A Simple Running Log

August 19, 2019

Training for 8/19/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:52 am

Man, it got hot here again — like triple-digit heat indexes hot — and my last couple of runs have SUCKED.

Saturday morning, I slept in. I felt way better when I woke up than I had Friday, but my stomach was still kinda iffy. I lazed about for a while even after I got up, hoping my stomach would settle, but it was only getting hotter outside the longer I waited. I finally got my stuff together and headed out for 9 miles.

It was not a good run. I felt terrible from the first step. It didn’t help that it already felt like more than 90 degrees.

I dragged myself around the 9.1-mile loop at what turned out to be an 11:03/mile average. One of those miles took me 13 minutes to finish! Not much of a “run,” to be honest. My stomach just felt like it was going to revolt the whole way. Even after I got back in the air conditioning at home, it was a few hours before it started to feel OK.

I did finally start feeling normal again later in the afternoon, in time to go to a friend’s house for the evening. Clark and I wound up having a good time and staying pretty late. It was close to 1:30 a.m. when we got home and went to bed.

Sunday, I slept in even later, and didn’t run at all. We did clean the whole house though! I am too embarrassed to say how long it’d been since we’d done that. I’ll just say it’s a good thing no one here has any allergies to dust or pet dander, or they’d have been dead.

We were so pleased with our clean house, we had to invite someone over to see it haha. One of Clark’s coworkers and his wife came, and we grilled some chicken and steaks.

Right before they got here, Clark was in the shower when the water suddenly shut off. The power was still on though. Turned out some fitting under the house had burst, and the water was just shooting out through the break under the house, so we had to turn off the water. Clark is fixing that right now, but we’ve been getting by since then with a case of bottled water Clark’s parents brought us last night.

Today and tomorrow are supposed to be the hottest of the week, so naturally, I slept in again this morning. Sigh. It was after 9:30 and blazing hot when I finally left the house to do this week’s middle distance run, which increases to 10 miles.

The first half wasn’t too bad. I kept it slow, but I was running steadily and my splits were consistently in the 9:00 range. I even got to run through a very refreshing irrigation spray around mile 1.75.

Once I got past mile 5 though, the heat really started to get to me. The walk breaks started, then got more frequent and longer. I eventually got around the 10.1-mile loop at a 10:21/mile average. At least it was quite a bit faster than Saturday’s run. I’m on the upswing!

When I got home, I looked at the weather app — the heat index was up to 107 degrees.

I haven’t forgotten about the 19-miler I was supposed to do yesterday. I can’t do it tomorrow because of an early assignment for work, but I’ll have time to do the short easy run that I should’ve done today. If I can get up early enough Wednesday, I could do it then. It’s really hard to get up the motivation to do that though, when it’s so warm already at sunrise.


August 16, 2019

Training for 8/16/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 2:43 pm

Today turned into a rest day. I was supposed to run some hill repeats on the Sharptown bridge, but I stayed up a little too late last night listening to music and drinking beer. By the time I felt like I was in any kind of shape to run today, it was way too hot.

So I have no training to report on, but I do have a couple funny pictures of Pepper from yesterday.

pepper mad at ball

I don’t know why he was making this face at me. He just looks so salty haha.

pepper wearing a bag

By 9:30, we’d had enough to drink that making Pepper wear the plastic bag our dinner delivery came in sounded like a great idea. He wasn’t as amused as we were.

That delivery, by the way, was courtesy of Door Dash. There are TWO restaurants in town that will deliver to our address via Door Dash. That’s two more delivery options than we had before! We used to have a couple pizza places that would come out here, but they all magically reconfigured their delivery areas to exclude us.

This weekend looks pretty quiet again. We don’t have any big plans. I have a 9- and 19-miler on the training schedule. I might do that long run Sunday after all, since I no longer have a Tuesday morning running buddy to meet. Or I might just put it off until next week anyway.

August 15, 2019

Training for 8/15/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:04 pm

Yesterday, I put off running until the early evening. It was pretty hot and windy. I did a lap of the 4.5-mile loop at an 8:45/mile average.

Today, I did this week’s middle distance run, a 9-miler. Unfortunately, I did that thing you can’t really do in August, and waited until 11 a.m. to go out.

The first five or six miles actually weren’t too bad, surprisingly. But after I stopped at the ferry to use the port-o-potty, my stomach felt crampy the rest of the way, and the last few miles were not fast at all. I wound up finishing the 9.1-mile loop with an overall average of 9:35/mile.

August 13, 2019

Training for 8/13/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 12:58 pm

Another Tuesday, another early morning alarm to meet Kelly for a long run in Salisbury. This was our last weekday morning long run of the summer — she’s a teacher and has to go back to work next week. Boo!

