Wednesday, September 30, 2015

In Which Jenn Recaps The National Capital 20 Miler

Remember how well my 20 mile practice run for the Marine Corps Marathon went last year? I did it in 3 hours and 33 minutes! Still, spending that kind of time on the treadmill wasn't exactly my all time favorite thing, so for this year's training I elected to sign up for the National Capital 20 Miler, a perfectly portioned and timed race along the C&O Canal. Based on last year's time and my recently acquired PR for the half, I decided to shoot for 3:30. Pretty doable, right?


HA.

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

No.

Okay, so. This one kinda blew, guys. Like, Marine Corps 17.75K levels of suckage, only without all the hills to make sense of the suck. Maybe I didn't fuel properly? Maybe I didn't hydrate enough before the race? Maybe I didn't taper enough? Or too much? SOMEBODY TELL ME.

Anyway. The race was conveniently located less than 15 minute's drive for me, so I skipped the schlep to Arlington for advanced packet pickup in favor of doing morning-of. (This isn't my usual preference but the time sink of driving to Arlington would've been considerable). Worked out fine - I, along with many others, got a little confused about the multiple parking lots, but we found a guy who knew what he was doing and followed him to the race start. I grabbed my bib, put my new tech shirt in my car, and set myself up for the run.


The race started pretty promptly at 7am and everyone crossed around the same time; there were no corrals since there were only a little over 100 runners. My main concern was not to go out too fast - say, keep it around 10:20, 10:30 or so. When I clocked my first mile at 11:01, I knew this was not going to be my day.

And it wasn't. If I remember correctly my fastest mile was, I don't know, 10:46? Not terrible from an objective standpoint, but compare to my Parks Half split times two weeks ago and you'll see why I was not pleased. By mile 9 I had taken my first walk break, and I try not to do that outside water stations. By mile 12 I was hurting. By mile 14 my morale was really dipping. By mile 17 I was walking every third of a mile or so and NOT EVEN CARING. 

Also not great for the morale: the course was a true out and back. That is: run ten miles, turn around and go back the same way you came. Which meant that you got to watch all the people who were already at the turn around pass you by. And then you turn around yourself and you're like I'VE ALREADY SEEN ALL THIS. Also, I KNOW EXACTLY HOW LONG UNTIL MY NEXT WATER STOP AND IT'S NOT FOR LIKE THREE MILES WHOSE GREAT IDEA WAS IT TO SPACE THEM OUT SO MUCH HUH???

It wasn't all bad, though, I swear! Although the water stops were not as frequent as I would have liked, they did offer Clif Shots and orange wedges at I want to say three stops, which was great. And the scenery did have its good points, even if I had to look at it all twice. The C&O Canal has preserved some of the locks and lock station houses, and you could see the Potomac sometimes too. And regardless, at the end I had finished 20 miles! Yeah! Let taper time commence!

This is what a canal lock looks like when you run past it.



My race finish was lackluster - I crossed the time chip pad, grabbed some water, and went straight to my car and home. 3:54, guys. 3 friggin' 54. Ugh. I was not happy.

Some of it may have been the stuff I mentioned above - I messed something up in my fuel or hydration or just ran too fast in the previous weeks - but I'm gonna have to place some of the blame on my sneakers. Guys, I think Road Runner Sports made a mistake putting me in neutral shoes. I hurt in all sorts of new ways during and after that race - my hips, the base of my spine, both knees, my ankles. In the Brooks Ravennas, my isolated knee pain went away, In my new Nikes, as adorable and well-fitting as they may be, I can't seem to go past half marathon distance without incurring pain in a wide variety of areas. Not good. Not good.

My plan therefore is perhaps a bit risky, but I'm going to buy myself a pair of Ravenna 6s and see how they feel. Assuming nothing feels wrong, they'll be my marathon shoes. Once Wine & Dine is behind me I'll regroup, maybe do another fitting. We'll see.

I'm thinking the 2016 National Capital 20 Miler might have to be a redemption run.

