Monday, February 27, 2017

Molybdenum and the Smoking Gun

It is nearly Spring and though I will not get a confirmation one way or the other in writing, it’s a pretty safe bet that I will know the outcome very soon.  Nothing is certain given my history but I really believe I’ve tried every trick in the book now.  Last week, I asked why the hell certain sulfur containing products such as glutathione, SAM-e and glucosamine seemed to be beneficial.  In fact, the latter option actually mitigated much of the ill-effects of taking the “bad sulfur” containing products such as Taurine, Milk Thistle and Curcumin.  If any of those 3 were taken alone, it would have been disastrous to the point that I would not be able to run a 10 minute mile.

I believe the reason for this is that not all sulfurs are created equal.  The “good stuff” such as the glucosamine is a sulfate while the bad stuff generates sulfites.  Sulfate=good.  Sulfite=bad.  There is a defect in my transulfation pathway that is blocking the conversion of sulfites to more friendly sulfates.  Though unconfirmed, evidence is strong that the culprit is an enzyme defect related to the SUOX gene that can be corrected with increased molybdenum.  I had been taking only a micro dose of 50 mcg but have since increased it to 150.  The results?

Small doses of Taurine and Curcumin are now well tolerated and may actually be marginally beneficial.  As for the PABA, a small pinch is needed to guard against Methyl folate sensitivity but taking a full strength dose was disastrous.  Now, I can take the full strength and barely feel any ill-effects.  All of this means that I do have to take a lot of pills every day and if I forget one, I’m in trouble.  There may be a sweet spot with some of the doses BUT the big difference is (drumroll please)  NO MORE MOVING TARGETS AND GOING BEYOND THE SWEET SPOT OR TAKING OTHER SULFUR PILLS WILL NOT SIGNIFICANTLY HURT ME!!  I’ve said it a million times that all I want out of this is STABLE chemistry.   Anything that I achieve in my running is a bonus.  What would happen if I loaded on “bad sulfur” with molybdenum?

I haven’t tried taking mega doses of Taurine but based on personal observations with Curcumin, I can bet that I will feel a little sluggish if I took too much but I’d still be able to get through a standard issue workout.  That’s a hell of a lot better than a 10 minute mile without the moly.  Extra molybdenum beyond 150 mcg is probably required if I was to take Taurine on a regular basis and would mitigate much of the ill-effects.  Any other options to try?

I’m leaning heavily towards the extra molybdenum option and am open to going beyond 150 mcg.  If I stuck with the low dose, I will be completely intolerant to Taurine and Curcumin as well as many other sulfur containing products.  Increased methylation that comes with taking TMG and MF also increases the demand for molybdenum. 

 I MIGHT be okay on the low dose if I avoid these problem pills like the plague and indeed I should not be taking much Taurine as it is because of the CBS mutation.  Still, something is BADLY wrong if a small dose of ANYTHING triggers such a STRONG negative reaction.  A pill such as Curcumin or Apple Cider Vinegar that could be useful in reducing excess Iron or preventing it from flaring up in the future would be off limits because of the sulfur content. 

 Even if I avoided all of that stuff completely, I still believe that the blockage in the sulfation pathway slows me down.  My top interval speed improved from 5:48 to 5:29 after solving the MF sensitivity with PABA.  Moreover, there is no guarantee that the sweet spots will remain constant.  I could develop a complete intolerance to PABA which means that a single dose of Methylfolate would cause me to gain/lose up to 60 seconds/mile while shooting at moving targets.  Once again, that is UNACCEPTABLE and I don’t care how fast I can go when everything is in sync.  I would say the same if I was in sub-5:00 Mile shape on my best days but terrible on the bad ones.  Any risks with molybdenum?

