Friday, October 30, 2015

In Which Elizabeth Is Looking Forward To WDW

JENN: Welcome back the world's greatest travelling companion, Elizabeth! She's coming with me for Wine & Dine, her first trip in almost four years.

There is but one purpose to this blog post: to find out what's got you excited/what you're looking forward to in Walt Disney World!

Feel free to take off, but if you'd like more structure than that, I'm happy to give you categories or something.

ELIZABETH: Ah-ha! Well of course, for this trip I am most excited to check out this food festival...

Hmm, well categories might be good, since we're already on food, I was going to say that I generally look forward to getting afternoon tea in the Grand Floridian, though I think we're skipping that this time? (Which makes sense with all the other food things to do.)

JENN: Yeah, not this time around, since Epcot will take most of our attention.

ELIZABETH: Also, I enjoy more than I probably should going to the place where you can try out the different sodas in Epcot (I'm sure you remember what it's called).

JENN: Haha, yes, Club Cool. The sodas have all changed!


ELIZABETH: Ooooooooh! New things to try! Yay! I think Epcot was the first place I ever had hibachi as well, though it's not something I specifically look forward to. And one of these days we will have to try and finish the Around the World drinking challenge. We were so close last time.

JENN: Don't worry, the Food & Wine Festival has all the alcohol you ever wanted.


ELIZABETH: Excellent! All right, so moving on - I will say that I am looking forward to the easiest-to-use bus system ever. As much as Disney can be a little scary with the level of control they have over everything that goes on there, I love not having to wait more than ten minutes to get on a bus (at least, that's what it feels like).

JENN: Yeah, while you can occasionally run into hiccups, they're usually pretty good.

ELIZABETH: Also the monorails! "Por favor mantega se alehado de las puertas" (or however it's spelled). [So close! :)] I always like taking the monorail that goes through the Contemporary Resort.

JENN: Any rides?

ELIZABETH: Yes, rides! There are so many... Okay, Space Mountain is a nostalgic favorite. And Tower of Terror is weirdly nostalgic for me, because the first time it scared the crap out of me I was 7. So I am looking forward to dragging Jenn on to that one.

JENN: It still scares the crap outta me!

ELIZABETH: Yeah... you saw me the last time we went. I'm fine until it starts, then I realize that at some point they're going to DROP ME.

JENN: I hate the anticipation! Once I get past the first drop I'm usually okay.

ELIZABETH: Yeah, it's such a relief to have it over. and the rest of the ride is pretty cool, with the ghosts and everything.

JENN: How about new stuff? Anything you haven't tried?

ELIZABETH: Oooh yes, I am curious about the Snow White ride [Seven Dwarfs Mine Train]. What else is new..


JENN: Have you seen any of New Fantasyland? The Ariel ride and Belle themed areas?

ELIZABETH: No! I think that was all still being worked on that last time I was there. I am a fan of both Ariel and Belle! So yes, the whole new expansion in general I am looking forward to. Makes me want to watch Snow White, actually. I think I've only seen the whole movie the whole way through once (I know, for shame).

And of course, I am excited to cheer Jenn on for the run! And then go to the after party! I will hopefully not embarrass myself too badly. Though I can't make any promises since I won't have to worry about driving home... ;)

JENN: Haha, you'll be fine. We'll share sample sizes and rejoice. ☺ Anything else spring to mind?

ELIZABETH: Hmmm, well I may try to order something in French while in Epcot, though my language skills have gotten a bit rusty.

JENN: Ooh, good idea!

ELIZABETH: Does Norway still have the Maelstrom ride? Basically I am just really, really excited about that whole park. :D Everything else is just a perk.

JENN: Nope - it's down now, becoming a Frozen ride. :(

ELIZABETH: GAAAAAAH

JENN: Yes.

ELIZABETH: Bah.they should ask for my approval before making ANY CHANGES.

JENN: Agreed.

ELIZABETH: I suppose I can let that one slide. But that's just about everything I can think of that I'm really excited about (aside from all the rides I enjoy, like Everest and the Safari ride, etc.).

JENN: It's a great start - it's gonna be AWESOME.

