And that's a wrap. Fifteen events in 11 weeks (plus one marathon), and I have pulled the curtain down on the spring Running: A Love Story book tour. That's me at my last event, which was in Brooklyn. My voice cracked at parts – not out of emotion but by my voice just not being there. This has been wild and fun and and amazing way to connect with so many people from all swathes of the reading and running world, but it's time for a little break. Expect more later this year. I'm not done yet, but I am done for now.
And beyond that, I was busy! I flew into Chicago on Tuesday and (beyond the book stuff) saw a taping of Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me, the first podcast I ever listened to (while running, of course). I have a very special outgoing voicemail message from when I won the rhyme game on the show years ago, and I'm lucky enough to have had Peter Sagal blurb my book, so this night meant more to me than just seeing the show. Also: now I know what the set looks like and will see that in my mind when I listen and run.
On Friday I flew into New York City then on Saturday ran the NYRR N Mini 10k, my first all women's race. I didn't PR, but I didn't expect to – not when I haven't run much since the marathon, and after all that travel. I still did better than I expected, especially on the hills, which is a good sign for trial running to come.
"Ready, Set, Hold That Pose! Have Smartphones Ruined Racing?" for The New York Times
"Well runs with…Molly Huddle" for The New York Times, which isn't the name of the project we're doing, but since it doesn't have a name, that's what I'm calling it for now. I ran through Central Park with Molly Huddle and did not step in horse poop. This was all live, too, so big win.
Jen Talks About Her Book
"Journalist Jen Miller's lifelong relationship with running"on WGN Radio
"Secrets of Her Success" on Fleet Feet Sports' website
People Talk About Jen's Book
"Jen Miller, I feel you" on Athlete Biz
"Book Review: Running: A Love Story" by Running Diva Mom
"Review: Running: A Love Story" by Jen A. Miller" by Melanie Springer Mock on Fit and Feminist
What I'm Reading
Hal Koerner's Field Guide to Ultrarunning by Hal Koerner. I am toying more with the idea of doing a trail marathon than an ultra, but I'm told this will help.
What I'm Watching
Nothing. Nothing! That's what happens when I travel. I have no idea what to cue up next either.