Monday, September 15, 2014

Training 9/15-9/21

9/15- AM- 1 mile junk run around the block.  Felt loose but was breathing heavy on the hills.

Update:Very interesting observation last night.  I loaded on Cal/Mag (1000 mg) and I did tighten up a bit.  I responded by taking an extra taurine pill and began feeling better.  The final answer is oh so very close now.  Did the problems last week have anything to do with taurine at all or was it all about the caffeine?  If I load on taurine without caffeine, will I suffer any ill-effects?  If that answer is no, I am golden!  Odds are that if I limit my Cal/Mag to less than 500, I won't need any taurine but it won't be enough to get me in balance.  If I can tolerate 2,000 mg of taurine without a problem, I should be able to take as many pills as necessary.  I'm loading on taurine now and will be very interested to see how I will respond this evening.

PM- 5 miles at Gold's at moderate effort.  Finished in 34:19 (6:52 pace).  That's just inside sub-90 pace for a half mary.  Based on how I felt, another 8 at that pace does not seem insurmountable especially if fresh.  Legs were slightly heavy but this was my third straight day running sub-7 pace.  The best news on the day is NO ill-effects from loading on taurine.  YES!!!
Grade:A/1 credit/distance=6.0

9/16- Ate a high copper protein bar and felt somewhat sluggish but got better after drinking OJ.  Workout was a strong 6 miler in 42:26 (7:04 pace).  Slowed down on the back half but that was by design after seeing a 6:54 split for Mile 2.  In terms of effort, I definitely dialed it down a notch from yesterday but was only 12 ticks slower over an extra Mile.  It is still in my best interest to avoid both excess copper and Vitamin C right now.
Grade:A/1 credit/distance=6.0

9/17- AM Run with the Gnomes.  It was the usual Brookwood-Lakeshore 7 mile run.  I went naked for the first 4.5 because of a GPS malfunction but the next 2.5 was done in 18:40 (7:28 pace), which was probably on par with the rest of the workout.  I was strugg-a-ling a bit at the end but this was still decent overall.  Another "A" was too much to ask after an evening session the previous day.  Hit 1,250 miles on the year.
Grade:B/1 credit/distance=7.0

9/18- Wanted an interval workout but the track was closed due to a JV football game.  Decided not to chance it at another track and ran a tempo instead. 5 miles in 31:47 (6:21 pace).  Very strong!  Once again, I've proven that faster paces on my easy days do NOT hurt me in quality sessions.  I took off hard (15:45) then was content to just hang on (16:02).  Am I in sub-40 shape for 10K?  Another 1.2 @ 6:36 would have been a tough ask today but if I had rested yesterday and was fully fresh, it's mine!  Added a Mile cool.
Grade:A/2 credit/distance=6.0

9/19- Planned rest day.  Hope to go 13+ tomorrow.

9/20- Run with the sub-3 Gnomes.  Not sure of the exact time because of GPS issues.  I do know that I passed 10 miles @ 7:09 pace hit some downhill then ran the last 2.5 on Lakeshore after a drink stop @ 6:47.  I figure I was just about 15 miles with a short cool down back to O'Henry's.  VERY strong performance.  The only downer was that it was not quite good enough to stick with the group all the way.  I got dropped after 9 miles but came back after the drink stop.  I'm going to win this week.  BIG.  Signed up for the Phoenix marathon at the end of February.
Grade:A-/2 credit/distance=15.0

9/21- AM- Resolute Social Run.  Route was a 5 miler through Highland Park and part of the Mercedes course.  Felt great early then my legs reminded me about yesterday's workout around Mile 3.  Still, it was a pretty strong workout overall.  Finished in a time of 36:50 (7:22 pace).  Only Mile 4 was over 7:30 and it was all uphill.  Tacked on a Mile cool.

PM- Popped off another 4 just because I felt like it.  Finished in 28:32 (7:08 pace) and I could not believe how easy it felt.  I hit 3 miles in 21:10 then aimed for over 7:30 but still clicked off a 7:22 to finish.
Grade:A-/1 credit/distance=10.0

Weekly summary:
One of my best weeks on record.  If the taurine continues to be successful, I see no reason why I cannot keep this going. I have matched last year's win total in week 36.
Distance=50.0/ GPA= 30.1/8= 3.76
YTD: 1,281 miles.  Record: 17-19 with a 2.70 GPA

Monday, September 8, 2014

Taurine review

Taurine is a calming amino acid that is intended to regulate electrolytes within the cells.  Patients have reported that it has greatly improved their chemical sensitivity.  It is also supposedly good for the liver and the adrenals.

History:
  I did take taurine regularly from 2007-Fall 2010.  I was EXTREMELY sensitive to it.  1,000 mg. worked to near perfection.  900 or 1100 did not work.  My doctor had never seen anything like that before in 20 years of practice.  Fortunately, it was NOT a moving target.  The magic dose stayed constant at 1,000.  Still, I was thrilled to get off that stuff.  Actually, I was forced off and was completely intolerant to it throughout 2011 and for the first half of 2012.  I was sluggish after drinking a Red Bull because it contains too much taurine.   Was I sensitive to anything else when I was on the taurine?  Yes, I had trouble with chromium and zinc but no problems with Thym-Adren, ADHS or Cal/Mag.  At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter if I am sensitive to other stuff.  As long as I can tolerate  Thym-Adren OR ADHS PLUS Cal/Mag, I WILL GET IN BALANCE!

The taurine intolerance seemed to be fading because I could drink the occasional ill-advised Red Bull without a problem.  Also, the problems with the taurine were pre-detox.  There are several pills that I can take now that I could not before the detox.

