Friday, May 29, 2015

In Which Jenn Goes To WDW In 1990

My mom recently sent me an email informing me that she had found an old photo of us together at Walt Disney World in 1990. Naturally I immediately requested a scan.


Apparently 4 year old me wasn't that impressed? I certainly don't look too thrilled. Dig my mom's stylin' Mozart t-shirt, though. I think we can all agree that this was taken in the Magic Kingdom, probably somewhere in Fantasyland - I'm thinking near the back entrance of the castle but I wouldn't swear to it. Any more specific theories out there?

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

In Which Jenn Passes & Is Passed

Does anyone else find passing people... awkward?


I don't mean in races - passing is perfectly normal in races. So is being passed. Generally speaking in a race it's happening so constantly that you become numb to it in either case. But I find it weird when on an outdoor training run.

Actually, being passed doesn't bother me that much. I long ago accepted that by comparison to many people I am just not that fast. So what? I have serious endurance. I'm plugging away at ten miles here and it's not even 8AM yet. You wanna pass me? That's cool. I will mentally wish you Godspeed, watch you disappear into the distance, and revel in the fact that solitude has returned once again.

Passing, though? Passing feels WEIRD. For starters, I don't do it that often, so there's that. Moreover, though, I feel PRESSURED.

I bring this up because, naturally, I have a recent example. I was in my last few miles of a morning run when I saw a girl running up ahead. Every time I glanced up I was slightly closer to her, which was a bit concerning but strange things happen on occasion. A quarter mile later, however, events took a startling turn: I was RIGHT BEHIND HER. Right ahead of her was a HILL.

Traditionally I walk this hill. But I was about to pass someone. If I passed her and then started to walk right after, that would be stupid and I don't know, potentially rude? But if I didn't pass her I'd spend the next two minutes mincing along at a slower pace than necessary - and if there's any time I DON'T want to be going slower than necessary, it's when home is within reach.

My brain bandied about the possibilities for a bit before my subconscious decided to take the wheel and I surged ahead and passed her. RIGHT ON TOP OF THE HILL. I glanced backwards in the vain hope that she had turned onto a different road and was no longer following me, but nope, she was still there. Also, probably she saw me glancing. AWKWARD.

Of course by that point I had no choice but to subsequently run the entire hill. So, uh, thanks for that, random girl!

Anyway, my point is that the entire passing thing, while no doubt not a big deal at all for a normal person with a healthy psyche, stresses me out.

Corollary issue: when I come across a runner headed in the opposite direction and I'm coming up on a walk break, I CANNOT STOP until they've passed me. I have been known to extend this policy to oncoming cars as well.

How do you feel when you pass and are passed on the road?

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 5/27

JENN: So, just saying: the WDW Marathon is still only 72% sold. No pressure! Merely stating a fact, in case anyone is interested.

MOON: Ha, point taken! If I were definitely training for a marathon right now then I would be failing miserably... This week I went for... ONE run? It's been very busy! Too many graduations, parties, first-world problems.

JENN: Hey, one run is better than no run! Registration for the Princess Half doesn't open for a couple weeks yet, so there's still time to ponder our next runDisney adventure.
MOON: Haha, have you had any luck persuading Elizabeth to try one?

JENN: I think she'd do a 5K if we asked her! The WDW Marathon Weekend 5K is sold out, though, so we'd definitely have to go with the Princess Half if we want to bring her along. Shall I email her? I CAN DO IT RIGHT NOW.

MOON: I'm not sure she would thank me for that. :P

JENN: Haha. she would love it! She can stop every ten feet and take pictures with characters! I'm totally going to email her. She can always say no!

MOON: I will say that she won't need to worry about pressure. XD Princess was fun our first time!

JENN: It was!

Maaaaybe?

MOON: How was your week?

JENN: Pretty good - I got my thirty miles in, which is always a plus. I think I might buy new sneakers this week! I've been wanting to try the Brooks Ravenna 6 and I figure now's the time.

MOON: Cool! Let me know how they feel. I've heard positive things about them.

JENN: I will! I will also let you know about the blog roundup.

- Fairytales and Fitness gets organized.
- Pink Elephant on Parade changes what it means to win.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW recaps the final Expedition Everest Challenge.
- Theme Park Insider looks inside the mind of a cast member.
- Walt Disney World for Grownups eats awesome DAK snacks.
- And Pinch of Pixie Dust eats ooey gooey toffee cake and I'm jealous.
- Disney With Me considers the contradictions of Mary Poppins.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

In Which Jenn & Elizabeth Are Splash Mountain Virgins

JENN: And now we welcome once again one of my favorite traveling companions, Elizabeth.

