First group run since being sick.
We did the usual mile warmup, stretch, and striders. Then, 4 x 1 mile repeats with 3 minute recovery. That's what was planned. Up to this point, I feel perfectly normal. We were supposed to run at 5k pace. That means I should be running around 7:25 according to my last 5k time, but I figured I should be able to run these at the same time as my first mile split from that race. That time was 6:45. There were two other guys in my group that said they were going to run that pace. I joined them.
Our first mile was 6:57. That's 12 seconds over. Not too bad considering I didn't use a watch to pace myself and I was relying solely on them to keep us honest. The second mile, I ran a 6:47. I felt good on that one.
I'm not sure what happened on the next repeat. I felt good at the beginning. My legs felt like I was getting good turnover and strides. I had energy. It was even cooler than it's been lately since there were clouds and we were getting some light winds thanks to Hurricane Earl. I got around the first lap and within the next 100 yards my breathing went to panting and then hyperventilating as if I was running all out. But I wasn't. I don't think I was giving it that much effort, but I couldn't breathe right.
I stopped running and walked back over to where our coach was sitting. He just had surgery for plantar fasciitis. That's gotta suck. I noticed that my nose was running slightly, which isn't normal for me. I must still be having effects from my cold last week. I told the coach that is why I was out all of last week. He told me to run an easy 2 miles to finish my workout. I did it. I ran it around 9 minute pace and that was OK.
I rode my bike home and I got winded on the way home, which never happens to me, either. I have eaten now and had a few glasses of water to rehydrate and I still feel a little tired from today's workout. I hate colds.