Wednesday, December 21, 2016

We Wish You An Alan Tudyk & A Happy Heihei

"Alan Tudyk is a national treasure," my friend Bob posted to social media the other day.

"You really must see Moana," I replied.

And then Bob sent me this.




JUST LIKE I SAID.

This is my Christmas present to you all. Watch it when your mother is driving you nuts. Watch it instead of punching your brother in the face. Watch it to drown out your racist uncle's ranting. Watch it as you curse your family's sudden but inevitable betrayal. Watch it on loop. Wash went to Julliard. He can help.

Happy holidays to all! I'll see you in 2017, one more birthday in the bag and ready for the WDW Marathon. Remember: the chicken lives!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 12/20

I have done it! I have completed the rite of passage! I can call myself a real runner now!

That's right: I lost a toenail. I don't know why. I didn't injure it in any way. And I will not describe the progression of normal-to-abnormal toenail because probably you'd rather hear about anything, anything else in the world instead, but I lost it. Classic runner problems! #meme #hashtag

You're welcome!

Sunday | rest

Monday | ran 15.3 miles on the treadmill in 2:35
This will serve as my long run for the WDW Marathon. Paltry, I know, but I feel like I never really wound down properly from MCM and to ramp back up quickly now would risk injury and fatigue. Worst case scenario, I power-walk a few marathon miles. The important point is that No Injuries Winter 2016 continues unabated. I mean, minus the toenail thing.

Tuesday | walked 2.12 miles outside in 35 minutes; 130 minutes of ballet classes
Doubled up on ballet.

Wednesday | ran 5.24 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes
Get ready for some serious deja vu.

Thursday | ran 5.24 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes

Friday | ran 5.24 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes
You could say I have an easy run routine.

#workouts

#merrychristmas

#imaybegettingalittlepunchyoverupcomingvacation

#ooohalsothewdwmarathon

#imayhavethrowninthetowelfor2016

#okayimdonenowherestheroundup

- Disney In Your Day made a killer Maleficent runDisney costume.
- Fairytales & Fitness wonders where the line is for quitting vs. forging on in a race.
- Elbowglitter considers how invested we should be in calling out race cheaters.
- Living A Disney Life ponders WDW's new express bus service.
- The Disney Hipsters find new touches in Epcot's Norway acceptable.
- At Disney Again captures Christmas fireworks over Cinderella Castle.
- The Disney Tourist Blog judges the individual merit of WDW's Enchanting Extras.
- EPBOT offers an alt-opinion of Rogue One.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

In Which Jenn Mourns the Osborne Lights

I know - everyone's doing it. But how can you not?

Last November, I did not set foot in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Not once. Why bother? Rock 'n Roller Coaster was done, I had no companion goading me into Tower of Terror, and the Great Movie Ride and Star Tours, while fun, are hardly enough to lure me alone.

I would've made the time if the Osborne Lights were still around.

I have so many wonderful memories of sharing a drink with Katherine while we danced among the lights. Of running through the Streets of America during the Wine & Dine Half in 2014 and 2015. Of saying to Elizabeth, "One more song. One more song." repeatedly as I gazed at the spectacle for what I knew would be the last time.

I knew I would miss the lights. I didn't know I would miss them this much.

In memoriam:



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Thursday, December 15, 2016

In Which Jenn Runs To WDW Music

A couple months ago I put together a post of less well known Disney background music to listen to while you work. I'd say we can all agree that the logical next step is a list of less well known Disney background music to listen to while you RUUUUUUN.

To be honest, I've had mixed success in this area. Main Street has a great soundtrack, but it just doesn't get my legs moving. Likewise with a lot of BGM. It's too easy for my mind to wander off... and settle on how much I wish I were done running. Fireworks soundtracks work better but those are obvious.

But! There are exceptions to this rule. Here are a few of my favorite WDW music clips to bring up when it's treadmill time. Have you run to...

... Burudika's cover of Shakira's "Waka Waka"? Synonymous with Disney for me now.


... one of the spunkier Voices of Liberty performances? I'm extremely partial to their 2015 Fourth of July concert. Not gonna lie: in it for the military song medley.


... the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! parade soundtrack? Don't get me wrong, I do NOT participate in this activity while actually at WDW, but for some reason as a running companion piece it works very well for me. I like the upbeat versions of Disney songs and mindless dance music. There are more recent version on YouTube, but I like this one because the MC of this thing deserves a medal. He manages to keep up the energy without being unbearably cheesy. Still not dancing in real life, though.


BONUS SUGGESTION: If you've got 16 seconds to spare, fire up that ol' gospel choir runDisney race finale!


Do you run to WDW music? What's your favorite?

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 12/14

It's a Christmas miracle: No Injuries Winter 2016 continues unabated! Now please knock on all the wood you can see for me.

