Thursday, July 30, 2015

In Which Jenn Has A Marathon Song

Do you have a marathon song?

Maybe you trained with it, maybe you just listened to it during your marathon. Maybe you chose it for the lyrics, maybe you chose it for the beat. Maybe you played it to start your race - or end it - or both. No matter what makes it your marathon song, the moment it pops up on your iPod you're instantly transported back to that moment.

Mine is "The Great Unknown" by Jukebox the Ghost. Got me through the Marine Corps Marathon!



What's yours?

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!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/29

JENN: Did you run last week?

MOON: I did! A bit rather slow and steady, but it happened. Did you?

JENN: I did!

MOON: Great success!

JENN: I did one regular long run plus two shorter speed runs where I upped my top speed. My five minute sprints are now one minute each at 8, 7.5, 7, 6.5, 6mph, then five minutes at 5.5 mph, repeat. Even though that's only a top speed increase of .5 mph, my legs were TIRED by the end.

MOON: That's awesome!  Personally, when I can get to 8 mph-- even just for a little bit-- I feel like I'm at my normal, if that makes sense. Or, at least, it's a good baseline to have.

JENN: Haha, I do NOT. Maybe for the first go-round, but I have to dig a little, especially for the last sets. I am slow! But I think this speed work is moving me a long a little.

MOON: You'll get there!

JENN: I think I'm gonna bite the bullet and buy new sneakers this week. That'll help too. Gonna hit up the Roadrunner Sports down the road and see what they can show me.

MOON: I think I'll need to budget in some new shoes, too. I've had mine since February, I think?Anyway... the past few runs I've noticed a definite mold that isn't complementing my runs well. My foot is also going numb after 30 minutes.

JENN: Uh, that's not great?

MOON: Yeah, that's new. BUT for the months that pair of shoes was good, they were great.

JENN: Perhaps one day we shall win the lottery and then we can buy ALL THE SHOES.

ALL THE SHOES.

MOON: Anything new you plan on trying out?

JENN: I'm gonna ask for the Ravenna 6 - I've been using the 5 - and then tell them to bring out whatever else they think might be good. Can't hurt to give it a go!

MOON: Very nice! Be sure to let me know how it goes!

JENN: I will! While you're all waiting, here's the roundup.

- From Dancing to Running trains while away from home.
- Pink Elephant on Parade considers the mindset behind signing up for a marathon.
- Run Eat Repeat rightfully believes that running is for every body.
- easyWDW visits a WDW Senses Spa.
- Disney Tourist Blog makes itself all site-newbie-friendly. (Plus a giveaway!)
- Mouse on the Mind adds a hypothetical GOOD book store to WDW.
- Disney by Mark zones in on Matsuriza drummers in Epcot's Japan.
- Theme Park Insider enjoys afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian. (We love afternoon tea!)
- Eating WDW snacks at Epcot on the cheap.

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!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In Which Jenn Makes This Year's F&W Festival To-Eat List


IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE!!!!

What am I so darn excited about? THE MENU ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THIS YEAR'S EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, DUH. Naturally the moment it was released I set about writing the sequel to last year's to-eat list. Let's get ready to rumble! And by rumble I mean salivate.

Key: + means I ate it last year and liked it enough to add it to the list again. - means it was on the list last year but I never got around to trying it.

CountryItemNotes
AustraliaLamingtonCake!
BrazilPao de queijo+Last year's FAVORITE.
BrazilCocada+Not quite as favorite, but still awesome.
BrazilFrozen capririnhaI hear good things.
CanadaCheddar cheese soup-Awfully expensive but it's a classic I've never had.
ChinaRoasted duck in a steamed bunANYTHING in a steamed bun.
ChinaHappy Lychee-Cognac AND vodka, you say?
Cheese StudioCHEESECHEESE
Chew LabsChocolate almond truffleApparently it's liquid nitro.
Craft BrewsGrateful Pumpkin beer
Craft BrewsVanilla espresso porter
Desserts & ChampagneChampagne+This year's dessert set looks disappointing.
Dominican RepublicSouffle de yuccaI dunno, but it's got griddled cheese on it.
Farm FreshLoaded mac and cheese
Farm FreshCider flight
FranceCroissant aux escargot
GermanyBratwurst in a pretzel roll+ANYTHING in a pretzel roll.
GermanyReisling flight
GreeceTzaziki martini-As I said last year: …what?
HawaiiPineapple wine-
IrelandWarm chocolate pudding-
IrelandHoney wine
JapanSpicy hand roll+
JapanSake
MexicoSweet corn cheesecake+
PolandHungarian wine-Still don't get it, but I'm Hungarian!
ScotlandTipsy LairdCake and whiskey!
ScotlandPotato pancake with salmon+
ScotlandSeared sea scallopReviews are good, so…
South KoreaBanana milkshakeWith ginger…?
South KoreaiCing grapefruit sparkling rice brew+
South KoreaRaspberry wine

