Thursday, October 30, 2014

In Which Jenn Recaps the Marine Corps Marathon

Click here to read my recap of the MCM Expo and the beginning of my marathon adventure. All set? Great! Then we shall proceed. To Marine Corps Marathon Day itself!

I woke to an alarm at 4:45AM and felt surprisingly okay about it; I didn't even use any of my built-in snooze time. Instead, I hopped off the couch, ate, dressed, and did a quick inventory to make sure I had everything I needed.

The magnificent Nicole gave me a bottle of water, pretzels, and Teddy Grahams before graciously walking to the Metro. She sent me off with a "You'll be awesome!" to which I responded "Eh..." There was a Marine stationed outside the turnstiles who promptly informed me that I would definitely be "AWESOME!" so that was a nice start.

I jumped on the first train to show up, which turned out to be the silver line, so I got off at Rosslyn to switch to the orange. Another silver train came through and took off with some MCM participants still on it. Luckily it was so early that I'm sure they had time to figure out their mistake and turn around, but I wonder if anyone missed the marathon start because of train confusion?

An orange line train eventually appeared and carted me and several gazillion other runners and spectators to the start area - which turned out to be one helluva walk. Like getting to your runDisney corral long. No matter; I had plenty of time built in. I ate my Nicole-provided snacks, used the bathroom a couple billion times for safety, and planted myself about a quarter of the way into the 4:30-5:00 hour finish time corral.

 
The pre-race ceremonies were actually a lot less elaborate than I expected, maybe because I was near the back? I mean, there were certainly some interesting moments, including skydivers and a flyby by those weird plane-copter hybrids, and there was of course the national anthem, but that was it.


The corrals began moving forward at precisely 7:55AM, but it was almost fifteen minutes before I hit the start. I took off as I passed under the arch, and to my great relief I felt good! The first mile or two had some hills, but nothing so steep nor so lengthy that I had to stop and walk (looking at you, Marine Corps 17.75K). I briefly pondered ducking into Starbucks as we ran through Georgetown, but ultimately decided against it...


Shortly after that we were running through Rock Creek Park, and it is here that I would like to make an observation. I sincerely believe that I have never seen, nor will I ever see, more men peeing in the woods at one time than I did while on the course. You could say it was a PR in urination.

At this point I was still feeling excessively cheerful about the whole running thing. I was keeping a decent pace, my lungs were cooperating - I was just generally having a good run. My phone decided to play me the Walt Disney World Marching Band's "Disney Medley," so if you at any point saw a runner mouthing "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah," everything should make perfect sense now.

From there we were running along the river toward the National Mall. Once I hit the mall I spent about three miles attempting to coordinate with my boyfriend who was there to see me, but we missed each other on every attempt. Boo! The good news is that this kept me solidly distracted for those three miles (although this did mean I almost missed Nicole's second Shot Blok hand off; she had to run into the fray to hand them to me. She's the people's champ).

After the mall it was time to Beat the Bridge. I was in plenty of time, so there was no reason to worry about not finishing. Unfortunately, this was when things started to go downhill for me, in the (sadly only) metaphorical sense. The bridge occurs around mile 20, so you could argue that I hit the wall. But I didn't feel sick or exhausted or doubtful of my own abilities. It was more that my hips and legs had started to protest all this work and I was running along boring highway and I just wasn't into it anymore. It wasn't that I didn't think I could. I knew I could. I just didn't feel like it.

So at that point I did stop and walk a little. But I soon picked up the running again and found that, leg discomfort notwithstanding, I could keep running at an okay pace. So I did. Then we hit Crystal City, which reminded me of downtown Georgetown from earlier, and that made the scenery a bit more interesting. Wasn't crazy about being sprayed down with the sprinkler (ELECTRONICS!!!!) but whatever.

