Friday, February 27, 2015

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: The Wave Review

The trip report is over, but I still have a couple of posts left in me! In particular, food reviews. If you want to catch up on my Dopey experience, you can read all the posts in this particular trip report here. Ready? Let's go!

As you may recall if you read that day's trip report, our ADR at the Wave was last minute - and also, we cheated.

Pat and I were in line for the Haunted Mansion when we came to the conclusion that the Wave seemed like a good dinner option. I checked the online reservation system and, although I understand the Wave is not generally crazy popular, the earliest ADR I could find was for 6:55PM. We were hoping for something more in the 5:45-6PM area, but we decided to book the ADR, arrive early, and see if they could fit us in. Pat even grabbed a couple seats at the bar so we could eat there if necessary, but as it turned out we were seated almost immediately. As I said regarding Boatwright's, they might not be as accommodating during busier times of the year, so keep that in mind when making your own dinner plans.

Since the Wave is all about their organic and craft alcohol selection, we started out meal with drinks (yes, I know I had a half marathon in the morning - don't worry, I drank a whole glass of water too!). Pat got the brown ale while I went for the flight (which I didn't finish, if you're still concern about my hydration). It came with a sample pour of the blonde, amber, and brown ales, all of which were nice but none of which blew me away.


We also received a delicious loaf of still warm, fresh-baked bread and butter which, if I remember correctly, was sprinkled with black salt and was pleasantly soft for spreading purposes.

On to the entrees! I'm going to gloss right over Pat's because he just got a steak again, but my meal was possibly my favorite of the trip: curried vegetable stew! GUYS THIS WAS AMAZING. I am so glad I blew off the runner's special pasta dish!


Anyway, according to the website, the stew includes butternut squash, asparagus, Pink Lady apples, fire roasted peppers, and jade rice (although I feel like based on texture I got more of a brown rice?). The butternut squash was definitely the star of the show where the vegetables were concerned, dominating both texture and flavor. I'm a major butternut squash fan, so fine by me!

But the real star of the show was the sauce. It was not spicy, in case any of you four-alarm types started getting all excited, but it was richly flavored in that way that mild curries tend to be. The sauce was not remotely running or thin but neither was it gloppy. I 100% cleaned my plate and would order it again.

We chose to skip dessert on this occasion, but it looks like they finally got rid of that "here are three mini desserts" thing. I approve! (Moon and I went here once a long time ago - like December of 2008 a long time ago - and thing were very different.)

While the Wave is hardly the most glamorous or unique of WDW's restaurants, I think it's something of a hidden gem. The food is good and organic if that's your thing, and the atmosphere, while not exciting per se, is cozy. Next time you're at the Magic Kingdom, ponder hopping the monorail to the Contemporary and trying it out. I'll think you'll be happy you did!

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 26, 2015

In Which Jenn Has A Different Kind Of Locker Room Envy

As I continue to adjust to real gym life, I make small discoveries. Apparently working out among many is far different from working out among few. Go figure. For example: do you experience locker room envy?

No, I don't mean feeling jealous that other people are skinnier or more toned or whatever than you are. What I mean is rather that stab of jealousy I get when I walk into the locker room before my work out and encounter people who have CLEARLY just finished. Maybe they're a little sweaty; maybe they're changing clothes. Maybe they're merely pulling their stuff out of their locker rather than shoving it in.

Whatever the clues, I can tell they are set for the day as far as exercise is concerned. Whereas I haven't even changed into my frickin' running sneakers yet. I want to be done, too, dammit! I wanna go take a shower secure in the knowledge that I strengthened my heart and burned some calories! Why does working out have to take so much tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime???

Pictured: Running, time.

Of course, there is the small comfort of the future, not only knowing that I too will be done eventually but also knowing that I will also experience the sweet schadenfreude of the reverse. I will of course be done myself, inciting the envy of those just arriving, and also I will be able to look at those who have not yet shed their coats and think: ha! You only just got here and I get to leave!

