Thursday, October 16, 2014

In Which Jenn Preps for the Marine Corps Marathon

Um... guys? The Marine Corps Marathon is in ten days.

Side note: this would make a great spectator sign.

Soooo... here's what we're gonna do. I'm gonna list out my planned prep work for the week before the race, and you're going to respond with your opinions and experiences, okay? Okay!

  • Assuming all my various sometimes-failing body parts don't rebel (LOOKING AT YOU, HIPS AND KNEES), I'm going to do an 8 miler on Sunday or Monday and a 6 miler on Tuesday. In the PLEASE GOD NO instance of rebellion, I'll walk it.
  • WHAT ABOUT THURSDAY? I was thinking a 3 mile run. But should I just take a brisk walk? Should I move it to Wednesday? SHOULD I MOVE IT TO FRIDAY? (If no one tells me what to do, I'll probably do the Thursday 3 miler.)
  • Planned meals for the week leading up to the race: salad with chicken breast and sweet potato for my lunches, garlic toast and scrambled eggs with spinach for my dinners. Don't worry, I can totally eat the same thing every day for a week, provided that thing is AWESOME. And this is good nutrition, right? Carbs and protein and stuff? RIGHT?
  • As for liquids, I've purchased a Vitacoco sports drink for EVERY DAY the week leading up to the race. SODIUM AND ELECTROLYTES. Plus of course pounding all the water and tea I can manage.
  • WHAT AM I FORGETTING? WHAT ELSE WHAT ELSE?

Whaddya think? I'd love a little advice so I can calm my nerves with a solid plan of action! But of course I recognize that everyone is different.

This would make a pretty random spectator sign, but I'd still laugh.

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In Which Jenn Connects with Captain EO

Since my hip started bugging me at the end of last week, I've been grudgingly replacing my training runs with training walks. I'm in taper mode anyway, but this veers a little too far in the opposite direction for my taste. :(

I'm going to try running again on Thursday in the hope that time does, in fact, heal all wounds, but in the meantime I've been using these walks to brush up on my Walt Disney World videos. You know, the classics - IllumiNations, Wishes, the parades, etc.

And! Captain EO. GUYS, YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT I DISCOVERED YESTERDAY.

First, look at my sneakers.



Now - look at Anjelica Huston.


Right? RIGHT?

From now on, I will be referring to my running shoes collectively as The Supreme Leader. They're just another part of me.

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/14

JENN: So how was your training this week?

MOON: It went really well! Strength training is surprisingly working out (har har...).

JENN: Yay! Distance? Speed? Both?

MOON: Both! AND I can do some sweet ab work. I've never had this kind of tone before, I'm pretty excited!

JENN: Awesome! You're way more patient than I am - I usually just do whatever happens in ballet class.

MOON: Well, perhaps if I went to ballet I would already be toned. :P

JENN: Psh.

MOON: How was your week?

JENN: Ehhhh. I was almost done with my last run of the week when I suddenly started experiencing stabbing hip pain - in the OPPOSITE hip from the one that's been mildly bugging me the past couple weeks. Needless to say, I've been replacing runs with long walks for the last few days.

MOON: Oh, no!

JENN: I'm a little nervous about undertraining for the Marine Corps Marathon in two weeks, but I think it's probably better I rest the hip. I'll try running again on Wednesday or Thursday, I think. Probably Thursday, for safety.

MOON: Maybe weird weight distribution when switching between indoor/outdoor?

JENN: Maybe - but I've been using the treadmill for the last three weeks or so. It's too dark outside in the mornings now.

MOON: You should definitely not push it. It'll be much worse if you get to race day and can't manage running.

JENN: I think it'll be okay - there's still time to recover. I just need to be super cautious.

MOON: Hmm. Skeletal and muscular things usually take a while to heal. Be careful!

JENN: I will!

MOON: Have you been running in new shoes?

JENN: Yup, but they're the same model I've used before. They got me through my twenty miler just fine.

See? PRETTY!

MOON: Oh, good. Just checking to make sure you're not doing prep work in old shoes.

JENN: Don't worry, they're almost brand new. And speaking of brand new, have some brand new posts in the roundup.

- Half Crazy Mama is not having these silly statements.
- Black Dog Runs Disney powers through a sucky run.
- Capturing Magical Memories collects comfy, flattering workout clothes.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW ponders the long run load.
- Alternately, if you're just starting out, Running at Disney has advice on your gear.
- Fairytales and Fitness considers the potential effects of having cheaters among us.
- easyWDW has some of the most thorough Food & Wine Festival reviews EVER.
- The spirit of the Disney Hipsters has alvays been and vill alvays be adventure!

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Friday: That Man Went to Disneyland Without Me?!

And it's a RIDE! A RIDE with NEMO!


Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out 
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

In Which Jenn Makes The Cheater's Garlic Bread

This is so freakin' easy it's barely even a recipe. And also, I know it's not REALLY garlic bread. But it takes, like, 90 seconds to make (which is mostly toaster time) and it can be ready practically whenever you want it with any bread you happen to have on hand.

