Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Tale of Two Tequila Shots

Please join me once again in welcoming the amazing, death-defying Elizabeth as my special guest!

JENN: So, tequila. Walt Disney World. Walt Disney World. Tequila. I think the connection is obvious.

ELIZABETH: And the first time you chickened out!

JENN: This is true. Let the record show that Elizabeth is twice the man I am.

ELIZABETH: It was a good place to have a first tequila shot, though.

JENN: And it was in La Cava del Tequila in Mexico, of course. So that was your first one?

ELIZABETH: Yep! I'd had margaritas, but nothing with straight tequila.

JENN:  I seem to recall we were at one of the hightop tables in the middle of the bar. Which means it must have been early afternoon, because one does not simply walk into La Cava del Tequila in the evening.

ELIZABETH: Hmmm, yes, it definitely wasn't crowded when we were there.

We must savor the memory of this table;
we may never get one again.

JENN: I believe a waitress helped you pick your tequila?

ELIZABETH:
Yeah - if I remember correctly she was FROM Tequila. I remember because i hadn't realized it was a place.

JENN: Ha, nice! I didn't remember that! You went for the half shot, yes?

ELIZABETH: Yeah, which was probably good. They had to show me how to do everything in the right order.

JENN: Ummmm... salt, tequila, lime wedge?

ELIZABETH: I think that's right. (I don't do those shots very often...)

JENN: And then they also gave you a shot of tomato juice or something for after that.

ELIZABETH: Yeah! It was the chaser. It was tomato juice with I think something else in it. It tasted like V8. They brought it all out on a little board.

JENN: And you took it like a champ!

ELIZABETH: Luckily I had splurged on a mid-range tequila, which meant it was pretty smooth. And I normally hate V8, but I remember it didn't taste bad after the shot.

Liz Lime!

JENN: Elizabeth never let me forget the fact that I chickened out of my first tequila shot. When we went again together a year or two later it was our mission to go back and do it right! And by "do it right" I mean "do it with me participating."

ELIZABETH: Yes! Much more fun when you can take a shot with someone else! Though it was really crowded that time.

JENN: Yeah, we ended up kinda smooshed on the far end of the bar. Despite our rather out-of-the-way location, the bartender was rather interested when we asked for advice.

ELIZABETH: Yeah, the bartenders were extremely good about explaining what shots we should have that wouldn't make us feel like we'd just drunk gasoline. They all seemed to enjoy telling us which were the best tequilas!

JENN: He started explaining what it meant for a tequila to be añejo or... the other two that are older... Reposada?

ELIZABETH: I don't remember the names... But yeah, I can't remember what we drank to, but I think we got some pretty decent stuff for the shots.

JENN: No, wait. Añejo IS old. Man, serious high school Spanish fail! Wikipedia is giving me a a bunch of kinds, but I remember the tequila menu being divided into three parts, based on how long it's been aged.  I want to say the options were blanco, reposado, and añejo, but I could be getting that wrong.

Anyway. The bartender guided us to a mid-price reposado, saying it would be smoother than a blanco without costing us ALL the money. Which meant that it was pretty good! It had a distinctive, almost tangy flavor. Sharp and assertive, I'd say. Which sounds kind of like I'm trying to describe wine, but I'd say the same basic principles apply.

ELIZABETH: It didn't have much of the horrible aftertaste that i find a lot of liquor has. At least, most cheap liquor. And I tend to get sick from shots, so if i say it's good, that actually means something!

JENN: I still find it wildly amusing that our very first tequila shots were furnished by Walt Disney World.

ELIZABETH: :D Probably the safest place to venture there...

JENN: Frankly, though, I'm not sure how soon I'll be getting another shot at La Cava, seeing as how there are still a bunch of delicious margarita flavors I have yet to try. Rimmed by chili salt! CHILI SALT.

ELIZABETH: Oooo.

JENN: EXACTLY.

ELIZABETH: Do they have Coronaritas there? I kind of want one...

JENN: Haha, no idea. I know they just introduced a new line of Mexican beers. Who knows what the future might bring?

ELIZABETH: Untold wonders!

Thanks to Elizabeth for once again filling in while Moon is out of commission! You are of the sauce that is awesome.
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.com. See ya real soon!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In Which Jenn Shares a Discount Code for the Color in Motion 5K

I kept meaning to include this in the week in review. Except I didn't. Obviously. So now it gets its own post!

The people from the Color in Motion 5K sent me this email awhile ago: 
Right now, we are offering a special entry price for $30! If you have a friend register using the code "MOREFUN", then they'll get that awesome discount and you'll both get a pair of our basic sunglasses for FREE!

This offer is only valid when they register with the code, so make sure they do! When you come to packet pickup, we'll hook you both up with a pair of sweet shades.

The more people, the bigger party, so get your friends signed up today. They can register on our website here: www.colorinmotion5k.com/wash._dc
This race is a great alternative for those of you who (like me!) were unable to snag a spot in the Color Run. The concept is... pretty much identical, as far as I can tell - volunteers throw colored powder at the runners until they're sufficiently tie-dyed. And if they're offering discounts then hopefully it won't be crowded! Oh, and they let you order some sweet, sweet knee socks. I LOVE knee socks.

The race itself is on September 14 in DC. As far as I can tell, there's no deadline for the deal. If you sign up, let me know - and say hi; I'll be there running right beside you! (Unless I'm behind you.) (Or in front of you.)

But more likely behind you.

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.com. See ya real soon!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In Which Jenn is the Only Person On Earth with Candlelight Processional Reservations

I've mentioned previously that I'm taking my mom to Walt Disney World in December in our first trip together since 1998. Allow me to outline my plan:
  1. I organize a trip so amazing that my mom informs my dad that they have been making a mistake all these years, disbelieving my claims that WDW is awesome, and that more trips must be made with all haste.
  2. My dad agrees to go to Walt Disney World again in the next year or so.
  3. My WDW hotel bill for one trip is reduced to 1/3. Unless we want to get REALLY pie in the sky here and consider he might not make me go in on the room??? :D
Clearly I am a MASTERMIND. There are many ways I plan to positively BLOW MY MOTHER'S MIND with the glory and greatness that is the WDW she has never truly seen before, but of course one vital element comes in the form of Advanced Dining Reservations. I've got it all lined up, guys: afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian; watching animals frolic out on the savanna at Sanaa; a fabulous tank view in the Coral Reef; breakfast with Winnie the Pooh at the Crystal Palace.

