Friday, March 31, 2017

In Which Moon Makes Her Move

GUYS GUYS GUYS you'll never guess who we're welcoming back today! MOON IS HERE!


Hellooo!

I've been off the map for a long time! In the event that anyone is interested in my life pertaining to running these past months, I'm sad to say that I've fallen out of my routine.

Routines are so nice. Structure is so nice. Since 2009, I've worked really hard to establish a running routine. I've had some minor upsets, but I don't think I've ever gone as long as I have this past year without running. Now that it's been so long since I've adhered to a routine, I can say with all the confidence: starting a new one sucks.

The move to Boston was hard. Reflecting on my decisions to move and start everything anew, I am now firmly of the opinion that perhaps I was too audacious in my resolve. I considered all the things I knew would happen: having to find a new job, leaving friends and family behind, living in a place I didn't particularly like, etc. I didn't, however, think of the things that could have happened. You know, such has my kitten becoming very ill while I was in Korea. Ferrang contracted FIP (maybe he was born with it, we aren't sure), and when you're faced with so much life at once, the metaphorical gravity of literally flying around the earth and having no place to be really does things to you. We flew home early and thankfully had some precious time with him, but the day after he passed away, we were driving in a van full of miscellaneous stuff and my cat Hoodoo on my lap, up to Boston.

Since landing in Boston there have been a few attempts to start running again. Weather (I say this almost in passing, but ugggghh, the weather) and mood were the culprits for upsetting any new routine. Depression comes from all sorts of places, but I've definitely been in a multi-level funk for at least the past year. Though, I think I'm finally getting to a place where I can balance my life again. That's what I hope for, anyway (I dream of the days when I had my treadmill and the park behind Elizabeth's house).

Running was a really empowering element to my existence. It was the result and reflection of balance in my life. It took a lot of maintenance, but it truly made me feel happy, calm(er?), and confident. Falling away from that felt like I had failed somehow. So, now I'm just trying to find that happy balance of psyche so I can run happily again.

It's hard to believe, but it's almost been a year since we started our move up here, so we are actually going to be moving yet again! I'm hoping this is the catalyst for Re-start of Life No. 2. I'm currently searching for a kitten to adopt to keep Hoodoo company. Looking for a place with a gym. Took my running clothes out of boxes. Waiting for spring.

Wishing everyone health and happiness!

At the 2015 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 3/29

Annnnnnnnnd right back into training I go. Harrumph.

Sunday | rest
I had wanted to get a short run in but I was still sick. Bleh.

Monday | ran 10.39 miles on the treadmill in 1:45
This may have been a poor choice, since I was still a liiiiiittle bit sick and also it was my first run off the marathon, but I hadn't worked out in over a week and got carried away. Oh well; no harm done.

Tuesday | walked 2.16 miles outside in 35 minutes; 70 minute ballet classi

Wednesday | ran 8.39 miles on the treadmill in 1:25
Was worried about some hip soreness from my last week, but nothing a little KT Tape and careful form couldn't handle.

Thursday | walked 2.26 miles outside in 35 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Friday | ran 6.25 miles on the treadmill in 1:05

Saturday | rest

Update on the saga that is our inappropriate Magic Bands! On March 24, I received confirmation that my Magic Bands were on their way. Then on March 26 I received confirmation that my Magic Bands were on their way...? Two separate tracking numbers. Innnnteresting. Do you think we're going to get the regular bands AND the bad-word bands? Intrigue!

We'd hate to have to be this boring AGAIN.

The Twilight Bark:

- Back at Square Zero makes big goals manageable.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW offers advice on upping your running speed.
- Disney In Your Day makes an adorable Vanellope running costume. Although I still haven't forgiven Sarah Silverman for kissing Tom Paris that one time.
- Mouse on the Mind has located another available apartment in Epcot.
- WDW for Grownups shares their picks for the best Flower & Garden Festival foods.
- A Pinch of Pixie Dust gives an overview of the Magic Band 2. She doesn't mention what she named it.
- Living A Disney Life locates a hidden DAK relaxation spot.
- Parkeology takes us back to the bygone days of Main Street's magic shop.
- Just Me & My Running Shoes takes her kid to the Harmony Barber Shop. Less than a month to my appointment!
- The Disney Tourist Blog recaps a trip on the Disney Cruise Line.

