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 of the day, I’d only arrive 15 minutes before the race. Fine if I knew exactly what I was doing, but as a high-anxiety person I decided to pick up a Lyft instead.

Well, the pre-scheduled Lyft I was assigned took 23 minutes to arrive at my apartment! Yikes! Luckily I still got to the race start in plenty of time (thank you, early morning traffic patterns), but that was kind of nerve-wracking. I think if I run it again next year, I could get away with the Metro now that I know where I’m going and what I’m doing.


The start area was very well organized, with a bag check and morning-of bib pick-up for the people who aren’t high-anxiety. The crowd milled around Freedom Plaza – and some of the crowd included dogs! The race was pet-friendly, yay! I pet the prettiest shepherd/greyhound cross and wandered off in a great mood.

The pre-race email had encouraged costumes, so I had dolled myself up in my Big Cat best for the occasion. I was surprised to see how few people were dressed up, though. I mean, there was definitely a costumed presence, but the percentage was much lower than I might have expected. Serious runners!


My only real complaint about the race as a whole was the porta potty situation: there were four in the start area. Four! For over 500 people! Luckily I got in early, but the line was looking pretty bonkers as I took my place at the start line. (While we’re on the subject, I don’t remember seeing any porta potties on the course either, but then I wasn’t looking for them so who knows.)

There were no corrals; everyone placed themselves at will. I set myself up a bit back from the start mats to let the really speedy people get out in front first. A quick rendition of the national anthem, and we were off!

As is sort of inherent in any 5K, there’s not a ton to tell you about the course – after all, we were only on it for three miles! It was flat pretty much the whole way. which was nice. We started on Pennsylvania Avenue heading toward the capitol building before swinging a right and edging our way along the National Mall. We looped our way around a square of Independence Avenue and then headed back the way we came, with the peak of the Washington Monument peeping over the tops of the buildings. Then the finish line. The end!

Okay, some more details: there was one water stop in the middle, offering water only (no sport drinks or snacks). This was totally fine for me for such a short race but an extra water stop probably wouldn’t’ve been terrible for August. The scenery was mostly just buildings and the mall, which, as a jaded lifelong DCite, was nothing much to me. But for someone from out of town it was probably super fun!

I personally had a very solid race. I did start out a liiiiiiittle too fast, but backed it off for the second mile and was able to deliver a negative split for mile number 3. I managed a sprint to the finish with a chip time juuust under 26 minutes. Goal A achieved!

Volunteers were handing out medals at the finish, which were super cute in embossed wood:


There was water, bananas, and granola bars at the finish, plus a couple vendor tents. A credit union was wisely handing out tech towels, and a juice company had samples too.

There was an official after party at the zoo, but you had to get back on the Metro and then walk a couple blocks to get there and I was all sweaty. Once I was on the Metro all I wanted to do was go home and shower. It’s a nice zoo, though – I’d recommend it if you’ve never been!

I don’t usually go out for 5Ks, preferring longer races that can count more toward my training, but The Fast & The Fierce 5K was nice. It was well-run, the course was nice and flat for PR pursuit, and the chipped bibs were a nice touch. Recommended!

They should look into making it at least partially in the zoo, though. If Baltimore can do it, why can’t they?

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In Which Jenn Runs A Boardwalk 5K

Hello from Orlando International Airport! My flight took off three minutes ago. Haha, just kidding! It was supposed to take off three minutes ago. Now it takes off in two and a half hours.

Clearly I have some time to kill, so I’m going to tell you nice people about the conference 5k I ran.

This race is always a fun run with no chip times, just approximations, plus they don’t even promise it’ll be exactly 3.1 miles, but I like to participate every year anyway because hey, free race!

In this particular case there was the added incentive of running amok on Disney’s Boardwalk. It was enough of a draw to get me out of bed and hanging out at the Swan lap pool before 6:30am, 78 degrees and humid or not. Truly the magic of Disney conquers all.

The start was informal, and the pack set off with no real preamble or organization beyond: okay, go! The course matched the Swan & Dolphin’s suggested run route exactly, so we saw pretty much all there was to see of the Boardwalk.

First we set out across the bridge headed for the Yacht & Beach Club, curving around Seabreeze point where a breakfast buffet was being set up for a private event (an Epcot wedding, maybe?). Then we passed by the pirate ship – WDW Marathon deja vu! – and curved around to pass by the Boardwalk area proper, with ESPN and Ample Hills and Boardwalk Bakery and all that jazz.

From there we veered onto the path toward Disney’s Hollywood Studios – so, now in reverse of the marathon course. Luckily for my sense of cognitive dissonance, we were turned around at the top of path right before the bus stops and sent back down the trail, now in full accordance with marathon proceedings.

