Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/31

Before diving into the week in review, a quick housekeeping note: back many years ago, when I shared this blog with my girl Moon, we developed two keywords to demarcate our solo posts: Just Jenn and Just Moon. Although Moon left the blog a long time ago, I've been continuing to mark most posts as Just Jenn, even though by now that's going to be a given. Not anymore - the keyword is officially retired. I expect this to have zero impact on anyone at all ever, but I wanted to make note in case unforeseen confusion arose.

As far as you know!

With that out of the way, let's take it to the workout log:

Sunday | ran 5.1 miles outside in 50 minutes
Since the Twilighter 8K was a mere 5 miles, I chose to run another 5 the next day to complete my usual long run in two parts. Unfortunately, this proved to be overdoing it - I wound up with a bum knee for no clear reason by the end of the run which followed me into my day...

Monday | 45 minute ballet class
... and into the next. My knee still unhappy, I skipped my usual walk and modified or skipped some of my usual ballet moves.

Tuesday | 30 minutes of arm and ab work
I wanted to learn from my past mistakes and really give my knee recovery time, so I skipped my usual run and horned in on Pat's workout instead. Among other things we really worked my arms, which are historically about as strong as a T-Rex's if that T-Rex is made of spaghetti. Active rest days aside, I'm hoping to incorporate some of this work into my regular workout schedule in the future.

Wednesday | 40 minute hip hop dance class (theoretically)
My hip hop dance class turned into an almost exclusively workout class; the instructor got caught in the Metro and since we got a late start we mostly ran through more ab exercises. That's fine with me; I'd rather do a million crunches than perform hip hop dance steps. I'm mostly just paying lip service to trying things outside my comfort zone. >D

Thursday | ran 3.32 miles outside in 35 minutes; walked 2.06 miles outside in 35 minutes
After a successful series of jumping jacks the night before, I taped the bejeezus out of my knees and tried a quick run - and it worked!

Friday | ran 5.26 miles outside in 55 minutes; walked 2.13 miles outside in 35 minutes
Still doing a-okay. Now please knock on wood for safety.

Saturday | 20 minutes of arm and ab work
Pat and I got up early to get in a quick workout before heading off to a David Byrne concert. His suit was the regular size. (David Byrne's, I mean. Not Pat's. Pat wore a t-shirt.)

So it's been quite a week. Roundup, take us home:

Fairytales & Fitness explores Fort Wilderness on horseback. Pondering a trail ride to top off my marathon trip in January...
Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free In WDW enjoys a pretty sweet Remy brunch...
- ... and The Disney Tourist Blog tries out Brunch at the Top at the Contemporary.
The Main Street Gazette offers vintage photos of Spaceship Earth.
Disney In Your Day puts Cinderella's Royal Table to the test.
Disney Travel Babble has more trip reporting straight from Disneyland Paris.
A Pinch Of Pixie Dust investigates the Beach Club's club level.
Kait Around The Kingdom checks out Boma. Shoot, should I make an ADR for my Kidani trip there too...?

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Monday, July 30, 2018

In Which Jenn Shops At Disney Springs & Tries Blaze Pizza

Since I spent most of this WDW trip in a conference, I won't be doing a traditional trip report, but I definitely still have a lot of stuff to tell you about that will be loosely collected under the July 2018 trip keyword. Read on!

When formulating my plan for a conference trip to WDW, I knew I wanted to use my free night to explore Disney Springs. I had merchandise- and food-oriented missions, and what better place to bask in the WDW glow if you don't want to shell out for a park ticket?

Still, I go back and forth on whether or not I played it the right way. As I noted in my haul(ish) post, most of the souvenirs I wanted turned out to have been in the airport Disney gift shop the whole time, if I'd only known. And I prioritized hanging out with, like, people instead of hardcore park touring, which is so not me. Should I have ditched the peeps and spent my evening in the California Grill bar waiting for the fireworks?

Eh, maybe. But I had a good time this way too. And as I like to remind myself: THERE WILL BE A NEXT TIME FOR YOU, DUMMY. Not everyone gets to say that.

Where was I? Oh yes, Disney Springs. My coworker SM was interested in accompanying me, as were her kids, so SM and I hung out in a vendor-sponsored company happy hour while waiting for her progeny to shower and stuff. Then it was off to the Springs!

