In Which Jenn PRs In The 10K Thanks To Southwest Airlines

Okay, I know we JUST did a post about a training run of mine and I generally try to mix it up, but I had the BEST run on Sunday – all thanks to Southwest Airlines. Naturally I simply must tell you about it.

So here’s what happened: I was going to get up at 8am and run that week’s Rock ‘n Roll virtual 10k. However, a notification popped up on my phone as I was setting my alarm: I needed to check in for my flight home to Puerto Rico at 8:55am on the dot. (For those not familiar with Southwest’s seating policies, it’s first-come first-served, with boarding groups and numbers assigned by how early you check in.)

Not wanting to stop in the middle of my run to accomplish this, I got up half an hour earlier. But as I finished dressing, hydrating, etc., I realized I would still going to need to push myself a bit if I wanted to make my time cutoff.

So I did. Rather than attempt to curtail my early-run instinct to pick up the pace, I let myself go kinda fast. And then… I continued to let myself go fast. Not sprinting, but a good clip. No reining it in or pulling it back in an effort to keep the entire thing comfortable. Hell, by the last mile I was decidedly NOT comfortable, but I also wasn’t incapable. I kept the pace and my final mile was in fact my fastest.

You know what else was my fastest? This 10k! By a full minute! During training! Not a race! I have NEVER done that! I’m STILL pleased with myself!

I have to give a shout out to the excellent running weather that morning in Maryland, where I enjoyed upper 60s temperatures the likes of which Puerto Rico may well have never seen. And an extra thank you to the parking lot of the tech school behind the house, which has only one slight incline and is otherwise an ideal running circuit.

Now I am back in Puerto Rico, where it’s hot and humid and running fast can be a challenge. But I’ll give it a go sometimes anyway. As the professionals like to tell us, to run faster you’ve just got to… run faster. Pam was right all along!

P.S. A27 and A28. Boom!

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The Fairest Trip Report Of All: The Wine & Dine 10K

Trip report time! See all the posts in this report.

I slept with my usual fitfulness the night before the 10K, and even woke up about 15 minutes before the alarm. I popped up early and busied myself prepping before intercepting the piercingly load wakeup call. Once I was ready, I woke Erika, and when she was set to roll we headed for the bus.

We were early, but it was just as well: before the first bus even began to load there was a line stretching far behind us. We managed to make it onto bus #1 and were soon bound for the start line.

The bus dropped us off in the Magic Kingdom parking lot, and as none of the pre-race festivities interested us overmuch we went straight for the queue to enter the corrals. The organizers let us in about an hour before start time, and after a quick bathroom break we entered corral F.

Yes, corral F: because she had no proof of time Erika was placed in the last corral, and as a good and stalwart friend I elected to drop back from A and run with her. I’m not going to say this was a mistake, but… well, you’ll see.

A DJ kept the crowd going with some dancing and singalongs before the usual suspects (Rudy, Carissa, etc.) took the stage for some largely time-filling babble. Then the race began!

And began… and began… and began. Boy, you guys in the back corrals have the patience of freakin’ saints. I never really noticed the new in-corral mini-wave system from my usual position in corral C, but it really fakes you out toward the back. It felt like forever before F finally toed the line.

Then the fireworks tolled for us and we were off! … Well, I say “off.” It was more of a crawl. Corral F was, frankly, a mess – there were walls of walkers, and anyone trying to run was dodging in and out in an effort to get around said walls. It wasn’t so bad when the course opened up on the wider roads, but any time things narrowed it was a veritable nightmare. At times Erika and I were practically jogging in place.

And another thing about being in the back corral – because the people are so packed together, the character lines are much longer. We never even bothered to stop for anybody; nobody was tempting enough for the kind of time suck the line would inflict.

To be clear, I’m not trying to hate on the people in corral F! Everybody, no matter their speed, has the right to take a shot at runDisney’s races. But I still don’t think Disney’s quite mastered how to organize those people. Not everyone in F wants to walk, and not everyone who walks does so at the same speed. I think further differentiation would be very helpful to prevent the current insane bottlenecks.

Anyway, the first couple miles on the roads didn’t consist of much beyond us alternating between being boxed in and running away from being boxed in. Once we entered Epcot, the course opened up a bit, and naturally the scenery became 1000% more interesting.

We managed to run pretty much the whole way around World Showcase to the finish, stopping only for a quick photo in front of Spaceship Earth.

After that it was medals, snack boxes, and onto the bus back to Pop.