Be sure to swing back by on Friday for a VERY SPECIAL GUEST BLOGGER. :D

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Monday, March 27, 2017

In Which Jenn Is Done With Early Race Registrations (For Now)


The Marine Corps Marathon lottery is open now. I've run it three times and enjoy the course, spectators, on-course support - everything. I'd like to run it again. But I'm not entering the lottery, and here's why:

Time.

The marathon is in October. It is March. That's seven months away. Pat and I share a relentless wanderlust, and as of right now I'm just not sure what's gonna go down over that kind of time. The same problem plagues this race as plagues all runDisney races - registration is just too far out.


I kinda get it for marathons; after all, they take awhile to train for. And if this system is working for most people, then great. I take my place among the minority. But I'm not prepared to scramble for a spot at this time.

After all, there are other ways. I don't think I'd want to be a charity runner again - I'm not extroverted enough to raise money efficiently - but MCM does allow bib transfers, and an official place for people to offer up their bibs. I'm willing to bet that if I decide I want to run after all, I'll be able to pick up a bib somewhere. I mean, I could be wrong, but two years ago I was offered two bibs the weekend before the race, so...

Even the insane fear surrounding runDisney race registration doesn't frighten me like it used to. Time spent following the runDisney Facebook groups has led me to glean that if you're willing to toss a night's worth of hotel money at a travel agent, there are bibs for the taking. Naturally there are no guarantees, but every inquiry I've seen posted has quickly been met with a travel agent eagerly declaring "We have bibs for all the races!" (Except sometimes the 10K. People are all about that 10K life.) I've even seen Dopey and Goofy available a mere handful of months in advance.

This somewhat runs counter to my personality, as I am not a fly-by-the-seat-if-your-pants kinda gal. I prefer to know exactly what I'm doing and get my registration in early. But I also hate the idea of tossing out large amounts of money for a race I won't be able to run - and as MCM registration has gone up by $20 this year, I want to be sure before I make that commitment.

So there you are: why I'm not as crazed about registration now, and why I think that's okay. Now to adjust my natural aversion to spontaneity...

What do you think of my new attitude? Have you ever signed up for MCM - or runDisney - or some other popular race through unconventional channels? Am I playing it way too fast and loose?

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Friday, March 24, 2017

In Which Jenn Is Obscene, If You Ask Disney IT (Assuming You Can Find Them)

OH MY GOD, GUYS. I simply must tell you about what happened to me a couple days ago. It is Walt Disney World roller coaster ride... OF THE MIND.

On Wednesday afternoon I get a voicemail from an unknown Greensboro, NC number from someone purporting to be calling on behalf of Walt Disney World. They claim they need to talk to me about my recent Magic Band order. Immediately, the whole thing raises a bunch of red flags for me:

  • The Greensboro phone number, which has no internet presence, except for one page of people claiming it's spam
  • I'm told to call a separate number back, which has almost no internet presence - one person saying it's related to their WDW annual pass and then a separate page calling it a mortgage scam
  • They say that phone line is only open from 8am to 4:30pm, which are some very un-Disney times; most Disney phone lines I've encountered are open until 11pm
  • While I do have Magic Bands presumably coming soon, it's not really an "order" as they're the automatic ones attached to my resort reservation and
  • The order number they give me is completely different, both in numbers and pattern, from the confirmation number given in MDE

So I hop on the WDW website online chat feature and explain the whole situation to the Cast Member. She checks on my Magic Bands and says there does appear to be a hold, but she doesn't know why. She also polls her surround CMs and comes back with the information that all Magic Bands are distributed from Florida and she has NO idea what those Greensboro phone numbers are. She gives me a legit Magic Band number to call later.

At this point I am entirely convinced I have unearthed some secret underground fake Disney scam call, and they clearly went up against the wrong Disney fan. But before I get too excited, I close the loop by calling the new, official Disney Magic Band number I now have.

I get a Cast Member who is initially no more aware than the first CM. She looks up my account, sees that my Magic Bands are in the fulfillment stage, and assures me that I should be getting them in a couple weeks. Sensing that she thinks I'm just getting ahead of the timetable, I press a little further, explaining about the weird phone numbers and the order number. She asks me to hold while she consults with the Disney IT team.

