3/25- Temps in the 40s with blustery conditions so I stayed inside. I went with the conservative option today: 1-1 ratio of Cal/Mag, no C, Fructosin and 4 Thym-Adren. Overall, I finished 6 miles in 44:10 (7:22 pace). Felt good for the first 2 miles then it got harder in Mile 3. Passed 5 miles in 37:14 (7:27 pace) then turned it up a notch for a 6:56 last mile. It's another workout that will do just fine for a planned easy day but I would have struggled in a quality session. As for the Cal/Mag, the exact doses were 500 mg. of each. A 5:3 ratio or a 5:7 ratio would have sucked! Just another day in the life of Crazy J. As for the Thym-Adren, it felt like 4 was not quite enough. If I can get by with 5, I probably will not need C but if I need 6, it is likely that I will.
3/26- Tempo fail! I was doing well through 2 miles in 12:40 then died in Mile 3 AGAIN! I get credit for passing 5K in 20:07 (6:27 pace) but quit after that. Today's formula was 6 Thym-Adren but I made a questionable choice of OJ (about 125 mg of C) for breakfast. I feared that I would need at least some C on that dose. I went home and popped some more pills including more C and ended up MUCH WORSE and slow jogged another 1.9 miles. I am disgusted now but will try again tomorrow with no Vitamin C in any form. After further review, I am counting it as a tempo and it's only based on the 5K in 20:07. No mercy tomorrow. I will try to run on 5 then see if the 6th makes me better or worse.
3/27- 5 pills clearly not enough so I went with 6 before the run. Fast finish Trak Shak 5 in 35:35 (7:07 pace). Ran it with Kile and he provided good motivation. He opened up a 10 second gap on me and I closed it by running better than 6:30 in the last mile. I pulled even within a half mile but did not race him to the finish. Again, it was a decent workout but I am not race sharp. I will attempt to cut the Cal/Mag entirely and I need to call the doctor and see if he has any ideas about why magnesium seems to make things worse. Rumpshaker decision will be made tomorrow.
Update: My research has shown that taking B-Vitamins supposedly enhances magnesium absorption. That's worth trying down the road but not so close to a possible race. If I do Rumpshaker, I just want to run "well" and feel decent. If I'm 19:40ish, that would be satisfactory. With 5 losses in 8 weeks and 3 unimpressive wins, I'm afraid I've lost too much fitness to have a shot at a PR.
3/28- Update: I took no calcium or magnesium this morning and soon my body rudely informed me that Vitamin C was necessary without the magnesium. I thought I was going back to 8 Thym-Adren just like before but that proved to be too much. I must stick with 6 of those suckers per day until further notice. Already hurting, I went home for lunch to experiment. I took a 1:1 Cal/Mag ratio and felt MUCH WORSE so I disgustedly went to the Vitamin shop and picked up some B-complex to test my theory. I began feeling somewhat better soon afterwards. I may have found something with the B-complex + magnesium. I'm not sure if the C was hurting me or not after all.
Rumpshaker decision: I would really like to try but a bad race would be a big time downer consider what happened last year (tied my HS PR). Barring a miracle turnaround tomorrow, I am a no-go.
PM- Tried a junk run on Wisteria after work and it sucked. I only ran a half mile easy and the pace was near 8:00. I'm not sold on the magnesium+B complex so I'm going with no magnesium until St. Louis next weekend. I will go there barring injury or illness. This counts as a rest day
3/29- Went without any Cal/Mag and tried to run. I knew within a tenth of mile that it would suck. I popped some Mag + B complex and felt no better. Overall stats were 3 miles on Lakeshore in a time of 25:30 (8:30 pace). No go decision was correct. At least I saved $30 by not signing up early. The only thing that I can think of going forward is to go with the magnesium+ B-6 only and cut the Vitamin C. DISGUSTING!
3/30- Not much better. Trak Shak 5 in 39:26 (7:53 pace). Splits were 7:24-7:20-7:37-8:12-8:52.
An improvement over yesterday but only marginally so. Instead of fading in Mile 2, I was doing okay through 3. If I had done Rumpshaker, it would have been a high 22, maybe even a 23. Formula was B-6, 6 Thym-Adren, 1:1 Cal/Mag. Something must be tweaked again. I tried a 7th Thym-Adren and got worse. Why do I need to cut it again? There is a reasonable explanation. Now that magnesium is being properly absorbed, the high Na/Mg ratio is coming down and fewer pills are required. I do not feel comfortable going below 3 pills however. I'm going to lose for the 6th time in 9 weeks and there will be a penalty for lack of quality sessions this week.
PM- 2 mile junk run on Wisteria. Pace was almost surely over 9:00, possibly 10:00 but I didn't care.
3/31- Continued gradual improvement. Trak Shak 5 in 38:30 (7:42 pace) with only a slight fade at the end. This one was cut short due to the rain so I drove back home to find the gym open. Ran 3 more in 23:30 (7:50 pace) with a nice rebound after a slow start. Overall time was 62-flat for 8 miles (7:45 pace). I credit cutting the Thym-Adren down to 5 pills but it clearly was too conservative. I need 4 or less, which is beginning to make me feel uneasy.
*Penalty- Failure to complete a run of 11 miles or longer. 1 credit with an "F" grade.
End of lousy first quarter. 6th loss in the last 9 weeks. The marginal improvements over the weekend could be a sign of breaking out of this awful slump.
Distance=35.0/GPA= 13.3/8= 1.66 (year low)
YTD: 501 miles, Record: 7-6. GPA= 35.50/13= 2.72