Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Fairest Week In Review: 11/14

Another season, another training cycle. My rest weeks post-MCM and Wine & Dine are coming to a close, but the training cycle for my next WDW Marathon is just now revving up! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Workout recap, put a bow on it:

Sunday | Wine & Dine Half Marathon, 13.42 miles in 2:18 according to my GPS watch
Also a bit of walking around WDW after, but we had a pretty chill day post-race so not as much as usual.

Monday | walked around Disney's Animal Kingdom
And then left WDW that night. Blerg.

Tuesday | walked 2.02 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class
Miraculously my knee felt pretty great after the half and even walking around WDW. I take ONE ballet class and it's mad at me again. :( Ballet is unforgiving, kids.

Wednesday | walked 2.06 miles outside in 35 minutes

Thursday | ran 5.26 miles outside in 55 minutes
Normally I would've gone to ballet but a) see above about ballet making my knee mad and b) I had to work late.

Friday | rest
It was rainy and gross and I just ran a lot of races. Time to chill!

Saturday | rest

Incidentally, would it be crazy to take a day off from work expressly for the purposes of fitting in my longest run without having to get up hella early? Hmmm...

Roundup, what say you?

Why I runDisney explains the Magic Mile.
Fairytales & Fitness spends a racecation at the Yacht & Beach Club.
The Main Street Gazette shares vintage photos from the Magic Kingdom's early years.

easyWDW reviews the new Tony's Most Merriest Town Square party during MVMCP...
- ... and At Disney Again captures the parade.
Vegan Disney World reviews vegan DCL meals.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: The Wine & Dine 10K

Trip report time! See all the posts in this report.

I slept with my usual fitfulness the night before the 10K, and even woke up about 15 minutes before the alarm. I popped up early and busied myself prepping before intercepting the piercingly load wakeup call. Once I was ready, I woke Erika, and when she was set to roll we headed for the bus.

We were early, but it was just as well: before the first bus even began to load there was a line stretching far behind us. We managed to make it onto bus #1 and were soon bound for the start line.

The bus dropped us off in the Magic Kingdom parking lot, and as none of the pre-race festivities interested us overmuch we went straight for the queue to enter the corrals. The organizers let us in about an hour before start time, and after a quick bathroom break we entered corral F.

Yes, corral F: because she had no proof of time Erika was placed in the last corral, and as a good and stalwart friend I elected to drop back from A and run with her. I'm not going to say this was a mistake, but... well, you'll see.

A DJ kept the crowd going with some dancing and singalongs before the usual suspects (Rudy, Carissa, etc.) took the stage for some largely time-filling babble. Then the race began!

And began... and began... and began. Boy, you guys in the back corrals have the patience of freakin' saints. I never really noticed the new in-corral mini-wave system from my usual position in corral C, but it really fakes you out toward the back. It felt like forever before F finally toed the line.

Then the fireworks tolled for us and we were off! ... Well, I say "off." It was more of a crawl. Corral F was, frankly, a mess - there were walls of walkers, and anyone trying to run was dodging in and out in an effort to get around said walls. It wasn't so bad when the course opened up on the wider roads, but any time things narrowed it was a veritable nightmare. At times Erika and I were practically jogging in place.

And another thing about being in the back corral - because the people are so packed together, the character lines are much longer. We never even bothered to stop for anybody; nobody was tempting enough for the kind of time suck the line would inflict.

To be clear, I'm not trying to hate on the people in corral F! Everybody, no matter their speed, has the right to take a shot at runDisney's races. But I still don't think Disney's quite mastered how to organize those people. Not everyone in F wants to walk, and not everyone who walks does so at the same speed. I think further differentiation would be very helpful to prevent the current insane bottlenecks.

Anyway, the first couple miles on the roads didn't consist of much beyond us alternating between being boxed in and running away from being boxed in. Once we entered Epcot, the course opened up a bit, and naturally the scenery became 1000% more interesting.

