Monday, November 26, 2012

Training 11/26-12/2

With Meb on 11/26. Visibly unwell.
11/26- Lame indoor 4 in 31:51 (7:58 pace).  Poor performance but I knew it was coming.  Took 2 pills in the morning and my body immediately tightened up and I felt lousy most of the day.  I did get a little better by late afternoon, which enabled me to do the workout.  Passed 1850 on the year and clinched a 2.75.  I need 30 MPW and a 2.5 GPA over the remaining 5 weeks.  Highlight of the day was getting to meet Meb Keflezighi at a book signing.  This is the 2nd time that I have met an Olympic medalist.  I met Roger Kingdom ('80s hurdler) at a HS invitational.
Grade:C-/1 credit/distance=4.5

11/27- Cut the dose down to 1.5 and should have cut it further.  Modest improvement over yesterday.   Workout was still quite lame.  5 miles in 38:39 (7:44 pace) and I was working for it.  Miles 1,2 and 5 were pretty good.  3 and 4 sucked.  The latter was over 8:00.  I will attempt to cut it down to 1 tomorrow.  This was disappointing.  I really was expecting better based on how I felt during the day.
Grade:C+/1 credit/distance=5.5

11/28- MUCH BETTER!  Same 5 miler indoors but my time was down to 33:58 (6:47 pace).  This one required no more effort than yesterday.  This pace is not real strong for a tempo but I still get a good grade because of the improvement.  Took only 1/2 of 1 pill this morning and it still made me too tight.  It's official.  I've been forced off the pills again.  The medical report will reveal the reason.  More about this development will come in a separate post.
Grade:B/2 credits/distance=5.5

11/29- As expected, my first day off the Thym-Adren went very well.  Lakeshore 8 plus a cool down tribute.  Goal was a steady GMP run and I came through 7 right on target then threw down a 6:11 last Mile (just shy of 5K race pace) to finish in 56:46 (7:06 pace).  I may challenge my 5K PR next week. There is no guarantee that I will get another chance.  Signed up for 13.1 Los Angeles.
Grade:A+/1 credit/distance=8.5

11/30-  Trying not to worry but I'm scared and paranoid.  Slight knee soreness but I was appropriately sore everywhere.  Every little ache and pain will be analyzed.  I feel like I should go fully to minimalist shoes.  I think I'm ready for it.  It is very unlikely that Fructosin will ever give me problems.  If Paramin (Cal/Mag) gives me problems, I am in most likely in trouble.  Today was a planned rest day but I decided to do a junk run instead.  2 miles in 15:who cares.
Grade:Pass/0 credit/distance=2.0

12/1- Long run with the big boys.  Hung on for 11 miles then backed off but I may have made it another 3.  Hit 13.1 right at 1:35 then went easy for the next .14 then slammed a 6:22 to finish in about 1:42:30 (7:11 pace) on a moderate course that featured more hills in the first half.  Again, give me level terrain and a 2 day rest, I think I can do 20@7:15, in which case I can ATTEMPT a 3:10 marathon.  This was a good confidence booster.
Grade:A/2 credits/distance=15.0

PM- 2 mile junk run on Wisteria.  Naked!
Grade:Pass/0 credit/distance=2.0

12/2- Noon run on Lakeshore.  It's December and I ran shirtless (70 and sunny).  Went 6.5 miles plus a warm and cool.  Got off to a good start and held it for about 4.5 then struggled pretty badly in the last 2.  Finished in 48:37 (7:29 pace) and had to fight for the sub-7:30.  It seems that Paramin is indeed making me feel a bit tight and that is not a good sign.  At least I know that 1 of those won't hurt me.  Even with Fructosin, I still need to watch my sugar intake.
Grade:B-/1 credit/distance=7.0

Weekly summary:
Doing my best not to worry about the medical report.  I did manage to finish in the win column for the first time in 3 weeks despite a slow start. YTD: 1,896 miles.  Barring injury, the 2K is mine for the 2nd straight year.  My mileage PR of 2,092, set last year, is unlikely.
Distance=50.0/ GPA= 25.0/8=3.13

1 comment:

Yo Momma Runs said...

Meb is such a nice guy! Hope you got some grub after that. We keep lots of snacks in the car, so if you are ever hungry around me, ask me for a granola bar. Except you might not eat those.