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The Fairest Week In Review: 10/10

Hello humans! I am pleased to announce that I finished up a long run on Sunday and that’s the last one of the training cycle. We’re tapering our way to the Marine Corps Marathon, baby!  Workout log is go: Sunday | National Capital 20 Miler, official time of 3:27:52 Monday | 55 minute ballet class A lil’ bit of knee pain popped up, but not nearly as bad as last time. Tuesday | walked 2.1 miles outside in 35 minutes Wednesday | walked 2.11 miles outside in 35 minutes Thursday | walked 2.34 miles outside in 40 minutes; 55 minute...

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National Capital 20 Miler

In Which Jenn Recaps The 2018 National Capital 20 Miler

I have knocked out a fair number of 20 mile runs in my day as preparation for a marathon. Some have been treadmill runs; others were outside. But I can tell you with certainty there’s nothing like the serenity that comes from knowing that somebody else is in charge of providing your snacks and water. Which is why I wound up at the start line of the National Capital 20 Miler for the third time, already with the knowledge that I was looking at a boring out-and-back course BUT also water stops and Clif Shots. A worthy trade if you ask...

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National Capital 20 Miler

In Which Jenn Has A Much Better National Capital 20 Miler

It is only in a universe of comparison that I can say this, but as I do live in such I won’t hesitate: that was much better. Last year my showing in the National Capital 20 Miler was, shall we say, not my best work. I was very slow. I walked a lot. I was in a fair amount of pain by the end. Chalk it up to not being used to trail running and general under-training or whatever you like. I got it done – but it wasn’t pretty. But I signed up again this year for two reasons:...

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In Which Jenn Finally Has A Race Schedule In Place

I’ve been putting this post off for quite a while due to chronic boredom. Not that I’m bored with running and racing, but rather my race schedule was boring. For some time my first planned race wasn’t until September. September. Ugh. What kind of runner can wait that long??? Well, the kind who didn’t enjoy last year’s Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and doesn’t want to brave the potentially perilous weather of March for Rock ‘n Roll anything. And more importantly, the kind of runner who is trying trying TRYING SO HARD to guard her wallet for once. (You’re still hurting...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 10/07

JENN: I’m gonna go make some tea; you tell me how your week in running has been. MOON: It’s been rather uneventful. Last week was the gloomiest week in recent history. They were handing out sand bags because of the hurricane. o_O I thought about investing in a boat, even. JENN: I hear running the track on cruise ships is good fun. Depending on how entrepreneurial you were planning on being with this purchase. MOON: Ha, I’m not sure I can go that deep. I was thinking a kayak or something. Should Pratt St. go under. Like this, only not in WDW, so WAY...

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National Capital 20 Miler

In Which Jenn Recaps The National Capital 20 Miler

Remember how well my 20 mile practice run for the Marine Corps Marathon went last year? I did it in 3 hours and 33 minutes! Still, spending that kind of time on the treadmill wasn’t exactly my all time favorite thing, so for this year’s training I elected to sign up for the National Capital 20 Miler, a perfectly portioned and timed race along the C&O Canal. Based on last year’s time and my recently acquired PR for the half, I decided to shoot for 3:30. Pretty doable, right? HA. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. No. Okay, so. This one kinda blew, guys....

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The Fairest Week In Review: 9/29

MOON: So! Tell me about your week in running. JENN: My week was okay, I guess. I ran on the treadmill, then I ran in Ocean City, then I had the National Capital 20 Miler, which kinda blew but I’ll talk more about the later this week. You? MOON: Well, I got lots of walking in? Still working a lot. Between three different jobs and then audition anxiety vicariously through my students, not much happened on the leisure side of life. JENN: But the end is in sight, I hope? MOON: Hah, I hope so? All my students made it into GT, that’s a relief! JENN: Awesome! I...

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In Which Jenn Has Her Race Calendar Planned For Real This Time

And now for another topic where you can ignore everything I said about it before. I’m talkin’ bout my race schedule! I’ve been alluding to it in bits and pieces over the past couple weeks, but now that it’s all settled I like having it all set out in one place. It looks so tidy, no? 1. Tessitura Network 5K, August 18 (I think). This went pretty well last year! Very low key affair but a nice little practice run. Especially since it’s in Orlando this year. 2. The Parks Half Marathon, September 13. Starts in my general backyard-ish...

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Marine Corps Marathon

In Which Jenn’s Marine Corps Marathon Training Is Practically Done For Her

Hey, so, know how I’m running the Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team? That’s ’cause I didn’t make the lottery, and that’s ’cause… I didn’t enter it. See, I looked back over my training for last year’s MCM and found a sticking point in the 20 mile run. I just… didn’t feel like going through that training cycle. I did my 20 miler on the treadmill, which was actually fine for me. But I’m at a new gym now that would require restarting the treadmill like three times to get my mileage, and while that distinction is arbitrary...

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