Let's play Negative Nancy! What was your worst race ever?

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, September 29, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 9/29

MOON: So! Tell me about your week in running.

JENN: My week was okay, I guess. I ran on the treadmill, then I ran in Ocean City, then I had the National Capital 20 Miler, which kinda blew but I'll talk more about the later this week. You?

MOON: Well, I got lots of walking in? Still working a lot. Between three different jobs and then audition anxiety vicariously through my students, not much happened on the leisure side of life.

JENN: But the end is in sight, I hope?

MOON: Hah, I hope so? All my students made it into GT, that's a relief!

JENN: Awesome!

I hear Elizabeth ran a 5K last week. I'm trying to get her to write me a recap, but in the interim: heard anything from her about how she did?

MOON: Ha, nope! That's good, though! Yay, Liz! She did the Light House one, right?

JENN: Yup.

MOON: Lol, yeah, so it would have taken me longer to drive to that race than it would have to run it. Like, 4 times over. But wait, you were at the beach again?

JENN: Yup, just for a couple days. Very low key. Weather not great, really. But the view was nice, of course - never not awesome to look at the ocean!

Ahhh. Although this is NC. But you get the idea.

Also never not awesome: the roundup.

- Back at Square Zero runs with buds.
- Fairytales & Fitness calls for runners to chill.
- Home is Where the Mouse Is explains the pitfalls of running for charity. I totally get the stress.
- The Disney Tourist Blog assembles a runDisney packing list.
- More Disney food news! Day one of the Food & Wine Festival with easyWDW, Living WDW plays This Not That with Disney fooda special diets look at the Festival with Gluten & Dairy Free in WDW, and non-Festival Epcot food with the Disney Hipsters.

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, September 24, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 9/24

JENN: Ladies and gentlemen, Moon is rather busy this week, so I've instead pulled in the intrepid Elizabeth for this week's week in review. She's running a 5K this weekend!

What happens in La Cava gets posted on the internet.

 SO TELL ME ABOUT THIS 5K!

ELIZABETH: Well... I know you ran the Light House Half Marathon a few years ago! And I have been on a mission this year to find more things to do close to home, so this seemed like a good opportunity! It's benefiting the local homeless shelter, which I approve of, and the route goes around Quiet Waters Park, which is weirdly swanky for a park, in my opinion.

JENN: This is your... third 5K?

ELIZABETH: Yes.

JENN: What are your goals?

ELIZABETH: So far I have never had a time less than 40 minutes, but I'm really in it out of competitiveness, more just that I'd like to have a bit more stamina and spend some time outside!

JENN: Is the 5K timed? Do you have chips in your bib'n stuff?

ELIZABETH: I believe so, yes, and I can find out my time afterwards if I check a website.

JENN: Do you have an official time to beat? Not that you need to, of course, but it's fun to know, I think. ☺

ELIZABETH: I... think the last time I ran a 5K (almost a year ago) my time was 48 minutes. Which is... barely better than walking, so I suppose if I beat that, I will be satisfied. Not that I have done much prep other than speed walking.

JENN: Hey, any speed is faster than no speed at all!

ELIZABETH: Very true.

JENN: Anyone going with you? I totally would but I have a 20 miler on the docket, so...

ELIZABETH: Haha, actually no, no one else was around, but I'll be curious to see if I recognize anyone from the area there. I'm trying to convince one of my roommates to come, but she's all "that's very early in the morning..."

JENN: She is not entirely without a point.

ELIZABETH: Yeah, I kinda wish they'd start these things a bit later, but ah well!

I am also excited to have an opportunity to use my NEON ORANGE running shoes. Which I got on a discount, I assume because no one liked the color. Oh, and mini-rant: I partly moved to Annapolis so I could walk places, but people are always shocked to hear that I walk home after dark. I get that bad things can happen, but come on, people!

JENN: Did you have them fitted?

ELIZABETH: I went to Fleet Feet and had the whole shoe-fitting experience, yes. They told me I was flat-footed, which was no surprise. But at least that confirms what I have known for years.