About ten minutes later, she returns and we have our answer: ladies and gentlemen, Pat and I broke the Magic Band system.

Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration. Here's what happened:

Enough months ago that I don't even remember doing it, Pat and I selected our Magic Band colors and nicknames, as you do. Feeling a little silly, Pat put "Bort" down for his (this is apparently a Simpsons reference?), and then instructed me to put "Pork Butt" for mine, this being a funny nickname he uses for me sometimes.

Kids, Disney considers "butt" a swearword. I'll say that again: "Butt" is a swearword, as far as Disney is concerned. "Butt" got flagged in the system.

"You see," said the apologetic Cast Member, "these packages are often seen by children, and..."

"Sure, but 'butt' isn't a bad word," I countered.

"I agree with you," the CM replied, "but the system won't print it. I can't have your Magic Bands sent to you until you change the name."

And now Pat and I have boring Magic Bands again. The other alternative was to have the bands sent directly to the resort, but we need them in advance for the Magical Express.

To review:

  • Disney IT is apparently based in Greensboro, NC, but it must be a very secretive operation because very few other Disney departments know about it and the entire internet isn't too aware either
  • The Disney website does not have a validation system when it comes to Magic Band names, although they really should because I bet it would save them a lot of time and trouble
  • DISNEY CONSIDERS THE WORD "BUTT" TO BE THE SORT OF OBSCENITY THAT COULD CORRUPT CHILDREN

I mean, I kind of get it. I think their intolerance for "butt" itself is ridiculous, but I can see why they wouldn't want some obnoxious older brother to put "Anal Queef" as their name and then his little sister opens the box and asks what a "queef" is and the parents are enraged and then media coverage and pandemonium, etc. etc. But if "butt" is unacceptable, I think their vigilance overreaches somewhat.

I have it on good authority, however, that you can totally put, like, "Bob Iger" on your bands. The system has no problem with low level identity theft. Now, "butt," on the other hand...

Anyway. I'm not mad or anything, but I am equal parts amused and incredulous. I mean, it's pretty absurd, don't you think?

Oh well. At least I got probably my most popular tweet ever out of it.

At least now I know what the people like. (Butts.)

What do you think? Was I wildly inappropriate for attempting to put "butt" on my Magic Band? Or could Disney stand to cool it just a tad? Also, what the hell is up with Disney's clandestine IT department?

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 3/22

Oh man. Post-marathon week. It's a good week.

Sunday | rest day
I ate cookie cake.

I only had half and even that was insane.

Monday | rest day

Tuesday | SNOW DAY rest day
Normally I go to ballet on Tuesdays, but I'll tell you right now: YOU DO NOT VOLUNTARILY GET ON THE DC BELTWAY IN THE SNOW/WHEN THERE'S BEEN SNOW/WHEN THERE WILL BE SNOW/WHEN SOMEONE HAS RECENTLY SAID SNOW. I very literally spent 7 hours on the Beltway last year because of a half inch of snow. It's a long story, and needless to say not one I care to repeat.

Wednesday | walked 5.04 miles on the treadmill in 1:25
Because it was cold as hell outside.

Thursday | rest day
Remember that cold I almost, kinda, sorta had during the marathon? It hit me HARD. I was going to go to ballet but I figured the other students might not appreciate being coughed on.

Friday | rest day
St. Patrick's Day! So we went to an Italian restaurant. (The line for our local Irish pub was around the block by 5pm, so.)

Saturday | rest day

Yeah. Extremely restive. Except for the bit about getting ANOTHER cold. It's back to the grindstone this week, though - the Dark Side Half isn't gonna train for itself!

The Twilight Bark:

- Back At Square Zero has the scoop on how you can snag a free NYC Marathon entry.
- Through Heather's Looking Glass makes a super-cute Snow White race costume.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW debates the merits of the Disneyland Hotel for a race.
- Disney In Your Day's WDW attraction bracket is getting serious.
- Mouse on the Mind checks out Harambe's community garden.
- This Fairytale Life checks out DCA's Food & Wine Festival.
- WDW for Grownups sips WDW resort cocktails.
- Disney Travel Babble has an EPIC anniversary party inside the Universe of Energy.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Jenn Theory Of Pooh Personalities


This silly little idea is so simple and has such a long-standing history in my family that I can't believe I haven't shared it sooner. The concept is just this: Pooh Personalities.

