9/29- AM- Quickie. 1 mile at Gold's and struggled to a 7:47 finish. I've cut the taurine down to 1000 mg and it's still too much. Cutting it down to 500 now.
PM- Worse. Another 1 mile at Gold's in 8:27. I have a feeling that I may have to discontinue taurine altogether. At the very least, I will be taking a break from it and am also cutting the Cal/Mag down to 500. I'm going to the lab tomorrow. If my Mag RBC is over 6.0, I don't need more than 500 and should not need the taurine. I'm counting this as my rest day but if I was graded, it would have been an "F".
9/30- AM- Not feeling much better this morning. I've been off taurine and caffeine for 24 hours now. I need to stay off for 3.5 days before trying taurine again. If I get a bad reaction after that point, I know I need to discontinue it. Went to the lab this morning and did the whole copper panel (ceruloplasmin, zinc, copper, Mag RBC).
PM- Gold's 5 in 39:18 (7:52 pace). Lame workout. I was working hard all the way and could not even manage to hit my usual easy pace. To my credit, I did manage a negative split and hit 7:30 in Mile 5. I'm not even trying taurine until Thursday night at which time, I should have the lab results back. I should know the answer by Friday morning.
10/1- Encouraging. Took my morning Mag dose and tightened up badly but took 500 mg of Tauring and got somewhat better. I was afraid to take any more. Gnome run on Lakeshore. Cut it short but finished a decent standard issue run. 5 miles in 37:50 (7:34 pace) with a significant negative split. Did 7:20s over the last 3 but was still working too hard.
PM- Coach advised against doubles but I really needed to test myself. A 2nd Cal/Mag pill tighten me up badly. A 2nd taurine pill was not a miracle but it was a net positive effect. Did 3 miles at the Shak at a pace in the 7:20s. GPS cut off after 2 miles in 14:38 but was slipping a bit. Only my 2nd full day off caffeine and I have been progressing steadily.
10/2- Got some not so good news on the blood test so I panicked and took some SBF, which was a bad call. Again, taurine negated most of the ill-effects but it was still not very good. 3 miles at tempo effort and my time was 21:43 (7:14 pace). Managed only marathon pace and was more than a minute per mile off my PR. Grading is harder on a tempo day.
10/3- Improvement. 3 miles in 19:54 (6:38 pace). Still weak. Felt better after I finished the high copper protein bar so I picked up a bottle of copper at the health foods store at lunch. It was not an instant disaster but over the last hour at the office, I could not do anything and was struggling just to stay awake.
PM- Got home and popped a Thym-Adren to even out the ratio and felt slightly better. Taurine helped further so I decided to do a small test on Wisteria. I struggled to a 7:47 finish for 1 Mile. What to make of this debacle? The 5:1 zinc/copper ratio will not work for me, at least not right now. I could try 7.5:1 or another form of copper but it's possible that I just can't take copper in single mineral form. Taurine may help but won't negate all of the ill-effects.
10/4- It's official. Copper in single mineral form is a disaster for me. All I can do now is copper rich foods and possibly Vitamin A and/or be more aggressive in my never ending quest to balance my oxidation rate. Did not even attempt the group run and don't feel up to doing anything today.
PM- Forced myself to do a junk run on Wisteria. It was awful but I covered 2 miles at glacial pace. I did not time it but would not be surprised if it was over 20 minutes.
10/5-AM- Lakeshore 3 in 27:29 (9:10 pace). Splits were 8:28-9:08-9:53. Added a half mile cool. This was done after being off copper for 26 hours. No further comments needed.
PM- Improvement. 10 laps at Spain Park in a time of 19:09 (7:40 pace). I was a full kilometer behind my recent 5K PR. Pathetic! The bright spot was a strong negative split (9:59-9:10) and I dipped to 1:43 on the last lap (6:52 pace). I should be able to handle a standard issue workout by tomorrow.
Not one but two collapses in the same week. I have not won more than 3 in a row since January of last year. I know that taurine works ONLY if I strictly limit caffeine. Copper does not work at all as a single mineral supplement. I must rely on Vitamin A and copper rich foods to bring up ceruloplasmin and am not real confident it will be enough. Choline/Inositol is an option if ADHS + Cal/Mag is not enough. In about 6-8 weeks, I might finally know how this will all play out.
Distance=30.0/ GPA=12.6/8= 1.58
YTD: 1,358 miles. Record: 18-20 with a 2.69 GPA.