6/2-AM- Another test day and it did not go well. Tried to run without the ADHS and it predictably did not go well. Did 1 Mile in 8:26 on S. Lakeshore. Popped 2 ADHS and hit the trail on Lakeshore and it really did not go much better. I had a respectable 15:12 split at 2 miles then CRASHED. Mile 3 was 8:11 and Mile 4 was 9:52. At that point, I had seen enough and walked the last mile.
PM- Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see what I could do if I tried the stimulator (Endodren) and I improved to a 14:28 (7:14 pace) for 2 miles on Wisteria. Where to go from here? I dare not take the Endodren long-term. I won't know where I stand chemically for another 3 weeks. Really, all I can do is ride it out and hope for gradual improvement. ANGRY!
6/3- Another "interesting" day. Spain Park Mile without ADHS and my time improved all the way to 6:52 with a 91 second final lap. Then, I took 2 ADHS and clocked a 3:31 half mile (7:02 pace) so I was actually slightly WORSE after the ADHS. I began to suspect the copper to be the culprit so I tried a protein bar and was MUCH WORSE in the evening Did just 1.5 miles at Gold's in 13:20 (8:53 pace). I'm done with all pills that contain copper. I'm only 3 options away from the end of the line, which means retirement.
Option #1- Take Cal/Mag only
Option #2- Add thymus alone with no synergistic minerals
Option #3- Try an enzyme based supplement that may allow copper tolerance
6/4- AM- Legs felt as stiff as a board but my Mile time was down to 6:16. Splits were 96-98-96-86. Took no pills in the morning, only the Cal/Mag in the evening. NO copper! That's a 36 second improvement despite the copper yesterday. Let's strive for the 5s tomorrow.
PM- Trak Shak 5.5 in 42:09 (7:40 pace) plus a cool. Effort was between easy and moderate. Splits ranged from 7:27-7:51 but the 1st and 2nd half splits were pretty even. I'll take it.
6/5- AM I made it. Spain Park Mile in 5:55.85 (87-91-91-86). May have let up a bit in the last 200 because I knew I was comfortably under 6. Chopped off another 21 seconds from yesterday on just my 2nd full day on just the Cal/Mag. Definitely room for more improvement but the progress will be slower from here on out.
PM- First time since before Nova Scotia that I felt anything like my old self. 6 miles in 44:36 (7:26 pace). Slow start but really got into a nice groove from Mile 2-5 then let off a bit in Mile 6 but still clocked a solid 7:30 split. 1st half: 22:18, 2nd half: 22:18. How about that? Added a cool.
6/6- Elective rest day. I am a little sore in the feet and hips but no need to panic. Not real smart to push for a 50 mile week at this stage of my training. Just stay in the 40 range.
Update: It is becoming increasingly clear that the Cal/Mag is the source of my soreness. What to make of that? I don't know but I don't like it. I'm surely doomed if I can't take Mag long-term. I may need adrenal support like most everyone else instead of inhibition. Separate post to come.
6/7- Steamy 11 mile run with the Gnomes. Finished in 82:05 (7:28 pace). Great first 8 then slipped to the 7:50 range for the last 3. No big deal. I think it was the poor hydration (water w/no Gatorade) more than the fatigue. Dewpoint was 72 and it had rained last night so it was pretty rough. Pleased with the performance. No pills in almost 24 hours.
6/8- 5 miles at Gold's in a strong 34:50 (6:58 pace). Felt jittery but that was due to the increasing oxidation rate, which is to be expected off the pills. This was NOT even close to tempo effort. I had plenty left at the end and clocked a 36 second last 200. Added a cool. As expected, the thymus caused me to stiffen up and I may have to endure a rough day tomorrow.
Nice come from behind win. Ninth of the year, which snaps a 4 week losing streak. As of now, I cannot tolerate anything that slows the oxidation rate and am prepared to take gentle adrenal support on a temporary basis. If I don't take anything and specifically, if I don't take Magnesium, I know exactly what will happen. I will get RED HOT for a few weeks then suffer another heart breaking crash. NEVER AGAIN!
Distance= 42.0/ GPA= 26.5/8= 3.31
YTD: 732 miles. Record: 9-13 with a 2.59 GPA.