Clearly this year's Wine & Dine Half weekend is going to be THE BEST. Who's with me? What are you excited to eat?!

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!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In Which Jenn Runs In Ocean City, MD & Loves Water Fountains SO MUCH

I ran in Ocean City, MD last week! Where I proved empirically that boardwalk runs > all other runs. FACT.

You may recall my route from last year - up and back on the boardwalk. This time around I added the last little bit I had missed before to one of my runs, and it was so much less than I thought it would be; it barely added .4 miles to my overall total. But it was shaded, so there's that!

Not much has changed about the run since before, so I don't feel the need to offer a play-by-play (quick rundown: hot, kinda had to pee the second time, but I knocked out a total ten miles over two vacation mornings so not bad, right?). However, I do want to expound upon the virtues of a feature I rarely encounter: the humble water fountain.

I know of three water fountain stations along the OC boardwalk, and they bring me such exceeding great joy I can't even tell you. It's wonderfully freeing on an outdoor run knowing that even though you have burdened yourself with nary a water bottle there are still multiple chances for hydration as you go. The sun was especially bright on the first morning and I was sweating like, as they say, WOAH, but the water fountains saved me.

As a bonus, they provide fantastic motivation later in the run when you're starting to flag. You just have to tell yourself: keep running until you hit the next water fountain! You can stop and have a drink then!

In conclusion, I love water fountains and would happily trade the movie rights to my first born in exchange for someone installing a bunch of them along my running trail at home.

In alternate conclusion, you should know that this is a real place in Ocean City and you can go there and eat food.


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!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In Which Jenn Ponders Barefoot Running (DO NOT WANT)

During my first Marine Corps Marathon, I remember seeing a girl who was running completely barefoot. She had a pair of Vibram Five Finger shoes or whatever they're called tucked in the back of her shorts, but the implication was that this was in case of emergency only. For the foreseeable future, she was running a marathon barefoot.

This struck me as a terrible idea. Anatomy and efficiency and whatever else the barefoot running movement espouses aside, MCM takes place almost exclusively on concrete and asphalt. Tough stuff, to be sure. But more importantly, you're running on roads, roads near people, and people leave things lying around sometimes. God only knows what you could step on (or in!) while running 26.2 miles without shoes.

Turns out, God isn't the only one who knows. Now I know too. The answer is: the road. It's quite enough all by itself.

I've been adding occasional walks to my lunch break, just around the neighborhood near my place of work. The first time I did this, I just wore my generally comfortable casual flat shoes, which naturally led to a blister on my heel and a rubbed pinkie toe. Not wanting to repeat such a mistake, I started bringing flip flops to work, changing into them for my walk and then changing out again.

Well. A couple weeks ago I went down for my walk and realized once I was already outside that I'd forgotten to change into flip flops. I was wearing the same, blister-causing shoes as before, but my GPS watch had finally picked up a signal and I didn't feel like going through the rigmarole of heading back upstairs to fetch my shoes and then waiting for the satellite again. So I made the decision.

I would walk barefoot.

Why not? If people can run barefoot for miles on end, I can certainly walk two miles barefoot. It's not like anything terrible will happen as long as I keep an eye on the ground for undesirable items on the ground.

And nothing terrible did happen, assuming you don't consider GIANT KILLER DEATH BLISTERS ON THE UNDERSIDES OF MY FEET anything less than terrible. My opinion? UGH BLEH NOOO.


Don't get me wrong - it was scarcely a fate worse than death. I even went to ballet that night and ran the next morning, admittedly with less comfort than usual. But I can't imagine doing any of these things completely barefoot, much less running barefoot on the regular. I guess eventually the soles of your feet develop calluses and desensitize, but how long does that take? Forever? Longer than forever?

