As expected, I did not enjoy my week off but I hope that when it's time for racing season in the Fall, I'll be glad that I took it. I was pretty much inactive for 7 days aside for a couple of leisurely 2.5 mile walks on Wisteria but I did sneak in about 200 yards of strides today, which did not feel good. I expect to feel more rusty than fresh tomorrow but it's no reason to panic. If I'm not improving within about 2 weeks, then I'm in big trouble. I am hoping to get out there in the morning tomorrow with a 2 mile junk run. The first run back is always rough but the second one is much better.
7/22- AM- Did the planned 2 mile junk run and felt slightly better than expected. I ran it naked as planned. It feels good to be a runner again.
PM- Lakeshore 5 in 36:40 (7:20 pace). Way too fast for my current condition especially with the humid weather. I'm only about a 1:40 half marathoner now so this was nearly tempo pace. I was pleased overall with how I felt. Splits were pretty even and I picked it up the last mile. Only issues were a sore groin towards the end and stomach cramps but for my first day back, I was better than expected. Need to get clean on the diet now.
7/23- Gold's 5 on a nasty weather day. Finished in 39:11 (7:50 pace). My time was just about in line with my planned pace. I was VERY sore when I woke up this morning. Probably a combination of 2 forbidden drinks yesterday and a too hard workout for the first day back. I was okay with my time but not how I felt and how I faded in the 2nd half. Splits were 19:20/19:51 but I did keep it under 8 all the way.
7/24- 3 mile tempo from the Shak. Finished in 19:51 (6:37 pace). Pretty solid performance. I clearly felt different today and in a good way. I'll probably rest tomorrow then go for it in a time trial on Friday. I think I have a good shot at a sub-35.
7/25- VICTORY! 5 miles in 34:06 (6:49 pace). Fastest time since starting the transdermal magnesium. The difference that I referred to yesterday was mostly better heart and lung function. My legs are still sore, especially the hamstrings, which is characteristic of magnesium deficiency. This is a major point of confidence because the 34:14 was run when I was still on Thym-Adren. I still have a LONG way to go. I am :30/mile off my PR and do not feel NEARLY as well as I did when I was hot back in January.
7/26- Planned rest day. Knee was a bit sore yesterday evening. Let's hope it is no concern.
Ended up doing a junk mile just to test out the knee. It appears to be okay
7/27- Run with the Gnomes. Hilly 10 mile route. Actually it was 9.66 plus a cool. Michael matched my pace well and I finished the 10 in a total of 77:50 (7:47 pace). Solid performance.
7/28- Easy 5 on Lakeshore in 38:53 (7:47 pace). I was sore from yesterday but this one was a basic standard issue affair. Average performance. Fairly comfortable with a relatively even pace (19:20/19:33) but the back half is slightly uphill.
Win #11 on the year. It was close but I deserved it this time. No collapse this week and no adjustment to the formula. YES! I have a glimmer of hope heading forward. The big winner was the time trial and if I can get that down to the mid-32s, I'll consider myself "almost" all the way back.
Distance= 36.0/GPA= 27.2/9=3.02
YTD: 1,054 miles. Record is 11-17 with a 2.62 GPA.