10/26- I know I said there would be no more training updates but I DON'T WANT TO RETIRE! I miss it already and I still have 1 race to go. I'll still jog casually as long as I can.
It was more testing today at Gold's:
In a very pleasant surprise, I found that I was able to tolerate low dose FOS. The blahs of the past weekend were replaced by over-stimulation. ADHS helped a little but it was not effective enough.
Trial 1: 1 mile stop and go in 7:08 (2:20-2:25-2:23). Extra ADHS and extra FOS were tolerated but I still felt very overstimulated and it would have been a Mendoza line performance over 3 miles. Still, it was good news that I was not significantly worse after a 2nd FOS (I dare not go higher). Then, it was the moment of truth: How would I respond to Thym-Adren?
Began on low dose, which was clearly not enough but I did improve to a 6:54 on a non-stop Mile at tempo effort. I then tried the full dose (6 pills) and was afraid that I over-did it and still believe that I did so. Nevertheless, it was a pretty solid effort over 3 miles. The time was 21:22 (7:07 pace) with splits of 7:05-7:13-7:04. This formula would NOT have worked even yesterday. Perhaps my tolerance to Thym-Adren + FOS will improve in time but for now, I'm going conservative with those pills. More importantly, I have another faint glimmer of hope.
10/27- Easy 7 at Gold's in 54:52 (7:50 pace). Good preparation for the race. Passed 6 miles in 47:30 (7:55 avg) with every mile at or below 8:00. Felt comfortable aside from a few aches and pains in the foot and groin but the pace felt fine. Picked up the pace after 6.5 and ran the next quarter mile in 1:52 then came home with a 93 second quarter despite tight turns. Can I hold this pace for another 6 miles on fresh legs? The fact that I had something left suggests that the answer is yes. The would bring me home in 1:43 and change. I still plan to go out ultra conservative and shoot for a negative split, which I have done a few times in a half (Memphis, Mercedes, Tulsa).
Pills: Stuck with 2 FOS but cut the Thym-Adren from 6 pills to 4. VERY encouraging that I can still have a decent workout even if my dose is slightly off and 1 pill does NOT make a huge difference!
10/28- Trak Shak 3 in the daylight for the last time this year. My gut tells me it will NOT be the last time ever. Finished the distance in 21:36 at tempo effort (7:12 pace). Not a bad performance but I was hoping to handle 5 at that pace. Splits were 6:57-7:12-7:30 so I faded but didn't collapse. Overall time was not significantly worse than Monday but if you base it solely on how I felt, it was. 4 Thym-Adren pills won't be enough. It's got to be 6+ at least for the time being.
10/29- 2.5 mile prep run on Lakeshore. Finished in 18:57 (7:35 pace) but was not pleased with how I felt. Significant fade but not a collapse and I would have come in under the Mendoza line if I had gone another half mile. I took mega Thym-Adren today and apparently it was too much. Not pleased that I remain sensitive to this stuff. It will be 6 pills race morning.
10/30- Planned rest day. Drive to Greenville.
10/31- Spinx Run Fest in 1:56:19 officially. A 10 minute improvement over last month in PA but it hurt like hell. No more halves until further notice.
11/1- Planned rest day but did do some experimentation.
Stuff that I could not tolerate before and still can't:
B-12 and ACE nucleotide product. The latter was dumped down the drain.
Stuff that I could not tolerate before and NOW I CAN:
Sparga (Excellent news) and Whole Food C.