12/12- 2 miles in 17:42 (8:51 pace). Splits were 8:15-9:27. Odds are the Vitamin C in any form (currently on Whole Food) needs to be cut out completely. I am committed to staying with it for the rest of the week. GB-3 did help but it wasn't a game changer. If nothing changes, I will quit the C even if my blood test shows that I am still deficient.
12/13- Another forced rest day. If I'm not better tomorrow, the Whole Food C will be eliminated altogether. The testing will be done on Thursday.
12/14- 1 Mile in 9:54. That does it. No more Whole Food C. I just remembered early last year that I had to take zinc with Whole Food C. It had to be both or neither and I went with neither. It could happen again. I'm curious about my Zinc RBC status but I'll hold off on that test until I am off the C for a while.
12/15- Did my blood tests this morning but I'll probably have to wait until Monday for the results this time. First day off Vitamin C. 3 miles in 26:28 (8:49 pace) with relatively even splits. 3 times the distance at a pace 65 seconds faster than yesterday. I'll take it. Picked up some Zinc/copper at Whole Foods and though it wasn't night and day, I did feel a positive difference. More on the reasons for taking it will be posted later.
12/16- Added 2 miles to the distance and was once again over 60 seconds faster per mile. Finished the day at 5 miles in 38:50 (7:46 pace). Struggled a bit on the back half (19:15-19:35) but kept the pace under 8 all the way. The zinc/copper could be a winner.
12/17- Stuck with the same formula as yesterday. Came through 4 miles in 30:48 (7:42 pace) and felt pretty much the same as yesterday. Again, I slipped a bit in the back half (15:14-15:34). I probably could have coaxed a sub-8 5th mile to beat yesterday's time but it would only be by a few seconds. What I was most curious about was how I would respond to an extra zinc/copper pill. Would I see a resurgence? The answer was yes but only slightly. Did the next 2 miles in 15-flat (7:30 pace) with a good finish in which I briefly dipped under 7:00 pace. No lab test results but I didn't expect it until Monday. More good news is that the Curcumin (sulfur) is tolerated once again.
-With no Zinc and with Vitamin C in a form including a glass of OJ, I'll struggle to break 10 for 1 mile.
-With no Zinc but no Vitamin C, I'll manage 3 miles at 8:45-9:00 pace.
-On all Zinc and no C, I'll have a good few days but it's not the answer long term
-A zinc/copper combo is my only chance at long-term stability.
12/18- Tempo. 3 miles at Gold's on a nasty day outside. I hoped to break 22 and finished in 21:43 (7:14 pace). with splits of 7:06-7:21-7:16. Maybe a little better than yesterday but not a night and day difference. That's okay. What should happen when I'm on the right path is steady gradual improvement that becomes evident over a few weeks.
-20 miles on the week.