Result:
Before starting the taurine, I developed a complete intolerance to Thym-Adren but fortunately, I CAN take the ADHS and it is working quite well.  I am not sensitive to it either.  An extra pill or two does not seem to effect me.  The Cal/Mag is a different story.  I need an exact amount of each and it MUST be a 1:1 ratio.  500 of each worked sometimes and when it did a 600/500 did NOT and neither did a 600/600.  It was also a moving target.  The magic number has fluctuated from 750 to 500 and back within the last 2 weeks.  SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

On Wednesday night, I took 2 taurine capsules (500 mg each) and felt no ill-effects.  The next day, I broke my all-time 5K PR with a 19:09 solo performance.  That proves that when I hit my formula on the nose, I'm as good as I've ever been.  If I could avoid all these bad days and train consistently, I believe I would be looking at an 18:09 instead.  Unfortunately, the good feeling was short-lived and I was sluggish by the weekend.  The good news is that it sure looks like it SOLVED THE OTHER SENSITIVITY ISSUES.  I popped a zinc and a Thym-Adren, which are 2 pills that I could not tolerate at all.  I felt no worse when I was on the taurine.  Also, I could load on Cal/Mag (over 1,000 mg) and I also felt no worse afterwards.

Prognosis:
I have no choice other than to take a break from the taurine after an awful performance today.  I am still hopeful that I can tolerate low dose taurine or take it on an as needed basis only when the chemical sensitivity to Cal/Mag flares up.  If I cannot take 750 of Cal/Mag, I am in trouble.  If I cannot take 500, I am screwed.
Questions:
How much taurine will I be able to tolerate long-term?
If it is less than 500 mg taurine (1 pill/day), will that be enough to stave off the Cal/Mag issues?
  If that answer is YES, I've got this WON!
  If no, it's not hopeless.  I may still get along at 500 mg Cal/Mag but it won't be optimal.
If I cannot take any taurine and become more intolerant to Cal/Mag, I am screwed.

I expect to know the answer one way or the other very soon.

UPDATE:
BIG NEWS!  I woke up the next morning after writing this with bleeding gums, which is almost a sure sign of Vitamin C deficiency.  Perhaps the taurine was not a problem after all.  Perhaps it was.  Nevertheless, I am going cautious with it.  No more than 500 mg/day.
As for the Vitamin C issue, the culprit may be too much copper relative to zinc in the ADHS.  Actually, it's the same amount as the Thym-Adren but the ratio of Zn/Cu in the ADHS is 10:1 vs 20:1 in the Thym-Adren.
IF I can tolerate the taurine, switching back to Thym-Adren is an option.
IF I can tolerate the taurine, adding zinc with the ADHS to make the ratio 20:1 is an option.
EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON THE TAURINE!
  End of week update:  So far so good on the low dose taurine.  It appears that caffeine was the culprit in the Vitamin C deficiency.  500 mg of taurine per day is A-OK.

Mini-rant:
I am SO sick of people complaining about trivial things that are little more than a temporary inconvenience in their lives.  If you are happily married, have healthy children, a decent job and have no health problems yourself, ask yourself if you'd like to live out my train wreck.  I don't think so.



Training 9/8-9/14

9/8- It has been confirmed that taurine was the reason I was sluggish last weekend.  Extra pills confirmed it.  Not surprisingly, it has yet to fully clear and I SUCKED today.  3 miles in 25:21 (8:27 pace) with a last mile in 9:05 before quitting.  I may be able to tolerate taurine on an as needed basis.  I'll get a final answer one way or the other very soon.  Oddly, I'm fairly peaceful on the emotional front.  Nothing more that I can do.  Good news is that the tender ankle is now pain free so I have dodged a bullet there.
Grade:D-/1 credit/distance=3.0

9/9- AM-Despite the drama, I was much improved after taking some Whole Food Vitamin C.  3 miles in 20:54 (6:58 pace).  It was not easy however.  I was working pretty hard at the end.

PM- I took some more C at work and added some low dose zinc and WAY overshot the balance point.  By the time I got home, I could not run at all.  Then, I popped 1 taurine pill as THE test to guard against chemical sensitivity.  I felt better within minutes. YES!  Workout was the Canterbury 5 mile loop in 35:52 (7:10 pace). Strong start but faded to the 7:20s toward the end.  Solid overall.

 I really overloaded on C and yes, I could still feel some ill-effect but that's okay.  A little bit of sensitivity is actually a good thing because it lets you know when you are off-track.  A slow oxidizer who takes a day's dose of adrenal suppressants SHOULD be a bit weakened but a SINGLE dose of the wrong pill should NEVER make a difference between a great day and a terrible one.  How about taking what is supposedly good for you but your system still rejects it?  That my friends, is a NIGHTMARE!
Grade:B+/2 credit/distance=8.0

Update:  If this taurine does work out and I can handle a low dose every day, I MAY NOT EVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MY SYSTEM REJECTING A TREATMENT PLAN THAT IS RIGHT FOR MY CHEMISTRY!  If for whatever reason, the Cal/Mag + adrenal supps is not enough, I can add something else without fear of it failing me.  Same with the low ceruloplasmin.
I have 2 options to prevent what happened last night from happening again:
-zinc and Vitamin C or some combination of the 2.
Given my already borderline low serum copper, I'd lean towards more zinc.
-I am due for another ceruloplasmin test in 3 weeks and will adjust if need be from there.

9/10- Zinc is not the answer.  I was AWFUL this morning after only 15 mg of extra zinc.  Once again, taurine negated most of the ill-effects.  I did find that 500 wasn't quite enough and 1000 was a bit too much.  Not good.  Still, I managed a decent workout today.  Trak Shak 5.5 mile loop in 40:35 (7:23 pace).  Mild fade at the end but pace never slowed beyond 7:33.  Felt a tad sluggish but still pretty solid overall.  Tomorrow, I'm cutting the ADHS from 6 pills back down to 4.  I'll take Vitamin C if need be and no more than 500 taurine.  There is a chance that C may not be needed if I take the taurine.  I've also learned thanks to the MAG group that Vitamin A increases ceruloplasmin.  That's worth a try for at least the next 3 weeks.
Grade:B+/1 credit/distance=6.0

9/11- AM-Tried and failed a morning speed session.  Quit after I could not break 40 in a 200.  I will try to re-group this afternoon.  4 ADHS won't cut it and taurine does not protect against missed doses.

