I did 8K yesterday in 42:58 minutes. I had serious stomach problems that messed up my running. In fact I seriously entertained the thought of calling it off at 5Kms but I decided to clench my jaws, git my teeth and get the job done. The toilets will just have to wait, I swore. I learnt one thing; unless its a serious bout of diarrhea, if you hang in there with stoic discipline, the problems will go away.
So I am glad I have 18K down: 16K to go for the week. Today I am resting and now I can feel my leg muscles holding discussions about how they are overworked lately. I was impressed by my ability to do 44 pushups without trying too hard. This way, I can still meet my 100pushups ambitions without following the suggested program!
My crunches were also better except for the stomach problem. I am keen on maintaining proper form as I am running, unlike the past. And I can do this because the distances are shorter (but more) and my speed is comfortable. If I keep this up, my speed is likely to go up since my strides are longer.