Wednesday, August 31, 2016

In Which Jenn Gears Up For Fall Race Season

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present to you: Team Jenn's Fall Races!


Consisting of two pairs of Nike Zoom Vomero 10s and two rolls of Team USA KT Tape Pro, which I found on clearance at Target which was awwwweeeeesoooooome.

Plan is as follows: wear first pair of 10s for remainder of training cycle + Navy-Air Force Half + National Capital 20 Miler; swap to other pair for last couple runs before + Marine Corps Marathon and then Wine & Dine a week later. Switch BACK to first pair for more training as they'll still have some life in them, after which I'll hot swap in the second pair for the WDW Marathon.

Hot swap.

Then we're back up for review. KT Tape to be applied as and where needed, most likely to hips and/or knees.

I may be adding a few team members at a later date; namely, a pair of Vomero 11s just to see and some running socks. Any recommendations on that front? I had ordered more socks with my sneakers but the warehouse ran out and then Jackrabbit just refunded me.

But what you see above is the core. Now let's all go destroy our fall races!

What gear is in your race rotation?

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, August 30, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/30


Did anyone watch Disney's live stream of the Main Street Electrical Parade on Sunday night? I did, and was both distressed and baffled by their decision to cut away halfway through the parade and start talking to random park visitors about, like, their favorite to snack to eat while watching the parade or whatever. I thought for sure they'd cut back to the parade where they left off but NO; they SKIPPED a whole chunk of it. WTF? I missed the donkey boys! :( A truly ludicrous occurrence and I'm still kinda sad about it.

First world problems aside, here's how my training went last week:

Sunday | rest

Monday | ran 17.35 miles on the treadmill in 3:00 hours like a BOSS
My prep run for the National Capital 20 Miler next month; my goal was 16 miles but in the back of my mind I knew I wanted 17. Annnnnd I did it! Click here to find out how I managed to make it happen without dying of dread and/or boredom.

Tuesday | walked 2.12 miles outside in 35 minutes

Wednesday | ran 10.05 miles outside in 1:50
My hip was just a touch sore after Monday's long run, but nothing I couldn't handle. I may grab some KT Tape and slap it on for my upcoming races as a precautionary measure.

Thursday | walked 2.12 miles outside in 35 minutes
Either that, or I went back in time and did Tuesday's walk again. Hard to be sure.

Friday | ran 4.42 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes

Saturday | rest

So that's my thing. How have your guys been doing?

Anyway, now for the roundup.

- Flowers Croon refuses to be bored on a run.
- Magic of Running is an environmentally conscious pavement-pounder.
- Half Crazy Mama makes an awesome Buzz Lightyear running costumes.
- Living A Disney Life warns against Disney trip snafus.
- Disney Tourist Blog nails why Guardians of the Galaxy in Epcot would be a Very Bad Thing.
- Main Street Gazette terrifies me with details of The Great Movie Ride's Alien section.
- Mouse on the Mind offers more WDW apartment listings I wish were real.
- Rolling with the Magic visits The Ganachery at Disney Springs. Gotta go soon!

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, August 25, 2016

In Which Jenn Gets Jazzed For A Long Run

Last week I came to a startling realization: I was actually excited about my planned 16 mile run.

I expressed this unexpected feeling on Twitter and received the expected response: that I was crazy, and everyone who had a long run on the docket was dreading it.

And so I thought: what if I explained how I got myself this psyched up? Maybe my fellow runners could follow the same method and at least manage to downgrade outright dread to reluctant acceptance. In that spirit, try some of these on for shoe size:

Get some new music. Duh. Everyone knows this one. But seriously, do it. Despite my alt-rock leanings, I fired up some of the Ke$ha I'm less familiar with, because BEATS. Highly recommend serious beats for running.

Perfect segue to...

Get some new gear. CAREFULLY. This is a long run, after all; introducing new clothes could lead you into an exciting new world of chafing, sweating, smelling, etc. Save it for the short run and see how it performs there. Use your tried-and-true clothes here. BUT. How about clothes you already have exactly but in a dangerously different color? Or a new hat or sunglasses, something you can remove easily if it's not working out for you? Myself, I was wildly excited to have found a value 12-pack of elastic headbands in the bargain bin at Rite-Aid - I snagged 'em for $1.42. GLITTERY GOLD TO THE RESCUE.

