In Which Jenn & Moon Do the Liebster Award Thing

Fun fact: the fabulous Danielle of Live, Run, Grow nominated us for a Liebster Award! This question-trading blog series helps us all get to know our fellow bloggers. Read on for the answers to the questions Danielle set to us!


1. If you could run any race in the world, what would it be?

JENN: I’m pretty excited for the WDW Marathon, but since I AM running it and the question seems to suggest a think-big mentality, I’m gonna say… the hypothetical Disneyland Paris half that doesn’t technically exist yet. Or, if you insist on something real, maybe a race in Hawaii?

MOON: I would run the Honolulu Marathon.

JENN: Right, what she said.

MOON: Haruki Murakami didn’t start running until he was 33, I think. He’s definitely a bit of an inspiration. He wrote a memoir about running and I remember a section on Hawaii. I figured if I ever sucked it up and started running again I would do that.

JENN: So your dream race is “one run next to Murakami.” Universe, can we set that up?

MOON: Haha, yeah! Then I just need the energy to keep up…

2. What is the best race you’ve run so far?

JENN: Although my time was SOOOO much better at the Tinker Bell Half, I’m gonna go with the Princess Half because the entertainment level was so much higher throughout. The Annapolis Light House Half was boring and the Marine Corps 17.75K had too many HILLLLLLS. And untimed 5Ks don’t count.

But I have a lot of runDisney races coming up, so for the future: who knows!

MOON: Hmm, well, since I don’t have many to choose from… The Tinkerbell Half. The first time my body did something I didn’t think it would be able to do. But, I agree with Jenn. The Princess Half was a lot of fun!

3. What is your favorite book?

JENN: OH MAN. All of them?

MOON: SERIOUSLY.

JENN: Um….

MOON: I think the survey just ended. We’ll be on this for days.

JENN: No kidding.

MOON: I know one we can both agree on! Good Omens?

JENN: Haha, yes! Terry Pratchett is AWESOME.

I like Kurt Vonnegut a lot. And James Herriot. And C.S. Lewis. And Robert A. Heinlein. But these are authors. Books. Books books books. Boooooooks.

MOON: Hmm, I also really like Vonnegut. I would say my favorite is Breakfast of Champions.

JENN: I like Cat’s Cradle and God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian and of course Slaughterhouse-Five.

Um… shall we just go on to the next question?

MOON: Okay! But first I need to get a few out there: Peanut Butter and Jeremy’s Best Book Ever!, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and The Robots of Dawn. There had to be soooomething.

 JENN: True. Then off the top of my head: Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back, Shoeless Joe, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Last Unicorn, The Door Into Summer.

4. What’s your favorite TV show?

MOON: Haha, uh oh. This… I have noooo idea. I suppose I’ll have to fall back on Arrested Development?

JENN: You should’ve said that you don’t understand the question and you refuse to answer it.

MOON: Haha, true.

JENN: I’m gonna go old school and way dorky and say “Star Trek: Voyager,” because Tom Paris and I are that tight. But also “Psych.” Let us never forget “Psych.” You know that’s right.

MOON: “The X Files” for me. If ever there is a biography written about me, I’m pretty sure “The X Files” will take up at least a chapter of my high school days.

JENN: That and our mutual devotion to The Doctor.

5. Is there a skill or talent you wish you had?

MOON: Hmm, maybe polyglotism?

That or confidence.

JENN: Haha, you and me both.

Let’s see. It would be nice to be ambidextrous. And I still can’t freakin’ whistle.

MOON: How about ambidextrous AND a polyglot? You would be the communication queen.

JENN: No kidding. Which president was it who would write with both hands on two separate pages in two separate languages? Was that Jefferson? They just don’t educate us for the real world like they used to.

6. Favorite Disney character?

JENN: We’ve actually answered this before, so let’s see if it’s changed!

MOON: Ha, I feel like mine will probably change.

JENN: Mine was Eeyore last time. I still love Eeyore, but I think I might go with Mary Poppins this time around. Because Julie Andrews is the best. At everything. Ever.

MOON: I would say Mary Poppins, but she’s not technically a Disney character? Well, not Disney’s creation I should say.

JENN: Neither are a lot of them – Eeyore either!

MOON: I would also want to say Emelius Brown… I’m going with Mr. Ray and Emelius Brown if I can.

JENN: Mr. Ray is what you said last time – consistent! 😀

MOON: Yay!!

JENN: Okay, then I’m going pick that little blue fish who says I’M OBNOXIOUS!

MOON: Hahaha!

7. What’s the best job you ever had?

JENN: I like my current job, actually. I work for a performing arts center and we’ve got a concert hall and an education center and a gallery and there’s dance and music and it’s pretty awesome.

MOON: I haven’t had my favorite job yet. But, my music students are awesome.

8. Is there a food you just can’t stand?

JENN: Ha.

Okay, I have a REALLY REALLY WEIRD phobia. I am afraid of small round objects. Grapes and peas TERRIFY me. I don’t like blueberries or cherry tomatoes either, but they don’t get me like grapes and peas. You put a plate full of grapes on the table and I will edge around the room like there’s a mosquito I need to watch out for.

MOON: I once sat down next to Jenn for lunch, but I had a bowl of grapes. She got up and moved without saying a word.

JENN: It’s an affliction.

MOON: For me: pizza. I don’t care for pizza. And meat, but I figured that didn’t count as an answer.

JENN: That’s not true! We half the cheese and double the tomato sauce, and you’re all about pizza. And I agree, because pizza sauce is AMAZING.

MOON: Tomatoes are AMAZING.

9. What’s your favorite, can’t live without piece of running gear?

MOON: Asics? Is that too obvious?

JENN: I would say my Yurbuds running headphones, which lock in my ears. Because a long run without music is a sad run. And music coming out of headphones that I keep sweating out of my ears are scarcely any help at all. So: hooray for Yurbuds!

Okay, last one!

10. What’s the one tip you would give a new runner?

JENN: I would say: get fitted for sneakers at a dedicated running store. It makes a world of difference and keeps your joints from revolt.

MOON: I would say the same thing. I also feel that I don’t have any authority to instruct anyone in the ways of running.

JENN: Well, there is that. So maybe just say: try it! See if it works for you! Maybe not! But maybe so!

Okay, now for some nominees:

  1. Pink Elephant on Parade
  2. Food Fitness Fantasy
  3. My No-Guilt Life
  4. We Run Disney
  5. Prairie Princess Runners
  6. Fairytales and Fitness
  7. I Run for Wine
  8. Running at Disney
  9. Just Me and My Running Shoes
  10. Will Run for Ears

And here are your ten questions!

  1. When your energy is flagging and you need a boost, what song do you play?
  2. What’s the worst piece of running equipment you’ve ever made the mistake of using?
  3. What’s your favorite way to fuel before, during, and/or after a run?
  4. Assuming practicality is no object, what’s your dream race costume?
  5. What race should runDisney add to their schedule?
  6. Which Disney park is your favorite?
  7. How do you like to reward yourself post-race?
  8. If you became a Disney princess, what would you be like?
  9. What is THE BEST food?
  10. