Fitness Reading

Quantifying some hobbies in 2022

December 31, 2022


Today’s 14 miles – check! Last run of the year, and it’s over. Felt good overall. This will (assuming tomorrow goes as planned) be my first 40 mile week in a long time.

910 miles in the books for 2022, which sounds high but isn’t really compared to many (including myself – I had at least 2 >2000 mi years back in the day). Most of the miles were concentrated in the second half of the year:

Apple Watch did not have an easy way to see this data so I had to put the numbers from Workout App into Excel . . .
Time spent working out (this counts walks too!)

VO2 max as measured by watch:

running + VO2 max = definitely correlated in my case


Books read: 47 (2020 –> 50; 2021 –> 48. I am pretty consistent . . .). 2022 books page is here if you’d like links to each title + the full list!



A Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers (Monk & Robot 1) // A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers (Monk & Robot #2) 

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai 

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St John Mandel  

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand 

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt 

The Book of Form and Emptiness by Ruth Ozeki 

The Swimmers by Julia Otsuka (finished yesterday – warning, do not read if you do not want to sob hysterically)


Tranquility by Tuesday by Laura Vanderkam 

You Are Not a Shitty Parent by Carla Naumberg 

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy (Amazon / Bookshop)

Work Parent Thrive by Yael Schonbrun 


Ted Lasso (S1 + S2)

Various cult documentaries (The Vow), LulaRich, plus Inventing Anna

Sex Lives of College Girls (S1)

White Lotus (S1 + 2)

Handmaid’s Tale (S1 + half of 2)

The Good Place (few episodes but I want to watch more!)


Basically just a lot of Taylor Swift, All Songs Considered, and the Top Hits playlist on Apple Music. Not a bad triad!

On to 2023! I predict more running, slightly more reading, and hopefully another season of White Lotus!!


  • Reply Chelsea December 31, 2022 at 11:43 am

    My coach Sydney ran 4000 miles this year. It boggles the mind. I ended up with around 1600, which feels like a lot to me!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 31, 2022 at 3:47 pm

      Omg that is amazing. Not aspiring to 4000 but I wouldn’t rule out 1500-2000 in the future if my body can handle it without injury (big if!!). Congrats on a banner running year!!!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns December 31, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    What a great year! Your running mileage is impressive. I remember my days of running around 1000-1200 miles. I wonder if I will even get back to that mileage. I haven’t been adding mine up since I get kind of depressed about the totals. 2022 is ending pretty terribly in terms of workouts but my RA has been awful so I have been giving myself a break. And it’s not great running season here. I did run twice this week, though, now that it’s so ‘warm’ out (30F!!). I’m going to do a snowshoe 10k ‘race’ in February when a friend visits but that’s it for race plans so far. I am sure I will find some 10ks, though, which is my favorite distance for this stage of life. My running partner is doing a 1/2 in May but I told her I just can’t do that distance right now. She totally understood, though. But I will train with her except for the super long training runs so my mileage will increase. But I am excited to see how your half goes!! And hopefully my path back to running will look somewhat like yours when our youngest is 5!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 31, 2022 at 3:46 pm

      I’m so sorry you have been flaring 🙁 I think it’s amazing you have been able to continue running as much as you have been. Hoping for a healthy 2023 for you ❤️

  • Reply Omdg December 31, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Yay on VO2 max improving! Mine is stuck at 36.3 since coming back from vacation, which is super annoying! Plan to continue trying to exercise regularly this coming year and hope it starts to go up again.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 31, 2022 at 3:45 pm

      It will get back I am sure. The funny thing I am sure I looked more “fit” when I was mostly strength training bc my body fat % was likely lower. I guess there are all different kinds of fitness. And it appears in my experience this far that all are hard to maintain with age!

  • Reply Ange January 1, 2023 at 8:13 am

    How about listening to Podcasts? Any top choices!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 1, 2023 at 3:15 pm

      ooh good point – so many though!!!!!

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