Had not heard about the caffeine purge/binge approach. Will have to read that link.
Nayan, I use the hammer endurolytes now. But only in the summer (warm) months. Last summer as I trained for a fall marathon, I would take 2 tablets before any tempo, run, MP run, or LR and then another 2 every hour during the run itself. No adverse impact on my GI tract and on race day it was the first marathon I didn't start getting calf spasms in the final miles. I'd highly recommend.
Had a good week so far. Since Tuesday it's been 12, 7.5, 6.5, and 10. Shooting for 12-15 Sunday so should be my first 50+ mile week in a long time. Probably need a cutback week next week, then will think about reintroducing a subLT run back in and see how that goes. HR has really stabilized the past 8 days or so.
Roy, nice running and good luck on the half this weekend. My next trip is to Siena in June.
Zicksi, nice progress on the interval training. I'm scared to do them as fear I'll get hurt. But know that someday I need to try and recover some top end speed and not just do 10 mile subLT runs for speed.
DD, I figured you'd turn up again sooner or later. Sorry to hear about your injuries and loss of mojo. So much for our summer of speed, eh? The good news is I'm living proof that the mojo can be reclaimed (and rather quickly). The time off was probably not bad thing in the end. I'm back up to 40+ mile weeks, but now my right knee is a bit dodgy due to patellafemoral pain (bad tracking). Is slowly getting better, but keeps me a bit anxious. Base and HR getting there again though.
SSC, disaster with the Garmin! If it still works thinking they should pay to put you in a commercial. Think I wrote too much earlier but that Minni captured it. Do run to feel so pressure is not too high. You'll know what's OK.
Minni, like the 10 + 10 test. I can attest that my final run before my last race was 22 w/last 10 at marathon pace. Felt strong and was able to comfortably maintain that in the race. So SSC, 15 at MP pace (well 13 and change) is a pretty good test and seems you passed it. And if pace feels better this time vs a previous build, another good indicator. Fingers crossed.