We met just before sunrise. It was a warm, muggy morning, nothing like the last time I ran there, three whole days ago.

We ran four laps of the park loop. The highlight was probably when I mistook an approaching shih tzu for a skunk. And jumped behind Kelly so she’d be the one to get blasted haha. I really need to wear my glasses regularly.

Or maybe the highlight was when Kelly noticed something stuck to the butt of my shorts, and it turned out to be laundry detergent foaming up because our washer didn’t rinse them well and/or I was exceptionally sweaty. That was a first! As far as I know, anyway. I don’t check my butt very often when I’m running.

Kelly left after we got 12 miles in, and I ran two more on my own, to finish 14 at a 9:55/mile average.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do for these long runs now that I don’t have anyone to meet on Tuesdays. I’ll probably keep doing them on weekday mornings, but at home. We’ll see.

August 12, 2019

Training for 8/12/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 3:55 pm

We had a pretty quiet weekend around here, but I did get in two good runs!

Friday evening, Melissa invited me to run part of her long run with her the next morning. She’s training for Steamtown too and is on the same schedule as I am, but she wanted to do next week’s 19-miler a week early because she was going on vacation. It’d only been five days since I’d done the previous week’s 17 miles, and I already had the cutback 14-miler scheduled for Tuesday, so I told her I’d do 9.

We met at sunrise at the park in Salisbury. It was a gorgeous morning, and cool enough I wore a shirt for the first time in weeks.

We didn’t run laps of the park loop though; Melissa led me out through some back roads toward the airport. We ran until we hit 4.5 miles and then ran back the way we came.

I had to stop in a corn field around mile 3, which concerned Melissa, who wondered if I was worried about “things,” but I yelled “Nope, I do this all the time at home!” as I ran in to take care of business haha.

Even funnier was when we were running back, and we saw another runner coming out of the same corn field, just in a different spot! That field was getting a lot of extra fertilizer Saturday.

Anyway, when we got back to where we started, Melissa convinced me to tack on one more mile to make it an even 10. Just before we finished that last mile, we ran into Susan, who was out there doing a short run before a group fitness class.

And then my part of the run was done. We’d done 10 miles together at a 9:15/mile pace. There were even a few smallish “hills” on that route, which we’ll be glad we ran in the final 5K of the marathon.

The rest of Saturday, I lazed about with Clark and Pepper, and then we all went to the Dogfish Head brewery in Milton and then Arena’s in Rehoboth for dinner.

Sunday, I slept in and dillied a bit in the morning, but it still wasn’t too hot when I went out for another run. I ran a lap of the 7.3-mile loop at what turned out to be an 8:30/mile average, speedy for an easy run for me.

We spent the rest of the day at home. I watched a NASCAR race for only the second time this summer, and, for the second time this year, Kevin Harvick won.

I didn’t get around to running this morning, and then it got hot, and I’ve got those 14 miles with Kelly on the schedule for first thing tomorrow anyway.

August 9, 2019

Training for 8/9/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 4:05 pm

Not much to report for today. I went to the beach yesterday because it was my family’s last day in the condo, and didn’t get home until very late, so I didn’t get up to run early this morning, and it was pretty hot this afternoon. I might get a short run in this evening, but right now there’s some kinda dark and rumbly clouds moving through out there. We’ll see.

As far as the weekend goes, I’ve already got the long run, which is a cutback to 14 miles, moved to Tuesday morning, but I need to get in some shorter runs tomorrow and Sunday.

Outside of running, we don’t really have any plans. Feels kinda nice to have a wide open weekend.

Today, I found out the episode of MasterChef I missed Wednesday night, when the power was out, featured one of my all-time favorite people I don’t actually know as a guest judge.

Well, I guess Noah is my new favorite contestant for this season, since he was the only one who seemed to remotely recognize him haha.

August 8, 2019

Training for 8/8/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 8:41 am

Yesterday, I slept in and let it get hot. Then I had to cover something for work in the evening. While I was gone, a huge storm blew through. When I got home, the power was out and I found Pepper had spent the 90 minutes he was alone in the utility room making a giant mess. Fortunately, there was juuust enough water pressure left in the pipes to get that cleaned up immediately.

So no, I never ran yesterday, but at least the sunset after the storm passed through was pretty.

pepper at sunset

Clark got home very early this morning from the work trip he’d been on since Monday, so I ran today before he had to go into his office.

I did this week’s speed workout, six 800s, on the road. It wasn’t hot when I got started, but it was muggy. My sunglasses wouldn’t stop fogging up so I tucked them into my bra strap. I probably looked like a dumbass who doesn’t know how sunglasses work, squinting into the sun instead of wearing them on my face, but oh well.