JENN: I hear flat feet are way strong.

ELIZABETH: I suppose, but my knees tend to get sore before my feet do, which is a problem associated with flat feet. But good shoes help!

JENN: We're totally going to turn you into a runner. I'll be dragging you to WDW for a half marathon yet! Or, you know, a 10K, anyway. ☺

I'll totally be pestering Elizabeth for a recap post. In the meantime: roundup!

- We Run Disney has words for first time marathoners.
- Will Run For Ears will make a man out of you... and so will run. geek. runDisney.
- New to runDisney? Sparkly Ever After walks us through the race registration process.
- Plus the Magic highlights the running trail signs of WDW.
- EPBOT straight up MAKES Figment. This is freakin' amazing.
- Tons of Disney food news! easyWDW swings by Pop Century for crazy stuff, Eating & Drinking Around the World has the first Food & Wine Festival bites of the year, and Eating WDW reviews a F&W Festival app.

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, September 21, 2015

The Most Universal Trip Report Of All: Food Reviews

Shall we talk food? I thought so.


My Universal Studios trip was brief and not particularly food-filled, but I made time to try some things. Lunch on day one was of course accomplished at The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley. The offerings are extremely British and rather heavy, but I found a good option in The Ploughman's Lunch. It's advertised as for two but they can split the portion and sell it for one if you ask.


The Ploughman's Lunch for One comes with half a Scotch egg, half a roasted tomato, salad, bread, cheese, and some random jelly stuff which sucked so we'll ignore it. This was... okay. The bread was not toasted and the Scotch egg was lukewarm. The tomato and salad were fine. The cheese was pretty good but I would've liked it to be separated from the dressed salad; it had developed some moisture. But cheese and bread are never a bad plan and from a nutritional standpoint this is reasonably sound. I wouldn't steer anyone away from ordering this one, but don't go in expecting anything special.

Butterbeer was also to be had, because duh. I have had it before it both the regular soda and frozen versions. Almost everyone prefers the frozen version, but not me - CARBONATION IS MY GOD. HAIL TO THEE, SODASTREAM! ... Anyway. Butterbeer is basically cream soda if you replace the cream with a bit more of a butterscotch thing and add some rather amazing toasty vanilla foam to the top. Also, when unfrozen, bubbles. BUBBLES!


Dinner that day was at CityWalk's Antojitos (I wanted to go to the place that sold sushi AND burgers but was overruled). I had a large and tasty salad but it wasn't anything to write home about. In fact, I only really mention this mini-review to say that Antojitos is a standard Mexican restaurant and if you want to be wowed I'd say pass. That being said, I didn't have any margaritas and anything - who knows, they could be astounding. Try it and report back, soldier.


I did finally get my sushi! I ate twice at the sushi place on the second level of CityWalk - Sushi Fusion according to the receipt, but the sign just says "Sushi." Apologies for the lack of photos; don't know how I spaced on that one.

I tried the rainbow and dragon rolls along with avocado rolls. To be honest, the rainbow roll was not the best - serviceable, but the fish topping was just okay; disappointing when you expect the salmon and tuna to be the star. The dragon roll (eel) was better but nothing memorable.

Surprisingly, however, the avocado roll was quite excellent, larger than you expect from a veggie roll advertised on the side and full of ripe avocado. If you're a raw fish person, I might give Sushi Fusion a pass, but if you're in it for the veggie stuff, take a shot. (And if you're a person whose significant other hates sushi, you take it where you find it. *raises hand*) 

And now for the real star of the show - Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour, the new place in Diagon Alley. I went twice for a grand total of four flavors.


I'm not gonna lie - flavor selection was tough. They have a million interesting options - strawberry and peanut butter, how did I leave you behind?! But for my first round I settled on what I found to be a logical combination: Earl Grey & Lavender and Clotted Cream.