PM- Lame 3 miler in 22:51 (7:37 pace).  Gave up on a tempo after a half mile then just settled into a jog.  Did pick it up enough in Mile 3 to secure a sub-23.  Extra taurine afterwards made little difference so it's possible that it never was a problem.  Caffeine is the culprit.  I felt significantly worse after drinking half a KickStart (low sugar caffeinated drink).  I could not quit before because it didn't help the sensitivity.  Now, I know I can quit because I have to!  It is possible that it was the caffeine and not just the copper that was depleting my Vitamin C.  If I can stay off it, I may not even need the Whole Food C after all.
Grade:C-/1 credit/distance=4.0

9/12- Travel day and a planned rest.

9/13- Solid 5 miler on Jefferson/Peters trail.  Finished in 34:48 (6:58 pace) with relatively even split (17:20-17:28).  I was putting forth tempo effort at the end to maintain the sub-7 pace, which is not real good.  Still, decent overall.  Took 250 of Vitamin C last night and felt a little stiff in the calves.  Took some more after the workout and felt slightly worse.  There you have it.  If I abstain from caffeine, I not only do not need C, it will make things worse.  If I do use caffeine, I NEED it.  Just another day in the life of me.
Grade:B+/1 credits/distance=5.0

9/14- Short run was all I had time for but it turned out to be a pretty strong tempo for my 34th birthday.  Finished 3 miles in a time of 18:54 (6:18 pace) with splits of 6:16-6:19-6:19.  That's the equivalent of a 5K in 19:33 and I'm fine with that.  Considering my recent 19:09 PR, my average for 5K should be in the 19:30s and I should be sub-20 every stinking time (<5 p="" percent="" variance="">Grade:A-/2 credit/distance=3.0

Weekly summary:
A loss was expected in a week with lots of upheaval.  I will not tolerate this any longer.  Taurine seems to be working well and I will be very interested in the ceruloplasmin results.  I am confident that I will be successful in staying off caffeine and Vitamin C.
Distance= 30.0/ GPA= 23.0/8= 2.88
YTD: 1,231 miles.  Record: 16-19 with a 2.67 GPA

Monday, September 1, 2014

Training 9/1-9/7

9/1- WORST RACE ON RECORD.  Franklin Classic 10K in 49:30 (7:57 pace).  I took the same formula that only 3 days earlier nearly carried me to a PR but it doesn't work anymore.  I had a sense that it was failing over the weekend and should have done a test run yesterday.  It was too hot and humid for a good time and the course was tougher than it looked on the map but there's NO WAY that I should have been this bad.  I got off to a decent start then the power cut off at 1.2 miles.  I fought it for another mile then just jogged it in and walked a couple hills.  Cutting the Cal/Mag from 750 to 500 will certainly help but it's highly unlikely that I will remain stable there.
Grade:D/3 credits/distance=7.0
- I have now completed a 10K in 8 different states.  Only 2 to go.

Update: I have a theory that my abstinence for sugar and caffeine last week drove down the need for Mag, which is possible.  If that's true, it would make me feel a little better about my situation.  There is also a chance that a 1:1 ratio may no longer work.  Do I go with 500 of each or 750/500?  Again, trial and error is all I can do. THIS SUCKS!

As for my 10K in 10 states goal, I have completed the following:
South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee.
There is a race in Bowling Green, Kentucky (4-4.5 hrs) on 10/19.  That one is listed as "probable."  Because it's a Sunday race, I won't have to miss any work and it will take me up to 9.
For number 10, I could find a low-key race in western North Carolina or eastern Arkansas that is within a fairly easy drive but I want it to be something special.  I'm considering these 3:
-Monument Ave (Richmond, VA).  Mega race, PR-able course, probably a flight.
-Bolder Boulder (Colorado). Another mega race that attracts world class runners. Not a PR course.
-Something in Texarkana. Smaller race. Tough but manageable drive.  One side of the street is in Texas, the other side is in Arkansas and you get to run in both.
When I get to 10 states in the 10K, I will stop as I have with the 5K in 5 states.

9/2- AM- 2 mile test run in 14:08 (7:04 pace).  That's the Crazy J that I know.  Again, I was out in 7:10 then picked up the pace without trying.

PM- Took 6 sprays of Mag after the morning session (equivalent of half a pill).  I could feel just a trace of weakness as a result but not enough to affect my standard issue workout.
6 miles in 44:26 (7:24 pace) with splits of 22:05/22:21 and never went above 7:30 pace.  Strong. Formula was 750/560.  Tomorrow will be 750/500.
Grade:A-/1 credit/distance=8.0

9/3- VERY POOR.  750/500 is not the answer after all.  It's got to be 500 of each.  I attempted the Gnome run and held on through 4 miles in a time of 31:44 (7:56 pace) then collapsed and completed a 2.5 mile walk of shame with a few short spurts of jogging.  I was late for work as a result.
Experimentation results:
-extra ADHS did not seem to hurt, which is good news.
-just a trace of extra Cal did hurt so that was enough to confirm the culprit.
-Took 250 of each to even out the ratio and felt slightly better.
-I should be taking 750-1000 of each to optimize my numbers but 500 should be enough to at least ward off deficiency.  If I can't tolerate 500, I may be screwed.

PM- 1 mile on Wisteria in 7:51 with a slight negative split (3:58-3:53).
Grade:D/1 credit/distance=6.0

9/4- AM- 2 mile test run at moderate effort in a time of 13:25 (6:43 pace).  Added taurine and will post an update later.

