Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Fairest Week In Review: 1/16


Once again, it's all behind me.

I can't believe I have to wait another year to run the Walt Disney World Marathon. A year! A WHOLE YEAR! How am I supposed to enjoy life when I know that I could be enjoying it much more if only I were limping through the ESPN Wide World Of Sports?!

On a more serious note, I touched on this a bit via Twitter, but I wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks to the TSA and air traffic controllers for working for no pay during the furlough. My little heart longs for the WDW Marathon, and if I couldn't go, I would be crushed. Thanks to the TSA, I was able to fly there and back and all my dreams came true. A sincere thank you to all of you! I hope you get some frickin' money already.

And on a less serious note, here's the workout log:

Sunday | ran 7.16 miles outside in 1:10

Monday | walked 2.16 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class

Tuesday | ran 5.16 miles outside in 55 minutes

Wednesday | ran 3.12 miles outside in 30 minutes

Thursday | walked 2.08 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class

Friday | rest
Headed down to Baltimore to prep for leaving for WDW in the morning!

Saturday | rest but I walked around WDW a LOT

Trip recap to come, of course!

The roundup is as serious as you want it to be.


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Friday, January 11, 2019

In Which It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Guess where I'm going tomorrow?

I'll give you a hint: I NEVER STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.

Yes, I'm going to Walt Disney World! For my 5th Walt Disney World Marathon! It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!!!!!!!!

Weather forecast in Maryland: Low 30s. Snow.

Orlando: uppers 60s to upper 70s while I'm there. AHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Some other things I'm looking forward to:

  • Checking out Kidani Village's nooks and crannies
  • Solo dinner at Jiko
  • Fireworks from California Grill if they can fit me in the bar
  • My first ever real massage!
  • Maybe some hummingbird cake at Homecomin' in Disney Springs?

I didn't buy a park ticket to conserve money, but that's okay - I'm excited to try out the many non-park activities I always mean to get to but never do.

If you see me say hi! I'll look like this:


And yes, I will respond to Figment. See you around the world!

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

In Which Jenn Lets The People Dress Her For WDW

Well, I asked, and you answered: what should I wear? One Twitter poll later, I am proud to announce my 2019 WDW Marathon Weekend wardrobe!


  • First, my race outfit for the marathon. I toyed with the idea of building a new one, but in the interest of saving money I decided to reuse last year's Figment ensemble. I don't think anything in this outfit is currently purchasable, unfortunately, but you could probably find the ears on eBay for those exorbitant eBay prices. The tank and pants were both from Target, C9 and JoyLab respectively. (I snapped those pants up expressly for the Figment-style color blocks!)
  • Next, the overwhelming winner of the Twitter poll: my Peter Pan icons dress. It's super cute and has pockets, so I'm not complaining. You can't get this dress anymore, but here are some other Pan dresses from Hot Topic.
  • Second run up is my Ariel tattoo print dress. This was never fails to garner some compliments. You can't get this dress anymore but here are some other Ariel dresses from Hot Topic.
  • Lastly, my personal pick: my floral Lion King dress. I heart it! You can't get the dress anymore, but the same print is available on a sweatshirt from Hot Topic.
  • The rose gold and Dia de Muertos ears are both from WDW. You can get the rose gold pair on shopDisney. I got the DdM pair in Epcot - not sure if they're still available or were special for the holiday.

Now that you know what I'll be wearing, you can more easily murder me in my sleep. Or say hello. If you can't decide, might I suggest a Twitter poll?

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Fairest Week In Review: 1/09


Hello humans! Do you know what time it is? I bet you do. It's... WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON PREP TIME!

Yes, my very favorite race is this Sunday, and I am hella jazzed. Also I am tapering. Behold, the workout log:

Sunday | rest
We drove down to Wilmington, NC with some friends for the New Year's Eve weekend. I thought about bringing my running stuff, but I was experiencing some very minor knee irritation and decided to take the rest days. Part of me was a little bummed - there was a lovely river walk nearby that would've made a killer running trail - but ultimately I think giving my body a rest was the right call.

Monday | rest
And auld lang synes all around.

Tuesday | rest
Drove back from NC.

Wednesday | ran 5.25 miles outside in 55 minutes
Annnnd back to real life. Boo. I hate real life. (See: my WDW addiction.)

Thursday | walked 2.11 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class

Friday | ran 5.22 miles outside in 55 minutes

Saturday | rest
Attended Pat's niece's birthday party. You know me; I'll do anything to score some cake.