The biggest problem encountered thus far is increased demand for ADHS (adrenal support) but once again, I believe it to be a temporary spike that will calm down fairly soon.  It supposedly lowers Ferritin, which is good, but it may aggravate excessive serum Iron.  If that happens, I can safely take Curcumin to fix that without having to worry about the sulfur content.  If it does indeed lower Ferritin, I will NOT have to risk a Liver flush or blood donation which cannot be undone and could potentially alter my chemistry significantly. 
There is a risk that it could lower copper and ceruloplasmin but I’m not worried about that because I actually felt better when it was around 20 rather than the 25.9 on the last test.  Avoiding citrates and staying on the B-12 should keep that number afloat.  B-12 MUST be up to snuff or a bad reaction to molybdenum is likely.  While I don’t doubt that better balance in Iron, Magnesium, Copper and Adrenal activity is beneficial to my health, NONE of them are the smoking gun that explains the extreme sensitivity.  Even if my mineral balance was near-perfect, I’d still have BRUTAL sensitivity if the sulfation pathway blockage is not addressed.

Time will tell how I do on this formula but the longer I go without a relapse, the more likely it becomes that I am victorious.  If I raced NYC right now, I’d probably finish around 1:48-1:50 just like in training.  Given another 2.5 weeks of steady training, improvements are possible especially if the adrenals calm down.  I think I have a realistic chance of a post-35 PR which was a 1:45:58 last May in Kansas City.  A sub-1:43 will be tough but that would be a MAJOR confidence boost because it would be my best time since 2014, which was before the methylation problems became unmanageable without treatment.  Once again, I’ve probably set my last PR but I see no reason why I can’t be competitive if I am able to train at 40 MPW.  If the formula is stable, training updates will continue as long as I improve.  When I plateau, I will scale them back but continue to post road trip reports as well as Rants and Raves. 

Training 2/27-3/5

2/27- AM- 3x3 laps at Gold's just messing around with my formula.  I did everything wrong on purpose.  I went beyond the sweet spot with MF (3600) while taking no PABA and only a low dose of ADHS but did take the full dose of moly.  Not surprisingly, I was beyond awful early.
Opener- 3:15 (9:45 pace)
With PABA- 2:50 (8:30 pace) MINUS 75
With Curcumin- 2:47 (8:21 pace) MINUS 9
The PABA is clearly needed BUT the dose is FLEXIBLE!  As for the Curcumin, I thought maybe the serum Iron shot up when the moly allowed Ferritin to be removed from storage.  That does not appear to be the case.  I may have gotten a marginal benefit but MINUS 9 is not enough to be considered significant.  I'll keep the Curcumin in my cabinet for occasional use. Reducing Iron will NOT calm down my adrenals, only ADHS can do that.  I accidentally missed my B-12 this morning so that shows that a key missed pill will leave me hurting.  I'm okay with that so long as the dose is FLEXIBLE!

PM- The B-12 plus extra ADHS was the game changer.  5 miles in 39:18 (7:52 pace) with nice even splits and a little something left at the end.  This pace will bring me home just north of 1:43 in a half mary.  I don't think I can hold this pace for 13.1 but I'm sure I'd be under 1:50 today.  Maybe 1:48ish.  This is exactly what should happen when a formula is working.  I may not feel much difference from one day to the next but over the course of a few weeks, improvement will be evident.  I'm 20 days out so there's still a chance to improve on this.
Grade:B-/1 credit/Distance=6.0

2/28-Again, I tinkered with my formula this morning.  I found that even on low dose molybdenum, the demand for ADHS remained high.  Also, the reaction to taurine containing MTHFRade was IMMEDIATE and STRONGLY NEGATIVE.  Sulfates helped but not enough to be a game changer.  Without a doubt, extra molybdenum is my best chance to cool the smoking gun.
AM- 1 mile junk run on Wisteria before molybdenum.

PM-Lakeshore 5 in 38:52 (7:46 pace).  Not a significant difference from yesterday but an improvement nonetheless.  I'll take a MINUS 6 every day and at that rate, I'll be competitive very soon.  Lakeshore is a little roly poly in spots so a perfectly flat surface would have yielded a pace closer to 7:40.  Tacked on a half mile cool.
Grade:B/1 credit/distance=6.5

3/1- Tried the full strength PABA and as I predicted, I was a little more sluggish as a result but not enough to be considered significant.  Went with a shorter 3 miler today in hopes of going under 7:30 pace.  I was on pace for the first half but faded a bit and finished in 22:54 (7:38 pace) plus a half mile cool.  Figure that a 5 miler would have been just south of 40.  If I had gone with a pinch of PABA like usual or took extra moly to counteract it, I probably would have been about :10 faster per mile.  As it is, it's not horrible.  If I took the full strength PABA with the low dose moly, it would have been over 9 minute pace or worse.
Grade:C+/1 credit/distance=3.5

3/2- Planned rest day. Hurt by a double dose of moly. Not pleased about that.

