Music notes

In Which Jenn Has A Marathon Song

Do you have a marathon song? Maybe you trained with it, maybe you just listened to it during your marathon. Maybe you chose it for the lyrics, maybe you chose it for the beat. Maybe you played it to start your race – or end it – or both. No matter what makes it your marathon song, the moment it pops up on your iPod you’re instantly transported back to that moment. Mine is “The Great Unknown” by Jukebox the Ghost. Got me through the Marine Corps Marathon! What’s yours? Don’t forget, you can follow FRoA on Twitter @fairestrunofall and on Instagram @fairestrunofall....

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Running shoes

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/29

JENN: Did you run last week? MOON: I did! A bit rather slow and steady, but it happened. Did you? JENN: I did! MOON: Great success! JENN: I did one regular long run plus two shorter speed runs where I upped my top speed. My five minute sprints are now one minute each at 8, 7.5, 7, 6.5, 6mph, then five minutes at 5.5 mph, repeat. Even though that’s only a top speed increase of .5 mph, my legs were TIRED by the end. MOON: That’s awesome!  Personally, when I can get to 8 mph– even just for a little bit– I feel like I’m at...

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Food & Wine Festival

In Which Jenn Makes This Year’s F&W Festival To-Eat List

IT’S HERE IT’S HERE IT’S HERE!!!! What am I so darn excited about? THE MENU ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THIS YEAR’S EPCOT FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, DUH. Naturally the moment it was released I set about writing the sequel to last year’s to-eat list. Let’s get ready to rumble! And by rumble I mean salivate. Key: + means I ate it last year and liked it enough to add it to the list again. – means it was on the list last year but I never got around to trying it. Country Item Notes Australia Lamington Cake! Brazil Pao de queijo+ Last year’s...

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Ocean City beach

In Which Jenn Runs In Ocean City, MD & Loves Water Fountains SO MUCH

I ran in Ocean City, MD last week! Where I proved empirically that boardwalk runs > all other runs. FACT. You may recall my route from last year – up and back on the boardwalk. This time around I added the last little bit I had missed before to one of my runs, and it was so much less than I thought it would be; it barely added .4 miles to my overall total. But it was shaded, so there’s that! Not much has changed about the run since before, so I don’t feel the need to offer a...

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Tuvok not logical

In Which Jenn Ponders Barefoot Running (DO NOT WANT)

During my first Marine Corps Marathon, I remember seeing a girl who was running completely barefoot. She had a pair of Vibram Five Finger shoes or whatever they’re called tucked in the back of her shorts, but the implication was that this was in case of emergency only. For the foreseeable future, she was running a marathon barefoot. This struck me as a terrible idea. Anatomy and efficiency and whatever else the barefoot running movement espouses aside, MCM takes place almost exclusively on concrete and asphalt. Tough stuff, to be sure. But more importantly, you’re running on roads, roads...

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Treadmill

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/21

JENN: How was running last week? MOON: Much improved and very much welcome. 🙂 How about yours? JENN: It was 50% on the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD! No Toothless this time, though, sadly. I got in two runs while I was there (more on this later in the week) and while they were hot I REALLY APPRECIATE the proliferation of water fountains. MOON: Yay! JENN: I was pretty much using them as motivation. “Run to the next one!” And then I ran at home and I was like “THIS ISN’T THE BEACH WHAT” and I was sad. MOON: You could always close your eyes and...

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Mickey running

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/16

JENN: Did you finally get to run for real last week?! MOON: YES!!! Like, FIVE! While going a month without running was saaaaad, at least I know I truly love to run. Or, at least, that’s what I’m telling myself. Glass half full. JENN: Yay! Are you running around your new neighborhood or hitting my friend the treadmill? MOON: Your good friend the treadmill. JENN: Awww. Always there for us, the treadmill is. Best friends. MOON: I have gone for a few walks with my umbrella, but I find that I often run into things/people, so I figure it’s best to not run with the umbrella....

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Ocean is for winners

In Which Jenn Is At The Beach & Needs Your Help

GUESS WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW. That’s right, I’m at the beach! More specifically, I’m in Ocean City, sight of at least one successful vacation run. I plan to run twice while I’m here – let’s all hope the vacation gods allow it! I’ll be back on Thursday. In the meantime, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that I’m running the Marine Corps Marathon to support the Diabetes Action Team in honor of my grandfather, Stanley, whose death was hastened by the disease. Will you aid the fight and help me reach my goal with a...

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Mulan bath

In Which Jenn Tells You How To Have The Best Shower Ever

You want to have the finest shower of your ENTIRE LIFE? It’s really very easy. Just follow these simple steps: Go for a 10 mile run outside in the early morning when it’s theoretically cooler but actually it’s 77 degrees out and the air is heavy with the humidity of the rain that will occur later in the day. If any part of your outfit isn’t soaked by the halfway point, you’re doing it wrong. Take a normal shower. You, inside. (Okay, fine. You want a real shower treat, ladies? Mix some turbinado sugar with coconut oil, scrub your legs...

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