We managed to run pretty much the whole way around World Showcase to the finish, stopping only for a quick photo in front of Spaceship Earth.

After that it was medals, snack boxes, and onto the bus back to Pop.

And that was the end of the 10K! Despite having to severely curtail her training due to medical necessity, Erika did a great job, and I suppose in a way being forced to slow down forced us to save our energy for the next day's half.

But dear Lord, you back corral people have a tough row to metaphorically hoe. I salute your tenacity, but Disney needs to keep tweaking their systems for realsies. Justice for the last corral!

Next up: off to Epcot!

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Happy Friday: The Definitive Best Princess

This is the truth. This is the God's honest truth. FIGHT ME!

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 11/02

Hello and welcome to my 2018 Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend trip report! It begins, as just about all my trip reports do, with me getting practically no sleep the night before. I met up with my trip buddy Erika, and my dad drove us to the airport. No problems, easy flight. As Mary Poppins says, well begun is half done.

Our plane landed a bit early, and we marched right on down to the Magical Express stop, which whisked us off to Pop Century. In an unprecedented turn of events, I received a text that our room was ready before we even arrived at the resort. It wasn't even 9:30am. World record!

After a quick stop at the food court for breakfast, we popped into our room to drop our stuff and change. This was my first time in a Pop room since renovations, and I must say, I was pretty into it. The overall vibe was much nicer, with such perks as sliding wooden doors, an adorable murphy bed, a lit makeup mirror, and a coffee maker (but no coffee - I guess you have to bring that yourself).

I did find later, however, that the walls are thin as all hell; you can hear every exclamation and toilet flush from your neighbors. I suppose nothing's perfect.

From there we headed out to the race expo. Bib pickup and official race merchandise lived in the new stadium building, and everything proceeded smoothly. Erika and I were both registered for the Two Course Challenge (10K + half for the uninitiated), so we had our photos taken so they could ID us for our challenge meddles after the half.

We poked through the merch, of course - and, also of course, the only thing I liked was sold out in my size. :/ Erika picked up a pretty cute race jacket, though. I would've been tempted by it too but I thought it was too similar to the jacket I got for last year's WDW Marathon.

Next it was off to the expo hall for shirt pickup and vendors. We took a spin or two around the hall before snagging a direct bus to Disney Springs.

Our first stop was the newly redesigned World of Disney, and boy is it different. As far as I can tell they knocked down just about all the internal walls, which makes the place much easier to navigate. I wandered around coveting Minnie ears before finally deciding to indulge myself in the Minnie bow sunglasses I've been eyeing up for like three trips now. This is like my third pair of aviators but the bow is SO CUTE! :D (See above.)

We exited WoD near Basin, so that naturally became our next stop. They have a discount for runners, but I ultimately decided to hold off on making any purchases until my 2019 marathon trip. I only just started using my Basin shampoo bars and I want to make sure I love them in the long term before I buy again, ya feel me?

I next led Erika into the Marketplace Co-Op and straight back into that Holy Grail of Disney girliness: The Dress Shop. I want every single dress there; if only they didn't cost a million dollars apiece. I wandered around running my hands along skirts covetously but talked myself out of making any purchases just yet. Erika did buy herself and her daughter matching Snow White dresses, which are freakin' adorable.

We poked around the rest of the Marketplace stands before setting off in search of food. AristoCrepes was our destination... and it was closed. Curses! Instead we drowned our sorrows in some sodas and a split Earl of Sandwich concoction, but it wasn't the same.

Erika had neglected to pack a swimsuit, so we wandered through Uniqlo and Zara in the hopes of locating something cheap. Unfortunately both stores seemed to be laboring under the misapprehension that winter is coming, Florida included. It was fall collections as far as the eye can see. Useless!

This brought our Disney Springs adventure to a close. We hopped on a bus back to Pop and went back to the room to lay out our race stuff for the morning. Erika snuck in a nap while I puttered around and formulated the morning's plan.