3/3-5 miles in 37:46 (7:33 pace). Closed with an impressive 7:13. This pace was a MINUS 13 over 2 days so steady improvement continues. Long tomorrow.
Grade:B+/1 credit/ distance -5.0

3/4- Downer.  Group run downtown with the BTC and it was embarrassing.  I got off to a great start and was up with the lead pack then faded in Mile 2 and turned around. I managed to hold the pace in the 8:15 range and avoided a complete collapse.  I knew something was wrong and my heart wasn't into it so I cut it short.  I don't know my exact distance because of a GPS malfunction but the elapsed time was just north of 32 minutes so I'll consider it a 4 miler.  I will try again for a long run tomorrow.
Grade:C-/1 credit/distance=4.0
Felt MUCH worse after another trace of moly after I got home BUT quickly got better after taking Curcumin.  However, Curcumin did NOT mitigate the ill-effects of another trace of moly.
This turn of events is unfortunate but not a death knell.  There is some sensitivity with the moly but I don't think it's 150 or else.  I know that 50 won't cut it and 300 is too much but I'm betting that any dose between 75-225 will work.  Even if it's 100-200, that's okay.  It has become apparent that the Curcumin IS NEEDED.  That's probably because the moly has dumped the Ferritin (stored Iron), which results in excess  in the blood and tissues as I predicted.

Curcumin is sulfur containing so that means I can't it tolerate unless I take enough molybdenum.  The good news is Curcumin lowers Iron so that means it could be the key to calming my adrenals.  I may not need mega doses of ADHS anymore but even if I take extra, it won't hurt me.

3/5- I MADE IT. Lakeshore 15 in 2:00:37 (8:02 pace). First half was 59:57 then hung on for a 60:40. Pace never went above 8:15 and closed with a solid 7:43. This pace brings me home in about 1:45:30 and was sustained for 1.9 additional miles. Good shot at a sub-1:45 now. Sub-1:43 looks possible.
Grade:B plus/2 credit/distance- 15.0
-40 miles on the week.
GPA of 2.80 is my highest of the year
Yearly average has climbed to 1.77 with 239 miles. Not sure what I will do next weekend.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Training 2/20-2/26

2/20- Day off work for President's Day.  Did the Ferritin re-test and am just hoping to confirm that the Iron is NOT the smoking gun.  Even if it remains high, no action will be taken until after NYC.

AM- Workout was 3 miles at Spain Park's track in a time of 24:53 (8:18 pace).  That's a MINUS 84 over triple the distance from yesterday. Started off at sub-8 pace then quickly settled into the 8:30 range but held it there.  Took just a pinch of PABA but it's still obvious that I have too much in my system.  A couple of questions remain.  Will I tolerate the pinch of PABA or will I develop a complete intolerance?  If tolerated, will the small dose be enough to relieve the brutal sensitivity and moving targets with MF?  Lynch's MTHFRade is well tolerated so far.  We shall see.  I may be out again this evening.

PM- Took the evening off.  The MTHFRade is a NO probably because of the taurine content.  PABA or BUST!
Grade:D+/1 credit/distance=3.0

2/21- Good news.  The answer to the 2 key questions are YES to both.  PABA IS tolerated in small doses AND the small dose IS enough to prevent extreme sensitivity and moving targets.  I'm going with this formula at least for the next 4 weeks until after NYC.  The workout still was not pretty because of yesterday's ill-advised MTHFRade.  3 miles in a moving time of 23:45 (7:55 pace) MINUS 23.  Could not hold a sub-8 pace without PABA so I popped a trace and actually did marginally better with it.  Then, I tried extra MF and again showed marginal improvement despite going beyond the "sweet spot".  Here are stats:
2000 MF w/no PABA- 3 laps in 2:40 (8:00 pace) but fading.
2000 MF w/PABA- 2 miles in 15:54 (7:57 pace) steady all the way.
2800 MF w/PABA- 6 laps in 5:11 (7:48 pace). likely near 8:00 for 2 miles.