Basically my family has a long held belief that everyone's personality can be distilled into two characters from A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh, and by extension the Disney films (I have a ton of love for both). Certainly there may be elements of more than two characters that could describe parts of you at times depending, but you only ever need two characters to make up your essence.

Milne did a wonderful job of creating characters that are both easily understood and well-rounded, although admittedly some more than others. Traditionally we have defined them as follows:

Pooh: Philosophical. Unhurried. Largely gentle. Somewhat oblivious. 
Piglet: Nervous. Anxious. Uncertain. Hopeful. Kind. 
Tigger: Enthusiastic. Simultaneously generous and selfish. High self-esteem. Tendency to steamroller others. 
Rabbit: Fondness for order. Unbridled crankiness in the face of disorder. 
Owl: Professorial. Likes to share knowledge. Not always aware of how interested others are in said knowledge. 
Eeyore: Gloomy (duh). Cynical. Secretly just wants love. 
Kanga: Warm. Maternal. 
Roo: Childlike, I guess. Kinda like a mini-Tigger, but I don't think anyone has ever been described as Roo so whatevs.   
Christopher Robin: Bisy Backson. 
Gopher: He's not in the book and he's a ding-danged glad of it. 

Anyway. Here's how it works:

I am a combination of Piglet and Tigger. I am anxious and risk-avoidant, but when I get excited about something I go all in.

My dad is a combination of Pooh and Owl. He is philosophical and has a tendency to pontificate.

My mom is a combination of Piglet and Rabbit. She is anxious and likes things to be How They Are Supposed To Be.

My brother is a combination of Rabbit and Owl. We don't get along.


What's your Pooh personality? Is this game completely idiotic or are we totally on to something? Should I have given Christopher Robin a real description? But, like, WHAT?

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, March 16, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 3/16

Marathon number seven is in the books! Let's break it down:

Sunday | ran 6.27 miles on the treadmill in 1:05

Monday | ran 5.22 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes

Tuesday | walked 3.32 miles in 55 minutes, 70 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 4.19 miles in 50 minutes

Thursday | 60 minute ballet class
Went to the Rock 'n Roll Marathon expo this day. As an expo it was kind of underwhelming, and none of the merch interested me particularly, but I did enjoy how uncrowded it was. I guess out-of-town runners are unlikely to take multiple days off work to get down here in advance?

I also got my corral moved up one, which was incredibly easy. I didn't have to justify anything - the lady just asked what corral I wanted and I picked. Again, I really think we should be allowed to self-seed.

Friday | rest
Went to Marshalls on my lunch break and frantically ripped through the racks looks for some sort of warm additional layer for the race. Found a Nats tech pullover for $8, which hurts me because I'm an Orioles girl, but desperate times and all that.

I could tell I was starting to get Pat's cold, which is just what you want before a marathon. But I did test my marathon outfit and it totally kept me warm, so: score.

Saturday | Rock 'n Roll Marathon DC, official distance of 26.2 miles in an official time of 4:58:03.
New personal record! Also almost died of exposure. Race recap here.

I am quite surprised by how well I have recovered from that cold, hilly ordeal. My peroneus longus - that's the muscle that runs along the outside of my lower leg down to the ankle, right? - is always a little sore after a marathon, but this time? Nothing. I'm taking this week off running, of course, but honestly I feel good to go.

What else, what else... FIVE WEEKS TO WALT DISNEY WORLD!!!!


The Twilight Bark:

- Elbowglitter is very confident running won't kill you. Douglas Adams notwithstanding, obviously.
- Back at Square Zero practices self-care.
- Just Me & My Running Shoes navigates runDisney's kids races and diaper dash.
- Disney In Your Day offers advice for runDisney spectators.
- easyWDW tries out the Contemporary's new Celebration at the Top.
- Parkeology makes a stirring case for the Magic Kingdom's Swiss Family Tree House.
- The Affordable Mouse builds Disney trip anticipation.
- The Main Street Gazette considers how The Great Movie Ride shapes film appreciation.
- Living A Disney Life warns against being too rigid or too free in your Disney trip planning.
- The Disney Tourist Blog makes some educated guesses on when Pandora will soft-open. Please be late April, please be late April, please please please please...

