I feel like a Doublemint twin, 'cuz it's time to double your pleasure and double your fun with two blog posts in one. ...

A bit chilly outside today, huh? Try getting yourself out of bed at 6 for five miles of cool comfort. After the heat and humidity of summer, it's about time the temperatures start cooperating for runners. I love a cool run. It gets the blood flowing, and feels good as the body heats up and sweat starts pouring a little later than usual.

There's also a quiet calm about the cold. People are bundled up or huddled inside. It just seems more peaceful when the mercury takes a tumble. Add a little snow - which I enjoy running through so much more than rain, and I like rain a lot - and you've got a postcard type of day for sure. But I'm getting ahead of myself a bit.

So it was cold, which meant changing the outfit for the day. Usually, I'll be in shorts and a T-shirt well into November if not December. This morning required a long-sleeve shirt and some gloves. No hat... not cold enough for that by a long shot.

Typically, that would have been it. But I've been battling a cold lately, so I threw on a jacket for extra protection.

(And this is where post No. 2 ramps up...)

I've had this cold, and slight cough, and laryngitis, since Saturday. And it's a tricky thing figuring out when you run and when you don't when feeling less than 100 percent. For me, it boils down to how I'm feeling on any given morning.

So, on Monday for instance, I woke up, my head puffed up more than your average Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon, and flopped back into bed. On Tuesday, the fog had lifted a bit, so a slow four was in order. Today? The five, taken at a more leisurely than normal pace.

You don't want to give in to the cold and swear off running, especially at this juncture. But you don't want to push it too hard and do more damage. So, in a marathon training experience that keeps throwing me curves, I've got another to negotiate. With a little luck, a couple more days of rest and I'll be ready for Friday's run of 14 or 16. ... It shouldn't be a problem. I hope.

It's a good thing, though, that I'm getting used to operating off-plan. Because if you'd asked me to script this whole experience six months ago, this is not how I would have drawn it all up.