Yesterday was my great experiment. The day to see if my cold was going to win out or not. My coughing fits have been slowly subsiding, but I thought the same on Tuesday and was barely able to make it one mile before I had to do my pack a day imitation. So I was a little concerned when I decided that I was going to try to get four miles under my belt.
I was determined that if I was going to have to stop and hack away, I was going to at least enjoy the sights. So, I headed down to Crystal Cove State Park about 6PM to attempt an easy four miles. My head was still pretty congested, but I just wanted to see if I could make it out and back two miles. The bottom line was the four miles came and went pretty uneventfully. I had to hold the horses back - I went out the first mile at a 9:24 - I definitely didn't want to stay at that pace in the shape I was in. A little past mile 2 I had the only incident during the run - I think all the snot in my head decided to let go at once. A quick stop and a couple of snot rockets later I was back on the course and finished up in an overall 10:00 pace.
Now, everything isn't back to normal yet. I did have a coughing fit once I stopped and was at the car. It was the strangest sensation. I started feeling a tightening sensation in my chest followed by a minute or two of coughing. (My youngest son has asthma and I couldn't help but thinking that this is what it must feel like when he has an attack.) And I'm still coughing a little this morning, but each day I'm feeling a little better. This week's training plan is petty much out the window at this point, and I'm going to take it day to day. I am going to put six or so miles in this afternoon. Then I'll see where I sit to decide what to do this weekend. I'd love to get one more 20 miler in for the psychological benefits (that would be three 20 milers in this training cycle). With three weeks left, this weekend would be the last opportunity for a final long run. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Hopefully, this cold is finally releasing it's death grip.