Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/25

Sorry, kids, still no Moon this week - she remains busy with this "real life" thing she keeps talking about (what a weirdo!). So you're left with Jenn. Bummer. 



But! You know what isn't a bummer? All the live broadcasts the Disney Parks Blog has been doing! Yesterday they streamed Disneyland's afternoon parade and while I wasn't able to watch it myself I love the concept. I watched the Christmas parade and Osborne Lights streams, and while it's no substitute for being there, it's a definite step up from random YouTube videos.

Anyway. This livestreaming, Disney. I love it. Keep it up. Aside from that, not much else to report except I continue to run and it's not bad. To the roundup!

- Elbowglitter is suspicious of the current iteration of the Princess Half.
- Pink Elephant on Parade ran it; no suspicions reported.
- Speaking of which, Running at Disney has a theory about next year's race. If it proves true, I may have to be there...
- Backing up a bit, Suzanne Ran discusses Dopey takeaways. Hey, I did that once!
- Fairytales & Fitness offers a nifty new way to tie your running shoes.
- The Disney Tourist Blog is doing the Disneyland Paris Half!
- Walt Disney World for Grownups discusses ways to cheer up post Disney trip.
- Mom's Magical Miles <3s Disney's Animal Kingdom. ME TOO!

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, February 24, 2016

In Which Jenn Gets An Awesome Deal On Running Shoes

Hi, my name is Jenn, and I just got myself a brand new pair of Brooks Ravenna 6 running sneakers, normally $110, for $56. I KNOW! I was psyched too!

Pretty! But not the all time prettiest.

How did I accomplish such an amazing feat? Well, Brooks recently came out with their Ravenna 7, so they're unloading all their old 6 inventory. I definitely want to try the 7s eventually, but the 6s work fine and older shoe models go for much cheaper. For example, Brooks was selling its Ravenna 6s for $70.

A good deal to be sure. But just in case, I checked retailmenot.com to see if there were any discount codes, and... BAM! 20% off sale sneakers! Down to $56 we go, with free shipping!

If you use Brooks sneakers, don't mind slumming in last year's models, and want to try to replicate this success for yourself, the I used the code LEAPYEAR at brooksrunning.com. Neither Brooks nor Retail Me Not has sanctioned my sharing this, so I have no idea how long it'll work or whether it'll work for you. But it's definitely worth a shot, no?

Will you get anything with this code? How do you mitigate the tremendous cost of running shoes? Do you demand the latest models or are you cool with gallivanting about in the sartorial equivalent of old news?

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, February 23, 2016

In Which Jenn Rebels Against The Status Quo


There is a thing.

There is a thing highly recommend to runners, especially after a race or hard workout.

It's a thing you could even say is considered practically mandatory.

Well, I WILL NOT DO IT. NOT NOW, NOT EVER.

What is this thing that I cannot accept?

It is the cold shower. CAN'T. WON'T. HOT SHOWERS OR DEATH. MUSCLES, SUCK IT UP AND TAKE IT.

Thank you, that is all.


P.S. Ice bath? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no.

Can you stomach a cold shower? How about a tepid-to-warmish one? How does it not make you want to cry? I'm asking.

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, February 19, 2016

In Which Jenn Finally Has A Race Schedule In Place

I've been putting this post off for quite a while due to chronic boredom. Not that I'm bored with running and racing, but rather my race schedule was boring. For some time my first planned race wasn't until September. September. Ugh. What kind of runner can wait that long???

Well, the kind who didn't enjoy last year's Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and doesn't want to brave the potentially perilous weather of March for Rock 'n Roll anything. And more importantly, the kind of runner who is trying trying TRYING SO HARD to guard her wallet for once. (You're still hurting me, Dopey.)

What changed, then, you ask? Well, yesterday this happened:

Race 1: ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon, June 4

From Dancing to Running posted something the other day about training for ZOOMA Annapolis and I was like "Annapolis say what now?" Do you know who lives in Annapolis? Elizabeth! Do you know who already have a pre-race sleepover and post-race breakfast plan in place? Me and Elizabeth! Not even the threat of an out-and-back could keep me from registering for this economically reasonable, friendshippity awesomeness of a race.

