Friday, October 24, 2014

In Which Jenn Is Running Her First Marathon THIS SUNDAY

GAAAAAAAAAH.


'K, guys, this is me.


I'm going to wear either a green tank or a yellow and black shirt. If you see me out there, TELL ME I'M FINE.

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, October 22, 2014

In Which Jenn Continues Marathon Prep

Not that I'm obsessing or anything, but did I mention that the Marine Corps Marathon is this Sunday? And that it's my first marathon ever? I'm totally not freaking out at all. Not remotely. Nope.


Anyway. Like last week, I'd like to take this opportunity to reach out to readers for advice so that I can blame you if anything goes wrong. Below is a listing of everything I will be bringing with me. Am I missing something? WHAT IS IT? Should I leave anything at home? WHAT IS IT???


  • Phone & headphones for music purposes
  • Vitacoco sports drink, to be consumed before the start (and pre-race bathroom break)
  • 2 packs of Clif Shot Bloks, one of which will come with me (and the other of which maybe Nicole can deliver to me halfway through? Hi Nicole du Lancret! We should coordinate!) (Is that enough? Should I bring more fuel? There are a couple fuel stops, right?)
  • Armband for Shot Bloks and/or ID and SmarTrip card
  • Throwaway long-sleeved shirt and potentially sweat pants depending on the temperature
  • Vaseline, to be slathered anywhere chafing has ever occurred or could potentially occur
  • Bib, because not wearing my bib would be a problem 


I'm also going to bring a sweatshirt to leave either with the aforementioned wunderkind Nicole or my boyfriend if he can come. I bet I'll be cold post-race.

The week thus far has been TERRIBLE (non-running related), but that only means that things have to start looking up, right? That means I'll have a fantastic race, right?

Great. Thank you, imaginary Greek chorus in my brain that always agrees with me. Good work all around.

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, October 21, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/21

JENN: So how was the whole running thing last week?

MOON: Pretty gooooood. A rather boring week, but things are steady. How goes the marathon prep?!

JENN: Okay. Since I somehow busted my hip last week, I walked most of my training - over 14 miles of it, in fact. But I did run a ten miler on Thursday and my hip was fine, so I think it'll be okay. This week is serious taper mode; the Marine Corps Marathon is THIS SUNDAY. I SAID THIS SUNDAY. I'm scared!

MOON: Don't be! You'll do just fine. :)

JENN: Ee, I hope so. I think I can do it? OR I COULD DIE. Not that that's any excuse.


MOON: Take your time and hope to the weather gods that it's not freezing. :P

JENN: Right now the forecast is a high of 69 and sunny with 9 mph winds. I think I'd be okay with that.

MOON: That's not too bad! What time does it start?

JENN: I wanna say 8AM? I'll be double/triple/quadruple/quintuple checking that over the course of the week, naturally.

MOON: Sweeeeeet, not too early.

JENN: I'll be texting you the whole time. CLEARLY.

MOON: Haha, I should be awake. I will try my best to keep you amused while running!

JENN: <3

Also amusing - the roundup!

- Running, Loving, Living ponders the long run.
- Run Eat Repeat offers post-marathon tips and specifically Marine Corps Marathon tips.
Pink Elephant on Parade has Marine Corps Marathons suggestions for both runners and cheerleaders.
Will Run for Ears points out that runners can be their own worst enemies.
- Look ahead to the Wine & Dine Half with Just Me and My Running Shoes.
- Mouse on the Mind figures out a Haunted Mansion whodunit.
- Parkeology looks in the windows to the souls... of rides.

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, October 16, 2014

In Which Jenn Preps for the Marine Corps Marathon

Um... guys? The Marine Corps Marathon is in ten days.

Side note: this would make a great spectator sign.

Soooo... here's what we're gonna do. I'm gonna list out my planned prep work for the week before the race, and you're going to respond with your opinions and experiences, okay? Okay!

