The Fairest Week In Review: 2/28

Hoooo boy. It has been a WEEK. And it’s not even over. Hell, it’d been a week by Tuesday. Are we experiencing time dilation? I’m fairly certain I’ve been at work for several years now. AS PER USUAL. I feel like I’ve been running for several years now, too – which is probably because I have. But I think I’m starting to experience a little burnout. Last weekend I meant to do 9 miles but only managed to drag myself out for 7. Which is perfectly acceptable – it’s about taper time for my next marathon anyway – but...

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WDW Marathon

In Which Jenn Doesn’t Like One Part Of The WDW Marathon

Time was when my least favorite part of the Walt Disney World Marathon was the Wide World of Sports. It’s roundabouts miles 17 – 21, so, already you’re tired. Although a “park” of sorts, it’s no proper theme park. And as you enter the area, you run up against the people exiting the area, and you know they’re like four miles ahead of you. Screw those guys! Not you, Minnie. You’re cool.   But as I age, so do I soften. No, just kidding. I haven’t softened, I’ve just shifted my hatred. Wide World of Sports is now pretty okay in my book. It’s still...

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Coast to Coast

In Which Jenn Is Nonplussed By Coast To Coast

I’ve put off writing this post for years. I thought I’d want to write about it, and kept putting it on my lists of future blog posts, but every time I tried the words just failed to come. What is there to say about runDisney’s Coast to Coast medal, anyway? Now defunct in the face of the post-Disneyland race wasteland, the Coast to Coast medal was awarded to those brave, foolhardy, and financially-challenged folks who elected to run a runDisney race in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in the same calendar year. I got mine in 2014, when I...

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Sleepy Cinderella

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/20

I recently read that endurance athletes require MORE sleep than the average person. In this way I have not been optimizing my training as a runner. Do not follow my example re: sleep. However, I am not without redeeming qualities. For example, I have found a new way to adapt to running in the cold! Do you like to mess with your music while you run, but your supply of touch-sensitive gloves is limited? You only need one designated tech hand – split the touch pair, stick a regular glove on your non-tech hand, and voila! You just doubled...

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In Which Jenn Locates Vintage WDW Souvenir Clothes

I’ve mentioned this before, but in case you’re new and/or don’t have all my personal details memorized: my parents are in the processing of moving to NC, and are cleaning out their MD home to sell. This means digging through 20+ years of detritus, including the absolutely horrifying trash heap that is my childhood bedroom. Part of this is actual trash, and part is a study in the changing fancies of growing up: I’m talking posters of unicorns, stuffed animals, decades-old homework, and – I kid you not – a life size cutout of Star Trek: Voyager‘s Lt. Tom Paris....

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Jambo House

In Which Jenn Eats At The Mara

I freakin’ loved my deluxe resort experience. The amenities and rich themeing of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge & Kidani Village were unparalleled, especially as compared to moderate and value resorts. But there is one area where I personally believe VALUE resorts reign, and that’s the food court. With that said, let’s talk about The Mara, Animal Kingdom Lodge’s quick service restaurant. The first thing to note is that as a DVC resort, Kidani Village does not have its own real food source; you can pick up some groceries and such in the gift shop there, but if you want...

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Ariel wedding

The Fairest Week In Review: 2/13

Longtime readers of this blog know that there was a time when I abhorred running outside, clinging to the blessed safety and climate-control of the treadmill. Eventually I conceded that running outside was probably good practice for, y’know, races, which tend to be – wait for it – outside, but winter was definitely spent in the gym. And then, THE UNSPEAKABLE. My gym closed. I transitioned to running outside 90% of the time… and I didn’t hate it. Then I came to rather like it. Now I consider it my norm. That being said: you can take the girl off...

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In Which Jenn Has A New Favorite Running Fuel

Ooh, ooh, ooh! Can we talk about my new running fuel obsession? It’s cheap! It’s easy! It’s… UNCRUSTABLES! Yes, the pre-packaged, pre-assembled, frozen version of the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich is my new pre-run obsession. But really, can you blame me? It’s bread (carbohydrates!), jelly (sugar!), and peanut butter (protein!) in a demure 200-ish calorie package (depending on the flavor you select). It’s also very gentle on your stomach – I ate two over a couple hours the morning before my last 17 mile training run, and I felt great the whole time. I supplemented with Clif...

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Running shoes

In Which Jenn Points Out A Glitch In The Running Shoe Matrix

Can we talk about the Brooks Ghost 10 running shoe for a hot second? Specifically THIS Ghost 10, in this color scheme:   I have them (see above). And based on observation, and assuming you are a woman who wears a woman’s shoe, I can only assume you have them too. I have seen them on my home trails.   I have seen them at multiple runDisney races.   I have seen them in frickin’ Runner’s World magazine.   I am familiar with the conceit that once you become aware of something, you start to notice it more often, but I’ve never...

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