5.03 mi, 43:58, 8:45 avg
Scheduled easy run today. Ran out and back in Starkey Park, starting in the field used for cross country meet parking, then onto the bike trail until I'd gone out a little over 2.5 miles (also took a side trip to restroom in bike parking lot). Run felt better than expected despite the warming temps (started at 10:30 after watching the cross country meet).
Tom had a better race this week than last week's race but still felt sick at the end. I went out to the 1 mile marker which took over a mile to get to (avoided walking on the course and there were no short cuts because it was on other side of small swamp/lake). There were a couple of other coaches there calling out splits. He was running JV this week to take some pressure off. Came through about 5:34 (I had 5:31 but had a slight delay in hearing the start which was over one of the coach's phones). He had one kid trailing him, one or two not too far behind and then a pack about 30 seconds after those kids.
Jenny texted me that we was still out in front with about 1km to go. I couldn't get back to the finish in time because I had to wait for the part of the course that I had to walk on to clear up. He's been turning pale and feeling faint in the last mile of races, so he walked a little bit, enough to run again, and was still able to win by 44 seconds with a time of 18:39.
No definitive answers yet from doctor visits. These are still super fast times but dissappointing when it looks like the hardwork is not paying off. I've had problems with cramping during marathons before so started taking in a ton of salt (ok, not a ton but two fast food packets worth) and have not had any serious cramping since then. But, other than that I don't have any firsthand knowledge of what might be going on. Jenny has been helping him tweak intake of carbs and electrolytes. He ran in the 60's for mileage over the summer so aerobic base should be solid from that. Hopefully the tweaking will help.
Also, we should be getting some cooler temps soon which should certainly help.