The cardio is the good surprise - my run today was awesome. I ran for longer periods of time than I have been. My plan has been intervals - and working on speed during the intervals. Today I decided to run differently... I just let my body do what it wanted. And I had the best run I've had in a while. I didn't bump up the pace too much. I did my usual warm-up and then I just ran and a comfortable pace. I took a couple quick water breaks when I needed them but walking breaks were very few and much shorter in comparison with the running portions. I'm not sure what caused it but I took pre-workout and my energy chews during the run so maybe that helped. Or my endurance is just better. Or the weight lifting is helping condition me. Or a combo of all of the above.
I guess it doesn't matter what it was, just that it felt good. I am continuing to feel awesome.