Thursday, July 19, 2018

In Which Jenn Runs A Boardwalk 5K

Hello from Orlando International Airport! My flight took off three minutes ago. Haha, just kidding! It was supposed to take off three minutes ago. Now it takes off in two and a half hours.

Clearly I have some time to kill, so I'm going to tell you nice people about the conference 5k I ran.

This race is always a fun run with no chip times, just approximations, plus they don't even promise it'll be exactly 3.1 miles, but I like to participate every year anyway because hey, free race!

In this particular case there was the added incentive of running amok on Disney's Boardwalk. It was enough of a draw to get me out of bed and hanging out at the Swan lap pool before 6:30am, 78 degrees and humid or not. Truly the magic of Disney conquers all.

The start was informal, and the pack set off with no real preamble or organization beyond: okay, go! The course matched the Swan & Dolphin's suggested run route exactly, so we saw pretty much all there was to see of the Boardwalk.



First we set out across the bridge headed for the Yacht & Beach Club, curving around Seabreeze point where a breakfast buffet was being set up for a private event (an Epcot wedding, maybe?). Then we passed by the pirate ship - WDW Marathon deja vu! - and curved around to pass by the Boardwalk area proper, with ESPN and Ample Hills and Boardwalk Bakery and all that jazz.


From there we veered onto the path toward Disney's Hollywood Studios - so, now in reverse of the marathon course. Luckily for my sense of cognitive dissonance, we were turned around at the top of path right before the bus stops and sent back down the trail, now in full accordance with marathon proceedings.

It was a blurry day.

After that it was one more loop of the Boardwalk before hitting in the finish, back where we started by the Swan. There was water and some Kind bars, plus plenty of cheering conference spectators. A couple of them were even cheering from swan paddle boats out on the lake!


As for my performance, it wasn't too bad for all that. It was hot and muggy (aka Florida), and at the start I had to dodge around some slow people and a briefly narrow course, but I brought the whole thing in under a 9 minute average mile. All in all I wasn't displeased.


Mostly I was just happy to be running at WDW again - and proceeded to do so twice more before I left. But that's a story for later...

Have you ever run the Boardwalk? How do you feel about it?

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Fairest Week In Review(ish): 7/18

HELLO! I have been hella busy at this magnificent conference IN THE FRIGGIN' SWOLPHIN all week, and I scarcely even have time to write this post - hence the weird time and what, as you will see, will be a very truncated version. Rest assured I am doing it all in the name of amazing WDW exploration and will be coming at you with tons of new girl-on-the-scene updates over the next couple weeks.

So! I am - and prepare for possibly the greatest sentence I have ever written - I am literally about to run right out the door and straight into a private party at Epcot; thus, we're gonna make this one short and sweet: we're going to skip the week in review. Which means next week we'll have three weeks to cover since I was at the beach last week, but don't worry, I've been running. I even ran a race! (More on that coming shortly.)

Anyway! Here's the roundup:

- Just Me & My Running shoes runs on vacation. Me too!!
- Disney Travel Babble shows off a craze-mazing Disney-themed apartment.
- This Fairy Tale Life has the scoop on the new Play Disney app. (I'm gonna try it tonight!)
- Kait Around The Kingdom shows off DAK's famed Boma buffet.
- A Pinch Of Pixie Dust tries WDW's buzziest drinks.
- The Disney Tourist Blog considers the WORST of WDW's character meals.
- Sparkly Ever After tries out that Disney After Hours hard ticket event.
- Disney In Your Day hangs out in the Rainforest Room on DCL's Magic.

And here's a lovely video of me showing off all the latest Disney fashions while highlighting my rallying cry.


TTFN, ta ta for now!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

In Which Jenn Is Coming At You LIVE From The Swolphin

Hello! I am in Walt Disney World! RIGHT NOW!

I'm conferencing at the Swolphin, and it is going very well. I've walked on the Boardwalk, chilled in the hot tub, and seen the tippy-top of the IllumiNations fireworks over Crescent Lake. Can't beat that.