PM- Took the evening off.  NOT good news on Ferritin.  My number dropped from 204 down to 189.  I was shooting for 150 or below.  Can't be sure that the methylation is the smoking gun now.  I've got to go with the liver flush after NYC and if that doesn't work, it's blood donation.  I am also quite puzzled that I can tolerate some sulfur containing pills such as glutathione, SAM-e and glucosamine just fine but others such as taurine and milk thistle are disasters.
Grade:C-/1 credit/distance=3.0

2/22- Gold's 3 miler in 21:27 (7:09 pace) MINUS 46 with splits of 7:01-7:16-7:10.  Solid performance and I believe it is my best time of the year.  Still, no cause for celebration.  I've been here a million times before only to relapse yet again.  I will not even allow myself to hope again until I am under 21 and will not declare myself back until I am consistently under 20.  It seems that the sulfur containing glucosamine/chondroitin has mitigated much of the ill-effects of the sulfur containing taurine and milk thistle.  WHAT THE ______?
Grade:B/2 credit/distance=3.0

2/23- Lakeshore 5 in 43:35 (8:43 pace).  Started off at a smooth 7:30ish pace but it was downhill after Mile 1.  I was still at 19:37 at the half and probably under 24 at 3 miles but totally DIED on the back half to a pitiful 23:58.  Yes, it sucked but it's a suckage that I can accept.

I tried increasing the molybdenum in an effort to lower ferritin levels but it appears that it has also opened up the blocked part of the transulfation pathway.  Taurine was tolerated and so was Curcumin.  Whenever a MAJOR problem is solved, it's common to see a temporary spike in adrenal activity.  Instead of the usual lethargic feeling, I was loose but easily winded.  Extra ADHS seemed to help.  A more detailed post is coming.
Grade:D+/1 credit/distance=5.0

2/24- 3 miles at Gold's.  Started on the usual 3 ADHS and was 2:46 (8:18 pace) and fading through 3 laps so I popped 3 more and went non-stop @ 7:55 pace the rest of the way en route to a 23:54 finish (7:58 overall pace) or just below the Mendoza line.  Extra ADHS was not a miracle but it was a definite improvement and again, I believe it's just a temporary reaction.  3 weeks from today, I will be on a flight to New York City.
Grade:C-/1 credit/distance=3.0

2/25- Half marathon distance in 1:50:46 (8:27 pace) with the BTC.  Not much power or strength but remarkably consistent splits.  I never went under 8:20 or over 8:35 and I felt that I could have gone a few miles further at this pace.  Not half bad overall.  If the adrenals calm down and I can avoid a relapse, I will have a respectable showing in NYC.
Grade:B-/2 credits/distance=13.5

2/26-AM- Reduced my ADHS dosage and my system wasn't quite ready for it.  Hoped to run 6.5 miles on Lakeshore but settled for 3.5 in a time of 27:33 (7:52 pace).  Started strong but faded to the 8:10 range over the last 2 miles.

PM- A few interesting observations.  PABA was tolerated at FULL strength and so was a double dose of Curcumin as well as Apple Cider Vinegar.  I believe the molybdenum opened up a blockage in the sulfation pathway.  Tacked on another 3 miles this time at Vestavia and it was a carbon copy of the morning session.  Not quite as fast early but I did a little better at holding the pace.  Finished in 23:39 (7:53 pace).  Neither yesterday's run nor the morning session seemed to effect me very much.
Grade:C/2 credit/distance=6.5

Weekly summary:
Probably the best week overall this year.  I may be in a situation in which I am NOT SENSITIVE TO ANYTHING IN MY COCKTAIL!  That, my friends is all I really want out of all this.  Anything else is a bonus.  A couple more questions need to be answered.  I'll know what if any effect the Curcumin has and whether or not I even need the PABA now that I am on the molybdenum.
Distance=37.0/ GPA= 21.4/10= 2.14
YTD: 199 miles.  0-7 record with a 1.63 GPA (slowly climbing since Week 2)

Monday, February 13, 2017



Here's what I am up against:
-Upregulation of GNMT, which makes MTHFR worse
-Homozygous mutation on the dreaded MTHFR 677.
-Diet that is deficient in vegetables.
That's a triple whammy!

