Monday, June 24, 2013

Training 6/24-6/30

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!
Grade:B+/2 credits/distance=5.5

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.
Grade:B-/1 credit/distance=2.0

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!
Grade:A-/1 credit/distance=5.5

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.
Grade:D-/1 credit/distance=4.0

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.
Grade:C-/2 credits/distance=10.0

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.
Grade:B/1 credit/distance=5.0

Weekly summary:
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.


Yo Momma Runs said...

Wait, which Gold's do you use? I'm at the one on 31 a lot, but probably during your work hours. This is definitely the time of year that I'm not sad that I have to take my workouts inside for childcare purposes.

Crazy J said...

I do use the one on 31 in Vestavia but always before 8 and after 5. I thought I recognized it from your pics. If it's hot or there's a threat of rain and/or I need to be somewhere soon, I don't mind using the indoor track there and prefer it to the dreadmill.