I woke up feeling a bit better than the last two mornings, but I was still extremely stuffed up. The throat wasn't sore for the first time this week though, so that's good. I met up with Albert, Bryant, Ken, and Bret at 21st Pond. I wanted to test my energy levels to see if racing Saturday was/is feasible. We did a 3-mile warmup and then planned a 2-mile tempo. I wanted to hit 5:00 pace since we were running with tailwind and a very slight downhill. If I couldn't hit 5:00, that would be a good indicator that I just didn't the energy to race Saturday.
We started the tempo and I felt pretty sluggish but the pace was good. I took a wrong turn and had to stop dead in my tracks and turn around so that likely cost me a few seconds. My mile split was 4:52. But things got bad quickly after that and I felt really tired and fatigued, like the tank had gone from full to empty in a matter of seconds. So, I decided to stop at 1.5 miles. My 1.5 mile split was 7:27, so I was like 5:10 pace or so for that last 0.5. Afterward I was just done and had a hard time working up the energy to cooldown 1.5 miles.
It's pretty frustrating. I feel like I just can't get consistent training in, something keeps setting me back. I haven't decided what to do yet about Saturday. I know what I should do, but what I want/hope to do and what I should do aren't aligned! Anyway, I won't make a final decision until I see how I feel tomorrow morning. But, I know that had today been raceday, I would've had either a DNS, DNF, or 75-minute+ time. So, things really need to get better in the next 24 hours for me to have confidence I can race and have a decent showing.