I'm only halfway through the trip, and I know I'll be mining this trip for lots of content (just WAIT until I hit Disney Springs, kids - I have cocktails in my sights and a shopping list in my head!). In the meantime, check these photos. Anything else you want to see? Let me know!













Have you ever stayed at the Swolphin? What do you think?

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Monday, July 9, 2018

In Which FRoA Is 5 & WDW Is Imminent

Hey hey hey! Here's a fun fact: as of yesterday, this blog is 5 years old! FIVE!


And to celebrate, I'm off to the beach with Pat's family. PEACE.

Oh, but - as soon as I get back from the beach, I'm immediately heading to the airport for that convention in Orlando. That's right; I'll be coming at you LIVE from WDW. Hotcha! 

As is traditional, here is my pre-trip bucket list:
  • Go for some runs on the Boardwalk
  • Search out some of that rose gold stuff that I'm basic enough to want but am never fast enough to get at World of Disney
  • Perhaps try something from Amorette's Patisserie? And/or the fancy chocolate shop?
  • Ponder some of the bar shampoos and conditioners offered at Basin (better for the environment!)
  • Buy Pat some more of those gummy worms he loves
  • Try some Boardwalk restaurants, including the Boardwalk Bakery and maybe Jellyrolls (or Flying Fish or Abracadabar? Recommendations, anyone?)
  • Poke my head in the Mandara Spa and see if they're offering any specials (otherwise they're way too expensive)
  • Investigate the Swolphin's amenities, including the pool and gym
  • Check out the World Showplace and ride Soarin' and Test Track several million times
  • Maybe see if they can fit one measly little person in the CA Grill bar for the fireworks?
Hang on, everybody - it's gonna be one hell of a July!

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Happy Friday: The Socioeconomics of WDW


Close, but you forgot one:

- spends all their money on going to Disney; has no other money

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

In Which Jenn Is All About That DAK Area Background Music

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, say! Jenn hasn't mentioned anything about what Disney background music she's been listening to lately.

It's cool. I saw you coming. Here's how I've been easing the pangs of WDW homesickness:

You saw my news about staying at Kidani Village, right? When you stay at a new resort, it's important to prepare yourself. I aim to ease my acclimation by carefully familiarizing myself with Kidani's background loop.


I'm hella jazzed about this new Disney resort adventure and have all sorts of activities planned for myself! This includes wandering across the way to Jambo House for some exploring and maybe even dinner at Jiko. Naturally this means that I've added the Animal Kingdom Lodge's main music loop to my rotation too.


And as the final feature of this musical installment, let's take a verrry short trip over to Nomad Lounge, because I <3 Disney's Animal Kingdom. Next time you're in Nomad, drink a round of Hightower Rocks in my name!


What Disney parks background music are you currently digging?

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/03

Hello and happy Independence Day eve, or as I like to call it, Sam Eagle Appreciation Day.

I love you too, Sam!

Do you know what else this week is? It's pre-vacation week. Woo! I am but one week away from the beach - and two weeks from a pilgrimage to my holy land, aka Walt Disney World.

So you'll forgive me if I phone it in just bit. Don't worry, I didn't phone in my training. Week in review, go:

Sunday | rest
I just wasn't feeling it, and for once I gave in to the impulse. Which led to...

Monday | 5.37 miles outside in 55 minutes; 50 minute ballet class
You can find out how my week of run streaking went here
. (Spoiler alert: it... went.)

Tuesday | ran 5.29 miles outside in 55 minutes; walked 2.09 miles outside in 35 minutes

Wednesday | ran 5.2 miles outside in 55 minutes; 50 minute hip-hip boot camp dance class
And I am JUST AS GOOD at hip-hop dancing as you imagine.

Thursday | ran 5.15 miles outside in 55 minutes; walked 2.08 miles outside in 35 minutes

Friday | ran 5.16 miles outside in 55 minutes

Saturday | rest

Roundup, take us out!


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