But there was one thing missing. One thing that plagued me. One thing that I waited and waited and waited to grab, terrified that the day I didn't check for reservations would be the day they opened up and I would miss it and everything would be RUINED. RUINED!

Luckily I caught wind of the day reservations would open several days in advance, and so yesterday morning I was awake and ready at 6AM and I HAVE A 7:30PM RESERVATION AT CALIFORNIA GRILL, MY FRIENDS. Tell me that is not a PRIME reservation time for coffee and dessert over Wishes.

LIKE THIS ONLY FARTHER AWAY

But actually, that's not why I'm writing this post. Well, not precisely, anyway. I want to tell a small story about that Coral Reef reservation, for you see, it is not just any reservation. It is a Candlelight Processional Package reservation, another piece of the puzzle I obsessed over for longer than I care to admit. For awhile there I was getting up every morning at 6AM in case.

And then, one morning, by some great miracle, reservations were available! For some bizarre reason I could only seem to get them at Via Napoli. This was not what I wanted, as my mother is a great ocean enthusiast and would doubtless enjoy the ambiance if nothing else.  But if pizza was the thing, well, we'd survive.

Because I'm crazy To be sure, I called the dinner reservation phone line when it opened at 7AM, I had the following conversation, more or less:
ME: May I reserve a Candlelight Processional package for Coral Reef on December 7?

GUY: Oh, we haven't started those yet. We just found out this morning that they'll be available on July 9.

ME: ... That's funny, I made one for Via Napoli this morning. I was just calling to make sure that Coral Reef wasn't available, since that's the one I really wanted.

GUY: If you make a restaurant reservation, it's not the same as getting the special Candlelight package.

ME: No, I made it through the Candlelight page. It says "CAN" at the beginning of the reservation and everything.

GUY: ... Really? Can I have your reservation number? [I give it to him] Wow, you're right. I see it. It's a Candelight reservation. This is weird. They're not supposed to be available until July 9. Let me see if I can bring it up... No, I can't see it. Not even at 2PM [which is when our reservation is].

ME: I also saw availability at 4PM.

GUY: [tries that] Nope, it's not available for me either. [He also tries other Candlelight package-offering restaurants, none of which come up] Let me call the help desk...

[Here I am treated to a hold music medley of Winnie the Pooh songs]

GUY: Okay, I talked to the help line, and they think it's a mistake. The system took your credit card info [it does this just as a hold for more popular reservations; you aren't charged unless you don't show up] so you do have the reservation, but they're not sure it's going to stick. If it won't, they'll call you. If they don't call you, it's yours! But since you really wanted Coral Reef you can call back at on July 9...

ME: Yup, I'll do that. No worries.

GUY: Just out of curiosity, let me see if anyone else made a reservation... Nope, you're the only one.
I was able to make a new reservation at the Coral Reef on July 9 as instructed, and I cancelled the Via Napoli reservation accordingly. But for a brief moment there, I was the only person in the entire world with Candlelight Processional dinner reservations.

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.com. See ya real soon!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fairest Week in Review: 8/26

Hello, humans! In case you weren't aware, Moon's mother has been in the hospital, and I haven't wanted to bug her about the whole blogging thing while clearly more pressing matters are at hand. That's why you've been suffering through my solo efforts so long! However, the most recent update (as of this evening) is that the situation has improved somewhat, and thus I'm optimistic that she'll be able to drop in this week for at least one post.

Regardless, I do hope you'll stick with me in the interim! I know, I know, our entire shtick kinda rests on the "conversation" and if I were true to the integrity of that concept I would shut the whole operation down until Moon's return. But I feel like we've got some decent momentum going and I'd hate to lose that, so here we are! With any luck you'll slog through my inane babbling only a bit longer. :)

Anyway - week in review! Prepare for some serious excitement, kids, because I... have nothing much to report on the training front. I got done what I meant to get done this week, despite the wretched humidity. The weather this week was in that unfortunate spot where it's definitely hot but not so hot that the hardcore air conditioning kicks in at the gym, so all my runs were sweeeeeeeeaty. But hey - good practice for my next half at Walt Disney World! :D :D :D

It was also the week off of ballet between the summer and fall sessions, so I took the opportunity to experiment with some YouTube workout videos. So far I like... none of them, really. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'd like something that's hard enough that I feel it but not so hard that I don't want to actually DO it, if you catch my drift. Something that works the abs for preference!

Musically speaking, I was on a bit of a early-00's kick, or, as I like to call it, Music I Listened To On The Radio In High School. Nice, fast rock -  stuff like Audioslave ("Show Me How to Live" and "Like a Stone") and System of a Down ("Chop Suey!") and 311 ("Creatures"). Not musical masterpieces but some serious beats to get you moving.

Speaking of things with serious beats: time for a blog roundup!

- Not sure what to do with all your race bibs? Dad runsDisney has some nifty ideas. Love the coasters!
- Running at Disney has the scoop on instructions for the Disneyland Half Marathon. Who's running out there? We're in for 2015!
- Need more advice about the Disneyland Half? We Run Disney has it for you!
- Not enough! Get even more race details from The Runner's Guide to WDW.
- Now that you're all set on the race, time to put some thought into her costume. Half Crazy Mama has some thoughts on the matter.
- Road Runner Girl has the neatest story about IRun4, which matches up runners with people who can't run so that they might be mutually inspired. What a great concept - we should all sign up!
- I'm so behind - I JUST discovered the Team #runDisney site. Check it out for lots of awesome race recaps.
- And finally, in your purely Disney post for the week, The Disney Tourist Blog walks us through some common Disney myths.

Because "beat" is what you call a regular column in a newspaper, and bloggers are the journalists of the internet, and... never mind. Um... look! It's the world's happiest goat!


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.com. See ya real soon!

Friday, August 23, 2013

It's a Coconut Water Battle Royale!

Jenn is still in charge! Fear for your lives!