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, March 15, 2017

In Which Jenn Explains The Purpose Of Running A Marathon

Why do I run marathons?

Well, let's see. There's the sense of accomplishment. There's the energy of the spectators. There's the fun of themed races like the WDW Marathon. There's the pursuit of a new personal record. There's the motivation to maintain my physical fitness.

Is that why I run marathons?

No. I run marathons because the week after the marathon, I DON'T HAVE TO RUN AT ALL.

I can totally justify taking a full week off. And that week, guys, that week is the BEST. The sleeping in. The hanging out. The complete lack of guilt while you do it. It makes the whole training cycle worth it.

So if you're on the fence about signing up for your first marathon, I say DO IT. Because otherwise, you'll never know the sweet, sweet bliss of being done.


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, March 14, 2017

In Which Jenn Recaps The Rock 'n Roll Marathon DC

Hey, remember that time I told you how to have the best shower of your life? Well, I lied. The actual way to have the best shower ever is to run the 2017 Rock 'n Roll Marathon DC, then turn your shower on as hot as it can go and stay there for the rest of your life. You're welcome.

The Rock 'n Roll DC Marathon was cold. ("How cold was it?") It was so cold I shivered starting 5 minutes after I stopped running and didn't stop shivering until I got into that aforementioned shower.

But I digress. Let's start from the beginning.

Things weren't so bad when I got up at 4:30am. I put on my five layers plus pajama pants and an old MCM jacket (yes, that brings my total top layers to six), picked up an Uber, and got to the start a little over an hour ahead of the 7am start time. Temperatures were in the low 20s but without any wind it was quite tolerable under my million layers of shirts, gloves, and headgear. I can tell you, however, that my Swedish Fish FROZE. I sucked to pliability about two-thirds of the pack and then gave up.

I don't know if things were more regimented for the half (which had an expected 22,000 participants according to the race announcers), but for us measly 4,000 marathoners the entire process was quite simple compared to runDisney or the Marine Corps Marathon. There was no bag search or anything, and I didn't see anyone checking bibs as you entered the corrals. Indeed, when we started the race, we just kinda moved forward; there was no formal corral send-off. Honestly, we could've self-seeded.

The bands along the course all had tents and were spread out over, I don't know, say every two miles? Some were quite impressive, some so-so, as you might imagine. Their presence did help me run the first 18 miles with no music, which was great for my battery life. Major kudos to them for, as far as I could tell, all showing up; I doubt the tents were heated.

I started out feeling... okay. Pat and I have been trading colds back and forth for the last couple weeks and annoyingly, I was starting to get the most recent one, but I took a throat-numbing lozenge and that kept true hell at bay. My first couple miles were reasonably strong, and about 45 minutes in I even stopped to take off my top layer.


Much is made of this race being the only marathon that keeps itself confined entirely within DC. Well, I found said course largely boring. It was a lot of backstreets and what have you. Spectator support was all right, given the circumstances; I'm sure a lot of people chose to skip in favor of not dying of exposure. Those that did come out were great, though - one group was giving out champagne, beer, AND whiskey (I regret not stopping for a shot of whiskey). My own personal hero was a man distributing tissues.

Before the race even started I overheard a veteran of the race talking about hills. Namely, there were three big ones to content with, at mile 6, 22(!), and 23(!!!). The mile 6 hill was steep but not too bad, being early enough in the race that I did not yet want to die, and was assisted by the lining of flag-bearing Wear Blue to Remember volunteers. 22 and 23, however, as you might imagine, were a nightmare.


But I'm getting ahead of myself again. Up until I want to say mile 15 things were pretty all right. That's when the wind start kicking up. Gently enough at first that it didn't cause overmuch trouble, but with increasing viciousness as the course progressed. And somehow it was NEVER a tailwind. Luckily I never got hit with a hard headwind either, but getting sideswiped on the regular wasn't exactly thrilling.