PM- Roller coaster.  Flamed out after 1 Mile in 8:04 then popped some more Cal/Mag.  Since I took divided doses yesterday, I was late on it by this evening.  Came back in less than 1 hour and ran a 5K in 19:09 (6:09 pace).  UNOFFICIAL PR!  Here's a mini report:

Took off at an even 6:00 pace but lost a couple seconds in the 2nd quarter mile, passing 800 in 3:03 then my hopes started rising after I actually gained some time in the next half mile, passing the 1 Mile mark in 6:01.  I began to believe after seeing another half mile in 3:01 and passed 2500 in 9:23.  Now, I had a great shot but I was starting to hurt.  The pace slowed in the next 2 laps but I managed to reach the 2 Mile mark in 12:09 for a 6:08 split.  All I need is a sub-20 pace the rest of the way and if it came down to the last 200, I knew I could do it. That 3rd mile was pure torture and I wanted to stop several times but with each passing lap, it seemed more and more likely.  The pace had slowed and there was nothing more that I could do about it but I knew that if I got to the 3 Mile mark before the watch turned 18:33, it was mine.  I got there in 18:30 for a 6:21 split then brought it home in 39.

Sadly, this does not change my attitude about chemical sensitivity.  It still sucks!  1 great race or time trial does not mean that I am cured.  I could be awful this weekend.  The jury is still out on the taurine.  I know it will NOT protect me from missed doses but it MAY protect against over doses and allow me to tolerate stuff that I could not take before starting the taurine.
Grade:A/3 credits/distance=6.0

9/5- Planned rest day.  Feet are a bit sore today but no cause for alarm yet.  Good day at work.  The boss says I have a chance at a promotion in 6 months.  I'll need some luck for it to happen though.
Took a trace of zinc and Thym-Adren and did NOT tighten up!

9/6- SUCKED AGAIN.  Hit the wall after 5 miles in my attempted long run.  Fortunately, there was no walk of shame this time because I was within 2 miles of my car.  Totaled 7 miles in 54:51.  That's an overall 7:50 pace but the last 2 were 8:10 and over 9.
Good news is that I took a full zinc and Thym-Adren pill afterwards and really did not get any worse.  My theory about increased need for Mag when I'm on sugar and caffeine appears to be correct.  Jury remains out on the taurine but early signs are promising.  If I can tolerate 750 when I am OFF sugar for a week, then I know it's working.  It is possible, however unlikely, that taurine is increasing my system's demand for magnesium.
Grade:C-/1 credit/distance=7.0

9/7- 6 miles in 45-flat (7:30 pace).  Standard issue but had hoped to run 10 at this pace.  Just didn't have it in me today.  Bad splits too (21:54-23:06).  Performance was average at best but I do have a couple pieces of good news.  I had an injury scare yesterday with a sore ankle.  It's still tender but held up through 6 miles.  Second, I loaded on Mag yesterday (1350 mg) and it appears that thanks to the taurine, I can handle it.
Grade:B-/1 credit/distance=6.0

Weekly summary:
The 5K PR that I ran is the first time I have BEATEN a time that I actually raced in high school.  I'm not real excited about it because outside of that I was awful.  There may be hope that my chemical sensitivity is fading but there is still the possibility that the taurine will cause new problems.  The ankle is still tender and seems to get worse if I ever consume caffeine.  Hmm.
Distance=40.0/ GPA= 24.1/10= 2.41
YTD: 1,201 miles.  Record: 16-18 with a 2.67 GPA.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Training 8/24-8/31

This will be an 8 day week.  I am listed as probable for the Franklin Classic 10 K on Labor Day (9/1) so there will be no long run over the weekend.  Therefore, the workout on 8/24 counts.

8/24- First day off zinc.  Gold's 10 in a time of 70:43 (7:04 pace).  Not an all-time great performance but certainly a successful long run.  I did stop at Mile 5 for water and a bathroom stop but I don't think it affected me too much.  Miles 1-9 were all 7:05-7:11 then stormed home with a 6:28 in Mile 10.  I think I'm in shape now for a 1:32:xx half.  I was redlining at the end but did find another gear after 9 miles.  Good job.  When I'm in top shape, I should sustain this pace for 15+
Grade:A-/2 credits/distance=10.0
Update: I am going to try again to stay off sugar and caffeine.

8/25- AM- Quickie just to see how my legs would respond after yesterday's effort.  Legs had some nice pop.  2 miles in 13:32 (6:46 pace) plus a half mile cool.

PM- Lakeshore 6.5 in 46:58 (7:14 pace).  Strong overall but I was doing 6:50s for the first 2 miles then slipped to a more sensible 7:30 pace for the final 4. Still, I didn't feel like I was quite in sync and may need a small adjustment.  I was hurting in the last half mile and once again, diarrhea is a concern.  That issue MUST be solved before the weekend.  I think the heat was getting to me at the end as it was 85 degrees and fairly humid.  Clean diet with the exception of half a green tea to taper off caffeine. Probiotics may help the stomach issues.  Cutting the Mag from 750 to 500 may help as well.  Good job overall and again, I had no need for zinc.
Grade:A-/1 credit/distance=9.0

8/26- Vestavia speed session.  3x400/4x300/4x200 for 2 miles worth of intervals.  I often need 1 or 2 reps to get in the groove.  Not so today.  I was ready to roll from the start.  Splits were 73-75-75 for the 400s, 55-55-55-56 for the 300s and 35-35-35-33 for the 200s.  That adds up to a 9:42 (4:51 pace) for 2 miles worth of intervals.  No diarrhea today.  Only issue was a bit of drowsiness early in the afternoon.  Sugar and caffeine free today.  If you saw me work out today, you would never believe that I was sick.
Grade:A-/2 credits/distance=3.0
Update: Still off the zinc and still able to tolerate Cal/Mag but my need for ADHS has ticked up from 4 pills to 6.

8/27- AM 2 miles at Gold's in 14:16 (7:08 pace) plus a half mile cool.  Splits were 7:16-7:00 despite making no effort to pick up the pace.