So! Splash Mountain! What do you recollect?

A constant refrain when going through my WDW photos:
"Who's that guy?"

ELIZABETH: Well let me see, I remember enjoying the ride! It was slightly strange because I never saw Song of the South, so the characters weren't familiar like they were on all the other rides. Compared to water rides i was used to as a ride at amusement parks and such, it was waaay longer because of the dark ride elements you go through first, which I thought was awesome. But the big drop at the end wasn't as bad as I was expecting, probably because it was meant for kids.

JENN: Specifically I wanted to talk about the first time we ever rode it because it's one of my favorite Disney memories and also because I'm curious as to rather you remember it that way too. It was that one time during out 2008 trip, just you and me, 'cause Bekah wouldn't do it at the time and Megan was probably busy plotting my murder for walking too fast all the time.

ELIZABETH: There was a part where they do a mini fake-out drop, which had me all braced?

JENN: That's it! We knew there was a big drop, obviously, but since we'd never ridden before we didn't know when. There are at least two mini-drops before the big one, and every single time we were all AHHHHHHHHH - oh.

ELIZABETH: Yes! I remember we sort of turned to each other and laughed.

JENN: It was glorious. Like the first time you rode Verbolten!

ELIZABETH: That was a horrible yet totally justifiable thing you did to me there.

JENN: ^_^ Now that you've ridden it many a time and are a total pro, where does Splash Mountain rank in your mental ride list?

ELIZABETH: Hmmm. Well, it's a bit below the roller coasters and the safari ride from the Animal Kingdom, however it's still pretty high on my list for that park. It would also rapidly climb my priority list on a hot day. The unfortunate thing about the water rides is that we generally go when it's fairly cold. It's definitely a ride I'd take kids on (if I had any), but now that I think of it I'm not sure how I'd explain the fact that they can't watch Song of the South when we get home.

JENN: The ultimate Disney contradiction!

ELIZABETH: Yes! Oh well. In some ways that gives it a mysterious quality, unlike all the other characters that you see in every gift shop and advertisement. Oh! And I think that the ride tells a story - not that that's a unique feature in a Disney ride, but I remember getting to the bit where you're escaping into the briar patch and thinking "Oh, THIS must be the end!"

JENN: And so it must be. As always, thank you for your time and assistance! :D

ELIZABETH: Any time!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In Which Jenn Runs In Place(s)

Last week, I ran four times. Each was in an entirely different place. IT MAY NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

1. Toms River, NJ

My family went to my grandmother's house for Mother's Day. I figured since I had a little time I might as well fit a run in. I remembered to bring everything I needed - except my headphones. FAIL. Luckily I hadn't run in that neighborhood for YEARS, and I was kept reasonably entertained exploring various side streets. Afternoon runs are hot, though.


Is this what Richard Adams meant about the primroses being over?

2. Bethesda Trolley Trail

This is my standard outdoor running route. So, you know, whatevs.

3. Potomac Valley State Park

My dad asked me to dogsit for one night last week as his dog is a hyper-intelligent weirdo with trust issues and he takes the euphemism "number two" very seriously, which is to say that he will only go number two for me or my dad. Therefore I went to my parents' house after ballet on Wednesday, walked the dog, went to bed (after sulking about the Caps game seven), got up, walked the dog, and set out on a run.

My parents live within a short walk or run of an entrance to Potomac Valley State Park. This was my running area back when I first started running, although back then I was just jogging, really. I'd never run as far into the park as I did that day, and I must say I rather enjoyed it. There are certain parts of the path where the outside world melts away just enough that you can imagine yourself in a fairytale (a paved fairytale but a fairytale nonetheless). The road follows the creek and I even saw a woodpecker!


The primroses were way, way over.

You kinda had to be there, I guess.
Bonus: a real bathroom stop if you need it.

4. The Treadmill

Good ol' treadmill.

Where's your favorite place to run?

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 5/19

JENN: Here's a fun fact: the WDW Marathon is still only at 70% capacity. The Goofy Challenge is at 97% but I dunno if you wanted to do that one anyway.

MOON: Ha, thanks for the update! I'm still in decision limbo.

Maaaaaaaaaaaaaybe?

JENN: Well, there's clearly still time to think. Have you signed up for the Baltimore Marathon?

MOON: Can't quite yet. But if I can, I am. Well, when I can.

JENN: Sounds awesome. How's your training going?

MOON: This past week wasn't the best, but I still got in two runs. How was yours?