Um... now that I've spelled it all out I feel a) whiny followed by b) mean-spirited. But you know what I'm talking about, right? ... Anyone? O.o

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, February 24, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/24

MOON: So, what I thought was a cold turned out to be a respiratory infection and something else that Christian said (and you never want med students describing your illness with terms you've never heard before). :/ I did.... no running since the last time we spoke. XD


JENN: Awww. That's icky. :( I ran 30 miles but there was nothing remarkable about them. I don't think I'll make that again this week but I want to try to get close.

Feeling better, at least?

MOON: I feel so much better than I did over the weekend, but I'm still pretty gross. Yuck.

JENN: Well, definitely don't do anything until you feel 100%. ESPECIALLY if it's respiratory.

MOON: I had some pretty crazy fever dreams, though! My cat and I had many conversations.

JENN: That sounds awesome!

I did have a running question for you, though! As the new great believer in compression socks, can you fill me in on any secrets for putting them on? It feels like it takes me a thousand years of tugging.

MOON: Haha, yes. I scrunch them up first, then slide my foot through. Once the gathered "ring" of sock is past my heel, I pull rest of the sock into place.

JENN: Hmmm. I'll give it a shot.

MOON: I can't be sure about anything I say right now.I was very recently conversing with the cat, after all. I would be willing to upload a video, though!

JENN: I'll leave that to the loyal readers to decide. Also for the loyal readers: the roundup!

- Live, Run, Grow bundles up for a run in the snow and cold.
- We Run Disney considers the controversial race lottery system.
- Mom's Magical Miles feels my pain - why can't we run ALL the races?!
- Running at Disney CONFIRMS THE DISNEYLAND PARIS HALF EEEE! This is SO happening. (I hope. I definitely plan to try to make this happen!)
- Inside the Magic sees the vestiges of when Kilimanjaro Safaris had a plot. I never saw the original, fleshed-out version, but I hear it was kinda cringe-worthy.
- The Disney Hipsters hit the sake bar in Epcot. Hey, we did that too!
- The Disney Tourist Blog visits the Cove Bar in Disneyland. Hey, we did that too!

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 20, 2015

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Boatwright's Review

The trip report is over, but I still have a couple of posts left in me! In particular, food reviews. If you want to catch up on my Dopey experience, you can read all the posts in this particular trip report here. Ready? Let's go!

Pat and I spent the evening of January 8 at the Animal Kingdom, which as is so often the case in the off season closed at 5PM. This gave us ample time for dinner, so we after dumping our stuff back in our Port Orleans Riverside room, we figured we might as well see if Boatwright's would take us.

We approached the podium with no ADR at the dinner-ripe time of about 6PM at the only sit-down restaurant in the resort, but we were still seated within a few minutes. It seemed like just about everyone around us was also there for the race weekend, as evidenced by the many overheard snippets of conversation about training and running (to say nothing of the race shirts worn). Disclaimer, while at no point when passing by Boatwright's during our trip did it seem inundated with people, you may need that ADR in busier times.

Our server was very nice and pretty casual about the whole thing, offering a few favorites but no pressure. Pat and I ordered beers to start (I know, I know; never drink before a race - but they had Abita Purple Haze and I LOVE that stuff and it was only one and I got a glass of water with it so it was cool!). With the beer came a basket of CORNBREAD! Not regular bread - cornbread, It came with unfortunately not-terribly-melty butter, but the cornbread was warm so the end result was good.


Here I confess to bad blogging - I did not actually take a picture of our entrees. That it is because, as much as I hate to say it, they were acceptable-to-subpar. Pat got a steak that was perfectly good but not amazing. I got a pasta dish, the "runner's special," which came with vegetables and chicken. Seems like that should be perfect, but the sauce was just... weird. It was watery but also kind of creamy at the same time. I ate about half and took the rest back to the room, but I never ate it.

The end result being that I had room for dessert, naturally. After careful consideration the "Brew du Krew," or however they spelled it, a mocha cake with ganache and whipped cream. This was pretty good, especially where the whipped cream was concerned, but the cake was a little dry. It definitely could've used more ganache. Kudos on the presentation, though.


