5/8- Lakeshore 5 in 38:45 (7:45 pace) with even splits. Felt good but this is a bit puzzling. This was only 25 seconds slower than 10K race pace and probably about even with half marathon pace yet it felt easy today. I actually slowed down to the 8:15 range at the very end and it felt like a stumble. Maybe the Taurine did slow me down in Corinth. I still feel like something is missing in my formula. I've re-ordered the Liver Beef but even if it's tolerated, it will only be taken 1-2 times per week. Added a mile cool. Good job.
5/9- Pyramid workout at Vestavia. I don't think I've done a decent interval workout since November of 2015 so expectations weren't real high. Workout was 400-800-1200-800-400 plus a final 400 all out. I was expecting a 90-95 second pace per lap and came in right in the middle of that range.
Splits were 94-3:07-4:43-3:08-93-81 with an R of 1 minute per lap. That's an overall pace of 6:11. Next time, I'll shoot for 6:08. Decent workout but I still think there's something missing in my formula and unless it's found, I will plateau even with steady training. Tomorrow may be our first 90 degree day but with low humidity, I can still push it.
5/10- Trak Shak 5 in 38:25 (7:41 pace). Tried to go hard early but didn't have a tempo in me today so I was content with the standard issue workout. This one was hard. Temp didn't quite hit 90 but it was sunny and more humid than I expected. Faded to the 7:50 range on the back half but still not bad overall. We'll see if I can go hard tomorrow. Either way, I'll win with a decent long run.
5/11- Gold's 5 in 37:34 (7:31 pace). Just like yesterday, standard issue pace felt fine. I set the cruise control to 7:30 and felt just as fresh in Mile 4 as I did in Mile 1. Granted, it was indoors and on a dead flat track so it would have been more like 7:40 on the Trak Shak route in 85 degree heat. Still, I felt a lot more comfortable overall in doing so. In Mile 5, I made a brief attempt to pick up the pace and held it for just 2 laps in the low-7 range before slowing down at the end.
Big question: Why is it that I can feel so comfortable at 7:30 pace yet if I drop down to 7:15, it's almost a race effort? I believe it could be a mitochondrial issue and better Iron and copper regulation could be the answer. The Liver Beef will arrive either Saturday or Monday.
5/12- Planned rest day. Weather looks iffy for tomorrow
5/13- AM- Another FAILED group run and made a fool of myself again by going out with the lead pack then dropping out less than 2 miles in. Turned around at 1.75 and slow jogged it home. Passed 3 miles just over 27 then treated the last half mile as a cool down. The culprit was IP-6. Things went from bad to worse after I took more of that stuff. Tacked on another junk mile in over 11 minutes.
PM- The Liver Beef did arrive and I rebounded a bit. Sneaked under the Mendoza line with a 23:54 performance in the Gold's 3 mile (7:58 pace). Got off to a good start but faded to the 8:15 range late. Still had the sub-8 pace all the way. I can still get a win this week with a decent long run tomorrow.
5/14- I need to preface this by saying that I did take a 2nd Liver pill yesterday evening. I did not run afterwards but did feel a little off. I started out today on Lakeshore with neither the Liver nor the IP-6 and ran the first 1.5 mile leg in a pathetic 14:48 (9:52 pace) then popped a Liver and got WORSE. I could not run at all after that. I then tried some more IP-6 and got a small boost. The next half mile was 4:48 (9:36 pace) then I quit.
PM- Tacked on another junk mile on Wisteria in 9:04. Took the evening dose of IP-6 after the run and got noticeably WORSE. That answers all the questions. Both IP-6 AND LIVER ARE NO NOs! It's gotta be a liver flush, blood donation or no further action.
Distance =30 miles. GPA= 2.24
YTD: 572 miles. 3-15 with a 2.01 GPA