JENN: I ran four times and each time was in a different place. Admittedly one of those places was the treadmill, but still. Variety!

MOON: Yay!

JENN I'm hoping to keep improving my outdoor runs, but I did some speed work on the treadmill and I think that's going to be key.

MOON: I've found that running outside gives a good estimation of what your baseline is. Sometimes it surprises me. Then again, sometime is makes me depressssed.

JENN: Psh, no need for that! You're much faster than I am! Anyway, I almost always perform better at a race than in an outdoor training run.

MOON: I foresee a pause in my training.I know I just moved about a month and a half ago... But, we have to move again at the end of June. We've been indecisive about where to move. But! One place we visited yesterday is near the starting line for the Baltimore Marathon begins!

JENN: That would certainly be convenient!

MOON: I'm not going to lie... Thinking about being able to wake up and literally walk down the street, run 26.2 miles, and then walk right home is pretty appealing.

JENN: Also pretty appealing? The roundup!

- Pink Elephant on Parade has thoughts on the insanity of runDisney expos.
- Living a Disney Life has learned much from this whole running thing.
- Running, Loving, Living deals with withering running motivation.
- Sparkly Ever After takes an organized bag to the parks.
- Parkeology gives a hilarious rundown of WDW attractions that may as well be extinct.
- Home is Where the Mouse Is eats awesome Epcot snacks.
- Theme Park Insider reports on Test Track's secret corporate lounge.
- Enjoy a monorail-fueled beer crawl with Beers and Ears. Loved the beer flight at the Wave!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

In Which Jenn Laments A Sudsy Disney Injustice

I have stayed at Disney's value resorts many, many times. I have stayed in a moderate and a deluxe resort once each. Naturally the former have a great many amenities to recommend themselves over the cheap option, but since I'm not a high-powered executive I tend to stay at good ol' Pop Century anyway. For the most part, I don't miss much - sure, the nicer rooms, more impressive lobbies, and more extensive food choices are nice, but I'm mostly in the room to sleep. Who cares?

And yet there is one thing Disney skimps on at value resorts that really bugs me for some reason. I'm talking about this baby:



That's combination shampoo/conditioner, people. Or "conditioning shampoo" as some call it. Disney seems to be claiming that it is a bottle containing both shampoo AND conditioner in defiance of all logic.. That is some sub-Econo Lodge nonsense right there. I get that a value resort does not deserve high-quality toiletries, but come on. We're paying twice as much as your average Econo Lodge room for your "value" option - can we not get actual, honest-to-God separate shampoo and conditioner here? I can assure you the difference is real, and it would save me having to lug my own bottles to and from home, to say nothing of heavy luggage and spillage risks.

Don't be ashamed, guys. Your value-level soaps and such smell lovely - digging the orange blossom stuff that started showing up a couple years ago! I'd love for my hair to smell like that, but I'd also love hair that isn't a tangled mess. You finally gave us refrigerators, and I'm sure that was a much larger expense. Won't you give us this tiny upgrade?

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In Which Jenn Preps For An Outdoor Run

Dear Future Jenn,

So you're going running outside tomorrow morning. Good for you! I know you love your treadmill, but running outside is good for your body and good for race prep. And isn't it nice when your run is out of the way early and you can do whatever you want after work? It is! It is nice! I want you to remember that when your alarm goes off before 6AM, because unless it's raining you GET UP and you GO RUN. NO DO NOT GO BACK TO SLEEP IT IS VERBOTEN.

You only have a finite amount of running time before you have to go to work, so make sure you've streamlined the prep process for the morning - not a minute wasted! Is everything ready for you?

  • Put out all your clothes now so that you're not digging around for them: shirt, pants, sports bra, socks, sneakers. 
  • Same goes for your hair stuff: hair ties, bobby pins, headband.
  • Put your Vaseline and contacts out on the sink with your hair stuff.
  • Is your GPS watch charged? Plug it in!
  • Put your energy chews out next to your GPS watch so you're less likely to forget both.
  • How about your phone? Is that charged? You'll need it for music AND safety purposes.
  • Put your headphones out next to your phone, too. Remember that time you forget them and had to run without music? You didn't like that very much, did you?
  • Make sure you've filled your water bottle and stuck it in the fridge - you'll be much happier if your water's cold.
  • As for your water bottle holder, put your apartment key in the zippered pocket now. I mean NOW. Do it NOW NOW NOW. And double-check a time or two in the morning. You don't want to lock yourself out, do you? 
  • This is also a good place to put your sweat-wiping cloth. Tie it to your shirtsleeve so you don't have to carry it.

