Marathon Training Week 4 + Weekly Eats

  Aug 18, 2019  |  #Eats

I’m linking up with Deborah and Kim for the Weekly run down. Check them out for more running inspiration!

When I think in terms of months, I have two months until the race which seems like a lot of time. But, when I think in terms of “weeks,” 8 weeks doesn’t seem like enough time for the training I have left! Weird, isn’t it?

I added in my first speed workout this week. I actually enjoy speed workouts. Or, let me rephrase. I enjoy how I feel after a speed workout – accomplished. It is a satisfying feeling. Plus, I am hoping the speed workouts contribute to more stamina and speed in the longer workouts, eventually. That’s how it works, right?

After last Saturday’s (hard) 11 mile run, I did a 6 mile (slow) recovery run on Sunday, followed by an off day on Tuesday. 

For my Tuesday speed workout, I did a 1.5 mile warm up, followed by intervals of 30 seconds hard, 2 minutes slow for 3 miles. Then, a 1.5 mile cool down. It wasn’t that bad after all. I can’t wait to start doing my pyramid workout favorite. 

I rounded the week out around 33 miles.

This weekened’s long run of 12 miles felt great, especially compared to last week. I fueled better beforehand. I had a bowl of oatmeal with hemp hearts, banana and peanut butter plus 1/2 of a stroop waffle (these things are incredible).

For fuel during the run, I again used Gu performance chews and I also took a gel this time. 

New Running Swag

I treated myself to some new Oiselle swag for my birthday and I’m really digging the pocket jogger shorts. I wore them during last weekend’s long run and they didn’t ride up or chaffe at all. I love the side pocket for holding fuel and a phone, too!

If you want $20 towards your order, you can use this friends and family code! They also just sent me a 50% off a full-priced order for my bday and I’m eyeing a new sports bra. 


I did a weight workout and 1 yoga workout this week. As much as I’d love to do more cross training, it’s just not possible with the time and scheduling.

I’m considering doing one less day of running and maybe that would be an opportunity for a lower impact cardio workout so we’ll see how that plays out. 

Eats From The Week

This was a quick throw together meal from the week – barley, black beans, frozen veggies, sweet potatoes and cheese. I added paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper too. So good and so easy for leftovers. 

Cava, which I could eat weekly.

Is anyone a good omelet flipper? I feel like mine always breaks while flipping. Still delicious. Paired with naan + smashed avocado, asparagus and pineapple.

I will say, having Camryn in daycare and packing her lunch daily, combined with marathon training is making me buy different foods each week at the grocery store. So, our diets are very varied right now!

We went out to dinner on Friday for our anniversary (4 years of marriage, woo hoo). We ate at The Wine Kitchen in Frederick. I was SO impressed with them across the board.

First of all, I made the reservation on open table and put it was our anniversary and that we would need a high chair. They had the table pre set up with a high chair, sippy cup and coloring book and crayons. And as soon as we sat down, they brought us complimentary champagne. 

Each server (and even manager) that came up to our table interacted with Camryn and tried to entertain her. Anyone who has a toddler knows that going out to dinner is no easy feat. Ed and I take shifts following her around.

The employees were all so nice and worked to entertain us. We haven’t had a dining experience like that before (with Camryn in tow) so I just have to give them so much praise!

I got peach gazpacho as an appetizer, and this chicken dish (they had a 3 courses for $35 deal) and then chose donuts for my dessert. 

And an after photo of our family night out. It’s funny how this is how anniversary dinners are spent now. We haven’t found a babysitter here yet so we just have to bring Camryn with us πŸ˜‰

And then Saturday night…cce cream at a local creamery – banana pudding and butterfinger for me πŸ™‚

Do you like to try new ice cream flavors or stick with the same favorites?

16 responses to “Marathon Training Week 4 + Weekly Eats

  1. All of your food photos are making me hungry! I have not tried Oiselle shorts but I hear good things. It’s been so long since I’ve done a real speed workout! Hope to get back to them in the fall at some point. Thanks for linking up and have a great week

  2. I love the pocket jogger shorts too but my favorite shorts are the long rogas. I think I have them in every color! Congrats on your anniversary!! I checked out that pyramid workout and that looks fun and interesting.

    1. I have the regular rogas but haven’t tried the long ones! I don’t know what it is but pyramid workouts are just more fun πŸ™‚

  3. I have never been a fan of speedwork because it’s SO hard. I’m getting better at it, though, especially if it’s happening anywhere other than on a track (because then it doesn’t SEEM like speedwork to me). Happy Anniversary!

  4. Happy Anniversary! That restaurant sounds perfect for celebrating. It’s so funny how “months” sounds longs but “weeks” sounds short when you think about training. Just remember that there are still plenty of workouts and long runs to get you where you need to be!

  5. Happy anniversary!
    We are on vacation and got ice cream twice. Your question made me laugh because I got the same flavor each time- Makinac Island Peanut Butter Fudge- because I know I can’t get it at home!

  6. My omelette flipping skills are very hit or miss. Usually b/c I overfill them. But they’re always delicious.

    I feel like my mission in life is to try as many ice cream flavors as possible.

    Happy anniversary and happy training this week!

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