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January 28, 2024

Higher Mileage Week

This week I hit 59 miles, in part because I moved Monday’s run to Sunday (dropping A at school at 6 AM for her field trip Monday = no run time! And Josh is doing the same thing with C on Weds!). My mileage next week will likely be a bit lower. (3 weeks until A1A half marathon – let’s hope it’s not as hot as MIA was today . . .)

M: Group run, 8 mi @ 9:06/mi (well, 7 were at 9:06, and then 1 was at 8:51 bc I thought I was done before I actually was . . . but close enough).

T: Interval workout! 8:43/mi for 8.58 mi overall. 2 minute intervals at 6:58-7:33/mi (that fast one was too fast) + 30 second intervals at 6:02-6:30/mi (not sure how accurate that data is though)

W: Total watch fail, part was recorded but I forgot to hit start while it was paused for 32 min . . . something like ~10:00/mi for 7.7 mi total. I’ll never know for sure!

R: 9 mi with strides, 9:11/mi. Ran into a running friend unexpectedly! 20 min lower body strength (Ben Alldis) + 10 min barre (Hannah Corbin)

F: 8 mi @ 9:31/mi just kept it relaxed, a little cooler.

S: 14 mi with 2 x 3 mi @ moderate-to-hard tempo pace. 8:51/mi average, tempo miles between 7:41 – 8:02/mi. Was super thrilled with my tempo pace as I wasn’t sure what the splits would look like at that effort. 71-74F and fairly humid, so not the worst weather but not the best.

S: 20 min full body (Robin Arzon); 4.08 mi @ 9:07/mi outside (HOT, glad I didn’t have far to go!)

TOTAL: 59.3 mi / strength x 2 day (30 min + 20 min)


The above is how I am tracking pages!


The Emotional Lives of Teenagers by Lisa Damour (read pages 64-184, the end). This really was a helpful book. Josh is going to read it next. It provided some good strategies and also normalized a lot of things (in a good way). Teenagers contain multitudes!

The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake (read pages 153-292, the end). Really enjoyed this though definitely on the serious/sad end of the spectrum. Beautifully written.


Nothing yet actually! JUST finished those two. But I have Wellness by Nathan Hill on the docket for tonight.


  • Reply Elisabeth January 28, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    I really liked The Emotional Lives of Teenagers, too. A few spots were a bit “slow” (but maybe just not relevant yet since we’re still in the tween phase) but I would definitely read it again in a few years. Some really great points and a few of the key tenets actually have changed my parenting approach quite dramatically.

    I’m currently reading How To Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk. If you’ve read other books by Faber it’s very similar, but I highly recommend. These are just unique parenting books – love the comics and the chapter-ending summaries. And I do feel like the content is slightly tweaked for the teen stage.

  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns January 28, 2024 at 4:22 pm

    Wow, a 6am drop off for a field trip! That sounds kind of intense!! I bet G will be exhausted at the end of the day!

    I’m reading ‘Adelaide’ which is about a 20-something living in London. A lot of it is about her dating life which is tumultuous and something I can totally relate to unfortunately. Gah I would not want to relive my 20s.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 28, 2024 at 4:40 pm

      I probably messed up but it’s Annabel with a 5 day field trip and 6 am drop off and Cameron with a 3 day trip and drop off at 545 am weds!

      • Reply Lisa’s Yarns January 28, 2024 at 5:34 pm

        No I somehow read G instead of A! Still a very early drop off, though! Yawn!

  • Reply jennystancampiano January 28, 2024 at 7:14 pm

    You ran a lot of miles this week! Especially impressive because it was hot again (sigh.) Next week looks nice though. i hope it’s not hot for the A1A- it could go either way. That’s the same weekend as my race, so we’ll both be keeping our fingers crossed.

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