Good! You're ready for your morning run. Now, go to sleep early so that you're not miserable when your alarm goes off.

Okay, you're right. You're going to be miserable. But you're also going to be a better runner. A better runner with an evening to do with what she likes. Won't that be fun?

Love,
Current Jenn


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 5/12

JENN: Tell me about your week in running!

 MOON: This week for running was a good establishment of Baseline Ability. My mileage was about 23 miles, I think? Lower than it has been of late, but I am doing 5-7 mile runs and trying to never run slower than 6.5mph.

This week was a success. Last night I ran 6 miles; 4 at 7mph and 2 at 6.5mph. Speed-wise, that's pretty good for me! When I'm pretty much dead or tired my baseline speed is usually 5.5-6mph. My goal is to slowly increase my BL speed before I add on any mileage (no more than 10 miles at this point). However, this excludes runs outside for fun.

Hm, that's seems super technical, sorry for the long tirade. Let me know what you think!

JENN: Haha, not at all! When I do speed work, I generally top out at 7.5 but that's only for a minute.
I think it might try to work that into my runs this week but we'll see.

MOON: So, I can do up to 8.5 when I do SHORT speed work. XD But, I don't do that as often now (mostly because I want to make my "slow" running speed faster).

JENN: I haven't tested my limits - I'm too chicken - but it's probably somewhere in that area. Or slightly below that really, because you're faster than me, and that's pretty awesome!

MOON: Ha, so as I was running on a treadmill at the end of a 6 mile run, I decide to up the speed. Annnnd the treadmill breaks. And not breaking and turning OFF. The screen went all weird; colored dots showing up at random. It's was like Trinity logging into my treadmill. No white rabbit, though.

JENN: There's something we hadn't considered: hacking the Matrix and increasing our max running speeds in the code.


MOON: Ha. I'll ask Morpheus next time I hack into the mainframe. :P Anyway. The thing wouldn't turn off. At first I feel panicky (it's hard to hop off when you're going faster than usual and when all the machines are super close together). I tried to just deal with it, thinking it would just eventually shut itself down. Oh, and I had already tried BOTH emergency shutdowns, multiple times.

In the end I decided I would try to hop to the side panel and try to balance myself so I wouldn't trip on another machine/person OR get rocketed off the treadmill. While I'm not granted elegance in most physical movements, this one time I did alright. No harm done. I had to unplug the machine to shut it down. It makes me want to anchor myself to the plug next time.  >_>

JENN: Wow. All I did last week was run outside. (All thought I have my own falling story...)

MOON: I will only run outside if it's not super sunny. And if Christian goes with me. How did it go? Did your inner running spirit sulk about it?

JENN: A little bit. Mostly because it's SOOOO EARRRLLLYYYYY. But I also like getting home after work knowing my run is already out of the way and I have the evening to do what I wish.

MOON: I love that feeling.

JENN: Another thing we love? The roundup!

- Fairytales and Fitness makes race day prep a breeze.
- Pink Elephant on Parade feels the pain of running shorts. (She may also mention some that don't suck, but I couldn't see through my sympathetic tears.)
- The Runner's Guide to WDW highlights runDisney photo ops.
- Rolling with the Magic has a thorough rundown of your Star Wars Weekends meal options. Can someone please explain where the blue milk fits in?
- Disney Tourist Blog is full of warm park fuzzies.
- A Pinch of Pixie Dust eats dessert at Epcot. What are "Things I'd Rather Be Doing"?

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy Friday: Vocal Romantic Stimulation

Because Scuttle attempting to add his voice to the chorus is the best part of "Kiss the Girl."


Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

In Which Jenn Goes to Monticello

AMERICA! SPREAD YOUR GOLDEN WINGS! SAIL ON FREEDOM'S WIND 'CROSS THE SKYYYYYYY-Y-Y-Y-Y-Y!

All of which is to say: on Monday I went to Jefferson's estate Monticello and I took the Behind the Scenes tour! Weirdly enough, no audio-animatronics were involved.

 Under normal circumstances, no photography is allowed inside the Monticello house as some items are on loan. My understanding is that the standard tour goes through the first floor only - but for an additional fee, we were taken to the second and third floors as well. On the third floor, there are a few explicit places we were allowed to take pictures; specifically, the octagonal room and the "cuddy," a connected little space Jefferson's granddaughters like to play.