PM- Trak Shak 5.5 loop in 39:03 (7:06 pace).  VERY STRONG and remarkably fresh.  This one felt much more comfortable than Monday's Lakeshore run.  Easy pace dipped into the 6s in Mile 2.  Weather was 90 and dry so while the temps are still high, the humidity is starting to fade and mornings are a bit cooler as well.  It is become clear that magnesium (not sugar) is the cause of my GI issues.  I must either reduce the dose to 500 or take all of it before bed.  Diet was clean again.
Grade:A/1 credit/distance=8.0

8/28- The beat goes on.  6 miles at EASY effort in a time of 42:25 (7:04 pace).  Slowest mile was #4 at 7:08.  Mile 1 was sub-7 then backed off from there but still did not feel like slowing to marathon pace.  I am officially HOT.
Grade:A/1 credit/distance=6.0

8/29- 5K time trial in 19:25 (6:15 pace). #4 all time and fastest time since Rumpshaker '12.  I thought I had a chance at a PR(19:13) coming in but recognized early that I just wasn't fresh enough.  I was still on pace at the halfway point but I knew that I could not hold it.  Splits were 6:06-6:19-6:21-39.  A sub-40 will be a VERY tall order on Monday but if the weather doesn't totally suck, a road PR of 40:55 may be possible.
Grade:A-/2 credits/distance=4.0

8/30- It finally caught up to me today.  2 mile recovery jog on Wisteria and I was VERY sore.  Plantar hurts occasionally but was no worse on the run.  I will have a full 48 hours to recover.    I don't think it was the paces that got to me as much as the lack of a rest day but I get essentially 2 days off this weekend, which should be enough to recover from over-reaching.  Weather will be less than ideal on Monday so it may turn out to be just a fun run.
Grade:None/0 credit/distance=2.0

8/31- Planned rest day.  Drive up to Franklin, Tennessee.

Weekly summary:
I knew all along what I can do when I am stable and at least trending toward balance so this week was no surprise to me.  I'm not getting my hopes up until I get a decent medical report.  I believe this is my 4th highest GPA on record.
Distance=42.0/ GPA= 33.9/9= 3.77
YTD: 1,161 miles.  Record is 16-17 with a 2.68 GPA.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Training 8/18-8/23

I'm using this week as my freebie for the 2nd half.  I'm probably going to the coast this weekend so there will not be a long run and my low dose zinc won't arrive until mid-week.  I'll train this week but nothing will be graded and nothing will be hard.

8/18- AM- I laid off the ADHS for 24 hours and still cannot take the Cal/Mag.  I've also observed that if I don't take the Cal/Mag, I will need more ADHS.  Forced rest day.  All I can do is a possible afternoon junk run.

8/19- My low dose zinc may not arrive until next week so I picked up a bottle at the health food store and cut it in half.  I initially began feeling better but was awful by the end of the work day.  I brought my Cal/Mag to the gym and decided to do intervals.
-I know this will be hard to believe for most of my readers but I swear that it is the truth.
I was honestly trying my best and could manage only a 9:23 for 1 Mile.
-Popped 1 dose of Cal/Mag and was down to 7:42
-Popped a 2nd dose and was down to 5:58.
The zinc did what it was supposed to do, which was increase the demand for Cal/Mag and possibly increase the ceruloplasmin.  I am far from out of the woods however.
3 miles total.  No grade.

8/20- Another roller coaster day.  Took a trace of zinc and found that my ideal Cal/Mag on that dose (approx. 5 mg) is between 500 and 750.  750 was clearly too much so I took another trace of zinc and nearly hit the target on the nose.  3 miles in 18:41 (6:14 pace).  That's right, EIGHTEEN forty one!  That's equivalent to a sub-19:30 5K and I said that I NEARLY hit the target on the nose.  I still felt a little out of sync.  Once again, I've proven that even with sub-par training, I can threaten a PR if I hit the balance right.

8/21- WEAK.  Took 15 mg of zinc and it was too much.  Extra Cal/Mag didn't help and neither did extra ADHS.  Barely able to do the standard issue workout.  5 miles in 39:46 (7:57 pace) with splits of 19:40-20:06.  Learned that many enzyme reactions are zinc dependent and chromium may improve my zinc tolerance.  I REALLY don't want to go down that road again especially with my history of sensitivity to chromium.  Man, I was so happy to get off that stuff.  Perhaps, that threat is the motivation I need to stay off excess sugar for good.  10 mg of zinc with 4 ADHS will give me the same 20:1 zinc/copper ratio as the Thym-Adren.  I am going to the coast tomorrow morning and will probably return Saturday night.

8/22- No running today.  Got up at dawn and got to the coast by 11 AM.  Waves were tame but it was relaxing out there in the water.  Sea water is loaded with minerals so it probably did me some good to absorb some of that.  More than anything else, I needed to clear my head and I was able to discern that my need for zinc has diminished.  MAYBE I can get by on just ADHS and Cal/Mag from now on.  That would be AWESOME but I'm not getting my hopes up at all.  Went to Flora-Bama for an after dinner drink and got to pray with a woman facing breast cancer treatment.

8/23- Took just a trace of zinc this morning and tightened up immediately.  That does it.  I'm off that stuff for good.  If the Cal/Mag intolerance flares up again, I know what to do but I will be VERY ANGRY if I need zinc again.  Here's hoping for a successful workout tomorrow without it.  Today, it was a 1 Mile junk run on the 'mill before breakfast.  Left the beach in late afternoon and got back to the 'Ham by 9:00 with a stop for dinner.