Get your favorite pre- and mid-run snacks. Again, nothing you haven't tried before - now is not the time to puke on the side of the trail (or down the side of your treadmill; someone's going to have to clean that mess up, and it could be you). I had a box of Swedish Fish to munch on my walk to the gym and a mocha Clif Shot (plus caffeine!) for the midway point. Happy tongue, happy... um... sorry, nothing logical rhymes with tongue. Just eat something good, is all I'm saying.


And on that note...

Plan an awesome night-before dinner and post-run meal. Assuming you're doing this run in the morning, of course; if not, adjust accordingly. I had Neapolitan pizza and it was DELICIOUS.

Post-run, I made myself a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie with chocolate protein powder. Good stuff.

There you have it. How do you know my methods work? Because I ran SEVENTEEN miles. BAM! Now go forth and smash those long runs! (And if you can only choose one thing, I highly recommend the glittery gold headband.)

What are your long run tips and tricks?

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, August 24, 2016

The Favorite Photos: Universal Studios, 2011 - 2015

My last retrospective album post focuses on Universal Studios. Here are my favorite photos from there. (See also: First Photos and Last Photos.)

Once again, apologies for photo quality; 2/3 of these are really old.


The year: 2011
The companion(s): Elizabeth
The title of the album: CONSTANT VIGILANCE!
The why: I LOVE SHARKS


The year: 2012
The companion(s): My cousin and his best friend
The title of the album: Mischief managed
The why: David and Sandy talked to this fountain (think the late lamented Push in the Magic Kingdom or the palm tree in DAK) for like 45 minutes. There are different people working it, using different voices, so it's a hit-or-miss attraction, but if you get the guy with the acerbic wit and deep voice, say hi!


The year: 2015
The companion(s): Sometimes coworkers; sometimes just myself
The title of the album: I solemnly swear I am up to no good
The why: Atmospheric, intriguing, beckoning - everything that makes Diagon Alley truly excellent.

And that's a wrap. I've really enjoyed delving into all my old park photo albums. Got anything else you want me to check out? Favorite, I don't know, animal photo or castle photo or whatever? Let me know in the comments!

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, August 23, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/23

My training is ramping up! Last week was maintenance, this week is peaking, and next week I begin tapering for the Navy-Air Force Half/National Capital 20 Miler. Let's look at last week's numbers:


Sunday | rest

Monday | 10.75 miles on the treadmill in 1:50
Too hot to run outdoors.

Tuesday | walked 2.1 miles in 35 minutes

Wednesday | ran 10.71 miles on the treadmill in 1:50
Planned to do this one outside, but again, too hot.

Thursday | ran 4.34 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes

Friday | walked 3.17 miles in 50 minutes
Switched my run and walk to rest up for my long run on Monday. I usually walk outside, but this time it was on the treadmill; I added some incline work, which was new to me.

Saturday | rest

Right then. Roundup!

- Rae is a Darlin' races in adversity.
- Elbowglitter believes in the Galloway method.
- The Disney Tourist Blog is the #1 authority on Disney park toilets.
- Main Street Gazette visit Les Halles bakery in Epcot's France.
- WDW for Grownups considers that eternal mystery: what's up with Song of the South?
- The Disney Hipsters love Epcot's World Showcase. ME TOO!
- Disney In Your Day shows off her latest WDW purchases.
- Davelandblog has footage of Steve Martin working at WDW.
- Plus the Magic hits up the Nomad Lounge in DAK.
- Mouse on the Mind has dinner at Remy on the Dream.

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, August 19, 2016

Happy Friday: Aladdin's At The Top Of The Food Chain

This is my dad's favorite Lion King joke. (Myself, I'm partial to "Why? Is he sick?" So let me know if you've seen a meme for that.)



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, August 18, 2016

In Which Jenn Misses Disney's Partnership With Nescafe (WAIT I CAN EXPLAIN)

A lot of Disney fan discussion centers around coffee. Where to get the best coffee on property, where to get the cheapest coffee, is Starbucks in fact a gift from God or a Satan-born waste of Main Street Bakery space (yes but also yes). But the one thing just about everyone seems to agree upon is this: Thank God Joffrey replaced the glorified piss that was Nescafe.

The coffee company, not the universally reviled GoT character.

