With less than one month to go before the Baltimore Marathon, I realized this morning that today marks the beginning of week 13 of my training program – aka, Hell Week. Coincidence?
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Tuesday does indeed call for mile repeats at an 8:35 pace. I’ll remind you that my “happy pace” is probably closer to 11:00. But, always up for a challenge I’m tacking this week with gusto and in fact, plan to bump Sunday’s long run up to 22 miles, for a grand total of 42 miles for the week. My highest weekly mileage yet.
Part of the reason I’m so enthusiastic about Hell Week is because my motivation has been waning lately and I’ve made the conscious decision to flip the switch. Last week was punctuated by three all-you-can-eat buffet events and I took full advantage. Today I had sap peas and yogurt for my afternoon snack. Flip. It’s been weeks since I’ve done my interval cross training workout, but today I hammered it out and added strength training and an ab work to boot. Flip.
The other reason I’m cleaning up my act? Let’s just say that yesterday’s adventures at a Chuck E. Cheese birthday party involved pizza and cupcakes and while my taste buds thought they had died and gone to heaven, my waistline sorely disagrees.
As an aside, it was dark when I woke up this morning, and it was dark by the time I got home tonight… Well, hello Autumn. Fancy meeting you here.