Monday, November 12, 2012

Training 11/12-11/18 (race week)

11/12- Day off work but conditions were dreary so it was an easy 8 indoors plus a tribute to the man formerly known as Ochocinco.  Finished in 59:55 (7:29 pace).  Pride got the best of me and I would not allow myself to finish over 60.  Fairly even pace (29:52-30:03).  Solid but unspectacular.
Grade:B+/1 credit/distance=8.5

11/13- Johnny's workout.  It's not easy to run speed with temps in the 40s.  Workout was 4x400, 800, 1600, 400.  1st 4 400s averaged a 75.x.  800 was decent at 2:47 but the Mile sucked.  I needed an 85 last laps just to get under 6:00 so I went for it then totally tied up and finished at 6:09.  Then Johnny made us run a 400 after only a 10 second rest.  I jogged the first 200 then sprinted home hard to finish in 86.  Average overall.  It feels like my dosage may be trending back up.  I don't know what to make of that but I don't like it.  This is ridiculous that 1/4 of a pill can make a significant difference but it's true.
Grade:B-/2 credits/distance=4.5

11/14- Planned rest day.  In full taper mode now.  Looking at my history, a hiccup during race week often bodes well for the big day.

11/15- AM.  2.5 mile progression run indoors.  Finished in 17:21 (6:56 pace).  Splits were 7:06-6:56-3:19 then added a cool down for another 0.5 miles.  Pace was fast on purpose because I really needed to test myself after the hiccup.  My body felt too tight.  Since it is a morning race, I must err on the low side with the pills.  I researched some on health forums and learned that extreme sensitivity is rare but not unheard of.  What I didn't find was what to do about it.  I've got to do something but not until after the race.  I will have 48 hours of rest until race time.
Grade:B/1 credit/distance=3.0

11/16- Planned rest day.  Drive to Charlotte.  I had another hiccup yesterday that related to Cal/Mag issues.  Expectations are running pretty low for tomorrow.

11/17- Charlotte Thunder Road Half Marathon in 1:34:55 (7:14 pace).  Not a very good time but it wasn't as bad as it looks on the surface.  This course was murder!  More details to come later.
Grade:B-/4 credits/distance=14.0

11/18- Slow 3.5 indoors in 27:49 (7:57 pace).  Appropriately sore.  This is just about how I should feel after a half mary race effort.  Added a half mile cool at a pace barely faster than a walk.
Grade:B/1 credit/distance=4.0

Weekly summary:
This ends my winning streak.  I had gone 7 straight weeks above 3.0, which is a new personal record.  It was a nice run but it's over now.  The lesson learned is that I need 2 fructosin pills per day long-term.  If I miss a dose every now and then, no big deal.  If I take the fructosin, I do not need extra magnesium and the Cal/Mag issue appears to be okay.  What to do about the Thym-Adren sensitivity?  Perhaps there's another enzyme that could help.  YTD: 1,805
Distance=34.0/ GPA= 25.5/9= 2.83

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