t look as dumb as I might have. I made it back without stepping on anything too painful.

We all went to In-N-Out for lunch, and then I stayed with Pep while Clark and Mike went to the theater near our place to see the newest Star Wars movie.

Before they left, Mike showed off the T-shirt his girlfriend had custom made for him, using a picture of Clark from our wedding day:

Kinda weird haha! Mike said it was a little too small, so he didn’t wear it out in public with Clark.

When they got back from that, we got take-out sushi for dinner.

Meanwhile, Pepper scarfed down a rawhide chew he’d had since Christmas but had been ignoring:

I really wished he’d kept ignoring it, after I had to clean up all the resulting puke on the patio at 2:30 in the morning! He got some more chews like it for Christmas, but I think those just might stay in the cabinet.

Clark took Mike to the airport for his early flight out this morning. It was nice to have him out here for a few days!

Today, I have a 4-mile easy run to do, on the treadmill. Today is also the first official day of that 8-week strength training challenge Clark and I joined at the gym affiliated with our run club. We’re both going to an HIIT class this evening.

January 24, 2020

Training for 1/24/20

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 7:18 pm

Today is a rest day. I stuck to my training plan this week for once, so I got to take it.

We have another visitor this weekend! Pepper and I picked up Mike from the airport this morning. He’s staying with us until Monday morning. We walked around the San Diego harbor this morning and had lunch in Carlsbad. Now we’re waiting on Clark to get home from work.

As far as running this weekend goes, I’ve got a 9-mile pace run and 19-mile long run to do.

January 23, 2020

Training for 1/23/20

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 7:22 pm

Today I had this week’s speed workout on the schedule. It was supposed to be hill repeats, but I had to run on the treadmill this afternoon, so I did a tempo run instead.

I did a mile at an 8:49 pace to warm up, then cranked it up to 7:41 pace for three miles. Not gonna lie, that pace felt more than “comfortably” hard today! But it got done.

Then I did another mile at 8:49 pace to cool down, running a total of 5 miles at an 8:20/mile average.

Tonight, Clark and I are going to orientation for an eight-week strength training program being put on at a gym in conjunction with our running club. I’m hoping it’ll help me get back into a regular routine again. I know I was more efficient when I made strength training a priority, and higher efficiency makes it easier to run faster.

January 22, 2020

Training for 1/22/20

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 6:07 pm

Today, I got to run in the sunshine. Pepper and I picked up Clark on his lunch break and we all went to the beach in Carlsbad, and those two hung out while I did my run.

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Clark took this picture near where we parked while I was running.

I was only supposed to do 4 miles per my training plan, but since I cut my run short yesterday after the treadmill tried to kill me, I tacked on those missed 1.5 miles and made it a 5.5-miler. I did an out-and-back along the coast at an 8:33/mile average.

January 21, 2020

Training for 1/21/20

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 7:53 pm

We got some good news yesterday! The vet got back the results on that growth on Pepper’s toe. It is NOT cancerous. It’s just a totally benign weird skin growth. We only have to do something about it if it gets really big or starts bleeding and causes him discomfort. That was a big relief!

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The growth was where that black spot is on his front paw. Yes that’s my right arm under his head.

As far as my training goes, I did 3.3 miles along the Strand and the pier last night after Clark got home from work. My legs didn’t feel too bad but I kept it nice and easy and ran a 9:06/mile average.

After I got cleaned up, Clark and I took Pepper up to the new tasting room Booze Brothers, a brewery we visited in Vista last week, just opened here in Oceanside.

There was this guy and his dog in there we both immediately recognized from Stone last Friday night, where the guy gave us a hard time about using a retractable  leash, then rambled on about God knows what until last call. He was clearly super drunk. Well, he was just as drunk last night when we got to Booze Brothers, because he didn’t remember us at all! He came over and reintroduced himself and his dog, who had this look on her face like “This shit again…” He didn’t mention the retractable leash this time, but he rambled on for a while, then left… to go to the wine tasting room across the street. Not sure what that guy’s story is, but I’m hoping he also lives somewhere within walking distance of these bars!

Today, I had this week’s middle distance run on the schedule, another 9-miler. I didn’t feel like waiting until Clark got back from work to run that long in the dark, and I can’t run nine miles during his hour lunch break, so the treadmill it was.

I took Pepper to the gym and set the treadmill at 6.8 mph, an 8:49/mile pace, and a 1 percent incline, and just started running.