It was a blurry day.

After that it was one more loop of the Boardwalk before hitting in the finish, back where we started by the Swan. There was water and some Kind bars, plus plenty of cheering conference spectators. A couple of them were even cheering from swan paddle boats out on the lake!

As for my performance, it wasn’t too bad for all that. It was hot and muggy (aka Florida), and at the start I had to dodge around some slow people and a briefly narrow course, but I brought the whole thing in under a 9 minute average mile. All in all I wasn’t displeased.

Mostly I was just happy to be running at WDW again – and proceeded to do so twice more before I left. But that’s a story for later…

Have you ever run the Boardwalk? How do you feel about it?

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In Which Jenn Recaps A (Literally) Sick 5K

Raise your hand if you’ve ever run a 5K while sick!

Damn, there are a lot of us, aren’t there? Yes, I ran a 5K on Tuesday while nursing a cold. Well, to be fair, it was a “5Kish.” We’ll get there.

The conference I annually attend hosted said 5K, which explains why I went: it was right there outside the doors of my hotel, it was super low-key, and it was a great way to get a short run in without having to think too hard about it. So when my alarm rang at 5:30am I said nuts* to my cold, threw on some clothes, and meandered down to the Gaylord National pier.

There was no chip timing, and we all just kinda lined up behind the start and went when we were told to go – if you wanted a shot at actually winning, you needed to be at the very front, but I’m not a winning kind of runner anyway. I settled into a natural pace and let things ride.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the National Harbor area, but I’m guessing not many of you because it’s a huge pain to get to even if you do live in DC. But if you’ve been to a new development recently, the kind with a lot of shops and restaurants and high rises and brick walks in places and it’s all really, really nice but also it has a sort of weirdly Stepford vibe, you know what it’s like.

Anyway, the course started off down one of those brick walks, past a bunch of shops on our way to the waterfront. There was a water stop by the carousel, but it was only like .3 miles into the race so I ignored it. From then on we ran on a path along the harbor and Potomac river, occasionally a bit muddy but reasonably flat.

UNTIL WE GOT TO THE INCLINE. There was spiral ramp up to a bridge over the highway, which we were not running over but we WERE running to the top. Luckily I had the memory of the ZOOMA Half Marathon‘s hills to keep things in perspective. And let me tell you, the downhill portion was excellent.

Which is to say that it was an out-and-back, but that’s all right – on a waterfront course of only a 5K that’s not so bad. In fact, I never even bothered to stop at the water station; I just barreled right on through the entire race. Mind you, that race turned out according to my GPS watch to be only 2.8 miles long, but for what do you want for a free conference 5K? We even got medals this year! Cheap plastic medals, but medals all the same.

I’m not really sure what my time was as I let my GPS watch run while I did my cooldown. Supposedly there’ll be times eventually but nothing’s been posted. I’ll update if I see anything.

I’m still kinda sick so I apologize if this race recap is particularly whackadoodle. TL;DR: I ran a 5K with a cold and it went fine.

Have you ever run a race while sick? How did that work out for you?

* Where my WWII historians at?

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In Which Elizabeth Recaps The Kings Dominion Run & Ride 5K

Please welcome my partner in crime, roller coasters, and life plans, Elizabeth, for a recap of the Kings Dominion Run & Ride 5K! Click here for my recap of the 10K on the same day.

So, I think I may have gone to King’s Dominion once long ago as a child, but I had no real memory of it, so this was a good opportunity for me to try out all of their roller coasters (and other rides, of course). It was a bit chilly (I think somewhere in the 50’s) that morning, but it was really a good temperature for running jogging. The 5K course overlapped with the 10K (correct me if I’m wrong, but I think the 10K was just a double-loop of what we did?), so I had the amusing experience of seeing signs telling me that I had gone 6 miles! I’m much faster than I thought.

The best part was going through the Dinosaurs Alive! Trail, which you normally have to pay extra to go through. It includes animatronic dinosaurs that you can control with little consoles, which I saw some kids stopping their run to play with (I don’t blame them!). I don’t think it would be worth paying extra to go unless you have kids that are into dinosaurs, but it was definitely neat to see. Also that part of the course was more shaded than the rest, which was nice when it rained on us for about five minutes.

My time was I think about 42 minutes…which is better than I normally do, but according to Jenn’s watch the course was actually a bit short, so who knows. The after-race snacks included bagels with cream cheese and drinks, though I could have used something warm…or maybe that was just the fact that it was still surprisingly cold. At any rate, we were able to park close enough that keeping our things in the car wasn’t terribly inconvenient. All in all it was a good time!