Distance: 12.0.  No GPA.
YTD: 1,119 miles.  Record remains at 15-17 with a 2.64 GPA


Friday, August 15, 2014

Ceruloplasmin and copper test #2

I did not do the zinc or Mag RBC test this time.  I have a good idea where I am there.  Normal but sub-optimal.  The copper and ceruloplasmin?  I really wanted to know.
Long term goal:
Cp: 25.  Copper: 80-90.  Unbound copper: 90-3(25)= 15.0

Short-term goal:
Cp: 20.  Copper: 80.  Unbound copper: 80-3(20)=20.0

Previous test:
Cp: 17.9.  Copper: 82.  Unbound copper: 82- 3(17.9)= 28.3

Current test:
Cp: 18.3.  Copper: 79.  Unbound copper: 79-3(18.3)=24.1

Reaction:
A modest improvement.  I was hoping for better but was reminded on Facebook to be pleased that my numbers are indeed heading in the right direction.  It has only been 7 weeks since my last test.  To create a parallel, let's say that I was 75 lbs. overweight and lost 7 lbs. in as many weeks.  It's certainly better than a gain but not the number you are looking for.

The ceruloplasmin is up by only 0.4 (2.26%) which is not even a statistically significant.  Same with the copper.  Only a 3 point drop, which is not significant.  What is somewhat encouraging is the amount of unbound copper.  Healthy is 15 or below.  Mine fell from 28.3 to 24.1 (14.8% drop). Of course, I've got quite a ways to go but that percentage of a drop IS significant.  So, in a nutshell, I lost 3 units of copper but the amount of BOUND copper actually rose from 53.7 to 54.9.

I have received very good news and bad news this week.  I am extremely pleased that I can tolerate the modulator (ADHS) and if I deviate a bit from the optimal dose, it doesn't seem to hurt me that much.  My only gripe is some issues with diarrhea but I think there's a good chance that it will either pass or I'll find a solution.  I am equally displeased about the continued EXTREME sensitivity to Cal/Mag.  It is becoming increasing clear that I need EXACTLY 625 mg of each and small deviations will result in significant weakness.  Until the Cp gets above 20, I don't expect to see much improvement there.

One interesting theory:
A low Cp level is often indicative of weak adrenals and I had been taking an adrenal suppressant.  A big question is whether or not the Thym-Adren hindered the Cp production.  It is possible that I will see quicker improvement now that I am on the modulator.  Next test will be in late September.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Endodren and Thym-Adren versus ADHS

Disclaimer:
I am not a doctor nor I have any formal training in natural medicine.  The purpose of this post is to share my experience on all 3 of these adrenal supplements, nothing more.  Please seek counsel with a professional before making a decision on what to take.

Background:
Let me take you back to the end of 2010.  I was coming off a down year in which I finished with a losing record and set only 2 PRs (Mile and Marathon) while suffering 2 injuries.  For about 6 weeks, I took nothing except for Cal/Mag.  After some early successes, I broke down and my medical report revealed that my Na/Mg ratio had shot up to 87/2.  In December of 2010, I added the ADHS and managed to finish the Huntsville Rocket City marathon in 3:43.  Progress continued early in 2011 with PRs in the 10K (40:55) and half marathon (1:32:49).  My medical report showed progress as my Na fell from 87 to 57 but the Mag remained frozen at 2. Other interesting things were happening too.  Copper rose from 0.9 to 2.1, which indicates some elimination and the cadmium toxicity was beginning to show itself. Then in June of 2011, the ADHS stopped working.  By that I mean, my system could no longer tolerate it and it caused my body to tighten up so much that I could not run at all if I took even 1 of those pills.  I switched back to Thym-Adren and shortly thereafter, I took my running to a new level and finally reached sub-1:30 form in the half.

Reaction:
I now know that it was liver toxicity that prevented me from taking the ADHS.  Also, as evidenced by the hair test, it simply wasn't quite strong enough for extreme fast oxidizer.  On Thym-Adren, I've got the Na down as low as 30 vs. 57 on the ADHS.  No doubt, Thym-Adren was the right choice for me in 2011 and 2012 when I was running my best.  I only wish I had added more magnesium.  If I had done so, I believe I would have done 1:26 in Austin and 1:27 in LA.

Thym-Adren Review:
This is a glandular product with the active ingredient being thymus substance, which is designed to suppress adrenal function and is much stronger than ADHS.  It also contains 41 mg. Calcium and 20 parts zinc/1 part copper.  It was very effective for me.  Sodium and potassium fell from extreme highs all the way into the normal range.  The critical Na/K stayed in line too.  Calcium ticked higher as well but that stubborn magnesium would not budge.  Now, I know why.  The 41 mg of Cal was the culprit.  I had been taking Paramin as well (a Cal/Mag in a ratio of 3 parts Cal:2 parts Mag).  When you have to take a mega dose of Thym-Adren+ and its 41 mg of Cal per pill+ Paramin, you are getting nearly 3 parts Cal to 1 part Mag.  That is big trouble!  Nobody should ever exceed 2 parts Cal to 1 part Mag.  In this case, DO take my word for it.

Endodren Review:
This is the opposite of Thym-Adren.  It is an adrenal stimulant intended for slow oxidizers.  Its key ingredient is bovine adrenal substance and contains several synergistic minerals.  It contains just a trace of zinc with no copper and was recently re-formulated to take out the 20 mg of Cal and replaced it with 5 mg of Mag.  That was a good call IMO and is not enough to upset the critical Cal/Mag balance.  Especially if your Na level is 10 or below and your K is 4 or less, this supplement is likely a good choice.  Why did I need it as a fast oxidizer?  I took it purely for symptom relief to combat the extreme fatigue associated with copper and cadmium toxicity.  I now suspect that my extreme high Na on my last hair test (147) was as much due to sodium loss from cadmium toxicity as retention.  I always knew it was only a temporary solution and considered it a minor victory when I was forced off.

ADHS review:
This product is a modulator.  That is, it is suitable for both fast and slow oxidizers and will get you closer to balance regardless of what side of the spectrum you lie. It contains no glandular material and is more herbal based with a few amino acids and minerals.  It contains no calcium or magnesium and has 10 parts zinc/1 part copper.  Based on personal observations, it is likely not as strong as the Thym-Adren or Endodren and thus not the best choice if you are extreme on either side.  If your case is fairly mild and you are just looking for maintenance, it should be an excellent choice.