I got hit around mile 17 with the beginnings of that pelvic twinge I sometimes experience. This was much earlier in the race than usual, so I did some panicked problem-solving and ultimately ended up figuring out a solution for the issue entirely! Turns out when I'm tired I tend to slump a bit, with a slight emphasis on my left side. By concentrating on pulling my core up and rolling my shoulders back, I was able to mostly eliminate the issue. Thank God.

I was tired, though. I think the beginnings of a head cold sapped my energy, plus of course the low temperatures and wind. Naturally that's when the hills showed up. I wound up walking more of them than I would like, but I had reached the point in the race where I no longer cared about anything except not actively dying.

As much as the second half of the race frankly sucked, here's the good thing: I DID manage to meet my goal of shaving some time off my PR! I came in at 4:58:03, a full 97 seconds faster than my fastest time. I might've been ever quicker if not getting confused about where the finish was; I stopped to walk too soon and turned off my GPS prematurely. But no matter. I did it!

Also good: given that circumstances were against me and I got hit with those two big hills at the end, this tells me I have more to give. There are more PRs in my future if I can just line it up.

As far as the Rock 'n Roll Marathon DC is concerned - I was underwhelmed. The course was kinda boring (and who thinks big hills at mile 22 & 23 are okay?!), I didn't like the on-course fuel, there were no snack boxes at the end (just scattered individual snacks), and March weather is just too capricious to put your trust in. I think this one is probably a one and done for me. I'm not sorry I did it but I don't feel a particular pull to return. The Marine Corps Marathon is way better.

At least I can be proud of this: I showed up. Based on final totals, it looks like almost half those registered for the marathon didn't!

I do want to thank all the amazing volunteers, band members, and spectators who stood out in the cold to cheer us on, hydrate us, and keep us from collapsing in a defeated heap. I can only imagine how close to frostbite you were without running to warm you up! Know it was very much appreciated.

Next race on the docket as of now: the Dark Side Half! Yay!!

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, March 10, 2017

In Which Jenn Tempted The Race Gods & Lost

Hey, remember when told you I had signed up for the Rock 'n Roll Marathon because, having survived the frigid temperatures of the WDW Marathon, I was willing to take my chances on the weather?

Well.


Look, just... I don't know. Send me warm thoughts and all the blankets you own, okay?

Potential to die of hypothermia aside, my morale is still reasonably high (SO FAR). I had a really strong WDW Marathon in those cold temperatures, and I think maybe - just maybe - that could translate to something good here. But I've been hurt by goals before...

The only slightly scary bit is that I woke up this morning with a minor sore throat. It dissipated in the face of tea and honey so with any luck it's nothing. (Please band together with me in convincing the universe that I am NOT SICK, DAMMIT.)

All I can do is wear every long-sleeved shirt I own, get out there, and see what happens. Here's hoping!

Will you be at the race? What are your best cold weather running tips? I already have a hat, gloves, and a pre-race throwaway layer.

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, March 8, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 3/08

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present: tapering. (T-minus three days to my next marathon!)

Sunday | ran 7.38 miles on the treadmill in 1:15

Monday | ran 4.31 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes
Annnnnd starting to get Pat's cold. Awesome.

Tuesday | walked 2.35 miles outside in 40 minutes
Skipped ballet as my cold was reaching a crescendo.

Wednesday | run 6.35 miles on the treadmill in 1:10
I firmly believe that you can exercise your way out of sickness. I mean, to a degree. Depending. So I got up and did my run, albeit gently. Maybe it helped a little?

Thursday | walked 2.12 miles outside; 70 minute ballet class
Still not 100%, but I took a shot at ballet anyway. It went okay.

Friday | ran 5.22 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes
Almost... better...

Saturday | rest

Nothing to report on the Disney front, but Pat and I made a blanket fort this weekend, so that was awesome.

Why, yes, that IS the new Zelda. Thank you for noticing!

And now: The Twilight Bark!

- Fairytales & Fitness lists ways to save your run when you're not feeling it.
- Sparkly Runner takes on the Castaway Cay Challenge 5K.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW shepherds us through signing up for a runDisney challenge.
- The Main Street Gazette highlights Sinclair and Pixar's Dinoco. My grandfather used to own a Sinclar gas station (a great name in oil!!) and ALSO HIS NAME WAS STANLEY.
- easyWDW reviews every booth at the flower and garden festival and basically what I'm trying to get at here is I want his life and I'm Crazy Go Nuts University excited for Epcot in April.
- Rolling with the Magic offers a more general overview of the Flower & Garden Festival.
- WDW for Grownups points out Magic Kingdom attractions that have stood since 1971.
- Disney In Your Day has a super-cute Disney Madness bracket going.
- Living A Disney Life considers WDW things that are enjoyable against all odds.
- EPBOT basically just describes my entire life. (To be clear, I am a childlike nerd.)