Boatwright's, as you might imagine, is themed to a shipbuilder's company, and the decor is impressive yet subtle. In addition to the various ship's parts and pictures scattered about, Pat was impressed with the themeing of the table, but I can't remember why. Something about how it was designed to look like... a thing you do to fix cracks in wood to keep them from getting bigger? Does anyone know what he's talking about? You can see one in the bottom left corner of the beer picture above.

In short, we found Boatwright's to be fine. Indeed, if we'd been there for a longer stay and/or had more time, we might have tried them again. They're not open for lunch, so that's another hindrance. But I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to dine there. Unless you REALLY like cornbread.

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 19, 2015

In Which Jenn Defends D.C.'s Snow Policies

Look, just let me explain, okay?

I hit the gym on Monday and overheard several locker room ladies making fun of the D.C. area for freaking out in the face of snow. "I'm moving to Canada," declared one. "They know how to handle it." And then this morning the local news radio station had a whole spot dedicated to how apparently Jimmy Fallon mocked us on his show the other night about our shutdown in the face of Monday night's snowstorm. And everywhere you go you hear former New Englanders complaining about how locals have no idea how to drive in snowy weather.

And you know what, guys? You are totally right. We don't. That's because asking a Marylander to navigate a blizzard is like asking the guy who took a few classes in French last year to hold a conversation with a native Parisian. We learned a little bit a year ago and we haven't had to use that information since. We can remember a couple words and phrases but otherwise we may as well be starting from square one. Sure, if we made the permanent move to Paris, we'd jump right in there, but why bother when your next door neighbor speaks Spanish anyway?

I hope this extended metaphor has properly illustrated why the D.C. area tends to shut down the roads in the face of the smallest snowstorm. And I'll tell you another thing: I AM NOT ASHAMED. Here is why:

  • There is a sweet, sweet joy in these simple words: "All public and private schools are CLOSED today due to inclement weather." Oh, in your Massachusetts hometown they NEVER close school for snow? How sad for you!
  • And sometimes, when we are VERY lucky, even adults get a snow day from our jobs. I'm sure you South Dakotans are a hardy people but I'm also sure your winters aren't half so fraught with hope.
  • Ah, yes, I've heard all about the eight feet of snow they're dealing with up north. Crazy! People are stuck in their homes! That never happens here at the Mason-Dixon line! EXACTLY. It is a rare, rare thing for us to saddle snow with real fear. Even in the impending "blizzard" we know we'll at the very least be able to get out of the house for supplies within a day or two. No problem!
  • And then of course, there is the gentleness of it all. The feeling. Snow here is special. It's just a few inches deep, easily waded with my high winter boots, and the snowflakes fall on my black coat and settle there like stars, and I am so excited because it's SNOWING! And how often does it do that? NOT VERY OFTEN!

So yes. You may keep your snow tires and your parkas and your stoicism and your cynicism and your schools that never close and your events that never cancel and your bah-humbugs and your pooh-poohs in the face of snow. I for one am glad to live in a city that reacts to snow like it's never seen the stuff before. It is glittery magic and I won't hear another thing about it!


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 18, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/18

MOON: Sorry about being late - just got hit with a bad cold/flu. It's still in the beautiful morphing stages so we'll see what it turns into. :/ It's really bumming my running schedule out today. How are you?

JENN: Bleh. I hate when being sick messes with your running schedule! I find that working out can help when you feel like you have a bit of a cold, but anything more extreme and you're outta commission. I think the rule is above the chest symptoms = go ahead and run, chest symptoms = DO NOT RUN? Never mess with your lungs.

MOON: I can be down with that. And if you can't stand... Don't run. This is the rule I am following today! Yesterday I went for it and I felt EHHH, but today it's not happening.

JENN: HA. I should say so! How was running last week, then? Can you console yourself with former glories?

MOON: Ha, indeed! The last 4-5 weeks have been amazing, actually. And Monday I had a breezy 7 mile run, so at least I ended on a good note. How was your week?

JENN: Pretty good! I actually made it to 30 miles, which is my unofficial goal marker. My official goal marker is 25+ - I'm trying to be a little less hard on myself if I'm busy. I mean, God forbid I only run 20 miles one week, right?

