Riker runs

The Fairest Week in Review: 9/30

Good morning, sunshines! As you might have guessed from that disgustingly cheery opening, I survived my second half marathon, even as it was outside of the warm Disney embrace. Did I meet my time goal? If you follow us on Twitter you know; if not, you’ll have to wait until later this week to find out! You won’t want to miss it – I get REALLY excited about a bagel. Also on the blog post docket for the week: Moon hops in on a post with me; plus I GOT NEW SNEAKERS!!! Can you tell that I may or...

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Mulan bath

In Which Jenn & Moon Hit the Post-Workout Showers

JENN: A few weeks ago I was nearing the end of a run and was motivating myself by promising I could use my expensive facial cleansers when I showered afterward. And then I realized, hey, that could be a post! So, Moon, do you have any Shower Rewards? MOON: I have a great facial mask I like to use. It’s the Clear Improvement mask by Origins. I do that right before I shower and it feels very refreshing to my skin. JENN: Moon is the one who turned me on to Origins products, which are delightful to use. They...

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Treadmill

In Which Jenn is Not Very Good at Tapering

TAPERING IS HARD, YOU GUYS. It seems counter-intuitive – I mean, the principle behind tapering is that you spend the last week or two before a race running with LESS mileage and LESS intensity, so as to save your strength for the big race push. That means that tapering comes with LESS difficult runs – or at least, it ought to. And it would for me too, were I somehow able to do it properly. For starters, I can’t seem to get myself to start tapering until the last minute. My half marathon is this Sunday; last Sunday, I...

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Festival of the Lion King

In Which Jenn Chooses Her Very Favorite Thing at WDW

It’s unthinkable. To name a favorite attraction at Walt Disney World is to name your favorite child. You’re not supposed to play favorites! It’s supposed to be an impossible choice! But I can. If asked, I can name my favorite thing at WDW. Go on, guess. Of all the rides, shows, and characters, what is my very favorite thing? I’ll give you a hint: if it had been discontinued in favor of the questionable Avatar land, it would have meant the end of true happiness as I understand it. Here, I’ll give you a bigger hint: Yes. It’s the...

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Doctor Who run

The Fairest Week in Review: 9/23

Okay, so, the reason why Moon has been skipping on these Week in Review posts is because she’s been too busy to run, what with her free time being spent at the hospital with her mother and all. She’s rather bummed about it, as you might imagine; us runner types do very much enjoy, y’know, running. Therefore I would like to ask a favor – please comment with your story about a time you had to quit running for awhile and then came back and TRIUMPHED. She’ll see it and be reassured that all will be well again once...

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Running fuel Clif Shot Bloks

In Which Jenn Discusses Mid-Run Fueling

I dunno, guys. I must be doing it wrong. Earlier we talked about pre- and post-run fueling, and that’s very important. But it seems like there’s a whole lot of buzz surrounding the gels and beans and shots and such that provide energy during a run. Many reported that they found substantial improvement in their runs when they consumed something during, and as a fledgling runner I thought: clearly I need some energy gels! After Moon and I had somewhat mixed results with Energy Bits, I was determined to figure out what WOULD work. I went straight to the...

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Mitsukoshi plates

Squirtgun To Your Head: Favorite WDW Store?

JENN: Squirtgun to Your Head time! What’s your favorite store at Walt Disney World? Betcha it’s the same as mine! MOON: It is! I wonder if anyone reading this is thinking, “Yeah, me too.” We don’t even have to say it. Why hello, sailor. JENN: Well, I’m going to anyway, because it’s fun to say. MITSUKOSHI DEPARTMENT STORE! The magnificent fiscal sinkhole center of the Japan pavilion at Epcot. MOON: Where you can find anything with a cat on it. My cat Hoodoo gets a different kitty dish every morning. JENN: The kitchenware section is indeed AMAZING. MOON: Yes,...

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Color in Motion 5K

In Which Jenn Recaps the Color In Motion 5K

After the Electric Run 5K two weekends ago, Scott and I weren’t finished: last Saturday we tackled the Color In Motion 5K, one of those races where people chuck colored powder at you until you look like a piece of spin art. It was a good experience but not without some troubles. As Lewis Carroll so wisely suggests, I will begin at the beginning, go on until I reach the end, and then stop. For starters, the Color In Motion people did the same thing the Electric Run people did – they made the pickup location Alexandria, Virginia. And...

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Running wild

The Fairest Week in Review: 9/16

Moon can’t make it today, but – IT’S HER BIRTHDAY! WEEEEEE!!! Everybody wish her a happy one! 😀 😀 D Glorious. Okay. Training last week. It started out well – on Sunday I knocked out a 16 miler at decent speeds. Unfortunately my Tuesday run was rough and my Thursday run was even rougher. I couldn’t figure out what went wrong until after the Thursday run when I realized that my bit of a cough and slight soreness of throat added up to a cold. Not a severe one – I’m already almost over it – but just enough...

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Alice food

In Which Jenn & Moon Discuss Pre- & Post-Run Snacks & Jenn Uses Her Car as an Oven

JENN: So, running fuel snacks. They’re important, one way or another. There are three categories: pre-run, mid-run, and post-run snacks. I’m ignoring mid-run snacks because I’ll have a blog post about that next week, but for today I’d like to start with pre-run snacks – Moon has her own take on this! MOON: Pre-run snacking = >:(. I hate eating before a run. So… I’m a little useless for this topic, but I never eat before I run. JENN: Regardless of length, regardless of time? MOON: Yes. For long runs I sometimes cave and eat something in the event...

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