And not without reason. I think we can all agree that Nescafe was barely coffee, being as it is basically instant coffee powder. The nerve of them, making us pay for that stuff. But here's the weird thing: I kinda miss it.

Don't get me wrong, even an occasional coffee drinker such as myself can tell that Nescafe is NOT delicious. When I buy a latte in the parks, I want it to be a GOOD latte, not gross powder coffee water. I do not deviate that far from the path of general consensus.

However - you know those big urns of coffee they put out in the food courts? At least they do it that way in the value resorts; I dunno if they make the coffee experience fancier at more expensive lodgings. I have these really fond memories from my 2011 trip of filling my Disney refillable mug halfway with crappy coffee from a giant silver urn, then topping it off with hot chocolate and little bit of cream before heading off to the park for a day of fun. This was before I started running, and I was just a girl on a Disney trip, enjoying a week of park awesomeness with her then-boyfriend, starting her morning with a sugary, caffeinated sludge that was at once disgusting and amazing.

So. Nescafe. It's decidedly un-delicious. But without it, I can't recreate the park sludge taste I remember. And the very robust nostalgic side of me wishes I could.

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, August 17, 2016

In Which Jenn Is Not Dopey

For the third year in a row, I am signed up for the WDW Marathon. Hooray! But you may have noticed, for the second year in a row, I am NOT signed up for Dopey.

Don't get me wrong - when I knocked out the Dopey Challenge in 2015, I LOVED it. I was SO happy: running four races, finishing my second marathon, being in Walt Disney World for a full week with my boyfriend. It was AWESOME. About as awesome as it gets. I would kill to do it again. I'd even do that exact week over again if you have a time machine you're willing to lend me, temporal prime directive be damned.



All that being said, I don't see doing it again in the near future, and the reason for that is twofold:

  1. The cost. Oh man, the cost. This is, like, 90% of the reason why I don't expect to go Dopey for another couple years at least. There is of course the cost of the races, which I think is now up over $600. Then there's the cost of your flight, but then that's about the same regardless of how long you're in Orlando. Not so for your park tickets and especially hotel costs, both of which get more expensive as you expand your trip. Same with your food needs. Even a bare-bones Dopey experience has got to knock you back a couple thousand dollars. And as much as I think it's totally worth it, I simply don't have the dough drop year after year. Hell, my bank account is still recovering from 2015. Maybe if I ONLY did Dopey and didn't visit WDW otherwise I could do it every year or two, but I'd rather have the additional park and race trips. So there's that.
     
  2. Then there's the other 10% - the experience. Perhaps you have also noticed I didn't sign up for Goofy. Goofy is certainly not cheap, but as it only adds one race, (optionally) one park day, one day of food, and one hotel night to the total, it doesn't require nearly the same level of expenditure. It's MORE, yes, but I could probably swing it if I put a little thought into a plan.

    But I have not. I decided to stick with just the WDW Marathon because of the magnificent time I had last year. Dopey is glorious, like I said just now, but like I also said a long time ago, it does drain some of the fun out of racing. It becomes less about enjoying the WDW Marathon and more about JUST FINISHING GOD I'M SO TIRED. And while I was super proud of myself for completing the Dopey Challenge, I can't say the process filled me with joy in the same way it did when I ran the marathon only last year. That was probably my favorite runDisney race experience yet. I want to see if I can match it. I don't want to potentially ruin it with more miles that cost me more money. If I'm going to do that, I think I'm going to hold out and save up for Dopey again.

That's my thought process, anyway. What about you guys? You doing the challenges? Why or why not? Most importantly, do you have $2,000 to spare and want to sponsor my Dopey repeat?

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, August 16, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/16

I was at a conference last Sunday afternoon through Thursday morning, so my schedule was a bit discombobulated - no lunchtime walks and in some cases unfamiliar running territory. I did do a fair amount of power-walking around the conference center, though, which added to my daily count step even if it's not GPS official. Here's how all the official stuff went down:

Sunday | ran 14.22 miles on the treadmill in 2:25
Woke up to the exciting realization that I was getting Pat's cold, but I had 14 miles on the schedule and BY GOD I WAS RUNNING 14 MILES. So I did. And it actually went pretty well, which makes me feel optimistic about my 16 miler next week when I hopefully will not feel my ears when I swallow. But the rule is that if all your symptoms are above your chest, you're cool, right?