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, March 6, 2017

In Which Jenn Shows Off Her Disney Mug Collection

I've seen quite a few posts out there about Disney mug collections. I do not have nearly as vast or as varied a cabinet as many, but I'm taking a shot anyway. Prepare for a trip down memory lane, bottoming out in a mid-2000s Disney Store.

In my college and grad school years I worked at a Medieval Times attached to a mall, so I spent a lot of time wandering around it. Luckily this particular mall had a Disney Store, which often offered sale items. They also had a frequent rotation of mugs that looked like these:




PLOT TWIST.

Didn't see Pan coming, did you? Yeah, I did my undergrad thesis on Lewis Carroll's Alice books, so for awhile there I was convinced I had to own everything Alice-related. I kinda wish I'd gotten more and varied designs, but what are ya gonna do. Regardless, these are great mugs for tea, as they hold a ton of liquid. I also love the giant teacup design.

Bonus mugs!


The blue mug was one of my souvenirs from my first modern WDW trip in 2008. I wanted something not-too-kitchsy and settled on a Walt quote; it tends to be my go-to for coffee. Not sure where the other Alice mug came from but again: Alice. Teacup. Theme.

I don't really need more mugs, but I'm tempted to pick up some of those Starbucks location-specific models next time I'm at WDW...

Do you have a Disney mug collection? Any other super awesome mugs I should keep my eye out for?

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, March 3, 2017

Happy Friday: A Magical Kingdom With Lots Of Witnesses & Great Security

Not a trip goes by that I don't think of this and laugh.


I have been trying to find an isolated clip of this FOREVER, but my attempts to take matters into my own hands did not produce embed-able results. I think this direct link works, though! If you run into trouble, the show is Burn Notice, the episode is called "Lesser Evil," and you want to start at the 12:12 mark. Enjoy.

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, March 1, 2017

The Fairest Week In Review: 3/01

Heeeeeeey guys. I have a medium cold and am typing this through a thick fog of Sudafed, so... welcome to Disjointed Town! We begin your scattered tour with a recap of last week's workouts.

Sunday | rest

Monday | ran 10.11 miles outside in 1:50
Taking advantage of the mild weather, but with the high pollen count my lungs did not love this.

Tuesday | walked 2.23 miles outside in 35 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 10.38 miles on the treadmill in 1:45
I am unusually proud of this one because I made goal pace when I really did not want to.

Thursday | walked 2.12 miles outside in 35 minutes; 65 minute ballet class
Skipped some of the end combinations because my big toe started bothering me. Been fine since then so hopefully it was a weird fluke.

Friday | ran 5.23 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes

Saturday | rest

This week in April Disney Trip news, I made myself reservations to get my hair cut at Main Street's Harmony Barber shop, triggering this exchange:


I know. You're so jealous that Pat gets to date me. Life really isn't fair.

And now for the roundup, which I have spontaneously decided to rename The Twilight Bark* because it makes me happy.

- From Dancing to Running collects marathon training advice.
- The Runner's Guide to WDW has advice for runDisney spectators, too.
- EPBOT brings us some self-love inspiration.
- Back At Square Zero identifies some sneaky running self-sabotage.
- Running, Loving, Living ponders the moral implications of race cheaters.
- Darlin' Rae offers ways to take care of your voice that I happen to think double as great ways to avoid getting sick. So clearly I haven't been doing them.
- Disney In Your Day can direct you to some pre-runDisney race pasta.
- easyWDW reviews non-food aspects of Epcot's Festival of the Arts.
- Jambo Everyone highlights a new bird show in DAK's Dinoland.
- Living A Disney Life acknowledges that Disney is not a life requirement. For other people, of course. She's sure as hell not talking about me.

* Fifteen spotted puddles stolen? Oh, balderdash.

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!