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Finally Under Control

April 13, 2024

Life finally feels normal

I feel generally caught up for the first time in forever. Hooray! And barring unforeseen challenges (which probably WILL occur, who am I kidding!?) life should be fairly uncomplicated until August when I do have a call week and vacation followed immediately by — yes — BACK TO SCHOOL.

(Which will be extra special because 1 kid will be at a new school and another kid entering a new Montessori classroom. NO ONE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD ANYMORE which is wild.)

But we can leave August aside because it’s really far away and right now I am feeling good.

I teach others how to plan, and for the past couple off weeks I have been feeling weirdly guilty that I didn’t feel like I had my own @$(@#& together. Shouldn’t the systems I teach provide a stress-free scaffold for almost any life challenge!?

Sadly, I guess not. But I do feel like I was able to ride some pretty rough waves and come out okay! Nothing big got missed. I had to say no to a few things, but I don’t think that resulted in any disasters. The worst casualty was that I was 2 days late to submit a cosmetics ad and Laura reassured me that “there are no mascara ad emergencies.”

(I mean that’s only sort of true, but everyone was very understanding and thankfully there is usually a buffer of sorts built into deadlines because . . .humans are human.)

Post-run high

I just finished an awesome 18 mile run and feel so, so good right now. The unfortunate part is that while my training is going really well, Josh is having some knee pain just as it is becoming critical for him to get in his long runs/speedwork. Not ideal.

We discussed it and agreed that if only one of us gets into Boston for 2025 (long shot for me anyway — again even if I meet the qual time, I’d probably have to run 3:34 or something to actually race, which doesn’t seem SUPER likely) then we will both plan on trying for 2026 in order to go together. I would SO much rather experience Boston with him than to do it alone.

Thankfully I am really enjoying marathon training and do not seem to be sick of it yet 🙂

(Though I may feel differently when summer arrives.)

Fun and interesting travel post from Kae yesterday. I don’t think it was the intended result but upon reading it I started shopping for Airbnbs in Maui. We do want to go to Hawaii in 2026 as a family — it will be our 20th anniversary, and Josh and I went on our honeymoon (and loved it). I think I will try save all of our Chase Sapphire points (and American Airlines miles) until then!

somehow google photos had this 2006 pic of me in Waimea Valley!!!


  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns April 13, 2024 at 10:52 am

    I am glad you are feeling better! We all go through rough stretches when even the most amazing planning systems can’t overcome what is happening in life.

    That is a bummer about Josh’s knee. He had an issue before the other marathon you were going to run in FL, too, right? I hope he can get to the bottom of it. Would he consider seeing an ART person? I did weekly ART sessions at a chiro the months leading up to my final marathon and I feel like it really helped. And it was covered by insurance! They can really stretch your muscles in a way that no foam roller or runner stick can!

    We are spending the weekend potty training our 3yo… woo hoo. He has BMs down so I feel like the hard part is behind us and this next step should go better? We will see…. I’m so ready to be done with diapers/pull ups during the day!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 13, 2024 at 11:05 am

      Yes his other issue was more core/hip though. I will suggest ART! I also had a great experience using a very good chiro that did ART a million years ago!

  • Reply Coco April 13, 2024 at 11:54 am

    Sorry to hear about Josh’s knee issue, hopefully with some rest he recovers fast. BQ is really nice but that’s the cherry on the top, the main dish is the training. 🙂 Hawaii 2026 sounds lovely. I am looking forward to follow Kae’s trip.

  • Reply Q April 13, 2024 at 4:37 pm

    I think you might be selling yourself short- your training has been solid and points to a pretty speedy time on a good day!

    I am running Bayshore as well and had a perfect build until getting Influenza A on Monday and have been stuck in bed this whole week. Not sure how to reintegrate into training next week (no coach) since these are the peak weeks but fingers crossed! Hope Josh feels better!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 16, 2024 at 1:52 pm

      ahhhh! You are doing Bayshore! Have you done it before? I hope you feel better SOON! I would say one week of ramping back up if you feel up to it, and try to get in 3-4 solid weeks pre-race!?

      PS: If you happen to run into me please say hi!!

      • Reply Q April 16, 2024 at 2:12 pm

        You are going to love it. I’ve done this half before but this will be the first time doing the full (and first post kids, residency, etc.) The course and whole area is BEAUTIFUL and TC is amazing. Hopefully you can squeeze in some Sleeping Bear Dunes and some time on the wine trail!

  • Reply San April 13, 2024 at 7:59 pm

    You can only plan so much… and then there’s life. I am glad to hear though that it seems like you’re in calmer waters right now 🙂 also excited to hear that you’re enjoying marathon training so much… you have some ambitious goals, so you’d better love the process 😉

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