Monday | ran 3.53 miles on the treadmill in 40 minutes
Cold moved away from my throat so I did this run as planned. Sad that this hotel gym did not have flavored water like last year's.

Tuesday | Conference 5K in National Harbor; 3.1 miles in 33 minutes

Wednesday | rest
I had planned 4-5 miles AND a ballet class, but my cold had progressed to Coughing Mode and I elected to sleep in and chill my night away.

Thursday | ran 5.41 miles on the treadmill in 1:00
I had planned to go to ballet this night too, and technically I COULD have done it - but I was post-conference tired and kind of still in recovery mode so I wimped out. I'll get back on track next week.

Friday | ran 5.91 miles on the treadmill in 1:05

Saturday | rest

Monday is my 16 miler. Send good thoughts.



YOU WILL NOT OUTNERD ME

Okay. Roundup time!

- Fairytales & Fitness gets the most out of the act of running races.
- Back At Square Zero knows how to build a comprehensive training plan.
- Mouse on the Mind gets her Imagination Pavilion on...
- ... and so does The Disney Tourist Blog.
- Living A Disney Life assembles some purposeful WDW day bags.
- Sparkly Ever After takes a VIP WDW tour.
- The Disney Hipsters are back with more Last Photos in Epcot.
- Disney In Your Day enjoys the best drinks WDW has to offer.

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, August 12, 2016

In Which Jenn Recaps A (Literally) Sick 5K


Raise your hand if you've ever run a 5K while sick!

Damn, there are a lot of us, aren't there? Yes, I ran a 5K on Tuesday while nursing a cold. Well, to be fair, it was a "5Kish." We'll get there.

The conference I annually attend hosted said 5K, which explains why I went: it was right there outside the doors of my hotel, it was super low-key, and it was a great way to get a short run in without having to think too hard about it. So when my alarm rang at 5:30am I said nuts* to my cold, threw on some clothes, and meandered down to the Gaylord National pier.

There was no chip timing, and we all just kinda lined up behind the start and went when we were told to go - if you wanted a shot at actually winning, you needed to be at the very front, but I'm not a winning kind of runner anyway. I settled into a natural pace and let things ride.

I don't know how many of you are familiar with the National Harbor area, but I'm guessing not many of you because it's a huge pain to get to even if you do live in DC. But if you've been to a new development recently, the kind with a lot of shops and restaurants and high rises and brick walks in places and it's all really, really nice but also it has a sort of weirdly Stepford vibe, you know what it's like.

Anyway, the course started off down one of those brick walks, past a bunch of shops on our way to the waterfront. There was a water stop by the carousel, but it was only like .3 miles into the race so I ignored it. From then on we ran on a path along the harbor and Potomac river, occasionally a bit muddy but reasonably flat.

UNTIL WE GOT TO THE INCLINE. There was spiral ramp up to a bridge over the highway, which we were not running over but we WERE running to the top. Luckily I had the memory of the ZOOMA Half Marathon's hills to keep things in perspective. And let me tell you, the downhill portion was excellent.

Which is to say that it was an out-and-back, but that's all right - on a waterfront course of only a 5K that's not so bad. In fact, I never even bothered to stop at the water station; I just barreled right on through the entire race. Mind you, that race turned out according to my GPS watch to be only 2.8 miles long, but for what do you want for a free conference 5K? We even got medals this year! Cheap plastic medals, but medals all the same.


I'm not really sure what my time was as I let my GPS watch run while I did my cooldown. Supposedly there'll be times eventually but nothing's been posted. I'll update if I see anything.

I'm still kinda sick so I apologize if this race recap is particularly whackadoodle. TL;DR: I ran a 5K with a cold and it went fine.

Have you ever run a race while sick? How did that work out for you?

* Where my WWII historians at?

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, August 10, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/10

Hey guys! Quickie intro this time around; I'm at a conference AND Pat gave me a cold just in time for said conference, so I'm not going to lie: I'm phoning it in a little here. But at least I can tell you this happened:


More on that later of course.

New week in review format continues with a few minor changes - let me know if you have any thoughts on it!