To prove it, here's last week's training:

Sunday | rest day

Monday | 11.57 miles on the treadmill in 2:00

Tuesday | walked 2.08 miles in 35 minutes outside in 35 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 9.23 miles on the treadmill in 1:35

Thursday | walked 2.18 miles in 35 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Friday | ran 5.21 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes

See? Full normal runs and everything!

Hi, my name is Harry "Read Me Like A Book" Kim.

In other news, Pat has been on the fence about coming with me to WDW in April for the Star Wars Half. Then he found out a cousin of his will be there for the race, and then he talked to a second cousin about WDW in general, and now his attitude is firmly in I WANNA GO!!!! territory. Also I told my mom I got an Annual Pass and now she's thinking she might like it if we redid our 2013 trip in December 2017. The lesson here is that sometimes you don't need to pressure your family and friends into enjoying Disney. Sometimes the universe will do it for you.

Annnnd roundup!

- From Dancing to Running ponders race schedule selection.
- Elbowglitter considers the importance of powering through.
- Back to Square Zero offers small tweaks to boost your runs.
- Fairytales & Fitness notes some running products to avoid.
- easyWDW continues to do the work of the people with two posts' worth of Epcot holiday food kiosk offerings.
- Disney Nerds suggest stocking stuffers for fellow Disney nerds...
- Walt Disney World for grownups has a list of gifts for Disney ladies...
- and This Fairy Tale Life has presents for the pets of Disney people.
- Rolling with the Magic has brunch at California Grill.
- Disney In Your Day put together this SUPER HELPFUL list of Disney AP dining discounts.

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, December 12, 2016

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Nomad Lounge Review

Trip report time! This is the final recap for my November 2016 trip. You can read all posts in the trip report here. Thanks so much for reading!

I have been dying of excitement over the fact that WDW has produced my very own drink since I first glimpsed it on a menu back in June. Naturally it only made sense to hightail it over to the Nomad Lounge to try it during my time at Disney's Animal Kingdom!

The Nomad Lounge is fairly out of the way right now, with an entrance beyond the main Tiffin's entryway, tucked back by where the Avatarland (ugh) entrance will be soon-ish. Currently there's not much foot traffic, though, and it remains a lovely, quiet respite from the standard park bustle. We'll see how long that lasts once Pandora opens.

I arrived at the lounge a little before noon and no trouble securing a seat. I immediately asked the bartender for a Jenn's Tattoo, but she wouldn't confirm until I answered a question: did I like sweet drinks? The truthful response to this would be "it depends," but in this particular instance I was getting a Jenn's Tattoo come hell or high water so I just said yes.



While I waited, I scanned the room. The Nomad Lounge has a distinctly exotic feel, as you might imagine, with rustic furniture and decorations that emphasize adventure. The waitstaff wears a costume more akin to an upscale country club, imparting a feel of being in, say, a rich man's hunting lodge. In addition to the bar itself, tables are scattered in the area and the patio outside. I think all those tables get waiters as I saw some interacting with guests, but I wouldn't swear to it.

The bartender was training a new CM and service took a little longer than normal, but I wasn't in a hurry. Eventually a Jenn's Tattoo appeared in front of me, just as pretty as in the menu picture.



In case you can't enlarge the picture, a Jenn's Tattoo contains vodka, watermelon, hibiscus, and lime juice. It was good, but indeed very sweet. I had no trouble finishing it, but it's skirting dangerously close to the cloying zone. Ideas for hacks: more lime or cut with club soda.


Dignity. Always dignity.

I also ordered some summer rolls, basically veggies wrapped in rice noodle paper and served with a sweet soy-based sauce (hoisin?). They were also good and helpful in that "well at least I had SOME vegetables today" way, but they disintegrated easily in my hands and I don't think there's any good way to eat them with cutlery. Great if you want something like a salad but not really; otherwise I'd say skip.



There were some other interesting drinks on the menu, but I knew I had the many beverages of Epcot's Food & Wine Festival ahead of me and I didn't wanted to get sloshed/dehydrated prematurely. I sucked down a club soda instead and vowed to come back for more libations in January.

That about wraps it up for November's trip report. If you'd read the whole thing - thanks! I love reliving my trips, both through writing them up and reading about them later. I hope you enjoy the reading bit too!

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Happy Friday: Christmas In The Air

I always like doing the December Happy Friday post (which is a monthly post of something to make you happy and that's all!); there are invariably a ton of choices. This year I pondered the possibilities: another wonky Mickey's Twelve Days of Christmas video? Park background music? Maybe go straight off the rails and share Eddie Izzard's bit about the "Twelve Days of Christmas" carol itself?*

Then, at a completely unrelated time and connected to a completely unrelated thought, I was excited that the time had come to listen to my favorite Voices of Liberty holiday clip again. And I had my answer. This I pass on to you.


* FIIIIIIIVE GOOOOOOOOOOOLD RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINGS

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Fairest Week In Review: 12/07

It's CHRISTMASTIME!


