8:10 AM - Westboro - 7 miles, 50:00.
5 x 2:00 @ 10K-ish effort w/2:00 recovery.
The idea behind this morning's short session was to open up the legs and lungs a little bit to see if I'm going to be ready for a 25-lap tour of Harvard's fieldhouse on Sunday. I've still got two more days to get healthy, but right now the prospect of 5,000 meters around the indoor oval doesn't look too promising. I feel a ton better than I did on Tuesday, but like a bad Cranberries song, this crazy cold still lingers. I'm hoping that I can shake this sucker soon and give it a good go this weekend, but the last thing I want to be doing on Sunday is hacking up a lung in Lane 1 while struggling to slip under 16 minutes. You can feel like shit and still fake your way through the East Bumfuck 5K and call it a tempo run if things start heading south, but it doesn't quite work that way at the USATF-NE Indoor Championhips. And since the main goal is to get an accurate assessment on the current state of my fitness, I want to make sure I'm operating at least close to 100% before I put on my racing flats and thoroughly thrash myself for quarter of an hour. So at this point, I'm just gonna sit back and see what the next couple days bring.