Jenn with long hair

In Which Jenn Runs With Short Hair(!)

I have had long hair for the better part of two decades. For the last 10 years especially, I mean long – like almost-to-my-butt long. And I like it like that! It feels very me. I call it my Fairy Princess Hair. Well, I don’t have it any more. I hacked it all off last week. WHY??? you scream, flecks of spittle hitting your monitor as you shake it with fearful rage. … Okay, maybe you don’t care about my hair as much as I do, for some reason. But since you asked, I donated it! It is now in possession...

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Zombies, Run

The Fairest Week In Review: 5/30

In this week’s review we shall do training log first, discussion second. Okay, go!  Sunday | ran 10.13 miles outside in 1:45 Monday | walked 2.4 miles in 40 minutes; 60 minute ballet class Tuesday | ran 5.32 miles outside in 55 minutes Wednesday | ran 5.33 miles outside in 55 minutes Thursday | walked 2.13 miles outside in 35 minutes This was Pat’s and my four year anniversary together. Originally I was going to go to ballet anyway, since Pat’s been studying for his final architecture licensing exam, but at the last minute we decided to go out...

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Bambi bunny

In Which Jenn Has A Secret Running Admirer Maybe? (But Probably Not)

One day, on an otherwise very routine run, I realized that my sidewalk was speaking to me. Secret messages dotted the pavement as I ran past. Well, maybe not “secret” as such, as they were written in brightly colored chalk. But still, it was unexpected to suddenly find a cheering section beneath my feet.  Arrows pointed my way first. On my way out they seemed to be encouraging me to turn around, but once I headed home they were totally on my side.    Indeed, I was shortly reassured that I was definitely heading in the right direction.  ...

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Ever After intrigue

The Fairest Week In Review: 5/23

Hi! How are you? I’m fine. I’m just stalling because I don’t have anything in particular to share this week. Well, I mean, there are things. But since I am saving them for their own dedicated posts, they are secret for the time being. Intrigue! Training log, go: Sunday | 7.03 miles outside in 1:10Not bad for the day after a wedding and after party. Monday | walked 2 miles in 35 minutes; 70 minute ballet class My GPS watch did that weird thing again where it tries to claim I’m walking, like 13 minute miles, so I’m just...

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Pop Century

In Which It’s Rough Out There In Disney Hotel Room Reservations

Hot damn, you guys. Can we take a second to talk about how near impossible it’s gotten to book a room in a Walt Disney World hotel room in a reasonable time frame? I’ve talked about some of my odd room reservation experiences before, and I’ve learned a lot from them. Primarily, I’ve learned to book a room the SECOND you so much as CONSIDER going to WDW, a year in advance if possible. I was smart for this year’s Wine & Dine Half weekend, and booked my room at Pop in January. When I decided to extend my races weekend to include the...

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30 Rock Kenneth swear

In Which Jenn Has A Mothereffin’ Mantra

I stayed at my parents’ home in NC when I ran the Wrightsville Beach Marathon. Naturally, for the long weekend away I brought along some Runner’s World magazines. For theming, of course! Post-race and oh, so well-deserved shower, I plunked myself down on the bed and flipped through an issue. I hit upon an article about the importance of having a mental plan in place for a race. Having just run a marathon, I was nodding along – I firmly believe that the only difference between a marathon finisher and non-finisher is that when the finisher hit the wall, they kept on...

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Ariel wedding

The Fairest Week In Review: 5/16

HELLO! I’m coming off an AMAZING weekend. Moon – remember Moon? – she got married! In the same place Will Smith got married if that helps you envision it! She had the most gorgeous dress and a lovely ceremony and good food and awesome people and a great after-party and I got cake and champagne and made a joint toast with my co-maid o’ honor Elizabeth and everything was magnificent. I still got my runs in for the week, though! I can prove it: Sunday | ran 10.27 miles outside in 1:45 Monday | walked 2.41 miles outside in 40 minutes;...

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Tangled cupcakes

In Which Jenn Remembers Tangled A Little Differently

I have a tangled memory. Are you familiar with the Mandela Effect? It’s the theory that, since a huge group of people remember Nelson Mandela dying in a jail cell in the ’80s even though he didn’t, there must be an alternate universe where this did happen. Another famous example is the Berenstein/Berenstain Bears debate.  Basically, it’s any time you absolutely definitely undoubtedly remember something happening a certain way, and you are 100% wrong. Don’t feel bad! Maybe you accidentally slip-streamed into the wrong universe! Best of luck getting back. And in my universe, the Tangled script looked juuuuust a bit different. Remember this bit...

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An allegory

In Which Jenn Creates A Running Allegory Or Whatever

Sometimes training runs are easy. And sometimes they’re hard. Some days you love running and some days you hate it. Sometimes you start off fine and then, suddenly, you run into an obstacle. Sometimes you can see it way far ahead in the distance and it makes you nervous and tense. How can you possibly handle this issue? And then you get closer and you’re like, yeah, that’s a problem. But luckily, nine times out of ten, if you look around a little you’ll find a new path, and you can go on your merry way.   I hope...

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Washington Capitals

The Fairest Week In Review: 5/09

Ummmm, hold on just a second. I need to say something. GO CAPITALS GO!!!!! Thanks, I just needed to get that out of my system. We can do the workout log thing now. Sunday | ran 10.1 miles outside in 1:45 Monday | walked 2.26 miles outside in 40 minutes; 45 minute ballet class Tuesday | ran 5.42 miles outside in 55 minutes  Wednesday | ran 5.29 miles outside in 55 minutes Thursday | ran 5.28 miles outside in 55 minutes No ballet class, so I moved my run up a day. Friday | walked 2.29 miles outside in...

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