Theory: barefoot runners do so because they are the sorts of people who enjoy draining blisters. I see where they're coming from but I'm doing to have to say it's not worth it.

Does anyone out there run barefoot? HOW?

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!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/21

JENN: How was running last week?

MOON: Much improved and very much welcome. :) How about yours?

JENN: It was 50% on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD!

No Toothless this time, though, sadly.

I got in two runs while I was there (more on this later in the week) and while they were hot I REALLY APPRECIATE the proliferation of water fountains.

MOON: Yay!

JENN: I was pretty much using them as motivation. "Run to the next one!" And then I ran at home and I was like "THIS ISN'T THE BEACH WHAT" and I was sad.

MOON: You could always close your eyes and imagine you're running at the beach. Then again, be careful on the treadmill.

JENN: Haha, yeah, closed eyes and darkness don't really work out super well on the treadmill.

I'll very likely go back to OC in September so there's that to look forward to. Oh, and I'll run when I'm in the Outer Banks in a couple weeks! Although just on roads, so whatevs. Never mind.

MOON: That's nice! Man, you've got beach time all lined up!

JENN: I do! How's your beach time been?

MOON: I was there for a day and a half and I found that I really needed some down time. I also forgot my running shoes. But remembered all my other gear. Oh well. Anyway, some good time was spent with friends. :)

JENN: Ah, well. Next time! Friends are, like, ALMOST as good as running, right?

MOON: Hahaha, it's close. :P

JENN: Now here's a roundup that's almost as good as running. (Small this week since I was on vacation last week and ignored pretty much everyone like a jerk.)

- Darlin' Rae takes it easy.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW eases the pace of a runDisney weekend.
- Mouse on the Mind dreams up a genius idea for a Disney diner.
- ZannaLand gives Disneyland some birthday love.
- easyWDW offers a complete rundown of Food & Wine Festival items new and old.

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!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Happy Friday: The Only Right Thing To Do

TAKE US WITH YOU, WERNER HERZOG!


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!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/16

JENN: Did you finally get to run for real last week?!

MOON: YES!!! Like, FIVE! While going a month without running was saaaaad, at least I know I truly love to run. Or, at least, that's what I'm telling myself. Glass half full.

JENN: Yay! Are you running around your new neighborhood or hitting my friend the treadmill?


MOON: Your good friend the treadmill.

JENN: Awww. Always there for us, the treadmill is.

Best friends.

MOON: I have gone for a few walks with my umbrella, but I find that I often run into things/people, so I figure it's best to not run with the umbrella. >_>

JENN: That would be some impressive work.

MOON: Yes, the treadmill does not judge us. Nor does it give us unsightly tans.

JENN: Since the main complaint about the treadmill is the lack of scenery, maybe we just need a film projector behind us making it look like we're moving like in old movies.

MOON: Ah, but I have a view of a Marriott Hotel and Camden Yards! Although, I do feel weird about people looking at me through the window running. It feels terribly unnatural.

JENN: Ooh, Camden Yards sounds fun!

MOON: Well, it's mostly just the outside, haha. Would be too good to have a free view of all the games, right?

JENN: I'm pretty sure they'd price the likes of us out of the rent at that point.

MOON: How was your running week?

JENN: Just normal boring runs last week. The only notable thing was that I tried to go for a barefoot walk and blistered my feet. I don't understand how anyone could possibly run barefoot if I can't get through a mere walk that way (more on this next week).

MOON: I can do it, but I find it uncomfortable. Although, I'm sure if you had the luxury of sand-running all year-round, I can see it being good for you. Otherwise, it's just like that first work-out after taking a looooooong break.

JENN: Meh, I shall abstain. Anyway, here's the roundup! (Horribly truncated because I was at the beach, but next week's will be better!)


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!

Monday, July 13, 2015

In Which Jenn Is At The Beach & Needs Your Help

GUESS WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW.


That's right, I'm at the beach! More specifically, I'm in Ocean City, sight of at least one successful vacation run. I plan to run twice while I'm here - let's all hope the vacation gods allow it!

I'll be back on Thursday. In the meantime, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that I'm running the Marine Corps Marathon to support the Diabetes Action Team in honor of my grandfather, Stanley, whose death was hastened by the disease. Will you aid the fight and help me reach my goal with a donation? No amount too small - I have plenty of gratitude for all donors at all amounts!

And if that's not enough to convince you, perhaps you could be persuaded to join Team Ruffian.


