Spotty at best. When my formula is on target, I am as good as I've ever been but those days are rare. In the past few days, I've benefited from a product called glutathione which has reduced the extreme sensitivity to zinc and copper. YES! Still, I was in a state of flux and need to tweak the formula a bit. I have not had good luck in races this year so if I had a chance at a decent showing, I was going to take it.
Somewhat of a stressful trip. I took half a day off work on Friday, which was a good call. I wanted to get into town before dark and find the race start so I needed to leave no later than 2 PM. Bowling Green, Kentucky is located about an hour north of Nashville and slightly more than 4 hours from home. As usual, the Nashville traffic sucked and I lost a half hour in stop and go traffic even though I got there before rush hour. After a couple of wrong turns, I found the starting area on the campus of Western Kentucky University then looked for the expo, which could not be found on my GPS. I ended up stopping at O'Charly's for a steak and rib combo then arrived at the expo to pick up my number just before it closed for the night. One less thing to worry about on race morning.
I seemed to be trending toward more zinc and less copper since starting the liver glandular. That means that my copper is probably rising. I just hope it's bound copper, not toxic copper. I went with all Thym-Adren (more zinc) but felt a little off warming up so I popped 2 ADHS (more copper). That may have been a bad call but thanks to the glutathione, I will not be horrible if my formula is slightly off. YES!
Tough but fair. I saw the elevation chart on Map My Run and it looked to have a long gradual climb late in Mile 1. It went back down in Mile 2 then appeared to be relatively flat from 3-5 followed by a steep hill early in Mile 5 but it did finish downhill. Not surprisingly, the chart was misleading. The 2 hills that I feared the most were not as bad as expected but Mile 3-5 was about 80% uphill. It wasn't steep but long and relentless. Mile 6 was actually mostly downhill but the course ended up slightly net uphill, which tells you the difficulty of Miles 3-5.
The gun went off and I was out at a fast and controlled pace starting from the edge of WKU and heading out into town. I made a small adjustment after seeing a mildly slow split at the quarter mile. I was back on target shooting for 6:30ish pace early. The climb did not begin until about 0.7 miles in and I held the pace well and found myself trading places with 2 or 3 runners throughout the first 5K. I gained back several seconds through a mostly downhill 2nd mile and was on pace for a time just north of 40 through the first 2 miles. I have run a 39:44 on a track but my road PR is rather soft at 40:55. It seemed like I had chance at it, albeit slim with the hills ahead. The long incline began just after 2.5 miles and I began to lose contact with my pack. Still. I passed the 5K mark just over 20:15, which was exactly the same split as my road PR. This time however, the 2nd half would be much harder. I still felt decent through most of Mile 4 but the power cut off shortly thereafter and I was really hurting in Mile 5. Fearing the hill at the end, I was prepared for a meltdown at the end but surprisingly, the course turned back down for the most part and I managed a bit of a resurgence. Passing slower 5K runners was also a boost in confidence. I thought I might be over 42 when I was really hurting but as the finish line inside the football stadium was drawing near, I had a shot at a sub-41:30. I turned on the speed running down the sideline at sub-6 pace and got to the line with 2 seconds to spare.
6:43-(19:33) slipping. 5K in 20:15
6:43-(40:12) feeling better
A decent showing. I believe I would have done better in holding the pace if my pills were exactly right but thanks to the glutathione, I kept it respectable. Without it, I certainly would have melted down. I figure that 40:30ish was the best I could do on this course with my current fitness and I came within a minute. I'm fine with that. I won't have my best stuff every time out but as long as I am fairly consistent, I'll enjoy these events.
Toured the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green and then stopped in Nashville for lunch at the Wild Horse Saloon. It was a smooth ride back to Birmingham.