The Earl Grey is nice - sort of a vanilla base with the tea flavor mixed in. I don't remember a strong lavender element but then I couldn't describe with certainty what that's like so who knows. If you're into tea, try it. If you're not, don't.

The clotted cream though. OH MAN, THE CLOTTED CREAM. It's like... it's like cheesecake ice cream, kind of, only BETTER. It's like when you have afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian and there's Devonshire cream and you spread it on a scone and it's awesome only instead of Devonshire cream it's now ICE CREAM. (No scone, though; hey, Florean, can we get on that?) Highly recommended if you're into tangy sweet almost-cheesy dairy goodness.

Apparently they ran out of the cute pink cups. :(

For my second go round, I got sticky toffee pudding and chocolate chili ("That one is spicy. Is that okay?" said the CM. Sounds like some customers haven't been paying attention). I was frankly disappointed by these two. The sticky toffee pudding was good but the toffee pudding chunks were insufficiently frequent and indistinct. But the chocolate chili hurt me the most: it was BORING. It tasted like regular chocolate ice cream only there's a bit of heat in your mouth after you swallow. I don't know what I expected, but I certainly expected more than that. Should've gotten more clotted cream.*

* New life motto

And that's it! Thing I Am Bummed To Have Missed: breakfast in the Harry Potter places. Oh well. Just have to go back!

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, September 18, 2015

Happy Friday: Edna Mode (& Guest)

Fight. WIN!


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, September 17, 2015

In Which Jenn Tosses Her Food Journal

Yesterday I did a thing.

I threw away my food journal.

This may seem like a poor choice. Food journals are good. They help us think about the choices we are making. They help us stay accountable. They help us take a hard look at what we're putting in our bodies. 


The thing is... I don't want to any more.

I no longer wish to think that hard about food.

I do not want it to have that power over me. I don't want to agonize over what I eat. Sure, writing in a food journal sans any kind of calorie or fat count is much less restrictive than careful tracking, but for someone who has engaged in prolonged disordered eating in the past, it's still a way of making food right or wrong.

"If I eat this donut, I will have to put it in my food journal, and that day will be ruined. I will no longer be able to look at Monday, September 14, and be happy about the nutritional choices I made. Never mind that I also ate yogurt, almonds, and avocado toast; I ate a donut and I can no longer consider this a successful food day. Well, I ate the donut. It's in the journal. May as well have another; who cares at this point?"

I toyed with the beginning ideas of intuitive eating last year but I don't know to what extent it really sunk in. Then the other day I ran across Isabel Foxen Duke's intuitive eating site, and her posts really resonated with me. She says, among other many body- and mind-positive things, that normal eaters just eat. They eat what it feels right to eat when it feels right to eat it, and then they don't think about it anymore. How that food makes you feel is information to be processed for future decisions. Beyond that, STOP OBSESSING or food begins to have power over you again.

Look, if you love your food journal and it makes you feel good, have at it! But I have spent far, far too much of my life freaking out about my weight and adjusting my food intake accordingly. The past five years have been spent slowly moving away from the mindset that there is something wrong with me that a 1,000 calorie a day diet can fix. Throwing away my food journal is one more way to distance myself from that idea. 

Hokey question: What something you like about your body shape? SHAPE. Not, like, your eye color or something, which I'm sure is hella gorgeous but that's not the point. Here, I'll go first: I have strong legs and a butt that doesn't quit!

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, September 16, 2015

In Which Jenn Recaps The Parks Half Marathon

I was standing under an eave watching the rain come down when Pat picked me up to take me to the Parks Half Marathon start line (have I ever mentioned that my boyfriend is the best ever?). This would seem an inauspicious beginning, I needn't have feared - it was to be a perfect day for running.

The Parks Half begins at the Metro station in Rockville, MD, about 15 traffic-free minutes away from where I live. It's a small-ish affair, run by a county road running association, and there's no big expo or anything. Still, it's enough of a local running community institution that it attracts a decent crowd, and all your basic needs are there - port-a-potties, water stops, med tents, pacers.