Our first stop was of course World of Disney, where I picked up all my annoyingly rose gold items. It was bustling in there despite the construction, and we snaked through the crowds to locate my all-important ears. I was briefly tempted by the super-sweet sequined rainbow ears, but ultimately decided to stick with my original Holy Grail choice. Maybe next time!

(Relevant question: how many Minnie ear headbands can one reasonably purchase before one officially has a complex?)

Apparently my enthusiasm for WDW was catching (HELL YEAH IT IS), as SM's daughters decided they wanted ears too. We carefully considered the options before the older daughter selected a pair of the velveteen ears with the fabric dotted bow. The younger one chose a pair of those super deep pink/magenta ears with the circular sequins.

Armed with our purchases, I took our loot over to the register and bought all of it because even when I don't have an annual pass I have a small secret shopping weapon - my Disney Visa still nets me 10% off merch purchases of $50+. SM payed me back later and everyone won.

Next up, my secondary mission: off to Basin for shampoo and conditioner bars! Using bars instead of bottles hair products helps the environment, so I decided to give it a shot.

I tracked down a Basin person, who helped me select two shampoos that would work well with my fine, wavy hair. As for the conditioners, she informed me that they were all the exact same formula - it's just the scent that changes. I picked two I thought I'd like and popped them in a canister for travel.

Meanwhile, SM and company were having a fabulous time smelling the smells, as it were. SM chose a soap she liked, while the girls busied themselves putting together those DIY canisters of multi-colored bath salts. Once again, by combining our purchases we were able to get a Disney Visa discount.

By that point, it was getting late - well past food o'clock. SM and family are largely vegetarian, so I recommended Blaze pizza as a good choice for dinner, as I'd heard good things.

I wound up going with the Veg Out pizza (boy, those calorie count numbers really mess with your selection, eh?). This particular personal pizza featured roasted seasonal veggies, mushrooms, red onion, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and red sauce dollops. That last is very important to me; I am VERY pro-marinara on my pizza.

Too late I remembered two things I should've done per the reviews: upgrade to thicker crust and sub in the spicy red sauce for regular. But by that point I was already at the register. Oh well!

As it stands my pizza was pretty good. The crust wasn't too thin, and the the toppings were solid although unremarkable. I definitely could've used that spicy red sauce, though. As it was the regular was kinda bland for me. If in Disney Springs and hankering for counter service I think I'd rather try D-Luxe burger in the future, but for a quick dinner Blaze did the job.

We debated sending the girls home alone and grabbing a drink somewhere, but ultimately decided all banding together would be simplest (and anyway I planned to run in the morning). A quick bus ride later and we were back safe at the Swolphin.

All in all, a successful evening. Part of me wonders how very much more I could've gotten done if I'd simply struck out on my own, but hey, I traverse WDW solo on race trips all the time. Why not enjoy the company of others for once?

Tune in next time for more conference trip shenanigans, including runs on the Boardwalk and a private party in Epcot!

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

In Which Jenn Earns Her Minnie Ears

Since I spent most of this WDW trip in a conference, I won't be doing a traditional trip report, but I definitely still have a lot of stuff to tell you about that will be loosely collected under the July 2018 trip keyword. Read on!

I don't usually put post-WDW trip haul posts - not because I don't think they're interesting, but rather because I rarely get enough to warrant the dedicated word count. I just don't generally buy more than a souvenir at a time lest the percentage of my salary I give to Disney yearly dips from "inadvisable" to "unhinged" territory.

I'm going to make an exception this time, though, for two related reasons:
  1. I have been chasing these items for the better part of a year now because
  2. I am sometimes what in the modern parlance we call a "basic bitch."*

And that's why I, yes, I, urbane and eccentric and unique though I obviously am, have been chasing those stupid rose gold Minnie ears across time and space. For the longest time unsuccessfully, because apparently millennials are obsessed with rose gold and everyone went nuts and bought them immediately? I don't know about that; I just really like pink and colors adjacent to pink, cultural zeitgeists not withstanding.