Obviously, I need to support my folate somehow and the form of it MUST be:
 5-Methyltetrahydrofolic acid
-It MUST be taken with either TMG or SAM-e.

The word folate is derived from foliage, which in dietary terms means green leafy vegetable.  Because of my genetics, even a diet rich in this area will not be enough.  Some type of supplementation is required.   Dr. Ben Lynch agrees.

How will this all play out?
It's still too early to tell but I see one outcome that is acceptable and one that is unacceptable.

-Dosage continues to trend down but eventually stabilizes between 1000-2000.  That's ACCEPTABLE!  It's highly unlikely that I will ever be able to get off MF because of my genetics.  I would certainly prefer to have some flexibility with the dosage such that I take one too many or too few pills, it won't hurt me too much if I'm a little off for a few days.  However, even if the magic number remains rigid at say 2,000 and must be taken every day, that is STILL ACCEPTABLE.

-The magic number goes up and down periodically with seemingly no explanation.  There is no stability and the dose that works one day may not work the next.  That is UNACCEPTABLE and I don't care how fast I can go when I have everything in sync.

Is there any way to create a 3rd outcome without the MF pills?
MAYBE.  I have a product in my cabinet called GREENS from It Works.  I tried it last night and found that the symptoms of excess MF came on hard.  This GREENS supplement is a powder form that is to be mixed with water or juice.  It is DENSE in nutrients and you could have to eat all veggies and still not match the greens in this supplement.  There is no dispute that more greens will help the MTHFR mutation.  Early signs indicate that the GREENS will reduce my dependence on the MF.
GREENS must be taken with TMG or SAM-e.

Will it be enough to get off those MF pills altogether?  That would be NICE!  It would mean that there is no pill in my cocktail that causes sensitivity.  I would consider that VICTORY once and for all.  Again, I have no doubt that I can get back to respectable times with steady training and anything beyond that is a bonus.

What to do?
For the time being, I will lay off the GREENS.  I don't know for sure if the negative reaction was due to excess folate, an ingredient in GREENS that I can't tolerate or a combination of both.  Only time and experiments will tell.  If I need 4000 MF without the GREENS, it seems unlikely that it will go down to ZERO with it.  If the magic number drops below 2000, it's worth a shot.

Ferritin re-test:
I am about 90% sure that it is methylation that is the smoking gun.  NOT Iron or Ferritin.  If the ferritin is below 150 and trending down, I will NOT bother with the liver flush.  Even if it's still high, I will postpone it until after NYC.  A Liver flush could alter my chemistry and I've got a bit of positive momentum going.

I was taking 4000  MF last week.  We shall see how much I need/tolerate at the end of this week.  It could be 3000 or up to 5000.  If the dose goes up again, I'll give the GREENS a shot in that case too.  It's also possible that the GREENS will reduce but not eliminate the need for MF pills.  If the GREENS reduce the sensitivity, it's a good thing.

Training 2/13-2/19

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2/13- Lakeshore 2.5 in 21:38 (8:39 pace) plus a half mile cool.  Never did have a good pace and did not slow much further on the back half.  Too much MF.  Not a surprise that I struggled today.  There was a MAJOR discovery last night that merits a separate post.
Grade:D/1 credit/distance=3.0

2/14- Same MF dose as yesterday with NO GREENS.  No better than yesterday if not slightly worse.  3 miles at Gold's in a time of 26:34 (8:51 pace).  PLUS 12 over an extra half mile so that's essentially the same.  Dose will be cut bigly tomorrow and IT BETTER NOT GO BACK UP!  Still not sure about the effects of the GREENS.  Dose likely needed to be cut with or without them.  Plan is intervals tomorrow.
Grade:D/1 credit/distance=3.0