Anyway, the intervals went OK. The humidity was definitely making it harder than it needed to be. I was aiming for 3:30 splits; actual splits were 3:35, 3:27, 3:30, 3:31, 3:27 and 3:31.

I finished the 7.3-mile loop in 1:02:36, an overall average pace of 8:35/mile.

August 6, 2019

Training for 8/6/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:55 am

This morning, my alarm went off at 4:40 and I was out the door a little after 5, to meet Kelly and run 17 miles in Salisbury.

Sunrise was still a half-hour away when we started, which meant I had to break out the headlamp for the first time since last winter, I think. It lightened up enough on the first lap of the park that I could drop it off at the truck pretty quickly though.

It was humid to start with, and it just got warmer as the sun came up. Again, I brought a water bottle of Roctane, which I carried with me, and a liter of plain water to top it off at the truck after each lap. I also brought two Huma gels and ate one after the second and fourth laps.

Kelly had somewhere to be around 8, so she had to leave after we’d done 10 miles. I really did not want to run seven more on my own, but I’d gotten that far, so I kept moving.

I wound up running five complete loops, plus another half of one and a little bit more on the road, to get to exactly 17 miles.

The last couple of miles slowed down because I was getting some bad side stitches. I don’t think I could’ve drank any more fluids, but apparently I needed to. In the end, I finished the run at a 10:21/mile average.

And, not only did I knock out my long run, but when I got home, expecting to find a big mess in the utility room, I instead found a poop-free floor! Pepper got a lot of treats for that one.

August 5, 2019

Run for the Paws 5K recap

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 11:31 am

Saturday morning was really hot, and the race didn’t go that great — it was my second-slowest 5K time of the summer — but I finished it, qualifying for the Seashore Striders’ championship series for the 10th year in a row.

I did and did not win my age group. The overall women’s winner was 38, so she got pulled out of the age group and I got the F 35-39 first place award for the race. But when the summer series rankings are figured, the overall and masters winners are added back into the mix, so I got two points, giving me a final total score of 7. Pretty good, and more than enough to win my age group for the series again, but I really wanted to get another perfect 6! Oh well, you never know when someone from Michigan will show up to one of these beach races and run nearly 4.5 minutes faster than you.

Anyway, the longer version of the story. For some reason, this is the only summer series race that starts at 8 a.m. instead of 7:30. I didn’t have to get up quite as early, which was nice, but it also gave the sun an extra half-hour to gain power. It was freaking hot and humid by the time I made it to Dewey.

I got my bib and race T-shirt and then did a mile to warm up. I was already sweating buckets when I got in the starting pack with Kelly and Susan. We got the commands and the last thing I heard before we crossed the line was Kelly say “Ugh” as she hit the button on her Garmin haha. Same!

The course is a true out-and-back through some residential streets between the highway and the bay. The first mile seriously felt like it would never end, never a good sign in a 5K. I finally made it to the first mile marker and my Garmin reported a 7:20 split.

As we approached the halfway turnaround, some older guy near me started counting out loud the number of runners ahead of us running back to the finish. There were some gaps between those runners, and he would repeat the number he was on until the next one came along, between breaths. “TWELVE-huff-TWELVE-huff-TWELVE-huff-THIRTEEN” and so on. I guess he was looking to see where his son ranked, because he stopped counting after he saw a guy who yelled “Good job, Dad!” when he ran by.

Then we made the U-turn too, and wow did the thought of retracing my steps all the way back to where I’d come from sound impossible.

Mile 2 slowed to 7:41. One more mile.

I was losing my will to try to run fast in that last mile. I really didn’t want to run at all. It was hard to breathe in the humidity and my legs felt so heavy. Slowing down to a walk sounded very appealing.

Fredman was not taking pictures at the finish, like he usually does, probably because the sun would be directly behind us. Instead, he was camped out around mile 2.9, where the sun was shining right in our faces before we made the last couple of turns.

Here is the fakest smile I have ever plastered on my face for a picture:

2019 run for the paws 5k near finish

2019 run for the paws 5k near finish 2

LIES. I even managed to say hi to Fredman as I passed. Then I went back to making a kill-me-now face.

I made those last couple of turns, passed the third mile marker — 7:45 — and tried to sprint it in to the finish. I crossed the line in 23:43, more than a minute slower than a week earlier.

I was just glad to be done running at the moment. Kelly and Susan were just past the finish line. They’d both run slower than normal too. It’s always nice to have people to bitch with about unfavorable running conditions. We bitched a lot that day.

Eventually Susan and I ran another couple slow miles together for a cool down. It felt as hard as the race! We both kept glancing at our Garmins the whole way through the first mile, thinking we had to be a lot closer to the end of it so we could turn around than it turned out we were.

