Back to it after an 8 day break

I’m back! It feels great to be back to running. It’s not just about the cardio at this point. It’s also about stress relief and keeping my mind straight. I just feel so much better after a run. It relaxes me in a way not many other things can.

I started with my 80 push ups, and while it was a bit harder to get to 80 than it was last week, I did it without serious muscle pain. I do have that tendon injury in my left elbow that is beginning to make me worry; it’s not going away. It’s not debilitating, but it is definitely something I notice. If it persists, I’ll see a doctor about it.

I then hit the pavement as I always do after my push ups. I decided to just run as fast or as slow as my body felt like doing, and I ended up with one of my fastest times in a long time! My pace was a great 8:39/mile average which is pretty darned good! I always strive for sub-9 minute paces. Rarely have I broken the sub-8 minute mile. I have done it in the past, but it takes a lot of work for me to get there, and a lot of pushing. I will do that when it’s three months out from my next PFT, but not just yet.

I surprised myself with this pace. I will admit that the third mile was pretty thought, and at some points, I felt like quitting, but I kept it up and made every effort to keep my pace consistent. It turned out that I did a good job with that.

Here is my run on Strava.

Hurricane Harvey

In case you don’t know, I live in Houston, Texas, and Hurricane Harvey came through here at the end of August and caused a lot of trouble. For me, it was compounded by the fact that I’m in the National Guard, and we were activated to assist with post-hurricane disaster recovery operations.

However, I was able to keep running, but I wasn’t able to keep blogging. Here are some Strava entries that cover my runs over the past few weeks:

August 30th Run on Strava

September 1st Run on Strava

September 4th Run on Strava

September 7th Run on Strava

September 12th Run on Strava

I haven’t been able to run at all since September 12th due to a knee injury that I was waiting on to heal. Then, as I was getting ready to run last night, a big thunderstorm came through and lightning was striking within a mile of my house for over an hour coupled with strong winds and rain, so I decided to put my comeback run off by a day. I plan on getting out there tonight and putting in a minimum of 3 miles and hopefully hitting my 80 push ups.

Wish me luck!