And that was the end of the 10K! Despite having to severely curtail her training due to medical necessity, Erika did a great job, and I suppose in a way being forced to slow down forced us to save our energy for the next day’s half.

But dear Lord, you back corral people have a tough row to metaphorically hoe. I salute your tenacity, but Disney needs to keep tweaking their systems for realsies. Justice for the last corral!

Next up: off to Epcot!

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In Which Jenn Runs The Wayfarer’s 10K AGAINST HER WILL*

*This may be a slight exaggeration.

The ominous weather forecast was poor all week: potential lightning and storms on Saturday morning. And the day before the race, the Wayfarer Half organizers caved: they called off the Wayfarer’s Half Marathon.

What they did not cancel was the Wayfarer’s 10k, set to start at the same time but expected to finish before the storms hit. All half marathoners were automatically transferred to the 10k, and while deferment was offered, the halfers who ran the 10k were promised a 50% off code for the next year’s race.

Race buddy Sarah and I debated our options and, while we were disappointed in the slashed mileage, we ultimately decided to take our chances on the 10k. 

And so we arrived to the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis in the early hours of the morning, one on the weather predictions and the other on the course ahead. 

The race began with little fanfare, and before we knew it we were off on the 10k course. This caused me to get a little cocky to start – after all, I had prepared for a half marathon and, met with scarcely more than six miles, why bother holding back?

So my first mile was rather quicker than it should’ve been, but probably not as fast as it could’ve been, as for the first half mile or so the course was pretty packed. There was no corral system in place, self-seeded or otherwise, and people weren’t respected the underwritten fast-in-front-slow-in-back rule. Indeed, at the onset of the race I had to dodge around a pair of walkers running side by side. Blarg!

Luckily after a bit of snaking and ducking I was able to break out into a clearer area. After a brief stint on some fringe roads, we found ourselves in historic downtown Annapolis – always a highlight. For some reason I get a kick out of running down the same streets and past the same bars and restaurants I’ve seen and eaten in before.

Our next landmark from there was St. John’s College, after which we passed the entrance to the US Naval Academy and headed back toward the stadium. The final stretch was basically identical to the Zooma Half, which leads me to believe that had the Wayfarer’s Half gone on as planned the course would’ve been at the very least nearly the same. Hey, at least that saved us some hill work – while the 10k did feature some inclines it wasn’t at all what I’d call hilly.

Course support was pretty solid. I don’t recall a ton of spectators, but there were plenty of volunteers handing out water and Gatorade at decently spaced intervals. 

As for my personal performance, I wound up having a darned good race. My too-fast opening miles precluded me from those coveted negative splits, but I didn’t drop off as much as I could’ve and ultimately wound up with a PR of over 2.5 minutes. I guess that’s what happens when you actually taper for a “mere” 10k!

Rather than medals, finishers received a patch and, for some reason, a keychair carbine instead of a medal? Go figure. More interestingly, the post-race area included places to get a free beer or food truck snacks, but as Sarah and I finished before 9am we opted to go back to Elizabeth’s place and get coffee and pastries instead. (Water bottles, sports drinks, granola bars, and bananas were also available before and after the race.)

I don’t envy the Wayfarer’s organizers their decision to cancel the half. I can only imagine it’s rough to try and keep everyone safe in the face of the always-fickle weather report, especially in a race’s very first year. Their offer of discounts and deferments was sporting; I’m sure the fine print at registration didn’t require they make any concessions at all.

But darned if the kicker isn’t that it never did storm at all. >D

(Now, it rained BUCKETS the next day, but that’s a story for next week…)

Have you every found yourself unexpectedly in a different race than you expected?

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In Which Jenn Recaps The Turkey Chase 10k


Last year I scoffed at all the people running the Thanksgiving 10k right outside my apartment. Why would you suffer in the cold when there’s a nice warm treadmill at the gym?

Well, my walking-distance gym closed down and I’ve taken to running outside more and more, so this year I joined the suckers for the Turkey Chase 10k.

I woke at the very civilized time of 7am and dressed for the expected low-thirties temperatures. Then it was but a two mile walk to the start line at my local Y. 

I arrived about 20 minutes before race time, at which point I discovered something dismaying: because my OS had updated overnight, my phone’s battery had plunged to a mere 30%. My friend and fellow runner Sarah texted me her location and bam, another 4% gone. Damn. No music and no photos for this race, apparently. :/

There wasn’t much going on in the start area, but there was an announcer on stage with a couple people dressed like turkeys, so that was certainly thematically appropriate. 

