Monday, August 25, 2014

In Which Jenn & Moon Are Elsewhere

Hi there! Jenn NOT here. And neither is Moon. I'm in the Outer Banks this week and Moon is abroad, that lucky jerk.


Anyway, we're away for the week. In the interim, please enjoy these ridiculous videos of television characters running.




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, August 22, 2014

In Which Jenn Wants to Pretend to runDisney

In the immortal words of Catherine, Called Birdy: I have an inspired notion!

Okay, probably other people have already had this notion and this notion may even exist somewhere out there in the universe, but I'm going to talk about it anyway.

While I was in Dallas my hotel gym had some of those fancypants treadmills with iPod hookups and TV and - see below - virtual outdoor courses.


I figured I might as well select a course and see if it was at all distracting. Despite my general disdain for San Francisco (WARM UP OR SHUT UP), I found myself running along its streets. It was mildly interesting for a bit, but my mind soon wandered... right smack into a fantastic idea:

WHAT IF WE HAD VIRTUAL RUNDISNEY RACE COURSES FOR OUR FANCYPANTS TREADMILLS?!

What if you could select the Princess Half Marathon and run the entire course through your monitor? Or the Jingle Jungle 5K? Obviously it wouldn't be the same, but would it be neat if Cinderella castle suddenly loomed in the distance at just the exact moment it would do so if you were really running the race? Hell, I might drop the cash on my own treadmill just for that feature.

I know there are treadmills out there that provide, say, a virtual Boston Marathon course, but do you know if anyone has done this for runDisney? Because someone should!

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, August 21, 2014

In Which Jenn Runs A Conference 5K

Hello from the Dallas-Fort Worth airport and my honking ginormous work laptop! (Seriously. It's HUGE.) As I mentioned earlier this week, I've been at a conference the past couple days. And there was a conference 5K!

Features include your very own bib and a waiver acknowledging
that if you run, you could die.

I'm actually kind of excited about this post, because this is why we blog, right? I woke up the morning of the 5K and I was all NO5:20AMDONOTWANTICOULDDOTHISONATREADMILLLATER but then I thought GETUPYOUMORONTHERE'SABLOGPOSTINTHIS. 

It was not my first run of the trip - I'd already made good use of the hotel gym. Which is another reason why I was reluctant to drag myself out of bed: my runs had only been okay and this would be my third in a row. Oh, and it would be an outdoor run, and we all know how I feel about those. Oh, and at 6:30AM it was already 77 degrees outside (thanks, Texas). Basically the entire time leading up to the start I was assuming my performance would suck.

Not that it mattered, since the 5K was advertised as a fun run/walk, an excuse to get some exercise in and nothing more. There were no chips, no corrals; I even saw people still walking to the starting line as I was beginning the course. My time really wasn't going to be a real factor here.

So I started out with a light enough heart, all things considering. The course was all on pavement between the hotel's conference center and their pool complex. There was an out and back and you had to loop around part of the course twice, and while this wasn't particular exciting it didn't bother me given the short distance. There wasn't a hell of a lot in the way of scenery but the sunrise views were nice enough.

But never mind all that. This isn't runDisney; no one's expecting that much here. What I'm excited about is this:

I

DID

NOT

SUCK

New Garmin record: 9:13 mile. Final 5K time: 30:50. OUTSIDE. OUTSIDE. OUTSIDE. I usually SUCK outside!

Frankly, I can't figure it out. Was it the fact that the course was fairly flat? Aside from some gradual inclines there was nary a hill to be found. But then the treadmill doesn't have inclines either. The temperature was NOT conducive to greater speed. Was it the adrenaline? It was just a conference fun run, though; I was hardly all hyped up about it.

I really don't know. But I do know this: I feel WAY better about the Marine Corps Marathon now. AND Dopey. Guys, I think maybe I can do this!

And a huge chunk of the reason I got up at all was so I could write about it later. Good show, blogging community, good show.

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, August 19, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/19

JENN: First thing first! I'm dying to hear about this new Disney dream.