Where I stand:
  I did my copper and ceruloplasmin test yesterday and could get the results tomorrow but most probably, it will be Monday or Tuesday.  I cannot take either the Thym-Adren or the Endodren but NEED the ADHS right now.  It looks like 4 pills is my sweet spot but it won't be debilitating if I miss 1 dose or take 1 too many.  That's excellent news.  As for the Cal/Mag issues, I still need a 1:1 ratio or very close but it seems like I can take more than the 625 that I had been taking while on the Thym-Adren.  That's good news as well.  I won't be upset if the ceruloplasmin isn't very good this time.  I suspect that the ADHS can help raise it because of the higher copper content.  I'll test again next month after another detox but will hold off on the hair test until late Fall.  The weather will start to cool off soon.  Let's get some fast times now!  That will say that it's working.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Training 8/11-8/17

8/11- AM- Wisteria junk run.  I wasn't expecting much because the Endodren hasn't fully cleared.  Ran the down side in 4:04 then the up side in 4:35 after popping half a Thym-Adren.  The slope is gentle so losing 10 seconds is understandable NOT 31.  A key question has been answered.  I CANNOT TOLERATE EITHER.  It must be Cal/Mag alone.  A final option has come up, which is the modulator, ADHS.  That pill failed me before the detox and failed again when I was eliminating cadmium but it may work now.  I would feel safer on the modulator rather than the Cal/Mag alone.  Ceruloplasmin test #2 will be at the end of the week.  It will be hard to focus at work will all this going on.

PM- Took 3 ADHS today (modulator) and improved tremendously.  5 miles at Gold's in 35:34 (7:07 pace) at moderate effort.  I have no doubt that I could have held this pace for another 5 miles, possibly 8. Felt strong the whole way but felt some abnormal tightness when I tried to sprint at the end.  Of course, I am pleased with this one but it raises almost as many questions as it answers.  I cannot take the stimulant OR the suppressant but I may NEED the modulator.  What does that say about my chemistry?  Of course, it is good that I could tolerate it now when I could not before because of liver/toxicity issues.
Grade:A-/1 credit/distance=6.0
Questions:
-will the ADHS work long-term or will I crash if I keep taking it?
-what is the optimal dosage?
-If I deviate from the optimal dose by 1/2 pill, what happens?
Trial and error is all I can do to answer these.  What a life!

8/12- AM- Woke up slightly overstimulated then took an overdose of ADHS (5 pills).  Good news.  I was slightly weakened but the ill-effects were not severe.  Effort was similar to yesterday and I stopped at 2 miles in 14:52 (7:26 pace) with dead even splits.

PM- Canturbury 5 in a solid 36:51 (7:22 pace) on a hilly route.  More good news is that I was only somewhat stronger after 10 hours off the pills.  It was not a radical difference.  Pace never slipped to 7:30 nor got faster than 7:15 despite the terrain.  Only irritation was diarrhea.
Grade:A-/1 credit/distance=7.0

8/13- Trak Shak 7.5 in 55:18 (7:22 pace).  Solid performance overall but I know how I feel and this wasn't right.  At least through 6 miles, I had no trouble at all with a sub-7:30 pace but could not access the tempo gear then faded on the hill that sucks (7:55 in Mile 7).  It was probably because I forgot to take a 2nd Cal/Mag in the morning.  I only took 2 ADHS before the workout and 1 after.
I was told that I "look fast" again.  Some people can't believe that I am sick because I usually don't look it and have the perfect body type for distance running.
Grade:B+/1 credit/distance=7.5

8/14- Planned rest day.  I'd like to do a double for BAFA day tomorrow.

8/15- BAFA day.  Morning workout was beyond awful.  Attempted a speed session and had seen enough after a 200 in 44 running all out.  I did another untimed then slow jogged 3 laps to make it 1.5 total.  The culprit was too much CalMag (1000 mg) last night.  Also, I am getting concerned about issues with diarrhea.  I might be better by the evening.

PM- Got about what I expected.  3 miles at Gold's with another diarrhea attack.  Finished in 23:10 (7:43 pace) with fairly even splits.  Very mediocre.  Can still win this week but need an outstanding weekend.
Grade:C-/1 credit/distance=4.5

8/16- AM- Long run FAIL.  Stopped at 4 miles in 35:52 (8:58 pace).  I am now completely intolerant to Cal/Mag.  That must change or else.

PM- Another 4 miles this time at Gold's.  Not surprisingly, after just 9 hours off the Cal/Mag, I improved by more than 1 minute per mile.  Time was down to 31:44 (7:56 pace). Splits were 15:40/16:04.  I have a new idea: Judicious use of zinc.  I've tried 30-50 mg before and was awful.  How about 5-15 mg instead?  FYI: Thym-Adren has 20 parts zinc to 1 part copper.  ADHS's ratio is only 10:1.  Zinc is a magnesium and copper antagonist so MAYBE, it will allow me to tolerate Cal/Mag again.  Zinc supposedly is good for ceruloplasmin but too much could lower my Mag RBC and throw off the zinc/copper ratio, which was good on both my hair and blood tests. 5-10 extra mg SHOULD NOT hurt me.  Only good news today was no diarrhea on either attempt to run.
Grade:E/2 credits/distance=8.0

8/17- Weak tempo.  3 miles in 20:03 (6:41 pace).  That's equivalent to about a 20:45-20:50 for 5K so I was not horrible but clearly weakened. I did have a nice kick at the end and ran a negative split (10:06-9:57) but I need to be no worse than the low-19s or a sub-20 5K.   I went with ADHS alone today and I bet that's as good as I'll see without the Cal/Mag.  I could quit the ADHS and take the Cal/Mag alone but I'm betting that the results will be no better, maybe worse.
Grade:C+/2 credit/distance=5.0

PM- 2 mile junk run just to pad the weekly mileage.
Weekly summary:
I've gone numb with another loss.  Once again, I am down to my last hope.
Distance= 38.0 GPA: 18.0/8= 2.25
YTD: 1,107 miles.  Record: 15-17 with a 2.64 GPA.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Training 8/4-8/10

8/4- WORSE!  Even after tweaking the Cal/Mag, I was HORRIBLE and SUCKED TOO!
Run #1- 1 Mile in 8:50.
Run #2- After more pills.  Half mile in 5:17 (10:34 pace).
It's not the Cal/Mag.  It's got to be the Thym-Adren.
Grade:F/ distance=1.5

8/5- AM- Wisteria Mile in 8:28.  Satisfied with the improvement.