Things were going fine until mile 4.7, when I really had to use the bathroom. So I stopped the treadmill and took Pep up to the apartment to address that. I really did not feel like going back to do the rest of the run, but I did.

I had to step off the belt for a minute to take this picture of Pepper. As if running on a treadmill isn’t annoying enough, I have this jerkface dog glaring at me the whole time, like I don’t know he’d rather we were on the couch. I’m sure he’s whining too; I just have my music loud enough I don’t have to hear him.

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Side note — I saw a guy wearing the same Hood to Coast T-shirt before the race started Sunday, and said I’d run it in 2014 too so I had the same shirt. He blurted out “I STOLE THIS SHIRT” haha! He’d run that relay, just not in 2014.

Anyway, about two minutes after I took this picture, I noticed the pace felt really hard all of a sudden. I checked the display to see if I’d accidentally bumped up the speed or something, but it was all right where I’d set it. I paused my music and that’s when I heard the treadmill belt speeding up, faster and faster. It wasn’t my imagination!

Well, the run is over when the treadmill randomly tries to shoot me off the back of it. So I cut it short at what wound up only being a total of 7.5 miles.

Clark suspects Pepper somehow did that so I’d leave early haha. I think he might be on to something.

January 20, 2020

Carlsbad Half Marathon race report

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:22 pm

I had a pretty good run in the Carlsbad Half Marathon yesterday! I was about 90 seconds off my Rehoboth time from last month, but this race course had more than 300 feet of elevation gain, compared to less than 50 in Rehoboth, so I feel good about it. I still have a lot of work to do on hills though — apparently Carlsbad’s is one of the easier courses around here!

Anyway, Clark brought home our race packets Friday evening. Everyone got a drawstring cinch bag we could use for gear check, a long-sleeved T-shirt AND a quarter-zip shirt.

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I saw a lot of people wearing one of these in the race. They both say “finisher” (it’s on the back on the T-shirt), which just seemed to me like asking for a DNF.

That evening, we took Pepper to Vista to hit a couple more breweries. I liked the tagline at Wavelength Brewing, which had a science-geek theme:

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We also had dinner at Belching Beaver, known for its peanut butter milk stout, which was delicious. They had a pretty good food menu as well.

Saturday was low-key. Neither of us had a run on the schedule so we just hung around the apartment for a while. In the afternoon, we went to IKEA to try to get the chaise lounge section to add to the end of our couch, now that the Christmas tree is out of here, but it was sold out.

So we took Pepper to Amplified Brewing in Pacific Beach instead. Yet another good brewery! They had a food menu as well. We weren’t terribly hungry there though, so we just split a plate of pita chips and three different kinds of hummus.

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We also stopped by Pure Project’s tasting room in Miramar. Then we went home and made burgers and roasted asparagus for dinner.

Usually, the night before a race, I lay out my race outfit and get together anything else I’ll need, like gels and a change of clothes for after. For some dumb reason, I didn’t do any of that Saturday night.

So Sunday morning was a bit of a shit show when I got up. I had to get all of Pepper’s meds in him and take him for a walk first before his dog sitter got there. She showed up a little early (at least someone was on the ball) while Clark and I were running around the apartment trying to remember everything we needed.

The half marathon didn’t start until 7:45, and the start/finish area was only about five miles from our place, but I wanted to leave early because I was picturing the same traffic jams and mega port-o-potty lines at the New Jersey Half Marathon last spring. So I was a little stressed when we left 15 minutes later than I wanted.

Turned out I’d stressed over absolutely nothing, because unlike that race, this one really had its stuff together. After a minimal wait to get into the lot, we were parked more than 45 minutes before the race start, and there were so many port-o-potties, the longest line I saw had about 10 people in it, not 100+ like in New Jersey. We had more than enough time. This race definitely gets a 10/10 for organization.

We didn’t use gear check, because our truck was parked close enough we just chose to walk back there.

On to the race! It was a perfect day for a run. As usual in Southern California haha. It was a little chilly at the start, in the mid- to upper 40s, but I figured as soon as the sun hit us it’d warm up quick, so I just wore shorts and a T-shirt. (I haven’t had to wear anything longer than shorts to run once since I got here, by the way.)

I was in the second of eight waves of runners in the half (the full marathon started separately at 6:15.) My wave got to take off about four minutes after the first. I threw away the heat sheet from a previous race I’d worn into the corral and I was off!

I was a little chilly at first and felt like I was stomping along down the road, rather than running. Then the sun hit us for the first time, and then we hit the long uphill that makes up most of the first mile, and suddenly I was no longer chilly.