MOON: Ha, yeah, shame on you! Thirty is great! And if you ever feel bad about 20: remember! We are spoiled with treadmills. Imagine 20 miles outside.

JENN: Haha, yeah. At least it's not consecutive! Did you have a good Valentine's Day weekend, anyway?

MOON: Yes! We actually went for a run together on Valentine's Day.

JENN: Awww, nice!

MOON: How was yours?!

JENN: Good! Quiet. We made food (well, he made food; I made cupcakes) and watched The Prestige. I'm glad we decided to stay in; there was snow that night and it looked rather questionable out there.

They call me Flash Beagle. 

MOON: We had just made it to our destination and then the "thundersnow" came.  This is off-topic, but I won't be able to continue thinking about running until I get this out there: I hate sensational weather jargon.

JENN: Haha, I hadn't heard the thundersnow thing. Sounds like a name a seven-year-old would give a pony.

MOON: I almost didn't believe it until I saw it on an official weather warning for the area.

JENN: More things to hardly believe: roundup!

- Running, Loving, Living discusses SAD. Totally get that feeling.
- Why I runDisney conquers the  20 mile run.
- We Run Disney has a few favorite (running) things. Yay Ravennas!
- Home is Where the Mouse Is has advice for runDisney beginners.
- Prairie Princess Runners go over runDisney race etiquette.
- A Pinch of Pixie Dust shares an AMAZING view of the Magic Kingdom.
- eatingWDW eats at WDW on the cheap.
- Davelandblog offers a retro look at the Haunted Mansion.

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 13, 2015

In Which Jenn Joins A Real Gym

I have joined a gym. It is not my fault. My new apartment, while lovely in many other ways, does not offer its own gym. Not that apartment gyms are generally that great anyway; in my experience maintenance is spotty and equipment is meager. Still, it's always been nice to have.

I briefly considered purchasing my own treadmill, even though nice ones are expensive, just because I loved the convenience factor. However, the prospect of then inevitably MOVING said treadmill to my next location put me off the idea, to say nothing of what to do in the event of a malfunction. No, a gym membership it was to be.

I found a place a mere block or two from my place that's perfectly fine. There are lots of treadmills and it's not too intimidating, all things considered. But as I haven't used anything but a sparsely populated basement apartment gym in 5 years, I can't help but notice a change in the feel of the thing.

This is mostly my own fault. I am self-conscious by nature and I am also new. I'm sure once I've been using the big gym for a couple months it'll be old hat. Still, sometimes I can't shake the feeling that I stick out in some way. In what way? Because I carry my iPod in a pink pouch? Because I sometimes wear glasses? Do you think they all think I run SO. SLOWLY? Are they judging me? Does anyone actually care? NO. My logical brain knows this. My irrational brain just feels weird.

Partially this is NOT in my head, because being in a real gym does require some behavior modification. For example, no more slowing the treadmill to a crawl and taking a phone call when the gym is empty because the gym will never be empty again. Likewise, no more making wild arm gestures when inspired by a song. I mean, I guess I could, but even forgetting the weirdness factor I could hit someone, y'know? And why did that guy get on the treadmill RIGHT NEXT TO ME when there are like five empties in a row?

No more of empty gym selfies.

Another thing I don't like about the gym: the treadmills, while nice, automatically go to cool down mode after an hour, forcing me to restart. I don't suppose anyone knows a way to get around this? Restarting isn't a huge deal, but it does kinda interrupt my flow.

On the other hand...

If a treadmill is broken, I can just use the one next to it. Or the one next to that one. There are LOTS.

If I suddenly get the yen to use something other than a treadmill (ha!), I have many options.

There are always paper towels. And there are water fountains. Oh, and a BATHROOM.

Speaking of the treadmills, I haven't experienced any hip or knee pain on my right side since using them, which was a frequent occurrence before. I don't know that there's a connection, but...

Also, the display pad is much lower, which seems to have broken me of my sporadic "holding on" habit.

So ultimately what I'm saying here is that the change is not a bad thing. It could even be argued as a good thing. I believe I will ultimately be better off at a real gym. It'll just take some getting used to.

And hey, once warmer weather hits I can run outside!

Do you use a "real" gym?

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!