No. 680

* #runchat with me and Scott return on Twitter at 8 p.m. ET Sunday with an awesome giveaway from Hydrapak. If you've never taken part in #runchat, there's no time like now to join in. From 8-9 p.m., we'll ask running-related questions, you answer them, you chat with other runners about their answers -- it's really that simple. For more information about what #runchat is, visit my #runchat page. If you have any question suggestions, send me a message on my Contact page. For information on the Hydrapak giveaway this week, visit Scott's entry on his blog.

* After writing last night about how well running in the morning is going, I was faced with a challenge today: rain. It's fitting I put a Forrest Gump clip with that post because I encountered some big 'ol fat rain in the first mile or so of the run. Then, oddly enough, it just stopped. I ran without a watch for the second time this week and, just like Monday, got in exactly 4 miles. I seem to have a great sense of distance with running 4 miles.

* I'm considering entering a trail race this weekend. I honestly haven't decided. I seem to like spontaneous things lately, but I just don't know yet if I want to do this. I guess if I do it, some on the spontaneity is gone by mentioning it here, but it's at the forefront of my mind right now, which I think is causing this bulleted post of a variety of things.

push-ups* I have started the 100 push-ups program for the umpteenth time. Since I've been doing a variety of push-ups for a while and did a few maxes between 30-35 push-ups last month, I started during week 3, level 2. After one day I realized that I was not doing nearly enough last month. So not hitting that goal I had of 50 consecutive push-ups is purely my fault. The first workout last night was great though with push-up sets of 12, 17, 13, 13, and a max of 22.

Is my goal now to do 100 consecutive push-ups? I'm not sure. This program is so tough, and I really want push-ups to be a cross training staple. The workouts in weeks 3 and 4 are ideal for that. For now, I'm just going to take the training program a day at a time and see how I feel in a couple of weeks when I do another test.