The Fairest Week In Review: 11/21

Normally in a week in review post I do my exercise stuff first and my Disney and life stuff second, but screw the boring stuff because I HAVE DISNEY NEWS.

Y’know how I’ve been kvetching basically since I made the reservation about my room in Caribbean Beach for my upcoming WDW trip? There’s the construction, of course, which means weird food options to boot, plus the resort itself is sprawling with multiple bus stops AND the only room I could get was a pirate room, which is more expensive AND supposedly at the very back of the resort. Bleh.

Well, you’re all Disney pros so I hardly have to preach the gospel of Continuing To Check Back. But last week, a mere 10 days before the penalty-free cancellation deadline, I did it: I found us a room at All-Star Music! EEEE!!!

Perhaps it sounds odd to be rejoicing over a change from a moderate to a value resort, but I really think this is a major improvement. The construction becomes a non-issue, and even when the All-Stars share buses there’s at least only one stop and it can’t be too far a walk. Best of all, this saves us well over $300! 

So yeah, I’m pretty jazzed. Nine days to Disney!!! 

P.S. Did you know you can make your Magical Express reservations via a website? I’m been doing it on the phone all this time like a chump!


… What else is this post usually about again? Oh yes. Go go gadget workout log:

Sunday | ran 7.16 miles outside in 1:10
I did this run at my parents’ new place in Wilmington, and it is flaaaaaat. I was flying!

Monday | ran 5.29 miles outside in 55 minutes
Back to my plain ol’ boring not at all flat regular training route. But the cold does seem to improve my times.

Tuesday | walked 2.19 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 7.35 miles outside in 1:15

Thursday | walked 2.24 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class
This walk had greater purpose: I walked from work to the local Whole Foods to pick up my bib for my Thanksgiving Turkey Chase! Why they chose to hold packet pickup a full week in advance I couldn’t tell you.

Friday | ran 7.35 miles outside in 1:15

Saturday | rest
My family held Fake Thanksgiving on this day, so done so that none of our air traveling relatives have to pay through the nose for flights. So I spent a lot of my day in a car going to or from New Jersey. Mine is a very glamorous life. At least there was pie.

Okay, workout log done. What else? The roundup:

Important note: Shindig is my favorite episode of Firefly.

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The Fairest Week in Review: 8/12

Good morning, campers! Jenn here. Moon is unfortunately experiencing some familial issues, so I’m taking over. Not permanently, mind you! Not even for very long: I’m in charge of today and most likely tomorrow. Then Moon comes back and the universe rights itself again.

Wait, don’t go! I know it’s not as much fun without her, but if you hang around I promise to compensate with some WDW trip planning. Mmmmmm, trip planning.

I love knowing there is more of this in the near future.

But first, to business. Um… training went pretty well for me this week. On Saturday night Moon and I joined some friends in seeing The Conjuring (mini-review: scary but not Paranormal Activity scary), after which I crashed at her apartment so we could run together on Sunday. We ended up just running in her gym, but that was exciting enough for me because her gym is MUCH nicer than mine. Mine doesn’t even have a bathroom or any sort of water dispenser, so the fact that hers has both puts her far ahead.

But those elements, while fantastic, are not the best part. The BEST part is the treadmill. My treadmill in my apartment complex’s gym is numerically challenged. At 99 minutes it goes ???????????, stops counting, and immediately starts cool down. It doesn’t matter how fabulous a groove I’ve established; at 1 hour and 39 minutes I am forced to stop what I’m doing and restart the treadmill. Totally fouls my mojo, man. But the treadmills at Moon’s gym? No such problem, my friends! I skipped merrily past 99 minutes and kept on truckin.’ Well, not skipped in the literal sense, but you get what I mean.

The rest of the week was fine. I practice PR’d on Tuesday – read all about that, as well as our review of Energy Bits, here. Wednesday was just some added mileage, and I stuck to ballet class for the rest of the week. Music? Flogging Molly. Of course.

But never mind all that. WALT DISNEY WORLD! Remember how, way back in our first ever post, I talked about how I don’t come from a Disney family? My parents took me twice (only once for my brother) and evidently felt this fulfilled the American tradition quota of our respective childhoods and we never went again. Years later, when my WDW addiction became clear, they expressed their befuddlement, declaring that they themselves had no interest in such silly pursuits and didn’t have any plans to visit any time in the near future if ever again.

Which is why I was utterly shocked when this email exchanged happened back in February, during our Princess Half trip:

ME: I need to decide if I want to turn my ticket into an annual pass before I leave. I’ve heard from some people who might like to go with me in the next year so it might be worth it.

MY MOM: You know, I think I’d like to go with sometime this year.

ME: …………………… You would?

Talk about a plot twist. I’ll go into all this in more detail as our trip gets closer, but we decided upon a week in early December with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the Candelight Processional and everything. I am SUPER EXCITED to introduce her to everything she’s missed since 1998 – she’s never even BEEN to Animal Kingdom! – and when Disney finally introduced room-only discount codes for our time frame and I leapt into action.

Where our dates and discount restrictions landed me at All-Star Music.

Um… Look. I know it’s wrong. But I’m kinda one of those Pop Century snobs. I can’t really afford to make the leap to a nicer hotel, but I want to stay on property, so Value Resort it is. But Pop is the preferred Value, no? It’s where all those in the know stay. It’s generally considered the best of the four. Aside from a sole splurge night in the Animal Kingdom Lodge, I’ve never stayed anywhere else. We won’t be in the room very much, but… Guys, I’m scared!

I don’t like knowing there will be none of this in the near future.

Can anyone reassure me? Are the All-Stars really that bad? Does the bus system really suck? Are the rooms really inferior to Pop’s? Am I going to be trampled by cheerleaders?!

Anyway. Enough of that. Here are some posts from around the ‘sphere:

Andrea of Once Upon a Run talks about, among other things, having Disney dreams. Just wanted to plant that subject in your brain for later in the week…
Dad runsDisney wonders: is running becoming too popular?
Megan of Elbowglitter tackles running on the treadmill, which is where I do most of my running so I’m in favor.
I Run for Wine offers tips on running form.
Get advice on flying to destination races – specifically runDisney races – at Magical Miles (or is it The Runner’s Guide to WDW? Or is it both with a colon in there somewhere? Help!)
Kristy Runs Kato is hosting another blog hop, this one related to Princess Half recaps. Check it out – we’re there!
– And finally, in case you need some more pretty in your life, here are some beautiful Tokyo DisneySea photos from MiceChat.

Good show, everyone. I’ll be back tomorrow with a post on WDW haters. It’s gonna be awesome!

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 See ya real soon!