Sunday | ran 4.45 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes

Monday | ran 7.03 miles on the treadmill in 1:10

Tuesday | walked 2.15 miles in 35 minutes, 75 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 10.21 miles outside in 1:50

Thursday | walked 2.17 miles in 35 minutes, 75 minute ballet class

Friday | ran 4.15 miles in 50 minutes

Saturday | rest day

That's all. Roundup time! Not a ton this week for the same reasons as listed above, but I betcha next week'll be a BIG one.

- The Magic of Running dives into making your race selections.
- Fairytales & Fitness knows running isn't immune to Murphy's Law.
- The Disney Hipsters do the Last Photos thing too (and did it first, I should point out!).
- Mouse on the Mind uncovers a weird "Mickey" of sorts.
- The Disney Tourist Blog considers the worth of Disney's club level rooms.
- WDW for Grownups selects the best cookies of WDW.

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, August 8, 2016

The Favorite Photos: WDW & Disneyland, 2013 - 2016

Continuing with the hardest portion of my Disney album audit, my favorite photos. (See also: First Photos and Last Photos.)


The year: 2013
The companion(s): Moon
The title of the album: I Know Every Mile Will Be Worth My While
The why: I mean, they liked our hats.


The year: 2013
The companion(s): My mom
The title of the album: Look for the bare necessities
The why: Cream of the crop, tip of the top, it's Mary Poppins and there we stop.


The year: 2014
THE PLACE: DISNEYLAND!
The companions: Moon
The title of the album: You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!
The why: SO MANY CHOICES. Had to go with this pre-race classic. WE ARE LADIES.


The year: 2014
The companion(s): Many wonderful bloggers and buddies
The title of the album: Y'know, for a clownfish he's not that funny
The why: I managed not to trample anyone as I rushed off the rainy Wine & Dine course and into my photo op with Festival of the Lion King Cast Members, but it was REALLY HARD. EEEE


The year: 2015
The companion(s): My boyfriend
The title of the album: Thank you, Florida (where my Silicon Valley peeps at?)
The why: Brooks retweeted this photo from the WDW 5K, and I was happy (but cold).


The year: 2015
The companion(s): Elizabeth
The title of the album: The thingamabob that does the job
The why: Oh, Osborne Lights. I'll miss you.


The year: 2016
The companion(s): None!
The title of the album: A very merry unbirthday to me
The why: I was going to choose my course photo with the Country Bears, but I ultimately had to go with the gospel choir pic. It comes closest to expressing the joy of that race.

One more post remains in the series: Universal Studios.

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, August 4, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/04

I've mentioned previously that the week in review seems kinda blah without Moon, so today I'm going to try something different. Instead of general chit-chat, I'm going to do a review of the previous week's workouts. I find myself often reading such entries on the blogs of others, so I figured I'd give it a shot. The roundup will continue as usual. Please let me know what you think!


Sunday, July 24 | ran 2.07 miles outside in 20 minutes
I was at Pat's brother's house and didn't have access to the treadmill, so I braved the great (hot) outdoors and it wasn't terrible.

Monday, July 25 | ran 2.06 miles outside in 20 minutes
Almost exactly the same.

Tuesday, July 26 | walked 2.38 miles in 40 minutes, 75 minute ballet class
I try to take walks during my lunch break during the warmer months. Watch this go right out the window as soon as the temperature dips below 60.

Wednesday, July 27 | ran 13.35 miles on the treadmill in 2:15
Got up early and knocked out a practice half to make up for the scant mileage earlier in the week.

Thursday, July 28 | walked 2.1 miles in 35 minutes, 75 minute ballet class

Friday, July 29 | ran 8.31 miles on the treadmill in 1:25

Saturday, July 30 | rest

More details can be found on my dailymile page.

Okay, now that that's out of the way: roundup time!

- Elbowglitter runs on the treadmill because it's awesome. Don't hate!
- From Dancing to Running keeps motivation high over the summer.
- Darlin' Rae digs deep.
- Will Run for Ears has a Disney running playlist, as is right and proper.
- Just Me & My Running Shoes explains how runDisney referrals work.
- A Pinch of Pixie Dust hits up the Skipper Canteen.
- WDW for Grownups goes on the Keys to the Kingdom tour.
- Disney In Your Day eats a Citrus Swirl. I love those!
- Mouse on the Mind succumbs to the charms of Flights of Wonder.
- Disney Dork Tom ponders the anatomy of Disney trip planning.
- This Fairy Tale Life went to Aulani!
- Disney Tourist Blog continues Figment Fridays because sometimes we DO deserve nice things.