I found my friend Sarah while walking to the start area, and we took a moment to consider our start time. The Parks half has no corrals, but you can get an idea of your preferred placement based on where the pacers are standing and then groups are released in waves. 

I had originally planned to locate the 2:15 pacer, but I didn't see that sign. I DID see the 2:10 pacer, and despite the fact that this was rather a stretch for me I figured what the heck, why not go for it? Sarah was uncertain about this pace herself but decided to stick with me.

Important Plot Point: up to that moment my PR for the half was 2:14:39.

The race starts with a small road portion that is almost all downhill, and our pacer warned us not to use up too much juice too soon therefore. I managed to stick with her for the first two miles before losing her (and Sarah) and the first water stop. From then on it was back to status quo: on my own!

It was also time for the trail. The course winds through the various parks of Montgomery County, including Rock Creek Park and the Capital Crescent trail. I wouldn't describe any of it as hilly, but it definitely wasn't completely flat; early on in the course was High Five Hill, which was not too long but fairly steep. Those who successfully made it to the top were rewarded with high fives from kids wearing white Mickey gloves. Naturally this made me feel much more at home.

On that note: there wasn't a ton of entertainment on the course, barring a smattering of spectators and unofficial acts (shout out to Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible!). But there was a pianist, so that's new, I guess?


Aside from that, you're running through woods and past parks. Interesting note: none of these are closed. This means that a lot of people there to use the park are confused, and also there were people out for training runs on the same trail, generally going in the opposite direction. I didn't witness or hear about any collisions, though, so I suppose that's all right. 

The last two miles or so are a verrrrry gradual uphill, known as The Silencer. I actually didn't think it was that bad, as the upward incline was reasonably gentle, but it was certainly long. I can't say I had much left in the tank and The Silencer wasn't helping, but I was also aware that my GPS watch was telling me good things and it was NOT quitting o'clock. I kept it rolling and - lost pacer or no lost pacer - finished at 2:10:35. This is per my watch, as the official times aren't out yet, but still: PERSONALLLLL RECORDDDDDDD.

Get a load of these split times!

Mile 1 9:50 Mile 8 10:05
Mile 2 9:34 Mile 9 9:43
Mile 3 10:03 Mile 10 9:46
Mile 4 10:22 Mile 11 10:11
Mile 5 9:57 Mile 12 10:01
Mile 6 10:02 Mile 13 10:02
Mile 7 9:52 Mile .1 1:07

Hardly super speedy by comparison to many and I've still got a lot of work to do if I ever want to get in on this whole "negative split" thing people like to talk about, but pretty consistent. Not too shabby for me!

I wish I could compare these to my previous PR split times, but alas, during the Tinker Bell Half I forgot to start my watch until a quarter mile or so in. 

Finishing came with some snazzy premiums, including a nice fleece head wrap and a medal that doubles as a bottle stopper. Top that, runDisney!


There was water at the finish, but sadly no Gatorade. :( There was also a ton of free food if you were willing to stand in line for it, but it was all lunch food. I do not want Italian sausage and pasta with marinara at 9:30 in the morning, thank you very much. Pat picked me up and we had breakfast at Tastee Diner with his boss who had also run. WAFFLES FTW.


And then we walked home, because the race finish was in downtown Bethesda and THAT'S WHERE I LIVE. Request: all races should end where I live from now on.

So yeah! That was a very successful race for me. But here's the thing: I didn't at any point feel GREAT. It wasn't a super tough slog or anything. I felt mentally and physically strong. But at no point was I like, WHEEEE! I'M RUNNING! I'M A BEAST! I was definitely working the whole time. Add to that the fact that the course was not 100% flat and I am pleased to say that I am cautiously optimistic that this is not the end of PRs for me. Marine Corps Marathon, I'm coming for you. Whaddya say to 4:45?

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, September 15, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 9/15

JENN: Did you run last week after our collective week of rest?

MOON: Once?? I will not bore the internet with my tales of working FOREVER ALL THE TIME. I know that you ran, though!! ❤


JENN: Hey, once is better than nothing!