We were soon shooed into the start line area, where pacers were scattered among the group with signs denoting their expected finish times. The race site had advertised 4 different waves, but there ended up being at least twice that, which no clear delineation that I could see – a certain number of people were allowed to the start, they went, and then another group, etc.

The race started off in the back neighborhoods of Bethesda, initially in areas I was not familiar with before meeting up with my well-traveled regular running route. These neighborhoods were marked by what I would call sporadic hills; nothing crazy, but definitely noticeable.

After all that neighborhood time, we bottomed out at a hill I frequently travel – but where I would normally turn around and head back, we instead moved forward and turned onto Rockville Pike. A mile or so later and we were in downtown Bethesda proper. I waved to our apartment building as I passed by I guarantee Pat was still asleep.

We headed deeper downtown, eventually turning right by the Metro station before heading back up Old Georgetown Road. From there it was a straight shot back to the Y and the finish line.

So that’s the course. As for my own performance – it was pretty good! Despite the MUCH hillier route, I was able to shave several seconds off my previous 10k PR a few weeks earlier at the Across the Bay 10k. My official time was 58:04:38.

The only thing that bums me out about it is that I had to stop to adjust my bib pins at one point. I only lost like 15 seconds but I wish I could have those 15 seconds back. Oh well – I’ll just have to find a pancake-flat 10k and really beast my time!

The finish area was pretty disappointing, to be honest. I didn’t see any snacks or water or anything like that. I guess they assumed people would be saving themselves for Thanksgiving dinner? There were various tents set up too but I didn’t see a darn thing in ’em. Weird.

After a quick spin around the area I waded through some spectators and then ran the two miles home. Mission accomplished.

Will I run this race again next year? Hmmm. Maybe. It does seem sort of silly to shell out money for the privilege of basically running around the same backyard I can run for free, especially given how no-frills the event is. No Gatorade, no medal without a surcharge, no free snacks… 

On the other hand, it’s always nice to have the energy of a race, a timed course, and water stops. I’ll give this one a strong maybe.

Did you run a local Thanksgiving race?

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In Which Elizabeth Runs Her First 10K Ever

I dragged Elizabeth with me for the Across the Bay 10K – and it was her very first 10K ever! I asked her if she wanted to write a post, so here’s her experience in her own words. – Jenn

So, since I never got around to actually…training…I figured if I had a time of 1 hour and 30 minutes (barely faster than walking, I know, shut up) I’d be satisfied. I started at the same time as Jenn and Sarah (apparently you could be in any wave you wanted?), but once the crowd broke up a bit I was on my own.  I did have to do a fair bit of weaving through the walkers at first, but pretty quickly got to a crowd of people going at approximately at my pace.

I made a deal with myself that I had to get halfway over the bridge before I could take a walking break, and I also used one of the port-a-pots they had at the center of the bridge, which was very strange to see but made sense, considering the bridge is almost five miles.  I never would have guessed it was that long, by the way. The more you know! 

I wished I hadn’t made that deal with myself early on, since the entire first half is an incline, but it was gradual enough that I only ALMOST felt like death once I got to the top. I probably should have taken pictures, but it actually wasn’t the best day for views, as it was overcast and grey. But! I had plenty of time to contemplate the ships floating out in the bay and the shoreline slowly coming into view through the fog, which typically doesn’t happen when I’m driving over the bridge at 65 mph (Editor’s note: THIS IS SPEEDING, ELIZABETH), so it was overall a positive experience.

Towards the end of the bridge my hips started to feel unhappy, which is a new phenomenon–usually my knees get sore before anything else when I run, but they felt fine! I suppose it could have had something to do with running downhill for 2 miles. At any rate, I took another walking break at the end of the bridge, and then ran the last 200 feet or so once I felt recovered. Final time was 1:29, just like I thought, woo!

OH! Towards the very end, I started hearing flute music, and sure enough, a few minutes later a gentleman passed me, who had apparently been playing the flute the whole race as he ran, I guess?  He was playing one of those patriotic tunes, but I couldn’t actually place it at the time, and I’ve now forgotten what the tune was.  It was something similar to Yankee Doodle, though.

Artist’s rendering.

Thanks again to Jenn for getting me to sign up for this. I am far too lazy to run otherwise, especially for anything longer than 5K.