What do you think of my new week in review format? Should I keep it like this, revert to the old style, or other (please specify)?

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, August 2, 2016

In Which Jenn Has A Grand Floridian Dream


I had the craziest WDW dream a couple weeks ago! And for once it didn't involve me missing/almost missing/generally messing up a runDisney race!

Okay, so the first thing that's weird about this dream is that I was staying at the Grand Floridian. This is stange enough, because there's no way in hell I could afford that, but it gets weirder: I was there with my parents. My parents would NEVER drop that kind of money on a hotel regardless of their financial situation, and also, their interest in WDW is cursory at best (although I'm working on it with my mom).

Anway, there was a lot of bizarre dream stuff where I think I may have been sick, but also I was sleeping, but ALSO I was on the treadmill in the hotel gym and my mom was trying to force-feed me gross apple juice because apparently this would help me feel better and also keep me from keeping other people awake, or something? I don't know. The usual dream logic.

But this is when the dream got fun. I was trying to make my way back to the room - but I couldn't remember my room number. I was walking through the GF's cavernous main lobby when I came upon a CM dressed as they do there, with the short pants and newsboy cap. I was walking behind two businessmen in suits when I decided to start singing "Let's Go Fly A Kite" from Mary Poppins, including the second verse because I'm a badass like that. This apparently impressed the CM, who began singing with me. We harmonized a beautiful, drawn out final note (OH! LET'S! GOOOOO! FLY A KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITE!*) and the businessmen applauded, and then everyone around us started clapping.

That's the bulk of my dream, but I will note that after that I somehow transported to the old style of resort arcade, when they used to have a prize counter, and it was HOPPING which was odd because in my dream it was like 1am. Also I passed a 3D Beauty and the Beast movie with a marquee and everything and I was like, that's weird, I didn't know there were attractions inside resorts, but I kept walking because I was still trying to find my room. I woke up before I ever found it. I hope my dream parents weren't worried.

And that may be the closest I ever get to staying in the Grand Floridian.


Have you had a Disney dream lately? What happened? Did you engage in impromptu karaoke too?

* No, sir. I don't mean you personally.

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, August 1, 2016

In Which Jenn Tries The Short Run

This week marked two strange runs for me. Indeed, these runs were of a style I almost never employ outside of mitigating circumstances. I'm talking about... TWO MILE RUNS.


I rarely do a short run outside of a taper or vacation. Less than five, maybe four miles is extremely unusual for me. Most of my runs are in the 9-10 mile area. But when dogsitting in another town meant I had no treadmill access, I had no choice but to run outside during a week with temperatures inching close to 100 degrees. And I forgot my headphones.

No music. No comfortable temperatures. I suspected it was gonna suck - but I wanted those runs.

So I played it smart. I waited until late in the evening, when sunset was less than an hour away (a luxury of short runs; with small mileage comes small time commitments). I wore shorts and a loose tank. I drank a full liter of seltzer water in the hours leading up to each event.

And when I finally set out... it was pretty all right! It was definitely still hot but the sun was slipping toward the horizon, no longer threatening to beat (down on) me. The lack of music was mitigated by running in a brand new neighborhood. I powered up inclines secure in the knowledge that I didn't need to save my legs for the miles ahead. But most of all - why didn't anyone tell me how mentally free you feel when you know you've only got two miles ahead of you?

I never took a walk break and ran all four total miles under 10 minutes/a mile, sometimes well under. That's pretty good a) for me b) without music c) when it's that hot d) and it's not hilly but it's not flat either e) and I'm not even pushing myself. I think my subconscious knew I didn't have far to go and gave my body permission to, shall we say, let it all run out. Gently of course, but all of it.

Do I expect to incorporate more runs of this ilk into my training? Um... I don't know. Should I? Do two milers actually do anything positive beyond the obvious better-than-nothing? I can see some potential pros. But I feel so... I don't know. Unaccomplished? Lazy? Guilty? Something. When I'm not tapering or vacationing I feel something negative when I'm not cranking out weekly mileage totals in the 25-30 range. Is that bad? I don't know. I mean, psychologically I should probably chill out, but as a runner - is that bad?

Well? Is that bad? Am I running too much? Not enough? I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M ABOUT ANYMORE.

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