MOON: So... we were doing a 5K. But first! The setting: There was a city that was made into a Disney city of sorts. Forgive the vagueness. Dreams don't make sense all the time. Certainly not mine.

We had Elizabeth with us. We were supposed to do this run, but there was another event happening in the city that day so it was pretty chaotic. There were so many people running that there were multiple running routes. Liz and I were supposed to start on the same one.

When you started the race you had to run backwards first, so off we went. Because everyone started at the same time from different places, I lost Liz early on. After getting lost within the first five minutes, the route looked like it went into the river... so in I went. For what it's worth, there were others in the water, so I GUESS I did the right thing?

Okay, so then I keep swimming and then there is an uphill swim (how that happened... is beyond me). I get to the top and realize I don't know which way to go. I'm trying to find the end because at this point I've been swimming for nearly 3 miles and I have this feeling I missed something.. I ask someone which way to go and after reaching the end I look for Liz and she's all, "What took you so LONG?"

Our times are put up on a screen and I realize mine isn't there, apparently I haven't finished yet.

The remainder of the dream was running all over looking for the finish line. I apparently missed the end because I had to run through an audience watching a concert. Go figure. I'm not sure what this dream means.

JENN: That you need to enter another runDisney race. Duh. How's the running thing otherwise? Get anything in last week?

MOON: Yeah, I've been running nearly every day. It's been great! How has your running been progressing?

JENN: It hasn't really been progressing... but it's been happening. Slow and steady win the race, I hear, so I just hope it's true.

MOON: That's what counts, I suppose!

By the way, do you have any advice for calf pain? It's from running. I'm pretty sure posture is okay. Shoes are okay.

JENN: Hmmm. Have you tried sleeves? I haven't used them but I know a lot of people do.

MOON: I haven't yet; perhaps I will give it a try. From what I've read I haven't been totally convinced they do anything exactly.

JENN: Worth a shot, I suppose. Anyone out there have alternate ideas?

Truth.

While you're pondering, here's the roundup; small one this week 'cause I'm in Dallas for a conference. If you've got a post I should take a look at it, don't be afraid to link it in the comments!

- MousePlanet shares the rules of the road...
- ... And Running, Loving, Living shares the rules of the track.
- Running at Disney assesses runDisney versus NOT runDisney in Anaheim.
- Will Run for Ears has some stern words regarding Disney's CrossFit competition.

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, August 14, 2014

In Which Jenn Cleans Her Face With Disneyness

There are the standard, expected Disney souvenirs - t-shirts and sweatshirts and picture frames and magnets and all manner of things shaped like Mickey Mouse and emblazoned with the Disney logo. These things are awesome and I have lots. They cheer me up immeasurably when I am away from WDW and I love that.

But then, too, there are other things from WDW that are less expected. I use them all the time and they remind me in quieter, subtler ways of better days. Here I am thinking specifically of the subject of this particular still life:


I used to be (knock on wood) a chronic acne sufferer. Mind you, not in the really serious "before picture in Proactiv commercial" kind of way, but I was never blemish-free and often suffered through those big awful lumpy cystic zits. In the summer of 2009, I made two important discoveries: Seabreeze astringent and Basin's oatmeal facial soap.

I bought the latter on a whim while browsing the Basin store in Downtown Disney. I know a lot of people are disenchanted with DTD, the hope of Disney Springs notwithstanding, but I always kinda liked it. It's nice browsing while in the Disney bubble, you know? And the Basin store is awesome if you like bath product stores. Their soaps smell pretty and often look pretty too, and they have fun testers like sugar scrub.

The oatmeal soap was labeled as good for your skin and that was good enough for me; I bought a bar and never looked back. In truth, astringent is almost certainly the most important part of my clear skin arsenal, but I use my oatmeal soap almost every day in the shower and it makes me happy because it's a little piece of WDW. To my knowledge, WDW has two out of three of the existing Basin storefronts. (Incidentally, if you hate DTD, there's a smaller auxiliary Basin called Basin White in the Grand Floridian. I often pick up my replacement bars there if I'm not planning to hit DTD in a given trip.)

