Thursday, August 25, 2016

In Which Jenn Gets Jazzed For A Long Run

Last week I came to a startling realization: I was actually excited about my planned 16 mile run.

I expressed this unexpected feeling on Twitter and received the expected response: that I was crazy, and everyone who had a long run on the docket was dreading it.

And so I thought: what if I explained how I got myself this psyched up? Maybe my fellow runners could follow the same method and at least manage to downgrade outright dread to reluctant acceptance. In that spirit, try some of these on for shoe size:

Get some new music. Duh. Everyone knows this one. But seriously, do it. Despite my alt-rock leanings, I fired up some of the Ke$ha I'm less familiar with, because BEATS. Highly recommend serious beats for running.

Perfect segue to...

Get some new gear. CAREFULLY. This is a long run, after all; introducing new clothes could lead you into an exciting new world of chafing, sweating, smelling, etc. Save it for the short run and see how it performs there. Use your tried-and-true clothes here. BUT. How about clothes you already have exactly but in a dangerously different color? Or a new hat or sunglasses, something you can remove easily if it's not working out for you? Myself, I was wildly excited to have found a value 12-pack of elastic headbands in the bargain bin at Rite-Aid - I snagged 'em for $1.42. GLITTERY GOLD TO THE RESCUE.

Get your favorite pre- and mid-run snacks. Again, nothing you haven't tried before - now is not the time to puke on the side of the trail (or down the side of your treadmill; someone's going to have to clean that mess up, and it could be you). I had a box of Swedish Fish to munch on my walk to the gym and a mocha Clif Shot (plus caffeine!) for the midway point. Happy tongue, happy... um... sorry, nothing logical rhymes with tongue. Just eat something good, is all I'm saying.


And on that note...

Plan an awesome night-before dinner and post-run meal. Assuming you're doing this run in the morning, of course; if not, adjust accordingly. I had Neapolitan pizza and it was DELICIOUS.

Post-run, I made myself a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie with chocolate protein powder. Good stuff.

There you have it. How do you know my methods work? Because I ran SEVENTEEN miles. BAM! Now go forth and smash those long runs! (And if you can only choose one thing, I highly recommend the glittery gold headband.)

What are your long run tips and tricks?

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 24, 2016

The Favorite Photos: Universal Studios, 2011 - 2015

My last retrospective album post focuses on Universal Studios. Here are my favorite photos from there. (See also: First Photos and Last Photos.)

Once again, apologies for photo quality; 2/3 of these are really old.


The year: 2011
The companion(s): Elizabeth
The title of the album: CONSTANT VIGILANCE!
The why: I LOVE SHARKS


The year: 2012
The companion(s): My cousin and his best friend
The title of the album: Mischief managed
The why: David and Sandy talked to this fountain (think the late lamented Push in the Magic Kingdom or the palm tree in DAK) for like 45 minutes. There are different people working it, using different voices, so it's a hit-or-miss attraction, but if you get the guy with the acerbic wit and deep voice, say hi!


The year: 2015
The companion(s): Sometimes coworkers; sometimes just myself
The title of the album: I solemnly swear I am up to no good
The why: Atmospheric, intriguing, beckoning - everything that makes Diagon Alley truly excellent.

And that's a wrap. I've really enjoyed delving into all my old park photo albums. Got anything else you want me to check out? Favorite, I don't know, animal photo or castle photo or whatever? Let me know in the comments!

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 23, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/23

My training is ramping up! Last week was maintenance, this week is peaking, and next week I begin tapering for the Navy-Air Force Half/National Capital 20 Miler. Let's look at last week's numbers:


Sunday | rest

Monday | 10.75 miles on the treadmill in 1:50
Too hot to run outdoors.

Tuesday | walked 2.1 miles in 35 minutes

Wednesday | ran 10.71 miles on the treadmill in 1:50
Planned to do this one outside, but again, too hot.

Thursday | ran 4.34 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes

Friday | walked 3.17 miles in 50 minutes
Switched my run and walk to rest up for my long run on Monday. I usually walk outside, but this time it was on the treadmill; I added some incline work, which was new to me.

Saturday | rest

Right then. Roundup!

- Rae is a Darlin' races in adversity.
- Elbowglitter believes in the Galloway method.
- The Disney Tourist Blog is the #1 authority on Disney park toilets.
- Main Street Gazette visit Les Halles bakery in Epcot's France.
- WDW for Grownups considers that eternal mystery: what's up with Song of the South?
- The Disney Hipsters love Epcot's World Showcase. ME TOO!
- Disney In Your Day shows off her latest WDW purchases.
- Davelandblog has footage of Steve Martin working at WDW.
- Plus the Magic hits up the Nomad Lounge in DAK.
- Mouse on the Mind has dinner at Remy on the Dream.

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 19, 2016

Happy Friday: Aladdin's At The Top Of The Food Chain

This is my dad's favorite Lion King joke. (Myself, I'm partial to "Why? Is he sick?" So let me know if you've seen a meme for that.)



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 18, 2016

In Which Jenn Misses Disney's Partnership With Nescafe (WAIT I CAN EXPLAIN)

A lot of Disney fan discussion centers around coffee. Where to get the best coffee on property, where to get the cheapest coffee, is Starbucks in fact a gift from God or a Satan-born waste of Main Street Bakery space (yes but also yes). But the one thing just about everyone seems to agree upon is this: Thank God Joffrey replaced the glorified piss that was Nescafe.

The coffee company, not the universally reviled GoT character.