Along the way, our guide gave us insight as why each room had been designed - or decorated - or "interpreted" (when the decorators were basically deducing and extrapolating) - in its fashion. Highlights included the day-of-the-week weights with a hole in the floor for Saturday and an interpreted grandsons' room where you could touch everything. I didn't care for the tour guide's fairytale approach to stating the facts, but she was very nice and quite cheerful about questions.

By contrast, the guy who did the slave quarters tour was matter-of-fact and unbiased. He walked us along Mulberry Row where the cabins were, along with other buildings like the smithy and joinery. He talked a lot about how Jefferson sought to improve slave conditions but tempered it with less rosy discussion of the realities of ownership.


Per the tour, Jefferson considered slavery a double-edged sword; supposedly he freed few of his slaves because he felt it cruel to release people who did not have a trade with which to support themselves (and, as the guide himself said, you may make of that rationalization what you will). And while Jefferson almost never sold a slave, he was known to give them away. Generally to people that he knew and/or was related to that could be trusted to care for them well, but it was still a separation of families that was greatly feared among slave populations.


Jefferson is buried in the graveyard at Monticello near the house, which remains privately owned by Jefferson's descendants. You can visit the grave and reference the handy map of the buried, but you can't enter.



We also toured the museum in the visitor's center, which was filled with artifacts from Jefferson's life. My personal favorite was the sliver of Shakespeare's chair Jefferson had cut off during his visit to Stratford-upon-Avon.

There is a movie about the construction of Monticello in the visitor's center, but we didn't have time to take that in. Other things we missed: we didn't give the Crossroads (under the house) a thorough perusal, nor did we take the garden tour, which is supposedly more about Jefferson's gardening philosophies than the contents of the garden itself; we also didn't check out the archaeological dig. So much to do, so little time!

We did visit the gift shop, which in addition to the expected t-shirts and mugs had some cute items with a historical flair; I bought Elizabeth some scone mix for her birthday (and I hope she doesn't read this before I give it to her. If she does: you'll never guess the flavor, Elisabet!).

In short, if you have an interest in American history, I would very much recommend a visit to Monticello. Jefferson was of course a consummate Renaissance man, and there is much to interest just about anyone who enjoys The American Adventure at Epcot. And who doesn't?

I will leave you with the song that played on loop in my head at Monticello. Now then, sir: will you be a patriot, or a lover?


Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 5/06

JENN: Did you run at all last week?

MOON: I did! I actually ran a lot... I had weird protein-pangs. Was super hungry most of the week. >_>

JENN: Hey, if you're running a lot, that makes total sense. Protein is good!

MOON: Sometimes a bit difficult for a vegetarian. I found that I was eating waaaay too many protein bars in lieu of meals, so I went a little overboard and ate a lot of edamame. It was seriously edamame with everything

JENN: Fish and eggs, fish and eggs.

MOON: Eggs... now I want to eat eggs. How was your week?! How was your ballet?!

JENN: Oh, it was... fine.


This was basically my least favorite show ever (the ballet performance, not Silicon Valley, which is AWESOME), but nothing terrible happened. I just wasn't happy with it - in fact, I uninvited my dad AND boyfriend. But: it's over!!! :D I have my weekends back and everything!

I was mostly at rehearsal all week, but I did sneak in one 9 mile run on Tuesday. That was all this week. Hoping to bring fresh legs to a couple (gulp) RUNS OUTSIDE.

MOON: Haha, I should do that too.

JENN: It's the WORST. But it's also good for my body and good for my running ability, so here we are. Summertime is GET UP EARLY AND GO RUN OUTDOORS time.

MOON: I've been in a pretty awful mood this past week, so anytime an outside run crossed my mind it was either 1. Too late (Thank the gods the curfew in Baltimore city is over. That was... bleh); 2. Cold; 3. Humid. Sooooo, not off to a good start. Do you have a good trail to run?

JENN: Pretty decent - I use the Bethesda Trolley Trail, which is still the most easily accessible trail for me even from my new apartment; I just come at it from a different entry point now. It's got moments of serious incline which, again, I HATE, but I know it's good for me and makes comparatively flat race courses feel much better. In short, I recognize the virtues of the outdoor run - I just like to whine about it.


MOON: Ha, I could say the same.

JENN: Also good for you, no whining required? The roundup!

- Fairytales and Fitness expresses the marathon mentality perfectly.
- We Run Disney is all about race day!
- Pink Elephant on Parade considers running-related purchases.
- For those dipping their toes into tris, Elbowglitter has the skinny(dip?) on open water swims.
- Mom's Magical Miles talks about the blogging experience.
- Home is Where the Mouse Is has compiled a list of the top ten snacks in the Magic Kingdom.

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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!