8/29- Gold's 5 in 38:45 (7:45 pace). MINUS 24. I skipped the 41s last week and now I've skipped the 39s. Can I skip the 37s? Not likely unless I wait a very long time before my next one. 1st and 2nd half were nearly even. I had a lapse in Mile 4 but once again found another gear to make the last mile my fastest. The rate of improvement will slow from now on but so far, I am progressing ahead of schedule.
8/30- Vestavia Mile in 6:15.2 (92-96-97-90). As expected, the rate of improvement is slowing now. It will likely be 2-3 more weeks before I crack the 6 minute barrier. I was actually hoping for a little better today but a MINUS 13 in 4 days is nothing to sneeze at so I'll take it. Added a Mile cool. NO MORE COLLAPSES PLEASE! I'm still 5 shy of my season best and 60 to go for the ultimate.
8/31- 1 Mile naked on Wisteria and it was ugly. I'm taking a mulligan on this one because of ill-advised experiments. I thought Curcumin was now okay but it is not. I then attempted to clear it by taking a CBS cap, which made it worse. I've got to stay focused on the IRON now, which may be affecting the trans-sulfuration pathway. If Iron goes down and I still can't tolerate sulfur, then I dig deeper. My next iron panel test will be in 2-3 weeks and based on those results, I will decide whether or not to try blood donation.
9/1- Planned rest day. Long weekend with the parents starts today. Travel day. Feeling better.
9/2- 5 miles on Jefferson-Peter's Trail in a solid time of 38:10 (7:38 pace). MINUS 7. This is probably the equivalent of a high-37 at Gold's. There are no major hills on this trail but it does have a bit of a gentle slope with some camber too. 1st half: 19:20, 2nd half: 18:50 despite the fact that the back half has more incline than decline. It's difficult to stay with the diet on the road but at least I am keeping it within reason.
9/3- COLLAPSE. 2 miles in 19:34 (9:47 pace) with splits of 8:40-10:54. Odds are the culprit is ... Wait for it. Yasko's Iron Detox pills. So there you have it. I suffer from Iron Overload but cannot tolerate any treatments because they all contain sulfur. Doctors actually questioned why I am so concerned about sulfates! What the ____? There is a chance I can get back on track once I'm back to my normal routine, which will be next week.
9/4- Planned rest day. No time to run.
Managed just 15 miles. I'm NOT touching anything with sulfur again. I will try to up my B-12 and zinc a bit and may try some SHMT spray. I'll test again in 2 weeks then decide on blood donation. Again, even if it solves the problem, it does not address the underlying cause.