There has been much buzz in the running community of late about coconut water as a wonderful alternative to traditional energy drinks like Gatorade or Powerade - coconut water has naturally occurring electrolytes, carbohydrates, and potassium, with none of the weird preservatives and added sugars. Perfect for a runner's hydration!

But of course there's always a catch. And the catch here is this: no one seems to be able to drink it.

Oh, I exaggerate. Lots of people drink it. But they don't seem to like it. Most of the discussion seems to center around ways to make it palatable - drink it with this flavoring, make it as cold as possible, mix it into something else.

As for me, I loved the idea of ditching the Gatorade. Tons of running sites recommended drinking it after a long run, but I could never quite shake the nagging feeling that it wasn't much better than drinking soda, what with the dyes and the sugars and whatnot. Abandoning it in favor of coconut water sounded great! I just had to find a version I could choke down.

No! I don't want to just choke it down. I'd really, really rather enjoy it, at least a little bit. So I ran to a couple stores, grabbed the flavors I could find, and did a series of post-run taste-tests. Time for some opinions!

Note: I ignored all "plain" flavors. If you can drink straight coconut water, you're already set!

FLAVORS BY VITACOCO
  • Pineapple. The first flavor I tried. I dunno. I like pineapple a lot, but the mixture of tastes was weird. The pineapple hit first; then I got a hit of a strange, slightly sweet in a noncommittal way flavor and weird texture that I assume is the coconut. I really like coconut desserts and what have you, so this was unexpected. I tried it twice and it just wasn't working for me.
  • Orange. MUCH better! The orange flavor is stronger than the pineapple. You still get a bit of the aftertaste, but the acidic orange dominates to such a complete degree that you hardly notice. I'd buy this flavor again!

 
BY ZICO
  • Chocolate. I dunno, guys. This is the one flavor people RAVE about. "Try the Zico chocolate version!" they say. "It's a completely different thing!" they say. That may be true, but... I didn't like it. It tastes, to me, like a watery chocolate milk, and as I'm not a huge fan of chocolate milk (I know; I'm the only one), I wasn't able to finish this one. That said, if you really dig the taste of Hershey's chocolate syrup, it might be right for you. It also has potential for inclusion in a smoothie, I think. Maybe with some almond butter and a banana? It might be worth buying again for experimentation in recipes, but I wouldn't purchase it with the intention of drinking it straight.

BY FOCO
  • Pomegranate. Didn't much care for this one - the pomegranate flavoring was too strong for me, but it lacked the acidity of Vitacoco's orange version to cover up the aftertaste. The pomegranate was more like POW!!! ... yuck.  
  • Pink guava. Not bad. Kind of nondescriptly sweet. I had the most neutral reaction to this flavor. I might buy it again for some variety but it's not one I would reach for first.
  • Mango. Nice mango-y taste. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect. The flavor combination was maybe a leeeeetle weird, but mango is so tasty that it tipped things over to pleasant. Would probably buy it again, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good, solid mango flavor.
  • Lychee. GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH. SO GOOD. I love it! The light, sweet, clean taste of the lychee fruit complete kicks the inherent odd taste of coconut water to the curb without emphasizing the aftertaste. When I twist open the cap, I'm looking forward to taking that first drink!


Any coconut water enthusiasts out there? Brands or flavors I missed and need to try?

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.com. See ya real soon!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In Which Jenn & Elizabeth Have the Best Day in Disney's Animal Kingdom EVER!

JENN: Today I would like to introduce my fantastic pinch hitter, Elizabeth, another victim I have dragged to Walt Disney World on numerous occasions.

ELIZABETH: Willing victim!

What? No, Jenn didn't take this photo in Epcot's Norway
pavilion. Liz just always wears that hat.

JENN: Incidentally, she seems to have been conditioned from birth to act as my ideal traveling companion. She stays out late, gets up early, will ride just about anything, and - this is the most important one - WALKS FAST.

ELIZABETH: It's all because you have everything PLANNED, which I love. Planning sucks.

JENN: See? She lets me do all the planning. Ideal! :D Of course, since she rides everything, she has been known to force me onto Tower of Terror, but nobody's perfect.

ELIZABETH: You secretly loved it.

JENN: It has its moments. Like the bit in the star field. Oh, and being done.

ELIZABETH: Haha, yes. The anticipation is definitely the worst part. I rode it the first time when i was 7, and I thought I would die.

JENN: But today I would like to talk about the Most Perfect Day Ever in the Animal Kingdom. Which was the end of January in 2010. Which was three and half years ago. This passage of time thing displeases me.

ELIZABETH: Hmm, same.

And it didn't look like it would be a good day, either. It was rainy and cold. Was that the day we bought emergency sweatshirts?

JENN: Yup! We both bought sweatshirts to put on over the sweatshirts we were already wearing.

ELIZABETH: Who knew you'd need so many layers in FLORIDA? Sunshine State, my butt.

JENN: I KNOW! But the wonderful thing about it was that nobody showed up to the park. We got exactly one Fastpass that entire day, for Kilimanjaro Safaris, and we didn't even need it.

We had our own row!

Incidentally, a rainy day is a great day for the safari. Didn't we see a bunch of gazelles menacing a... different kind of gazelle-type thing?

ELIZABETH: Yeah! Was that the time we almost got run over by giraffes? It was awesome. Well, by "run over" I mean they were right next to the road but I exaggerate.

JENN: But the BEST part was when we took the train to the ghost town that was Conservation Station at Rafiki's Planet Watch.

We had already petted some adorable goats and wandered through the show building. We happened to walk in the general vicinity of the stage where they have the mini animal encounter shows. The benches were COMPLETELY empty. One of the handlers was there, and she called out to us that there was a show starting in a couple minutes and why not come see it?

I think we just kinda shrugged and had a three-second pow-wow that consisted of "Why not? We've got nothing pressing planned." So we sat down.

ELIZABETH: Front row!

JENN: Naturally!

Eventually a few families sat down and the show started, the theme being animals with quills.

ELIZABETH: The hedgehog they brought out first was adorable.

The hedgehog can never be buggered at all.

JENN: It was! After a brief segment on the hedgehog, the animal handlers brought out the world's MOST adorable animal you will never, ever be able to hug: a porcupine named Jasper.

ELIZABETH: He rattled when he walked!



