Less hectic day

February 9, 2023

Today is decidedly less crazy than Tuesday was. And yesterday, for that matter. I wish I could take a week off to recover after call! (And actually . . . was thinking that as a 60% employee, I probably could argue for a least a skipped clinic day the week post call to make up for the 5 consecutive weekdays worked. Might try to ask for that next year . . . I would come armed with math and spreadsheets if I did make that ask!).

I have a BLPA#1 session that I’m excited about plus a couple of 1:1 meetings and that’s about it! I probably should use some time to get ahead on podcast recordings* but honestly – I think I just need a slow day.

* Behind the scenes note: for both BLP and BOBW, we have to get tracks to our sound team (shout out to Sound Advice Strategies, they are awesome!) about a week before the episodes air. It seems Tuesday doesn’t cut it toooooo close for BLP but I know they’d prefer more of a cushion! I’d love to get one week ahead and stay there. Working on it. But maybe not today . . . it’s been a long couple of weeks!

You know what sounds more fun (and kind of relaxing)? Working on my 2023 reading list! I’m 7 books in at this juncture so I need to get that up – as much for me as for you all, since I love having 2020 / 2021 / 2022 online and easy to look back on.

Speaking of BLPA, signups are now open to those outside the official waitlist – see details here! (I promise I won’t keep talking about this course, it’s just taken up a lot of my brain space and creative energy lately and I’m really excited about it.)

Running note: I ran 6 miles at half marathon pace today. It was supposed to be flanked by a 2 mile warmup and cooldown but I accidentally went out WAAAAAAY too fast (like at half marathon pace already) in my first mile and so I just ran the 6 in a row and then did a ~3 mi cooldown. I was able to sustain the pace (averaged 9:05/mi) but at the end of mile 6 I was definitely not like, ready to run 7 more miles. AT ALL. So let’s hope that the taper, more strategic hydration, and some extra fueling makes the difference! I have my (totally unnecessary and frivolous but exciting) coaching intake meeting today which is funny timing, but I was just excited to get started and this way they can treat this race as a baseline/place to start from, however it turns out.

ALSO: Annabel got her hair cut and all the sudden her curls are so much more defined! She loves it and I compliment her like 10x/day because I love it.

this shot does not do it justice but I didn’t want to post a full face pic without her approval


  • Reply Chelsea February 9, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    You will feel better on race day. All the stuff you mentioned above helps a ton. I’m curious about who you picked/were assigned as a coach. Did you decide to go with McKirdy Trained?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 9, 2023 at 12:53 pm

      I ended up going with a company called Microcosm. And I am planning on one of Meaghann’s courses!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns February 9, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    So exciting to have your intake meeting with your running coach! I bet that working with a coach will make a big difference. I ran with a coached running club for years pre-kids and that is how I got my PRs! And that was with only running 3 days/week (with other workouts 2 days/week). My goals were not so aggressive that they required higher mileage, though. My 1/2 PR is 1:52 and my full PR is 4:02. It was nice to have someone else plan everything out for us. Some people enjoy that sort of thing, but I didn’t and preferred to be told what to do! I hope you love your coach!

  • Reply Coco February 9, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    Are you I’m using runnersconnect coach? So exciting! Proper fueling, tapering makes all the difference. Oh… warm up does work. My first mile had always been much slower than the later ones. Once I warm up I can go much faster for longer.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 9, 2023 at 2:50 pm

      I’m going with a different company (at least I think, if the meeting goes ok!) called Microcosm!

      And agree first mile is usually my slowest! I don’t know what happened! I guess I was excited to be in the fast shoes.

  • Reply Louise February 10, 2023 at 4:07 am you totally worked 2 days for free last week if you worked 5 days and got paid for 3 so you should definitely be getting those back in lieu or getting paid a full-time wage for your call weeks. Don’t wait until next year, get on this now otherwise it will become an accepted norm.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 10, 2023 at 1:12 pm

      It’s a little more nuanced b/c I have slightly proportionally more admin time than I should and I was using that to justify no ‘makeups’ for the call weeks. But I don’t think it quite adds up. I just need to open up a spreadsheet + do the math!

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