Yup, but very gently - I did four 5 mile runs a very easy pace indeed. Pleasant, but not very rigorous. To a purpose, though, as I was prepping for the Parks Half Marathon on Sunday. More on that later this week. But... SPOILER ALERT: Nailed it!

MOON: Haha, yay! And! You got to do it on a beautiful morning. I was seriously jealous.

JENN: It was indeed a great day for running! Not so much for standing around, though; I was so glad I asked Pat to bring me a sweatshirt at the finish. Plus my finisher's medal doubles as a bottle stopper, so there's that.You signed up for anything yet?

MOON: Umm, no? No. My vision for the future isn't reaching past the end of the day right now. O.o November, though! I know there's a race I'll do then.

JENN: Awesome! So no more Baltimore Marathon?

MOON: It's not going to happen. I'm way too busy.

JENN: Awww. Well, we'll have to find one to do together!

MOON: Yes, this sounds like a nice plan. ☺

JENN: Indeed! Also nice: the roundup.

- Elbowglitter is egalitarian about speed.
- Fairytales & Fitness explores the running journal.
- Disney by Mark calls out paid abuse of the Disney ADR system.
- The Main Street Gazette mourns the announced loss of the Osborne Lights. :(
- And Sparkly Ever After is similarly saddened over the impending departure of Mulch, Sweat & Shears.
- Disney Nerds considers the cost of Disney park admission around the world.
- The Disney Tourist Blog looks ahead to Halloween.

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, September 11, 2015

In Which Jenn Is A Poor 5K Recapper & Great Balcony Viewer

So, I don't know, I feel like a should recap all my races, even if they weren't that exciting. With that in mind, I give you: the 2015 Tessitura Network 5K, which is held annually during the conference I attend.

You may recall that last year's went great. This year's? Not so much. Oh, it wasn't that bad. It just wasn't awesome. Part of the problem may have been the 14 miler I knocked out a few days previously followed by NO rest days, but I followed a similar model in 2014 and it turned out great, so...

Anyway. The race started in the early Orlando morning where it was already hella hot and humid - no surprises there. The course was along the back nine of the resort's golf course, which was perfectly pretty and nicely lined with trees and the occasional lake, but not particularly stimulating once you got over the perfection of the lawns. Props to the race team, though, which provided several water stations along the course, not always a given during such a short distance. We were also offered bottles of water and cooling headbands at the start and granola bars at the finish, which was nice.

Billed as a fun run, the 5K here is pretty informal; bibs are given out and "times" are taken, but there are no chips so everyone is judged based on the same gun time even if you don't cross the start line immediately. I ended up with a time around 32 minutes according to them.

I dunno, guys. I know this is a seriously lackluster recap, but as far as I was concerned it was a seriously lackluster race where performance is concerned. I was just tired and not really feeling it. BUT. It did give me the chance to test my new Marathon Motto: "You don't need to walk, you just think you need to walk." I only walked at the water stations even though all I really wanted to do was quit and go back to bed. So there's that.


This is a terrible recap! I need to make it up to you somehow. Um... here are some shots of the view I had from my balcony! At various points during the day you could clearly see Spaceship Earth, the Downtown Disney hot air balloon, the Contemporary, and I THINK Space Mountain - one night I watched the fireworks. In addition, the Orlando Eye and Fun Spot and even Universal Studios could be seen.


Hands down the best, most comforting view I have ever had from a hotel room. 5K idea: run back and forth along the balcony until you have achieved 3.1 miles. IT COULD WORK LET'S DO IT!

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, September 10, 2015

Kill/Refurb/Marry: Disney Mountains

So I'm, like, a full 24 hours late on this week's Kill/Refurb/Marry. No grand excuse; I was on vacation and I forgot about the monthly blog hop. I have had this happen before and just let the month slide, but NOT THIS TIME. Not when we're talking Disney Mountains!