JENN: They explained that Jasper had been taught certain behaviors, not as tricks, but as simulations of natural behavior and also means of better ascertaining his health.

Then - THEN! - they said they were going to let someone help train him. And the lady said, these girls over here were the first ones to come to the show. I'm going to let them do it. Which was AWESOME because, let's face it, usually kids have all the luck in these scenarios.

ELIZABETH: It WAS pretty awesome. I'm not gonna lie, I'm pretty sure I giggled with excitement. But I think the parents of little kids were a little confused.

JENN: Psh, whatever. We pay rent. We deserve a little happiness as compensation.

ELIZABETH: Totally.

JENN: We were given a stick with one of those pool-floaty things on the end - do you know what they're called? Strung along a rope they make lane dividers. I'm sure you know what I mean.

ELIZABETH: I want to say "floater" but I don't think that's right. Buoy?

JENN: Regardless, we had a stick with one of those thingees on the end. We were instructed to say "Jasper, target!" and then Jasper came and bumped the floaty thing with his nose. We each got to do it. And that five second span of time was MAGNIFICENT.



ELIZABETH: It WAS. He was so cute! If only petting him wouldn't have ended in a trip to the hospital. I took a picture of you, and I don't think I've EVER seen such a big smile.

Don't worry, the ill-advised red hair only lasted about three months.

JENN: He was SO CUTE! I wanted to snuggle his funny face! Which was MUCH MUCH funnier than Audrey Hepburn's. I'm just saying.

ELIZABETH: Psh. she didn't even HAVE a funny face! She just had short hair. Which I guess was kinda edgy for the time, but come on.

JENN: In conclusion: Jasper would probably make a great supermodel/empathicalist. [Bear with us here. Elizabeth and I watch a lot of old movies. Because they are awesome. Subscribe to TCM today and never be confused at the beginning of The Great Movie Ride again!]

Oh, and after the show, we each got a Conservation Station pin and an Animal Kingdom pencil!

ELIZABETH: Yeah! I still have mine somewhere... it has a picture of the hedgehog!

JENN: Mine has an armadillo, I think... I need to dig it up.

Found it!

To review: 1) Go to Animal Kingdom when it's raining. 2) Check out the shows at Conservation Station. 3) Don't hug the porcupine, no matter how much you want to.

ELIZABETH: It'll be hard. They look so cuddly!

JENN:
Many thanks to Elizabeth for subbing in during Moon's absence - hopefully you will return, perhaps for some Wizarding World of Harry Potter discussion?

ELIZABETH: I could be down 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.com. See ya real soon!

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Fairest Week in Review: 8/19

Hi guys! Still me for the time being, I'm afraid. Moon's mom is still having medical issues so I'm holding down the fort. She does tell me she managed to sneak in a 1.25 mile run, so girl is keeping it going. Send good vibes her way! :)

Okay, let's see. My training this week went fine, except for the part where I flew off the treadmill, but really that was fine too. Although now I'm kicking myself for not titling that post "You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly Off the Treadmill." Wasted opportunity!

It's been unseasonably cool in the DC area, and while I always have trouble letting go of summer warmth I must admit it does make running easier. I'm actually rather excited to see if I can improve my times in inverse proportion to the temperature. Maybe I can learn to love autumn? (Answer: no.)

Let's see, what else? Music! One of the songs I unexpectedly found rather enjoyably distracting this week was "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid. Y'know, when I was a little kid I was afraid of Ursula, but I now consider her to be pretty much the best part of the movie. I've noticed that shift in a lot of Disney movies - Scar? AWESOME. Cruella deVille? HILARIOUS. Gaston? As a specimen, yes, he's intimidating, but he makes me laugh all the same. Plus they seem to get all the best songs. Has anyone else experienced this change of heart?

And DON'T underestimate the importance of body language.

Related bragging point: I once saw a production of Thornton Wilder's amazing play Our Town wherein Ursula voice actress Pat Carroll played the Stage Manager. Life highlight!

But back to the whole runDisney thing: I encountered something I found a bit odd the other day while surfing eBay; I decided to search "Princess Half Marathon 2013" just to see if any t-shirts or what have you popped up. I didn't see anything I wanted, but I did find quite a few medals for sale. The only reason I can think of why one would reasonably wish to purchase a medal would be that one had lost their own. Do people actually buy medals for races they haven't run? If so, that's just silly!

Hopefully Moon will be back soon, but if it turns out you're stuck with me much longer I at least have some reviews lined up for you, including Clif shots, Honey Stinger chews, and some legitimately tasty coconut water.

Blog roundup, take us out!

- The Runner's Guide to WDW and Half Crazy Mama have recaps of the D23 fun run for you.
- Just Me and My Running Shoes offers a rundown of the various meetups going on at the Disneyland Half Marathon.
- Betsy of On the Go in MCO shows us that being DFL is ultimately a story of success!
- Back at Square Zero has started a great discussion on whether or not marathons should be more exclusive. Weigh in!
- Over at Through Heather's Looking Glass you can get some great first-timer tips on running the Disneyland Half.
- Elbowglitter discusses the implications of being a larger runner/triathlete.
- And finally, on the purely Disney parks tip, Nerds in Wonderland offers first impressions of MyMagic+.

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.com. See ya real soon!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

In Which Jenn Bites It Off the Treadmill


Oh, hey! Jenn here. Again. Remember that time I said that for the next post Moon would be back? I swear when I said it I wasn't lying, but I'm afraid she's out of commission for a bit longer. She'll have a triumphant return, that much I can guarantee!

In the meantime, I'm afraid you're going to have to hang with me a little while longer.  But fear not; I am more than willing to expose myself to ridicule for your entertainment.

I've mentioned that the apartment in my gym sucks, right? I'm pretty sure I have. It's small and the equipment is limited, but I can live with that; the biggest problems are the lack of water source, bathroom, and, oh, the automatic lights.

Sounds like a non-issue, right? The lights are on a sensor that is tripped by movement. So what? Saves in light switch flipping time and wear and tear. Unfortunately, there is a swath toward the back of the gym that is out of the trigger range of the sensor. This is also where the second treadmill lives. If you wind up on the second treadmill and then everyone else leaves, the lights will go out after about twelve minutes. The only remedy (short of pausing your workout) is to grab the machine's arms, let yourself drift backward just a bit, and then kick out slightly behind you to get a toe back in range and turn the lights back on.

