6/24- Big day for me. I LOADED on transdermal magnesium and it seems that the websites claim of no danger of an overdose may be true after all. The only issue that I had was a bit of an itch and a rash where I put a lot of lotion on the skin. I don't think it's a concern. I can cut back on it and be okay. In terms of energy, there were no issues and I felt slightly better overall. I read on a TMG review that it often takes 4-6 weeks to fully take effect. I'm fine with that. Fructosin was a quick fix but this is not. I feel more stable with gradual improvements anyway.
The workout: Sticky-icky weather so it was a Gold's Gym 5 mile tempo and my time is down to 34:14 (6:51 pace). 1st half: 16:54, 2nd half: 17:20. That's a full 90 seconds better than yesterday (18/mile) but a FAR CRY from the 31:40 that I ran back in March. Peachtree is in only 10 days and it's gonna suck!
6/25- Body is tired and sore but it's clearly unrelated to the pills. As is usually the case when I over-reach with my training, I don't feel the depression and blahs. Instead, I feel dazed and dreamy. When I called on my body to perform, it actually responded fairly well. Not a killer workout today but a decent sprint session at Hoover HS. 5x200 with long recoveries. Times were 34.8-33.9-31.8-32.9-31.6. An average of 33-flat or roughly 4:25 pace. In tip top shape, I'd be at or just under 4:00. Closed with 6x100 fast and controlled but untimed followed by a cool. Sprinters like conditions to be warm and dry NOT warm and humid.
5th day on the TMG and I have not collapsed yet. The rash on the stomach is still there however. It doesn't hurt or itch but it is very unsightly. I can try an oil based product if it doesn't go away soon.
6/26- Trak Shak 5.5 in 40:12 (7:19 pace). Strong performance. Legs were tired and sore and I expected to see paces near 7:40 and was quite surprised to see 7:20. Effort was about 3.5/10. The rash has not fully cleared though it may have faded a bit. No real concern. I can try oil or take some type of anti-allergy treatment. More good news is that I seem to be less dependent on the Thym-Adren. I still take the same mega dose but it seems like today, I would not have been horrible if I missed a dose. Man, it would be so great to not be locked in to taking X # of pills or else every day!
6/27- Planned rest. 7th day on the TMG and so far, I am not showing any sign of collapse. I want to test tomorrow. Rash is almost completely gone.
6/28- Well, the collapse did happen today but early signs point to it being due to excess Thym-Adren, NOT the magnesium. I read a hard to believe claim that the TMG supposedly helps stabilize and balance cell chemistry, which could explain my body's sudden rejection of mega doses of Thym-Adren. Why is it that the pill form raised Na and K but the TMG seems as if it may be having the opposite effect? Again, I won't know until the medical report, which will be sent in about a month. I've been pretty good about avoiding caffeine despite a couple slips and have been consistent with the Fructosin as well.
AM- Quit on a Mile time trial after an 86 second first lap and a rapidly slowing pace. Jogged a cool down for a total of 1 Mile. Came home for lunch and took an extra Thym-Adren, which caused me to feel even worse. Hoping for no further ill-effects from another application of the TMG.
PM- I was horrible but I knew it coming into the workout. I just wanted to meet the minimum criteria for a workout and did. 3 miles easy at Gold's in a time of 25:49 (8:36 pace). Planning an aggressive cut to the Thym-Adren dosage tomorrow but may have to skip the Gnome run.
6/29- Ran with the Gnomes. Cut the dose from 8 pills down to 6 and it was not aggressive enough. I might cut it to 4 tomorrow. 10 miles in 84:41 (8:28 pace) on a murderous route that included 2 trips up and down Red Mountain. Probably would have been in the mid-high 1:40s on a flat half mary. Decent improvement and I hope to build on it tomorrow.
6/30- Lakeshore 5 in 37:41 (7:32 pace). Relatively comfortable weather conditions out there at 7 AM. Pleased with the further incremental improvement. I did cut the Thym-Adren down to 4 pills and there will be further cuts tomorrow. There is a chance of getting off this stuff and I'm not excited. I will not believe it until I get a decent medical report.
Very mediocre week overall. I said win or else and I lost but it was due to excess Thym-Adren. What will happen next week? The first half is over and I just want to get back to .500 by year's end.
Distance=32.0/ GPA= 16.8/8= 2.10
YTD: 954 miles. 10-15 with a 2.64 GPA.