Swolphin

In Which Jenn Thinks The Swolphin Is…

Since I spent most of this WDW trip in a conference, I won’t be doing a traditional trip report, but I definitely still have a lot of stuff to tell you about that will be loosely collected under the July 2018 trip keyword. Read on! I’m not really going to do a full review or overview of the Swan and Dolphin Resort. Lots of other websites have already done one, almost certainly better than I could’ve done and probably frequently updated, too.  Instead, I’d like to discuss my impression of the hotel in the pantheon of Disney lodging options and why,...

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Running clothes

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/29

I am bummed! Here’s why: I bought running shorts from Thredup because they had a 6-inch inseam, perfect for NOT chafing. It was hella hot this morning, so I was correspondingly hella excited to try them out. Well, not only do the shorts ride up when I run, there’s the added twist (ha!) that they give me a full, front-to-back wedgie. :/ But! I also bought LONG running pants from Victoria’s Secret Sport during one of their bra + pants = $55 sales, which is a bonkers savings although you could make the argument that I didn’t technically need them. (I may have a...

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The Fast & The Fierce 5K

In Which Jenn Recaps The Fast & The Fierce 5K

I waffled about signing up for The Fast & The Fierce 5K for a couple weeks. It was put on by the Friends of the National Zoo as a benefit for rhino preservation. While a zoo race sounds delightful, the course wasn’t actually through any portion of the zoo. But by the Wednesday before the race the weather forecast looked unseasonably delightful, so I went ahead and impulse-registered. If nothing else, that’s $40 more for the rhinos! The race start was Metro accessible, but the timing made me nervous – if I took the first train at my station...

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Ample Hills

In Which Jenn Has Ample Hills Ice Cream For Lunch

Since I spent most of this WDW trip in a conference, I won’t be doing a traditional trip report, but I definitely still have a lot of stuff to tell you about that will be loosely collected under the July 2018 trip keyword. Read on! Picture it: lunchtime. The final day of the conference. I’ve just left my last session of the trip. I walk out of the Swan resort and into the bright sunlight and think: I simply cannot stare down one more conference buffet lunch. I have had all the build-your-own-salad and chicken in chafing dishes I can...

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Sleepy Cinderella

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/22

I had a friggin’ BONKERS dream last night that I was running the WDW Marathon but somehow took a five hour nap in the middle? I managed to catch up with the stragglers but my final time was over ten hours because, well, five hour nap. Which I evidently took in the Hollywood Tower of Terror, which had a few legit hotel rooms available. Kevin from Brooklyn 99 was the proprietor, obviously. Thanks, man. I forgive you for ruining my marathon. So that’s where my head’s at. Meanwhile, in the real world (UGH) here’s the workout log: Sunday | ran 10.06...

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Boardwalk WDW

In Which Jenn Does Training Runs On Disney’s Boardwalk

Since I spent most of this WDW trip in a conference, I won’t be doing a traditional trip report, but I definitely still have a lot of stuff to tell you about that will be loosely collected under the July 2018 trip keyword. Read on! I knocked out a 14 mile run in the gym of the Dolphin resort because I knew that I didn’t want to mess around with Florida’s heat and humidity for that amount of time without character stops, y’know? But for two subsequent training runs, I dragged myself out of bed in comparatively cool hours of...

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Disney Thredup

In Which Jenn Goes Online Disney Thrifting

Psst. I’m going to tell you a secret. It’s related to being a Disney Dandy. If you aren’t already aware, I am one – I loooove to dress up Disney-style in the parks. Of course, good Disney outfits don’t necessarily come cheap. That’s where my secret comes in.  Enter Thredup.* I’m sure you’ve already heard of it, but just in case: it’s basically an online thrift store. You can send in your clothes for a small profit, and/or you can browse the one-of-a-kind offerings after the fashion of a garage sale. If you’re willing to wear used clothing, you can...

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Grapefruit Mickey

The Fairest Week In Review: 8/15

I’ve been eating watermelon in my work lunches, officially because it’s hydrating but mostly because it’s delicious. Those big hunks are kind hard to pack, though, so I indulged in a box of Mickey freezer bags and I gotta say, it really cheers me up. ‘Sup. Speaking of nutrition and fitness, let’s check out the workout log! Sunday | ran 10.11 miles outside in 1:45 This was hot and humid and rough but any run you get off of is a good run, right? Or is that flights?   Monday | walked 2.13 miles outside in 35 minutes; 45...

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Epcot

In Which Jenn Attends A Private Party In Epcot

Since I spent most of this WDW trip in a conference, I won’t be doing a traditional trip report, but I definitely still have a lot of stuff to tell you about that will be loosely collected under the July 2018 trip keyword. Read on! Somewhere up there in Conference Heaven loves me: not only was my conference at the Swolphin, but there was a wrap-up party… IN EPCOT!!!! I know! It’s like they planned it just for me! Our evening began by entering Epcot via the International Gateway, our badges being our ticket in. We were herded over...

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Popsicle

In Which Jenn Did NOT Register For A Race

I got an email a couple months ago about a half marathon in my area. The race description assured me that I would never forget that race. It’s in July so, it’s hot! It’s full of hills! Do not attempt if you’ve never run a half marathon before!!! No shirts, no medals. JUST PAIN. BUT, came the tantalizing caveat, at mile 8 you shout out the flavor of popsicle you want and a volunteer will hand you that popsicle.  I’m not gonna lie, I was tempted. I’m more heat tolerant than most but I hate hilly courses. A popsicle in the middle of a half...

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