I know what you're all really wondering: did I eat the Dunkin Donuts Munchkins at mile 24? I hate to disappoint you all, but I did not. I just plain was not hungry as I passed. In retrospect, however, I think I made a mistake. What I SHOULD have done is accepted the cup of Munchkins, run about a mile with them, passed them off to my boyfriend, and told me to save me some. Ah well. I know for next time.

Which reminds me! My boyfriend texted me about that point that he had taken up a position about a quarter mile from the finish, and this time as I passed I had no trouble locating him. I gave him a giant hug and quick kiss before taking off again. ALMOST THERE!

Hey, you know that legendary hill right before the finish? It was mean, no question, and I did not enjoy it, even less of a question, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined. Yeah, the tilt was kind of steep, but the duration wasn't too terrible and there was so much motivation at that point - the route is lined with Marines and the finish is RIGHT THERE. I powered right up that hill because, let's face it, it was barely a bump next to the crap I put up with during the 17.75K NO I WILL NOT LET THAT GO.

And then I finished! How fast did I finish? Well. My goal time going in was five hours. My final time was 4 hours, 59 minutes, 42 seconds. How's that for accuracy? I was a little sad I hadn't been faster, but ultimately I made my goal. Not bad for a first marathon ever.

I got in line for my medal and thoroughly discombobulated the poor Marine who gave it to me. It went like this:
ME: When you give me my medal, can you say, "This is your medal?"
MARINE: Um, okay. This is your medal.
ME: There are many like it, but this one is mine!
MARINE: Yes, it is...
ME: Thanks for humoring me.
MARINE: Sure...
Look, I wanted my own rifleman's creed or whatever, okay? SHUT UP.

I got my photo taken in front of the Iwo Jima statue, then proceeded through the finisher's line collecting the usual bags, beverages, food box (unimpressive selection, guys), space blanket, etc. From there I headed to the post-race festival area and briefly considered attempting to buy a shirt or something, but it was so crowded I decided to scrap everything in favor of going home.


I located my boyfriend and we decided to eschew the ridiculously overrun Metro system in favor of just straight up walking back to Nicole's place to get my stuff. This may sound insane after running a marathon, but ultimately I think it was a good call. Sure, I added a couple miles to the day's total, but I also kept my muscles moving. Besides, it was such a beautiful day that the walk was lovely.

We found Nicole near the Metro where she handed me a CUPCAKE. This girl gets me. And let me just take a moment here to say how truly grateful I am to her for being the greatest race support system I could have ever asked for. She housed me, she fed me, she pumped me up, she cheered me on, she made sure I had what I needed, and then she brought me a cupcake. Honestly, what more could you possibly ask for? Basically what I'm getting at here is: GO NICOLE DU LANCRET!

So yeah. I got my stuff from Nicole's place, then my boyfriend and I took the red line Metro home, which was still a little crowded but nowhere NEAR as bad as it was near the race finish. I went home, took a shower, went to dinner, fell asleep, woke up, went back to sleep, and then got up in the morning feeling SO STIFF but basically okay. I even went to ballet that night (although I opted out of the jumping portion).

There you have it: my first marathon. I think it went okay. I didn't hurt myself, I didn't get sick, and I felt pretty okay afterward. I'm sure you're sick of hearing about it after I've spent the past few weeks obsessing, but I want to do one more post of marathon takeaways next week. After that we won't have to talk about it anymore. I mean, how could we? We won't have time. Because next up: THE WINE AND DINE HALF MARATHON!

Or in other words: "Jenn, you just ran a marathon. What are you going to do next?" "I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!!"

Duh.

(Oh, one last thing. If for some reason you want to see me finish, you can! The video didn't want to embed so click here - I show up around 3:06. Yellow v-neck shirt with a black sleeve, hair in braids. Haven't decided if I'm gonna buy any photos; they're SOOOOO expensive...)

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 29, 2014

In Which Jenn Recaps the Marine Corps Marathon Expo

And now - my recap of the Marine Corps Marathon experience! Yay!