The one thing I must insist on, though, is butter. I mean, if you're vegan or you have an allergy or lactose intolerance or whatever, ignore me, but if you're just afraid of butter, STOP IT. Julia Child wants you to know that you need some fat in your diet so your body can process your vitamins. LISTEN TO JULIA.


Exactly, Julia. Exactly. And so I now present to you: The Cheater's Garlic Bread



You will need:
  • A slice of bread
  • A pat of unsalted butter
  • Salt
  • Granulated garlic
  • A toaster
  1. Toast your bread to the desired level of done-ness.
  2. Butter your bread* and let it sit for a bit, so it can melt. Once it's sufficiently melted, spread evenly across the entire slice.
  3. Mix granulated garlic and salt in your hand. Sprinkle the mixture over your buttered bread until it's as salty-garlicky as will please your palate.
  4. Eat! Or, for bonus points, scramble two eggs with as much spinach as can fit in the pan, add parmesan cheese and the remaining salt-garlic mixture, and serve alongside your garlic bread. Okay, NOW you can eat.



I hope you have enjoyed this cheater's recipe! But don't share it with your pets. Garlic is bad for them. Okay? Now off you go.

 *Insert Super Troopers reference here.

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out 
Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kill/Refurb/Marry: Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booths

This month's Kill/Refurb/Marry is HARD, guys. It's so hard I almost just skipped it. But apparently participating in this particular blog hop is like Mickey popcorn - once you start, you can't NOT keep eating going.

Armed with my festival to-eat list, I set out, an intrepid explorer extraordinaire, and determined:


Who would I kill/refurb/marry among the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booths?

Kill: Refreshment CoolPost/Refreshment Port/Coffee Carts/Any Other Normal Part of Epcot Pretending to be Not a Normal Part of Epcot

You were already here, guys. You have limited-run menus all the time. Stop cluttering up the festival map. YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL.

Refurb: Desserts & Champagne Kiosk

A quick glance at the festival map and instantly I knew this was my refurb pick. I LOVE champagne. But seriously, I LOOOOOVE DESSERT. SUGAR. SUGAR PLEASE. ALL THE SUGAR. If you do not want your sugar, I will not berate you; I will merely relieve you of your sugar. Happy to help!

And yet...

$32 glasses of Dom Perignon? No alts less than $10? Chocolates you can buy at your local store? A single dessert trio with no option to buy individually and frankly nothing that stands out as innovative, unique, or just-plain-drool-worthy? YOU CAN'T FREEZE S'MORES, OKAY???

I want to love you, Desserts & Champagne. I do. But you need a menu overhaul.

Marry: Greece, and by "Greece" I Specifically Mean "Griddled Cheese"

I dunno. I didn't know what to put here. Lots of kiosks have things that interest me, but what with all the reviews out recently a lot of my opinions have changed. Perhaps it damages my integrity if I admit that I therefore made my decision based not upon the collective offerings of a single kiosk but rather I chose the kiosk that had the item that excites me most.

But guys, I have been dying to try the griddled Greek cheese with honey and pistachios for years. YEARS! It looks amazing, the reviews are, shockingly, all but across the board amazing, and I am SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED that I finally get to eat it.

(source)

Heck, I'm SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED that I finally get to attend Epcot's Food & Wine Festival! BEST TRIP EVER. (Until January's trip, anyway.)

Honorable Mention: The "MLT" Award (When the Mutton is Nice & Lean)

The real Dread Pirate Roberts has been retired fifteen years and is living like a king in Patagonia.

(source)

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/07

JENN: Did you run at all this week?

MOON: Ouiii. I'm actually a bit burned out

JENN: Awww. How are you burned out?

MOON: I've decided that I need to add strength training in again. The lower half of my body is pretty set, but I can't tell you what a difference there is between my legs and my arms. XD Ultimately, I think this will help me run faster... Or at least give me the push I need to crank up the pace a bit.

JENN:Yeah, I was doing some upper body work for awhile there and just kinda wandered away from it. Maybe when you have awesome results I'll be inspired!

MOON: How is your marathon prep going?

JENN: Marathon training is going well, I think? I hope? I knocked out my twenty-miler last week and it actually didn't suck, so there's that.

MOON: Yay! Any goals for the week?

JENN: Nothing big. I've begun tapering mode but I think I still have a week or two before I really slow it down. Just gonna keep my standard mileage for this week, MAYBE a little less. And then a little less than that, and then a little less than THAT, and then OH MY GOD MARATHON ACK.

MOON: :D I'm very excited for you!

JENN: Ee. I'm glad someone is! I am... very... something... for me. It's definitely something.


Also definitely something: the roundup.

- Back at Square Zero extols the virtues of cats.
- The Adult Side of Disney analyzes the increasing insanity surrounding runDisney registration.
- Running Happily Ever After takes a look at the Disney 5K no one ever mentions.
- Jack Spence bids a fond farewell at AllEars - if you haven't read back through his blog, I highly recommend it. Here's hoping for guest posts!
- Will Run for Ears remembers the Maelstrom. Never forget.
- Going to WDW in November? ME TOO! The Disney Tourist Blog has tips for us.
- The Disney Blog reveals that Walt Disney did not care if you were gay. Hooray for progressive equality!

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!