I think you can see where this is going.

So, I'm running. (I run sometimes.) I'm on the second treadmill because the well-placed one seems to be stuck at a steep incline for some reason. I'm about twelve minutes in and the lights go out - while I'm in the middle of choosing a song. I've got an okay groove going and I take my music selection very seriously, so I reason: first I'll pick out my song, then I'll do the kicking thing.

This was a solid plan. What was NOT a solid plan was, experimentally, kicking out behind me a bit to see if I could trip the sensor without the lean. I could not. This, however, did not unseat me. What it DID do was divide my attention between my legs and iPod juuuust enough that, in the dark, I did not notice that I was drifting to starboard. My right foot hit plastic machine exoskeleton and I went down and subsequently back followed shortly by off.



And then I bounced up, tried to jump back on immediately because I was an idiot in shock, fell off again because, ooh, hey moron, maybe you should SLOW IT DOWN first, so I did that and got back with my run, decidedly sans groove but I HAD A RUN TO FINISH and I was NOT GOING TO LET THE MACHINES BEAT ME.

I was fine. I am fine. Finer, perhaps, than I have any right to be - I have one sore spot on my arm and two friction burns of varying sizes right under my knees, but otherwise I suffered no ill effects. This is good. What is better is that THE GYM WAS EMPTY AT THE TIME. Of course, if other people had been there the lights never would have gone out in the first place, but I'm stilling chalking this one in the win column for Team Serendipity. And that, my friends, is what ultimately separates the humiliating experiences from the amusing anecdotes.

Speaking of amusing anecdotes! A couple years ago, back when I was not really a runner so much as an occasional casual jogger when the elliptical was broken, I went for a run outside, tripped, and ate it on the concrete sidewalk. Once again I got up and finished my run, and was pretty much okay aside from the scrapes, but I realized afterward that a) I had passed several people on that run and b) the wounds on my knees, while superficial, gushed enough blood to pretty much obscure the skin of my kneecaps. I'm sure I was a delight to behold.

And now for your discussion questions:

  1. Have you ever eaten dirt/rubber on a run, indoor or outdoor?
  2. If the guy next to you flies off the treadmill, do you preserve his dignity by ignoring it or do the empathetic thing and ask if he's all right?

And just so Moon isn't left out: read her rubber-eating story here.

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.com. See ya real soon!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In Which Jenn Discusses the "Fine, Don't Come" Mentality

Story time!

Store 1: Once I was standing in the kitchenette of my former place of employment when two other employees came in. One mentioned something about Walt Disney World, and the other began a long rant about why he hated the place - the crowds, the lines, the prices: you know, the classics. And he seemed so PROUD of himself when he said it, like he had cracked some sort of code or something. The secret to happiness is to simply not go to Walt Disney World. Now go forth and enjoy life, good people!

I kept my mouth shut that time, as I generally do when dealing with people I don't know terribly well, but it's not the first time I've heard and overheard anti-WDW orations. In some cases where I feel I can, such as with my parents, I argue. Other times I just sidestep any confrontation with a gentle "Maybe you're right, but I still love it." Regardless, it kinda hurts my heart, you know? Maybe I shouldn't care so much - it's not like WDW is a matter of life or death as a rule - but I love being there so much that it stings to hear people declare its inferiority.

Story 2: At least it did, or at least stung a lot worse, until May of 2012. I had an annual pass that was expiring shortly and, when none of my friends had the time or inclination to go with me, I decided to take a solo trip, because why not?

On the second day, I was waiting around in Epcot for an Off Kilter performance when it started POURING rain. I asked a group nearby if I could share their umbrella'd bench, and not only did they say yes, they sort of adopted me for the evening. The Off Kilter show was canceled due to weather, so when the rain stopped shortly after (naturally) we all headed over to the UK pavilion for the British rock show, and then to Tutto Gusto for some wine and cheese and general awesomeness. It is so much easier to make friends at WDW!

The hero of this story is on the left. I think the waiter is into him.

Our conversation at Tutto Gusto, while varied, kept circling back to how much we loved WDW,  because what else are a bunch of childless adults with annual passes and Tables in Wonderland cards going to talk about? Which is when one of the guys said this:

"I used to be bothered when people said they didn't like Walt Disney World. But now whenever someone tells me about how stupid they find it, I say: Fine. Don't come. We don't want you here. Because you're the guy who's standing in front of me in line for a beer. You're the person in my way during the fireworks. You're the one between me and my favorite ride. And you're not even enjoying yourself? The more people like you who stay away, the less crowded it is for me!"

On the one hand, it feels a little harsh, no? WDW is supposed to be for everyone, supposed to be inclusive. Which is why, when given the chance, I will try to turn a non-believer into a WDW-lover every time. I will argue to the death for it; I will insist to the end that if only the hater would just come to the parks with me, I could show them what they're missing.

But in those cases where I'm overhearing a stranger on the Metro talking about how much WDW sucks, I have to admit - it helps to think to myself, fine. Don't come. We don't want you there anyway.

Thoughts?

Moon should be back next post. :)

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.com. See ya real soon!

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Fairest Week in Review: 8/12

Good morning, campers! Jenn here. Moon is unfortunately experiencing some familial issues, so I'm taking over. Not permanently, mind you! Not even for very long: I'm in charge of today and most likely tomorrow. Then Moon comes back and the universe rights itself again.

Wait, don't go! I know it's not as much fun without her, but if you hang around I promise to compensate with some WDW trip planning. Mmmmmm, trip planning.

I love knowing there is more of this in the near future.

But first, to business. Um... training went pretty well for me this week. On Saturday night Moon and I joined some friends in seeing The Conjuring (mini-review: scary but not Paranormal Activity scary), after which I crashed at her apartment so we could run together on Sunday. We ended up just running in her gym, but that was exciting enough for me because her gym is MUCH nicer than mine. Mine doesn't even have a bathroom or any sort of water dispenser, so the fact that hers has both puts her far ahead.