Anyway, these have been so popular that even on three separate trips I've never been able to get my hands on them. I've just never been in the right gift shop at the right time. UNTIL NOW.

You see, the world has moved on. They now enjoy millennial pink and iridescence more instead (or so the official Disney blog assures me, and they have no reason to lie...?). Thus supply finally outran demand, and the rose gold ears can be readily had all over WDW property.

So I set out on my free night to Disney Springs, where I finally got my hands on these shiny shiny wonders. I bought my mom a pair too so that next time I bring her along we can match and be REALLY infuriating.

And just to really drive down the hammer on my basic bitchiness, I picked up a rose gold spirit jersey too. It's BEAUTIFUL and I regret nothing.

I said I WASN'T unhinged.

Well, I do regret one thing: on my way home I discovered that both items were in the Disney airport store the whole time. I could've picked them up on my way into Orlando and had them all trip.

Ah well. What is beauty but pain?

P.S. While slumming it in the Springs, I also got some solid shampoos and conditioners from Basin. I'll let you know how they work out!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/25


I am neither at the beach nor at Walt Disney World.


Despite my sullen tone and distinct lack of excitement for life, you're going to want to strap in: thanks to my two weeks away, we have three weeks of workout logs to catch up on! Yowza! I don't have many notes for most of it because, frankly, I don't remember, but boy do I have numbers. Feast your eyes on allllllllllllllllll this:

Sunday, July 1 | ran 10.12 miles outside in 1:45

Monday, July 2 | walked 2.09 miles outside in 35 minutes; 45 minute ballet class

Tuesday, July 3 | ran 5.19 miles outside in 55 minutes

Wednesday, July 4 | ran 5.24 miles outside in 55 minutes

Thursday, July 5 | walked 2.4 miles outside in 40 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Friday, July 6 | ran 5.15 miles outside in 55 minutes

Saturday, July 7 | rest
We arrived in Ocean City! I'm thinking I might do a post about running there and our favorite places to go and best spots for food and drinks. Stand by!

Sunday, July 8 | ran 4.13 miles outside ON THE BOARDWALK! in 40 minutes

Monday, July 9 | ran 4.09 miles outside in 40 minutes

Tuesday, July 10 | rest

Wednesday, July 11 | ran 4.15 miles outside in 40 minutes

Thursday, July 12 | ran 4.05 miles outside in 40 minutes

Friday, July 13 | rest

Saturday, July 14 | rest
We left Ocean City. :/ BUT I ARRIVED in Walt Disney World!!!

Sunday, July 15 | ran 14.13 miles on the treadmill in 2:20
Performed on a treadmill in the Dolphin's gym. Hotcha!

Monday, July 16 | rest

Tuesday, July 17 | 3.04 miles outside in 27 minutes
Tessitura Conference 5K
 on the WDW Boardwalk!!!

Wednesday, July 18 | ran 5.05 miles outside ON THE WDW BOARDWALK! in 50 minutes

Thursday, July 19 | ran 5.36 miles outside in 55 minutes
And then I left Walt Disney World. :(

Friday | rest

Saturday | ran 5.02 miles outside in 44 minutes
Rockville Twilighter 8K. Worth the read if you like to appreciate the great indoors.

Whew! That was a lot. Where am I? What generally comes next? Oh, yes. Roundup time:

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

In Which Jenn Runs A Very Rainy Twilighter 8K

A month or three ago, I convinced Elizabeth to sign up for a 5 mile race. She's not really a runner (except when I make her), but she gamely agreed to give it a shot when I promised her the Rockville Twilighter 8K would be a festive night race with free beer.

And by God, I delivered a night race with free beer. What I did not deliver was just about anything else that might make a race pleasant.

Guys, it friggin' POURED all day. I'm talking torrential rains. I was getting emergency emails with flood warnings for portions of the county. But there was no lightning, and thus the show went on! And my dear brave Elizabeth showed up all the same.

Dressed in exactly the long pants and jackets you would not expect to wear to a July race, we picked up our bibs at Rockville Town Center and then hid out in Starbucks for awhile. (PSA: Starbucks now sells stroopwaffels! Remember that next time you forget your race fuel.)

