DITL #4/7: Saturday!

April 28, 2024

Saturday = Long Run Day

For the past ~14 months or so, I have been doing long runs on Saturday. Unless a) on vacation b) injured or c) in major taper mode, I have run double digit runs basically every Saturday.

I am used to these runs, and I LOVE these runs. I love the alone time, I love the challenge, and I love wearing supershoes — I only break them out for long runs and speedwork, and find them so much fun to run in.

So: here we go! This Saturday long run was a little bit special because it was 20 miles, the first of 3 in a row before my race.

4:30 Up, read, plan the day a bit (and update last night’s time log!)

5:30 HEAD OUT!!! WhatsApp chat with Coco before I leave (she is 12 hours ahead so winding down her days as I start mine!)

ready . . .

I stay in the neighborhood since J is with C in Naples for his tournament. A is ready to help G out if/when she wakes up. Temps are just okay (low 70s, 71-73) but it is not humid, which is great (and unusual!). 3 running podcasts and an hour of Taylor Swift later, I am home!

No marathon pace miles today just a solid 20. I felt really comfortable.
Other details: I took gels every 30 minutes, so 5 total! I use GU Liquid Endurance, which don’t require water. I stop in our driveway to drink water (I leave bottles out) at mile 10.
I know others carry water but I HATE it!
(I also drank a bunch before leaving and when I got back, but never felt super dehydrated or thirsty)

8:30 HOME. I shower, drink a Core Power, and eat breakfast (oatmeal / pb / dried cherries) despite not being all that hungry yet. G theoretically has tennis at 9, but I ask her if she’d do gymnastics makeup at 10 instead (this was self-serving but also sort of made sense since she has an “in-house meet” next weekend). Thankfully she is fine with that plan.

9:45 Take girls to gymnastics, write yesterday’s DITL post, read some blogs, answer some emails. Also spent 20 min chatting on the phone with someone I work with (she called about a potential recruit to our division. Any ped endo reading this want to move to South FL?).

11:30 A/G are done and requesting Bahia Bowls for lunch (smoothie / açaí bowl / sandwich place).

We pick up smoothies for the girls and a wrap for them to share. The owner gives us all sample PB energy bites and so obviously I have to buy more (they are delicious).

I make my own sometimes but admittedly these are better

12:30 I am feeling REAAAALLY tired (obvious reasons) and inform girls they can entertain themselves while I take a nap.

1:30 Up!! Quick lunch (Amy’s burrito / string cheese / carrots) and take G to piano

2:00 G has piano; I read Covenant of Water

2:30 We stop at the library on the way home and I pick up some holds;

3:00 FINISH THIS BOOK!!!!!!!! (Are you tired of seeing it in my reading recaps? Finally done!)

I liked it and am very glad I read it, but I don’t know that I loved it

Part 2: Off to Naples!

Pack for Naples!! The girls and I are joining C for the rest of his tournament. I pack for G and myself, A packs for herself. It’s just for one night, why does it feel harder than it should? Ha. I wrap a bday gift for G’s friend who will be in Naples.

4:00 Drive to Naples! It’s about 90 minutes so I decide to play The Tortured Poet’s Department from the top. We make it 23 tracks in and arrive in Naples. Girls watch TV on their own iPads so . . .it was peaceful.

5:30 Make beeline to pool. We give the birthday gift and then G jumps in and starts playing with the other soccer siblings (they have really gotten to know each other this year, it’s very cute!!). Josh and I sit on chairs and feel grateful that everyone can now swim.

6:45 Realize that we do not have dinner reservations (I had assumed the team would do dinner, but they actually did lunch instead). I pull up OpenTable and look for available tables for a family of 5. We find one at Deep Lagoon. Drag G/C out of pool (A was hanging out in the room); C showers and G gets a quick bath.

7:15 Head out to dinner! I am finally hungry after that long run. I drink a glass of sauv blanc and we enjoy rolls with cinnamon butter, conch fritters and then seafood (I had fish with a Mediterranean style sauce, mashed potatoes, and broccoli). Kids had stuff from the kids’ menu and everyone was happy.

I’m going for disheveled chic . . . girls look cute though!

9:15 Back at hotel. I help G get ready for bed and tell her she can watch something with C for a few minutes (we have a 2-bedroom suite; C/G are in one room, A is on a sofa bed, and Josh and I had our own room + bed). I watch some Dance Moms with A again.

9:45 Tell G/C to turn off the TV and go to sleep. They are TIRED I think and go to bed.

10:00 I pass out.

