9/16- Strong start to the week. Lakeshore 6.5 in 48-flat (7:23 pace). Even pace all the way. All but 1 mile was sub-7:30. Warm and dry day out there with temps in the mid-80s and a dewpoint near 60 if not slightly below. Felt comfortable. Can't say that I could have run all day at this pace but another 6.5? I bet I could manage it. No Thym-Adren but my Cal/Mag ratio is very sensitive. I need 750 mg of each. 500 won't cut it and 1,000 is probably too much.
9/17- Salazar 300s at Vestavia. It was an improvement over the last such workout, which is very encouraging when doing intervals. Last time, I managed 10 reps in 58-59. Today was 12 reps in sets of 6. I clocked 2 56s, 7 57s, 2 58s before closing with a solid 54.5. Still, my body is not quite in sync and my gut feeling is to skip Talladega (I'll save $40+ gas) and focus on the 10K the following week. Even if it's a good day for me, my fitness has diminished to the point that I can't expect better than a mid-high 20:xx. I'll decide by Thursday and could change my mind if I have a breakout.
9/18-Adjusted the Cal/Mag ratio to 1,000 Cal/750 Mag and it was clearly an improvement.Taking all Mag in the morning, I was awful but got better with every dose of Cal. Trak Shak 7.5 in 54:02 (7:12 pace) while running a pretty comfortable effort. I may try to tweak it a little more tomorrow. I am listed as "doubtful" for Talladega but if I feel great tomorrow or Friday, I will change my mind. My half mary time right now would be 1:35ish and will come down nicely with consistent training.
9/19-Once again, I need X# of pills or else. I've simply traded the Thym-Adren for the Cal/Mag. I took all Cal this morning and was awful but gradually improved with each dose of Mag. I suspect a selenium deficiency so I tried 2 of those pills this evening. 1 may have been helpful but 2 of them caused over-stimulation. Attempted a tempo and got a great start but was fading fast by the end of Mile 1 (6:27) so I shut down the engines and just cruised the final 4 miles in a rather pedestrian 31-flat. Overall time was 37:27 (7:29 pace) for 5 miles plus a half mile cool.
9/20- Officially a "no" for Talladega. If I am low on selenium, the supplement that I took is not the answer. I pitched it today. Workout was a lame 4 miler on Lakeshore in 31:50 (7:57 pace) and had to rally at the end to secure the sub-8 overall. While that's not horrible for an easy day, I was clearly off form.
9/21- Planned rest day due to predicted bad weather.
9/22- Another long run FAIL! Plan was 15 miles @ 7:45 ish pace. I tried 750 Cal/500 Mag and struggled through 5 miles on Lakeshore in a pedestrian 39:35 (7:55 pace). Splits were 18:58-20:37 with an 8:25 in Mile 5. Tried some more Mag and was so bad that I did not even attempt to run any longer. It appears that once again, I need a 2:1 ratio of Cal/Mag, which would have been disastrous only a week ago. I've traded one instability for another and I am MAD AS HELL! Good call on skipping Talladega. I expect to suck in my 10K next week.
PM- 1 mile junk run. Felt no better.
Distance=34.0/ GPA= 19.3/8=2.41
YTD: 1,322 miles. 14-22 with a 2.55 GPA.