I firmly believe the Christmas season begins on November 1, but as this statement often draws jeers from the crowd I wait for Black Friday like all the boring people to begin celebrating. Well, we have arrived - and we have a Christmas tree! I may or may not have jumped up and down a bit while decorating it. (I did.)

I also saw Moana with Elizabeth last weekend. I liked it quite a bit, although I would like to make two points: 1) Mulan did it first and 2) somewhere out there in the world exists hours worth of footage of Alan Tudyk doing nothing but clucking like a chicken.

Training last week was status quo:

Sunday | rest

Monday | ran 11.23 miles on the treadmill in 1:55

Tuesday | walked 2.3 miles outside in 40 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 9.21 miles on the treadmill in 1:35

Thursday | walked 2.18 miles outside in 35 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Friday | ran 5.22 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes

Training this week will be status quo.

And with all that excitement out of the way, I give you the roundup.

- Elbowglitter has an unexpectedly adventurous run.
- Back at Square Zero makes running fuel suggestions.
- Sparkly Ever After reviews Jingle Bells, Jingle BAM! at the Studios...
- ... and easyWDW reviews the test mode of DAK's Rivers of Light.
- Living A Disney Life considers the new Tomorrowland cabanas. I still think nap pods rented by the minute would be the way to go here.
- Disney In Your Day checks out holiday decorations across WDW resorts.
- The Disney Tourist Blog recaps Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
- This Fairy Tale Life assembles a list of gift lists, including stuff for Disney people.

P.S. Happy day that shall live in infamy!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

In Which Jenn Posts ALL THE RACE PHOTOS

I am intoxicated.

I am drunk with power.

I am an Annual Passholder.

I get FREE PHOTO DOWNLOADS FROM DISNEY'S PHOTOPASS.

Which now does ALL THE RUNDISNEY PHOTOS.


Look upon my Wine & Dine Half Marathon Photo Dump and despair!!!
















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Thursday, December 1, 2016

In Which Jenn Tries To Let The People Choose Her WDW Resort

I know what you're thinking: Jenn, since when are you a Democratic Republican?*

Generally never. Well, I always consult with my traveling companions before I make WDW-related travel plans, but I certainly have the final word when the only traveler is me.

Nonetheless I found myself somewhat perplexed when attempting to select a resort for the WDW Marathon in January. Of the value resorts, Pop and All-Star Movies were both available. Pop was about $25 more expensive, but I like Pop and feel comfortable there; you could call it my home resort. I've only stayed at an All-Star once, but I wasn't the diametric opposite of a fan of the shared bus system and the location felt even more remote than Pop's for some reason. But then again, $25 is $25 - and isn't it good to try new things?

Given that there were arguments for each, I invited distinguished scientists for all over the world to help me make my decision. Unfortunately, none of them showed up, so I decided to take to Twitter, stumping for commentary and ultimately with a poll. There was a surprising debate with enthusiasts and detractors on each side, but I was resolved to fall with the people's decision. It came out thusly:


There you are, then! Razor thin, but All-Star Movies it was to be. Not what I would've chosen myself but I'd save a little money and expand my horizons. Nothing wrong with that. I brought up the resort on the Disney site for my dates and...

Nothing.

Nothing was available. No Pop, no All-Stars. Nothing value at all. Closest thing was a stay at Coronado at almost twice the price. Well damn. How did all value resort rooms sell out overnight? I mean, I know that race weekend is popular, but geez. Losing all options in 24 hours seems a trifle excessive.

I did not panic, though. I thought. I considered my options. I did some experimenting. And I discovered something very interesting.

I found that if I tried to get a value room just for the night before the marathon, I could. And if I tried to get a room for just the night after the marathon, I could. Oh, I thought, they must be different room categories, like pool view or preferred or whatever. I guess I could make two separate reservations.

But upon closer inspection, I found that this was not that case - at the very least a standard pool view room could be had on both nights at Pop. Then - this was the kicker - I tried to get a room for a full week encompassing my dates. No problem, totally doable.

I concluded that the rooms existed in the reservation system; it was only that the website refused to let me access them.

Hmmm.

Naturally I called up the WDW reservations phone line, and a lovely CM helped me grab the same room at Pop over the course of two nights and with an AP discount to boot.

I find this odd. Why would the WDW site have such a disapproving opinion of two-night stays? You could argue that they're trying to discourage shorter trips, but then why let me have a single night? Is it simply that something's wrong with the programming? Am I personally obnoxious and disliked?** Or is there a higher purpose here?

We may never know. But I now know this: if you can't get the dates you want at the resort you want, don't revert to plan B immediately. Poke around. See what you can find. And always try a phone reservation for the final word.

The door is still open for suggestions about where to stay in April for the Dark Side Half, so feel free to chime in.

This post is brought to you by musicals about the American Revolution.

* Sit down, Jenn.
** For God's sake, Jenn, SIT DOWN.

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