OK Tape

In Which Jenn Shares Her Preferred IT Band Taping Method

Oh, man, I can’t believe it’s never occurred to me to tell you guys about this IT band technique before! Well, I have told you about it before. But obliquely. You need the details. Q: What the heck am I pattering on about? A: Taping your IT band! Your IT (iliotibial) band, for those who are uninitiated (lucky you), runs along the hip and knee and is vital to stability while running. But I’m not a doctor, so I’ll just leave this Wikipedia article here. I mean, I assume Wikipedia is a doctor. You may recall my personal IT band began acting up last...

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Tower of Terror

The Fairest Week In Review: 6/27

Did I say this week would be more interesting than last? Shoot. I can’t deliver. Sorry. Here’s a very normal workout log:  Sunday | ran 10.25 miles outside in 1:45 Monday | walked 2.16 miles outside in 35 minutes; 55 minute ballet class Tuesday | ran 5.32 miles outside in 55 minutes Wednesday | ran 5.11 miles outside in 50 minutes Thursday | 2.16 miles outside in 35 minutes; 65 minute ballet class Ooh. It’s always so weird when I match times. *cue Twilight Zone music* *also, brb, off to watch some TZ because one of the Shatner episodes is next in queue*...

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In Which Jenn Has A Counterintuitive FastPass Theory

I’ve got a theory. Wrong! Wrong again! It’s about FastPass+. It may make you uncomfortable. But if you hear me out, you may have an effective new strategy on your hands. Or I’ll ruin your whole vacation. Either/or. So on my last trip to WDW with my mom, I left plans for the final day completely blank, the idea being that I would let my mom decide how she wanted to spend our remaining hours based on what she liked best the previous days. As such, I reserved precisely zero FastPass+ slots. How could I, if I couldn’t be...

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Boardwalk OC MD

In Which Jenn Has A Boardwalk Running Suggestion

It’s officially summer, and that means beach trips are just around the corner. And beach runs, of course.  Personally, I love running on Ocean City’s boardwalk. Probably just about any boardwalk, really. The sights! The energy! The ocean breeze! The flatness! The occasional water fountain! But even I have had some tough-ish runs in this wonderful setting, and it’s not hard to figure out why: sometimes, during a summer vacation at the ocean, it’s hot. I try to confine my summer outdoor runs to the morning, but once in awhile I’ve been forced by circumstance to knock it out in...

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Doctor Who run

The Fairest Week In Review: 6/20

It’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, guys. Workout log, roll tape: Sunday | ran 10.34 miles outside in 1:45 Monday | walked 2.31 miles in 40 minutes No ballet this week between spring and summer semesters. Tuesday | ran 5.28 miles outside in 55 minutes Wednesday | ran 5.22 miles outside in 55 minutes Thursday | walked 2.41 miles outside in 40 minutes Friday | ran 5.19 miles outside in 55 minutes; walked 2.37 miles outside in 40 minutes It was quiet around the office, so I took a bonus walk. Saturday | rest Elizabeth and I went...

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Pop Century

In Which Jenn Is Venturing Beyond The Parks

Not to make you jealous or anything, but I have three Walt Disney World trips on the docket within the next seven months. No, honest, I’m not trying to make you jealous! ‘Cause, listen: I don’t plan to spend much time in the parks.  Which is sort of silly – isn’t this exactly the sort of thing Annual Pass dreams are made of? But the first trip is during a conference, so I won’t have a ton of time to kill; and anyway the wrap party gets me into Epcot for some limited experiences. The second trip is during the Wine...

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Jambo House

In Which Jenn Goes DVC…ish

Like I said a couple weeks ago: it’s gotten hard to book a room at Disney, let alone find one at a discount rate. This was making me antsy for marathon weekend. Generally I would stay at Pop Century as per usual, but what would Disney charge this time around? Wine & Dine weekend room costs are definitely not rock bottom. Would I be able to get a room for only two nights?  I began to ponder an option that’s been on my mind a lot lately: renting DVC points. As much as I’d love to actually join the...

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Calvin & Hobbes build character

The Fairest Week In Review: 6/13

Hello, humans! Coming off last week’s awesome WDW news, I have no worthy followup. But I can tell you that I quite unexpectedly have a 5K, an 8K, and a potential half marathon on the books for July. Whatever happened to the off-season? I guess we got rid of it and decided to build character instead. Hot, sweaty character. Or we’re all just race addicts. I don’t know. But it’s good to have races to look forward to when you’re slogging your way through another summer training run. Observe: Sunday | ran 5.07 miles outside in 50 minutes So rainy,...

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Kuzco rain

In Which Jenn Runs But Might As Well Be Swimming

As noted, the Wayfarer’s Half was cancelled for potential storms… and then no storms appeared whatsoever. That was Saturday.  Sunday was another story entirely – great buckets dumped from the sky allllllll day, legit rain to which words like “shower” and “sprinkle” did not apply. And this was bad news for me because, having wound up running only a 10k, I wanted to get another run in. I waffled about my options.  I could skip the run, of course. I did just run a race, even if it was a much shorter one than I had expected. I could pack up...

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