First run in 12 days...
I caught the worst cold/virus that I can recall. I woke up on Thursday, August 23 with fever/chills/sore throat/cough...the works. I figured I had 9 days until the marathon to get healthy, but it was not to be. I got progressively worse and could not breathe much without coughing/choking. At first I thought it might be the poor air quality we had, but it was indeed a nasty cold.
I carefully ran 5.03 miles today trying not to breathe heavy so I wouldn't cough. I stayed on the 1 mile loop I live on, just in case. I even had cough drops stashed in my pocket. I made it through, but had a pretty good coughing spell when I cooled down.
Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
I am now looking for a marathon later in the fall to make up for Saturday.