Thursday, July 2, 2015

In Which Jenn Has Her Race Calendar Planned For Real This Time

And now for another topic where you can ignore everything I said about it before. I'm talkin' bout my race schedule! I've been alluding to it in bits and pieces over the past couple weeks, but now that it's all settled I like having it all set out in one place. It looks so tidy, no?

1. Tessitura Network 5K, August 18 (I think). This went pretty well last year! Very low key affair but a nice little practice run. Especially since it's in Orlando this year.


2. The Parks Half Marathon, September 13. Starts in my general backyard-ish area. Ends IN MY BACKYARD, assuming apartment buildings have backyards. What I'm trying to say here is that I can walk home from the finish line. Score!


3. National Capital 20 Miler, September 27. Getting my 20 mile practice run done for me in preparation for the...



4. Marine Corps Marathon, October 25. The return.


5. Wine & Dine Half Marathon, November 7. HELLO WALT DISNEY WORRRRRRLD! Please don't rain on me quite so hard this time.


And that's what I've got on my race calendar. Who will I see out on the course?!

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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, July 1, 2015

In Which Jenn Is Taking Elizabeth To WDW Again

I'm afraid I'm going to have to once again ask you to forget everything I said previously.

So you know how when I signed up for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon I said that either my mom or my boyfriend would go with me? Well, it was leaning toward Pat going, but he's not sure he's going to have enough vacation days for it. I turned to my mom, and while she could go, she was severely time constrained by the need to teach a class and would need to get a substitute. This would've been okay... but then I had a brainstorm.

One Gchat conversation and two booked flights to Orlando later, I have a new travel buddy for November. Ladies and gentlemen - you know her. You love her. It's...


ELIZABETH!

As recently noted, Elizabeth hasn't been to WDW since January of 2012. She has never experienced New Fantasyland or the new Star Tours (I think?), and certainly never before sampled the Food & Wine Festival. While there is an immense pleasure to be had from touring with total Disney nerds, there is something extra fun about acting the tour guide. There is so much to show her!

More on this trip to come (plus a new F&W to-eat list, of course). So excited for November!!!

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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, June 30, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 6/30

JENN: Did you get any runs in last week?

MOON: Nope. But this is my LAST week of no running. Next Sunday I'll be a gym member again. Super excited. How were your runs this week?

JENN: They were perfectly okay but nothing inspiring. I got done what I wanted done - including a 4+ miles speed run on Friday - but there was none of the proverbial pep in my step. Ah well - status quo is better than nothing at all!

MOON: Mmhmm! Doing better than me. XD

JENN: Awww. Well, you're doing exciting life things!

MOON: Haha, I supposeeeeee. I miss running, though. Ah, well. One more week!! Must finish packing. Our apartment is filled with boxes and yet it seems we've packed nothing!


JENN: Just a note: the Princess Half Marathon goes on sale in a couple weeks. :D The WDW Marathon is still at 78% full. Just things to ponder.

MOON: I'll have to look at the financial aspect, but maaaaaybe.

JENN: Awesome! I'll keep you updated. ☺

And now: the roundup!

- Prairie Princess Runners finds inspiration at every age.
- Back at Square Zero looks at what has made her faster.
- Theme Park Insider says a final goodbye to the Adventurer's Club. Kungaloosh!
- Living A Disney Life understand that WDW breakfast = sugar.
- The Disney Tourist Blog has a nifty look at Tanabata Days at Tokyo Disneyland.
- If you ever wanted to know what the food is like on a Disney cruise, easyWDW has you covered.

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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, June 26, 2015

The Sharks of WDW: Toy Story Midway Mania

Have I ever mentioned my favorite animal here? Well, it's the humble shark. Because they are AWESOME. So whenever I see them in WDW, I combine two loves in one place and become super excited.

Sure, there are the obvious places - The Seas with Nemo and Friends has a whole play section dedicated to Anchor, Chum, and Bruce. And they get their own song in Finding Nemo: The Musical, so there's that.


Plus the Coral Reef, of course, and I hear you can swim with them in Typhoon Lagoon, although I think they might have closed that attraction? Anyway, yeah, they show up a lot in any Nemo or ocean related exhibit, but sometimes you can find them in unexpected places, too.

To that end, I have dedicated my life, my time, my talents to the goal of locating all the random sharks in WDW. Let's start here, in the main queue for Toy Story Midway Mania:


I don't know what game this is supposed to represent - Go Fish? Or some super-aggressive aquatic version of Magic: The Gathering? - but I like it.

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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, June 25, 2015

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 6/25

JENN: Happy six months to Christmas! So how was your week in running?

MOON: If you had asked, "So how was your week in PACKING?" my answer would have been "Wonderful!!!" I met my box-a-day quota twofold.

It's been crazy-hot outside and I don't belong to a gym at present, so running has been taking a lower placement on my list of priorities. Although, July should see me up and going again. I actually really miss it. When I come home from work I think, "I wish I could go for a run..."