ELIZABETH: I am SO EXCITED :D

JENN: AS WELL YOU SHOULD BE

Thanks Elizabeth! Our trip is going to be LEGENDARY

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 29, 2015

In Which Jenn Almost Sleeps Through The Marine Corps Marathon

This was almost an unmitigated disaster, over before it began.

I slept through my alarm. I slept through my alarm on race morning. I slept through my alarm on the morning of the Marine Corps Marathon.

Turns out I don't have race nightmares; I have prophetic race dreams!

My alarms had been set at 4:50am and 5:03am. When I woke up, it was 6:36am. The race started at 7:55am (with a buffer of about twenty minutes to actually cross the start line). To say that I had a minor nervous breakdown when I saw the clock would be putting it mildly. Although it could've been worse - I could've woken up too late to make the race at all!

Nonetheless, it was neither an ideal nor a restful way to start race morning. I had a little over an hour to make it from my apartment toward the end of the Metro red line to the Pentagon toward the end of the blue line. I threw on my clothes (thank God I'd laid everything out the night before) and chucked the rest of my stuff into a bag. I wound up doing 75% of my prep en route - I braided my hair, wrapped my knee, applied sunscreen foundation on the Metro; ate and drank walking to and from.

You know what the weirdest part about it was, though? I was by no means alone. There were plenty of other runners on the train with me, taking their sweet time. I mean, I knew why I was late, but what the hell was wrong with the rest of these people?!

I arrived at the Pentagon Metro station with about ten minutes to spare, and a nice Marine directed me to the closest exit to the start line ("That other way goes to Disneyland... LOOK SHE'S WEARING A DISNEY SHIRT!"). The line to go through bag check was INSANE, but I luckily was able to throw out the remainder of my bag contents and siphon off to the left for a much MUCH shorter bag-free line.

Okay. Almost home free. Only one problem remained: in my morning frenzy, I hadn't had time to go to the bathroom. All the port-a-potties had massive lines. What's a girl to do? Why, the sexy thing, of course - pee in the woods. Yes. Yes, I am that hot. Ya do whatcha gotta do in the name of efficiency, ya know?

At that point it was a quick walk to the corrals, which had already started moving so the posted times didn't mean a whole lot. I wound up crossing over to what was technically the speedy side on the principle that by the time I merged with the full group at the start line I'd be with similarly paced people anyway, which turned out to be the case. I crossed the start at 8:12am, approximately when I expected to even assuming I showed up early, but MY GOD was that an ordeal. From now on I set eight alarms and possibly arrange for someone to punch me awake.

Race start shake out method: high five 20 Marines in a row. Helps.

Even with that boost, it took me a couple miles to recover from my tailspin; I don't remember a lot about the beginning of the race. I have vague memories of Georgetown and some bakery employees standing outside banging pots and pans, which I enjoyed. Everything through Rock Creek Park is kind of a blur, really, although I remember being pleased by all the spectators - I don't think there was ever a stretch completely devoid of them.

By the time we were running along the river I had about calmed down - but my knee and hip were flaring up. They continued to bother me to varying degrees for the remainder of the race, which was decidedly unhelpful, but I never got so bad I needed to stop.

The pain element wasn't fun, but I've gotta say the miles went by pretty quickly for me - I never felt bored, or like the distance was interminable. The middle miles featured portraits of fallen soldiers, which was distracting, and when I hit the mall I started to keep an eye out for Pat. I almost missed him a la last year, but managed to catch him just before the bridge. Yes, the bridge you have to beat.

Did I mention it rained early on and was mostly overcast?

I was determined to use my new mantra on the bridge: you don't need to walk; you just THINK you need to walk. Indeed, thus far my only walking had been through water/food stations. And I did much better than last year, running the vast majority of the bridge. But when I saw the final uphill section, I knew I needed to give up the ghost. I walked, and my hip and knee appreciated it enormously.

I started running again the moment the incline ended, however, and shortly I was in one of my favorite parts of the course, Crystal City. By that point you know you're almost done (mile 22ish) and there are tons and tons of spectators out cheering you on. You hurt but you know the end is in sight - it's awesome.

While in that area a guy complimented my WDW Marathon shirt, and when I turned to thank him I saw he was wearing the exact same one. We had a brief conversation about how awesome runDisney is before I picked up a bit of steam and ran ahead. See you in January, random guy!

