Monday, May 20, 2013

Training 5/20-5/26

5/20- I really appreciate the recent uptick in page views.  It means a lot that so many people are rooting for me and I don't plan on letting you down.  I would welcome your comments.  The over-stimulation was severe this morning but based on my report, that's how I should feel if I go too long without the pills.  I was "out of it" at work too until the pills kicked in.  The workout was another decent improvement over yesterday.  The heat and humidity is starting to kick in plus I wanted the same "course" as yesterday.  6 miles indoors in a time of 45:24 (7:34 pace).  1st half: 22:36, 2nd half: 22:48.  13 ticks per mile better than yesterday and I'll take that any day but a quality session would have been ugly.
Grade:B/1 credit/distance= 6.5

5/21- Lame interval session at Oak Mountain.  I knew I was not ready for this type of workout yet so I won't be too hard on myself.  400-400-300-300-200-200-100-100.  Splits were 82-84. 62-64. 38-40 and ran the 100s naked.  No power but felt like if I ran the same 6 miler, it would have been decent.
Grade:C/1 credit/distance=3.0

Update: It appears the Vitamin E + selenium is effective but the dosage is too strong.  Selenium alone has had no effect at all.  It's a good bet that my problem is a Vitamin E deficiency. Se was low on my hair test because E is needed to produce it.  I just need to find the right dosage.  Passed 750 miles on the year.

5/22- Unplanned rest day because I took too much Vitamin E.  The weather looks iffy anyway.  I'm starting a new form of E tomorrow with less selenium.

5/23- AM- Felt awful when I woke up and took the standard dose of Thym-Adren and Vitamin C and was not much better.  Then, I popped half a pill of the new Vitamin E, which contains no potentially harmful amino acids and less selenium.  I began feeling better immediately.  Did a quarter mile in 1:50 (7:20 pace), which felt unsustainable so I took the other half.  I came back with a 5:11 (6:55 pace) for the next 1200. Effort was "comfortable."  I wanted to run another mile but had to leave for work.  I may attempt a tempo this evening.

PM- Tempo on Lakeshore.  5 miles in 34:56 (6:59 pace).  Hollow victory to get the sub-35 and needed an all out kick to do it.  I took a 2nd Vitamin E pill before the workout and it felt like a mistake but I'm not sure that 1 pill was enough.  I will likely lose my 12th in 16 weeks.  The positive was that this effort was not much more than the 6@ 7:34 on Monday.
Grade:C+/2 credits/distance=6.5

5/24- 6 miles through Mountain Brook on a picture perfect evening.  On a planned easy day, I finished in 44:17 (7:23 pace) and was encouraged by how I felt on just 1 Vitamin E pill.  I have a chance to pull out a win with a strong weekend.  Route was Brownell-Canterbury loop for 3.5 then out and back on Jemison trail.  Pretty even pace but fell asleep in Mile 5 before coming back with a solid finish.  Good job.
Grade:A-/1 credit/distance=6.0

5/25- Gnome run.  First double digit run in more than a month.  Nice cool weather.  I was actually slightly chilly early on.  Finished 10 miles in 73:58 (7:24 pace) on a moderate course.  Solid effort.  Hung with the 1st tier for 8 miles with 2-8 @ GMP.  Only concern is that my foot is sore again.  I hope that it will get better as my numbers get back in line.  If not, I'll have to get prolo.  Need a B+ tomorrow for a win.
Grade:A-/2 credits/distance=11.0

5/26- Lakeshore 6.5 in 48:38 (7:29 pace).  Good weather again.  6AM start.  Felt slightly over-stimulated but my drink choices were not the best yesterday.  1st half: 24:05, 2nd half: 24:33.  Strugg-a-ling a little after Mile 4 but overall pretty solid.
Grade:B+/1 credit/distance=7.0

Weekly summary:
Come from behind victory.  Maybe the grading was too lenient but it goes in the books as a win.  Vitamin E is the answer probably for at least the next few months but I'm not holding out much hope that it is the final key.  I've been hurt too many times.
Distance=40.0/ GPA= 24.0/8= 3.00
YTD: 782 miles.  Record: 9-11.  Cum. GPA= 2.67


Yo Momma Runs said...

Amen to the heat and humidity kicking in. I really need to reevaluate hydration out on my long runs. Felt like I was about to die at Red Mtn on Sunday. Not good at all!

Crazy J said...

In runs longer than 3 miles, the pace must be adjusted. I also will carry a handheld bottle of Gatorade for runs longer than 5 miles.