Hooray! Hooray! WDW and Kidani Village are but a few sleeps away! <--- a song I just made up

Check back in the coming days to find out what I'll be wearing (very important information, natch) and what I plan to be doing. In the meantime, enjoy the roundup:


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

In Which Jenn Isn't Too Sure About These Race Challenges


I have made it through two runDisney challenges now: the Dopey Challenge in 2015 (5K + 10K + half + full marathon) and Lumiere's Two Course Challenge just this past November. Running Disney is my very favorite thing to do, and I adore every race.

Which is why I don't know if I can ever do another challenge again.

It's just too stressful, guys. I've talked before about my pathological fear of sleeping through the race, and how I've had near panic attacks while trying to fall asleep. I set 4 phone alarms. I program in a wakeup call. Once I accidentally called emergency services while attempting to program a second wakeup call (turns out the system won't let you do that). I wake with a start 3, 5, 9 times in the night in a cold sweat, desperately checking the time.

Have I ever slept through a race? Well, no. But I almost did once. And ever since then I have been FREAKING. OUT.

Which is why these challenges, where you're getting up at 2am, 3am, two to four nights in a row, might simply be too much for me. During the Two Course Challenge I was nervous the night before the 10K, and not surprisingly got very little sleep.

You would think that by consequence I would've fallen asleep much more easily the night before the half. But no, now I was MORE terrified - because what if I was so tired I slept unusually deeply and turned off all my alarms in my sleep??? Cue tossing, turning, a racing heart, and fitful slumber. AGAIN. JUST LIKE THE NIGHT BEFORE

I'd say collectively I got about 3.5 hours of sleep over the course of the 2 nights.

I freaking LOVE runDisney races, but I think I might have too anxious a temperament to enjoy challenges as I'm meant to. One race at a time will probably be enough for me for the foreseeable future.*

UNLESS, of course, runDisney re-institutes night races, in which case I am THERE. I am SO THERE!!!

* Until someone actively asks me to do a challenge with them, in which case I will probably cave immediately.

P.S. I had a Twitter conversation before the half with a woman who claimed to have never gone to sleep in the first place, which I suppose is an alternate means of handling the problem?

How do you feel about challenges? Do you ever sleep?

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Happy Friday: We'll Have A Dalmatian Plantation

Where our congregation can roam!
In this demarcation
Our whole aggregation
Will love our plantation home!

Anyway, here's a joke about a completely different song in the movie for which I don't fully have the lyrics memorized:



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Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Fairest Week In Review: 1/03

Hi! Hello! It's been awhile! A very eventful while! 

I have two weeks of workouts among other things to list here, so let's get right to it:

Sunday, Dec 16 | ran 5.29 miles outside in 55 minutes

Monday, Dec 17 | walked 2.4 miles outside in 40 minutes

Tuesday, Dec 18 | ran 5.32 miles outside in 55 minutes; 55 minute ballet class
Last ballet class of the year!

Wednesday, Dec 19 | ran 5.23 miles outside in 55 minutes
Also took the day off and went to visit Elizabeth in Annapolis! They have all sorts of pretty decorations up downtown.

Thursday, Dec 20 | walked 2.1 miles outside in 35 minutes
Last work day of the year!

Friday, December 21 | ran 9.28 miles outside in 1:30
It was a beautiful, sunshine-y day, and Ke$ha powered me through what for me was a magnificent outdoor run.

Saturday, December 22 | rest
Probably I did something Christmas-y? I don't remember; it was all so long ago.

Sunday, December 23 | ran 5.17 miles outside in 55 minutes
Pseudo-Christmas with my parents since they were going to NJ for proper Christmas. I mostly received money for airline tickets to feed my WDW addiction. I'm very practical that way. >D

Monday, December 24 | ran 3.3 miles outside in 30 minutes
For some reason my planned Christmas Eve run of 5 miles felt insurmountable, but when I offered myself 3 miles instead I was able to get out the door.

Tuesday, December 25 | rest
CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, December 26 | ran 3.22 miles outside in 30 minutes
Thus beginning my traditional post-Christmas 5K run streak. Also, it was my birthday. And also, Pat asked me to marry him. NBD. (!!!)

Thursday, December 27 | ran 3.2 miles outside in 30 minutes

Friday, December 28 | ran 3.48 miles outside in 35 minutes
Took the opportunity to run in a different part of the neighborhood.

Saturday, December 29 | ran 3.25 miles outside in 30 minutes
Also took the cats to the vet, where Minxie HOWLED with an uninterrupted fury like a banshee with a butthole (she REALLY hates getting her temperature taken). 

And that catches it up! Hoo, boy. Things are HAPPENING, guys. It's nice! And you know what happens next? THE WDW MARATHON!!! 33 is shaping up to be my year!

Anyway, who wants to go wedding dress shopping?


Roundup, play us out: