Lilo and Stitch

In Which Jenn Is Afraid Of Stitch’s Great Escape

No doubt you’ve heard the news that the Tomorrowland attraction Stitch’s Great Escape is moving to a seasonal schedule. We all know this is the death knell as it goes the way of Body Wars, Horizons, and many other rides before it. Unlike most, however, Stitch’s reduction and (assumed but I think fairly) ultimate removal will incite little outcry. The attraction has been pretty universally reviled since its opening, built on the skeleton of cult favorite ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. Doubtless the fan community will welcome its demise in favor of something new and – we hope – better. I’ve...

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Guest Post: Washing Your Lycra-Containing Garments With SLS3 + A Discount!

Thanks to SLS3 for putting together this post! You may remember this as the brand that made the running belt I reviewed toward the beginning of the year. They make a lot of other running accessories and garments, so naturally they know a lot about proper handling of synthetic fabrics. Read on for lots of cleaning and laundering tips, and for a discount at the end! Handle with Care You’ve spent your hard earned money on your exercise gear like Running Shorts or Compression Socks and now it’s time to put it to the test. After a grueling workout,...

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National Capital 20 Miler

In Which Jenn Has A Much Better National Capital 20 Miler

It is only in a universe of comparison that I can say this, but as I do live in such I won’t hesitate: that was much better. Last year my showing in the National Capital 20 Miler was, shall we say, not my best work. I was very slow. I walked a lot. I was in a fair amount of pain by the end. Chalk it up to not being used to trail running and general under-training or whatever you like. I got it done – but it wasn’t pretty. But I signed up again this year for two reasons:...

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Toy Story happiness

The Fairest Week In Review: 9/27

I did it! I did it! My twenty-miler is BEHIND ME. Take that, marathon training cycle! It’s all downhill from here, baby! All of which is to say that on Sunday I ran the National Capital 20 Miler and it wasn’t nearly as terrible as last year. Review to come, of course. The rest of this week I’ll be taking it easy, then I’ll ramp things up a little bit before my final taper into the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of October. AND THEN WINE & DINE HOORAAAAAY Here’s how last week’s training went down: Sunday |...

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Excited Parks and Rec

In Which Jenn Has New WDW Rides To Look Forward To

I’m a little sad, guys. All my potential trip buddies for my Wine & Dine trip in November fell out and I’m gonna be going to alone. That’s okay, though! I’m gonna knock a day off my trip for financial reasons but otherwise it’ll still be a fun time. I mean, when is WDW not a fun time? Never. Exactly. Plus – and I was thinking about this the other day – I have two instances of something very special coming up in this trip. I don’t know if we stop to think about it enough when this wonderful thing...

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Navy-Air Force Half Marathon

In Which Jenn Recaps The Navy-Air Force Half Marathon

The Navy-Air Force Half Marathon was… fine. (I kinda just wanted to use that video.) Anyway! Right. The Navy-Air Force Half. This is another one of those races that would, theoretically, be crazy convenient for me, given its Metro accessibility. Unfortunately due to ongoing track work Metro refused to open early as is usual for the race. Sigh. Oh well. Luckily the organizers were distributing Lyft discount codes, so I scheduled myself a Lyft for between 5 and 5:10am. My Lyft driver was quite prompt and very nice. Sadly, he wanted to chat. Not in a weird or creepy...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 9/21

Whew! Survived my first race of the fall season and didn’t even cry once. How’s that for good beginnings? (Race recap to come, of course.) This week: tapering for the National Capital 20 Miler. Last week: tapering for the aforementioned Navy-Air Force Half. Let’s roll the tape: Sunday | rest Monday | ran 9.01 miles on the treadmill in 1:30 In retrospect I may have pushed this a little too hard for a taper. Thoughts? Tuesday | walked 2.08 miles outside; 75 minute ballet class Wednesday | ran 7.07 miles in 1:15 Realized about halfway through my run that...

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Forced laughter

Happy Friday: The Average Piece Of Junk

I recently showed Pat Ratatouille for the first time after he expressed an interest in seeing it. I remembered liking it at the time but it did not rank among my favorite Pixar films. I still wouldn’t rate it higher than Wall-E or Up, but upon my recent re-watch I think it may be just the sleeper to challenge Finding Nemo. The laughs aren’t as big, no. Yet to my mind, no single moment in Nemo can match Anton Ego’s final speech. A great artist can come from anywhere, indeed. Don’t forget, you can follow FRoA on Twitter @fairestrunofall and on Instagram @fairestrunofall. If you have...

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Scrubs dreamer

In Which Jenn Is Ready To Kick Butt This Race Season

Here’s an interesting idea: I think I may be in a position to crush my race season this year. Okay, maybe crush is too strong. Squash? Cause to buckle? Apply a lot of pressure to? Anyway, I think I’m the best position I’ve been since my running career began. I made my summer productive; I got my training in. I hear the Navy-Air Force Half is pretty flat, and after my reasonably good performance in the ZOOMA Annapolis Half O’ Hills I almost wonder – is a PR afoot? And no more lackluster 14 miler to lead into my 20...

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The Jenn Guide To Running On The Beach

Newsflash, everybody: running on the beach is hard. I was cavalier, going in. I hear running on the beach is hardER, I thought to myself, but I’m a marathoner – how bad can it be? WELL. Let’s back up a moment. I never planned to run on the beach, for a multitude of reasons that will be discussed here. Unfortunately my time in the Outer Banks came right after a large-ish storm blew through, leaving VERY SERIOUS PUDDLES in its wake, which didn’t dissipate until the very last day. VERY SERIOUS PUDDLES. Here’s the road our house was on....

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