But first, a question: when we say Disney Mountains, do we mean that in the literal sense; namely, do we mean the traditional triumvirate of Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad found at Disney parks worldwide? Is Expedition: Everest eligible, being as it is subtitled a mountain?* Does the Fantasmic stage count?** Looks pretty mountainous to me.

* Yes.
** No.

Settle in: judgments begin now.

Kill: The Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

I'm sorry! I know it hurts. But BTMRR, while adorable and magnificently themed, is a glorified kiddie coaster. (Never mind that both Moon and my mother find it terrifying; they are wimps, wimping along wimpily. ;) Because of Moon's aforementioned terror, I did not experience Disneyland's BTMRR during our Tink trip, so maybe it's a little beefier?


Refurb: The Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain

Disneyland's Space Mountain has music and lights and an overlay and - this is important - CARS YOU CAN GET INTO AND OUT OF WITHOUT FALLING ON YOUR FACE, EXPOSING YOUR UNDERWEAR, OR OTHERWISE LOOKING LIKE A RAGING IDIOT. I want the MK's version to have cars that don't make me look like a raging idiot!

Wrong.

Right.

Marry: Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Counts.

Love.

<3


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, September 9, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 9/09

JENN: Ask me how many times I planned to run on vacation.

MOON: Every day?

JENN: Nope, just three. Now ask me how many times I ran.

MOON: Every day!!? ... Maaaybe?

JENN: NONE! AHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I meant to. I packed my sneakers and my running clothes and headphones and GPS watch. And then I... didn't run.

MOON: And how do you feel? Triumphant?

JENN: Well, a lot less hot and sweaty, that much is certain. And a lot more rested. A little guilty. But only a little.

MOON: Nah, enjoy the break. :) How was vacation?


JENN: Good! Beachy. Warm. Not very wave-y, which made Pat sad since he wanted to surf more, but it was good for swimming. How was your week? Did you run?

MOON: My week was... busy. And my car. Much woe. And I don't think I ran? I know I planned to, because when I did laundry last night I had several pieces of running clothing...

JENN: If you had running clothes in the laundry, doesn't that mean running happened? Perhaps you ran in your sleep.

MOON: Well, for example... Yesterday I put on running clothes. I worked for a bit, then fell asleep doing that (sigh). Was then brought back to life by the fire alarm. And it wasn't a drill. Sooo, still half asleep I grabbed Hoodoo cat and proceeded to go down 14 flights of stairs holding a scared cat in my arms.

As it turns out, the fire stairway leads to the outside of the building. I'm in downtown Baltimore, just to add a bit of perspective. This is no place for cats. Needless to say, I was COVERED in cat fur by the end of this episode and when I returned to my apartment I changed and forgot all about running because I was literally inhaling cat fur. In fact, I got a piece IN MY EYE.

JENN: I can see how that could be distracting.

MOON: But, that did not happen every day. I could have just been me getting distracted by a number of things. Anyway, it wasn't my most athletic of weeks.

JENN: Ah, good. As long as we're matching. I've got a half marathon on Sunday, though, so once more unto the breach! Anything good on your radar?

MOON: Besides being excited for it not being 90+ degrees every day? Not really. Pretty boring over here.

JENN: You'll just have to sign up for something to spice things up. ☺

MOON: I think I've got a small thing coming in November, but that's still pretty far off.

JENN: That's good! Y'know what else is good? The roundup.

- Miss the Disneyland Half? Me too. :( But never fear, Why I runDisney has us covered. Ditto from Pink Elephant on Parade.
- Elbowglitter has some fall race suggestions. I'm doing two of these, and Moon might do another!
- Home is Where the Mouse Is enjoys a few Disney dessert parties.
- Inspired by Dis gets all lovey-dovey.
- Mouse on the Mind takes a trip in the Downtown Disney balloon.
- Passport to Dreams Old & New points out a few times the Imagineers weren't quite on point.
- Living A Disney Life enjoys WDW guilty pleasures.
- The Disney Tourist Blog collects ALL THE DISNEY THINGS.

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!