Fitness Goals

5 on a Friday: Traverse City Pre-26.2 Edition

May 24, 2024

1- We made it! There were delays (apparently our plane had a flat tire?) and we flew through a thunderstorm en route from MIA to O’Hare, but we arrived in Traverse City a mere 4 hours later than expected. Thankfully there was still time to grab some local beer + more carbs (there are like 383 breweries and brew pubs here!). There was a live musician playing who was really good!

2- I read all of Deena’s book! Love her perspective and overall attitude.

3- SO MANY CARBS. Lemonade. Crepes. Pretzels. If tomorrow goes poorly, it will not be for lack of glycogen storage.

4- Shakeout. There was a formal shakeout offered by the race with Des Linden that might have been cool, but Josh and I decided to just do our own (very low key) thing today! The run was so promising – just felt so easy in my race shoes with the amazing weather here. I WILL NEED TO HOLD MYSELF BACK tomorrow so I don’t regret my choices later. This is my new mantra . . .

5- Playlist locked + loaded! I decided to go with a mix of my Taylor Swift faves for the first 14 songs and then the playlist launches into a very random mix of old / new / kid-inspired. Each kid has a section: A has Olivia Rodrigo, C has Shawn Mendes, and G has “Fly to Your Heart” (which happens to be her current ballet recital selection). FOR POSTERITY, it is exhibited below.


Will update post-race!


  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns May 24, 2024 at 4:58 pm

    Good luck! Enjoy the cool dry temps! It makes a world of difference. I’ll be cheering from MN. You’ve got this!!!

  • Reply Marianne May 24, 2024 at 5:03 pm

    I hope you get type 1 and type 2 fun tomorrow!

    Excited to track you tomorrow and hear all about it afterwards!

  • Reply Lani Inlander May 24, 2024 at 5:12 pm

    Yay!!!!!!!!!!! So excited for you! I’m sure it will be fun no matter what!

  • Reply Charlotte May 24, 2024 at 5:34 pm

    Good luck and welcome! I live in TC and it makes me happy that you are here! Have a great run

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 24, 2024 at 5:46 pm

      It’s so lovely here ! You are lucky!!

  • Reply Emily May 24, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Good luck!!! I will be cheering you on from afar!

  • Reply Elaine May 24, 2024 at 5:57 pm

    Love the playlist! Have the best time tomorrow and good luck 🙂

    • Reply JGold May 24, 2024 at 6:33 pm

      Good luck! Love seeing the playlist. Enjoy the process!

  • Reply Noemi May 24, 2024 at 6:19 pm

    You got this!!! I can’t wait to hear how it goes. I’ll be thinking of you!

  • Reply Flavia Chen May 24, 2024 at 9:05 pm

    You’ve been so dedicated and worked so hard for this! It may not always be enjoyable but I hope you find contentment in the process and at the end! Good luck!

  • Reply coco May 24, 2024 at 9:09 pm

    yes! hold back for longer than you think you need. that was my experience, 18 miles of holding back to be able to more of less sustain the pace and speed up last mile.
    have fun!!!

  • Reply Amy May 24, 2024 at 9:18 pm

    Good luck and have a blast!! We’re all rooting for you!

  • Reply Amanda May 24, 2024 at 10:26 pm

    Wishing you a great experience! Michigan is the best, enjoy! LOVE the lake pic =)

  • Reply Marie May 24, 2024 at 10:42 pm

    Good luck!!! I’m picturing you running through the scenes in Tom Lake. Enjoy!

  • Reply Adrienne May 25, 2024 at 7:48 am

    Good luck today! Your prior posting of parts of your playlist inspired my 10k list and I PR-ed and won my my age group, so I think it’s a great sign for you! Fingers crossed

  • Reply jennystancampiano May 25, 2024 at 7:54 am

    GOOD LUCK!!!!! I’m reading this Saturday morning and I’m imagining you’re just starting the race. I hope the weather continues to be amazing! I’ll be thinking about you for the next several hours. I hope it goes well and that you enjoy every single minute. I can’t wait for the recap!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Ashley May 25, 2024 at 8:35 am

    I have never been more excited for a race recap! Good luck Sarah!!!!!

  • Reply Grateful Kae May 25, 2024 at 8:44 am

    ARGH the phone tracking notifications are not working and I am NOT HAPPY!! 😫😫😫😫 Hope you’re killing it out there right now!!

    • Reply Marianne May 25, 2024 at 10:43 am

      Came in here to see if anyone else got updates. Cheering still!

  • Reply BethC. May 25, 2024 at 9:37 am

    Hope it is going well!

  • Reply Elisabeth May 25, 2024 at 10:07 am

    Good luck! I hope it’s ridiculously fun and exciting and awesome <3

  • Reply Marianne May 25, 2024 at 11:06 am


    Congrats! I can’t wait to hear/read all about it!

  • Reply Alyce May 25, 2024 at 12:47 pm

    I just looked up your race results – congrats on doing such a great job! Can’t wait to read the detailed report. My massage therapist is also up there running – when he mentioned he’d be running a marathon this weekend, he was so impressed when I asked him if he was doing Bayshore. Which I of course attribute solely to following your blog.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 25, 2024 at 2:39 pm

      Aw thank you!! It was awesome!! I bet your massage therapist had a great day too.

  • Reply San May 25, 2024 at 2:13 pm

    It sounds like you’re ready! Carb-loading and playlist and all… hope it was amazing!

  • Reply Coree May 25, 2024 at 3:23 pm

    I just snooped (the first time I ever looked up marathon times in my life) and hooray! What an amazing accomplishment.

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