I ran out of Crystal City and on to the home stretch, aka Donut Land. I skipped the donut holes last year and I was excited to pick them up this year - only to discover two lonely munchkins in a tiny dixie cup. I coulda sworn they were giving out big cups the year prior. Laaaame. But I ate them, of course.

From there we were almost home, passing all the signage and such from that morning. There was one final water stop and then a downhill stretch past the corrals. I just missed Pat as the tunnel, but he managed to send me one more encouraging text as the finish line reared into view.

Much is said about that final short but steep hill before the MCM finish. Last year, I powered right the hell up it. This year, my knee and hip were killing me and I was starting to feel a little sick, so I walked up the hill. I didn't feel good about it, but I also didn't vomit in front of a bleacher full of people so I'm calling it a draw.

At the top of the hill I resumed running and crossed the finish at 4:59:41, a whopping three seconds faster than last year. Womp womp. But considering the crazy start to the morning and my knee and hip issues, I'm okay with it. I actually paced myself better than last year - my first half was slower but my second half was faster. I've got work to do for next year, though!

I collected my medal and snack box and jacket while attempting recon with Pat, which involved walking around the world's longest chain link fence (seriously, what was that even for?). We met up at the bell tower and got the hell out of that crowded form of Dodge, walking back to the Pentagon Metro and switching to the red line for home. Well, mostly walking - Pat had brought his skateboard to take advantage of road closures while I was running. The walk back to the Metro coincided with the last of the race course and we had a couple people ask to borrow said skateboard (and one person ran up to me to check out what the medal looked like).

Like this.

My first act upon arriving home was of course to take a long shower, following which I met Pat at our favorite bar and proceeded to consume a whiskey and a giant bowl of mac and cheese, because I am very dedicated to my health. I wore my new hoodie, because I'd earned it.


And there you have it! Marine Corps Marathon #2, marathon #3. Self-inflicted insanity and minor injuries not withstanding, I really enjoyed it - I think it's safe to say I've officially drunk the kool-aid! Well, for this particular marathon and the WDW; not sure if I feel like branching out. We'll see. I'm definitely entering next year's lottery, that much I can tell you.

Up next is of course THE WINE AND DINE HALF MARATHON IN WALT DISNEY WORRRRRRRRLD. And that, my friends, is a true reward.

Have you ever almost slept through a race? Actually slept through a race?

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 28, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/28

JENN: Did you run last week?

MOON: Almost every dayyyyy!

JENN: Yes! Good runs?

MOON: Not too bad! They'll get better! But this is nothing. Someone ran another marathon! This is so much cooler to talk about.

JENN: Haha, yeah, I'll do a recap later, but: 3 seconds faster than last year! STAGNANT. I mean, there were some mitigating circumstances I'll talk about later this week, but I have work to do.

MOON: Hahahaha, at least it was 3 seconds faster instead of slower. :D

JENN: There is that! I also performed a Line Marathon: the expo merchandise line took 40 minutes to traverse. But wait until you feel the lining on my new hoodie! I even went during work hours and it was still nuts. God only knows what it was like after 5pm.

Technically a men's hoodie. Whatever; I do what I want.

MOON: Yikes. A good hoodie is a good hoodie, though.

JENN: Very much so. The rest of the expo was pretty crowded too, but not insurmountably so. I wandered around and got a couple free cereal bars and such. Tried the Honey Stinger and Clif Bar samplings, which is always fun.

You should sign up for a marathon soon - it's awful and awesome and dreadful and THE BEST.

MOON: I'm not even sure where I'll be living or what job I'll have in six months, so...

JENN: True. But maybe you can do Marine Corps with me next year! Assuming I'm also still around, you can always stay with me. ☺

MOON: That would be fun.

JENN: Also fun? The roundup.

- Elbowglitter was also out there, cheering. Can't believe I missed the beer!

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 23, 2015

In Which Jenn Is About To Tackle Marathon #3

Right.

So.

Okay.

Um.

Marine Corps Marathon #2 aka Marathon #3 is this Sunday. #1 went pretty well. I am 100% certain that this rendition will be just as good if not better and I will rock this thing. I am perfectly calm. PERFECTLY CALM.


Well, I'm 100% certain I'll finish. (BARRING ACCIDENTS. KNOCKING ON ALL THE WOOD.)


