12/9- AM- Took 2 Thym-Adren and no Cal/Mag this morning. Result was a lame workout but not a pathetic one. 3 miles in 23:45 (7:55 pace) with a slight negative split. That triple yesterday's distance at a pace nearly 1 minute faster.
PM- Took 2 more Thym-Adren later in the day. Legs were heavy but it was a pretty solid session for a planned easy day. Still, a quality session would not have been pretty. Finished 6 miles in a time of 45:06 (7:31 pace) and showed restraint in not going for the sub-7:30. Just a slight fade (22:28-22:38) but that's even enough.
Update: No medical report and it's usually here by now. Perhaps the lab was closed over Thanksgiving. It appears that taking the Cal/Mag instead of the Thym-Adren has not affected the downward trend. However, a downward trend is good news ONLY IF my numbers are better. I'm morbidly curious about what a 5th pill will do and if it's bad, it should clear by tomorrow.
12/10- No big surprise. The 5th pill was a mistake. Back down to 4 today and should have been more aggressive with the cut. Lame interval session at Vestavia. 8x400 in 85 (5:40 pace) (range was 82-89). That's weak. I should be doing this in 75 seconds each. I'm cutting myself some slack. It was 40 degrees and windy plus I've done no interval work in more than 2 months. It did feel good to finally run at sub-6 pace. I was never tired but just could not access my top gears.
12/11- The downward trend continues and IT HAD BETTER BE BECAUSE MY NUMBERS ARE COMING IN LINE! Cut the dosage down to 3 and felt better overall than yesterday. Workout was decent. 5K time trial in 20:38 (6:38 pace). Splits were 6:34-6:43-6:42-39. 1st half: 10:18, 2nd half: 10:20. Pretty darn even if you ask me. That's slightly slower than my 20:27 last week but I'm okay with this one. Again, I probably would have been better on a lower dose. I think I could go sub-20 now if I hit the pills perfectly. The last 48 seconds will come when I recover the lost fitness. Weight is back under 160, which is a good thing.
12/12- Good day for me. Took half a day off work to go to the DMV to register the car so I got a chance to run in the daylight outside. Lakeshore 5 at easy effort in a strong 36:19 (7:16 pace) with a slight negative split (18:14/18:05). Added a mile cool at a pace not much slower. Dosage was 2.5 pills and I hit it perfectly. 2 pills= over-stimulation, 3 pills= lethargic. If my dose was 2.5 on Monday, it would not have been enough and 2.5 will likely be too much by the weekend.
12/13- Easy 5 at Gold's in 35:13 (7:03 pace). Down to 2 pills and it was perfect! Added a mile of fartlek with the last 200 @ 4:30 pace then a half mile cool on the 'mill. OUTSTANDING!
12/14- Should have cut the dose to 1.5 today. Ended up just doing a junk run on Lakeshore. 2 miles in 14:20 (7:10 pace) with splits of 7:18-7:02. Added a half mile cool. I could have gotten through a double digit run but it would have been very painful. Better to put it off until tomorrow. It will be colder but sunny.
12/15- Cut the dosage down to 1.5 and it was not aggressive enough. I got off to a great start then saw the wheels come off in Mile 3. I punted from there but could not have gone much faster. I totaled 6 miles in a time of 46:55 (7:49 pace). That's acceptable for a planned easy day but on a long run, it won't cut it. 1st half was a strong 21:50, 2nd half was 25:05 with the last half mile over 9 minute pace. The same thing would have happened yesterday if I had continued.
An up and down week that ended in another loss. 2 weeks to go in this nightmare of a year but with the dosage going down so rapidly, it appears that there will be a resolution (one way or the other) by the end of the year. I'm at 2.50 on the year with 2 weeks to go. Is it too much to ask just to stay above that? I must call the doctor to check on the medical report.
Distance= 37.0/ GPA= 26.6/10=2.66