It's been a long time coming, but this morning I crawled out of bed at 5:15 and went out for a run. I gave myself plenty of time in case I crashed out on the trail, so I could walk back if I had to. Yesterday while running across campus to deliver something by a time deadline I was woefully out of breath and felt horrid - I was really scared being sick would be setting me back a long ways in the running training. I waited until I had a full day of feeling back to normal before I gave it a try.
As it turns out...things are not so bad. I didn't push myself too much and did 2 minutes walk + 7 minutes run 5 times. I'll admit I wasn't running at maximum speed, but to me it was the time on my feet that mattered today. I didn't want to over do it. I had it in my head that it was all over and I'd have to start again from scratch...but I was pleasantly surprised at how well I survived, and although I had a bit of a stitch in my side at the end, I finished the run completely and stretched out very well...about 6 km distance in about 45 minutes. Not too shabby. I guess it takes more than a week off to mess things up too much. I may be a bit behind in training, but my goal is to finish the 10K not set a new speed record, so I'm sure whatever I can manage will be good enough.
Just feeling healthy and happy is a treat at the moment.
Have a good day all!