Pro tip: if you want to run this race, check for discount codes. I found lots of 10% off codes for various locations.

And now for the rest of my plans!

Race 1.5: Tessitura Network 5K, sometime in August

This year the conference is in DC, so I may or may not be staying in the conference hotel. If I'm not, there's no way on earth I'm braving early morning Beltway traffic for a basic 5K. Nuh uh. Not on your life.

Race 2: Parks Half Marathon, September 11

I mean, it's practically in my backyard. I can walk home from the finish, for crying out loud. I made my half marathon PR last year. How can I not?

Race 3: National Capital 20 Miler, September 25

Because I need a redemption run. Also, this acts as my 20-mile practice run for...

Race 4: Marine Corps Marathon, October 30

Assuming I make the lottery. But even if I don't, I'm reasonably confident I can get a bib through the sanctioned bib transfer program. Anyone ever done this? I have discovered I find charity bibs too stressful.

Race 5: Wine & Dine Half Marathon, November 5

My wish list: for it not suffer cuts due to inclement weather. Really, for there not to be inclement weather. Other than that: I AM ALREADY EXCITED FOR FOOD. I MEAN THIS RACE. I MEAN FOOD. I MEAN WHAT???

Bonus Race 6: WDW Marathon, January 10

Peeking ahead a bit to 2017, I'm already planning on hitting up the WDW Marathon again, even if it means another weekend trip. I maaaaay do Goofy, but I'm still pondering. Once I have finished my ponder, I will share my thought process here, because I have a blog so I can tell you about the things happening in my brain whether you like it or not. HA!


There it is, friends: my 2016 race schedule. Not as robust as some schedules I've had in the past, but it'll keep me going through the long runs of training. And that's what racing is all about, no?

What's your race schedule look like? Will I see you at any of the above?

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, February 18, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/18

Heyyyy! Jenn again. Guess what I did on Tuesday? A FIFTEEN MILER! What with various taper periods, injuries, and a general lack of get-it-togetherness, this is my longest training run since August. Yikes. (In my defense, I did run two marathons and a twenty miler in the interim. But still.)

Did you know Twitter can be a huge help when going for a long run? I do now! I tweeted some of my 15er ordeal and somehow got myself a cheerleader:


ScootADoot, wherever you are, I love you.

So yeah! That's where I am right now, running-wise. Gotta build that strength back up, but I'll get there.

And now: the roundup.

- Back at Square Zero works out on the go.
- Fairytales & Fitness features workout gear for animal lovers! Squee!
- Parkeology killed Leota. Embarrassing.
- Mouse on the Mind monkeys around.
- Home Is Where The Mouse Is makes the Wilderness Lodge's cheese fondue.
- Walt Disney World for Grownups digs the American Adventure pavilion at Epcot.
- The Disney Hipsters hit the Skipper Canteen for a vegetarian review.

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 atfairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

In Which Jenn Does Blog Inventory

Internal roundup!


Yes, it's time once again for that favorite of posts: the one that links to all those other posts. I did it last year, but a lot (say, about a year's worth) of stuff has happened since then, so here's last year's list augmented with new stuff. Woo! Let me know if you think I've missed any important post categories or are looking for something in particular.

Onward!

Here is a comprehensive listing of all my multi-day theme park (mostly Disney!) trip reports so far:

We also have some day trip park reports if you're into that kind of thing:

And since this is also a running blog and people tend to enjoy race recaps, here's a listing of those too:

Have thoughts on what you read? Feel free to comment no matter how old the post - I can assure you I'll see it. And if YOU have a particularly good trip report you'd like to share, let me know; I love those things!

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 atfairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Friday: It's Kinda Fun To Do The Impossible

... sometimes. And sometimes not.


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, February 11, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/11

Another Jenn-only week in review, but this time as less of a downer - I had a GREAT run this week. Like, you know the kind of run where you say "I will run until X" and then you get to X and you keep going for awhile longer 'cause you feel good and know you can no problem? Yeah, one of those. Chasing those moments is what keeps me from quitting running altogether.