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In Which Jenn Recaps The Across The Bay 10k

The Across the Bay 10k, spanning the entirety of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, has intrigued me for years. Thing is, it’s invariably the same exact weekend as the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, so I was never able to sign up. Since I chose the Dark Side Half over W&D this year, the weekend was finally free. I got to run the bridge!

Let’s back up. My friends Sarah and Elizabeth accompanied me on this adventure, which started with a jaunt to the expo and sleepover at Elizabeth’s place before rising before the dawn and heading to one of the race pickup locations (parking directly at the race start was discouraged as traffic was going to be congested enough as it was with one bridge closed). 

We boarded a shuttle and were at the start area in no time flat. There wasn’t much to it; just a porta potties and some inflatable arches. This is fine with me, but I take issue with their wave start system. First of all, they seemed to be arbitrarily assigned. I was technically in wave 4, Elizabeth was wave 3, and Sarah was wave 5. But Sarah is usually a touch faster than me and Elizabeth had never run a 10k before in her life, so I’m not sure how they arrived at these assignments.

But here’s the bigger problem: it didn’t matter at ALL. No one was checking bibs and waves weren’t enforced in the slightest. Not that it really made a difference since there was no signage or other clear indication of which wave was up anyway. And there were FIFTEEN MINUTES between waves. This is RIDICULOUS. The justification given is that this gives the walkers some time to get ahead, and while this race is indeed walker friendly, those walkers should be in the last waves. But they were not. They were doing whatever the hell they felt like. I saw walkers in the second wave. Sheesh.

Oh well. We all started in wave 4 and it was fine. I lost Elizabeth quickly and then Sarah; according to the latter she was just a bit behind me the whole time, which makes sense since her final time was about a minute slower than mine.

The race started just a bit from the bridge itself, and I’d say we were hitting the first portion of it in about a quarter mile. It was pretty congested to start but by the time my GPS watch registered the first mile things were clearing up considerably. Of course, there were walkers from earlier waves clogging up the works (Four abreast? REALLY???) but I was able to dodge them.

One interesting thing to note is that the water stops were cupless, I’m sure to prevent unnecessary litter in the bay. There were jury-rigged water fountains made with PVC pipe and water kegs at a couple points at the race. Given how short the distance, this worked fine for me, but some others might require a water bottle.

The bridge has a slight uphill for the first, oh, I don’t know, mile and half? It really wasn’t that bad; although that outdoor running is finally paying off for me! And of course hitting the crest of the bridge and beginning the downhill portion was delightful. That probably lasted for a good mile or so. Then there was a flat section, but by the time the bridge ended we were only a bit past the 4 mile mark. (Incidentally I never did see a mile marker and relied entirely on my watch, but other people claim they saw a marker or two so what the hell do I know?)

I know this is a pretty boring description what is supposed to be an EPIC, SCENIC course. Certainly the multitude of photographers would suggest that photos would be a highlight. But the day was gray and dreary and the sky and ocean were doing their best imitation of grayscale, and anyway I’ve driven over the same bridge like 87 million times, so I wasn’t super awed. Probably I’m a jaded jerk.

Also there were like twelve billion police there to, among other things, make sure you didn’t suddenly decide to hurl yourself over the bridge. They thought of everything!

After the bridge itself, we ran into what seemed to be a small office district, then onto the highway – which included a small hill around mile 5.5, which, like, COME ON, but such is racing life. Then it was around a corner and into a giant field and BAM! Done.

I  had a really good race – my IT Band, while taped up, didn’t give me any trouble, and my body was ready and willing. I finished in just under 58:11, which is darned good for me!

Sarah came in just behind me, and we grabbed some snacks and water before wandering around the finisher’s area while we waited for Elizabeth. There were a remarkable number of bars for so early in the morning, but that’s to be expected. There were also multiple food vendors, but only one selling coffee. I was FREEZING so I bought some, and then spent the next half hour fielding a volley of “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT??”s. Somebody ought to bring in a coffee truck; they’d make a killing.

Elizabeth crossed the finish line about half an hour later, at which point we hopped a bus back to the satellite parking (kinda but not really the wrong one but that’s a long and not that interesting story and anyway it was the driver’s fault). And then we walked into Annapolis and got brunch. And that was our race day!

All in all I had a nice time, and would recommend this race to anyone looking for a relatively easy 10k experience. Even Pat, who tends to look upon 5ks with a dubious eye, expressed interest. 

But is it worth skipping Wine & Dine for? SURELY YOU JEST.

