The plan this week is to drop the mileage back down to the 30-35 range with a mini-taper. The planned race is the Turkey Burner and I am doing it more to see an old friend from Monty than to race for a fast time. I predict a time in the high 21s with a goal of a sub-7 pace (21:45).
11/16- 6 miles on Lakeshore in 45:44 (7:37 pace). I have felt about the same for the past few days. My legs were fine. Relatively loose and limber with decent power but still significantly over-stimulated and easily winded. I'll take it but changes need to be made going forward. The Sparga will be upped and so will the Thym-Adren. As for the TMG (methyl), I had a slight negative reaction and became a bit more over-stimulated. Not quite ready for it yet. Tempo tomorrow in lieu of Johnny's workout.
11/17- 3 mile time trial at Gold's nearly all out. Finished in 20:42 (6:54 pace). Upped the Sparga and Thym-Adren and was somewhat less over-stimulated today but it was not a significant difference. This equates to roughly a 21:30 for a full 5K. Can I beat it on race day? It will probably depend on my pacing. Splits today were 6:44-7:00-6:58. If I had gone out slower, say 6:52, I could have repeated the 6:52 then maybe come home in 6:46. That would add up to a 20:30. Restraining myself on race day may be difficult. Added a half mile cool.
11/18- Gold's 5 in 39:17 (7:51 pace). A little sluggish today but most likely no cause for alarm. Never really pushed the pace and allowed a mild fade (19:25-19:52) so I did manage a sub-8 on the back half. No collapse. Added a cool.
11/19- In taper mode now. 2 miles naked on Wisteria just before sunset. Felt about the same as yesterday which was a little sluggish but not horrible. Even with a rest tomorrow, I'll hit 30 if the weekend goes according to plan.
I had been taking Histidine sporadically for a few weeks because it was low on my UAA test and it is intended to "improve sulfur metabolism." It's a non-factor at 1 pill/day but if I increase it to 2-3 as directed, I will feel a bit heavy and sluggish. It feels like it increases the sulfur burden. I pitched the bottle and should be better by tomorrow. I do NOT count this as a collapse.
11/20- 1 mile comfortably hard at Gold's. I was looking at about 7:04 before sprinting the last lap to finish in 6:56. I felt that I could have kept the 7:04 pace another 2 miles, which would bring me home just under 22. I'd be a little disappointed in that but I've got another day to clear the Histidine.
I will also explore other options. Added a mile cool.
11/21- Turkey Burner 5K in 21:54 (7:03 pace) plus a warm and cool.
11/22- Easy 7 from the Trak Shak. Ran it naked and did not care about the pace. I'm sure it was well over 8 on a hilly route. It's been confirmed that the cause of the mild sluggish feeling is indeed Yucca and it has yet to fully clear. Still, as recently as 4 weeks ago, I never could have finished a 7 miler if the pills were out of whack. I hit the quota for the week.
Did pretty much what I planned this week. No real complaints. 3rd straight week with 30+ miles.