2/15- AM- Intervals.  5x3 laps at Gold's.  Did not even try to run without MF and would have been over 10:00 if I did.  I started at 800 and increased it in increments of 400 until I got beyond the sweet spot.  Here are the results:
800- 2:52 (8:36 pace)
1200- 2:32 (7:36 pace) MINUS 60 because of ONE PILL!!!!
1600- 2:11 (6:33 pace) MINUS 63
2000- 1:56 (5:48 pace) MINUS 45
2400- 2:08 (6:24 pace) PLUS 36
  If I had gone up to 3600, the pace would have slipped over 8:00 and over 9:00 at 5000.
Most likely, the current sweet spot is somewhere between 1800 and 2000.  I was noticeably weaker on 2400 and needed an all out kick at the end to do as well as I did.  With the same effort, it would have been on par with 1600 if not slightly worse.
If the sweet spot stays constant or even goes down slightly, it's an acceptable outcome.  However, my gut tells me that it will go up and down and without further treatment, I'll never feel anywhere near my best.  Lynch's site seems to think that methylation causes increased cell division and thus my electrolytes have decreased by too much when I take more MF.  What I'd like to see happen is an improvement with every pill up to the sweet spot WITHOUT a sharp decline when I go beyond it.  Any chance of that happening?  He does sell a special drink mix to replenish electrolytes.  I'll give the GREENS a shot tomorrow but I really don't think they will have much impact.

PM- Canterbury 3.5 mile loop with barely enough daylight after work.  Finished in 27:32 (7:52 pace) which is not half bad on a hilly route.  On 2000, I would have cruised it at 7:30 pace.  On 4000, the pace would have been over 9.  As it is on 2400, I'll take it.
Grade:C+/2 credit/distance=5.5

2/16- AM- Trial and error with GREENS.  It was immediately apparent that MF was still needed.  Started on 1600 and did 6 laps in a weak 5:14 (7:51 pace) then 6 more on 2000 and improved only marginally to 5:03 (7:35 pace) then tacked on a 1.5 lap cool.  The verdict on the GREENS is NAY.  It seems that the sensitivity was reduced but I was MUCH weaker on every dose and it did NOT seem to change the sweet spot.  Heart was not into this one and I will likely take the evening off.
Grade:C-/1 credit/distance=1.5
I will re-order Yasko's All in One and give Lynch's MTHFRade a shot.

PM- No running but I did try Niacin and it may be an option to reduce the effects of too much methylation.  I had no immediate effects but an intense flushing sensation that lasted about 2 hours kicked in about 15-20 minutes after taking the pill.  Overall, I felt better initially but the dose was too high and it increased my need for MF.  It altered the sweet spot and I'm unsure if it would have done anything about the sensitivity.  VERDICT:  Small dose is probably okay but large dose is a BIG NO NO!  Tomorrow, I will try PABA.

2/17- PABA could be a winner. I thought it had a chance because it is a "folic acid precursor".  When taking Yasko's Ultimate B, I was poor all around but the MF seemed to make little difference one way or the other.  That tells me there's a key ingredient in there that is bad for me but another one that reduces the sensitivity.  I figured PABA was the most likely answer.
Workout began with 1200 MF and no PABA:
1200w/no PABA- 2:35.0 (7:45 pace).  Struggled as expected but likely could have gone sub-8 for 3 miles with an all out effort.
1200 w/PABA-1:53.3 (5:40 pace) No radical shift in mood but legs had POWER.
2000 w/PABA- 1:49.7 (5:29 pace).  BOOM!
2800 w/PABA- 1:53.1 (5:39 pace).  Not quite as strong as the previous interval but a WHOLE lot better than 2 days earlier when I went beyond the sweet spot.  I'll bet I could have done sub-6 pace at 3600 as well.
Not much left after that so I just jogged 6 more laps to get to 2 miles.
This is EXACTLY what I was looking for.  PABA did not alter the sweet spot but DID SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE MY SENSITIVITY.  Too soon to get my hopes up but I see a chance of success with this formula.
Grade:A/1 credit/distance=2.0

2/18- Downer.  Slept in and ran solo rather than the group run in a chilly rain.  It cleared up later and I was out on Lakeshore for an attempted long run.  I probably could have finished 10 but the back half would have been EXTREMELY ugly.  Quit after 4 miles in 31:51 (7:58 pace) with splits of 15:04-16:47.  This will do for an easy day.  I'm betting that my PABA dose must be limited.  I loaded last night and this morning.  I'll try again tomorrow.
Grade:C/1 credit/distance=4.0

