It's been freakishly cold in New Jersey, and yes I'm still running outside. The sun helps. Moving helps. Ski mittens and a face mask are invaluable, even though it looks like I may try to rob you. I'm not sure those bulky mittens would work in a stickup, but I've startled a few people, maybe more because I was even out than what I had on covering my face.
Not much to report from last week except I spent a lot of time catching up on work and life. I had two big stories published, too, which we'll get to in a minute. On Saturday, I watched the Olympic marathon trials. I'm nowhere near a pro, but it's inspiring and helpful to see how they navigate a race. I *hope* it's not 75 degrees at the New Jersey Marathon, as it was for them on Saturday, but if it is, I'll consider those runners who dropped out or collapsed at the finish line as warnings about making sure my nutrition and hydration is right. Remember: if it's hot and you chilled and/or have stopped sweating, you may have a problem.
This week, I'm doing my first batch of book-related interviews. The Goodreads giveaway is over (congrats to those who won!) but if you pre-order the book, you can still enter this contest to win cool stuff.
From the Blog
"Week Seven: five things"
"From sidelined to finish line: how women changed running" for espnW
"Running for Rio: unique paths converge at US Olympic marathon trials" for The Guardian
What I'm Reading
The Fate of Gender: Nature, Nurture, and the Human Future by Frank Browning. I get nervous when starting science books because, while interesting, they can be dense. Not so here. I've been thinking a lot about this too, as someone who doesn't quite toe the gender line, so this is a case of the right book at the right time.
What I'm Watching
No real change here: still streaming through Murdoch Mysteries, usually while cross stitching. It's a nice, calming thing to do at the end of the day. I also watched Funny or Die's The Art of the Deal, which was goofy but not in a bad way. On Friday, I saw Hail, Caesar – and I was the only person in the theater. It was good, but I think they could have cranked it up a notch or two. It dovetailed nicely with going through the archives of the You Must Remember This podcast. The "MGM Stories" suite of episodes match up to the movie (though obviously not on purpose). Looking for something creepier? Check out the "Charles Manson's Hollywood" episodes.