I'm back from my beach vacation which, sadly, ended early. Eczema is a fickle beast. Fortunately, the outbreak this time stayed on one arm (and did not stray to my face or…the rest of my body), so I'm already on the mend. Good thing because I have a another trip coming up.
But first, the most important news: dates! I have some book dates! This is just the start. I'm working on the logistics for a swing out west, but since I've got these, I'll share them now – and one is coming up quick!
August 17: Asheville, N.C. at Jus' Running. No run. This is part of their weekly speaker series, so I can wear jeans or an equivalent for a change! I go on at 6:15pm. This will be close to the end of my camping swing through the mountains of North Carolina. If I look a bit…feral, I apologize. I will have checked into a hotel and showered beforehand, so there is that.
September 10: Piscataway, N.J. This is the Saturday group run for the Rarity Valley Road Runners. Run starts at 8am at Johnson Park. We'll be done around 9, so expect the chatter to start around 9:15/9:30.
September 21: Bryn Mawr, Pa. at the Bryn Mawr location of the Bryn Mawr Running Company (I already did a chat at their Media location). Run starts at 6pm, talk will start about an hour later.
September 22-25: Barrelhouse Writer Camp. I'm the visiting author. They're still taking applications. WE'RE GOING KAYAKING! Or, at least I plan to.
October 1: Collingswood Book Festival. I talk at 2pm. We're also doing a fun run at 9:30 that morning (meet at the Collingswood PATCO station). If you want to get a signed book after the run, we'll be finishing at the book festival two blocks from the station, and I'll be sticking around (and then showering before my 2pm talk, of course).
As alluded to above, I'm soon leaving for North Carolina for three things: first to visit my aunt and uncle. Second to go to running camp (which yes I'll be writing about). Third to go camping, hiking and touring along the Blue Ridge Parkway (hence the Asheville book date). Yesterday I practiced setting up my tent and cut open my finger, so…we'll see.
That means – you guessed it – another break in the newsletter chain. Sorry kids! But I've been in the Blue Ridge before and know that cell and internet connections are spotty at best. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to watch the Olympic marathon on Sunday, but I'll figure it out.
I'm so excited. It'll be a fun trip. So you'll be hearing back from me on August 22. I know, I know. I'll miss you too.
Before we get on with the show, one more update of something I did while on break: the On the Rocks 30k Trail Run. Oooooh boy. It was smack in the middle of a heatwave, and when I finished, the temperature was 91 degrees (though a shaded course helped). I think this really because a last man standing ordeal. I finished third female, and there was an hour gap between me and the second place female. A lot of people dropped out at the 15k. I had a pretty good hydration plan going into the race, including running with a hydration backpack (new to me for running though I tested it out while hiking), talking salt tablets every hour or so, and making sure to eat salty snacks and drink Gatorade at the aid stations. I was passing people in the last two miles of the race, but really struggled in that last half mile (make sure to check out that Builder article below for info on heat illness). I'm glad I did it, but I hope that my next trail race will be a bit on the cooler side. For finishing second in my age group, I was awarded honey. I love trail race prizes.
And now, on with the show:
"Race Day Planner for Runners" for The New York Times
"The dangerous cost of 'free" Wi-Fi" for CIO.com
"Q&A with Distinguished Visiting Fellow Charles Ramsey: Community Policing and Black Lives Matter" for DrexelNOW
"Medical Student Wins Award for Developing Prenatal Program" for DrexelNOW
"Bots in the Bloodstream" for EXEL
"Protect Your Jobsite Crews From the Summer Heat" for Builder Magazine (LOTS of good information about heat stress and heat stroke in here that I think everyone can use. I used it when running that awfully hot trail race)
Jen Talks About Her Book
"Author Candidly Explores Emotional and Physical Challenges in 'Running: A Love Story'" on Lake Effect on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio. This is the second time they've had me on. Thanks guys! I love your city and its excellent Bloody Mary culture.
Out and Back with Marc and Craig This is a long one, but funny. I was just about to leave for vacation when I did this interview and may have been a bit giddy/goofy.
What I'm Reading
I read Audrey Sutherland's Paddling North. I don't even know how to describe it except to say she was a badass in a boat who did incredible things into her 80s. It made me feel like a slouch for car camping on this upcoming trip. Also: she's a superb writer, so this is one I highly recommend. I'm currently finishing up Tab Hunter Confidential: the Making of a Movie Star by Tab Hunter with Eddie Muller. Hunter was one of the last products of the studio system, and the book is about how he wanted it, chafed against it, and also what it was like to live as a closeted gay man in the 1950s at the same time big money was trying to turn you into a heterosexual heartthrob. It's dishy, and good. I haven't seen the documentary by the same name, but I hope to.
What I'm Watching
Yes still on the second season of Jane the Virgin. But I didn't watch any while down the shore, hence why it's taking so long. I also saw the new Ghostbusters. I laughed a lot, and found myself just smiling through parts of it. More than worth the $5.50 ticket. Also, I'd take Kevin over Thor any day.