Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Training 12/26-12/31

12/26- It's closing time.  I don't have much motivation to train this week.  Just want to start fresh in 2019.  I do have 2 treatments that I am willing to try but am betting that both will be non-factors.  I tried an increase in DIM and the result was inconclusive.  I'd lean towards staying with just 1 pill.  Did 3x1 mile intervals on Lakeshore on a pleasant evening.
1 pill- 7:42
2 pills- 7:31
3 pills- 7:35
The reason I say it's inconclusive is that I did see a modest improvement after the 2nd pill.  11 seconds is bordering on a significant difference (roughly 2.5 percent) but it wasn't night and day.  I really didn't feel much better and was somewhat surprised by the result.  Perhaps, I unconsciously upped the effort a bit.  I was marginally worse on a 3rd pill but 4 seconds is NOT enough to be significant.  Probably just statistical noise.  Not very long ago, a dose that high would have triggered a SEVERE detox reaction.  I'm pleased that I was able to tolerate it even though it really didn't do anything.

The other treatment is a kidney supp called Renamide.  It didn't do anything before but with DIM, it could be effective.  Again, it's unlikely that it will trigger a reaction.  Worst case is that it's a non-factor.

Not surprisingly, I was horrible with the cheating on my diet over the holiday.  I was somewhat encouraged that I was able to run fairly well today.  Back on track starting tomorrow.

12/27- 3 miles at Gold's this time non-stop.  It was a struggle as my legs turned to lead by Mile 2.  Finished below the Mendoza line at 23:54 (7:58 pace) but it took every ounce of energy to do so.  Not looking good at all.  I fear that this is the new normal and I'll just have to get used to it.  Will order Renamide.  Could I benefit from a little Calcium?  It never ends.

12/28 Unplanned rest day.  Renamide is out of stock until mid-January but I may not even order it.  I said 2 days earlier that a 2nd DIM pill was inconclusive.  Well, it's conclusive now.  I was considerably BETTER after taking a 2nd pill this evening after feeling awful for most of the day.  Also, I felt a difference after taking a 2nd DMG pill.  Interesting.  I'm switching back to Sam-e as soon as the supply runs out  and this time thanks to DIM, I will be able to tolerate higher doses.

12/29- Still low on motivation.  Just waiting for the new year to begin.  Skipped the group run in favor of an interval test to confirm what I strongly suspected last night.  2x800 at Vestavia.  Opened with 2 DIM but only 1 DMG.
Opened with a 3:50 (7:40 pace).  Legs were already starting to go after just 2 laps and I predict that in a 3 miler, the result would be just about the same as 2 days ago.  Right around the Mendoza line give or take a few seconds and it would take all I had to do it.

 Popped the DMG and got the expected improvement.  Without any increase in effort, my time was down to 3:30 (7:00 pace).  MINUS 40.  Most definitely, this was a significant improvement.  What happens if I take another one of those pills?  Probably nothing thanks to the DIM.

12/30- WEAK again.  Came through 1.5 miles in 11:32 and fading.  Once again, I was looking at a Mendoza level time give or take a few seconds.  This time, I punted and treated the back half like a cool down.  Really worried that this is the new normal.

12/31- 2 miles in 17:30.  Getting worse every day.  Fortunately, I found the culprit.  It was the LACK of DMG.  SAM-e can be used to augment it but CANNOT be used as a substitute.  Was able to get the last bottle at the health food store on my way home and YES INDEED, I was better after taking it.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Training 12/17-12/23

12/17- Lakeshore 5 in 43:35 (8:43 pace).  Again, not a relapse but I've clearly lost a step over the past 5 days.  Still not sure what to make of it.  I could be simply adjusting to more consistent training or I need a small adjustment to the formula.  If it is the latter, the Liver will be replaced with synthetic B-12.  It was the plan all along to alternate the two.  Added a half mile cool.

12/18-AM Confirmed that Liver is the culprit.  2x800 at Gold's at standard training effort.
2 Liver- 3:57.9 (7:55 pace)
3 Liver- 4:05.4 (8:10 pace).  PLUS 15
Not a huge difference but I could definitely feel it.  As has been the case recently, I did get nicked a bit from a taking a pill that is not good for me but the ill-effects were NOT severe.  I may be losing maybe 1/2 of 1 percent of my energy every day that I am on the Liver.  That is why it is so important to run regularly.  I realized what was happening within 5 days.  If I was sedentary, it may have taken a month to make the connection and it would take longer to come back.

PM- Easy 3.5 on Lakeshore.  Did not push or even time it because I know it would not be pretty on the extra Liver.  Felt quite comfortable and could have easily gone another 3.5 but I'm sure that pace was slow.  Possibly approaching 9.  Tomorrow, I will test it again to see if I need to quit the Liver or simply go down to 1 pill.  I believe it will be the former.  Also, I am betting that the need for Thym-Adren will diminish before too long.

