The plan was to drive into Wilkes-Barre, PA to finally see Sex and the City 2 but alas I have waited too long and all the theaters are filled with Eclipse, which I suppose is some other sort of movie about sex and longing and fashion… So instead I am here, sitting at the kitchen table in Pocono Lake, PA, drinking my red wine and blogging & tweeting. Honestly, it’s not such a bad way to relax… Usually, Husband objects to this blog because it pulls my attention away from him. But today, he was in a good mood. While walking the dog earlier, I said to him, Remind me to wash my running clothes tonight otherwise I have nothing to wear for my long run tomorrow. He responded, “How funny would that be! Now there’s something to write about on your blog!” I wasn’t amused and bitterly responded, That’s not funny. He persisted, laughing his head off. Finally I broke down and said, If I ran naked, where would I put my gels? That being, by far, my biggest concern about running naked (Lauren Fleshman & Kara Goucher have no similar concerns)… Any Phish fans out there? I am not, but I definitely support this phan’s approach to his health quest. Do any of you ever run to a Phish song on your iPod?… By now you should all know how fond I am of my dog Matilda, and of my neighborhood Sunnyside. The two converged this week as Husband found out his grassroots organization has received funding from the city council to build a dog run in our neighborhood! Maybe this video helped… Soo I totally emailed this lad Ian, asking if he would ever want to run around Sunnyside. I hope he doesn’t think I’m some social outcast loser desperate for a friend. Many thanks to Joe over at Run Westchester for pointing out that my neighborhood was home to such a talented and diverse group of runners–Olympic medalists, even!… Last year I blogged a bit about Running from the Devil, a thrilling debut novel featuring a female ultrarunner who also thwarts Columbian druglords in her spare time. This year, I want to mention the second book in the series, Running Dark. This time, Emma must stop Somali pirates after a DNF during the Comrades Ultramarathon. And that’s Chapter 1… The author, Jamie Freveletti, is from Chicago but admits she loves running in NYC. Of course! Who doesn’t?… A heads up on some Fall books about running by runners: Long May You Run by Chris Cooper, which details the 200 top races, routes, workouts & lore all runners must experience; The Grace to Race is an inspirational memoir by the 80 year-old “Iron Nun” world-class triathlete; and the sequel to Once a Runner is coming out in paperback this Fall as well. It’s called Again to Carthage… And lastly, I am excited but also nervous this book will disappoint. Kara Goucher sold her memoir to Simon & Schuster. No pub date announced yet, but this is the agent’s abstract:
World Champion 10,000-Meter Bronze Medalist and top U.S. marathoner Kara Goucher’s FIRST STEPS: An Olympian’s Guide to Miles, Marathons, Motherhood and More, a user-friendly running guide that helps women discover the gift of running by pairing personal accounts and stories from her career with detailed training instruction and advice.