Don't forget that I'm running this thing for the Diabetes Action Team and there is still time to make a donation! Thanks to all the wonderful, amazing, delightful, fabulous, just plain good people who helped me make my donation minimum and earn my bib. Pro Tip: Always select a charity that has some personal significance for your family and then use that fact to guilt your relatives into giving you funds. You're welcome. And seriously. You guys are great.


Anyway. I'll be at the expo this afternoon and then I'm lining up in the general 4:45 area on race morning if anyone's around. See you there!


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, October 21, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/21

JENN: Did you run last week?!

MOON: YES! Thus ends the boring Weekly Report. On my part, at least.

JENN: WAIT NO - How were your runs?!

MOON: My first run was... interesting. I had to go downtown for something and figured running would probably take less time than driving, so off I went. It was chilly, but the day was nice. Turns out I forgot something back at my apartment that I needed for my errand, but it was a nice run anyway!

Second run was okay. More of a reminder that I need to run more often so I don't lose my speed ;-;

JENN: You'll get it back, no question. You're naturally speedy!

MOON: I don't think it'll take too long. I am, however, missing my earphones and that needs to me remedied ASAP.

JENN: YES. Music is paramount.

MOON: So, our gym has a pretty nice view because it's floor to ceiling windows on one side. Although, it's coldddddd. It's like running in front of a giant ice cube. You can feel the chill radiating.

JENN: That sounds great when I'm actively running and horrifying when I'm not.

MOON: Ha, yeah. once I'm back up to 10+ miles I'm sure it'll be great. Until then... >_> I need to find my sweaters.

How was your week?!

JENN: All right - got my last long run before the marathon out of the way. Incidentally, MARINE CORPS MARATHON THIS SUNDAY EE.

MOON: YAY!

JENN: Also, I did a thing. Did you read about the thing I did?

MOON: I kinda knew that was gonna happen. :P


JENN: Yeah. I guess it's not a shocker. But I'm doing it on the cheap so it's okay!

MOON: Woo, at least (knowing you), you're guaranteed a good time!

JENN: Very true! Also a guaranteed good time? The roundup.

- Fairytales & Fitness considers running safety.
- Pink Elephant on Parade knows just what to do with the Munchkins at MCM.
- The Disney Tourist Blog encourages us all to runDisney! Don't have to tell me twice.
- Home is Where the Mouse Is enjoys a magical workout.
- easyWDW finishes up COMPLETE coverage of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Soooo excited!
- The Disney Hipsters are all about Harambe. ME TOO! Burudika and Kusafiri FTW!

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, October 19, 2015

In Which Jenn Has No Self Control

Oops.


Look, when runDisney races sell out within a day, I can get over it. When they DON'T and then hover at 98% full for WEEKS, I can't take it. I succumb.

I'm registered for the 2016 WDW Marathon.

This is gonna be a weird one - to save money, I plan to fly in on Saturday morning, get my packet, run the race, and fly home. No parks - I'm gonna check out Disney Springs on Saturday evening and then maybe do a monorail bar crawl after the marathon or alternatively just plant myself in Trader Sam's (additional participants welcome if you're there and bored!).

It's gonna take a little more orchestration than usual (bag storage, late check-out extension for much-needed showering privileges, etc.) but I REGRET NOTHING. EXPEDITION EVEREST MID-RACE OR BUST!

Who else will be there?! Has anyone ever managed to register this late for a runDisney race? I'm not gonna be in the last corral, am I?!

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, October 16, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/16

JENN: You run at all last week?

MOON: Nope!


JENN: Restful!

MOON: Nope! I miss running so much I've had TWO dreams in a row about going for a run. Two night in a row, rather.

JENN: Any hope on the horizon?

MOON: Perhaps. I don't want to jinx myself.

JENN: Okay, well, I'll hope for you! You have a 5K coming up, right?

MOON: Novemberishhhhh. Three miles will be easyyyy.

JENN: Haha, good!

MOON: I just need to make sure I'm actually here that weekend and not traveling (residency). I think C's schedule is somewhat solidified. I'm going to Minnesota in a few weeks just for the weekend
I am pretty much just hanging out in the hotel while C does his thing. But, I AM so excited to just... go somewhere that's not to work.

