Monday, May 2, 2016

In Which Jenn Has A Race Schedule Addendum

I'm adding a race to my schedule!

Surprised? I was too. Once my schedule is set I'm not generally in the market for additions. But this is an unusual race: it's the inaugural Run & Ride 10k at Kings Dominion amusement park in Virginia!


I'm not usually one for 5Ks and 10Ks, preferring to set my sights on higher mileage. But this race is unique: I'll be running through Kings Dominion itself, weaving around roller coasters and high fiving Snoopy, who is apparently on loan from Knotts Berry Farm or something? It's so hard to keep track of who's got the rights to IP sometimes.

As a major added bonus, registration includes admission to the park. Despite its reasonably close proximity, I've never been to Kings Dominion (we've always breezed on by in favor of Busch Gardens Williamsburg). I'm excited to give their roller coasters a go.

Anyway. There's that. But more importantly: there's this: there's also a 5k option, and Elizabeth has signed up for it! Yes, we shall each run a race, freshen up, and hop into the park together!

The races (10k, 5k, and a 1 mile fun run) are on May 22 and as far as I'm aware the code ACTIVESAVE15 will still net you 15% off if you're interested. The Run & Ride race series stops in other amusement parks too; click here to check 'em all out.

Woo! I'm excited! But I feel by this point I've made so many changes I really ought to update my race schedule. Here's what I'll be running really (knock on wood).

  1. Run & Ride Kings Dominion 10K, May 22
  2. ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon, June 4
  3. Tessitura Network 5K (Maybe; depends on whether I go to the conference), sometime in August
  4. Navy-Air Force Half Marathon, September 18
  5. National Capital 20 Miler, September 25
  6. Marine Corps Marathon, October 30
  7. Wine & Dine Half Marathon, November 5
  8. 2017 BONUS: WDW Marathon, January 8

Who's running with 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!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 4/27

Good news and bad news time, guys. Traditionally I like bad news first, and the bad news is that we probably won't see Moon in the Week In Review for awhile - she's in the process of packing up her life and quite literally shipping up to Boston. She's gonna concentrate on that transition for a bit, and then no doubt be back and better than ever with wonderful new running routes to tell us all about!

Now for the good news. Here it is:


I know - you're all sooooo surprised. At least I pulled the proverbial trigger a lot quicker this year! Although I flirted with Goofy, I'm just doing the marathon again - more on that decision process at a later date. I'll probably do another quick-turnaround weekend a la last time. The 2016 WDW Marathon was one of my favorite races ever, and I'm already looking forward to 2017! Who else will be there?!

And on that more positive note, I give you: the roundup.

- Pink Elephant on Parade wonders if we shouldn't think a little less about the finish line and a little more about not dying.
- Back At Square Zero does some big city racing.
- ImagiNERDing adds to your Disney reading list.
- Rolling with the Magic rounds up the best WDW bars.
- The Main Street Gazette highlights the beauty of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
- The Disney Tourist Blog has the latest on WDW's summer updates.
- The Disney Hipsters share the vegetarian wonders the Disney Cruise Line has to offer.
- The Disney Nerds eat in Tokyo Disneyland.

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, April 26, 2016

The Last Photos: WDW & Disneyland, 2013 - 2016

Continuing my Last Photos series, because I can never get enough nostalgia. This catches us up!


The year: 2013
The companion(s): Moon
The title of the album: I Know Every Mile Will Be Worth My While
The why: The trip that started it all: Princess Half Marathon 2013! As we left our scene of triumph to be whisked away by a Magical Express bus, we passed magnificent chalk art by a very talented Cast Member.



The year: 2013
The companion(s): My mom
The title of the album: Look for the bare necessities
The why: The only trip in this list without a race attached. Sitting in the Orlando airport, sulking as we waited for our plane to be called. Trying desperately to cling to the magic by uploading photos to my computer. If you look closely you can see beautiful human-free shots of the Magic Kingdom, courtesy of our early Crystal Palace breakfast ADR that morning.



The year: 2014
THE PLACE: DISNEYLAND!
The companions: Moon
The title of the album: You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!
The why: My first time in Disneyland for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon! Technically our last photos were taken inside an empty movie theater, but as this is boring I'm cheating and offering this final look at the Disneyland entrance sign.



The year: 2014
The companion(s): Many wonderful bloggers and buddies
The title of the album: Y'know, for a clownfish he's not that funny
The why: My first Wine & Dine Half! My final photo was one of grief. That seems to be the running theme here, no? I'm fairly certain I remember taking this out the window of the ME bus itself. No, I was not arriving. :(



The year: 2015
The companion(s): My boyfriend
The title of the album: Thank you, Florida (where my Silicon Valley peeps at?)
The why: Dopey Challenge trip! We killed a little time waiting for our ME bus by grabbing a few drinks in Port Orleans Riverside's River Roost bar. Naturally I got an Abita Purple Haze, because ABITA PURPLE HAZE. Oh, and our bartender's name was Talon, which is pretty awesome.



The year: 2015
The companion(s): Elizabeth
The title of the album: The thingamabob that does the job
The why: Oh, Wine & Dine Quarter Marathon. I snapped this photo of my dress because it was garnering a lot of compliments. Guys, I'm telling you: Hot Topic. Don't be ashamed.


