Reading and Listening to: Summer 2018

Since I always listen to podcasts and have been on a reading spree this year, I wanted to introduce a new quarterly post about what I have enjoyed listening and reading to. This is by no means everything i’ve read and listened to but some of my favorites. Don’t forget to share your favorite summer reads and listens in the comments!


  • Ologies - Kalology (BEAUTY STANDARDS) with Renee Engeln: Ologies has been a summer favorite of mine in general but I loved listening to this frank discussion of beauty standards. I’ve put Renee’s book Beauty Sick on hold at the library and can’t wait ot dig in.

  • Friends at the Table - Twilight Mirage: I’ve been listening to this season of Friends at the Table since Summer 2017 as it came out in real time. It’s a gorgeous example of storytelling through an actual play podcast. Be prepared for long episodes but it’s so worth it!

  • Go Fact Yourself: We love (and support) the Maximum Fun Network and Go Fact Yourself has been a great podcast to listen to. Mainly because I listen to this like I watch Jeopardy and try to play along.


  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer: I read this in four days, mostly over our camping trip to Cascade River State Park. It’s along the same vein as Gregory Maguire’s Wicked Years series but with the Queen of Hearts. So if you loved Wicked, I’d suggest picking up Heartless.

  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: I picked out this book without even realizing there was a movie coming out. I’m trying to expand my reading outside of white authors and decided to give it a try. I loved it and cannot wait to see the movie (plus read the rest of the series). I listened to the audiobook version and it had a great narrator (I’ve stopped listening to audiobooks solely due to the narrator before).

  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn: Another example of me trying to get out of my normal reading habits, this time adventuring into a different genre with World War I/World War II spy mystery. I loved the intertwining timelines and again, I listened to this and the narrator is awesome.

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My Three Marathon Training Secrets

Well, I don’t have any secrets to help you magically run a marathon on little training or be super faster. But I do know what’s been helping me out with marathon training and wanted to share it with you.

I won’t guarantee they’ll work for you as well as they have for me but it can’t hurt to give them a try. Before race day of course. Because nothing new on race day. Ever. Bonus secret right there.

Schedule your runs for when you feel your best

The further I get into marathon training, the more I’m finding out that morning runs are better for me during marathon training. Mostly because I don’t feel like I’m about to cook in my own skin when I head out at 7 a.m. I can’t always get my runs in the morning but I’m working on moving runs to the morning when I can.

This helps me look forward to runs more (again, not roasting on my run) and also I’m not dreading my runs after work every time I look at the forecast. This means sacrificing other things, like sleep, because I have to get up earlier to run earlier. That just means I go to sleep a little earlier than normal so I get a somewhat decent amount of sleep.

Carbs, carbs and more carbs

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I feel like a subtitle for this training cycle is Operation Eat All The Carbs. But it’s seriously helping. I’m not feeling extra tired or hungry at the end of the day and I feel like that is because I’m eating more carbs than I was during other training cycles. It might also be that I’m eating enough to support my running. But figuring out how to fuel yourself properly is really important.

Find something good to listen to

Audiobooks are my savior during marathon training. Unlike podcasts, I have a reason to look forward to my next run to find out what’s going to happen. I’m still listening to podcasts every once in awhile  but it’s so much better on my long runs to listen to one continuous story. And, of course, I’m still listening to music on my pace runs.

What are your secrets for marathon training?