Pushing through it
Tonight I had another tough workout with the 100 push-up challenge, but this wasn't like the bad one last week. Last week was a sense of dread; tonight was the first time I really had to push through my final set. I didn't know if it was going to happen or not. The week 3, day 1 workout seemed like quite a step up from week 2. But if I'm ever going to make it to 100 straight push-ups, then I guess that's what has to happen. Tonight's sets up push-ups were 12, 17, 13, 13 and a max of 17. With my arms already feeling like they were on fire, the final set was kind of a blur. And the final two in that last set were ... well, I can't really put words to it. Tough doesn't quite describe it. But I did it and a half hour later everything feels great.
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Last night I did a fairly small speed workout -- 5 tenth of a mile intervals in the middle of a 3.6-mile run. My splits were 43 seconds, 40, 38, 41 and 44. It wasn't much, but it was the second week in a row of doing some type of speed work. It felt good to push myself a little harder than usual and I continue to kick myself for lacking in the speed department for the past few months. I've learned than lesson and it's time for me to move forward and focus on getting faster.