The year: 2016
The companion(s): None!
The title of the album: A very merry unbirthday to me
The why: My quick, park-less weekend jaunt for the WDW Marathon ended with my riding the monorail on loop. It's your highway in the sky!

There you have it - all the final photos of which I have some record. I can't wait to see what future trips hold! In the meantime, maybe I'll take a look at first photos... keep tuning in to find out!

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!

Monday, April 25, 2016

In Which Jenn Wants To Make Saltface Happen

News flash: it was warm enough for me to go on a MORNING OUTDOOR RUN last week. Awwwww man. Don't get me wrong, I wore wore sleeves and long pants, but still.

I was coming in from my run just as my boyfriend was jetting off to work. He gave me a goodbye kiss, which he followed up with "Ew." To which I replied: "HAHAHAHA DELICIOUS" because I am a delightful girlfriend. What I'm trying to get at here is: SALTFACE.

You know what I'm talking about, right? You go for a long run, you really go for it, and somehow when you come back your face - your lips, your brows, your eyes - is crusted with a sweaty, salty melange of yuckiness.

Runner's World assures us this is caused by a diet that is high in liquids and low in sodium; salty sweaters are doing well on the hydration front, plus we're sweating hard so we're working hard, right? Go us! Though we should probably add a bit more sodium to our diets for performance purposes.

But back the immediate topic: the resulting face paste. Is there a word for it? Do we not have an official portmanteau? WHY NOT? Saltface isn't particularly flashy or clever, but it's straightforward and it gets the job done. Use it! Like this!
FRIEND: How was your half marathon?
YOU: Great! I made a PR! I sweat so hard I came back with a major case of saltface. Do you have any soy sauce I could chug?
So, really, saltface is about honor. Tell your friends! Make it happen!


Do you get saltface? Are you willing to make saltface happen?

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!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 4/21

JENN: I know you're crunched for time - TELL ME ABOUT YOUR RUNNING.

MOON: WHAT RUNNING?

JENN: THE SWISHY BIT WITH THE LEGS AND THE HUSTLE.

MOON: A LUXURY AT THE MOMENT. ._. That doesn't exist.

JENN: Awww. Got your eyes on the future prize, I hope?

MOON: I don't know what that means...

JENN: That you shall run again, and it will be glorious!

MOON: Yeah, eventuallyyyyy.

JENN: In beautiful Boston! (I assume it's beautiful; I've never been.)

MOON: It's beautiful for a handful of months out of TWELVE. I went last weekend. Required a sweater AND a coat.

JENN: Adventures in snowy running, then!

MOON: I will not concede to snow running.

JENN: That's fair. Neither will I, really. I am a treadmill devotee in the name of temperature control.

MOON: It's more the falling. Slipping, rather.

JENN: Also a good point.

MOON: I've slipped on ice more times than I care to recall.



JENN: Eek. Yeah, no thanks! BUT. Good thing summer is just on the horizon! I ran outside this week and everything.

MOON: I have been along the Charles a few times, but I can't remember how good the shade is... If there's shade then I'm all set for a nice route for the summer.

JENN: Awesome!

Also awesome: the roundup.

- Elbowglitter tackles race day anxiety.
- The Disney Nerds chomp their way through DCA's Food & Wine Festival.
- The Disney Tourist Blog points out the worst and best attraction replacements of WDW's history. BRING BACK ORIGINAL FIGMENT!
- WDW for Grownups snacks around Epcot.
- ImagiNERDing highlights a nifty 1971 WDW brochure. I want a tattoo of the line art.
- Gluten Free in Orlando has allergy-friendly afternoon tea in the Grand Floridian.
- My Disney Addiction is back at it with the snarky WDW trip reporting and I love it.

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, April 19, 2016

In Which Jenn Has More Medals Than Ever Before

A great honor was recently bestowed upon me. LOOK WHO LIKED MY TWEET!


Yes, one flippant comment about the past and you, too, can be best friends with Bart Yasso. (Clearly we're BFFs now, right, Bart? Can I call you Bart?) Incidentally, here's what my cubicle wall looks like now:


<Roy Scheider voice>We're gonna need a bigger wall.</Roy Scheider voice>

Where do you keep your medals? Can your coworkers see them? Do they therefore regard you with a mixture of awed wonder that you don't feel you fully warrant and an irrational fear that you might try to make them run too?

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!

Monday, April 18, 2016

In Which Jenn Is A Truly Cultured Music Student

Look, you can make fun of me all day and all night for being on the Hot Topic mailing list, but their Disney collection is unmatched. So when I got an email informing me that they had just added a bunch of new dresses to their Disney collection, I eagerly clicked through. Cute, cute, cute, I thought, scrolling along, with reasonable but not galvanizing enthusiasm... until I saw THIS dress.


I think we can all agree that I NEED this dress. Under normal circumstance I would slap it on my Christmas list, but then I can't wear it during my November WDW trip, and that's sad. It's sad.

Therefore I may need to buy it ahead of time. After all, I did talk myself out of buying any of the cute but expensive Mary Blair dresses. If I wait for one of those frequent discount codes, it's an economically sound decision... right? Now, if only someone would make a dress themed to Si and Am from Lady & The Tramp, I'd be set.

Play us out, maestro.


Do you like wearing Disney-themed clothing in the parks? Where do you like to source your stash? What's your favorite piece?

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!