Today I waited until 4pm to lace up the running shoes. The weather had been begging for me to get out much much sooner, but I had to be sure that the sore legs were really only sore and not telling something different.
I felt pretty good during this run. It was just one week ago that I had to turn around after the first mile because of the burning in my chest due to the cold I just could not shake. However, today was a run of a different color. It was light, brisk, my turn over rate was solid, and I felt like I was actually gaining ground on those lost weeks of rest.
I feel like I can keep increasing my distance, time, and effort from day to day ever so slightly to get back to where I need to be in the next 4 weeks. The New Orleans 1/2 marathon might still be a stretch for me, although I would be able to use it as a training run instead of racing for a personal best. I will keep that in mind as the next week comes and goes and I get a better idea of where I am physically and mentally.
"Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must move faster than the lion or it will not survive. Every morning a lion wakes up and it knows it must move faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter if you are the lion or the gazelle, when the sun comes up, you better be moving." - Maurice Greene (attributed to Roger Bannister shortly after running the first sub-4 mile)