Fitness Reading

Weekly Workouts + Reading

February 4, 2024

No post yesterday – my first non-blogging day in 2024! Honestly though I really needed a day of doing as little as possible, aside from my run. I did go to C’s soccer game (brutal loss, ahh well) but otherwise assigned myself nothing and accomplished nothing. I did enjoy watching the Olympic Marathon Trials!!! So inspiring! Anyway, doing so little was great and I feel rested today.

Workouts: Wonderful Weather Week

(like my alliteration?)

M: Rest day! (I had to drop A off at her field trip at 6 AM so I swapped Sunday’s usual rest day with Monday). It was gorgeous weather so I did take a ~30 min walk at work during lunchtime.

T: Interval workout: 12 mi total with 2 mi x 4 @ “HMP – 5-10 seconds” with 3 min recovery jogs between each. 2 mi warmup @ 9:11/mi, then 2 mi at 7:39, 2 mi at 7:48, 2 mi @ 7:42, 2 mi @ 7:43. 1.4 mi cooldown @ 8:58. Again perfect weather. This workout really boosted my confidence. I didn’t know I could sustain those paces and felt far better than I thought I would running that fast. I’m sure the ideal weather played a big role!

W: Treadmill (Josh was dropping C off at his trip!) for 5 mi (9:28/mi) then 3 more outside at 9:40/mi.

R: Ran midday and it wasn’t hot – this is SUCH A RARITY HERE. 8.5 mi @ 9:03/mi. Finally did some strength – 20 min glutes/legs with Adrian Williams/Peloton + 10 min barre Ally Love/Peloton

F: Relaxed square run, 9:28/mi for 7.5 mi

S: 15 mi with 8 at HMP (divided into 4 mi x 2 with 1 recovery mile between). My coach never gives me time parameters but did for this one, saying to aim for around 7:50/mi. I started too fast but felt really good, low-mid 50s temps felt amazing.

S: Will be total body strength + barre/yoga.

Total 51 mi / strength x 2 (let’s hope)

My half marathon is 2 weeks away and I am definitely ready and excited. My lifetime PR (set in 2007) is 1:46:55, which is 8:10/mi (thanks athlinks!) and I think I might be able to beat it. The idea of targeting any pace with a “7” in front is mind-blowing to me but I think I could do it as long as the weather is decent. I feel like my cardiovascular system is finally adapting a little bit after many months of training (but also – the weather is likely a big factor. I just don’t get to run in conditions like these all that often!!!).

Weekly Reading

It was a “starting new books” kind of a week!

Peak Mind by Amish Jha, pages 1 – 120.

Wellness by Nathan Hill, pages 8 – 245. OMG I love this. It’s long but so far, I find it so insightful and bitter (but not in a bad way) and interesting and satirical and funny.


  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns February 4, 2024 at 8:38 am

    I can’t wait to see how your half goes! Running in ideal weather conditions makes such a huge difference. I hope you have great weather on race day!

    I am tempted to read Wellness. The length has prevented me from reading it as I have to be in the right mindset for a long book. I started a light book called ‘you, again’ which is a retelling of When Harry Met Sally. I needed something lighter and it’s fitting the bill.

    And guess what – we finally went on a date last night! Woo hoo. The kids did great with the babysitter. I thought the 3yo would have a hard time but he was totally unfazed. The 6yo started crying when she got there but rallied quickly.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 4, 2024 at 12:41 pm

      So happy you finally got your date night !!! Third time was a charm!

  • Reply jennystancampiano February 4, 2024 at 3:18 pm

    Ooh, I’m excited for your race. I agree, it could all come down to weather. It could be 50 or it could be 80. I did that half one year and it was HOT- I felt so, so sorry for the marathoners. But we are having a cooler winter this year, so fingers crossed.
    I think i love watching the marathon trials more than I even like watching the olympics. It’s so exciting! Our team looks great- but I can tell I’m getting old because they all look SO YOUNG.

  • Reply coco February 4, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    You’re soooo fast!!! were you this fast before you had kids? what’s your average cadence for easy runs?
    I’m 100% sure you’ll PR if weather condition remains favorable

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 4, 2024 at 5:14 pm

      I think about the same but back then there were no alphaflys haha. And I had no idea about nutrition, I ran a marathon w 2 gels…
      Cadence is high for me. 180-190. For faster efforts over 200.
      Also it’s all relative – compared to some
      I run fast but also compared to many I am not fast at all!

  • Reply Jo February 4, 2024 at 5:40 pm

    Excited for your race!

    I live in Houston and while I don’t run, I enjoy biking outdoors and the window between too hot/rain/too cool is narrow.

  • Reply Chelsea February 4, 2024 at 6:29 pm

    One thing I can say for sure after yesterday: even the best runners in the country struggle with the heat. I think I expected them to be too tough and fit for it to matter, but nope. Sunny and 75 is beautiful for lounging around but tough for running a marathon!

    I hope the weather cooperates for you at your upcoming half so you finally have a chance to really test out your fitness!

  • Reply Erin February 4, 2024 at 8:37 pm

    PR seems (very!) likely if you get a good day, hope you do! My PR was 1:48 forever before dipping down to 1:41 and eventually lower once I consistently incorporated speed work. You got this, good luck!

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