My marathon adventure began with a quick trip on the Metro. I live just outside of DC already, but it would've been a pain getting to the race start from Bethesda, so - SLEEPOVER WITH NICOLE in DC proper! Yay!

Nicole picked me up from Dupont and after a brief stop at her place to drop off some of my stuff we sped off to the Expo.


People. Do not go to the Expo on Saturday. We waited in an ENORMOUS line. I'd say we were in line just to get in for twenty, maybe even thirty minutes. Not unbearable or anything but certainly not ideal. Oh, and if you already have your bib and just want to pop into the expo to look around? Sorry, you have to wait in line too. They had enforcement guards and everything.

Once we made it into the building and past the bag search area, though, it wasn't too bad. We headed into the basement to pick up my bib, then back up for my race shirt. This race shirt was brown and yellow, which is not super attractive by itself, but it also had a MOCK TURTLENECK. Ugh. I cut out the necks of my t-shirts because I hate the feeling of fabric all up on my neck, so you can imagine how I feel about turtlenecks. BLARGH.

Needless to say, I decided to wear the shirt the next morning as my coverup and chuck it at the start. Sacrilegious, maybe, but also fortuitous as the shirt I had originally planned to wear for this purpose had been peed on by my cat. (Thanks Minxie.) So that worked out.

There were some tables set up for "free samples," but we didn't see anything tangible. I'm guessing that's another reason to come earlier in the week.

We breezed on through the Brooks MCM Stuff area because I am trying my darnedest to actually save some money for once (but there were definitely some cute shirts if you were in the market; and none of the excessive merchandise shortages you see at runDisney expos).

From there it was SAMPLE FRENZY. For starters, I hadn't really had lunch yet, so I was crazy hungry. We first hopped in the sample line for Clif, which included various flavors of Bloks, gels, regular bars, and Builder bars. Nothing out of the ordinary but it took the edge off. Clif was also the pace group sponsor, and I grabbed a 5-hour pace band.

We also sampled sorbet from Yonana, gels and waffles from Honey Stinger, and various flavors of nuun, all of which were interesting to try but none of which stood out to me. I've tried Honey Stinger gels before and they didn't seem to do much; the waffles were tasty but felt insubstantial. As for nuun, I hear great things, but cheaper and more generic Ades don't bug me so I don't know it's worth the money for me personally.

The most exciting part was when we stopped by the runDisney kiosk. There was no information there we didn't already know, but it was nice to see the medals AND Nicole and I scored runDisney reusable shopping bags! Yay!

By that time I was kinda all expo-ed out (I know, I'm lame), so I grabbed a soft pretzel from the mini-cafe and we headed out. I'm guessing by that point it was around four in the afternoon and the line to get in STILL wrapped all the way around the building.

We Metro'd back to Nicole's place and dropped off our new acquisitions before heading out to CVS for more supplies. I picked up a Clif bar and a Gatorade for the morning and Nicole grabbed some stuff for sign-making. (Her sign was Phantom Tollbooth-inspired and awesome. You should be so lucky as to see it someday.)

By that time it was 5PM and more the late enough for going-to-bed-early types to be pondering dinner. Nicole put together a magnificent spread of roasted veggie pizza, dumplings, and brussel sprouts for me, all washed down with a sports drink while we watched Mulan (complete with "I'll Make a Man Out of You" singalong because I can't not) and The Princess and the Frog.

And then it was bedtime! I drifted off to sleep to the dulcet tones of somebody in a Lifetime movie positing that a high school girl was possessed by the devil. Can you thinking of anything more auspicious?

Next up: the race itself!

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 28, 2014

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/28

MOON: Soooooo tell me all about the marathon!

JENN: Well, I shall do a full recap later this week. But in a nutshell: it went well! I didn't wind up injured or sick or anything.

MOON: Yay! I'm very proud of you, congratulations!

JENN: ^_^

MOON: This is a huge step in your running narrative.

JENN: Indeed. I'm a marathoner and everything!