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!

Friday, July 10, 2015

In Which Jenn Tells You How To Have The Best Shower Ever

You want to have the finest shower of your ENTIRE LIFE? It's really very easy. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Go for a 10 mile run outside in the early morning when it's theoretically cooler but actually it's 77 degrees out and the air is heavy with the humidity of the rain that will occur later in the day. If any part of your outfit isn't soaked by the halfway point, you're doing it wrong.
  2. Take a normal shower.

You, inside.

(Okay, fine. You want a real shower treat, ladies? Mix some turbinado sugar with coconut oil, scrub your legs with it, and THEN shave. Smooth!)

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!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: Just The Roundup Edition, 7/09


Hi! As you may know, Moon moved into a new apartment last week, and she's still sorting through the wreckage that inevitably comes with transferring a boyfriend, cat, and all one's possessions across town in the space of a few days. As such, we're skipping the full week in review experience for this week and heading straight for the roundup. Don't worry, these guys'll keep you company!

- Running Through the Castle ponders DFL.
- Need to work out in the Valley of silence? Peanut Butter Fingers has got you covered.
- Theme Park Insider has an interesting take on Disney parks' spending habits.
- ZannaLand is not too sure about the state of DHS.
- The Affordable Mouse offers Disneyland tips for WDW people.
- Will Run for Ears is be's our guest.
- The Disney Tourist Blog gets into the Top of the World Lounge and eats cake.
- Eating WDW eats delicious curry popcorn at DAK and I want it.
- This Happy Place Blog shuffles off this blogger coil. Sniff. (Bed Buddy, you can guest post here any time! :D)

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!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kill/Refurb/Marry: Disney Resort Pools

It's time for another Kill/Refurb/Marry! The blog hop topic for this month is Disney Resort Pools, which means I am going to have to cheat like woah.

See, I've wracked my brains, I cannot for the live of me remember a time I actually availed myself of a Disney pool. Oh, sure, I ALWAYS pack a swimsuit, just in case. Who knows what will strike my fancy this trip? But somehow parks and the occasional nap always take priority, and I never do dip a toe in.

That being said, I have been known to walk past any number of Disney Resort pools, and it is with these observations I intend to make my judgments. 

Kill: ALL THE QUIET POOLS

I get the concept. I really do. I'm sure there are people at the resort who just want a serene float in a pool that isn't crawling with screaming children. Only there aren't many of those people, so every time I pass an almost invariably empty quiet pool I wind up feeling sorry for the bored-looking lifeguard. It bums me out, man.

Refurb: Art of Animation Finding Nemo Pool

I really wish I had taken the time to hop in this pool when I stayed at AoA, mostly just because I want to hear the Nemo characters talking to each other underwater. The theme here is already well-executed and ya gotta love The Drop Off pool bar. But, hey, Disney, don't you think your largest resort pool deserves some water slides? Good ones? I do!


Marry: Stormalong Bay at The Yacht & Beach Club

I was going to give this one to the Disneyland Hotel pool on the strength of its monorail water slides alone, but then I remembered that Stormalong Bay exists and I had to go with that. I mean, it has a LAZY RIVER, guys. A lazy river, right there outside your hotel room! Wait, you have a room at Y&B? Can I sleep on your floor?

These opinions were all brought to you by a person who has never gone swimming in a Disney pool.

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!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

In Which Jenn Has Her Race Calendar Planned For Real This Time

And now for another topic where you can ignore everything I said about it before. I'm talkin' bout my race schedule! I've been alluding to it in bits and pieces over the past couple weeks, but now that it's all settled I like having it all set out in one place. It looks so tidy, no?

1. Tessitura Network 5K, August 18 (I think). This went pretty well last year! Very low key affair but a nice little practice run. Especially since it's in Orlando this year.


2. The Parks Half Marathon, September 13. Starts in my general backyard-ish area. Ends IN MY BACKYARD, assuming apartment buildings have backyards. What I'm trying to say here is that I can walk home from the finish line. Score!


3. National Capital 20 Miler, September 27. Getting my 20 mile practice run done for me in preparation for the...



4. Marine Corps Marathon, October 25. The return.


5. Wine & Dine Half Marathon, November 7. HELLO WALT DISNEY WORRRRRRLD! Please don't rain on me quite so hard this time.


And that's what I've got on my race calendar. Who will I see out on the course?!

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!