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Ups + Downs

April 23, 2024

Today (well, yesterday since I am posting this Tuesday . . . ) had its ups and downs.

UP: The day started out very nicely, as I met a friend to do a longer workout. This was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but since Monday night is Passover and I knew we’d be driving to Miami Beach (ie, a potentially later night) I thought it might be best to get this out of the way.

I was nervous as I am not used to pushing with anyone watching me, but it went so well. I realized that I *can* still converse while running ~7:55-8:00/mi pace, just not in very long sentences! I didn’t have company for the whole thing (she had to be home early) but just having a partner for the beginning phases was nice!

3 x 3 mi @ 10s/mi faster than MP

Also I think I decided I will wear the ASICS Metaspeed Edge Paris for the race. I love Alphaflys (1+3) but these things are my new favorite.

DOWN: Work was just . . . harder than usual! I just felt stressed by a few minor things (and not because I was tired from the run — somehow I really wasn’t). Let’s just say . . . it can be hard to reconcile practicing responsible medicine with making everyone happy. BUT, I managed to generally stay calm + carry on, and all of my notes were done immediately after the visit (I can’t always achieve this but I love it when I can make it happen!).

UP: I managed to stay off my phone today! Sometimes struggles like the above send me into a tailspin of escape mechanisms but I just decided to move on and do other things. I even did a 10 minute Headspace in my office (needed it, though it did contain a few microsleeps).

DOWN: It is thunderstorming right now! Now, a South Florida thunderstorm is utterly unremarkable. But we’ve been in a really good weather stretch recently, so this felt like a surprise. AND tonight we will be driving to Miami Beach to celebrate Passover with family so . . . not the best timing. (Plus I have to drive home from work; I feel like storms usually go west to east here and I drive east to west, which means I have to basically drive through it no matter what!).

UP: I am looking forward to Passover anyway! I made tahini cookies that were my assigned dish (AND I also managed to make chicken pot pie ummm that is not for Passover but was really good!! Pix below).

(We do not keep Passover in any way shape or form, but am glad that people who do can eat things like these cookies!)

these are MY JAM
used this recipe! Took a shortcut with rotisserie chicken (as suggested) but I did make the biscuits!


  • Reply Sonna April 23, 2024 at 5:58 am

    That chicken pot pie looks delish. I’m actually going to try the recipe – thanks. I love oven dishes. Sounds like your training is going fab – all the best! Have left a couple of comments on your recent posts, but must have somehow managed to not hit publish. Just to say your recent grapplings with various projects is human, perfection isn’t expected or required just because you’re a planning connoisseur! Hope the storm passes quickly with little evidence it was ever there.

  • Reply jennystancampiano April 23, 2024 at 8:50 am

    Ah, I know those work days. I mean I don’t know what it’s like to be a doctor- but I know how hard it can be to keep everyone happy sometimes! I hope everything went well last night- a late night on a Monday is not easy, but hopefully it was a nice night spent with family.

  • Reply coco April 23, 2024 at 5:35 pm

    the pattern here is that ups are things you can control, downs are things you can’t control! 🙂 haha… love the last pic

  • Reply Maria Higgins April 23, 2024 at 11:17 pm

    What kind of app breaks down your run like above ie into run and recovery? That is pretty neat! Also your chicken pot pie looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe and happy Passover!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 24, 2024 at 11:52 am

      Hi!! If you program your workout into the Apple Watch fitness app, it will break it up this way!! (Will also be able to see it that way in Strava).

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