AND the proud owner of the prettiest cubicle in all the land.
(With space for Wine & Dine underneath MCM!)

MOON:
How did the week of tapering work out? Did you find it efficacious to marathon preparation? 

JENN: Ha. Indubitably!

I guess. It was fine? I probably should've run on Thursday instead of Friday, but it turned out okay.

Sooo when will you be joining me in marathonhood?

MOON: Hopefully within a year. I definitely want to do one.

JENN: Yay! Did you run at all this week?

MOON: This week has been a bit spotty because I've been all over the place for work and other engagements. All in all, I had a pretty stressful week, but I did get some good exercise in for stress relief. Still working on strength and I'm honestly seeing results.

JENN: That's awesome!

MOON: Congrats again my dear! Well done. :)

JENN: <3

Anyway, love fest out of the way, let's move on to the roundup!

- The Runner's Guide to WDW tackles the trials and tribulations of runDisney corrals.
- We Run Disney got to visit the Brooks headquarters. If anyone else gets that opportunity, could you bring me back some new Ravennas?
- Running at Disney knows everything there is to know about the Wine & Dine Half. GUYS IT'S GETTING SO CLOSE AHHHH
- Food Fitness Fantasy gets a Kiss Goodnight. I really want to see that for myself!
- Then The Disney Tourist Blog takes the dessert baton for their Top 5 Disney Bakeries.

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 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!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

In Which Jenn Makes The Cheater's Garlic Bread

This is so freakin' easy it's barely even a recipe. And also, I know it's not REALLY garlic bread. But it takes, like, 90 seconds to make (which is mostly toaster time) and it can be ready practically whenever you want it with any bread you happen to have on hand.

The one thing I must insist on, though, is butter. I mean, if you're vegan or you have an allergy or lactose intolerance or whatever, ignore me, but if you're just afraid of butter, STOP IT. Julia Child wants you to know that you need some fat in your diet so your body can process your vitamins. LISTEN TO JULIA.


Exactly, Julia. Exactly. And so I now present to you: The Cheater's Garlic Bread



You will need:
  • A slice of bread
  • A pat of unsalted butter
  • Salt
  • Granulated garlic
  • A toaster
  1. Toast your bread to the desired level of done-ness.
  2. Butter your bread* and let it sit for a bit, so it can melt. Once it's sufficiently melted, spread evenly across the entire slice.
  3. Mix granulated garlic and salt in your hand. Sprinkle the mixture over your buttered bread until it's as salty-garlicky as will please your palate.
  4. Eat! Or, for bonus points, scramble two eggs with as much spinach as can fit in the pan, add parmesan cheese and the remaining salt-garlic mixture, and serve alongside your garlic bread. Okay, NOW you can eat.



I hope you have enjoyed this cheater's recipe! But don't share it with your pets. Garlic is bad for them. Okay? Now off you go.

 *Insert Super Troopers reference 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.comSee ya real soon!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Kill/Refurb/Marry: Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booths

This month's Kill/Refurb/Marry is HARD, guys. It's so hard I almost just skipped it. But apparently participating in this particular blog hop is like Mickey popcorn - once you start, you can't NOT keep eating going.

Armed with my festival to-eat list, I set out, an intrepid explorer extraordinaire, and determined:


Who would I kill/refurb/marry among the Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booths?

Kill: Refreshment CoolPost/Refreshment Port/Coffee Carts/Any Other Normal Part of Epcot Pretending to be Not a Normal Part of Epcot

You were already here, guys. You have limited-run menus all the time. Stop cluttering up the festival map. YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL.

Refurb: Desserts & Champagne Kiosk

A quick glance at the festival map and instantly I knew this was my refurb pick. I LOVE champagne. But seriously, I LOOOOOVE DESSERT. SUGAR. SUGAR PLEASE. ALL THE SUGAR. If you do not want your sugar, I will not berate you; I will merely relieve you of your sugar. Happy to help!

And yet...