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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 the title if she wants it. She can absolutely tackle the 10K distance as long as she puts in the training. It’s gonna be awesome!

I think a lot of us have been running distance races for so long that we’ve forgotten what it’s like to be taking our first tentative steps into the race world, so I made asked Elizabeth to shoot me her thoughts on signing up for her first 10K ever. She even provided illustrations!

I am torn between my dislike of long-distance running and my affection for the Bay Bridge, which is apparently the scariest bridge in the country to drive over, but that only makes me love it more.  I figure 10K can’t be THAT much harder than 5, right? And those views! Anyway, the Across the Bay 10K seemed like the least-objectionable way for me to try my hand (foot?) at something a little more challenging, and Annapolis is a pretty fun area for doing some practice runs, assuming I don’t trip on the bricks.  Hopefully I won’t embarrass myself too badly come November. If nothing else, I’ll end up with a good “that time I freaked out trying to run over the bridge and had to be carried off” story.  🙂

Both of these together probably sum up my conflicted feelings: 

Do you remember your first long distance race? Have you ever dragged a friend into the running community?

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In Which Jenn Recaps The Kings Dominion Run & Ride 10K

Guys. Guys guys. I ran a race in an amusement park and it wasn’t runDisney.

Last Sunday, the ever-popular, ever-magnificent Elizabeth and I got up at 4:30am and drove down to Kings Dominion amusement park in Doswell, VA. The hour-and-a-half-sans-traffic trip went smoothly, and we arrived in plenty of time to pick up our packets and prep for our runs. The morning included a 10k, a 5k, and a 1 mile fun run, with me slated to run the 10k and Elizabeth the 5k.

Packet pickup was quick and easy with no line despite it being the morning of. Packets consisted of pretty much just a bib and safety pins, the included park ticket, and a shirt – a short-sleeved tech tee (YEAH!) for the 10k-ers and cotton tees for everybody else. I also received a “Fastpass” equivalent in my packet, but Elizabeth did not; uncertain if that was an error or a 10k-only thing.

This was all good and simple. The bad bit: the weather. Late May or no, the morning highs were in the low-to-mid 50s with on-again-off-again rain. Needless to say I wore long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. BUT I WASN’T HAPPY ABOUT IT.

The start area was by the picnic pavilions, and the race stepped off in stages, with the 10k starting at 7:40am, the 5k five minutes later, and the 1 miler at 8:30am. That’s about where my knowledge of the 1 miler drops off, but I do know the course for both the 5k and 10k were precisely the same – the 10k people just looped it twice. I don’t love that kind of setup, but since both loops were entirely within the park I was willing to go along.

The races weren’t large enough to warrant waves or corrals, but it was chip-timed. We lined up, they counted us down, and we let fly, crossing into the park within a couple of yards.

The course began at the front of the park, dubbed International Street and dominated by Parisian fountains and a one-third scale replica on the Eiffel Tower. We breezed on past that and I think into Old Virginia? I’m not 100% remembering how we got to the next part. I know exactly what that next part was, though: DINOSAURS ALIVE!

I was super excited to realize we were running into this area, which is a minor upcharge in the park, although to be honest I can’t fathom why. It’s just a walking trail featuring audio-animatronic dinosaurs, some of which move on their own and some of which can be made to move by pressing buttons. Don’t get me wrong, they were pretty awesome and my favorite part of the race, but I’d hardly pay an extra $5 for it. Whatever; I got to see it twice for free. (Also, they had a carnotaurus and I was all HELLO FRIEND!)

Then if I remember correctly we took some service roads or some such into the Soak City Water Park section, which was rather hilariously staffed by lifeguards. Oh yes, I’m definitely going to try to sneak a dip in the wave pool because I’M NOT ALREADY COLD AND WET ENOUGH. Rain: The Water Park That Follows You Everywhere And Will Not Be Denied.

Next up was I believe Candy Apple Grove followed by Safari Village followed by the admittedly adorable Planet Snoopy (did I mention Snoopy was there? No character ops on the course though, sadly). Then, if you were running the 5k, you made it back to the picnic pavilions and the finish! Or, if you were in the 10K: REPEAT.

It really wasn’t that bad. I wasn’t in super great racing shape, a combination of my own stupidity (lack of hydration; forgetting my snack) and one of my knees deciding to act up slightly, but it really wasn’t that bad. Like I said, the dinosaurs were fun. The rain slacked off during the second time around. and after all, I knew I only had another 5K to go. No sweat, right?

