We could all use a dash of pup on a Monday morning, couldn't we? Good thing Emily is cute because she resulted in a $500 vet bill last week. Oy. She's fine. Don't let your dogs get old.
Anyway, some running news! After saying I would never again run two marathons in a year and that I would never again run a fall marathon, it turns out…I'm running the New York City Marathon.
Haha just kidding. It's for work, and I'm not trying to break any time goals, but still, I'm used to 16 weeks of training, and for this, I will have…not as much. I am, however, doing a 12 hour endurance run on Sunday where I'm shooting to complete 50k, which is just over 31 miles. I'm not going to be running the entire time, and since the course is on a five mile loop, we're allowed to sit down, relax, and chill between laps if we want. I may approach the New York City Marathon like that, except without the shade and roots and rocks of a trail run. Oh, and with 50,000 or so other people. The endurance run will have…not as many people.
Not much to share this week since I was gone for two weeks and then buried my head in catch up work for the last week. But let's get on with it.
Event wise – nothing's changed since last week (except that the Sept. 10 run starts at 8am, not pm). I'm told by the fine folks at Barrelhouse that they have a few spots available for their upcoming writer camp where I'm a visiting writer. I know I just came out of the woods, but I can't wait to get back in. I will be hanging out and talking about writing (of course), but I'll be going for the same reasons the campers are: to get away from the dross of my daily life and work on a writing project. And run a bit too.
What I'm Reading
Last week I read Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett, another recommendation I picked up from the Inside the New York Times Book Review podcast (usually the segment about what the editors are reading). Barnett took rain and went in directions I never thought she'd take it (including: frogs!) I learned a lot. Now I'm reading Old Man's Gold and Other Stories by Ovid Pierce, one of the many books I picked up in Asheville at the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar (yes really)(and they let people bring in their dogs)(this is my heaven)(someone please start one here). I can't say I'd normally pick up a book of short stories, let alone a book of short stories written between 1937 and 1951, but that's he great thing about used bookstores. You never know what will spark your interest.
What I'm Watching
I finished the third season of BoJack Horseman. Please watch this show if you haven't. It's well worth your time. To wrap up summer, I'm watching Indian Summers, a 2015 Masterpiece Theater miniseries that streams on Amazon Prime. I'm a late adopted of Prime and didn't really think I'd use their streaming service, but access to already aired Master piece Theaters makes it worth it.