There are other quiet WDW reminders you can bring home with you. Example: a few years ago I bought a friend incense from Epcot's Japan pavilion as a wedding gift. The next time I headed to the parks, he gave me $20 and asked me to buy him as much incense as it would get. Success!

I used to have a shark keychain from DAK's Rainforest Cafe; it has since broken but I'll replace it if they're still there. An enormous amount of adorable Japan pavilion merchandise has found its way home with me. I also have a few non-logo clothing items from DTD, and I always look at those pretty silk dresses in the House of Good Fortune shop in the China Pavilion. I generally talk myself out of the purchase because they're a bit pricey, but maybe someday...

Do you have any non-Disney-but-still-Disney souvenirs?

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, August 13, 2014

In Which Jenn's Language App Makes Subversive Suggestions

There's a decent chance I'll vacationing in Puerto Rico this December, so I've decided that just in case I should brush up on my Spanish. My roommate tipped me off to this app called Duolingo that puts you through your language paces; I've downloaded it and have spent the last week furiously working through the sections.

I've noticed something, though - the sentences the have you translate can be weird.

It started innocently enough - "El gato come la manzana." I have never offered an apple to either of my cats but it does not strike me as something they'd be interested in eating. Still, they do like melon, so maybe Duolingo is on to something.

"El gato duerme cerca del pinguino." I have never known either of my cats to sleep anywhere near a penguin. I sincerely doubt they know what a penguin is. Maybe Duolingo is confused about the nature of cats.

If that is the case, they are not confused about the nature of ME. I think Duolingo has stopped merely messing with me and is now actively mocking me, guys.


Given that the Marine Corps Marathon is in October and the Wine and Dine Half is in November, this isn't going to work too well. What are you trying to tell me, Duolingo? That I should just quit?


Oh. I see. So my grandmother only takes ONE month off. She's a better runner than I am. Nice.


I... I... I give up.

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, August 12, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/12

JENN: So how was the training this week?

MOON: Very good! I remain consistent with mileage and daily activity. How was yours?

JENN: Ha - it was pretty terrible. That minor cough I was talking about last week? Yeah, it wasn't quite done with me. I was sooooo slooooooow all week and even suffered some lung capacity reduction on Monday. But I ultimately got my mileage in, one way or another, so I guess it worked out. I just didn't enjoy it overly.

MOON: Did you still run outside?

JENN: Largely, yeah.So I'm scarcely blazingly speedy as it is. But I'm working on it!

MOON: I logged 21.5 miles this past week. All work on making 5K faster!

JENN: Yay! Any particularly motivating songs? I've been kinda into the Dropkick Murphys "Rose Tattoo" lately.

MOON: Hmm, yesterday I listened to probably the happiest song on my iPhone. It's called "Oh Sailor" by Mr. Little Jeans.

AH! BUT, bad news. My headphones are broken. I was going to take them in for repair today, but it's raining heavily and I get nervous driving in so much rain.


JENN: Oh, yeah, you have the super-fancy headphones, right? What kind are they?

MOON: Bose Noise Cancelling. I think it's repairable...

JENN: Well, that's good. You have backups? My yurbuds work pretty well.

MOON: The others are also broken I had a pair of old school Sony headphones. I loved those. Turns out I left them at the gym last week...

JENN: Awww. Good luck with the fixing, then!

MOON: Danke! My future runs depend on it.

JENN: While we wait in suspense for a diagnosis, time for the roundup!

- Run Walk Fastpass Repeat considers the safety implications of running with headphones in.
- Half Crazy Mama shares her favorite spectator signs.
- Check out some favorite race memories and recall your own at Prairie Princess Runners.
- Pink Elephant on Parade is cheering for ME! That's right, ME!
- Jambo Everyone shares the good news: hyenas are coming to DAK!
- Mouse on the Mind highlights the saucier side of Disney.

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!