Thank you Elizabeth! You are a great and glorious creature and I will definitely be dragging you to more races. There is some runDisney in your future, I can see it…

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In Which Elizabeth Recaps Her Third 5K

Please welcome the ever-fabulous Elizabeth, who comes to us today with her very first guest post! She ran the Annapolis Run for the Light House 5K last weekend. Here’s her take.

So I’m new to this whole recap thing, and there really isn’t much to report, as I was just doing a 5K, but the Light House 5K went pretty well! I only managed to take one not-very-good picture of the starting line, because I realized that I had forgotten to charge my phone when I got there and it was almost dead, but the website has a lovely video that gives you an idea of the scenery.  
The half-marathoners had to run outside the park and then loop back in, but I got to spend the entire time on the park trails.  They warned us that parts of the trail might be slippery due to moss, but I didn’t have trouble (though I could see how someone actually running might need to be cautious). The trails are rather narrow which made things interesting a couple of times when I wanted to pass people who were walking two abreast, but everyone was generally very good about making way for the runners.
When I got my race results I was originally confused as to how I’d entered a time warp, because the first message I got said that my time was 1h 22m, and I know I’m not THAT slow, even if I walk. It turned out the system forgot that I hadn’t started at the same time as the half-marathoners, and my actual time was 40 minutes, which is about what I expected (and better than I’ve done before, so woo-hoo!).
All in all it was a very pleasant day for a jog, and I’m glad I went!
Thanks Elizabeth! We’ll make a runner out of you yet!

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.


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The Fairest Week In Review: 9/24

JENN: Ladies and gentlemen, Moon is rather busy this week, so I’ve instead pulled in the intrepid Elizabeth for this week’s week in review. She’s running a 5K this weekend!

What happens in La Cava gets posted on the internet.

 SO TELL ME ABOUT THIS 5K!

ELIZABETH: Well… I know you ran the Light House Half Marathon a few years ago! And I have been on a mission this year to find more things to do close to home, so this seemed like a good opportunity! It’s benefiting the local homeless shelter, which I approve of, and the route goes around Quiet Waters Park, which is weirdly swanky for a park, in my opinion.

JENN: This is your… third 5K?

ELIZABETH: Yes.

JENN: What are your goals?

ELIZABETH: So far I have never had a time less than 40 minutes, but I’m really in it out of competitiveness, more just that I’d like to have a bit more stamina and spend some time outside!

JENN: Is the 5K timed? Do you have chips in your bib’n stuff?

ELIZABETH: I believe so, yes, and I can find out my time afterwards if I check a website.

JENN: Do you have an official time to beat? Not that you need to, of course, but it’s fun to know, I think. ☺

ELIZABETH: I… think the last time I ran a 5K (almost a year ago) my time was 48 minutes. Which is… barely better than walking, so I suppose if I beat that, I will be satisfied. Not that I have done much prep other than speed walking.

JENN: Hey, any speed is faster than no speed at all!

ELIZABETH: Very true.

JENN: Anyone going with you? I totally would but I have a 20 miler on the docket, so…

ELIZABETH: Haha, actually no, no one else was around, but I’ll be curious to see if I recognize anyone from the area there. I’m trying to convince one of my roommates to come, but she’s all “that’s very early in the morning…”

JENN: She is not entirely without a point.

ELIZABETH: Yeah, I kinda wish they’d start these things a bit later, but ah well!

I am also excited to have an opportunity to use my NEON ORANGE running shoes. Which I got on a discount, I assume because no one liked the color. Oh, and mini-rant: I partly moved to Annapolis so I could walk places, but people are always shocked to hear that I walk home after dark. I get that bad things can happen, but come on, people!

JENN: Did you have them fitted?

ELIZABETH: I went to Fleet Feet and had the whole shoe-fitting experience, yes. They told me I was flat-footed, which was no surprise. But at least that confirms what I have known for years.

JENN: I hear flat feet are way strong.

ELIZABETH: I suppose, but my knees tend to get sore before my feet do, which is a problem associated with flat feet. But good shoes help!

JENN: We’re totally going to turn you into a runner. I’ll be dragging you to WDW for a half marathon yet! Or, you know, a 10K, anyway. ☺

I’ll totally be pestering Elizabeth for a recap post. In the meantime: roundup!

We Run Disney has words for first time marathoners.
Will Run For Ears will make a man out of you… and so will run. geek. runDisney.
– New to runDisney? Sparkly Ever After walks us through the race registration process.
Plus the Magic highlights the running trail signs of WDW.
EPBOT straight up MAKES Figment. This is freakin’ amazing.
– Tons of Disney food news! easyWDW swings by Pop Century for crazy stuff, Eating & Drinking Around the World has the first Food & Wine Festival bites of the year, and Eating WDW reviews a F&W Festival app.

