Wednesday, February 10, 2016

In Which Jenn Knows Things Because Epcot

I am extremely proud of myself: I have converted my boyfriend to one of my favorite music genres! I'm talking Irish/Gaelic folk/punk/rock of the Flogging Molly persuasion. He's been listening to the Flogging Molly Pandora station and dug up all sorts of awesome songs, some I don't even know.

One such song is the traditional "Mari-Mac," specifically as performed live by Great Big Sea. He's been working on learning the guitar chords, and as the music played one day I caught something in the lyrics: "hills of Banoffee."

Banoffee, I thought. I've heard that word before. You can get a Banoffee tart at the Scotland kiosk during Epcot's Food and Wine Festival. Therefore...

"Is this song Scottish?" I asked.

"Yup," he said.

And that's how I applied my WDW knowledge to the real world.


Have you ever had an unexpected bit of information thanks to WDW?

One more thing before I go - today is the last chance to enter the running belt giveaway. Click here to add your name to the pool!

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, February 5, 2016

In Which Jenn Does Not Believe In Meal Replacement

Hey, remember that time I got an Influenster Vox Box? And how I was honest in my reviews? And how I said because of that I'd probably never get another one?

Well, I was wrong. SO FAR. This may be the one to ruin it all.

You see, this Vox Box was filled with Slim Fast products. And while I don't mean to pick on Slim Fast specfically here, as a recovering disordered eater I am extremely leery of diet products. I don't like the regimentation, I don't like the limitations, I don't like the emphasis on pre-packaged, processed meal replacements over actually eating a meal. But I also don't like being negative, so I decided to just keep quiet about this one.

Until I got an email from Influenster recognizing that I am a blogger and encouraging me to weigh in on my box with a post. Well. Ask and ye shall receive.


My box contained four Slim Fast items: a potato chip substitute, a cinnamon cookie substitute, a meal replacement bar, and a meal replacement shake. The shake was too sweet and frankly kind of gross; I took a couple sips and tossed the rest in the trash (I had the vanilla flavor; chocolate may have been more palatable). The bar was fine but for something that's supposed to replace a meal it kept me full for maaaaaybe two hours. The crisps were tasty but didn't provide much sustenance either. Of the three, the sour cream and onion "chips" were the best, in that the portion was fairly generous and as a snack it kept me satisfied for several hours. If you're going to buy a Slim Fast product, I'd go with that one.

HOWEVER. I strongly dislike all of this, for the reasons noted above but primarily for this: what, am I just supposed to eat Slim Fast and only Slim Fast? Plus just celery and apples or whatever? Forever? Until I've lost enough weight? How much is that? Then what? What about if I just had a hard workout and... no, never mind. Slim Fast can't possibly sustain a workout.

Again, not to single out Slim Fast exclusively here. They are but one brand in a sea of products promising to make you skinny. Screw those brands. Don't let them tell you what to eat. Don't let them define what you need. Embrace eating intuitively, with a mind to how you feel and how you WANT to feel. I know it's hard - hell, I still struggle with it every day. But if the answer lies anywhere, it's definitely NOT in the words "meal replacement."

I am willing to field alternate opinions here. Has anyone had great success with something like Slim Fast?

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, February 4, 2016

The Fairest Giveaway (& Review) Of All: SLS3 Dual Pocket Running Belt

Settle in, folks - it's time for giveaway #2. BUT FIRST: a review of the product you could win!

I was contacted about a month ago by SLS3 with an offer to try out their Dual Pocket Running Belt, categorized as for women and billed as waterproof. I've always been intrigued by the idea of a running belt, but I was always leery of the potential fit issues (more on this in a bit). But here was an opportunity to try one out for free - why not take the shot? A couple weeks later I had it in hand and took it for a run.

The dual pocket running belt is of unassuming but practical design. There are two zippered compartments, both of which stretch to accommodate I can only assume just about anything you'd want to jam in there. The smaller pocket wasn't long enough for my iPhone 6+, but the larger worked fine. I'm not saying you could cram an iPad mini in there, but I'm not not saying that. You could totally fit your phone, keys, credit cards, AND snacks all at once as long as you Tetrised it out properly.