But those elements, while fantastic, are not the best part. The BEST part is the treadmill. My treadmill in my apartment complex's gym is numerically challenged. At 99 minutes it goes ???????????, stops counting, and immediately starts cool down. It doesn't matter how fabulous a groove I've established; at 1 hour and 39 minutes I am forced to stop what I'm doing and restart the treadmill. Totally fouls my mojo, man. But the treadmills at Moon's gym? No such problem, my friends! I skipped merrily past 99 minutes and kept on truckin.' Well, not skipped in the literal sense, but you get what I mean.

The rest of the week was fine. I practice PR'd on Tuesday - read all about that, as well as our review of Energy Bits, here. Wednesday was just some added mileage, and I stuck to ballet class for the rest of the week. Music? Flogging Molly. Of course.

But never mind all that. WALT DISNEY WORLD! Remember how, way back in our first ever post, I talked about how I don't come from a Disney family? My parents took me twice (only once for my brother) and evidently felt this fulfilled the American tradition quota of our respective childhoods and we never went again. Years later, when my WDW addiction became clear, they expressed their befuddlement, declaring that they themselves had no interest in such silly pursuits and didn't have any plans to visit any time in the near future if ever again.

Which is why I was utterly shocked when this email exchanged happened back in February, during our Princess Half trip:

ME: I need to decide if I want to turn my ticket into an annual pass before I leave. I've heard from some people who might like to go with me in the next year so it might be worth it.

MY MOM: You know, I think I'd like to go with sometime this year.

ME: ........................ You would?

Talk about a plot twist. I'll go into all this in more detail as our trip gets closer, but we decided upon a week in early December with Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and the Candelight Processional and everything. I am SUPER EXCITED to introduce her to everything she's missed since 1998 - she's never even BEEN to Animal Kingdom! - and when Disney finally introduced room-only discount codes for our time frame and I leapt into action.

Where our dates and discount restrictions landed me at All-Star Music.

Um... Look. I know it's wrong. But I'm kinda one of those Pop Century snobs. I can't really afford to make the leap to a nicer hotel, but I want to stay on property, so Value Resort it is. But Pop is the preferred Value, no? It's where all those in the know stay. It's generally considered the best of the four. Aside from a sole splurge night in the Animal Kingdom Lodge, I've never stayed anywhere else. We won't be in the room very much, but... Guys, I'm scared!

I don't like knowing there will be none of this in the near future.

Can anyone reassure me? Are the All-Stars really that bad? Does the bus system really suck? Are the rooms really inferior to Pop's? Am I going to be trampled by cheerleaders?!

Anyway. Enough of that. Here are some posts from around the 'sphere:

- Andrea of Once Upon a Run talks about, among other things, having Disney dreams. Just wanted to plant that subject in your brain for later in the week...
- Dad runsDisney wonders: is running becoming too popular?
- Megan of Elbowglitter tackles running on the treadmill, which is where I do most of my running so I'm in favor.
- I Run for Wine offers tips on running form.
- Get advice on flying to destination races - specifically runDisney races - at Magical Miles (or is it The Runner's Guide to WDW? Or is it both with a colon in there somewhere? Help!)
- Kristy Runs Kato is hosting another blog hop, this one related to Princess Half recaps. Check it out - we're there!
- And finally, in case you need some more pretty in your life, here are some beautiful Tokyo DisneySea photos from MiceChat.

Good show, everyone. I'll be back tomorrow with a post on WDW haters. It's gonna be awesome!

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.com. See ya real soon!

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Jenn Method of Haranguing Moon Into Riding Roller Coasters

JENN: Okay, so today's topic is one that is near and dear to my heart: The Jenn Method for Haranguing Moon Into Riding Roller Coasters.

MOON: NO.

JENN: YES.

MOON: ... Okay.

JENN: Annnd that's it! Thanks everybody for your time.

Nothing a good punch in the face can't cure.

No, but seriously: First I would like us all to cast our minds back, back, back to 2008, and our very first WDW trip of the modern era. Moon has never been a roller coaster sort of person, but because WDW coasters tend to (mostly) be on the milder side, we (Liz and Megan were with us too) collectively and I promise you GENTLY pressured her into trying things. Because you may as well try things, right?

Well, let's try a little free association. I'm going to say a phrase, and Moon is going to react to it.
Ready? Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

MOON: Haaaaaaate. This ride is dangerous. Stay back.

JENN: Yeah. She had a tremendously violent reaction to that one... which none of us understood because it's Big Thunder and... I mean, it's Big Thunder. It's barely a step above the Barnstormer. ] Nevertheless, that was a bust. Space Mountain made you cry but then you said you thought you liked it?

MOON: Tears of triumph?

JENN: And you went on Everest but missed the yeti because you refused to look up. So really I don't know how well our campaign went, in summer of 2008.

We hadn't even begun our ascent through the first temple yet.

MOON: Hey, at least I got on it!

JENN: True!

Now flash forward just a bit, about six months later, to December of 2008. Moon and I had gone on a last minute trip, and because it was just the two of us (and/or because I'm a terrible person?) I dragged her back onto Expedition Everest. And so occurred one of my absolute favorite exchanges of all my WDW memories.

We had just completed the last pass through the mountain, escaped the yeti, and were pulling slowly around the corner toward the station.

Moon turned to me and said, in absolute seriousness, "Is the big drop coming?"

To which I replied: "... The ride's over."

"Oh. Let's go again!"

I don't know. A flip switched or something. I got her onto Everest again. Then we went on Space Mountain three times. Then we went on Splash Mountain I don't know how many times because she decided she loved it. It was pretty awesome.

Sometimes we just have to stop in the middle of whatever
we're doing and gaze lovingly into each others' eyes.

MOON: I blame it on the cool winter (Floridian) air.

JENN:
And not the awakening of the lion that is the core of your soul?

MOON: Um... I think at the core of my soul is something more akin to a turtle.

JENN: Now, all of this is very impressive - a non-coaster person developing a fondness for Disney coasters. However, as I mentioned, WDW coasters tend to be on the tamer side. The exception? The Aerosmith Rock 'n Roller Coaster. Moon, would you like to tell the nice people what you rode last trip?

MOON: Your mom.

JENN: That must've been awkward.

MOON: I feel like an Aerosmith pun would be appropriate here, but Jenn can tell you what I think of Aerosmith.