$32 glasses of Dom Perignon? No alts less than $10? Chocolates you can buy at your local store? A single dessert trio with no option to buy individually and frankly nothing that stands out as innovative, unique, or just-plain-drool-worthy? YOU CAN'T FREEZE S'MORES, OKAY???

I want to love you, Desserts & Champagne. I do. But you need a menu overhaul.

Marry: Greece, and by "Greece" I Specifically Mean "Griddled Cheese"

I dunno. I didn't know what to put here. Lots of kiosks have things that interest me, but what with all the reviews out recently a lot of my opinions have changed. Perhaps it damages my integrity if I admit that I therefore made my decision based not upon the collective offerings of a single kiosk but rather I chose the kiosk that had the item that excites me most.

But guys, I have been dying to try the griddled Greek cheese with honey and pistachios for years. YEARS! It looks amazing, the reviews are, shockingly, all but across the board amazing, and I am SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED that I finally get to eat it.

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Heck, I'm SO INCREDIBLY EXCITED that I finally get to attend Epcot's Food & Wine Festival! BEST TRIP EVER. (Until January's trip, anyway.)

Honorable Mention: The "MLT" Award (When the Mutton is Nice & Lean)

The real Dread Pirate Roberts has been retired fifteen years and is living like a king in Patagonia.

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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!

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/07

JENN: Did you run at all this week?

MOON: Ouiii. I'm actually a bit burned out

JENN: Awww. How are you burned out?

MOON: I've decided that I need to add strength training in again. The lower half of my body is pretty set, but I can't tell you what a difference there is between my legs and my arms. XD Ultimately, I think this will help me run faster... Or at least give me the push I need to crank up the pace a bit.

JENN:Yeah, I was doing some upper body work for awhile there and just kinda wandered away from it. Maybe when you have awesome results I'll be inspired!

MOON: How is your marathon prep going?

JENN: Marathon training is going well, I think? I hope? I knocked out my twenty-miler last week and it actually didn't suck, so there's that.

MOON: Yay! Any goals for the week?

JENN: Nothing big. I've begun tapering mode but I think I still have a week or two before I really slow it down. Just gonna keep my standard mileage for this week, MAYBE a little less. And then a little less than that, and then a little less than THAT, and then OH MY GOD MARATHON ACK.

MOON: :D I'm very excited for you!

JENN: Ee. I'm glad someone is! I am... very... something... for me. It's definitely something.


Also definitely something: the roundup.

- Back at Square Zero extols the virtues of cats.
- The Adult Side of Disney analyzes the increasing insanity surrounding runDisney registration.
- Running Happily Ever After takes a look at the Disney 5K no one ever mentions.
- Jack Spence bids a fond farewell at AllEars - if you haven't read back through his blog, I highly recommend it. Here's hoping for guest posts!
- Will Run for Ears remembers the Maelstrom. Never forget.
- Going to WDW in November? ME TOO! The Disney Tourist Blog has tips for us.
- The Disney Blog reveals that Walt Disney did not care if you were gay. Hooray for progressive equality!

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 3, 2014

Jenn's Long Run Part II: The Actual Running Part

In the immortal words of Dory: We did it! We did it! Oh yeah yeah yeah! (In this particular case, "we" refers to me and my beautiful unicorn sneakers.)


My long run was a SUCCESS, guys! An actual, honest to God success! Who would've thought? I certainly didn't think.* My seven miler on Tuesday morning sucked, although I suspect this was a product of both high humidity and the fact that it was MORNING, ugh. Unlike your vast majority of normal runners, I perform much better at night - and on a treadmill. What a weirdo!

Yeah, that's right - I ran 20 miles even in 3 hours and 33 minutes on the treadmill. A crappy treadmill that can't go past 99 minutes without giving up. Nothing that can't be fixed with a little math. 

That's 9.69, swear. Stupid angles!



My goal going in was to complete the run in under four hours, so I am very pleased. Maybe I CAN run a marathon!

