Ladies & Gents:
On Friday morning, I took PATCO to SEPTA to 30th Street Station to catch a train to New York City. The night before, Running: A Love Story was featured in a Wall Street Journal story about running books. That was great, but I still wanted to see how the story looked in print. When I opened the paper, I jumped. A bunch of bros waiting for their train to a bachelor party weekend looked at me funny, but I didn't care. There I was! And oh yeah the book too!
I've been trying to be all "hey cool yeah" about the good press that Running: A Love Story has gotten, but this was something else. I hesitate to say I'm lucky because I started planning the publicity campaign for the book more a year ago, and it's been paying off in spades. So I will say it this way: I'm glad it all seems to have worked out.
Speaking of working out: events! Three coming up:
June 1, New York City with JackRabbit. They will be handling the announcement and RSVPs, and doing that very very soon. Before you ask: it's not limited to one location, and it'll be a pretty big party. So hang in there for them to share those details (which of course I will then share too).
June 8, Chicago with Universal Sole. The location has been changed. It'll be a group run then beers/talk. Time TBA.
June 12, Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Running Co. It's a run then brunch. Time also TBA, but it'll be morning. They're still recovering from the Brooklyn Half so we'll let them sleep in a bit before announcing details.
And speaking of running, I'm getting back out there again. I've had a hard time of it, and was troubled by that fact until I realized that this situation is new. I've run six marathons. Only two have gone right in that I ran strong and didn't stop to walk. After the first successful marathon, I was in an aircast for six weeks and out of running for four months. So I have no idea how my body would recover to get right back into running in that such situation. Answer: slowly. But that's okay. Slowly is good for right now.
Let's hop to it!
Zip this week, but lots of stuff is on deck.
Jen Talks About Her Book
"The Runaway Bookshelf," Wall Street Journal
"Fit For You: Debunking the 'Runner's Body,'" with Lake Effect on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Sport Palooza Radio on Blog Talk Radio
People Talk About Jen's Book
A review from Adulting Daily – plus a giveaway!
What I'm Reading
Why Write? A Master Class on the Art of Writing and Why It Matters by Mark Edmundson. It's an interesting read, especially for someone who just had a book published. I don't agree with him on everything, but I've been highlighting quips as I've read. Here's one: "Maybe taking the gradual overland route has put me in a position to be a guide for others, to help them out in ways that those who have flown over the same ground in a gleaming silver jet never could." I almost sold a memoir when I was 24. I'm glad that I didn't. I think my writing is much better because I took the overland route.
What I'm Watching
I'm into the second season of Happy Valley, which has nothing to do with Penn Station football. It's a British crime series. Highly recommend. I also watched How to Marry a Millionaire while doing some work this weekend. It's ridiculous – from the opening score to the fashion show to, well, everything. But it knows it's silly, which is why it's so fun to watch again.