What surprised me a little was the traffic. This being a shared course, I started passing not just 10K people but 5K people, as early as something like 3.25 miles. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not about to speed shame anyone; getting out there and doing a 5K however slowly is a helluva lot better than not doing one at all – but I’m glad the race organizers capped the 5K at a small enough number that I never had to dodge slower participants. There was always plenty of room (with the exception of the start) and I therefore advise the race organizers, wherever they are, to keep the numbers steady.

The finish was fun, with plenty of cheering crowds and an announcer calling names at the finish. The volunteers distributing medals were so enthusiastic I was still in the process of slowing to a walk when one was handed to me!

What was weird was that my GPS came up pretty short: it registered 5.95 miles at the end, including a little bit of extra where I started it slightly early/stopped it slightly late. Odd. Here are my official stats, anyway, since they look more impressive.

I found Elizabeth, who had finished her 5K when I was just starting mile 5 (recap from her coming!). We hopped in the food line, which was nicely stocked with PowerAde and water but rather disappointing the food department: un-toasted bagels and cream cheese or nada. We took them because we were hungry, it was all rather cold and boring. Probably the area that could use the most improvement.

After our sad breakfast we changed in the bathrooms (real bathrooms! I love amusement park races) and got ready to enter KINGS DOMINION! Elizabeth and I will give you a full rundown of our park experiences at a later date.

In short, I wouldn’t say this is a must-do race for me, but I’ll consider it next time it comes around assuming the prices don’t skyrocket. Especially if we’re promised better food. And weather. C’mon, May, get it together.

Have you ever run a non-Disney amusement park race?

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In Which Jenn Has A Race Schedule Addendum

I’m adding a race to my schedule!

Surprised? I was too. Once my schedule is set I’m not generally in the market for additions. But this is an unusual race: it’s the inaugural Run & Ride 10k at Kings Dominion amusement park in Virginia!

I’m not usually one for 5Ks and 10Ks, preferring to set my sights on higher mileage. But this race is unique: I’ll be running through Kings Dominion itself, weaving around roller coasters and high fiving Snoopy, who is apparently on loan from Knotts Berry Farm or something? It’s so hard to keep track of who’s got the rights to IP sometimes.

As a major added bonus, registration includes admission to the park. Despite its reasonably close proximity, I’ve never been to Kings Dominion (we’ve always breezed on by in favor of Busch Gardens Williamsburg). I’m excited to give their roller coasters a go.

Anyway. There’s that. But more importantly: there’s this: there’s also a 5k option, and Elizabeth has signed up for it! Yes, we shall each run a race, freshen up, and hop into the park together!

The races (10k, 5k, and a 1 mile fun run) are on May 22 and as far as I’m aware the code ACTIVESAVE15 will still net you 15% off if you’re interested. The Run & Ride race series stops in other amusement parks too; click here to check ’em all out.

Woo! I’m excited! But I feel by this point I’ve made so many changes I really ought to update my race schedule. Here’s what I’ll be running really (knock on wood).

  1. Run & Ride Kings Dominion 10K, May 22
  2. ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon, June 4
  3. Tessitura Network 5K (Maybe; depends on whether I go to the conference), sometime in August
  4. Navy-Air Force Half Marathon, September 18
  5. National Capital 20 Miler, September 25
  6. Marine Corps Marathon, October 30
  7. Wine & Dine Half Marathon, November 5
  8. 2017 BONUS: WDW Marathon, January 8

Who’s running with me?!

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In Which Jenn Points Out Posts You May Have Missed

Hey, you know how occasionally you’ll be watching a sitcom and it will dawn on you with slow horror that what you’re actually seeing is a clips show? Yeah, I’m doing that.

It’s not so bad! I applied logic to this decision, I swear! It’s merely that it occurs to me that this blog is closer to its second birthday than it isn’t, and there are probably at least a few readers who are kinda new. I happen to be a huge fan of trip reports, and I’ve been known to plumb archives for them myself. Why not make life easier for others?

Hence this comprehensive listing of all my Disney trip reports so far:

We also have some day trip park reports if you’re into that kind of thing:

And since this is also a running blog and people tend to enjoy race recaps, here’s a listing of those too:

Have thoughts on what you read? Feel free to comment no matter how old the post – I can assure you I’ll see it. And if YOU have a particularly good trip report you’d like to share, let me know; I love those things!

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us atfairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!