7/1- Gold's 5 miler and my time is down to 35:26 (7:05 pace) and I managed to negative split this sucker with a 6:48 last mile. 1st half: 17:46, 2nd half: 17:40. That's an improvement of 2:15 over yesterday. In other news, I took only 1 Thym-Adren pill this morning and had a slight negative reaction. Tomorrow, I am going without it. Again, NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION! Until I get a decent medical report, I will NOT believe that I am healed. I've been burned too many times. By coincidence, the colonies actually voted for Independence on July 2, 1776. I will be off the Thym-Adren on July 2 and racing on Independence Day itself.
7/2- Unplanned rest day. Feel TERRIBLE but there is an explanation. Because I am no longer taking the Thym-Adren with its high levels of copper and zinc, not only do I not need Vitamin C, it has become toxic to me. I felt decent in the morning but got progressively worse as the day went on. This form of C is a sustained 12 hour release so I expect to hit bottom near 8:00 PM then begin to get better. No panic. I don't much care about the race. If I had not signed up early, I would not even do it.
Update: There is a 100% chance of rain on race day and a 90% chance during the start of the race. I do NOT even want to go now. I tried to weasel my way out but just could not turn down my best friend.
7/3- Gold's 2 miler in Pelham this time just after leaving work early. Felt comparable to Monday overall. This gym is not as nice as the one in Vestavia. Finished in a time of 13:45 (6:53 pace). Even 7:00 pace before a solid 3:16 last half mile. Of course, I could have gone longer but had to save some for the "event" tomorrow. 90% chance of rain and a 90% chance that I will suck in the race and not enjoy the experience. At least I will get to see Nick. Jury is still out on the transdermal magnesium. I need to run about a 6:40 pace for 6 miles to be convinced that it is working but so far, it hasn't failed me yet.
7/4- Peachtree Road Race in 45:51 officially. That's roughly 7:23 pace for 6.2, which is comparable to Monday's workout but I should be improving not stagnating at this point. I have read to fructose malabsorption is linked to low magnesium. Now that I'm using the TMG, fructosin may no longer work. I took an extra dose afterwards and got WORSE. So on Independence Day, I am no longer taking any oral supplements. If I do not improve now, I am out of options and have officially reached the end of the line. Good news is that I got to see Nick and the weather was not as bad as expected. I'm not writing a race report for this but I will list approximate splits:
6:57-7:03(down)-7:13(down)-7:46(up)-7:45(up)-7:27+1:45ish. To put this into perspective, I ran a 45:04 back in '04 with Stage 2 Adrenal Fatigue. This is an all time personal worst.
7/5- 1st day off the pills and I did take a double dose yesterday so it's too early to judge this now. That said, this one was AWFUL! 3 miles in 25:26 (8:29 pace) and I was fading to the 9 minute range at the end. I should see incremental improvement tomorrow but if I'm not much better by Sunday, it's probably over.
7/6- AM. Got the expected incremental improvement. 3 miles again but my time was down to 23:46 (7:55 pace) with very even splits. That's a 1:40 improvement in just over 12 hours but no cause for celebration. I will try again this evening.
PM- 3 miles in 22:05 (7:22 pace). Good for another 1:41 improvement and 3:21 over the last 24 hours. Felt somewhat like my old self in this workout but still a LONG way to go. Total time was 45:51 for 6 miles for an overall pace of 7:38. I will attempt 10 tomorrow weather permitting.
7/7- Run with the Gnomes. Mixed feelings about this one. I did finish 9 miles but my pace was well below my standards. I was aiming for 10 @ 8:00ish and I was doing okay through 8 then hit the wall and limped to a 9:24 in Mile 9. Overall time was 74:51 (8:19 pace). I doubt that I could have finished 9 yesterday so I suppose it's another small incremental improvement but progress should be faster than this.
Not 1 but 2 collapses this week. Normally, that would be grounds for quitting but because it was not the magnesium, I am still able to hold out some hope. I have reached the end of the line with no other options remaining. If I cannot recover my form next week or at least recapture the enjoyment, it's 6 weeks of inactivity then touch and go from there.
Distance= 33.0/ GPA=15.7/8= 1.96
YTD: 987 miles. Record is 10-17.