Modeled here by my trusty 2008 iPhone, which lives a second life as my iPod.

Before we get to the running experience: about those body fit issues. See, I have what you might term a bit of junk in a trunk. A badonkadonk. An ass, as they say, that does not quit, even when you kind of wish it would. It gets going higher up on the torso than your average butt. As such, I look upon any sort of hip-wrapping item with extreme suspicion, and this belt was no exception. It was in the name of science that I placed the belt around my hips all the same and started running.

And it worked - sort of - at first. The creep was soooo slow and subtle as to be nearly imperceptible. I had to slide it back down my hips every five minutes or so, which isn't that bad, all things considering - I mean, it's not like there was any annoying bouncing or anything going on, and really I was being preemptive; it didn't move THAT far. Ultimately, though, I decided that the best thing to do would be to hike it up to my waist proper, tighten it all the way, and see how that worked.

In a word: well! On my waist the belt stayed just fine, and I found a frequently forgot I was even wearing it, even with my iPhone ensconced within. As for waterproof... ness, it wasn't raining in the gym but I DID sweat on it a bit when it was at my hips and the phone came out dry.

I call this a success and will not hesitate to slap this belt on when the warmer months hit and I start running outdoors again. It'll be perfect for storing mid-run fuel and, most importantly, my keys.


In short: if on-the-hip is a priority for you and/or you have a butt of some renown, skip this belt. If you're cool with having the belt sit at your waist, it's a good deal and I can pretty much guarantee it'll hold any reasonable thing you want it to hold in some quantity (minus a water bottle, although I think they offer hydration belts as well). It even comes with multiple zipper colors if you're trying to match a costume.

You can get the SLS3 Dual Pocket Running Belt at their online store for about $30 OR, if you jump on it now, you can get it at their Amazon store for a mere $13. Not sure how long that deal will last, but you'll be hard pressed to beat it.

Or if you're very lucky, you can win it right here! SLS3 has graciously provided me with one Dual Pocket Running Belt to give away to my readers. Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. You've got one week to enter. Good luck!

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Do you use a running belt? Does your ass ever quit? Mine doesn't.

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, February 3, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/03

Hey guys! Moon is still AWOL, so it's just Jenn again. I was hoping I could liven up my one-woman show with an exciting vacation announcement today, but it fell through. :( :( :( The good news, though, is that I managed a ten miler last night, so: things are looking up on the running front! I still have a ways to go before I'm back up to my pre-injury fitness level, but I'm feeling reasonably good about it. :) :) :)

My whackadoodle ramblings out of the way: last week's giveaway is now CLOSED and I'll be picking a winner today. Bummed? Don't be - I've got another one in the works TOMORROW. Hint: it's running related, and it's no waist of time.


Right. See you back here tomorrow. On to the roundup!

- Prairie Princess Runners gets going when the going gets tough.
- Elbowglitter is down with the treadmill. ME TOO.
- Pink Elephant On Parade points on the problem with Weight Watchers and similar programs.
- An Open Suitcase wants us to stay safe when vacationing solo.
- Fairytales & Fitness has some neat ideas to enhance runDisney races.
- Living A Disney Life enjoys sake in Epcot's Japan Pavilion. Cue nostalgia on my end...
- Mom's Magical Miles recaps WDW Marathon Weekend eats.
- Gluten Free in Orlando had the Remy Champagne Brunch on the Disney Fantasy. Lucky duck!
- Home is Where the Mouse Is rightly digs my beloved carrot cake cookie.

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, January 29, 2016

In Which Jenn Is Sick As A Dog, Probably

Oh my God, guys. What a mess.

No, no. That's needlessly melodramatic. Everything's fine. I'm fine. I'm just a) sick as a dog assuming a dog is just sick enough to be miserable but not sick enough to get out of anything and b) stressed because c) I'm in the final throes of moving and ACK GOTTA GET ALL MY STUFF OUT GOTTA CLEAN FOR INSPECTION HELP HELP HELP.


