11/23- Gold's 3 in 23:54 (7:58 pace). Just barely finished below the Mendoza line and had to rally in the last 3 laps to do it. I won't call this a collapse but I really feel like I've slipped in the last 5 days. Fortunately, there is an explanation. I tried Lithium and B12 again yesterday evening. I thought maybe it was the orotate form of Lithium that I could not tolerate. It turns out that any form is bad. B12 still won't work either. It simply hadn't cleared yet so no big deal. I should be better tomorrow.
11/24- Repeat of yesterday and my time was down to 23:08 (7:43 pace). Splits were more even and this was significantly better than the previous day but not even close to the "new normal." I did take ill-advised zinc and methionine last night. It appears that the MTRR nucleotide product is a non-factor at best so I will likely have to be content with gradual improvement with Sparga. Concern, panic or doom? I'm at concern now. If I'm still struggling around Christmas, it upgrades to panic.
11/25- It may be time to panic now. Collapsed after just 1 mile on Lakeshore and turned around. My heart wasn't into it because I was about to leave to visit my parents and too much FOS and caffeine are hurting me. Hopefully, I can take a mulligan on this one.
11/26- Surprisingly good Thanksgiving Run on Peter's Trail. Finished a 5 mile out and back route in a time of 36:30 (7:18 pace). Loose and overstimulated. Did not want to slow down. Too much FOS was the culprit yesterday. Back to concern now. No longer in panic. Splits were 17:58-18:32 and I was working pretty hard to hold the pace at the end but the route was slightly sloped with a lot more incline on the back half. Pace was more even than the splits suggest.
11/27- 4 mile out and back route on the same trail and it was a struggle today. Finished in 30:42 (7:40 pace), which is still respectable but I really did not feel well. Splits were 14:58-15:44 and I had to work hard to keep the pace under 8. Worse yet, my foot ankle area is killing me and I'm actually walking with a limp. Possible injury but the rest of me is also very stiff and sore.
11/28- Planned rest day and I was in no condition to run. Trip back went without a hitch. I'll know tomorrow whether or not this is an injury or simply more abnormal soreness due to chemical issues. I suspect Sparga to be the culprit.
11/29- NOT injured. I've dodged a bullet. I was actually walking with a limp yesterday and could not run a step. Similar things have happened before. This once again underscores just how much difference it makes to have the pills in line but what worked as recently as 3 days ago does not work today. The workout was awful. 2 miles at Vestavia in 17:51 (8:55 pace) but more importantly, there was ZERO pain in the foot.
I am still cautiously optimistic but changes definitely need to be made going forward.