9/22- New week. Same great result. 7 miles on Lakeshore in 49:43 (7:06 pace). Felt very strong again. As usual, it was a fast start followed by a bit of a slow down in Miles 4-5. Finished with back to back 7:06s in Miles 6-7.
9/23- Good interval session at Vestavia. 10x400 with 2:00 R in sets of 5. Averaged a 78.0 (5:12 pace). That's a good indicator for the sub-5:15 Mile and I felt slightly less than fresh too. Got heckled with the usual "Run Forrest Run." Splits were (79-79-78-78-77) (79-78-79-79-74). Glad that I got them all under 80 but I had hoped to get closer to 70 on the closer. Strong overall.
9/24- Perfect sunny and 75 weather. Trak Shak 7.5 in 54:03 (7:12 pace). I'm beginning to expect these types of workouts from myself. I was doing great through 5.5 but was strugg-a-ling a bit over the last 2 miles. Slipped to 7:30ish pace over that span but I knew I was well ahead of pace so it didn't matter. A bit of soreness in the foot and the hips today so I may be stronger now but I am not indestructible. I think I need to reduce the taurine. PLEASE NO MORE SENSITIVITY!
Note to dog owners:
Please keep your dog on a short leash so you don't take up the whole trail. If you let your dog run loose, don't be upset if somebody tells you politely to keep the dog on a leash. I can't stop on a dime if one runs out in front of me.
9/25- AM. Skipped the morning taurine dose. We'll see if the soreness diminishes by afternoon. I don't think it's training related because I feel more lethargic. When I over-reach and am healthy, it's more of a dazed and dreamy feeling. I must confess that I had a mini-relapse on caffeine last weekend and early this week but took C to ward off that issue. Perhaps caffeine is interfering with the processing of taurine. That doesn't make much sense but not a lot does with my system.
PM- 2 mile warm up followed by Lakeshore 5 in 36:57 (7:23 pace). Standard issue run. I hoped to turn it into a fast finish workout but I could get no lower than 6:35 pace early in Mile 5 so I shut it down and just cruised it in. I've been back off caffeine for 48 hours and took a big load of taurine and I don't think I tightened up much. That's good news. Paces will have to slow down if I am to maintain 50ish MPW.
9/26- Rough last night. Taurine alone didn't seem to hurt me but after I took the Cal/Mag, I woke up in the middle of the night extremely sore. Another dose of taurine made it worse. ADHS knocked out some of the stiffness. 2 nasty diarrhea episodes in the morning but felt better after each one. What to make of this? I don't know but I don't like it. 2 weeks ago, taurine helped prevent ill-effects from too much Mag. Now, it makes it worse. Hopefully, I just need to reduce the taurine and I'll be fine. I'll be very interested to know my Mag status on next week's test. If the RBC is over 6, I can cut the Mag down to 500, in which case, my need for taurine will diminish.
Amid the drama, it was a planned rest day but I decided to do a Mile junk run on Wisteria. Ran it at standard effort and clocked a solid 7:12. That calms my nerves a bit. Need a respectable long run to win this week but I'll give myself 2 chances.
Update: Learned that taurine "enhances magnesium's effect"
9/27- Failed the first attempt. Crashed 4 miles into the group run. Again, that REALLY MAKES ME LOOK BAD to the group, most of whom don't know about my issues and likely would not believe it if I told them the full extent. Trudged on for another mile then had a short walk of shame back to my car. Totaled 5 miles in 39:39 (7:55 pace) with splits of 8:01-7:27-7:24-7:32-9:12. I will consider this my easy weekend day and try to re-group for a long run tomorrow.
Update: I did not take any Cal/Mag or taurine for 24 hours prior to the workout. Took 500 of Cal/Mag when I got home and began feeling somewhat better. Took 500 mg taurine and also felt okay. I need a "C" tomorrow to win the week.
PM- 3 mile Trak Shak loop as a test run in 21:39 (7:13 pace) with relatively even splits. That's more like it! Still didn't feel great but it was much better than the morning debacle. Tacked on another mile as a cool down. Need 14 tomorrow to hit 50 on the week but if I can do 10+ at a pace below 8:00, that will be good enough for the "C" that I need to win.
9/28- Lakeshore run. Met the minimum standard for a long run with 10 miles in 76:52 (7:41 pace) plus a Mile cool. Improved over yesterday but still not feeling great. 1st half: 37:40, 2nd half: 39:12. Miles 7-9 were all a hair above 8:00 but did not collapse and came back strong with a 7:15 split in Mile 10. Average performance. Maybe a bit lenient on the grading but I deserved the win this week.
More upheaval and more tweaks may be needed but still a nice win overall. I went 7-5 in the 3rd quarter, which is my first winning quarter since Q1 2013. I'm looking into hiring a coach if I decide to go "all in" for the marathon. If I am to do so, it will be Coach Will from Running Lane. Of course, it all depends on my health. If I am not stable, I am uncoachable because I am too inconsistent and often unable to do scheduled workouts. Clinched a 2.0 on the year and have finally pulled ahead of last year's pace in all categories
Distance=47.0/ GPA= 25.5/8= 3.19
YTD: 1,328 miles. Record: 18-19 with a 2.73 GPA