Most people don't think of having a cold when the temperatures are hovering around the low 90's, but there has definitely been a change in the air lately. Remember, this is Orlando.
I have been fending off a cold the past 2 weeks. I didn't get a lot of sleep on Monday evening, so I think that is what made my body give out mid-Tuesday. I missed my running group both times this week. I went straight home after work Tuesday, because my nose was going berserk. It was driving my nuts, so I stocked up some soup and went to bed. I missed work for a couple days and still wasn't 100 percent yesterday. I went to work, but didn't feel ready to run. My nose was still clogged a little bit.
I haven't run since last Sunday and I felt like my lungs could handle the load this morning. I wanted to take an easy 3 mile run. I started by doing my first mile around 10 minute pace. My legs have definitely rested this past week and I just wanted to bust out and run as fast I could after half a mile. I held back though, until a runner zipped by me at about 1 mile. I made it a point to adjust my speed to match hers. She had about a 200 yard lead and I maintained that spacing for about half a mile. She then stops for water and started back up just after I passed the water fountain. I was probably running around 8 minute pace till that point. That's when I started increasing my turnover and got down around a low 7 minute pace. I kept that style of running for half a mile and then keeping the same speed, I slowed down my cadence and started to stride out. I did this by extending my kicking / trail leg. I didn't want to hurt my knees from overextension.
I kept that speed through 2.75 miles and noticed that the other runner had fallen back by about 200 yards. My ego was bolstered enough for the day, so I finished up the last .25 mile at my original 10 minute pace.
It feels great to be back and I don't think I lost a step. I don't know if my lungs are ready for more mileage yet, but I'll find out soon enough.