One of the unexpected things to come out of doing the 100 push-ups program is how much more it is making me pay attention to my other workouts. I've admittedly been frustrated with myself for getting into a dull routine of things this summer, but now that I've put the Rock 'n' Roll Half behind me and moved on to something new, I feel more focused. Perhaps it's a quality vs. quantity thing ... or maybe it's a quality AND quantity thing. Whatever it is, each workout feels like it has a meaning to it and I feel like making each workout different from the previous one. And I feel like writing more about each workout too. I feel like I'm holding myself more accountable when I do this. So that leads me to last night. I wouldn't exactly call it a speed workout, but in a roundabout way it was. I headed over to the gym, hopped on the treadmill and started off at a leisurely 10-minute mile pace - 6 mph. My goal for the workout was simple - run 2 miles and increase my speed by 0.1 mph each tenth of a mile. That meant slowly increasing my speed to 8 mph, a 7:30-minute mile pace. While this was a relatively short run, this was a high quality run. My main goal was to push myself and run faster, but do it in a comfortable way. A treadmill allows me to do such a thing, even if I really don't like it. It was a good transition run to get used to the treadmill again and it was nice to have that steady increase.
As far as the quantity side of things went last night, I then got off the treadmill after a cool down of about a quarter mile and then got on the bike for an easy 5 mile ride.
Tonight my focus once again turned to the 100 push-ups challenge. I did sets of 14, 19, 14, 14 and a max of 20, and sweated like I ran 5 miles. All in all it went pretty well. It is amazing to me to think that not even a month ago I could only do 15 push-ups -- 15 that weren't even that good -- and tonight I did 81 total. I'm not one to pat myself on the back, but I love this program. I've also managed to get a few virtual friends on Twitter to do this too -- I'll have a blog entry on that soon. So ... what's your excuse to not do it? :)