What a great run! I blew away so many personal records (PR’s) in this run and set a new bar for me to get past. I set a tough one, for sure, but it was really nice to experience. It looks like my experiment with eating three dried apricots 30 minutes to an hour before a run is really paying off. I once again felt like I had a lot of energy throughout the run and I didn’t feel wasted or exhausted afterward. I was also able to keep a really good pace, and kept below 9 minutes per mile for the entire duration of the run. As for the new PR’s, they are:
- 1k – 4:55
- 1 mile – 7:56
- 2 miles – 16:27
- 5k – 26:10
- Pace for 3+ miles: 8:28
I can’t be any happier about all this. I finally feel like I’m making some solid progress in running again, and what makes me even happier is that after a run, I don’t feel the pain in my legs or any soreness at all. I’ve been running for seven months now, having started in September 2016, and this entire time, I’ve always had soreness after a run. The only difference now is that I eat those three dried apricots before a run. I knew that the Paleo Diet is rather tough on runners, but I didn’t realize just how tough. I will continue to eat the three apricots before runs to see how it continues.
As for my push-ups, I stopped at 75, not because I was overly tired or worn out, but because it just felt good. I could have easily gone 5 more to 80 and probably even beyond, but I wanted to stop at a good point where I was plenty past 60 and still feeling solid.
I am still experiencing some pain in my left gluteous maximus (left butt cheek muscle) due to sit ups a few weeks back, but with each day, the pain seems to be subsiding. I’m hoping it’ll be gone for my APFT in two weeks. At least it doesn’t hurt much while I run. Well, at least not bad enough to affect my run.
The best part about this run: I didn’t think I was really pushing myself to the wall. I did put in some solid effort, but I didn’t go all-out. I’m saving that for my APFT. I hope to break some more PR’s that morning. Until then, this run is the new bar against which all other runs will be judged. What a great day.