12/19-AM As expected, the Liver will be cut out entirely.  2x400 at Vestavia and I was 6 seconds slower on the Liver.  Times were very slow and I have a strong feeling that the Thym-Adren will need to be cut as well so I am facing a double whammy.  I still hope to get the distance in even at pathetically slow paces.

PM- 2.5 mile junk run at Gold's.  Started off decently well but it was downhill after the first half mile.  Pace was approaching 9.  No panic yet because I expected this to happen.  I did not expect to cut both the Liver and Thym-Adren at the same time.  Tomorrow, I will see if I still need Thym-Adren at all.

12/20- AM- Got exactly what I expected.  2x400 to determine if I am better with or without Thym-Adren.
Without- 1:53
With- 1:58 (PLUS 20/mile).

PM- Easy 3 at Gold's in 24:16 (8:05 pace).  Fine with this one.  Still weakened by the Thym-Adren but I was a LOT better than yesterday.  Even pace and never struggled or attempted to pick up the pace.  I'm sure I could have been under the Mendoza line if I had put some effort into it.  Added a half mile cool so I am in good shape to hit 30+ miles on the week.
This is what should happen when I take a SINGLE dose of a bad pill.  I'll get nicked a little bit but it won't kill me.  In the past, I've gone from a 9:xx pace to a 6:xx pace and vice versa because of a single dose.  Thanks to DIM, those days should be over.    However, if 4 of those are taken for any significant duration, the ill-effects will be significant, which is a reasonable expectation.  Add 3 more of those pills to my evening run and once again, the pace would have been approaching 9.  Throw in the Liver on top of that and it gets worse from there.

Going forward, I SHOULD be done with the Thym-Adren forever unless there is another MAJOR problem that must be solved.  I will continue to alternate Liver with synthetic B-12.  Doing so should prevent the zinc/copper ratio from getting too far out of whack in either direction.  Yes, I will continue with blood donations at least twice per year to protect against Iron Overload.

If you've been on a specific health protocol for 2 years and still have unresolved problems, you've got to do something different.  They call me crazy and maybe I am but the true definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing while expecting different results.

12/21- 3 miles under a time crunch.  Improved to a 23:12 (7:44 pace) but I was struggling at the end.  Splits were 7:36-7:43-7:53 and it took a late rally to get the 3rd mile under 8.  That's still a full minute better than yesterday so I am not complaining.

12/22- Planned on an easy 10 but had to settle for 3 in 27:35 (9:12 pace).   I was out at about the same pace as last week but completely died in the 3rd mile.  Looks like a relapse on the surface but I simply forgot to take the DMG pill.  Not pleased about this missing just one pill made this much difference.  The methyl folate and either SAM-e or DMG must be taken together.  It's both or neither.  If I skip both, I'd actually do okay even on the DIM.  I did feel a lot better after taking the DMG but did not have time to go back out there because it was a travel day.

-23 miles on the week

Monday, December 10, 2018

Training 12/10-12/16

12/10- Goal was to come in under the Mendoza line and I did it by a comfortable margin.  3 miles in 23:46 (7:55 pace).  3rd mile was a struggle but I was a LOT better in holding the pace today.  1st half-11:48, 2nd half-11:58.  Pace never did go much above 8:00 and I'm sure I would have been a full minute faster than yesterday (MINUS 15) if I had gone 4 miles.  Instead, I'll be satisfied with getting back under the Mendoza line but this is only the start of it.  3 days without a relapse is NO cause for celebration.  Added a half mile cool.
Distance= 3.5

12/11- Finally, the Seattle weather is over.  Clear but cold evening on Lakeshore.  Finished 4 miles in 31:20 (7:50 pace).  Well done.  Even pace with something left.  Improvements will be slower from this point but if it's slow and steady, I will take it.

12/12- Not a relapse but definitely a bit of a step backwards.  3.5 miles once again on Lakeshore on a cloudy but comfortable evening.  Finished in 28:48 (8:14 pace), which remained fairly even throughout.  Just didn't have as much power as yesterday.  Hard to explain why it happened.  It could be that the adrenal spike has calmed down or I simply over-indulged in forbidden drinks.  Either way, it could be spun into good news.  Until very recently, if I took 4 doses of the wrong pill, I'd be worthless.  Same with after 3 consecutive days of cheating.  Now, if one or both of these happens, I'll get nicked a little bit, which is to be expected BUT nothing severe.

