If you looked at that picture and said: uh oh, I'm right there with you. At some point during my 16 mile run on Saturday, I hurt my foot. I only eeked out two miles the next day, and I am grounded today (from running, not Phillies opening day because…please). I'm pretty sure my new shoes were tied too tight and bruised the top of my foot. I've done this before, and it clears up in a few days, but I'm now less than three weeks from race day and…well, the idea of taking off a few days is troublesome. Sigh. Cross your fingers for me.
Busy bee I've been! (and yes tired) Last week I had events in Fairfax, Va. and Princeton (of COURSE in Princeton I ran with an astrophysicist). And there's more events to come, so let's jump into it, shall we?
On Wednesday night, I'll be speaking to the South Jersey Athletic Club (my club) about Running: A Love Story at 8pm at Grace Church in Haddonfield.
On Friday, I'll be in Boston – Boston! – for a signing and Q&A at the Tracksmith pop up store. I'm supposed to be running the B.A.A. 5k the next day. Here's hoping my foot's better by then.
For April 19, I'll be at the Run Inn (get it?) in Emmaus, Pa. Run starts at 6pm, book talk and beer after.
On April 21, I'll be doing a reading and chat at InkwoodNJ in Haddonfield. It's part of Haddonfield's girls night's out, so expect wine and me in some sort of cool dress. In honor of my friends the Fug Girls, I would LOVE to wear my vintage caftan (though it may be more of a maxi dress but whatever), but that's weather dependent.
Mainliners! On April 28, I'll be at the Bryn Mawr Running Company's Media location for a run then a chat. Run starts at 6pm.
May 1 is a fun one: that's at the APYC on the boardwalk in Asbury Park at 4pm. Why 4pm? Because that's enough time after the New Jersey Marathon for me to shower and hobble around a bit before being presentable again, but early enough that I can be social before passing out.
But wait…there's more! June 1 New York City! June 8 Chicago! June 12 Brooklyn! Still working on the details for those, so stay tuned! I'm also doing an event on June 4 in Lebanon Twp., N.J., but that's at someone's home. If you'd like details on that, reply to this email. I *may* be talking at the New Jersey Marathon expo. Fingers crossed on that one too!
Phew. Now onto the regular features.
From the Blog
"Week 15: Is it all too much?" Answer: yes. I'm very very tired. I've been keeping up with my regular job through all of this. So while I'm bummed my foot's tweaked, I might appreciated a few days off, not just to heal that, but to give myself a bit of a break. I haven't decided if I'm going to revise my four hour marathon time goal, but I'm leaving toward it. I told myself I'd decide next week.
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What I'm Watching
I'm still flipping back and forth between Daredevil and Animaniacs. Daredevil observation: they need to turn the lights up in that courtroom. Also I had another very weird dream about something that involves a spoiler, so I'm not exactly sad that I'm almost done. It's GOOD but it's dark. Animaniacs observation: that theme song is pretty good iambic pentameter, isn't it?
What I'm Reading
I'm still on Drums of Autumn. Shocking! I'm now half way through. I'm not really complaining because it's so good. But it is long. Last night on Twitter, I described Outlander as historical fiction with mild time traveling. I can't think of anything better than that. I am going to put the book aside for a bit to read the book I'll be discussing on an upcoming Book Fight! podcast. Secret!