Oh, who am I kidding; runDisney is what keeps me from quitting running altogether. It's over a month away from registration but I'm already counting down the days until I can sign up for Wine & Dine...


And with that, let us proceed to the roundup.

- Fairytales & Fitness knows how to get the most life out of your Garmin.
- Main Street Gazette details Disneyland's Lunar New Year celebrations.
- Theme Park Insider has an interesting discussion about what makes a good queue.
- Living A Disney Life describes what it's like to be selected for WDW's new additional screening.
- WDW for Grownups digs Epcot's China Pavilion.
- Drunk at Disney gives in to Disney Springs.
- The Disney Tourist Blog got to go to Club 33!

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, February 10, 2016

In Which Jenn Knows Things Because Epcot

I am extremely proud of myself: I have converted my boyfriend to one of my favorite music genres! I'm talking Irish/Gaelic folk/punk/rock of the Flogging Molly persuasion. He's been listening to the Flogging Molly Pandora station and dug up all sorts of awesome songs, some I don't even know.

One such song is the traditional "Mari-Mac," specifically as performed live by Great Big Sea. He's been working on learning the guitar chords, and as the music played one day I caught something in the lyrics: "hills of Banoffee."

Banoffee, I thought. I've heard that word before. You can get a Banoffee tart at the Scotland kiosk during Epcot's Food and Wine Festival. Therefore...

"Is this song Scottish?" I asked.

"Yup," he said.

And that's how I applied my WDW knowledge to the real world.


Have you ever had an unexpected bit of information thanks to WDW?

One more thing before I go - today is the last chance to enter the running belt giveaway. Click here to add your name to the pool!

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, February 5, 2016

In Which Jenn Does Not Believe In Meal Replacement

Hey, remember that time I got an Influenster Vox Box? And how I was honest in my reviews? And how I said because of that I'd probably never get another one?

Well, I was wrong. SO FAR. This may be the one to ruin it all.

You see, this Vox Box was filled with Slim Fast products. And while I don't mean to pick on Slim Fast specfically here, as a recovering disordered eater I am extremely leery of diet products. I don't like the regimentation, I don't like the limitations, I don't like the emphasis on pre-packaged, processed meal replacements over actually eating a meal. But I also don't like being negative, so I decided to just keep quiet about this one.

Until I got an email from Influenster recognizing that I am a blogger and encouraging me to weigh in on my box with a post. Well. Ask and ye shall receive.


My box contained four Slim Fast items: a potato chip substitute, a cinnamon cookie substitute, a meal replacement bar, and a meal replacement shake. The shake was too sweet and frankly kind of gross; I took a couple sips and tossed the rest in the trash (I had the vanilla flavor; chocolate may have been more palatable). The bar was fine but for something that's supposed to replace a meal it kept me full for maaaaaybe two hours. The crisps were tasty but didn't provide much sustenance either. Of the three, the sour cream and onion "chips" were the best, in that the portion was fairly generous and as a snack it kept me satisfied for several hours. If you're going to buy a Slim Fast product, I'd go with that one.

HOWEVER. I strongly dislike all of this, for the reasons noted above but primarily for this: what, am I just supposed to eat Slim Fast and only Slim Fast? Plus just celery and apples or whatever? Forever? Until I've lost enough weight? How much is that? Then what? What about if I just had a hard workout and... no, never mind. Slim Fast can't possibly sustain a workout.

Again, not to single out Slim Fast exclusively here. They are but one brand in a sea of products promising to make you skinny. Screw those brands. Don't let them tell you what to eat. Don't let them define what you need. Embrace eating intuitively, with a mind to how you feel and how you WANT to feel. I know it's hard - hell, I still struggle with it every day. But if the answer lies anywhere, it's definitely NOT in the words "meal replacement."

I am willing to field alternate opinions here. Has anyone had great success with something like Slim Fast?

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, February 4, 2016

The Fairest Giveaway (& Review) Of All: SLS3 Dual Pocket Running Belt

Settle in, folks - it's time for giveaway #2. BUT FIRST: a review of the product you could win!

