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Under Armour Sportsmask Review Part 2: Original VS. Featherweight

I have good news and bad news, guys. Bad news first: I lost my Under Armour Sportsmask. The good news is that this gives me the perfect opportunity to review the next generation model, the Sportsmask Featherweight. Extra good news: Pat wound up getting his own, 1.0 Sportsmask, which means I still have the OG version to compare it to. But first, a couple notes: 1. Pat wears a M/L, and I wear a S/M. Therefore disregard any size differentials you may see in the photos; they’re not relevant. UA says all sizing remains the same for both models....

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"Sister Suffragette"

Well Done, Sister Suffragette!

It has recently come to my attention that that seminal piece of Disney musical history, the brilliant “Sister Suffragette” brought so beautifully to life by Glynis Johns as Mrs. Banks, is omitted from the Broadway version of Mary Poppins. This is a TRAVESTY and I will tell you why. But first, should we just watch it real quick? Let’s just watch it real quick. Magnificent, no? The Sherman Brothers were so good at writing, ahem, timeless lyrics. Okay, okay, politics aside, the lyrics are clever, the tune is catchy, and Glynis Johns KILLS IT. KILLS IT!!! The wild gesturing!...

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Running In Isabela, Puerto Rico

You know you’re a running NERD when you’re geeking out over a new running trail days after finding it. But we already knew I was a running nerd. The question is: are you a big enough running nerd to geek out with me? Let’s find out! Pat and I went to Jobos Beach in Isabela, PR over the long weekend because he wanted to check out the surf break. Surfing is still a little too scary for my taste, but my enthusiasm for the trip shot up when Pat told me there were a couple running options near our...

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Muppets Haunted Mansion

21 Thoughts I Had While Watching Muppets Haunted Mansion

Normally my Thoughts While Watching posts revolve around vintage park media, like the Disneyland opening day TV broadcast or, most recently, the 1993 WDW vacation planning video. Muppets Haunted Mansion, by contrast, just came out last week, but I think it’ll still work for the brief: normally we are viewing the Disney parks through the lens of the past, and all we’re doing now is shifting that lens. Now, we’re viewing The Haunted Mansion through the lens of the Muppets! Now that I’ve got you all on board, let’s get to the meat of the piece. Muppets Haunted Mansion...

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Pongo 101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians, One Dalmatian Disneybound

After dipping my toes into my first proper Disneybound a few months ago, I’m back with an all-new 101 Dalmatians-inspired outfit! Guys, 101 Dalmatians was my JAM when I was a little kid. It came out over two decades before I was born, but I didn’t care. Ariel and Belle were great and all, but they couldn’t compete with 101 DOGS. In the immortal words of Karen Cushman: I myself like dogs better. I still remember the thrill when my uncle gave me a Dalmatians-themed sleeping bag for my birthday one year, plus I had the Pongo and Perdita...

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Incredibles Dash runs

Half A Race Schedule Is Better Than No Race Schedule At All, Right?

We still live in uncertain times, but I’m feeling hopeful enough to wedge a race schedule in there anyway. Well, half a race schedule. Not ENOUGH races, but some. Not the WHOLE year, but part. And yeah, sure, most are retreads of runDisney races, but I’m registered! That’s what counts! And so I am officially looking forward to: The Wine & Dine Half Marathon, November 2021 Continuing my registration strategy of registering for EVERYTHING. I’ve been thwarted at every turn so far but it’ll pay off eventually, I just know it. Plus Pat’s really excited for his first ever...

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Is A Sparkle Athletic Sparkle Squad Membership Worth It?

I’m decidedly NOT a team sports person, but I’m not against joining a team of running individuals, especially if they offer discounts. Did I join Sparkle Squad for the camaraderie or the discounts? Trick question! I joined it for the visor! And the blog post, of course. Anything for a blog post. WHAT IS SPARKLE SQUAD? Right, so, Sparkle Athletic is a small but mighty athletic apparel store geared primarily toward women, although I’m sure they’re happy to sell to anybody who’s angling for a sparkly running skirt or ball cap. You’re almost certainly familiar with them if you’re...

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Smee would drink the Runner's Margarita

Can You Get Electro-LIT With The Runner’s Margarita? (No.)

The Runner’s Margarita has been a long time coming. I’ve been pondering it awhile, but it was only last weekend that I finally sprang for the full bottle of tequila I required for my experiment. A classic margarita, made from scratch, is very simple. You only really NEED three ingredients: tequila, lime juice, and an orange liqueur like triple sec or Grand Marnier. I make a pretty decent margarita and paloma if I do say so myself. Of course the problem with margaritas is that they contain alcohol(!), which is dehydrating, not to mention a bit sugary depending on...

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Thoughts While Watching: The 1993 Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Video

I had thought for my next Thoughts While Watching entry I would look for something back in the early days of Disneyland again. But during my search I came up the 1993 Walt Disney World vacation planning video, and doesn’t that just sound fun? 1993! I mean, the fashion alone should be worth the price of admission! Do you think Eisner insisted someone perform a freestyle rap? I can only hope. Come along with me on this 45 minute journey to the perfect early nineties Disney trip. Was it really simpler back in the day? Even I’m surprised by...

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Race spectators

Like A Flash Mob, But Running: Tales Of The Reluctant Spectator

Oh my gosh, you know what cracks me up every time? When you’re running a race in a downtown/populated area and there are people there that clearly had NO idea there was a race happening. I’ve kinda-sorta talked about this before, specifically in a runDisney context – once upon a time Elizabeth and I dashed about Walt Disney World ourselves dodging marathon and half marathon – but that was different. We were vaguely aware there were races happening, so while we were mildly inconvenienced in unexpected ways at times, it wasn’t completely out of left field. I don’t know...

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