JENN:
But you did it! You rode the beast!

MOON: I did! But, I think I made the ride a little unbearable for the people in front of us, with the screaming. >_> And I can't tell you how many times I've waited through that line with every intention of getting on and then at the last moment, I leave. It's watching the cars take off into darkness. In my mind it is a car taking off into death.

JENN: My favorite part is about how you thought I was lying to you.

MOON: I cannot be held responsible for anything I said under duress.

JENN: I TOLD you there weren't any drops. It's gentle and honest coercion I dole out, I swear!

Moon has now been on almost everything, enjoys most things, and claims she will ride RnR again. But she still puts the kibosh on Big Thunder.

MOON: I did a rather nice picture of the ride, though! Even if I can't find it. I hated it from a safe distance. :D

JENN: Haha, that's what counts! So, when the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens up, will you ride it with me?

MOON: Sure. At least twice. Then I'm OUT.

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.com. See ya real soon!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

In Which Jenn & Moon & Minx & Ruffian & Hoodoo Try Energy Bits

 Hi there! Jenn here. A little backstory: a few weeks ago I randomly tweeted to our scores and scores of devoted followers that we had never used any kind of energy gels or beans or what have you, and did anyone having suggestions? Why, Sasha Bratt did - Energy Bits are the thing, said he! They're made with algae, totally natural and great for you. And then Energy Bits themselves tweeted back - seriously, this Twitter team is ON TOP OF IT - offering samples for review. Which we accepted because it sounds awesome and also because OMG SAMPLES TO REVIEW! Anyway, we tried the bits, and here are our initial thoughts.

JENN:  You use the bits today?

MOON: I did!

JENN: Me too. And so did Ruffian, with every evidence of enjoyment.

"These must be for me." - Ruffian (always)

When I first opened the box, the cats immediately showed up and began investigating with great interest. I was amused and tweeted about this occurrence, and Energy Bits tweeted back saying that they're safe for all animals and make great treats!

So I figured what the heck and offered them each one. Minx ultimately decided against it, but Ruffian scarfed hers down. So: cat approved.

"Cans in their natural state contain tuna fish.
Something has gone very wrong here." - Minx


MOON:
  Awww, that's adorable! My cat did the exact opposite. Hoodoo decided she was REALLY hungry. She bit multiple holes in a new bag of treats and decided to eat half the bag.

JENN: Oh, then she's already full.

MOON: Exactly.

JENN: Not that we could ever be nearly as exciting as pictures of cats sniffing things, but since you tried the bits for their intended purpose, namely, energy: how did your run go?

MOON: My run was all right, but honestly: I felt no different than usual. I would be interested to try it again because I think that everything deserves two chances.

So, I took the Energy Bits about one hour before I ran, with liquid. When I began my run, I had cramps... and that's weird because I haven't had cramps while running for years now.

JENN: Leg cramps? Or stomach?

MOON: Stomach cramps. I'm not convinced that the two are correlated, but I figured I'd lay out all the facts.

JENN: Indeed. Did they go away?

MOON: That's the weird thing! I decided I was running through them, so I did. Buuut, they never subsided.

JENN:  ... You ran seven miles with stomach cramps?

MOON: Eight.

JENN: Holy smoke, Rocky.

MOON: I actually really love Rocky (and there's a special place in my heart for Rocky IV).

JENN: I was actually referring to Rocky the Flying Squirrel, but now that you mention it, you DO have the eye of the tiger.

MOON: Rawr.

The last known survivor

JENN: Precisely. Aside from the cramping, did you feel anything else might be different?

MOON: I was a little more agitated than normal, but I've been that way before without cramping to that degree. Maybe I had something weird to eat? Like I said, I would love to give it another try.

JENN: Eat anything cheesy? Could your lactose intolerance be the culprit?

MOON: Nope! No milk, just my normal food.

So, how did your run go?

JENN: My run went really well. I broke through my official goal time! Did 13.1 miles in 2 hours 9 minutes, then continued on to finish 17.14 miles in 3 hours 5 minutes.

Did the bits help with that? Very possibly. I knocked out the times I wanted and was able to keep truckin'.

However, I didn't feel awesome. I felt like I was working to accomplish a goal. I'm not sure how much was bits and how much was the refrain in my head insisting that I not quit.

MOON: Same for me.

JENN: I also wonder if we were oversold on the bits; expected too much of them. They have lots of GLOWING reviews about how they make running a joy.

Now, I must admit, however, that I PR'd for a practice half and then ran my longest ever. I didn't feel too terribly sick post run and I was able to keep going, even if a lot of it was psychology - my body didn't quit on me. I can't dismiss bits out of hand. I mean, there is no magic bullet - if there were, everybody would be running with ease! If it's the bits that kept me going, then I want to know that.

MOON: Also, I must point out that this amount of protein is something my body is NOT used to.

JENN:
True! You may need to try smaller doses.

MOON: I would be totally up for it. I like the idea of the delivery and everything, but I think I would need to experiment with timing and amount.

JENN: I agree with Moon - more research is required. We still have some bits left, and if anything changes, we'll be sure to mention it in our weekly review.

Sorry to be so indecisive! I guess the moral of this story is that everything is worth multiple tries, but not everything is right for everyone. Experimentation is key. Energy Bits, we still have hopes for you.

Mind you, there's much left to try. Next I want to try a Honey Stinger waffle. I mean, it's an energy WAFFLE. How exciting is that?!

And anyway, Ruffian liked them. She's way cuter than I am, so I see no reason to doubt her.

"She speaks the truth." - Ruffian

Thanks to Energy Bits for sending us the samples! In the interest of full disclosure, we should note that the samples were free. All opinions provided, however, are our own. Obviously.

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.com. See ya real soon!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pre-Run Snack Suggestion: Raspberry Scones

MOON: Jenn and I are very liberal with what we consider "good" energy for running (but this is mostly because we love baking), so we made scones this weekend! Carbs for running! We had raspberry scones (my favorite) - all organic ingredients, of course.


JENN: When did we first make raspberry scones? I feel like it's been a go-to for awhile.

MOON: I have no idea - I think we initially decided to bake them to go with tea a couple years ago.

