Sorry to just jump into this discussion but I am an idiot (don't everybody rush to disagree with me now)
I'm 36 and have never done many push ups. Last Friday (a week ago) a friend of mine who's quite a bit younger and has been doing the 100 per day said something like, "100 a day that's for wimps - I do 250).
So I decided that I could get up to that in a short time. Well, at 4pm in my office I started (I had to work late and couldn't do my usual routine so it seemed like a great idea to do the push-ups in my office.)
I figured I'd do 60 or something at first in sets of 20. Well, I had a great time and decided to bust my friend's record, so I ended up doing 251 that night (just to raz my friend because he is always making fun of me for being old).
I was pretty tired that night but felt good. The next day I didn't have much soreness, the next day after that not much, the third day a little, but now it's been a week and though I haven't had much soreness - the soreness I have hasn't gone away.
Now I'm a little concerned I messed myself up.
How long does it take to recover when you've really punished yourself?