I ran that first mostly uphill mile in 7:56. Only 12.1 to go.

The next couple of miles took us through residential Carlsbad out toward the 101. There was a short out-and-back at a traffic circle just before mile 2, which I didn’t love, but that was pretty much my only complaint about the course. Then we were on the 101, running right along the ocean. The scenery to our right was gorgeous! There was also plenty of spectator support and a ton of aid stations. I was taking a small cup of water at each one.

I was cruising. Miles 2-6 were 7:45, 7:59, 7:43, 7:55 and 7:45.

Right after the mile 6 marker, we hit that long uphill I’ve already run a few times in long runs and during that half-mile interval workout last week. I ran the whole way up, but I was absolutely gassed when I made it! There was another aid station at the top, so I stopped there for a few seconds to eat the one Huma gel I brought and drink some water. And, to be honest, catch my freaking breath!

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I’m on the right. Pretty sure this is right near the top of that hill. I remember photographers sitting there.

Not far past that aid station was the turnaround, and then we hit the mile 7 marker. My split was 8:18.

I got back on track in the eighth mile. That split was 7:52.

But… then my guts started rumbling. Sigh. One of those aid stations appeared soon enough, with a large bank of port-o-potties, so I dipped into the first open one and took care of that.

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Garmin sees all haha.

Mile 9 was just past that aid station. The split was 8:52. Same as Rehoboth, I only lost about a minute in there tops. Not too bad.

I managed to get the 10th mile back under goal pace and ran it in 7:54, but the next two were slower, 8:13 and 8:12. My feet were really feeling it. I wore a pair of NB 890v7s I got in December — I wanted another pair of 1400s, but I had to use a gift certificate to the Rehoboth New Balance store before it expired at the end of the year and they didn’t have any 1400s in my size. I’ve been wearing the 890s for speed workouts since then, and thought I liked them, but this was definitely the longest run I’d done in them, and they weren’t exactly working out.

Not gonna lie, the rest of my body was just tired of those rolling hills too.

I was happy to see we didn’t have to run that short out-and-back at the traffic circle on the way back. More good news — that uphill in the first mile meant we got a nice downhill in the 13th, and I ran it in 7:40 as a result, my fastest of the race.

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According to my Garmin, I ran the last bit of a mile at a 7:28/mile pace, and I officially finished 13.1 miles in 1:45:17.

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I really wanted to run under 1:45, but I can’t be too upset with that result! I was 23rd of 438 in the F 35-39 age group, 104th of 2,667 women and 420th of 4,823 overall.

In the finisher chute, we all got a medal, a heat sheet, water, chocolate milk and a bag of snacks. My favorite thing in there was a cup of rice… that needed to be microwaved for 90 seconds. I forgot to bring our microwave, dang it! Now I know for next time.

I went back to the truck, changed my clothes and waited for Clark. He finished in exactly 2:18. He said the first half was good but then he just didn’t feel like running anymore. In fact, he said his only complaint about the whole race was that he had to run haha.

Then we went to the beer garden and got free beers from Ballast Point.

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The volunteers handing out the beers weren’t marking our bibs or anything, so even though we were technically only supposed to get one each, I’m pretty sure we could’ve taken as many as we wanted. However, Clark and I had to get going because I’d told the dog sitter we’d be back by 11:30, so we only had time for one.

When we got back to the apartment, Pepper was really excited to see us. The dog sitter said “It’s nice to see some life in him! He was so mopey the whole time you were gone.” She said BOTH of his eyes looked red and droopy, not just the one he jabbed with an aloe plant last week, he refused to eat his breakfast and just paced around.

Of course, as soon as she left and he was back with us, both of his eyes looked fine and he scarfed down his food and promptly fell asleep on the couch. I texted her to let her know he was just being dramatic while she was here haha. As I’d suspected.

We’d gotten home just in time to see the football playoff games, which we spent the rest of the afternoon watching.

Late in the afternoon, Clark got a text that a package had arrived for us in the locker where they store large deliveries for tenants, even though neither of us was expecting anything.

Turned out someone had ordered a Bark Box but entered the wrong address or something. So Pepper got his first Bark Box.

There was this snowman toy that you were supposed to put treats in the face, where the eyes and nose would be, for the dog to try to remove. The snowman came with a detachable hat, so we put that on Pepper.

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He was not a fan haha. But he liked the treats at least!

Today, Shamrock training continues with an easy 3-miler and some strength training. My legs aren’t as sore as I expected them to be. I’m sure it’s coming though!

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