Running + Reading – The Shu Box

This was a really tough week for me. Call (which I would rate as 7/10 on the “call week toughness” scale) + a kid with pneumonia was just a lot. But it’s almost over and while I let some things go (strength training, reading, really any other life ‘extras’ and nonessential things) I am glad I got my runs in.

(I did zero strength training, but I also did zero Reddit-scrolling!! So I will call that a win.)

Running Reading The Shu

All that said, I’m kind of liking this “lower” mileage. I think ~50 is a nice sweet spot for me when not close to a marathon or goal race.

M: Super gentle run — I had done the mile track stuff the day before and was bemoaning the lack of my usual Sunday rest day. 6 mi @ 9:55/mi.

T: Progression run! Was supposed to be 2 easy / 2 easy/moderate / 2 moderate / 2 moderate/hard. The below diagram looks good BUTTTTT I had to stop midway through the last 2 miles and breathe so I consider this a bit of a fail. I was overheated and just felt like I couldn’t breathe — in retrospect should have hydrated more aggressively.

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I can sustain higher heart rates for a while – my marathon was average 170! But once I approach 180 things are NOT sustainable. I was definitely there during mile 7 above. Ignore the first two HR values, that was cadence lock. But the ones at the end were real.

W: Lots of neighborhood loops, 7 mi @ 9:24/mi

R: Half square run with strides, 9 mi @ 9:36/mi ave while listening to Olympic trials recaps

F: 7 @ 9:00/mi ave. Not sure I was fueled by energy or anxiety, but felt decent.

S: 14 mi @ 8:55/mi ave. 5 easy (ave ~9:05/mi), 4 MP effort (ave ~8:01/mi), 5 easy (ave ~9:25/mi). I drank a lot and didn’t fall apart in the heat (78-82F, 91% humidity), so that was good. This felt much easier than the 8 miler on Tuesday (and it was actually slightly hotter) and I was happy about that.


I picked up an awesome stack of books from our local library and then proceeded to . . . not really read any fiction for the week. I miss it!

I did make a big dent in this book, which the lovely Dr. Kathleen Smith sent to me (she was a BOBW guest and I think listener as well!).

Running Reading The Shu

I find psychology so interesting. (I wanted to be a psychiatrist at one point – here is proof — though I am mystified at the mention of Fiona Apple tickets. I never went, and I wonder what happened!). I am confident that I made the right choice for my own strengths and weaknesses, but I would have loved the learning aspects of it.

This means I am approaching the halfway point of 2024 having read 25 books. I am so predictable!!! Although seeing that nonfiction (13) is ahead of fiction (12), maybe I’ll try to binge-finish the rest of The Sicilian Inheritance today 🙂

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Sarah Hart-Unger

mother of 3 // MD // south floridian // ESFJ // upholder.
into: planners, great food, running, reading, writing, mornings, podcasting, and coffee.

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