7/23- First full day off the Sparga was no sudden miracle. Workout was a 1 Mile time trial at Gold's in a time of 7:49. I was better than yesterday however and I managed fairly even splits though the sub-8 was in doubt until the final lap. First day back on the TMG, which is intended to improve methionine, which I am SEVERELY deficient and I have a strong feeling that this deficiency is responsible for the instability.
7/24- AM- Maybe another faint glimmer of hope. On the 2nd full day off the Sparga, I improved by 40 seconds to 7:09 with splits of 3:33-3:36. Clearly had more energy but legs remain very stiff and sore for no good reason.
PM- Lakeshore 2.5 in tough humid conditions. Finished with a moving time of 18:49 (7:32 pace) but did stop to squat and get a drink at the halfway point.
7/25- BTC group run. I only planned on 5 so I had to ditch the group in Mile 3 to take the cutoff route back. Finished a hilly route in a time of 38:40 (7:44 pace). Struggled a bit in the last 2 miles but managed to keep it under 8 all the way.
7/26- AM. Vestavia Mile trial. I was hoping for a sub-6:30 and managed a 6:15 with good splits (93-96-96-90). That's minus 53 in the last 2 days and minus 93 in the last 3. How I wish it was this easy to improve in the 5s.
PM- Interesting better with or without test this time with the TMG. 2 miles at Gold's in 14:50 then popped a pill and ran the next 2 in 14:40. Felt only a slight difference in energy with the extra pill but 5 ticks per mile is not enough to be considered significant. Had to squat again but that's probably detox. Good thing I was indoors. Overall time was 29:30 for 4 miles (7:23 pace). Totaled 23 miles on the week.
7/27- Gold's 3 in 21:54 (7:18 pace). Performance was similar to yesterday but did feel a bit more loose in the legs. A 5K would have been in the mid-22s but I was not going all out. I'm planning on trying another Mile tomorrow and think I have a chance at a sub-6:00. My best time since starting the methylation support is only a 6:12.
Update: I have ordered another lab test. This time I will test only zinc and ceruloplasmin. I'm not worried about unbound copper. The test will reveal what, if any effect B-12 has on Cp. I have not tried Liver recently but doubt that I can tolerate it. If I need zinc, which is possible, I should be able to tolerate it now that my methylation has improved. I want to try methionine and cysteine soon but as long as I am improving, I'm sticking with the current formula. That said, I could collapse tomorrow. 4 straight non-horrible days is one of my longest streaks of the year.
7/28- The collapse did indeed come today. Spain Park Mile in 7:50. Splits were 1:36-2:00-2:13-2:01 and needed a rally just to secure a sub-8. Heavy and slow from the start and the power cut off completely after just 200 meters. TMG (methylation) is the culprit yet I desperately need it. Catch 22. I'm hoping to see a severe zinc deficit on my lab test. Methionine and cysteine are OUT! I may need to go back on Sparga at a lower dose.
PM- Better with or without test with zinc on Wisteria. Ran the first HALF mile downhill in 5:30 (11:00 pace) after getting worse with more TMG. Popped a zinc pill and immediately improved to 4:20 (8:40 pace) going uphill. Lab test is tomorrow.
7/29- Worked only a half day but the afternoon included a trip to the denty for a cleaning. I've made an appointment to get my amalgams out in late September. From there, it was to the lab for the zinc and ceruloplasmin blood test.
Trak Shak 3 in 23:51 (7:57 pace). A non-horrible day but just barely. I didn't have much more to give but the zinc most definitely made a difference. Splits were 7:47-8:03-8:01.
7/30- 3 miles at Gold's in 23:00 (7:40 pace). It was a zinc test. Passed 1.5 in 11:49, which was almost exactly the same as yesterday then popped 1 more zinc and finished with an 11:11 (7:27 pace vs 7:53 in the fist half). That's not a radical difference but it IS enough to be considered significant. I should get the blood test back tomorrow. As it stands, I need the ADHS or else my Na and K will go through the roof but I cannot take it without TMG. I cannot tolerate TMG without zinc. IT SUCKS TO BE ME!
7/31- BAD! No attempt to run, which is a shame because it's cooler and less humid today. I cannot take a whole TMG even with the extra zinc. Without any TMG, I probably cannot tolerate the ADHS.
8/1-BTC social run was a complete disaster. 1 Mile in 9:26. I am now completely intolerant to TMG. I'm going to order Sparga again but doubt that it will work.
8/2- Very modest improvement to 8:22 on Wisteria.
I'm beginning to think that dental amalgam removal is my only remaining option. There are risks involved and I intend to fully question the denty and get Yasko's opinion. Yes, there is a risk that I will get worse but at this point, it's a risk that I am willing to take. Although I get an occasional 3 day window in which I do a little better, the overall trend has been sharply downhill. I am FAR worse now than I was just 2 months ago when I was preparing for the Asheville 10K. I will make another attempt to go completely sugar free and will give the Sparga another try.