So. Yeah. Hence "Giveaway Week" turning into "Giveaway Day." But never fear! I still have that other giveaway in the chute and will chuck it at your faces next week. In the meantime, don't forget to enter my Soapbox Soaps giveaway - deadline is Tuesday at midnight!

Okay. Good. Yes. Jenn out. I will return to you next week, fully moved, hopefully not sick, and as corollary to that statement, able to run again. Happy weekend!

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, January 27, 2016

The Fairest Giveaway Of All: Soapbox Soaps Shower Products

Whew! It's been quite a weekend here at FRoA headquarters. My interns* and I have been snowed in since Friday. Today I am finally free of my cold wet confines, which is a cause for celebration, yes? I give you: giveaway week, so named because I have TWO giveaways for you.

* Cats. They're my cats.

We'll start with the one I teased way back when: Soapbox Soaps. I received their coconut conditioner in an Influenster Vox Box last month I fell completely in love with the product. I have tricky hair - it's VERY long, but it's fine, but it's also frizzy, but it's REALLY wavy. The shea butter-infused shampoo and conditioner soften even my really-need-a-trim ends, smoothes, and shines. All for, like, $6, and you can get it at Target or the drugstore or whatever. Awesome.


Awesome indeed, if that were all. Here's what earned my customer loyalty: not only does Soapbox run clean drinking water programs around the world, and not only does Soapbox give out bars of soap to those in need, these products are 100% CRUELTY FREE.

This is so important to me. I've been trying to phase out all my animal-tested products. It's tougher to do than I would've imagined, but I'm dedicated to finding a swap for all my beauty and hygiene products even if it takes awhile. If you want to argue the necessity of animals in medical testing, okay; there's a shade of gray there, always provided of course that experiments are conducted as humanely as possible.

For beauty products, though? We don't NEED those. We don't NEED to slap shadow on our eyes and lipstick on our lips. We don't NEED specially formulated shampoos with ingredients that could apparently mess us up hence the testing. There is NO REASON to test beauty products on animals, ever, and that is why Soapbox is now my new go-to for shower products.

Want to make your own animal-friendly switch? You're in luck - Soapbox Soaps has generously agreed to give one lucky reader a bottle each of their shampoo, conditioner, AND body wash in Pomegranate and Acai. To enter, simply comment on this blog post. (Bonus points if you list your favorite cruelty-free company!) You've got one week to enter, so get cracking! (To be clear: deadline is midnight Tuesday.)



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, January 21, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 1/21

Just Jenn this week - Moon has been a busy bee. I have a HUGE backlog of links for the roundup, though, so I'm forging ahead despite the fact that I was on the Beltway for SEVEN HOURS last night. I know it was snowing, people, but GET IT TOGETHER.

Hmm? What? My training? Oh. Well. The week after the marathon I pretty much took off. I've started running again, but given that my Achilles injury has being holding me back for a couple months I want to make sure I ease in rather than immediately start doing speed runs and virtual halves.

The end result is, of course, the third month in a row when I won't be hitting 100 miles total. This used to be unheard of. Positively unthinkable. And I can't say it isn't messing with my mind a little. BUT. I am holding to my gentle ramp up plan because I am forcing myself to recognize that it's more important to ease my transition.


The good news is that my Achilles hasn't been bugging me at all! Hooray! Here's hoping the trend continues and I'll be pumping out ten milers again next month.

And now for the real reason we're all here: the roundup.

- Lots of marathon talk and recaps from The Disney Tourist Blog, From Dancing to Running, Elbowglitter, Fairytales and Fitness, and Live Run Grow to name a few. (If I missed yours, sound off in the comments!)
- Back at Square Zero talks running goal selection.
- Peanut Butter Fingers rounds up some great fitness apps.
- The Disney Blog eats ALL THE JUNK FOOD.
- At Disney Again has the scoop on the new Symphony in the Stars at the Studios.
- The Disney Hipsters share their feelings on the Wishes dessert party.
- Walt Disney World for Grownups gets up early at WDW.
- Parkeology brings us the latest news from Captain Admiral EO.

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!