2/19- Took only 1 PABA pill today and it was a disaster.  Did a 1 mile junk run on Wisteria just to hit a round number on the week.  It was untimed but I'd be surprised if it was much below 12 minutes.  PABA was most definitely the culprit.  That's right.  The same stuff that looked like a miracle on Friday turned out to be disastrous on Sunday.  Nothing new for me and it's why I don't get my hopes up without a good medical report.  I will definitely lay off it for a couple days then try it again at a lower dose.  Yasko's All In One does contain a minuscule amount but it's likely not enough to make an impact one way or the other.  Most B-complex pills contain PABA at a 50-100 mg dosage so that's what I'll try next week.   NYC is only 4 weeks away so time to get well is running short.

PM- Tacked on another mile just because I was bored.  Clocked a 9:42 on Wisteria.  Tomorrow, I am going with just a trace of PABA.
Grade:F/1 credit/distance=2.0

Weekly summary:
What a roller coaster but then again, what else is new?
Distance=21.0/ GPA= 14.3/8= 1.79
YTD: 172 miles.  0-6 with a 1.54 GPA

Friday, February 10, 2017

Generation Y or Z

About a year ago, I did a post about the differences between late Gen. Xers (me) and early Millennials.  The consensus among most demographers is that the cutoff is either 1981 or 1982.  I'd personally set the exact cutoff midway through 1982 between the Class of 2000 and the Class of 2001.  There is a gray area from roughly '79-'83 in which I would not dispute whatever you claim to be.  For reasons I have discussed in the previous post, I was born in '80 and graduated HS in 1999 and consider myself Gen. X all the way.  Those born in '85 or later had clearly different life experiences than I and certainly cannot be classified in the same group as those born in the late '60s or early '70s.

Now where does the Millennial generation end and Gen. Z begin?
I believe that as with X-Y, there will be a gray area in the middle, probably between 1997 and 2001.  I initially said the Millennials end in 2000 but in light of recent events, I'd move it up to 1999.  2006 saw the erosion of support for Bush 43's neo-conservatism and the beginning of YouTube and Facebook.  If you are old enough to remember before then, I'd say you are a Millennial.  If not, I'd put you in Gen. Z, which may be re-named later.

Let's look at potentially different life experiences starting with a middle Millennial born in 1990:
-No memory of life without the Internet and Windows 95 came out in kindergarten.
-Old enough to remember the Dial Up era and life without Smart phones.
-Access to Facebook and YouTube as teenagers.
-Remember Clinton's impeachment and the election of Bush-43 with some clarity.
-11 years old (5th-6th grade) on 9/11 and 13 at the start of the Iraq war.
-Came of age during the Great Recession and election of Barack Obama. Tend to be liberal.

How about a Later Millennial born in 1995: Minor differences but clearly same generation.
-Not even alive before Internet became widely available and no memory of Dial Ups.
-Old enough to remember life without Smart phones but had access as teenagers.
-About 10 years old when Facebook and YouTube became popular.
-No memory of the Clinton administration or the 2000 election
-Barely old enough to remember 9/11 but had no idea of its impact at the time.
-13 years old with only a modicum of political knowledge at the time of Obama's election but came of age during his second term.  Likely liberal but maybe not as much as the previous group.

Gray area and cutoff point- 1997-2001:  Why I set the cutoff at '98 or '99.
-Digital Natives and completely at ease with technology
-Little-No memory of life without Smart Phones if born after 1999
-Facebook and YouTube have been around as long as they can remember if born after 1999.
-Not old enough to remember 9/11 but if born before 1999, may have faint memories of the 2004 election and Bush-43's policies having some popular appeal.
-Between 7-11 years old at the time of the Great Recession and Obama's election so old enough to remember but not old enough to understand it.
Those born in 1999 will turn 18 and enter college during a Trump administration.
-Early surveys show a conservative resurgence among early Gen. Z though that could change down the road.  I recently saw an interesting video that suggested that conservatism was now the counter-culture and thus more attractive in light of excessive political correctness.