PM- Gold's 4 in 31:54 (7:58 pace).  Rallied for a 7:42 in Mile 4 to get the sub-8 pace.  Cut the Thym-Adren from 3 pills to 2 and that was the reason for the improvement.  Feeling very uneasy.  I fear that I may need to go back to Endodren at some point.  Also, if 1 pill makes this much difference, my liver is still bad.  Detox will be this weekend.  I did cave on the sugar today.  Get back up tomorrow.  I may do a better with or without test tomorrow with the Thym-Adren.
Grade:C-/1 credit/distance=5.5

8/6- AM- Better with or without test.  Ran 1/3 of a mile without in 2:47 (8:21 pace) and had seen enough.  Popped 1 Thym-Adren and was down to 2:07 (6:21 pace) then jogged a cool to make it an even 1 Mile.  Good news and bad out of this one.  In the past, I dropped quickly from 3 pills to 0 then to the Endodren.  Now, I am getting off more gradually and may never need Endodren again.  That's the good.  The bad is that if ONE FREAKING PILL made that much difference, I am still VERY unstable and there's not much chance of a good ceruloplasmin result.  I will try again to run without the Thym-Adren and hope for a sub-8 tomorrow for a full mile.

PM- Gold's 5 in 37:17 (7:27 pace).  An improvement over yesterday and looks okay on the surface for a standard issue run but am still not pleased with how I felt.  Going all out, I would not have been much under 36.  Popped HALF a Thym-Adren after the workout and stiffened up a bit more.
Soon, I will be off.  The question is why is it happening?  I've re-ordered molybdenum and ICMN but I actually hope they fail.
Grade:B/1 credit/distance=6.0

8/7- 1 Mile without Thym-Adren and improved all the way to a 6:41.0 with a slight negative split (3:23-3:18).  Today will be my last day on it.  I hope that I will be sugar free today too.

PM- 1 step forward.  2 steps back.  3 miles in 25:37 (8:32 pace) with splits of 12:30-13:07.  Settled into an upper 8 pace by the end of Mile 1 and was able to hold it.  Yesterday, 1 Thym-Adren resulted in a huge improvement.  Today, it had the opposite effect.  I'm off it tomorrow.  3 options are moly, Endodren and hope against hope that I can get by with Cal/Mag alone.
Grade:D+/1 credit/distance=4.0

8/8- AM- Spain Park Mile in 5:57.1 (89-90-91-87).  Can't be upset with a 44 second improvement but this was still not good enough.  Even if last week's 5:33 is the best I can do right now (it isn't), I should be no worse than 5:50 even on an "off day" because of the 5% rule.  I slept 9 hours and woke up overstimulated but did calm down a bit after taking Cal/Mag.  That means that as of now, neither the Thym Adren nor the Endodren will work.  There are still questions to be answered.

PM- ICMN is supposedly good for the liver and good for fast oxidizers but it failed me today.  I was smart enough to only take half a pill but was still significantly weakened.  I did the same Mile this time at Oak Mountain and slipped to a 6:53.  Once again, if HALF a pill costs me nearly a minute per mile, I've got big problems with chemical sensitivity.  On the plus side, a high copper protein bar once again was no problem.  That means my copper toxicity is not severe and molybdenum is unlikely to help but I've got to give it a shot.
Grade:C/2 credits/distance=3.0
Questions:
Detox is tomorrow.  What if any effect will that have on my tolerance to Thym-Adren?
Will the molybdenum allow me to take the Thym-Adren?
I don't need and can't take Endodren now but am I shifting in that direction?
Can I get by on Cal/Mag alone?  That would be a miracle!
I will be doing another ceruloplasmin test next week but am not due for another hair test until October.  These questions should be answered by next week.

8/9- Survived the Gnome run and that was really all I had hoped to do.  Finished 10 miles in 77:33 (7:45 pace) with a moderate fade at the end.  Pace slipped to the 8:10 range in Mile 8-9  but there was no collapse.  It was also done in very humid conditions. Still, on a good day, this would have been a 73-74 and felt fairly easy. Tried molybdenum when I got home and it failed.  Not a surprise.  Detox is a go for today.  Then, I will try it again.
Grade:B-/2 credits/distance=10.0

8/10- Detox day.  Stop and go 4 miler at Gold's with many stops at the toilet.  Moving time was 30:37 (7:39 pace) with splits of 15:07-15:30.  Not terrible but it did feel like I need some adrenal support so I popped an Endodren and began feeling worse.

PM- Junk run on Wisteria just to hit the quota.  Felt awful.
Grade:B-/1 credit/distance=5.0

Weekly summary:
Questions appear to have been answered.  I think I know where this is going.  It appears that I cannot take either Thym-Adren or Endodren and  MAYBE BY SOME MIRACLE, I will stabilize on Cal/Mag only.  Loss on the week but not a blowout and managed decent mileage.  It's now or never.  I should know by the end of next week.
Distance=35.0/GPA= 18.1/8= 2.26
YTD: 1,069 miles.  Record: 15-16 with a 2.65 GPA.