Today was the first day in a week that I woke up and actually felt ok. No throat pain, no head congestion. Great, I can finally run! I should have kept it easy, kept it short. In the beginning I wasn't sure how far I would get, I'm going to run within myself. No need to be a hero, there is a half marathon scheduled for tomorrow remember. I really like the route we had today, it's an out and back on the East Bay Bike Path. I find that on the path I really get lost in the running. We started out and of course I felt great. After a weeks worth of rest the legs felt brand new. I kept my eye on the pace ensuring that I wasn't pushing it. Things felt good not too labored so I kept going. Should have turned back after 1.5 miles, but kept going. Hit 2.5 and was just too into it. By the time I gave serious thought to turning back, we were only a half mile away from 4.5. What the hell, I'm in it to win it now. The problem with out and backs is that you have to run back. I just felt light today, running felt nice. I rarely feel like this on a run so decided to just enjoy it. The air was crisp, I hadn't been outside other than to run to and from my car all week. It hit me coming up that little hill, my lungs filled with fluid and I started to wheeze. Oh well, no one is going to stop and give me a ride and it's too cold to walk the 2 miles back to the car. I backed off the pace and dug in. Finishing with a 10:18 per mile average I have to say I'm pretty pleased. Faster than my goal pace for a possible fall marathon. For a run on weakened lungs, and a weeks worth of poor nutrition I'll take it. Here's hoping that tomorrow goes equally as well!