Well, I have reached the halfway point in my training. I did my Tuesday and Wednesday runs without incident. Thursday was a little short on miles. I was dog sitting for my parents. I figured that their border collie would love a nice 8 mile run. However, being in a new neighborhood with all those new smells turned out to be too much of a distraction. We ended up stopping every 50 yards or so. The 8 mile run turned into about a 5.5 mile run/walk.
The good news was that the cough was nearly eliminated by Friday and I felt things were looking up. Saturday morning, I was a bit sluggish on my warm up run before my training group. However, during the group run, I did manage to push my pace down into the 6-minute range for the first time that I could remember. I was able to hold it for a good half-mile to catch my front running group. That was the good news.
Sunday, though, turned out to be bad news. Cough, mostly gone, but aches and chills hit. Damn - some kind of flu bug hit me just before noon. By Monday morning, I was miserable. I called it quits after a half day of work. I slept pretty much all afternoon and night. I managed to get back to work on Tuesday (today) and run with my group for almost 4 miles. I was even able to break back into the 6-min/mile range for steady bursts of time.
So, I'm feeling cautiously optimistic about my training right now. I know I need to get some serious weekend miles in if I could just shake the various illnesses. Fortunately I still have most of 2 months to go for training. Still time to rack up some good trail miles and hills.
Training for this week (if I can manage)
T/W/TH - 4/10/8 S/Sun - 22/10
Oh, another bright spot this week - I published my latest minimalist shoe review at www.barefoot-running.us. The shoe is the SKORA Base. Take a look!