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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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