Fitness Travel

Last Weekly Workout Report of 2023

December 31, 2023

Also, a few vacation pix!

M: 40 min cycling at 5 pm. It was a reminder of why I work out in the early morning. I CAN do it at other times but I really don’t like it!

T: 7 mi @ 9:00/mi. 4 x 20 second strides at end. Felt almost like summer (well, more like spring) at 70F and 94% humidity. Thankfully the temps really started dropping after this! 30 min bodyweight strength (Andy)

W: Group run in my neighborhood, 6 mi @ 8:58/mi + 20 min full body strength (Callie)

R: OFF – had planned to run but the day kind of got away from us so I decided to swap my planned rest day from Saturday to Thursday

F: Amelia Island Run #1: 7.6 mi @ 9:17/mi, included 4 x 20 sec strides at end.

S: Amelia Island Run #2: 7.2 mi @ 8:53/mi. Felt so nice. It was ~40 degrees.

S: Amelia Island Run #3 — 6 mi @ 8:40/mi with Josh (I was motivated not to slow him down, ha)

Total mileage: 33 mi

Strength x 2 (50 min)

Ride x 1 (40 min)


RUN: 2162 miles = 41.6 miles/week on average (or ~5.9 mi/day). TIME: 351 hours and 51 minutes, which averages just under 58 minutes/day. This does not count strength or cross-training.

(By the way, I don’t track this manually, I use Strava. You can follow me if you are on it!)

I believe the last time I had yearly mileage in this range was 2005 or 2006. Then came residency, injuries, infertility, and young kids. But I guess things have come full circle.

TAKEAWAY: I spend a lot of time exercising.

TAKEAWAY #2: This time is worth it, because I love it. I really do. Running has brought me so much joy this year. It truly helps my mood. It feels great to see gradual improvement; I know this won’t last forever but I think I probably have at least 1-2 more years of seeing progress. It’s fun (indulgent, but really fun) to have a coach and follow a personalized plan. It has a social aspect I never saw coming! It is such great quiet podcast listening time. Speed workouts are exciting and challenging and make me feel alive.

The only parts I don’t like are:

  • Worrying about injury (this is a reason to strength train!)
  • Summer runs when I can see distant lightning (kind of a phobia for me so perhaps it’s good for me but still, HATE)

Running in the FL summer heat and humidity is hard and I don’t love it (my running group and I certainly complain enough!) but since it’s where I live (and will be living for the foreseeable future!) it’s just part of the deal and I think I’m learning that you just have to adjust paces and lower expectations during those months. And accept COPIOUS amounts of sweat. Bonus: it makes the cool winter runs (or any travel runs that aren’t so humid) feel like such treats.


It has been a really nice few days. We all saw Wonka, the girls and I got our nails done, and Josh and I got massages yesterday (!) which was great. We did have one rather bad evening (Friday night) where the kids were acting crazy and we had to go to 3 places to find a restaurant that wasn’t too crowded (everyone was in town for the a football game . . . who knew?) but yesterday was slow and relaxed and just what we needed.

I even finished setting up my 2024 Hobonichi – just in time!!

playing games on hotel grounds (we were at the Omni Villas – we had rented through Airbnb but still were able to use the outdoor facilities)
she loooooved getting her nails done
one gel mani (A) and one regular mani (me). Nothing like a tween’s hand to make your hand look old and gnarled. LOL.
perennial favorite: Amelia Tavern
no trip to AI is complete without Island Time Ice Cream (we have so many variations of this pic)

Okay off to get in that run mentioned above! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!


  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns December 31, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Wow that is impressive that you averaged about an hour of running per day!! Kind of mind boggling on top of all your work commitments!

    Kae tried to talk me into joining Strava but I am holding off as I fear it will just be another source of comparison and I won’t come away feeling good about my workouts versus others… but it is cool to see all those totals so maybe someday I will join when I have more pride in the amount of workouts I am fitting it. Accepting where I am at with workouts is something I am working on.

    Your Amelia island pics are awesome!!

  • Reply Lori C December 31, 2023 at 9:06 am

    What a lovely way to celebrate the end of the year! I forget, is this an annual trip? I know you go there somewhat often I can’t remember if it is every winter break…

    Love the Josh/Cameron pic! Kids are getting so big.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 31, 2023 at 9:45 am

      This is our fourth family trip (2019, 2021, 2022, 2023). But usually we go in summer!!!

  • Reply Grateful Kae December 31, 2023 at 11:51 am

    I am excited to be on Strava because I love how it tracks all the time spent on various workouts. By this time next year, if I keep using it, I can pull up this data too! Although I guess on second thought, Apple Fitness probably has some of these same capabilities but I haven’t checked. I have not historically recorded manual workouts though on days my Apple Watch is dead or something though. So I don’t think whatever I have recorded there is 100% accurate.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 31, 2023 at 12:05 pm

      I find it harder to see totals in Apple! But yes it’s there too 🙂
      I started using Strava 1/1/23 after a long hiatus!

  • Reply Coree December 31, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    I love my strava yearly report, I met my walking goal and was 105 miles over my cycling goal, so I was quite chuffed. I realised the exercise really keeps me sane and it’s always a good investment of time.

    My moms’ group jokes that I should put together an album that is just T eating ice cream, because the kid loves his ice cream.

    We just got home from Portugal and I know it’s just a date, but I like being home and settled on the first (and it’s particularly satisfying when the 1st is a Monday). Not back to work til the 4th, so I have a list of things to get cracking with, and some fun plans (including binge reading a book T and I have been reading all holiday, and we’ve got 7 more chapters).

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 31, 2023 at 2:53 pm

      Love that you are excited about finishing a book together!!

  • Reply coco December 31, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    I fully agree how much positive mood lifting power of running. there’s almost no day that I feel worse after my run. I’m always ready to tackle the day, no matter what it waits for me, after the run. I love Drew!!! He’s adding volumes to me too, let’s see how much I can handle.
    I hope I can continue to run until 70s! even if it’s slow job. being outside, on movement, is the best way to start the day.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 31, 2023 at 5:25 pm

      I think you will be impressed with the improvement higher mileage brings!! I can’t wait to get up to the 50s-60s again!

  • Reply Diana January 1, 2024 at 11:24 am

    I would highly recommend dashing divas for your nails! A friend gave them to me for my birthday and they are 1) so fast and easy to put on 2) last at least 2 weeks – and I’m hard on my nails! And 3) are under $10. I like the solid gloss stickers but the solid glaze ones seem cute too!

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