I credit my achievement with cruelly and mercilessly tricking my brain. During the second half of the run, I told myself I only had to run until I hit the 13.1 mile marker, and then I could walk for a bit. I got there 36 minutes in (treadmill had to restart, remember), and I thought, well, I might as well finish out the 40. And then I got there and thought, I can do another five minutes. And THEN I thought, hell, let's finish out the hour. And then I DID. It was the old bait-and-switch, Brain. You fell for it! Ha ha!

Special mention to my iPod for randomly tossing up the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah at the very end of my run. I literally hit the "stop" button as the final HAAAAALLEEEEEEEE... LUUUUUUUU... JAAAAAAAAH faded.

So clearly it largely went pretty well, but there are a couple things that I could stand to improve. I think I messed up the KT Tape application to my hip, and I decided not to do it to my knee; I think this was ultimately a mistake since there's a chance the two are connected, pain-wise. I also neglected to bring quite enough hydration. I thought that my 32 oz water bottle plus a 24 oz sports drink would be enough, but as it turns out, this was incorrect - I probably could've used another 24 oz. Hey, people who have run the Marine Corps Marathon - how's the water/sports drink distribution? Sufficiently frequent, or should I plan on bringing supplemental supplies of my own?

Directly after the run, the tops of my feet and inner ankles hurt, but that's gone this morning. Only my hip is still complaining, but not to the point I feel the need for pain meds or anything like that. I'll start my taper now, and that should aid the healing process - all over. I may just lick this marathon yet!

(NOBODY SAY ANYTHING ABOUT HILLS.)

Afterward I ate fish tacos and drank a beer. The end.


* Then you shouldn't speak.

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 2, 2014

Jenn's Long Run Part I: Preparation

Tonight's training run: 20 miles.

TWENTY. MILES.

Okay. I have the option of doing eighteen if it's just not clicking for me. But I really want that twenty. If I can do it in four hours, I'll be happy. Then I'll have my longest run under my belt and I can being tapering for the Marine Corps Marathon.

I'll admit: I'm a little nervous. I've done twenty miles twice in the past but that was about a year ago and for some reason rather than improve I have actually gotten SLOWER over the past months. Sigh. But where there's a will, there's a way, right? And I have SO MUCH treadmill will. (Yeah, I'm doing it on the treadmill. I have my reasons.)

I have prepped as best I can. In my arsenal:

KT TAPE. My knee has been fine for awhile but I'm going to tape it anyway. And my hip has been bugging me a little lately, so I'm going to try taping that too. Hopefully that's just a product of being way overdue for new shoes and will go away.

Speaking of which...

NEW SNEAKERS. Look at them. LOOK AT THEM. How pretty are my new Brooks Ravenna 5s?! I've been using Ravennas for about a year and it's been working really well for me. Hopefully that keeps happening.


CLOTHES. I'm going to stop by Marshall's later today and see if I can't find some running pants or even a shirt with more pockets; my favorite running capris have none and I have a shirt with only one. Regardless, I will be using the clothes I intend to run in on the day - and Vaselining up ANY area that could potentially chafe under the lengthy friction conditions.

HYDRATION. In addition to my trusty 32 oz squeeze water bottle, I have a bottle of VitaCoco Sport, which is like what Gatorade would be if it got all its electrolytes from coconut water. 

FUEL. Clif ShotBloks are my go-to. I have two packages to run through as needed.

MUSIC. In addition to my regular staples like Flogging Molly and Jukebox the Ghost, I've got TONS of Disney music to keep me going. Soundtracks for Wishes and IllumiNations and Festival of the Lion King help me pretend I'm living it up at Walt Disney World and not, y'know, running in a basement gym.

THE PROMISE OF LATER REWARDS. I will take a glorious shower. Then my roommate wants to go to the bar where we know the staff and they give us free beer. We will also eat fish tacos. Recovery FTW.

That's my tool kit - am I missing anything? How do you prep for a long run? Are you gonna wish me luck or what?

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!