Reading: ~30 pages to FINISH Covenant of Water

Screen Time: 166 min (some was music + maps though)

Sleep: Only 6 hrs 40 minutes the night before but thankfully an hour(ish) nap


  • Reply jennystancampiano April 28, 2024 at 4:16 pm

    Ooh, what a day! I feel the same way about long runs- I love them. I always look forward to them, i pick out a podcast (or a couple) to listen to and I also have special long run playlist for the end. But I do carry water! It took me a while to get used to it, but now I love it- I don’t have to plan my routes around water fountains or hidden water bottles (although it sounds like you method was perfect for this particular run.) Oh, and those Gu liquid gels always make me choke for some reason. Lately I’ve been drinking Tailwind.
    AND, I love that tired feeling for the rest of the day- it just feels so good knowing you did that run! I’m definitely glad you got a nap before driving over to Naples. I hope you got to sleep in today- I know Sundays are usually your day for that.

  • Reply Chelsea April 28, 2024 at 4:29 pm

    Nice work on the long run. I’m guessing you’re hungry today :). At least that’s the way it works for me. I’m so excited to cheer for you during your marathon. You are going to kill it!

    We just finished up at the World’s Most Dangerous Birthday Party. Giant water slide with rough kids (including mine – my 6 year old knocked out a baby front tooth on his first trip down. “It’s not my fault! My friends told me to go down head first!”). Trampoline on slippery pavers with no net. Lots of alcohol. I’m glad we all survived!

  • Reply Noemi April 28, 2024 at 4:36 pm

    These are fun to read. Thanks for posting them. You inspired me to do another DITL post with pictures.
    I remember having blog friends on a text chain. Those were the days. We even met in Boulder one summer to run a half marathon! Now I only keep in touch with one. She comments on my blog and we text here and there. I’m glad you have that. It’s so good!
    The cadence of your weekends feels similar to mine, except you have three kids to juggle and I feel overwhelmed with just two! I hope the rest of your weekend was nice and that you can start the week feeling rejuvenated.

  • Reply coco April 28, 2024 at 5:46 pm

    I’m so impressed that you did so much after 20 miles run. I usually schedule nothing for the day and depending how good/bad I feel, I can decide what to do with the family. Our Sunday is free day so my long runs are on Sunday, less stress for me.
    I love 20 milers so much too, especially once past 10 miles, I feel like I’m getting warm up, and then struggle a bit in the last couples miles to “train” my mind. Love it. I had 3 20 milers last cycle and it worked well.
    I also don’t feel hungry post- long run, for the rest of the day usually, until Monday, suddenly awake that hunger.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 28, 2024 at 7:32 pm

      I would totally do that if I could but it wouldn’t work for our lifestyle!! Kids always have stuff. And I guess I’ve gotten used to it. Love getting in an hour nap if I can though!! It definitely helps.

  • Reply Emily April 28, 2024 at 6:49 pm

    A while back you spoke about frustrating weight gain while training. Have you found a way to combat that or did you just accept it? Asking because I am in the same frustrating place. Thanks!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 28, 2024 at 7:29 pm

      I’m going to not dwell on wondering if the pictures in this post look bad 😝 I have thankfully not had that issue this training cycle. I do feel like my body comp could be better (due to lack of strength training) but the scale has been stable in a place where I feel good. I have paid more attention to protein and generally hunger levels and it has worked out ok this round. I hope I can continue to strike a balance here!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 28, 2024 at 8:22 pm

      PS what are you training for?

  • Reply Emily April 28, 2024 at 9:51 pm

    Definitely has nothing to do with the photos! #1 I never noticed any change in how you looked in the first place (I suspect we are all more aware of our 5-10# weight variations than anyone else) and #2 I have been wondering about a follow up for a while and if the protein focus was helping. I have been training for 5K PRs and a 10k so not major distance. I am glad it leveled out for you. I think I need to start paying a little more attention.

  • Reply Amanda April 29, 2024 at 9:23 am

    These DITL posts are fun — thanks for sharing! At what planning stage (monthly, weekly, daily) are you determining logistics such as the travel soccer tournament? One area where I struggle is figuring out how everything will get done, even when I have a good handle on everything that needs to be done.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 29, 2024 at 9:27 am

      Hmmm- continuously? lol. But usually Thursdays I do some logistics check and look at week ahead, and during the weekend I do our whiteboard and that forces me to confirm stuff.
      (Naples didn’t take much work – just booked the hotel the team told us to and asked Josh to go for the first part that I could take A and G to their stuff Saturday)

  • Reply Jessica May 16, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    Curious to know your thoughts on Decluttering at the Speed of Life. I like her method but I feel like I can never see an endpoint. Maybe because it’s I don’t declutter consistently???

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 16, 2024 at 5:50 pm

      I don’t know it well enough but I have her book right now from the library!

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