When the 8:15pm race time rolled around, absolutely nothing had changed: it was still raining absolute buckets. But the wind wasn't too terrible and hey, as I noted early this year, there's no level of wet beyond soaked, so we lined up. After a quick rendition of the national anthem by a very talented 14 year old, we were off!

The course left the shopping complex almost immediately, veering off into local neighborhoods. A few brave souls hunkered on their front porches and cheered us on, but for the most part it was quiet. There were a few more hills than I might otherwise have expected but nothing that slowed me down overmuch.

After completing that loop, we briefly retraced our steps figure-eight style before setting out for a loop in the opposite direction. This part was flatter, and featured a circuitous tour of the Montgomery College parking lot. There was brief overlap between those entering and exiting the parking lot (think entering/exiting WWoS during the WDW Marathon) and I looked for Liz but didn't spot her before the course peeled off.

Shortly after that we popped onto a road - possibly Rockville Pike but I don't think so? Anyway, we ran down said road before veering back into Rockville Town Center to finish exactly where we started.

And how was my race experience? Not bad, all things considered. I met my A goal - I brought it in under 45 minutes, what what! - and my supplementary goal, which was not to fall and snap any limbs, so that was a success. I did run into the same problem I had during the equally rainy 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon, where the reflection of the lights on the puddles and wet pavement sometimes made it hard to tell where, exactly, the ground is. But I made it!

The post-race party was supposed to feature music and beer and food. Maybe it did, but finishers were mostly just congregating under the eaves of the closest building. While I waiting for Elizabeth to finish I hightailed it over to the complimentary-for-runners Gordon Biersch beer tent and grabbed the first thing they had available before running back to the covered sidewalk. I'm 100% sure there was rain water in my beer by the end but it was pretty good! I think maybe a white ale or something?

Finally I saw Elizabeth running in, gallantly escorted by a Storm Trooper, obviously. She has promised to write her own recap of her experience so keep an eye out.

I gave Liz the other half of my beer and then we drove home, because OH MY GOD IT WAS RAINING SO HARD YIKES. Based on the higher bib numbers I saw vs. number of results, I'm pretty sure there was something like a 50% attrition rate.

But hey, we showed up and showed out! Go us!

What's the worst weather you've raced in? Honestly I think the DC Rock 'n Roll Marathon was worse for me...

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

In Which Jenn Runs A Boardwalk 5K

Hello from Orlando International Airport! My flight took off three minutes ago. Haha, just kidding! It was supposed to take off three minutes ago. Now it takes off in two and a half hours.

Clearly I have some time to kill, so I'm going to tell you nice people about the conference 5k I ran.

This race is always a fun run with no chip times, just approximations, plus they don't even promise it'll be exactly 3.1 miles, but I like to participate every year anyway because hey, free race!

In this particular case there was the added incentive of running amok on Disney's Boardwalk. It was enough of a draw to get me out of bed and hanging out at the Swan lap pool before 6:30am, 78 degrees and humid or not. Truly the magic of Disney conquers all.

The start was informal, and the pack set off with no real preamble or organization beyond: okay, go! The course matched the Swan & Dolphin's suggested run route exactly, so we saw pretty much all there was to see of the Boardwalk.

First we set out across the bridge headed for the Yacht & Beach Club, curving around Seabreeze point where a breakfast buffet was being set up for a private event (an Epcot wedding, maybe?). Then we passed by the pirate ship - WDW Marathon deja vu! - and curved around to pass by the Boardwalk area proper, with ESPN and Ample Hills and Boardwalk Bakery and all that jazz.

From there we veered onto the path toward Disney's Hollywood Studios - so, now in reverse of the marathon course. Luckily for my sense of cognitive dissonance, we were turned around at the top of path right before the bus stops and sent back down the trail, now in full accordance with marathon proceedings.

It was a blurry day.

After that it was one more loop of the Boardwalk before hitting in the finish, back where we started by the Swan. There was water and some Kind bars, plus plenty of cheering conference spectators. A couple of them were even cheering from swan paddle boats out on the lake!

As for my performance, it wasn't too bad for all that. It was hot and muggy (aka Florida), and at the start I had to dodge around some slow people and a briefly narrow course, but I brought the whole thing in under a 9 minute average mile. All in all I wasn't displeased.