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.


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 at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

In Which Jenn Is A Poor 5K Recapper & Great Balcony Viewer

So, I don’t know, I feel like a should recap all my races, even if they weren’t that exciting. With that in mind, I give you: the 2015 Tessitura Network 5K, which is held annually during the conference I attend.

You may recall that last year’s went great. This year’s? Not so much. Oh, it wasn’t that bad. It just wasn’t awesome. Part of the problem may have been the 14 miler I knocked out a few days previously followed by NO rest days, but I followed a similar model in 2014 and it turned out great, so…

Anyway. The race started in the early Orlando morning where it was already hella hot and humid – no surprises there. The course was along the back nine of the resort’s golf course, which was perfectly pretty and nicely lined with trees and the occasional lake, but not particularly stimulating once you got over the perfection of the lawns. Props to the race team, though, which provided several water stations along the course, not always a given during such a short distance. We were also offered bottles of water and cooling headbands at the start and granola bars at the finish, which was nice.

Billed as a fun run, the 5K here is pretty informal; bibs are given out and “times” are taken, but there are no chips so everyone is judged based on the same gun time even if you don’t cross the start line immediately. I ended up with a time around 32 minutes according to them.

I dunno, guys. I know this is a seriously lackluster recap, but as far as I was concerned it was a seriously lackluster race where performance is concerned. I was just tired and not really feeling it. BUT. It did give me the chance to test my new Marathon Motto: “You don’t need to walk, you just think you need to walk.” I only walked at the water stations even though all I really wanted to do was quit and go back to bed. So there’s that.

This is a terrible recap! I need to make it up to you somehow. Um… here are some shots of the view I had from my balcony! At various points during the day you could clearly see Spaceship Earth, the Downtown Disney hot air balloon, the Contemporary, and I THINK Space Mountain – one night I watched the fireworks. In addition, the Orlando Eye and Fun Spot and even Universal Studios could be seen.

Hands down the best, most comforting view I have ever had from a hotel room. 5K idea: run back and forth along the balcony until you have achieved 3.1 miles. IT COULD WORK LET’S DO IT!

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.

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 at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

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!

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: The WDW 5K

Is it trip report time again already? Yay! I’ll be looking back at my Dopey trip at the beginning of January, with special separate posts for each race and some food experiences depending on how much I have to say about them. You can read all the posts in this particular trip report here. Ready? Let’s go!

While packing for this particular trip, I kept a close eye on the weather reports. I noticed that the day of the 5K was predicted to boast highs no higher than the upper 50s. Hmmm, I thought, and I tweeted to my travel buddies: do you think I need my puffy running vest? And they were like, running makes us hot, so probably not. And I was like, yeah, that sounds right. So I just packed pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

AHA.
AHAHAHA.
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA –
Ahem.
To paraphrase myself: The 5K was FREEZING. The end.
No, I won’t do that. BUT I COULD.
Anyway. The morning of the 5K, I bounced up with the first alarm at 4AM and immediately began dressing for the race. I munched on snacks, threw on my clothes, pulled my new fleece Brooks running beanie over my head, and wrapped myself in the space blanket I had saved from the Marine Corps Marathon. Thus fortified, I step outside. I was definitely cold, but not in horrific shape. I walked down to the pickup spot, grabbed a bus, and made it to the start in plenty of time.
I walked into the pre-race area and already something had changed. Approaching dawn not withstanding, it had somehow gotten COLDER. There was the usual deejay on stage, but he was having one hell of a time assembling any kind of crowd; I saw a handful of people busting it out to Psy’s “Gangnam Style” but that was about it. I felt kinda bad for the guy, but that didn’t keep me from immediately running into one of the white tents set up in the area. It was here that I discovered that I had forgotten my Garmin, but as it was just the 5K I wasn’t too beaten up about it.