12/13- 4 miles in 33:57 (8:29 pace).  Another slow down but all is still okay.  I've dialed back the effort because 8:30 is probably my current half marathon race pace.  I shouldn't run my faster than this on my standard issue workouts.   Today, I tried to run without methylation support.  Yes, I could feel a difference but it wasn't nearly as bad as before the DIM.  That's excellent news.  The Thym-Adren is clearly still necessary and 4 pills remains the optimal dose.
Distance= 4.0
DIM, Sarcosine and at least some Thym-Adren are essential to take every day or else.  BUT if I miss a dose of something else or mis-count the Thym-Adren by 1 pill, I'll only get nicked a bit.  Until very recently, it was an exact cocktail every day or else with moving targets.  Too early to celebrate after just 6 days but YES there is a chance that those days could be behind me!

12/14- Planned rest day.  I need 15 over the weekend to hit 30.  That is do-able.  I may decide to do a junk run to be safe.
PM- Decided to do the junk run.  2 miles and didn't care about the time.  Not sure if I will do the group run tomorrow.

12/15- It wasn't pretty but I finished the BTC 10 miler.  Time was 88:21 (8:50 pace).  Did not push it too hard because I still need at least 3 tomorrow.  Held the pace well.  Slowest mile was a 9:01, which was mostly uphill.  Really not bad overall.  Conditions were damp and chilly but I've run in worse.

12/6- 3 mile recovery jog at Vestavia.  Didn't even time it but the pace was probably over 9.  Quite sore from yesterday but I suppose that is to be expected.  Glad I did the junk run on Friday.

Weekly summary:
No relapse this week so I must count this as a success.  Still, I am a LONG way from being able to run respectable times again and I've lost too much fitness to jump back into it.  I made 30 this week and planned to shoot for 35 next week but I don't think I can handle it now.  I may just shoot for 30ish for the next few weeks.  I'll have 6 days to train next week but only 5 the following week.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Pacific Northwest Road Trip Plan

I'm scheduled for phone duty the week of the South Dakota race next year.  I could possibly swap with a co-worker but I think this is a better fit anyway.  There is a State holiday in early June so that's one less day off work that I will have to take.  Here is the preliminary plan:

6/3- Fly out of Birmingham to Seattle.  I gain 2 hours so I expect to get in at a decent hour.  Again, the rental car cost will be rough but it's necessary.  From Seattle, it's roughly 3 hours to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  I'll stay downtown and enjoy a night out.

6/4- Must sees in the Vancouver area are Top of Vancouver, Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain.  From there, I will head up 1.5 hours north on the Sea to Sky highway along the coast to Whistler.  There are some amazing views along the way.  I'm not sure how far back south I'll go but I do want to get back to America that night.

6/5- I'll skirt past Seattle and take what I am sure will be a very scenic drive down the Washington coast across the border to Oregon.  The destination is Cannon Beach, which is a beautiful spot on the Oregon coast.  Driving time will be no more than 5.5 hours.  Maybe less if I go further south the previous day.

6/6- From Cannon Beach, I will head southeast towards Portland but probably skip that.  Instead, I will opt for Multnomah Falls and Mount Hood.  Most likely, I will stay in Hood River just across the border from Washington.  Drive time is about 3 hours.

6/7- Drive up to Rainier National Park and do some touring around Packwood then head to Seattle for the night.

6/8- Full day to tour Seattle and pick up the race packet.  The Space Needle is a must see.  I'll consider a Mariners game if they are in town.   I'm a fan of '90s alternative music so I hope there is some sort of museum for that.

6/9- Race day then fly back.  Getting back will be dicey.  I may have to wait another day.  I lose 2 hours and must take an afternoon flight after the race.  My choices may be to wait until the next day or take an overnight layover probably in Denver.  If I can get a Frontier flight from there, it may actually end up cheaper.

Cannon Beach

Mt. Rainier

Sea to Sky BC

Monday, December 3, 2018

Training 12/3-12/9

12/3- No Thym-Adren in the mail so I didn't even try.  It would have been over 27 for 3 miles so why even bother?  Switching from the Men's DIM to the old stuff appears to be a non-factor.  Still over-stimulated on the old stuff but no significant detox reaction.  The detox should be behind me now.

As for the Thym-Adren, there is little doubt that I will improve once I get back on that stuff.  The only real question is my tolerance to it.  Will I need mega doses?  Will there be an optimal dose?  If so, how much will it hurt to take too much?  I really expected the Thym-Adren to arrive today.  Tomorrow, I sure hope so.

12/4- STILL NO THYM-ADREN!  I'm getting worse every day without it.  I placed the order 7 days ago and thought for sure it would be here by today.  I suspect it is out of stock and they never told me.  At any rate, I've ordered another bottle from a different supplier.  I'll get it no later than Friday.  Forget about running.  Just survive the week at work.