JENN: Oooh, maybe you can run there!

MOON: As long as it isn't snowing. ☺

JENN: Oh dear. It is getting to be that time again, isn't it?

Before we get to the roundup, I wanted to do a quick shout out to the Swagtastic Virtual Race team. I'm not a big virtual race runner, but I signed up for this one in the hopes of getting to try some neat new samples and I was NOT disappointed. Look at all this loot!


Bonus: my 13.1 virtual half acted as my last long run before the Marine Corps Marathon. Taper time from here, folks!

Right, so, anyway. Roundup time!

- Back at Square Zero stays safe while running.
- Why I runDisney defies the haters and counts himself as a finisher.
- If you'll be at MCM too, check out Pink Elephant on Parade's spectator tips.
- We Run Disney makes peace with the treadmill.
- The Disney Tourist Blog offers SUPER ADORABLE Disney dressing tips. (Sarah is way pretty and needs to do my makeup.)
- 'Tis the season for Disney food news! On the Festival tip: more great reviews from easyWDW, an op-ed on the nitro truffle from Walt Disney World for Grownups, and a recap of the French Family Meal Traditions lunch event from On the Go in MCO; plus an Afternoon Tea review from Home is Where the Mouse Is because we love tea so much.

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, October 15, 2015

In Which Jenn Has One Major Running Shoe Rule

When purchasing running shoes, always select the loudest, most obnoxious colors available.


(In all seriousness, though, here are my two running sneakers: Brooks Ravenna 6 and Nike Zoom Vomero 10. The former offers a lot more support and the latter is lighter and speedier. I intend to take the Ravennas with me to the Marine Corps Marathon but keep the Nikes in rotation for shorter runs and races. Also, LOOK AT THE COLORS!!!)

Do you use more than one model/brand of running shoe? Do you care about color? (Yes.)

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, October 14, 2015

Kill/Refurb/Marry: 2015 Food & Wine Festival Foods

Kill/Refurb/Marry time! This month's blog hop topic is an obvious one - and one I've tackled before. We're choosing items from the Epcot Food & Wine Festival!

I have very deliberately not looked at what I posted last time in the hopes of keeping the past from influencing the present.

Kill: Anything with peas or grapes or cherry tomatoes or blueberries

I realize this is an extremely non-specific answer, but I must choose it, and here's why: if a F&W Festival item contains any of the above, I WILL NOT EAT IT, no matter how well-reviewed it is. I have a bizarre phobia of small round objects, and while different items create in me different levels of anxiety, none of them make me happy. Also, if anything YOU are eating contains peas or grapes especially, I am WALKING AWAY and NOT COMING BACK UNTIL YOU'RE DONE. UGH UGH UGH.

Refurb: Desserts and champagne

Back to quasi-rationality. I know I said I wasn't going to talk about last year's similar post, but can I help if I have a pretty solid memory? I'm fairly certain I picked the same thing to refurb last year, for the same reason: the desserts are lame and the champagne is too expensive. Plus you can't even get the desserts individually, which sucks if there's an item or ingredient you definitely and definitively don't want. Straighten up, desserts and champagne! You're some of my favorite things and I would much rather marry you.


Speaking of which...

Marry: Pao de queijo

ALL THE PAO DE QUEIJO ALL THE TIME. SO EXCITED DELICIOUS TO ENSUE IS IT NOVEMBER YET???


(Honorable mention to that new nitro truffle thingee from The Chew. Excited to see how that turns out.)

See ya at Wine & Dine! :D :D :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!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Happy Friday: What's This About The Dark Side Of The Moon?

In case you'd forgotten about it, we now present the finest modern Disney song available to your ears. Be a man: click "play."



You're welcome.

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, October 7, 2015

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/07

JENN: I'm gonna go make some tea; you tell me how your week in running has been.

MOON: It's been rather uneventful. Last week was the gloomiest week in recent history. They were handing out sand bags because of the hurricane. o_O I thought about investing in a boat, even.

JENN: I hear running the track on cruise ships is good fun. Depending on how entrepreneurial you were planning on being with this purchase.

MOON: Ha, I'm not sure I can go that deep. I was thinking a kayak or something. Should Pratt St. go under.

Like this, only not in WDW, so WAY less awesome.