  • Assuming all my various sometimes-failing body parts don't rebel (LOOKING AT YOU, HIPS AND KNEES), I'm going to do an 8 miler on Sunday or Monday and a 6 miler on Tuesday. In the PLEASE GOD NO instance of rebellion, I'll walk it.
  • WHAT ABOUT THURSDAY? I was thinking a 3 mile run. But should I just take a brisk walk? Should I move it to Wednesday? SHOULD I MOVE IT TO FRIDAY? (If no one tells me what to do, I'll probably do the Thursday 3 miler.)
  • Planned meals for the week leading up to the race: salad with chicken breast and sweet potato for my lunches, garlic toast and scrambled eggs with spinach for my dinners. Don't worry, I can totally eat the same thing every day for a week, provided that thing is AWESOME. And this is good nutrition, right? Carbs and protein and stuff? RIGHT?
  • As for liquids, I've purchased a Vitacoco sports drink for EVERY DAY the week leading up to the race. SODIUM AND ELECTROLYTES. Plus of course pounding all the water and tea I can manage.
  • WHAT AM I FORGETTING? WHAT ELSE WHAT ELSE?

Whaddya think? I'd love a little advice so I can calm my nerves with a solid plan of action! But of course I recognize that everyone is different.

This would make a pretty random spectator sign, but I'd still laugh.

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, October 15, 2014

In Which Jenn Connects with Captain EO

Since my hip started bugging me at the end of last week, I've been grudgingly replacing my training runs with training walks. I'm in taper mode anyway, but this veers a little too far in the opposite direction for my taste. :(

I'm going to try running again on Thursday in the hope that time does, in fact, heal all wounds, but in the meantime I've been using these walks to brush up on my Walt Disney World videos. You know, the classics - IllumiNations, Wishes, the parades, etc.

And! Captain EO. GUYS, YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT I DISCOVERED YESTERDAY.

First, look at my sneakers.



Now - look at Anjelica Huston.


Right? RIGHT?

From now on, I will be referring to my running shoes collectively as The Supreme Leader. They're just another part of me.

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, October 14, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/14

JENN: So how was your training this week?

MOON: It went really well! Strength training is surprisingly working out (har har...).

JENN: Yay! Distance? Speed? Both?

MOON: Both! AND I can do some sweet ab work. I've never had this kind of tone before, I'm pretty excited!

JENN: Awesome! You're way more patient than I am - I usually just do whatever happens in ballet class.

MOON: Well, perhaps if I went to ballet I would already be toned. :P

JENN: Psh.

MOON: How was your week?

JENN: Ehhhh. I was almost done with my last run of the week when I suddenly started experiencing stabbing hip pain - in the OPPOSITE hip from the one that's been mildly bugging me the past couple weeks. Needless to say, I've been replacing runs with long walks for the last few days.

MOON: Oh, no!

JENN: I'm a little nervous about undertraining for the Marine Corps Marathon in two weeks, but I think it's probably better I rest the hip. I'll try running again on Wednesday or Thursday, I think. Probably Thursday, for safety.

MOON: Maybe weird weight distribution when switching between indoor/outdoor?

JENN: Maybe - but I've been using the treadmill for the last three weeks or so. It's too dark outside in the mornings now.

MOON: You should definitely not push it. It'll be much worse if you get to race day and can't manage running.

JENN: I think it'll be okay - there's still time to recover. I just need to be super cautious.

MOON: Hmm. Skeletal and muscular things usually take a while to heal. Be careful!

JENN: I will!

MOON: Have you been running in new shoes?

JENN: Yup, but they're the same model I've used before. They got me through my twenty miler just fine.

See? PRETTY!

MOON: Oh, good. Just checking to make sure you're not doing prep work in old shoes.

JENN: Don't worry, they're almost brand new. And speaking of brand new, have some brand new posts in the roundup.

- Half Crazy Mama is not having these silly statements.
- Black Dog Runs Disney powers through a sucky run.
- Capturing Magical Memories collects comfy, flattering workout clothes.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW ponders the long run load.
- Alternately, if you're just starting out, Running at Disney has advice on your gear.
- Fairytales and Fitness considers the potential effects of having cheaters among us.
- easyWDW has some of the most thorough Food & Wine Festival reviews EVER.
- The spirit of the Disney Hipsters has alvays been and vill alvays be adventure!

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, October 10, 2014

Happy Friday: That Man Went to Disneyland Without Me?!

And it's a RIDE! A RIDE with NEMO!


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!