Mostly I was just happy to be running at WDW again - and proceeded to do so twice more before I left. But that's a story for later...

Have you ever run the Boardwalk? How do you feel about it?

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Fairest Week In Review(ish): 7/18

HELLO! I have been hella busy at this magnificent conference IN THE FRIGGIN' SWOLPHIN all week, and I scarcely even have time to write this post - hence the weird time and what, as you will see, will be a very truncated version. Rest assured I am doing it all in the name of amazing WDW exploration and will be coming at you with tons of new girl-on-the-scene updates over the next couple weeks.

So! I am - and prepare for possibly the greatest sentence I have ever written - I am literally about to run right out the door and straight into a private party at Epcot; thus, we're gonna make this one short and sweet: we're going to skip the week in review. Which means next week we'll have three weeks to cover since I was at the beach last week, but don't worry, I've been running. I even ran a race! (More on that coming shortly.)

Anyway! Here's the roundup:

- Just Me & My Running shoes runs on vacation. Me too!!
- Disney Travel Babble shows off a craze-mazing Disney-themed apartment.
- This Fairy Tale Life has the scoop on the new Play Disney app. (I'm gonna try it tonight!)
- Kait Around The Kingdom shows off DAK's famed Boma buffet.
- A Pinch Of Pixie Dust tries WDW's buzziest drinks.
- The Disney Tourist Blog considers the WORST of WDW's character meals.
- Sparkly Ever After tries out that Disney After Hours hard ticket event.
- Disney In Your Day hangs out in the Rainforest Room on DCL's Magic.

And here's a lovely video of me showing off all the latest Disney fashions while highlighting my rallying cry.

TTFN, ta ta for now!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

In Which Jenn Is Coming At You LIVE From The Swolphin

Hello! I am in Walt Disney World! RIGHT NOW!

I'm conferencing at the Swolphin, and it is going very well. I've walked on the Boardwalk, chilled in the hot tub, and seen the tippy-top of the IllumiNations fireworks over Crescent Lake. Can't beat that.

I'm only halfway through the trip, and I know I'll be mining this trip for lots of content (just WAIT until I hit Disney Springs, kids - I have cocktails in my sights and a shopping list in my head!). In the meantime, check these photos. Anything else you want to see? Let me know!

Have you ever stayed at the Swolphin? What do you think?

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Monday, July 9, 2018

In Which FRoA Is 5 & WDW Is Imminent

Hey hey hey! Here's a fun fact: as of yesterday, this blog is 5 years old! FIVE!

And to celebrate, I'm off to the beach with Pat's family. PEACE.

Oh, but - as soon as I get back from the beach, I'm immediately heading to the airport for that convention in Orlando. That's right; I'll be coming at you LIVE from WDW. Hotcha! 

As is traditional, here is my pre-trip bucket list:
  • Go for some runs on the Boardwalk
  • Search out some of that rose gold stuff that I'm basic enough to want but am never fast enough to get at World of Disney
  • Perhaps try something from Amorette's Patisserie? And/or the fancy chocolate shop?
  • Ponder some of the bar shampoos and conditioners offered at Basin (better for the environment!)
  • Buy Pat some more of those gummy worms he loves
  • Try some Boardwalk restaurants, including the Boardwalk Bakery and maybe Jellyrolls (or Flying Fish or Abracadabar? Recommendations, anyone?)
  • Poke my head in the Mandara Spa and see if they're offering any specials (otherwise they're way too expensive)
  • Investigate the Swolphin's amenities, including the pool and gym
  • Check out the World Showplace and ride Soarin' and Test Track several million times
  • Maybe see if they can fit one measly little person in the CA Grill bar for the fireworks?
Hang on, everybody - it's gonna be one hell of a July!

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Happy Friday: The Socioeconomics of WDW

Close, but you forgot one:

- spends all their money on going to Disney; has no other money

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

In Which Jenn Is All About That DAK Area Background Music

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, say! Jenn hasn't mentioned anything about what Disney background music she's been listening to lately.

It's cool. I saw you coming. Here's how I've been easing the pangs of WDW homesickness:

You saw my news about staying at Kidani Village, right? When you stay at a new resort, it's important to prepare yourself. I aim to ease my acclimation by carefully familiarizing myself with Kidani's background loop.