Born after 2001:  Most definitely NOT Millennial.
-Not even alive on 9/11
-Little-no memory of Bush-43
-15 or younger when Trump was elected.
-No memory of life without Smart Phones or social media.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Training 2/6-2/12

2/6- Started on 1000 mcg of MF and it wasn't enough.  Not a huge surprise but it appears that my need for MF is ticking upward again.  It was another interval session.  4x800.
2200-4:13- MUCH WEAKER.
  Today, the sweet spot was probably around 1600, which was a disaster yesterday.  If I am to be wrong on the dose, it's better to be LOW.
Grade:D+/1 credit/Distance=2.0

2/7- Wanted to do 4x800 again but had to settle for 3 due to time constraints.  Opened with 1600 which was yesterday's sweet spot and was beyond awful but got progressively better with more pills.
1600-5:09 (10:18 pace)
2000-4:41 (9:22 pace) MINUS 56
2400- skipped
2800-3:59 (7:58 pace) MINUS 84 (42/pill)

PM-Non-Stop 3 miler in 23:55 (7:58 pace) running nearly all out plus a half mile cool.  Even pace all the way but never could get the pace much below 8 no matter what I did.  Jacked up my dose to 4000 before I started and it may have been a bit too much.  Today's sweet spot was likely either 3200 or 3600 or somewhere in between.  Tried SOD when I got home.  That stuff is supposed to be good at preventing MF side effects.  I felt a marginal benefit but it's not a game changer.
Grade:C-/1 credit/Distance=5.0

2/8- I spoke too soon on the SOD.  It was a disaster today.  MF appears to be tolerated at the full dose however.  1 mile in 10:30.  It will probably take a couple days to get this latest poison out of my system.  I sure hope I can ride this formula until Spring when I'll have a good idea how things will play out.  Let's hope the Ferritin re-test does not complicate things further.
Distance=1.0- Considered a rest day.

2/9- AM- 2 miles in 18:28 (9:14 pace) with even splits.  MINUS 76 over twice the distance from yesterday.  I'll take it.  I'll shoot for 4 miles this evening.  I'm back on 5000 MF

PM- 4 miles at Gold's in 33:08 (8:17 pace).  MINUS 57 over twice the distance.  Negative split with a last mile in 7:51.  I've decided to stick with this formula for better or worse at least until NYC even if the Ferritin re-test is bad.
Grade:C-/1 credit/Distance=6.0

2/10- 3 miles in 22:18 (7:26 pace).  Did the last 3 @ 8:13 yesterday so I will consider this a MINUS 47.  Pace hovered just over 7:30 most of the way but a strong start and finish got me in under the barrier.  By early next week, I think I can expect to be sub-21 at this distance.  Tomorrow will be another long run attempt.
Grade:C+/1 credit/Distance=3.0

2/11- Lakeshore 10 in 85-flat (8:30 pace).  Determined to finish a double digit run no matter how ugly it got.  It certainly wasn't pretty but for my longest run since October, I'll take it.  1st half: 41:40, 2nd half: 43:20 so I faded but did not collapse and showed some life at the end too.  3 of my last 4 half marathons have been 1:54-1:56.  Today, I think I would have been good for a 1:52:xx so only slightly better.  Good call on the no-go for Mercedes.  There are t'storms in the forecast anyway so it may not even go off as scheduled.
Grade:C+/2 credits/distance=10.0

2/12- 5 miles in 38:35 (7:43 pace).  Not half bad especially on tired legs.  I believe I could have beaten yesterday's time for 10 despite not being fresh.  I did lower my MF dosage just a tad and felt an uptick in energy.  It may be trending down again.  That's okay but I do NOT want to have to go back up next week.  Mercedes went off as planned but it was humid and uncomfortable especially for the full marathoners.
Grade:B/1 credit/distance=5.0

Weekly summary:
Probably my best overall week so far this year.  I am now 5 weeks out from NYC.  If I can train normally and avoid the relapses, I've got a shot at a respectable showing.
Distance= 32.0/ GPA= 14.6/7= 2.08
YTD: 151 miles.  0-5 with a 1.50 GPA