9/20- 2.5 easy on the mill. Hoping that a run would take my mind off the brutal dental pain. It did not. My pace fell off significantly after 2 miles.
Grade: Pass/0 credit/ distance= 2.5
9/21- knocked out by Lortab, disabled.
9/22-tooth extraction today, disabled.
9/23- recovering at home, off the pain meds and hoping to get clearance soon.
9/24- got clearance to run and start gradually when I feel up to it. Just did a few untimed strides. Did not feel good at all and taking chromium made things worse. This is essentially a rest day and this whole week is essentially a break, which means I likely won't take much time off between Huntsville and Mercedes.
9/25- 2 miles at moderate effort at Veteran's Park. Time was 15:31 (7:45 pace). Pace was even despite feeling very weak. Maybe it wasn't the best idea to run today but this was essentially just a warm up and should not hurt too much. I am halfway through the antibiotics.
Grade: Pass/0 credit/distance=2.0
9/26- Miserable 1.2 run in Hoover in brutally humid conditions. Felt awful and quit because I had to squat. The rain came in the afternoon so I ran a comfortable 3.8 on the 'mill @7:50 pace with a fast finish. The difference? You guessed it. 1 chromium pill.
Grade: Pass/ 0 credit/distance=5.0
Weekly summary: This would have been my worst week on record but I have an excuse this time. Hopefully, the rehab is finished and I can go long tomorrow. Distance was 10 miles.
9/27- 7.5@ 7:55 pace. Faded a bit in the 2nd half. Planned to go 10 but just didn't quite feel up to it. Not a good run by any stretch but still my best since the toothache. Finished 75% of the workout at easy pace with tempo effort. I get a 75 on the day.
9/28- Veterans Park 2 in 16:10. Baaaaaauhhd! I was done after the warm up. The only reason this is not an F is that I am still on antibiotics. I should have been prescribed this dosage for a few days then been allowed to taper down. Good news is that today was my last full day. I have 2 pills left then I can pitch the empty bottle. I've already gotten some probiotics. I feel weak and stiff all over just like adrenal fatigue.
9/29- Johnny's workout. 400 strides, 5x800, 400 strides with a 400 jog in between. My average was a 2:46 with a range of 2:38-2:49. Up and down day for me. Felt awful when I woke up and got worse after taking the last of the antibiotics then after lunch, I loaded on SBF (anti-adrenal fatigue formula) and soon felt better. Antibiotics can cause adrenal fatigue and I was probably headed back in that direction. If I ever have to go on antibiotics again, I will remember the SBF! This was not one of my best workouts but still the best I've done since this ordeal Average performance on the workout but below average on the day.
9/30- Good ending to a ROTTEN month overall. Trak Shak 5 @ 7:00. This was a course PR but still short of my all time best by :17/mile so a good tempo effort. Good start but faded badly in 4th mile but had enough left to finish 1 second under 35. Still a bit tight in the groin area and my form was sloppy AND my bowels are still loose. I nearly lost it on the cool down with Adam and had to duck into a restaurant. Despite all that, I can be pleased with my performance.
10/1- After back to back quality days, I normally rest or do a recovery run. Today, I opted for the recovery run. Hoover 3 @7:48. Had to run an obstacle course around the band and football practice and in the end, I had to cut the workout short. Bad mid-afternoon low in which I felt sleepy and wired at the same time so part of me was pleased that I was able to run at all. Fairly even pace but I was struggling through it. No, it didn't feel like natural fatigue. I was sore and short of breath. That's a double whammy. Overall, for an planned easy day, it was not a debacle but still mediocre.
10/2- Lakeshore 5 in 38:47 (7:46 pace). Felt stiff warming up then took some chromium and it helped. Not as sore as yesterday. Not effortless but still an improvement over yesterday. A good long run would complete a halfway decent week.
10/3- 16 miles @ 8:28 pace on a hilly route. Uneven pace but don't blame me. I just ran with the group. Still stiff groin muscles that got worse during the run. Faded pretty badly after 13 but that's okay since I'm not racing a marathon for several months. This was my longest run in a long time so I'm okay with the slow overall pace. I just wanted to be under 8:30. I could barely walk after I finished but I took a 2nd chromium and it helped a lot. A few strides in the afternoon. I should be ready to go tomorrow.
Highest mileage since marathon training. Still not very good overall but it was my 2nd highest GPA in the last 6 weeks. The next time I hit the wall in a marathon, I will take chromium during the race. Ran all 7 days and had only 1 day that was less than a C. Hopefully, this is the start of a positive trend.