12/5- STILL NO!  It must have been out of stock.  The other supplier told me it went out on Tuesday so I should get it no later than Friday.  Again, MAYBE tomorrow.

12/6- YES!  It did arrive.  Finally.  5x400 at Gold's to determine the optimal dose:
0 pills- 2:15.3 (9:01 pace)
1 pill- 1:59.7 (7:58 pace)  MINUS 63
2 pills- 1:50.7 (7:22 pace) MINUS 36
3 pills- 1:43.2 (6:52 pace) MINUS 30
6 pills- 1:50.0 (7:20 pace) PLUS 28
Added a quarter mile cool.
  I was actually glad to see that I lost a step between 3-6 pills.  I bet the optimal dose is 4 pills but I'll confirm it tomorrow.  Someday, the adrenal spike will calm down.  When it does, I'll be back to ADHS and I hope it will be soon.  It might gradually trend down or I could be suddenly forced off.    In the meantime, I will be hurt by excessive pills.  MAYBE, I can get serious next week.

12/7- 3x800 at Gold's:
3 pills- 3:52 (7:44 pace)
4 pills- 3:42 (7:24 pace)
5 pills- 3:47 (7:34 pace)
-4 pills it is.  I was noticeably better on 4.  Once again, I believe the formula is set.

12/8- Easy 3 miles at Gold's in 27:43 (9:14 pace).  Very poor performance but at least I am not reacting badly to micro doses of any pill.  I'll consider this my starting point.  For the last time, IF I am able to train consistently, I will be running respectable times by the Spring.

12/9- Seattle weather continues.  Managed to go 4 miles in 33:40 (8:25 pace).  MINUS 49 over an extra mile.  Felt MUCH better overall but for the 2nd straight day, I faded BADLY on the back half.  Splits were 7:59-8:18-8:42-8:41.  This was still a BIG improvement so I'll take it.
-10 miles on the week

Sunday, December 2, 2018

2019 Travel Plans

Let's Review the past year first:
-April- South Padre Island/ Nuevo Progreso, Mexico

May- Epic New England- Vermont-NYC-Long Island Sound,CT-Newport, RI-Cape Cod-Boston

July- Midwest: Minneapolis- Door County, WI- Lake Superior, MI- Iowa

September- Washington DC

October- Denver- Rocky Mtn NP- Scottsbluff, NE
Detroit/Windsor, Ontario

I entered the year with only 42 states with significant experiences but shored up Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and finally Nebraska.  That takes me up to 49 states in which I have stopped at a significant tourist attraction.  Hawaii is the only one missing and should be completed by 2021 when I finish the race states.

Now on to 2019:

Miami/Florida Keys in either January or February depending on the temps.  I'll just make a cameo in Key West.  The race there is still a NO.  Miami also has a half marathon in late January and I am also leaning against that one.

Philadelphia/Wilmington, Delaware.
I can do this one without missing any time at work.  This time, I will be racing in Wilmington and just hit a couple highlights in Philly such as the Liberty Bell and the Rocky Statue.

Salisbury, Maryland or Newport, Rhode Island- Choose 1 of 2.
I prefer the former and this one would include a road trip through Delmarva plus Virginia and Maryland's Chesapeake region.  I will be repeating a small portion of last month's trip but if I miss out on something in Philly, I can hit it again.

As for Newport, I was just there last year too.  I'd fly to Boston and try to get on a tour of Fenway Park.  The advantage here is that it is quicker and would only require 1 or 2 days off work.

South Dakota, Utah or Pacific Northwest.  Choose 1 of 3 and it will be epic.
South Dakota- Mt. Rushmore, Badlands NP plus Regina, Sasketchewan and a corner of Manitoba.  This adds 2 more to my Century Club tally.  I prefer this one but I'll do the other 2 in the future.

Utah- Race in Cottonwood and tour some of the Mighty 5 National Parks

Pacific Northwest- Race RnR Seattle.  Road trip includes Cannon Beach, Mt. Hood, Mt. Ranier and Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Late Summer/Fall- Choose 2 of 4:
Connecticut- There is a race on the Long Island Sound.  I will not do this if I also run Newport, RI in April.  I'll go back to NYC for another day or two to see City Island in the Bronx and the Empire State Building.

Iowa- Cedar Rapids or Des Moines race.  I will fly into Chicago and take 2 days to tour there. Cedar Rapids is in September and Des Moine is in October.  If I choose the former, I could swing a trip home for my birthday.

New Jersey-The race is in Jersey City in mid-September and will definitely allow me to swing a birthday trip home similar to DC last year.

Rhode Island- Again, the target is Newport in October.  Someday I will race here but not if I go to  Connecticut over the summer.

As for 2020 and beyond, I will go more international.