This morning I did a rockin' 20-minute abs/arms set with my sister, who, yes, lives 1,000 miles away. FaceTime is the shit.
This week is really busy, and I probably won't run much, if at all. I would like to do the bike tonight or tomorrow morning and again Wednesday morning. I'm worried that it has been contributing to my foot pain, but I can't imagine it's worse than actually running on it, so it's probably the right thing to do.
My sister and I discussed fueling plans this morning and started thinking about what we need to try in training before the big day. Our current strategy for her race is to just do one caffeinated gel at mile 8. The caffeine should kick in around mile 9 and easily carry her through to the end. She shouldn't need any other fuel, and will test this strategy on her two longest runs which are ten miles, but by having the gel at mile 6 in order to test how it holds up for four miles.
Our current strategy for my race is a non-caffeinated gel at mile 8, caffeinated at mile 13, non-caffeinated at mile 18, and a caffeinated at mile 23. If it's REALLY hot out, I'll try to get in the fourth one before I feel too thirty, else I won' t be able to get it down, no matter how early that is. When I ran LA it was just too miserable to try to get down another one after about mile 16.
Speaking of LA, yesterday was the LA marathon and Olympic trials. I have no commentary on that really... except this. My first thought, obviously, is that will RUIN their times. Did they have to wait in line for that? Did they do it really fast? It would have been way better if they did it while running. To each, his own.