I'm hella jazzed about this new Disney resort adventure and have all sorts of activities planned for myself! This includes wandering across the way to Jambo House for some exploring and maybe even dinner at Jiko. Naturally this means that I've added the Animal Kingdom Lodge's main music loop to my rotation too.

And as the final feature of this musical installment, let's take a verrry short trip over to Nomad Lounge, because I <3 Disney's Animal Kingdom. Next time you're in Nomad, drink a round of Hightower Rocks in my name!

What Disney parks background music are you currently digging?

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/03

Hello and happy Independence Day eve, or as I like to call it, Sam Eagle Appreciation Day.

I love you too, Sam!

Do you know what else this week is? It's pre-vacation week. Woo! I am but one week away from the beach - and two weeks from a pilgrimage to my holy land, aka Walt Disney World.

So you'll forgive me if I phone it in just bit. Don't worry, I didn't phone in my training. Week in review, go:

Sunday | rest
I just wasn't feeling it, and for once I gave in to the impulse. Which led to...

Monday | 5.37 miles outside in 55 minutes; 50 minute ballet class
You can find out how my week of run streaking went here
. (Spoiler alert: it... went.)

Tuesday | ran 5.29 miles outside in 55 minutes; walked 2.09 miles outside in 35 minutes

Wednesday | ran 5.2 miles outside in 55 minutes; 50 minute hip-hip boot camp dance class
And I am JUST AS GOOD at hip-hop dancing as you imagine.

Thursday | ran 5.15 miles outside in 55 minutes; walked 2.08 miles outside in 35 minutes

Friday | ran 5.16 miles outside in 55 minutes

Saturday | rest

Roundup, take us out!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

In Which Jenn Goes (Run) Streaking

Thanks for the reminder, MM.

Last week, I just wasn't feeling my Sunday long run. Usually I'm the paragon of consistency when it comes to getting my training - but it was hot, I was tired and cranky, we were potentially going somewhere later... I just wasn't feeling it.

And for once, I gave into the impulse I didn't run that day. But I also wasn't cool with simply failing to reach my weekly mileage goal (which, for those of you not inside my head in the loop, is 25 miles on average). Thinking quickly, I concocted a harebrained scheme: I decided to run 5 miles every day that workweek. Five miles, 5 times, 5 in a row.

Many of you are scoffing at this comparatively easy feat. For me, this was a minor challenge. I had no doubt I could do it, but it wasn't my style. Hell, I used to run 10 miles 3 times a week. I was fine with running further so long as I didn't have to do it as often. I find my new one-long-run-three-short-runs system to ultimately be better for my lifestyle, training, and injury report, but I do think back to those days fondly.

Where was I? Oh yes, my modest run streak. Here's how it went:

#1. This was fine, of course. I'd had an extra day off and raring to go. I probably should've attempted to save something for later, but it was too hard not to just let go.

#2. ALREADY TIRED. Which is weird, because I do two 5-milers in a row on the regular. Sure, some days are just better than others, but it wasn't a great sign...

#3. Okay. This wouldn't've been so bad. BUT. Like an idiot, I forgot to hit my GPS watch until .5 miles into my run. Half a freaking mile! Ugh, I was so mad at myself. IF YOU'RE NOT RECORDING DATA WHY EVEN BOTHER???

#4. This was probably the worst run of all. It was hot and humid and I was SO CLOSE to being done without ACTUALLY BEING DONE. Kinda like how the worst part of the Dopey Challenge was the half marathon. (Ah, yes, the Dopey Challenge. Ultimate run streak!)

#5. I was actually juuuust a smidge faster then in #4, which was nice. I felt hella slow the whole time but not unhappy. Just... tired.

I'd say my run streak experiment was what I would call a successful failure. Did I nail my runs and enjoy the process? Uh, no. No I did not. But I did it, and it was good for me - the streaking, the running on fatigued legs, the determination to Get It Done. And as a bonus: no injuries. Gonna take that mental and physical fortitude straight to the Two Course Challenge, baby!

Do you like to run streaks? How many miles and how many days?

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