JENN: Yeah, it's pretty brutal out there. You have to get up WAY early if you want to make an outdoor run of it. But hey, packing can be a workout too!

MOON: Tell me about it. Especially when you are packing with minimal air conditioning, haha.


JENN: I hope the air conditioning is strong where you're going!

MOON: Thanks! How was your running this week?

JENN: Oh, much better. For starters, I wasn't super sick. Score!I did two speed runs and they actually weren't bad. I'm gonna try to keep incorporating them at least once a week.

MOON: Yay!! Glad you are better. :)

JENN: One final note: WDW Marathon registration is currently at 78%. Merely a fact I thought I'd throw out there.

MOON: Thank you for the update!

JENN: Something to ponder while we go to the roundup.

- Darlin' Rae runs with and without people.
- Elbowglitter ponders fatlogic.
- Mom's Magical Miles knows where to find races that dial down the scary time limits.
- Just Me & My Running Shoes reviews Port Orleans Riverside. (Where I stayed for Dopey!)
- A Pinch of Pixie Dust tries ALL the Star Wars Weekend cupcakes.
- Living a Disney Life gets pirate'd up.
- Mouse on the Mind visits Trader Sam's Grog Grotto.
- The Disney Hipsters rightly mourn the loss of plastic cheese at WDW.

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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, June 24, 2015

In Which Jenn's Disney Loyalties Are Tested

The rather mundane element is this: I am going to a conference in August. This is my fourth year attending said conference, and while it is not without elements of fun (or not; I'm looking at you, San Francisco), the trip is not in and of itself something to get all worked up over.

Only the exciting element is this: this year it's in... wait for it... ORLANDO, FLORIDA.

I'm not so lucky that the conference is on Disney property, and I'll of course spend most of my time at, y'know, the actual conference, but still - there will be some free time, so it's time for a piecemeal Disney trip with hotel expenses paid, right?

Well... maybe. Guys, I'm thinking of defecting.

Not permanently! NEVER permanently. Disney parks are hands down my favorite ever, and I've been to lots of others. But here are some thoughts:

  • I am not a huge Harry Potter fan, but I've been to the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Florida and it was a pretty awesome experience.
  • I am therefore curious about the new Diagon Alley portion. I hear great things about the Hogwarts Express and the Gringotts ride. 
  • The hotel where I'm staying is equidistant from Disney and Universal...
  • ...except on the final night, when the wrap-up party takes place at the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando. There's only one of those, right? The one at Universal. I could totally skip some of the party for some butterbeer action.


I dunno, guys. I <3 Disney SO MUCH, but I'm leaning toward snapping up a Universal ticket and doing the Harry Potter thing this time around. It kinda feels like a gimme, y'know? I'll mostly be attending conference sessions and I won't have a ton of time at any park. It being such an afterthought, why not make that afterthought Universal?

Thoughts? Am I a terrible turncoat here? DON'T WORRY WDW YOU'RE STILL MY FAVORITE I'LL SEE YOU IN NOVEMBER!!!

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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, June 18, 2015

In Which Jenn's MCM Training Is Practically Done For Her

Hey, so, know how I'm running the Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team? That's 'cause I didn't make the lottery, and that's 'cause... I didn't enter it.

See, I looked back over my training for last year's MCM and found a sticking point in the 20 mile run. I just... didn't feel like going through that training cycle. I did my 20 miler on the treadmill, which was actually fine for me. But I'm at a new gym now that would require restarting the treadmill like three times to get my mileage, and while that distinction is arbitrary I didn't like the idea of all that pausing. And I certainly didn't want to try to organize an outdoor 20 miler for myself, what with all the water and gels I'd have to haul with me. I hit a mental block regarding that fateful training day.

So I didn't enter the lottery because I didn't feel like putting in the work, more or less. But! Then I came across the National Capital 20 Miler, with a start line a mere 20 minute drive from my apartment. Rather than a training run I had to organize myself, this was a race - with water stops and port-a-potties at regular intervals and everything! I mean, it practically performed the training run for me... assuming, of course, I had a MCM bib. Which I did not.




Which brings me to the bit you already know: I'm running MCM through the Diabetes Action Team (and if you're feeling hyper-generous at the moment I wouldn't be sad if you threw a five spot at my donation page :D). The twenty mile practice run is one month before the marathon, so that's all set. Awesome.

But wait! There's more! I recently learned about the Parks Half Marathon, with a course that runs through the local parks in my area. This one starts one town away and ends within, max, a 15 minute walk from my apartment. AND it's two weeks before the 20 miler, so great training for that. Pow!


Icing on the cake*: two weeks before the Parks Half, I'll be spending the week at the beach. I do intend to run there but not a whole lot. Tapering: also done for me!

There you have it: my MCM training, provided by other people.

How carefully do you organize your race schedule?

* I hope there's cake at the finish line.

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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!