I swapped my sweat-drenched shoes (I might as well have just run six miles through puddles, as soaked as they were) for flip-flops and grabbed a shirt to put on once I stopped sweating so profusely, then went to the post-race party.

The party was even better than when they held it at The Starboard! The Starboard had brought a full Bloody Mary bar, or we could get Tito’s mixed with OJ to make a screwdriver, or they had champagne to make mimosas. There was also a kiddie pool full of ice that was stocked with cans of Dogfish Head 60 Minute, Slightly Mighty, Namaste, SeaQuench Ale and SuperEight.

And… it was unlimited. And all free.

There was a lot of food too, but I just wanted to drink. I had a couple beers. But then I saw an absolute genius get a Rita’s Italian ice (they were also free to the runners), eat part of it and then get the cup topped off with Tito’s, making a slushie, and I had to try that too. Perfect!

There were also puppies to pet! The race benefits a local SPCA chapter, and they had four adoptable puppies hanging out to meet people.

They handed out the race awards. It turned out I beat the next runner in my age group by two 10ths of a second! My chip time was 23:43.2; hers was 23:43.4. She’d started farther back in the pack though, so she crossed the line about 17 seconds after me. I was really glad I hadn’t given in to the temptation to walk in that last mile!

2019 run for the paws 5k awards

With the runner I barely clipped, based on chip times.

I stayed until they were packing everything up. Plus, the metered parking spot I was in was about to start charging.

2019 run for the paws 5k post race

With Susan, Kelly and a couple other runners who were in the vicinity when Alberto wanted to take our picture.

After the race, I drove to the condo in Ocean City where my family is staying through the rest of this week. It was pretty hot on the beach, but the water was nice, so I just ran out into it whenever I needed to cool off.

Meanwhile, Clark put down all the pine needle mulch at home. Turned out he was spreading it thicker than the coverage estimate had assumed, because the whole delivery only covered about half of the area.

He and Pepper came down to the beach late in the afternoon. We left Pepper with Clark’s parents, and then went to Fager’s Island, for Uncle John’s birthday dinner. After the dinner, we stayed at Fager’s to hang out in the bar/dance floor area — it was my nephew’s first time going out after his recent 21st birthday — but Clark and I had to call it a night when they left Fager’s to go to another bar.

I couldn’t get Uber to work on my phone, so I had to call Clark’s dad to come pick us up on the side of the highway in Ocean City at midnight. By the time he got there, Clark was out cold on a bench. Fortunately, there was a group of equally drunk people there, waiting for a bus maybe, and they helped me load Clark into the Jeep. I’m pretty sure I hugged one of them haha.

Sunday, we slept in, and Clark’s mom made us a nice breakfast, so I didn’t even do the short run I thought I’d do.

We took Pepper up to Rehoboth and had a couple beers at Revelation. Then we left him with Clark’s parents again so we could go to my family’s condo. My older sister, brother, niece and mom were there yesterday too. A storm had come through early in the afternoon, but when it cleared out, it was another nice day on the beach.

As far as training goes, I need to run something today. I’m meeting Kelly VERY early tomorrow morning for my long run, which this week increases to 17 miles, so I’ll probably just do whatever short run is on the training schedule for today.

August 2, 2019

Training for 8/2/19

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 9:31 am

I meant to do a lap of the 5.5-mile loop yesterday, so I could take off today ahead of the last summer series 5K tomorrow morning. But then I let it get a little too late, and it got really hot, and I had something to cover for work in the evening so, rest day.

Instead, I ran that loop first thing this morning. It wasn’t hot at all, and it was still overcast after some storms passed through, but it was as humid as it always is. It was a nice easy run though, and I maintained a pretty even pace throughout, finishing with an 8:49/mile average.

Anyway, tomorrow is the Run for the Paws 5K in Dewey Beach. It’d be fun to improve on the 22:33 I ran last Saturday. My main goal is to win my age group again, which would give me a lowest-possible total score of 6 for the series.

They moved the after party from the Starboard to the Lions Club this year, but the Starboard is still providing the refreshments, namely mixed drinks made with Tito’s. Last year, I was a little miffed to see we only got one post-race drink ticket each (we got two the first time I ran this race in 2013), but after I got a screwdriver that was basically Tito’s with a splash of OJ, I didn’t need a second ticket.

There’s also a lot of food, a raffle and, best of all, adoptable dogs! The whole race benefits a local ASPCA chapter.

After the race, I’m not sure what the plan is. My family is in Ocean City at the condo they rent every summer, but we also got all the pine needle mulch delivered yesterday, and Clark wants to get that put down before he has to go on a work trip next week.

I do know one thing though — I am not planning to do my long run Sunday. Kelly and I already made plans to do that Tuesday morning again, so I’m just going to get in another short easy run Sunday.

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