2/25- Overall, this was the best I've felt this month but that is faint praise. Fast finish 5 miler with an overall time of 34:58 (6:59 pace) with a 6:20 in Mile 5. There are 2 more discouraging developments. First, the ankle needs prolo and I hope Dr. Johnson is free this week. Second, 5 pills were not quite enough. I wanted to do 6-7 miles but the foot was starting to bother me. I'm afraid to do speed work. I felt good early but around Mile 3-4, I was still running a decent pace but was feeling too loose and anxious.
2/26- Easy 7.5 in 55:14 (7:22 pace). Actually enjoyed the workout for the first time in a long time. Foot pain has diminished a bit but it's still there. I did get an appointment with Dr. Johnson tomorrow. I am back up the full dose of Thym-Adren, which was a disaster less than 1 week ago. WHAT THE _________!!!?? I attribute it to tight restrictions on sugar and taking the Fructosin consistently. I feel good about this formula for now but am not confident about 2 months from now. I could get the medical report in as little as 2 weeks from now and predict a modest improvement.
2/27- NIGHTMARE! I just can't plug all the leaks. I think I've got the Thym-Adren squared away but now the Vitamin C and copper has flared up again. All I had time for was a short run. I tried to run in at tempo pace and died after a 6:30 1st mile. Hung on for another one at 7:50 then quit. Drove up to Nashville for prolo and it was not bad.
2/28- Last day of the month from hell. I am too sore from the prolo to run today so I'm taking my planned rest day. Perhaps the fructose malabsorption is interfering with the Vitamin C absorption. I need to take the Fructosin consistently in spite of the high cost ($45/month). As for the copper, 2 mg is the daily value and only 1 mg. can make a difference between a good day and a bad one. Again, WHAT THE ___________!!!?? Sure, I'm angry but anybody else would be as well. I still have a chance to break the losing streak with a strong weekend. Outside of the sore ankle, I feel pretty decent today and may be able to do a gentle run tomorrow.
3/1- First signs of Spring have come as the trees are beginning to get a few buds but we're in a cold snap with temps barely into the 40s with a chance of snow tomorrow. I stayed indoors for an easy 6 in a decent time of 45:24 (7:34 pace). Slight fade in the 2nd half (22:33/22:51). Ankle was too tender for a quality session but I felt otherwise okay during the run. Not good but okay! I probably would have struggled in a tempo but grading is more lenient on easy days. I need a strong weekend to break the losing streak but barring a sudden sickness, I will be over 2.0 for the first time in 3 weeks.
3/2- Temps in the 30s with wind and yes, snow flurries. Good day to stay in and run an easy 6. It was a good one. Came through 5 in exactly 36:40 with a pace of 7:20 (+/- 2 sec) each mile then turned it up in Mile 6 with a 6:37 to finish in 43:17 (7:13 avg pace). Ankle is still just a little tender but I don't think it hurt me. I have cut the Vitamin C down to 1,000 mg and may go down to 500 because I was still just a tad loose today. At this pace, it didn't hurt me but I'm still not sure how I would do in a tempo. Added a half mile cool. Should hit 40 again. I only need a "B" tomorrow to get a win this week.
3/3- Trak Shak 8 and 3 so it was a hilly route. I wasn't quite in tip top form but pretty strong overall. I think that I will go down to 500 mg. of Vitamin C but that means that I must avoid copper in my protein bars. Yes, even 15% DV can make a difference. Finished with a time of 78:44 for the 11 miles (7:10 pace) with my last mile in 6:45 and last 800 in 3:09. Added a half mile cool. I have broken the losing streak.
Lenient grading for much of the week but it's a win nonetheless. Win #5 on the year. The official formula is 500 mg. of C, 8 Thym-Adren pills, 2 Fructosin and 1-2 Paramin. I could very well go on a hot streak for the next 6-8 weeks but what are the chances that this will work 3 months from now? Slim-none. I expect to get the medical report in 10-14 days.
Distance= 40.0/ GPA= 24.8/8= 3.10
YTD: 348 miles/ Record: 5-4. Cum. GPA= 25.00/9= 2.78