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5 on a Friday: Life Tidbits

April 12, 2024

1- THE CAMP SPREADSHEET IS COMPLETE! Whew, I think this is the latest I’ve ever finished with this. I anticipate things getting even more complicated next year as A will age out of more things. A has 6 weeks of camp, C has 7, and G has 8 (some of it is a “pre first grade” program at her school). A/C are both doing the “M-F” overnight thing again for a few weeks. I added up the cost of the entire summer and while it wasn’t a deal, it was far less than what we paid to send JUST A/C to 4 weeks of overnight camp 2 years ago. And they will be exploring all kinds of specialty interests (lacrosse, dance, basketball, gymnastics, music, etc). So I am going to call it a win.

2- Really enjoyed this conversation between Dr. Becky + Emily Oster: Good Inside: Emily Oster and the Bad Therapy Conversation. I haven’t read the book referenced so I don’t have an opinion on that specifically, but there were a lot of good takeaways in the discussion about fostering independence and the value of having kids . . . .struggle a little sometimes. They talked about ‘preparing your kid for the road, not the road for your kid.’ Lot of things to think about there.

3- Hives. A kid was sent home twice in the last couple of weeks with hives. But the problem is I don’t know what they are hives FROM! I showed them to my allergy colleague (I am very lucky in that we share a floor of the office!) who just said “yep, definitely hives” but the source remains a mystery. I am gong to fill out a form to allow allergy medicine to be given at school if needed but . . . rather mysterious. Helpfully I will either figure it out, or they will stop as mysteriously as they started.

4- Indulgent question: would you want a massage the same day as running a marathon? Trying to decide if I should try to book for Josh/me after Bayshore. We’re flying home the day after the race, so that won’t be an option. (Jenny I feel like you might have professional insight here!!)

5- A little anticipation: I am sooooo looking forward to this weekend!!! No one is on call and we have so many lovely elements planned. The weather even seems to be cooperating – low of 59 Saturday morning which is timed perfectly for my long run with marathon pace miles. I’ll be trying out my AlphaFly 3s and am super excited.

Apparently it’s supposed to be a rough summer (with extra hurricane action, gahhhh) but I have to say South FL had a nice winter/spring this year.


  • Reply Megan April 12, 2024 at 5:24 am

    Very interested in how you find the alphaflys. They are wayyyyy too unstable for me 🙁

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 12, 2024 at 5:28 am

      The 3 are? Oh no! I’ve used the originals for a while and really like them. Will find out on Saturday!

  • Reply istudymemory April 12, 2024 at 5:31 am

    My massage person, who works on lots of runners, does not recommend day after massage. I don’t remember why but happy to ask! It might be okay if super light, which is not why I pay her. My PT recommended an easy easy workout the day after then rest.

  • Reply Byrd April 12, 2024 at 6:16 am

    I am always amazed at how EARLY you and LV get your camp spreadsheet done!! I am still waiting on 2 camps to ooen registration. And I have several holes in my plan too. Curious, is your spreadsheet solid weeks of camp all summer for childcare?

  • Reply Coco April 12, 2024 at 6:26 am

    Massage same day of the marathon is not advisable based on my search as muscles are too tender. Walking a lot helped.

  • Reply Chelsea April 12, 2024 at 7:18 am

    I agree with the others. I’d wait a couple days for the acute soreness to go down. Even though it’s the LAST thing I want to do, I do think that walking afterwards helps with soreness. I definitely felt less sore after Chicago and Boston where you have to walk forever after the finish line than smaller marathons where I sat down more or less immediately after I finished.

  • Reply Coree April 12, 2024 at 7:50 am

    I am Dr Becky neutral/sceptical but I really enjoyed that conversation. My son is the same age as G so we’re not in those full on emotional stages yet, but I see young adults in the university classroom with no functional life skills and find it really worrying. I think they are suffering from a widespread generational mental health issue, but also, they lack coping skills to ask for help or even just try things on their own. It makes me think how I encourage independence at this age – right now that takes the form of having him order for himself, take his books into the library to return, etc.

  • Reply MP April 12, 2024 at 9:09 am

    OMG hives are the worst…we once brought one of our kids to the pediatrician with them (she was completely covered-1st kiddo) only to have them totally resolve 30 min later by the time we were called into the office! One tip-maybe don’t have kids swim in tight swimsuit while they have them…areas covered by swimsuits are terrifying afterwards:).

  • Reply Laura April 12, 2024 at 9:23 am

    We had a weird case of hives last summer on a trip to Door County, WI. Our daughter had eaten fish for lunch, and then we swam in a lake. A few hours later she was covered in hives. We assumed it was some sort of lake rash, so when she asked for more fish for dinner we obliged. The hives came back immediately. Whoops! Turns out she has a white fish allergy (though is not affected by salmon thankfully). We felt like it was so obvious in retrospect but since the hives weren’t itchy and she’d never had them before we were at a loss! Lesson learned, I guess!

  • Reply Lily April 12, 2024 at 9:38 am

    I’m peds allergy trained. Most common reason for hives in kids is post viral, and after that idiopathic. Of course sometimes related to food allergy or pollen allergy (then kid rolls in grass covered with said pollen). I’d recommend Zyrtec when it happens, can do up to 4x the typical dose (check up to date) spread out BID. Can also do some prophylactic Zyrtec if it’s happening a lot. Should run its course eventually!

  • Reply Amy April 12, 2024 at 11:39 am

    Do you ever cold plunge after running? My one and only marathon involved a long walk to parking at the end and then a cold plunge (in the Pacific Ocean) per coach’s recommendation, and I had minimal/no soreness afterward!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 12, 2024 at 1:41 pm

      I have never tried but I have heard of people jumping in the lake after Bayshore …

    • Reply Lori C April 12, 2024 at 8:11 pm

      Yes to this! Feels sooooooo good.

  • Reply Jessica April 12, 2024 at 5:47 pm

    Hives are the worst! One of my kids has had to get steroids for them twice and no idea where they came from. He says he has never been as miserable as when he had hives.

  • Reply jennystancampiano April 13, 2024 at 8:14 am

    Ooh, I’m imagining you on your long run right now- the weather is PERFECT.
    For the massage the same day as the marathon- if someone came to me after running a marathon, I would do a relaxing, light-medium massage with long strokes, to get the blood circulating and reduce some of the inflammation. I think it would feel good, but if you like a deeper tissue massage, I would wait a couple days.
    Enjoy your weekend!!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 13, 2024 at 11:04 am

      So helpful about massage! Run was perfect. That weather was just *chef’s kiss*!!!!!

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