9/24- Woke up tired and jet lagged but improved as the day progressed. Wisteria 5 in 36:10 (7:14 pace) plus a short warm and cool. Even pace for the first 4 then deliberately slowed going uphill at the end. Strong GMP run. My Thym-Adren dosage is down to 3 and I hope that it stays there until a medical report shows that I am in the clear. Never again will I believe myself healed otherwise.
9/25- Strong 6 mile tempo. Finished in 39:45 (6:37 pace). Splits got progressively slower from Mile 1-5 but kept it within a range of 6:35-6:45 then finished with a 6:19. This projects to about 41:20 for 10K and I think I could have gone 30-40 seconds faster if I had raced it all out. Yes, I've lost fitness as a result of this prolonged slump but I'm not so far gone that I can't make it back up fairly soon. On a side note, I'm pretty stable at 3 Thym-Adren though I may wait until after the run to take #3. I'm out of Fructosin but I ordered a new bottle before Denver. If it does not arrive tomorrow, I could be in trouble.
9/26- Trak Shak 7.5 in 54:06 (7:13 pace). Very strong effort out there today. Time was good but not that good. I had to stop more often than usual because of traffic. Started too fast then backed off to more reasonable 7:20ish in last 3 miles. Fructosin has not arrived. I'm probably good for one more day off it but no more. Because of the darkness, this will be the last time I can run the long route on Wednesday evenings so I wanted to enjoy it.
9/27- Lakeshore 7 in 50:03 (7:09 pace). Outstanding! I could have gone sub-7 and remained fairly comfortable. My fitness is comparable to what it was at this time last year. At sea level and on a flat course, I think I'm good for a half mary in the low-mid 1:31s right now. That can come down nicely in the next 3 months. Got a note in the mail indicating that I have a parcel waiting and I assume that it's the Fructosin. I am HOT.
9/28- Planned rest day. Need a good long run tomorrow and a decent effort on Sunday to hit 50.
9/29- Run with the Gnomes. Split decision. I was doing pretty well through 12 miles then crashed hard due to a combination of fast paces earlier in the week and possibly too much sugar. In any event, I finished 15 in 1:58:02 (7:52 pace) but the last 3 took about 26 minutes (8:40). The fructosin arrived and I started back on it yesterday but I may have been harmed by the 3 days off it. I'll call this one average overall but finishing at a sub-8 average is enough to prevent a "C." Need 8 tomorrow for 50.
9/30- AM- 3 miles indoors in 22:48 (7:36 pace). Very overstimulated after only 1 Thym-Adren in the morning. Not good. Fading to 7:45 at the end.
PM- Lame 5 miler indoors in 39:06 (7:49 pace). Slight negative split (19:38-19:28). The extreme soreness from yesterday has gone down but I was tight and easily winded from too much caffeine yesterday. I'm clean starting next week.
Despite faltering over the weekend, this was good enough to break a 5 week losing streak. Hit 50 miles for the first time in a long time. This is the end of the 3rd quarter and I stand at 1,494 miles on the year with a GPA of 2.99. Despite the struggles, I still have a chance at 2,000 miles and a 3.00 on the year. I have PR'd at every distance 1 Mile and over but all of them came in the first 5 months.
Distance=50.0/GPA= 26.5/8= 3.31