Suddenly the lobster costume looks like a great idea…
After milling about a bit, I received a text from Katherine that she was in the same tent, so I met her and her friend Kinley (is that right, KRaut?) by the tall man with the giant brown Afro wig, an individual who would prove his worth as an identifiable meeting place all weekend. Meanwhile, we got a text from Nicole that she had woken up at 4:45AM and only JUST made the buses for the race. Glad you made it to the hat 5K, Nicole du Lancret! We chatted and lingered in the tent, milking the relative warmth as long as possible before race volunteers came in and shooed us out.
And somehow it had gotten EVEN COLDER; a quick check of my weather app gave me a temperature of 37 degrees. WITH A WINDCHILL AHHHHH. The race participants all huddled together as we traveled from the pre-race area to the corrals.
I waved Katherine and Kinley off at corral B before depositing myself in corral C, as close to the middle as possible so that I might leach warmth from the surrounding crowd. The anthem and pre-race chatter and general to-do seemed interminable. I don’t know if I’m insane or it was just the cold or what, but it seemed like it took forever between corral starts. Never in my life had I felt so eager to start running – anything to get the blood moving.
Finally it was C’s turn, and we took off. Many were worried that the chilly temperatures would mean that they would run the 5K too fast, messing up their Dopey plans. I may have had that problem, except – have you ever tried to run without moving your arms? Slows you down in a big way, doesn’t it? Well, I had originally planned to chuck my space blanket at the start. Then I amended that to chucking the blanket once I warmed up. I NEVER WARMED UP. And so I ran the ENTIRE RACE straitjacketed into my space blanket. Times be damned; I just wanted to conserve body heat as much as possible.
But not even the cold could completely destroy the joy of running in Walt Disney World. Although I was far too chilled to stand in lines for characters, I did pause once or twice to take a picture. Being in Epcot continued to make me happy – I just didn’t want to linger in it.

I tweeted this picture to @brooksrunning and they retweeted me!
Totally made my morning.

 

 
And so I’m afraid this recap is kinda dull. Basically I ran slowly in my space blanket straitjacket, felt really really really cold, admired Epcot, and then stopped at the finish. I blazed through the finish area as fast as possible, collecting my medal, liquids, and snack box in record time. From there I raced to the bus stop, lamenting the lack of runDisney space blankets the entire time.

I had barely broken a sweat, but I was just dewy enough for a chill in the cold cold air. Therefore it was particularly painful to see that the line for the Port Orleans bus was RIDICULOUS. It took me twenty minutes to climb aboard, and even then I was the last person on. By that point my hands were getting stiff and I was shivering a little. SO NOT COOL, FLORIDA.

Maybe if you’d gotten me on a bus sooner I wouldn’t have
noticed the typo, runDisney.

Arrival at the resort still meant that I had to brave the temperatures on the walk back to the room, but I was rewarded with comparatively warm air and a half-hour long shower that at least raised my core temperature to normal levels. 

One race down, three to go!
Up next: a day in DAK and the Studios.

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 at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

In Which Moon Recaps The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 5K Run/Walk

There’s nothing like a crisp and chilly morning by the National Harbor waters to get the blood stirring in the morning… Especially when your name is Christian and you’re wearing shorts (more on this later).
November 16: Friends and family gathered to show their support of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation by running or walking. I invited some of my closest friends and family to run/walk with me. I’m eternally grateful for those who were able to come and participate. All the love to Christian, Elizabeth, Amanda, Clift, and Dad.
Weather is general has a reputation for being unreliable and spotty. We Marylanders were experiencing a rather warm beginning to winter. Earlier in the week the temperatures were solidly between 50-60. However, evening arrived and decided to bring with it cold air and SNOW.
We missed much of the precipitation, but it was indeed very cold. Christian did not have long running pants (and unfortunately we were banking on it staying unreasonably warm). So, enjoy some of our pre-run pictures of the group together. We all look cold (except for Clift and Dad who wore many layers).

Just to throw it out there: I went back to my car after a half hour of standing around to search for my ONE MITTEN I thought might be hiding somewhere in the glove box (no pun intended, although a glove box full of gloves would have been appropriate. Hmph).
Unfortunately, the walkers and runners did not have the same course. Amanda reports back that my dad is quite the fast walker. He is also possesses terrible estimate skills. When I found him at the end we had this conversation:

Me: There you are! I was wondering when you would all get back.

Dad: It was nothing. We went three miles, I’m surprised it took you so long.

Me: What do you mean? I’ve been waiting here for a half hour for you guys?

Dad: We went three miles in about… eh, probably 22 minutes.

Me: …If you walk at 3 MPH each mile will be 20 minutes.

Dad: We were going pretty fast.

Turns out the walkers did a shorter course, although Clift and Amanda attest to Dad’s pants indeed being on fire.
As for the runners! Liz, Christian, and I ran. Christian and I stayed together for the most part. The track took us up a hill and over a bridge and a half. The course was a bit lack-luster, but this is only because we ran halfway then turned around and ran back the same way.
The cold kept me moving, though. Note to future self: NO WINTER RUNS UGH.
Christian and I made good time and Liz kept a solid pace throughout! Yay, team! Can’t wait to do the next one. Jenn will have to join and kick our butts.
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 at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!