Baltimore Marathon

In Which Jenn Is Running The Baltimore Marathon

Surprise! I’m running the Baltimore Marathon! Maybe it’s not that surprising, given that it showed up among the possibilities when I wrote a post about which fall marathon to choose. But it might not have been my first choice – if I hadn’t tripped and fallen into a bib. My friend Sarah is also a runner with multiple marathons to her name. Last year she signed up for the Baltimore Marathon but was forced to defer. This year (why? Don’t ask me) she signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon too, based on the assumption that, like last year,...

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Ariel wedding

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/30

Hey guys! I had an amazing long weekend at the wedding of a couple friends, and it was glorious even if I did let my face get a little sunburnt and I didn’t get any running done at all. It’s cool, though, because I prepared with a frontloaded training schedule. Look, I can prove it! Sunday | ran 10.17 miles outside in 1:50 Monday | walked 2.19 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute workout class Tuesday | ran 7.33 miles outside in 1:20 Wednesday | walked 2.3 miles outside in 40 minutes; 55 minute workout class Thursday |...

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Time Rover

In Which Jenn Secures All Her Belongings Inside The Ride Vehicle EVERY TIME

(Source) Say what you will about Dinoland USA, but I have an unabashed love of its flagship ride: Dinosaur. Equal parts intense and absurd, scary and silly, it’s a great example of a non-coaster, dark ride/thrill ride hybrid. After many years and many trips to the past, I can now make it all the way through the ride without shutting my eyes once (I said it was kinda scary!). My one remaining fear? That all my stuff is very carefully stowed in the pocket in front of me. Travel back with me to the much less distant past: 2009. I...

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Doctor Who Amy No

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/23

Ummmmmmm… hold on. Did anything interesting happen to me last week? Somebody tell me. Training log, you got anything? Sunday | ran 11.14 miles outside in 2:00 Monday | 2.14 mile walk outside in 35 minutes; 50 minute modern dance class Tuesday | ran 5.68 miles outside in 60 minutes Wednesday | walked 2.18 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute workout class Nobody showed up for hip hop dance class except me, so the teacher and I just said the hell with it and did an, I don’t know, “body pump” kinda workout thing. Good for my arms...

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Across the Bay 10K

In Which Elizabeth Is Running Her First 10K Ever

You guys remember Elizabeth, right? I have dragged her along on several WDW trips. She is such an excellent travel companion that I am slowly grooming her for the cult of runDisney. Kidding! Kidding. She makes her own decisions. Totally autonomous. And I’m sure my nagging and cajoling and promising to run with her had NO impact on her decision to sign up for her very first 10K in November – the Across the Bay 10K on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. She’d never classify herself as a runner, but I’d say that by now she’s done enough 5Ks to claim...

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Country Bear Jamboree

In Which There Was Blood On The Saddle

So there I am, minding my own business at my parents’ house. Am I there because in the morning my dad is going to drive me to the airport so I can go to Walt Disney World? I don’t remember. Probably. Statistically likely. Anyway, I come out of the bathroom next to the computer room and: there it is. I’m briefly uncertain. Is it…? It totally is. I grab it and bring it to my dad. “Do you know who this is???” I demand. “Sure,” he replies immediately. “That’s Big Al from The Country Bear Jamboree. Your grandfather loved...

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Road Runner Sports

In Which Jenn Selects New Running Shoes (Small Giveaway!)

Hey, remember that time I went to Road Runner Sports for a shoe fitting and walked out of the store with Nike Vomero 10 running shoes? And remember how I wasn’t sure it was the right shoe for me after awhile? And then remember how I ended up loving it and using it anyway? And then remember how Nike ruined everything by changing the Vomero 11 so much that it didn’t feel like my shoe anymore? 🙁 🙁 🙁 When your favorite running shoe betrays you, there is only one cure: a new fitting. In that spirit, I used...

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Planet Fitness

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/15

As of Friday, I am an innovator. Let’s look at the logs: Sunday | ran 12.11 miles on the treadmill in 2:00 My first experience at Planet Fitness! I’ll be doing a full review at some point in the next couple weeks; needless to say it was a touching treadmill reunion. Monday | walked 2.19 miles in 40 minutes; 50 minute Horton jazz dance class It was raining, but no worries – I brought my amazing bubble umbrella. Unfortunately, I discovered that it is extremely difficult to keep up a brisk walking pace when your feet are slip-sliding around in...

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Mary Poppins

In Which Jenn Notes Something Odd About “Jolly Holiday”

A truly great animated film transcends age, appealing to audiences of all ages. Of course, sometimes there are jokes aimed squarely adults that fly merrily over the kids’ heads, often sexual, political, or otherwise sly. When we go back and re-view the films of our childhoods, it’s not uncommon to have a couple OHHHHH moments. Patty-cake?! Here’s my favorite: in Mary Poppins, there’s an entire verse of the “Jolly Holiday” song dedicated to the fact that unlike many men, you can totally trust Bert not to rape you. Let’s break it down. Mary Poppins sings: Oh, it’s a jolly...

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Lady & The Tramp spaghetti

In Which Jenn Has A Favorite Pre-runDisney Meal

I have a runDisney suggestion for you. It’s not that exciting. You are not going to be jazzed about it. But you have to trust me. Articles abound about the best place to carb-load pre-runDisney race. Pasta places and pizza places are the favorites – Via Napoli, Tony’s, restaurants with flatbreads and noodle dishes. If you don’t want to have a sit-down meal, a lot of resorts have make-your-own-pasta stations. Well, sit-down restaurants can be expensive and time-consuming. It may be tough to get the ADR you want. And I can tell you from experience that the lines for...

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