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Saturday Happenings

February 11, 2023

LONG RUN – check. I went to bed at ~9:45 last night (Josh operated late, so I figured I might as well just sleep!) and got up at 5:30 feeling decent. I ran from 6:40 – 8:20. When the kids were little, a parent running during this window would be such a huge burden on the other parent! Now . . . much less so. (Josh ran when I got back which meant he ran in the ~80ish heat but don’t worry, he was still approx 3 min/mi faster than I was. Lol.)

This was my last LR before next weekend’s half! I would say it went well. I felt relaxed. Would I like my ‘relaxed’ pace to be a bit faster? YES, yes I would. But I do feel I made progress during this training cycle. I am not sure I will hit sub-2 next weekend but I have a shot. And that will be my starting point for my next training block!

CAMP PLANNING – it’s time to start setting things in stone on our camp spreadsheet! The big kids are both doing 3 weeks of quasi-overnight camp (camp about 45 min away that is overnight but M-F, with weekends at home) – they chose this in lieu of the more traditional sleepaway option they experienced last year and we will see how it goes. We also have a good amount of travel – June trip to Chicago for a big family birthday, and our longer cruise/PNW trip in August. Because of this, there are really only 6 weeks of camp to schedule, 3 for the big kids.

I think G will do a mix of dance camp, gymnastics camp, and (the easy option) camp at her school. A may also want to do gymnastics camp (but not dance) and C would probably enjoy soccer camp or the school’s regular camp. Those are the pieces I need to fill in . . . at least the gymnastics studio + dance studio are super close together (and less than 10 min from our house)! Promixity helps . . .

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES – I mentioned kids’ activities yesterday and it dawned on me we’re about to be in a bit of an activity lull! Soccer season is almost over (whew), track ends today (and Cameron barely got to compete because it conflicted with soccer, but it was still good practice/activity for him), and Annabel had her play (and didn’t want to do drama this spring because she wasn’t excited about SpongeBob: The Musical).

So omg – all we have left is A’s gymnastics (3x/week) and G’s dance (1x/week) and G/C’s Saturday gymnastics. Plus G&C are doing music lessons but they are at school and very casual (ie, no one is practicing). This schedule will not last whatsoever (in part because Cameron REALLY thrives from doing sports consistently) but I will enjoy a couple of weeks of less stuff.

OHHHH! Some positive dance related news – they CHANGED G’S SHOWCASE COSTUME. It went from this . . .

just why

to this:


Not sure why the change but . . .just going to be grateful.

MUSIC REC: Paramore, This is Why

Came highly recommended on NPR All Songs Considered — great on a run!


  • Reply Grateful Kae February 11, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    I totally think you’ll go sub 2. Can we place bets? I’ll say… 1:52.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 11, 2023 at 2:40 pm

      Lol literally zero chance of that but thank you!

      • Reply Grateful Kae February 11, 2023 at 3:25 pm

        I want a prize when you prove me right. 😉

  • Reply Chelsea February 11, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    I’ll bet on 1:58 🙂

    Also, G’s sweet new costume gives me serious tutu envy 😉

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 11, 2023 at 4:03 pm

      That is a more plausible but still optimistic estimate. I will hopefully get closer to Kae’s estimate in my next half!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns February 12, 2023 at 8:55 am

    I also think you will surprise yourself and go sub-2 as long as the weather isn’t awful. I’ll guess 1:57! But even if you don’t go sub-2, you have made a lot of progress during this training cycle so don’t overlook that!! But if the weather is hot which it always seems to be, you might need a destination half. Come to Minnesota in the spring. Literally ZERO chance of a hot race. Ha. 😉

  • Reply Coree February 12, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    No one seems to release camp details until much later here in the UK, so I’m kind of pencilling things on last year’s schedule. But our schedules are more flexible in the summer, and T can always go to a pals. Swim/activity camp in Lisbon for two weeks, then a sealife camp, a holiday, and then grandma and papa camp.

    Right now on activities, we have judo during the week, ukulele on Saturday and swim on Sunday. All of them are term time only though, so we get a break during the school holidays. The double weekend activities are a pain, but he’s loving the music classes so I feel bad stopping them when he’s enthusiastic/willingly practicing.

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