JENN: That does sound like something we would do. We started talking about tea pretty quickly around here!

I know you used a different recipe this time - did you switch cream for milk like you've been doing lately?

MOON: Well, the last few times I've done scones I haven't had cream on-hand, so I had to use milk. This time I knew we were planning on making them, so I bought some ahead of time!

 
JENN:
Do you feel like it made a difference?

MOON: Well, I would say that the consistency is a little better with cream. Not quite as soggy. The recipe was the same otherwise! We did, however, roll the dough out differently - instead of mixing the fruit, we scattered it over the top of the dough and then rolled it up. It worked pretty well.

JENN: Which recipe did you use? Did you make any modifications?

MOON: So, I have used all sorts of recipes, but because I have none of them at the apartment, here is the one we used yesterday, from Chow.com (thank goodness for the internet!).


JENN: These scones don't come out as sweet as some of the ones you might be familiar with from bakeries, but you can always adjust the ingredients to suit your taste. They're also ENORMOUS; you might consider cutting yours smaller, although you'll want to watch them closely as they'll probably need less time in the oven that way. The texture, regardless, is fantastic. Although I can't guarantee yours will be as good as ours; Moon is a magical master baker. You may need to borrow her for best results.

So there ya go. Runner's breakfast! Carbs and fruit!

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.com. See ya real soon!

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Fairest Week in Review: 8/5

JENN:  Recap! How was your workout week?

MOON:  I am sad now that most of my running is back indoors, but other than that my week was good! Nothing too big to report. How was yours?

JENN: I did okay. I got all my mileage out of the way in an acceptable fashion but didn't accomplish anything remarka - WAIT A MINUTE.

Almost forgot because it was last Monday, but I did 13.1 miles in 2 hours 11 minutes. One minute away from my official goal! Six minutes from my unofficial pie in the sky goal.

MOON: Yay! Congratulations!! You'll get there. :)

JENN: Well, we've got some time until the Tinker Bell Half to work on it. :D

MOON:
I will need lots of time... So, what's been on your iPod this week?

JENN:  I am continuing my crusade to become the world's most behind-the-times retro twenty-something and jonesing on The Temptations' "I Can't Get Next to You." It's awesome. Oh, and Flogging Molly's "Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon." What can I say; I appreciate being told I've never looked so good.

MOON: You looked good on the treadmill this afternoon. *wiiiink*

JENN: Ha!

MOON: My musical week has been a bit of a let down.

JENN: Ugh, a slow music week sucks.

MOON: I'm getting tired of my usual regiment of songs and for some reason I really want to listen to Chopin and Debussy, but I can't really jog to that.

A cautionary tale: When I first started running I used to listen to Chopin a lot. I had just gotten a treadmill and it was in the music room. We placed it in a corner and it was lined up with the piano. So, I was jogging and I got a little swept away by the music and somehow I just lost my jogging rhythm, so what happened? I was propelled off the treadmill and into the piano.

Moon attracts pianos wherever she goes.

JENN: You were just misled by Dexter's sister. She seemed to think Chopin is great for jogging.

MOON: I am proud to say that I started before Lundy got knocked off. I guess it was all predestined to go down that way. Anyway, I need some new music!

JENN: We are, as always, taking suggestions!

Meanwhile, back at the Tri Circle D Ranch:

- Sarah at Eating WDW discusses the Summer Honey Ale at Big River Grill & Brewing Works and in so doing informs me that the Rock Bottom pub down the street from my apartment is run by the same company and stocks the same beer. YES. Guess what I was drinking Friday night? I do love a little World at home...
- Food Fitness Fantasy is celebrating its first birthday. Congratulations are in order!
- Half Crazy Mama reminds us about the bib rules according to runDisney.
- Kristy Runs Kato has started a runDisney blog hop!
- Find ways to deal with runner burnout with Running Toward the Prize.
- Dad runsDisney discusses runner superstitions.
- I Run for Wine is giving away great cooling products from EnduraCool.
- Learn about the new special diets information kiosk at Disney's Animal Kingdom from Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW, The Disney Food Blog, and the official Disney Parks blog. Never hurts to have multiple perspectives!

Annnnnnd scene. See you tomorrow!

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.com. See ya real soon!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Photographic Memory: Carnotaurus? You hardly know us!

First of all, the pun in the post title is entirely Jenn's fault. Don't blame Moon for that. It was out of her control.

Anyway - welcome to the first post in our series Photographic Memory, in which we discuss... wait for it... the memories we have attached to photos from WDW. Sometimes the photo itself might not even be that good or high in quality (see below), but if we've got a story about it to share it's fair game!


This particular picture is from the on-ride photo taken of your Time Rover when being attacked by the carnotaurus. Most people show varying levels of fear and alarm. Moon, on the other hand...

Top right. The one who has clearly seen much more impressive dinosaurs in her time.

JENN: The interesting thing about Dinosaur is that people I take on it who aren't big on roller coasters tend to LOVE it. The less adventurous Moon of old is a case in point.

MOON: Well, to be fair: DINOSAURS.

JENN: Well, yes, but: SCARY DINOSAURS.

MOON: Who wouldn't love that?

JENN: Children. Small children wouldn't love that. The first time through was kinda terrifying!

MOON: I was brought up on The Land Before Time and I still love the ride. And not all of the dinosaurs are scary. :P

JENN: Oh, don't get me wrong - the ride is awesome. But then I've conditioned myself through multiple rides. And also I am braced by the soothing tones of Bill Nye the Science Guy telling me all about extinction.

MOON:  Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill...

JENN: What I love about this particular photo is how blase Moon looks. "Oh. It's you."

MOON: Okay, so the most exciting part of the ride for me (besides being completely in the dark -  Jenn can confirm how much I love to be scared) is the sauropod... because he's a vegetarian. :D

JENN:  Hahaha, the first time we rode you yelled out "ME TOO!"

MOON: I guess I should say herbivore...

JENN: It was a moment of hilarity slicing through the fear.

MOON: <3

JENN:
No, but seriously, guys, ride Dinosaur. It's awesome. Especially if you keep your eyes open the entire time, which I've totally done before and I didn't have to work up to or anything. What? Your MOM is scared of Dinosaur. Shut up.

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.com. See ya real soon!