Marathon Training Week 4 Running, Eating and Reading Updates

Marathon Training Week 4 Running, Eating and Reading Updates

Hello! Is it week 4 of Marathon Training? It might be week 5. I lost count because I usually count down from 18 weeks of training (or however long the training schedule is for that race). Luckily, I just paused this post to update my training schedule with a count of the weeks going up and down. Boom.

Now I’m sharing an update on what I ran this week. PLUS – What I listened to while running with recommendations.

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Marathon Training Week 4 – RUNNING

I ran the Surf City Half Marathon last weekend so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel this week and was open to switching up my training schedule if I needed extra easy days or rest. Before I realized there was a half marathon on Saturday I’d planned some speed work into Monday’s run. But, I skipped that and did 5 miles easy to check in with my body.

My foot felt a lil tight but didn’t hurt. I decided to err on the side of caution and keep it easy except for the 2 runs that are the most important = tempo and long run. So, this week’s running looked like this:

  • M – 5 miles easy
  • T – 3 miles easy / S&C
  • W – Speed Run
  • Th – Strength & Condition
  • F – 4 miles easy / S&C
  • S – 15 miles Long Run
  • Sun- Rest

I also did some strength and conditioning on Tuesday and Friday. Sunday was a complete day of rest because I had an early appointment to get a body scan (more on this later).

Overall: It was a good week. And I see a lot of room for improvement. I have a super tight hamstring on one side that needs extra time and attention – so I need to start earlier or make time to do that later in the day.

After my long run I made a magic drink with all my favorite runner recovery drink supplements. I usually am not hungry after a long run, especially on a hot day – but it’s important to eat and/or drink something within 30 minutes after your run. I usually make a smoothie but decided to try this combo Satuday.

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Running Recover Drink Mixes (pictured above):

Vital Performance Recover I’m not in love with the Guava Lime Flavor and would recommend the Lemon Grape instead.

Primal Kitchen Collagen Quench – love this flavor alone or mixed with almost any of my other drink mixes

MRM Bone Maximizer with Collagen – this is the same one but they changed the packaging

Post Run I think I had the usual breakfast and then ordered Thai while meal prepping for the week.

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And I ate a watermelon.

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Dessert was Biscoff Crunchy Cookie Butter and Mint Chip Ice cream with a side of massage gun.

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After finishing A Little Life: A Novel by Hanya Yanagihara I needed some time to listen to light, happy things for a while. That book is DARK. It’s well written, but I wouldn’t recommend that you read it. I read it because someone mentioned it was their favorite book AND I saw that it’s LONG. I needed a good, long book because I’d been going through my Audible credits SO FAST with breezy lil novels.

So I figured I found the perfect next novel – a long book that a well read person calls their favorite. But, it just turned out that I had to listen to story about someone being abused their entire life FOR A LONG TIME.

At one point Ben told me to stop reading (I’d fill him in on the story when we’d walk together). But I figured it was about to turn around at any moment and I needed closure. I wanted to know the main character would triumph and everything would be okay.

A Little Life SPOILER ALERT: It wasn’t.

I’m sure it’s not just the book’s fault and there was probably an unfortunate combination of hormones and low blood sugar and the isolation of a worldwide pandemic, but I felt sad and weird a lot of the time while reading it. (Okay, that makes me think I should’ve stopped reading it. But at the time I was sure it would end up on a high note.)

My point is – after finishing that book I listened to funny podcasts for a few weeks. Then, I decided I needed some light fiction to get back into books. So listened to Eliza Starts a Rumor and The Lion’s Den.

Eliza Starts a Rumor by Jane L Rosen – Recommend. It was a good story, well written and easy breezy – just what I needed.

If you like the Betch Sesh podcast – you’ll like this book because it’s a combination of gossip and scandalous stories from fun young moms.

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The Lion’s Den by Katherine St. John – Recommend. Good story. It’s suspenseful without being stressful (does anyone else get stressed if there are high stakes during a story?).

If you like the Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald Podcast you’ll like this book because it reminds me of her phrase ‘hooker light’.

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Now I’m listening to Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty. I listened to Nine Perfect Strangers by this author somewhat recently and didn’t really like it. But, I LOVED Big Little Lies and I’m still chasing that high.

Luckily, I really love a cute lil Australian accent and the narrator is always so pleasant to listen to I always enjoy that no matter the story.

I just started Apples Never Fall and will report back with my thoughts.

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Question: What are you listening to this week?

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