It was an email emergency!

February 14, 2024

Okay, not really. But it was starting to feel like one! 730 emails sat in my primary (non-work, gmail) inbox at 12:45 pm (I know the exact time, because I texted Kae to whine about it) and now there are 0 (as of 3:48 pm)!!

I feel good. My triage must have been decent because I didn’t find anything emergent in there — my general rule of thumb is that I will let a “task embedded in an email” fester in my email inbox only if it’s non-urgent, knowing that I only process the inbox to zero every 7-14 days. This time I cut it pretty close to (if not just over) that 14 day mark so things were getting a little dicey, but it was okay.

In other news, it’s Valentine’s Day! We don’t do all that much for V-day, though I have fond memories of drinking lots of champagne and eating brie and strawberries for dinner with Josh pre-kids.

(Times have definitely changed, though that still sounds delicious.)

Today we celebrated with our annual V-day treasure hunt (for the kids), which was great. I put the clues out before I went running the morning and we did the hunt at 6:45 AM before school. It worked out and every kid had a piece of chocolate with breakfast so they were happy.

ANNNNND Josh did buy us all flowers! AND the aforementioned chocolate. My parents sent me some too. And I think that will be the extent of our V-day festivities though I did enjoy the themed episode (it was a re-air, but really good!) on 10% Happier this morning: this one.

In other news, I am tapering. This wasn’t all that noticeable until today. I’m seriously SO USED to running ~8+ miles/day most days that I finished today’s run and was like – really?! I have to stop?! The weather was perfect and I did a “half marathon effort” segment that felt great at 7:28/mi and I just wanted to keep going so badly. I am realizing I am going to need to be very careful to avoid going out too fast and blowing up on Sunday because even though I *felt* like I was going a pace that was sustainable I’m not sure that’s actually reality (and I don’t want to find out the hard way!).

The race weather forecast is improving slightly and you can bet I am checking on that at least daily 🙂 I will be racing the same day as Hungry Runner Girl (she is running a marathon in Spain and is MUUUUCH faster than me and very fun to follow). AND, if you’re a non-social-media person who wants another mid-40s runner to follow, I just discovered Elizabeth Clor – it appears she shares way more on IG, but she has an old-school blog too. Gives me hope I can enjoy at least the next couple years of running (she is 45 and running so so well!).

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.

(Another fun fact? In high school, we had this thing called “Singing Valentines” where you could order someone to deliver a song in the middle of class. As a singer (in a group of 4), I was largely on the service end of this tradition, and was excused from class alllllll day to run around singing to fulfill these orders. There was PLENTY of drama, kind of like the Mean Girls candy cane episode — who got one, who didn’t get one, prank Valentines, etc etc etc. Sometime I wonder why it seems like certain traditions are in place to make adolescence even more dramatic and torturous?! That said – it was fun to sing all around the school and not go to class on a random February day!!)


  • Reply Stacy February 14, 2024 at 7:14 pm

    So funny! I was just talking to my kids about singing Valentines and how my friends and I all conspired to send each other singing valentines during one class to eat up the entire class period. I didn’t think about how the chorus members missed the whole day! This was such a completely random tradition!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 14, 2024 at 8:37 pm

      Hahaha yes it was! And I’m pretty sure we did miss the whole day or at least most of it. I seem to recall dragging things out as long as possible …

  • Reply Jami H February 14, 2024 at 7:18 pm

    I completely forgot about doing singing Valentines in HS until reading this! We did them to raise money for our Spring Musical and we got to go all over town!

  • Reply Coco February 14, 2024 at 10:11 pm

    So nice to get flowers and chocolates! Yesterday i went to get groceries with husband and we passed by a stand with flower and chocolate. We could have gotten it but felt like a waste as flowers last 24-48 here in tropical country and I am particular with chocolates so didn’t want to waste $$ to get mediocre chocolate. We got some quiet time at home as it was election day, no school no work, good enough Valentines’ “celebration” for me.

    Love learning about 40+ woman running faster!!! Please share with runner bloggers that are not elite/pro who needs to balance family and work while still pursuing running goals.

  • Reply Kersti February 14, 2024 at 10:58 pm

    We didn’t having singing Valentines but you could order a rose to send to someone. Do they still do such things?? Seems like a good way to create drama and make kids who didn’t get one feel bad…

  • Reply jennystancampiano February 15, 2024 at 8:49 am

    Yes, we had singing Valentines at our school too! That was a fun tradition- no one seems to do it anymore.
    I too have been stalking the weather. It looks like we could both get rain this weekend- that’s fine. I’ll take 60s and rain. Good luck with your race! Funny there’s a bunch of us racing this weekend- you wouldn’t think February 17-18 would be so popular.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 15, 2024 at 9:13 am

      I’m seeing 70s temps and high humidity for us again 🙁 hoping it dips back down!!!! Will be so excited to follow along w your race report after Saturday!!!!

  • Reply San February 28, 2024 at 7:18 pm

    Ha, the Internet is a funny place. I am surprised you just discovered Elisabeth Clor’s IG/blog. I would have bet that you knew about her.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 29, 2024 at 4:20 pm

      I don’t do IG (and never got into running IG). I only discovered her through reddit (which i also hate!!! but look at sometimes when I am in a mood!)

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