12/2- Just as I suspected, I need an exact ratio of Cal/Mag. I am just as sensitive to this stuff as I was to the Thym-Adren. Today, I took 250 mg of Cal and 4 Mag malate pills (290 mg) and felt pretty good but then I ate a protein bar with another 100 mg of Mag and felt slightly worse. Workout was a test. 5K time trial in 21:49 (7:02 pace) with a nice negative split (11:06-10:43) and got stronger as the run progressed. After the run, I put about 5 sprays of Mag chloride on my arm and was noticeably stiffer but got through the cool down unscathed. Right now, a 1:1 ratio is probably a winner. I'd be fine with that extreme sensitivity but who knows? Next week, the ratio could be 3:2 or even 2:1. THIS SUCKS!
12/3-AM Took slightly more Cal than Mag this morning and showed improvement though nowhere near my best. I repeated the 5K time trial and my time is down to 20:27 (6:34 pace). I will run again this evening.
PM- Evened out the Cal/Mag at 500 mg of each by the end of the day and felt nearly perfect when it was time to run. Lakeshore 6 in 43:07 (7:11 pace) and it felt EASY! 1st half was 21:37, 2nd half was 21:30. This is the Crazy J of old but one good run is not enough to get my hopes up. The formula could change tomorrow. A sub-20 5K is the edge of "competitive shape" for me but it's not enough to do it once then suck the next few days. I should be capable of it every day that I am fresh because it's a full 15 ticks per mile off my PR.
12/4- Just as I predicted, I am shooting at a moving target. Eventually, I may settle at a 2:1 ratio but not today. Calcium comes in increments of 250 mgs. 750 was not enough but 1,000 was too much. I need about a 3:2 or 5:3 ratio now. Today was 70 degrees outside so I was not about to waste it. Vestavia 5 in 38:11 (7:38 pace). This will do for a planned easy day but a quality session would have SUCKED even if I was fresh. Yesterday's workout didn't hurt me at all. I've done 15 @ low 7 pace before then came back fine the next day but that was the old Crazy J. I will try a 5:3 ratio tomorrow. No word on the medical report but I expect to hear soon.
12/5- I will be very lenient and consider this a rest day. I felt awful on 750/500 and must reduce it down to 500/300. Totaled 2.5 miles at a pace over 8:00 and got slower with every step.
12/6- Cut it to 500:300 and got the expected modest improvement.
AM- 2 miles in 13:54 (6:57 pace)
PM- 4 miles in 31:57 (7:59 pace)
12/7- Another lame 4 mile run at Gold's in a time of 30:24 (7:36 pace). 1st half: 14:44, 2nd half: 15:40. THAT DOES IT! I'm going back to the Thym-Adren.
12/8- Re-learned that Mag+ Thym-Adren even in VERY small quantities is a disaster. 1 mile in 8:44 at Gold's plus a cool on the 'mill.
3 weeks to go until my deadline and it is looking bleak. New plan is 3 weeks of Thym-Adren then 1 week of Mag. Never both together. Also, whenever I need Cal in addition to Mag, it's time to switch to Thym-Adren. I've never felt this hopeless before. I don't think I've had a single week all year that has been completely symptom free. My heart is also hurting as a result of a recent contact: A 27 year old woman with Stage 4 adrenal fatigue who is worse off than I ever was.
Distance=32.0/ GPA= 16.1/8=2.01