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.