I was contacted about a month ago by SLS3 with an offer to try out their Dual Pocket Running Belt, categorized as for women and billed as waterproof. I've always been intrigued by the idea of a running belt, but I was always leery of the potential fit issues (more on this in a bit). But here was an opportunity to try one out for free - why not take the shot? A couple weeks later I had it in hand and took it for a run.

The dual pocket running belt is of unassuming but practical design. There are two zippered compartments, both of which stretch to accommodate I can only assume just about anything you'd want to jam in there. The smaller pocket wasn't long enough for my iPhone 6+, but the larger worked fine. I'm not saying you could cram an iPad mini in there, but I'm not not saying that. You could totally fit your phone, keys, credit cards, AND snacks all at once as long as you Tetrised it out properly.

Modeled here by my trusty 2008 iPhone, which lives a second life as my iPod.

Before we get to the running experience: about those body fit issues. See, I have what you might term a bit of junk in a trunk. A badonkadonk. An ass, as they say, that does not quit, even when you kind of wish it would. It gets going higher up on the torso than your average butt. As such, I look upon any sort of hip-wrapping item with extreme suspicion, and this belt was no exception. It was in the name of science that I placed the belt around my hips all the same and started running.

And it worked - sort of - at first. The creep was soooo slow and subtle as to be nearly imperceptible. I had to slide it back down my hips every five minutes or so, which isn't that bad, all things considering - I mean, it's not like there was any annoying bouncing or anything going on, and really I was being preemptive; it didn't move THAT far. Ultimately, though, I decided that the best thing to do would be to hike it up to my waist proper, tighten it all the way, and see how that worked.

In a word: well! On my waist the belt stayed just fine, and I found a frequently forgot I was even wearing it, even with my iPhone ensconced within. As for waterproof... ness, it wasn't raining in the gym but I DID sweat on it a bit when it was at my hips and the phone came out dry.

I call this a success and will not hesitate to slap this belt on when the warmer months hit and I start running outdoors again. It'll be perfect for storing mid-run fuel and, most importantly, my keys.


In short: if on-the-hip is a priority for you and/or you have a butt of some renown, skip this belt. If you're cool with having the belt sit at your waist, it's a good deal and I can pretty much guarantee it'll hold any reasonable thing you want it to hold in some quantity (minus a water bottle, although I think they offer hydration belts as well). It even comes with multiple zipper colors if you're trying to match a costume.

You can get the SLS3 Dual Pocket Running Belt at their online store for about $30 OR, if you jump on it now, you can get it at their Amazon store for a mere $13. Not sure how long that deal will last, but you'll be hard pressed to beat it.

Or if you're very lucky, you can win it right here! SLS3 has graciously provided me with one Dual Pocket Running Belt to give away to my readers. Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below. You've got one week to enter. Good luck!

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Do you use a running belt? Does your ass ever quit? Mine doesn't.

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, February 3, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/03

Hey guys! Moon is still AWOL, so it's just Jenn again. I was hoping I could liven up my one-woman show with an exciting vacation announcement today, but it fell through. :( :( :( The good news, though, is that I managed a ten miler last night, so: things are looking up on the running front! I still have a ways to go before I'm back up to my pre-injury fitness level, but I'm feeling reasonably good about it. :) :) :)

My whackadoodle ramblings out of the way: last week's giveaway is now CLOSED and I'll be picking a winner today. Bummed? Don't be - I've got another one in the works TOMORROW. Hint: it's running related, and it's no waist of time.


Right. See you back here tomorrow. On to the roundup!

- Prairie Princess Runners gets going when the going gets tough.
- Elbowglitter is down with the treadmill. ME TOO.
- Pink Elephant On Parade points on the problem with Weight Watchers and similar programs.
- An Open Suitcase wants us to stay safe when vacationing solo.
- Fairytales & Fitness has some neat ideas to enhance runDisney races.
- Living A Disney Life enjoys sake in Epcot's Japan Pavilion. Cue nostalgia on my end...
- Mom's Magical Miles recaps WDW Marathon Weekend eats.
- Gluten Free in Orlando had the Remy Champagne Brunch on the Disney Fantasy. Lucky duck!
- Home is Where the Mouse Is rightly digs my beloved carrot cake cookie.

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!