And not without reason. I think we can all agree that Nescafe was barely coffee, being as it is basically instant coffee powder. The nerve of them, making us pay for that stuff. But here's the weird thing: I kinda miss it.

Don't get me wrong, even an occasional coffee drinker such as myself can tell that Nescafe is NOT delicious. When I buy a latte in the parks, I want it to be a GOOD latte, not gross powder coffee water. I do not deviate that far from the path of general consensus.

However - you know those big urns of coffee they put out in the food courts? At least they do it that way in the value resorts; I dunno if they make the coffee experience fancier at more expensive lodgings. I have these really fond memories from my 2011 trip of filling my Disney refillable mug halfway with crappy coffee from a giant silver urn, then topping it off with hot chocolate and little bit of cream before heading off to the park for a day of fun. This was before I started running, and I was just a girl on a Disney trip, enjoying a week of park awesomeness with her then-boyfriend, starting her morning with a sugary, caffeinated sludge that was at once disgusting and amazing.

So. Nescafe. It's decidedly un-delicious. But without it, I can't recreate the park sludge taste I remember. And the very robust nostalgic side of me wishes I could.

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 17, 2016

In Which Jenn Is Not Dopey

For the third year in a row, I am signed up for the WDW Marathon. Hooray! But you may have noticed, for the second year in a row, I am NOT signed up for Dopey.

Don't get me wrong - when I knocked out the Dopey Challenge in 2015, I LOVED it. I was SO happy: running four races, finishing my second marathon, being in Walt Disney World for a full week with my boyfriend. It was AWESOME. About as awesome as it gets. I would kill to do it again. I'd even do that exact week over again if you have a time machine you're willing to lend me, temporal prime directive be damned.



All that being said, I don't see doing it again in the near future, and the reason for that is twofold:

  1. The cost. Oh man, the cost. This is, like, 90% of the reason why I don't expect to go Dopey for another couple years at least. There is of course the cost of the races, which I think is now up over $600. Then there's the cost of your flight, but then that's about the same regardless of how long you're in Orlando. Not so for your park tickets and especially hotel costs, both of which get more expensive as you expand your trip. Same with your food needs. Even a bare-bones Dopey experience has got to knock you back a couple thousand dollars. And as much as I think it's totally worth it, I simply don't have the dough drop year after year. Hell, my bank account is still recovering from 2015. Maybe if I ONLY did Dopey and didn't visit WDW otherwise I could do it every year or two, but I'd rather have the additional park and race trips. So there's that.
     
  2. Then there's the other 10% - the experience. Perhaps you have also noticed I didn't sign up for Goofy. Goofy is certainly not cheap, but as it only adds one race, (optionally) one park day, one day of food, and one hotel night to the total, it doesn't require nearly the same level of expenditure. It's MORE, yes, but I could probably swing it if I put a little thought into a plan.

    But I have not. I decided to stick with just the WDW Marathon because of the magnificent time I had last year. Dopey is glorious, like I said just now, but like I also said a long time ago, it does drain some of the fun out of racing. It becomes less about enjoying the WDW Marathon and more about JUST FINISHING GOD I'M SO TIRED. And while I was super proud of myself for completing the Dopey Challenge, I can't say the process filled me with joy in the same way it did when I ran the marathon only last year. That was probably my favorite runDisney race experience yet. I want to see if I can match it. I don't want to potentially ruin it with more miles that cost me more money. If I'm going to do that, I think I'm going to hold out and save up for Dopey again.

That's my thought process, anyway. What about you guys? You doing the challenges? Why or why not? Most importantly, do you have $2,000 to spare and want to sponsor my Dopey repeat?

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 16, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/16

I was at a conference last Sunday afternoon through Thursday morning, so my schedule was a bit discombobulated - no lunchtime walks and in some cases unfamiliar running territory. I did do a fair amount of power-walking around the conference center, though, which added to my daily count step even if it's not GPS official. Here's how all the official stuff went down:

Sunday | ran 14.22 miles on the treadmill in 2:25
Woke up to the exciting realization that I was getting Pat's cold, but I had 14 miles on the schedule and BY GOD I WAS RUNNING 14 MILES. So I did. And it actually went pretty well, which makes me feel optimistic about my 16 miler next week when I hopefully will not feel my ears when I swallow. But the rule is that if all your symptoms are above your chest, you're cool, right?

Monday | ran 3.53 miles on the treadmill in 40 minutes
Cold moved away from my throat so I did this run as planned. Sad that this hotel gym did not have flavored water like last year's.

Tuesday | Conference 5K in National Harbor; 3.1 miles in 33 minutes

Wednesday | rest
I had planned 4-5 miles AND a ballet class, but my cold had progressed to Coughing Mode and I elected to sleep in and chill my night away.

Thursday | ran 5.41 miles on the treadmill in 1:00
I had planned to go to ballet this night too, and technically I COULD have done it - but I was post-conference tired and kind of still in recovery mode so I wimped out. I'll get back on track next week.

Friday | ran 5.91 miles on the treadmill in 1:05

Saturday | rest

Monday is my 16 miler. Send good thoughts.



YOU WILL NOT OUTNERD ME

Okay. Roundup time!

- Fairytales & Fitness gets the most out of the act of running races.
- Back At Square Zero knows how to build a comprehensive training plan.
- Mouse on the Mind gets her Imagination Pavilion on...
- ... and so does The Disney Tourist Blog.
- Living A Disney Life assembles some purposeful WDW day bags.
- Sparkly Ever After takes a VIP WDW tour.
- The Disney Hipsters are back with more Last Photos in Epcot.
- Disney In Your Day enjoys the best drinks WDW has to offer.

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!