As is Florida's way, a hardcore rainstorm came through, but it eventually slowed to enough of a drizzle that we could safely head to the food court for dinner. We grabbed some carbo-loading pasta and then chilled in the room until it was time for bed.

And then I lay awake for who knows how long freaking out about waking up on time for the morning's race. The more things change and all that.

Well? Did I wake up in time? Find out in the next installment!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Fairest Week In Review: 11/07


I just got back from Walt Disney World.

I am not happy.

Not that I'm being melodramatic about it or anything.

But I am happy about my newest WDW memories, which are by and large magnificent and include some truly marvelous miles. Trip report forthcoming, of course! And at least I can comfort myself with the knowledge that in a mere two months I'll be back for my beloved WDW Marathon.

The workout log generally comes next, but since it was the lovely rest week after the Marine Corps Marathon I feel you'll find it less than stimulating. Feel free to skip it if you want.

Sunday | Marine Corps Marathon - ran 26.2 miles outside in 4:53

Monday | 55 minute ballet class

Tuesday | rest
My knee was bugging me just a bit, so I elected to skip even walking in an effort to speed its convalescence.

Wednesday | rest

Thursday | walked 2.37 miles outside in 40 minutes
Cautiously. Then I skipped ballet so I could drive over to my parents' house in anticipation of leaving for WDW in the morning. :D :D :D

Friday | walked around WDW!

Saturday | Wine & Dine 10K - ran 6.34 miles in 1:24

And now on to the roundup, which will be lots more interesting, I promise.

Kait Around The Kingdom takes on Epcot at night.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

In Which Jenn Is All Set To Wine & Dine WDW

I'm sure this reference has been done to death, but tomorrow I really truly am going to my very favorite place... ORLANDO!

Yup, the time of Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend is finally upon us, and I have a 10K and a half waiting for me this weekend. Plus a trip buddy and big plans!

What kind of big plans? Well...
  • I gotta try lots of food and drinks from Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, obviously
  • Maybe do Remy's Hide & Squeak so I can get a Figment koozie
  • Maybe pick up a runDisney sweatshirt or jacket if they still have a puffer
  • A lovely Twitter friend may try to get me into the DVC lounge on top of Bay Lake Tower - hello, enormous cake and views!
  • I wanna see if there's room in one of those make-your-own-ears workshops at the Boardwalk Inn
  • Rope drop Disney's Animal Kingdom and maybe grab lunch at my beloved Nomad Lounge
  • Actually hang by a Disney pool for the first time ever?
A mere 24 hours and it all becomes MINE. WDW, I love you!

Don't forget to follow me on Twitter to vicariously take part in my adventures. And if you'll be there too and want to say hi, well, you know what I'll be wearing. ;D

Are you coming down for race weekend? What are you looking forward to?

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/31

Whew. Okay. Big week, guys, big week.

Today is Halloween, so good tidings and felicitations and all that. A mere handful of days ago I completed my fourth Marine Corps Marathon. And on Friday morning, I'm heading to... WALT DISNEY WORLD!!!! for my fourth Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend. In a word: YES.


But currently I reside in tapertown/post-marathon-nothingnesstown. Workout log, roll tape:

Sunday | rest
Well, sort of. We went to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and according to my phone walked about 7 miles.

Monday | walked 2.12 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class

Tuesday | ran 5.08 miles outside in 50 minutes

Wednesday | ran 3.33 miles outside in 35 minutes

Thursday | walked 2.02 miles outside in 35 minutes; 45 minute ballet class

Friday | rest

Saturday | rest
I went to the Marine Corps Marathon expo, which for the last few years has been very inconveniently located - it's all the way in the National Harbor, which requires me take two separate Metro trains and a shuttle bus just to get to the event. But I accomplished what I set out to do there: in addition to grabbing my bib I picked up some Honey Stinger stoopwaffels and some Guu (the on-course gels looked gross). runDisney was not represented at the expo and that made me sad.

And now I give you: the roundup.

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