JENN: I guess all that rain would preclude running for those of use who are boatless. But wait, you have a treadmill now, right?

MOON: Oh, I do. I'm just stating the gloom in general. Even when I'm in the UK it's not as gloomy and wet as it was last week.

JENN: Should be nicer next week, though! Running plans?

MOON: Hopefully straight through the city. :) How was your week?

JENN: Eh, okay. Last week was largely about 20 Miler recovery - kinda slow with some replacement walks.

Looking ahead, I bought some new sneakers in BOTH styles this week so I plan to test them out on my final 13 miler before the Marine Corps Marathon.

MOON: My goodness. That is a full schedule. And new sneakers is awesome! What did you go with?

JENN: I got one of my pair of my current Nikes and one pair of my old standby Brooks Ravenna 6s; I'm thinking the former are for shorter runs and the latter are for longer.

MOON: Interesting. What do you find you need more in longer runs that the Nikes don't provide?

JENN: Cushioning and support - my 20 Miler last week was pretty cruddy.

But never fear, we now turn our attention to better things: the roundup!

- We Run Disney sympathizes with the Boston almosts.
- The Run Streak ponders running fuel.
- Elbowglitter makes a great point about bodies.
- The Disney Hipsters know that the first day of vacation is the best day. I'm not alone!
- The Main Street Gazette is also sad about recent Disney park price increases.
- Get used to lots of Disney food coverage while Epcot's Food & Wine Festival is going on! This week we've got reports from On the Go in MCO and easyWDW, plus a bonus Disney mixology post from Capturing Magical Memories.

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, October 6, 2015

In Which Jenn Hacks Her Headphones

Can you run without music? I can - to a point - kind of - but UGH. I also sweat. Therefore, running-specific headphones are a must for me.

Which is why I was so incredibly distressed when I couldn't find my yurbuds last week - they're the headphones with the in-ear twist-lock buds, and then the model I use also has over-ear hooks. I got out my backup pair and it promptly shorted out. Naturally.

Sure, I could buy another pair, but for the immediate future I was in a bit of a bind. So I got clever.

Yurbuds come with multiple bud covers so you can find the best fit for you. I busted out my unused covers, slapped them on some old iPhone earbuds, et voila!


Did my jury-rigged running headphones work as well as the real deal? Eh, not quite - they didn't feel AS secure; they can't twist and there's no hook. Did they work for an hour of running? Absolutely!

I don't want this to be a permanent fix for my headphone problem. Luckily, I found my missing pair and all is now right with the world. But - what if I lose them again? What if they short out too?

I can buy another pair of backup yurbuds, but I've now had two pairs die on me. A Twitter follower suggested Bose Sport headphones, but they're kind of expensive... still, if they actually last, it'd be cheaper to get one pair than to be constantly replacing my yurbuds.

In the meantime, it's good to know I have a stopgap measure in place!

What type of headphones do you use for running?

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, October 1, 2015

In Which Elizabeth Recaps Her Third 5K

Please welcome the ever-fabulous Elizabeth, who comes to us today with her very first guest post! She ran the Annapolis Run for the Light House 5K last weekend. Here's her take.

So I'm new to this whole recap thing, and there really isn't much to report, as I was just doing a 5K, but the Light House 5K went pretty well! I only managed to take one not-very-good picture of the starting line, because I realized that I had forgotten to charge my phone when I got there and it was almost dead, but the website has a lovely video that gives you an idea of the scenery.  


The half-marathoners had to run outside the park and then loop back in, but I got to spend the entire time on the park trails.  They warned us that parts of the trail might be slippery due to moss, but I didn't have trouble (though I could see how someone actually running might need to be cautious). The trails are rather narrow which made things interesting a couple of times when I wanted to pass people who were walking two abreast, but everyone was generally very good about making way for the runners.

When I got my race results I was originally confused as to how I'd entered a time warp, because the first message I got said that my time was 1h 22m, and I know I'm not THAT slow, even if I walk. It turned out the system forgot that I hadn't started at the same time as the half-marathoners, and my actual time was 40 minutes, which is about what I expected (and better than I've done before, so woo-hoo!).

All in all it was a very pleasant day for a jog, and I'm glad I went!

Thanks Elizabeth! We'll make a runner out of you yet!

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!