9/26- Gold's 5 in 37:45 (7:33 pace). Good job. Even pace with splits of 18:55-18:50 with plenty left in the tank at the end. I still don't think I was at full strength after yesterday's excess citrate. Until further notice, I'm sticking with 250 plus the Iron detox. It could be a winner.
9/27- AM. Spain Park Mile in 6:40. I was on pace for 6:00 through 600 meters then fell apart. Passed 800 in 3:04 and had nothing left after that so I shut it down and settled for a 3:36 on the back half. Added a cool.
PM- Lakeshore 5 in 37:24 (7:29 pace). 1st half: 18:39, 2nd half: 18:45. Solid performance. This is the 3rd day in a row that I felt much better in the afternoon and evening than the morning. That tells me that my citrate dose is still just a bit too high. I will either cut it back from 250 to 200 or take it in divided doses but lean toward the former.
9/28- AM- 2 miles at Gold's in 15:24 (7:42 pace). Struggled again despite taking only 200 mg of citrate. Another idea is to take the full pill but take it at night. Splits were 7:36-7:48 and I was working pretty hard at the end. I'm taking the evening off but if I did run, I'd predict that I'd handle 5 @ 7:30ish again. Took Curcumin when I got home and it made little difference.
PM- Rested as planned. Took the Cal citrate at night so this was my 2nd dose. I may struggle tomorrow but should have it regulated by the weekend. Ordered the OAT test and I'm on my own for the interpretation.
9/29- Canterbury Loop. Did 3.5 miles in 27:55 (7:58 pace) plus a half mile cool. I was weakened by taking the double dose of citrate yesterday but still did okay. This was a hilly route and the effort was dialed back until the last half mile. That tells me that even if my pills are a bit off, I'll still finish a half marathon. I should get the Iron results tomorrow and my OAT test has been ordered. The OAT is my best chance to find the "smoking gun" or a value that is WAY OVER THE TOP.
9/30- AM- Spain Park Mile in 6:35. Only marginally better than last time. This is unacceptable. Changes need to be made. We shall see if I am better in the afternoon.
PM- Really not much better. Lakeshore 2.5 in 19:42 (7:53 pace). Felt about the same, if not slightly worse than yesterday. Good news is that I could finish a half mary now without a major meltdown. Bad news is that it would be north of 1:50 and may not be much under 2:00. I will try reducing the citrates. If I do that, I may not be able to tolerate the Curcumin but based on my latest Iron test, I may not need it. I will be quitting Yasko's Iron detox.
10/1- BTC social. It was basically the Vulcan course plus an add on. I ended up with 10 miles in 78:55 (7:54 pace). Felt a good deal better than yesterday thanks to reducing the citrates fro 250 down to 150 and cutting out Yasko's pill. I had something left in the tank too but decided to save it for race day next Friday. Even pace with 8 of 10 miles under 8:00 and Mile 10 was my fastest at 7:38.
10/2- Lakeshore 5 in 38:24 (7:41 pace). 1st half: 19:05, 2nd half: 19:19. Overall not bad at all. No problem recovering from yesterday. Good start and a good finish but the midsection was weak. It still feels like my citrate dose is a bit too high. If I drop it down to half a pill (125 mg), I will NOT be able to take Curcumin but hey, based on my last blood test, I may not have to.
37 miles on the week and I have passed 1,000 miles on the year. I'm on pace for about 1,350, which is way off my PR of 2,092 but a big improvement over last year. NO collapses this week but nothing particularly good either. If I don't change anything, I predict a time just south of 1:50 at Lake Tahoe. I should hope to be better than that.