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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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