Workout Report Etc

October 9, 2022

Family Meeting Happened!

It wasn’t the world’s most productive and it may have taken place in the car, but it was a start.

We discussed mornings and Josh and I talked about ways to fit in running without messing up each other’s training schedules. The kids brainstormed some activities. We even had the idea to head to MODS today but ended up at Costco instead.

(Does anyone do their regular weekly shopping at Costco? I was going to try to do that but realized it was not going to work, since I needed things like one onion and a non-industrial amount of cinnamon.)

Two random life snapshots:

I made these brownies and brought to our friend’s house where we had a lovely kid play date / dinner. They were not the world’s best in my opinion but they looked cool and it was fun to do the two layers!
got several of these for A from thriftbooks. I LOVED this series in the 1980s. She sees the appeal, ha.

Workout Report

M – 3 mi run @ 9:52/mi, 69F (!), 84% humidity; 20 min Peloton Becs Gentry strength for runners workout

T – 6 mi total interval run – 2 mi warmup @ 11:30/mi, then 3 x 1 mi with 90s rest in between at 8:22, 8:38, 8:34; 1 mi cooldown. 71F / 87% humidity. Was super happy with how this one went!

W – nothing! too tired.

R – 5 mi total – 2 mi warmup @ 9:57/mi, 30 second intervals ~7:45-8:00 ave pace with 90 seconds rest between each, 1 mi cooldown 10:18/mi. 70F / 90% humidity + 20 min Callie upper body / 20 min Matty lower body

F – 5 mi easy @ 10:37/mi, 70F 90%

S – 20 min full body weights with Rad Lopez / 20 min strength for runners again

S – 9 mi long run @ 10:32/mi ave, 75F 94% humidity

Total = 28 mi / 3 days strength training. I haven’t run anywhere close to 30 mpw in a looooong time so this is kind of exciting!


  • Reply Grateful Kae October 9, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Were all of those workouts done before school/work? Or did you have some days off now this week? One issue I remember from marathon training is that as my mid-week runs got longer, like in the 6+ mile range, it got harder to fit those in before and around work. 30-45 minute workout is one thing, but some of those mid distance tempo runs etc can get longer for sure. Just curious! Looks Like on R you had run and strength- did those both fit in early a.m. slot back to back, or did you split those up, or swap out your reading time/blog time etc? Just always curious about juggling workouts and life.. 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 9, 2022 at 6:23 pm

      Alllll early except some of the strength on my non clinic days! My earliest run started at 5:15.

  • Reply Lani Inlander October 9, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you so much for the Thriftbooks idea! I just searched my favorite series from the eighties that I have never been able to find. And they have it! Did anyone else read Canby Hall?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 9, 2022 at 6:47 pm

      Omg yes, yes I did!!!

      • Reply Lani Inlander October 9, 2022 at 7:38 pm

        If it weren’t for my twin sister also having read the books, and just having found them on Thriftbooks thanks to you, I would have thought I’d made them up! I’ve never found anyone else who has read them! This is a very exciting moment for me :).

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 9, 2022 at 8:07 pm

          100% read those. Remember a plot abpjt a square dance or something? I think I inherited them from my older cousin.

  • Reply Lis October 9, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Wow! That was a core memory unlocked seeing that book.

    • Reply Katie October 15, 2022 at 9:27 am

      Me too!! I gasped out loud! Fun memory

  • Reply Sara October 9, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Oh wow, I loved those books too! I think a few of mine are still in a box at my parents’ house.

  • Reply KGC October 9, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    We do most of our weekly shopping at Costco (household of two adults and two boys, 3 and 6). As it turns out, we just…eat a lot 😬. Onions last a while, as do carrots. We go through a tub of spinach per week because the adults take salads for lunch nearly every day. Cheese doesn’t spoil fast (also we eat a lot of it…). Chips last. Spices that we use a lot (cumin, garlic, ginger) go fast enough that the big container is fine. We also buy a lot of their freezer staples and their meat (which we freeze). We definitely go through one rotisserie chicken a week and/or freeze the leftovers and I often make stock from the carcass. It’s doable, but we deliberately plan meals that involve Costco items and then generally use them quick enough! Fruit is the only thing we have to be more careful about to not buy too much and/or ensure that we eat it quickly. All this being said, we have a full size upright freezer (like, I could fit inside it) in our basement and without that…we could not do our weekly shopping at Costco :). My regular grocery runs tend to be things like fresh herbs, specialty items, and specific produce (pea pods, one butternut squash, etc). Just to give you a sense of how a not-huge family does it!

  • Reply Angie October 10, 2022 at 9:54 am

    I go to Costco about once a month when we need dog food and stock up on food. I’ve stopped going as often because we were wasting food, even with all the eating at home. I find it’s really good for chicken stock, pasta, and stuff. Those books were some of my favorites as a kid.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns October 10, 2022 at 11:39 am

    We do not go to Costco at all! We were gifted a membership from my Costco-obsessed MIL years ago and have yet to activate it… There isn’t one close to us and while there are things we like from Costco, it’s not worth the drive. We also don’t have a lot of storage in our kitchen pantry so kind of have to have a ‘just in time’ inventory approach! Plus we have a side-by-side fridge/freezer so our freezer has very limited storage. My MIL will buy things for us that she knows we like, though.

    You had an awesome week of workouts. Mine was pretty bad. I did workouts on Mon/Tues but nothing until Sunday as I was in the office Wed, flew to Chicago thur, couldn’t motivate myself to workout on Friday and had a full Saturday of kid/family stuff. But some weeks are just like that. I wish I was more motivated to work out before work, but that would require getting up around 4:50-5 and it’s so not appealing.

    • Reply Jen October 11, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Same on Costco – i am sure that we *might* save money or get more deals but at the same time I am very committed to meal planning and we don’t tend to buy a lot of extra so even if it is at the higher priced grocery store near us I feel like that is fine. Plus, I live in a big city and the thought of doing Costco on a Saturday seems like my worst nightmare. That said, I do like some Kirkland brand items and would be nice to pick them up on occasion.

  • Reply Lee October 10, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Omg, I loved those books in the late 80s! Blast from the past.

    • Reply Katie October 10, 2022 at 9:04 pm

      Me too!! Thanks for sharing, Sarah. Maybe I have some in a box somewhere for my daughter…

  • Reply gem October 10, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Interesting that the family meeting took place in the car. I have found that the best conversations can (and still do!) take place in the car. When my daughter was younger, her swim club was a 20 min drive away and I learned a lot on those drives!

  • Reply Jessica October 11, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    We can’t make Only Costco work – some items I just really don’t have room for in bulk (especially in the fridge) and some items go bad before we can finish them. Also, we have food allergies, so we need some allergy-friendly items that Costco doesn’t stock but our local grocery store does.

    Right now we are at roughly Monthly Costco. I keep a list of items we like+can use up+have room to store and use it to make my lists. The week we go to Costco, I will either plan a week of Costco-only meals (doable for a week but not a month!) or plan a grocery pick up/delivery for that weekend to fill in the smaller or specialty items we need without making 2 shopping trips.

  • Reply Stephany October 15, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    The Gymnasts! OMG. Seeing that book just exploded my brain. I loved that series when I was a kid and wanted to be a gymnast soooo badly.

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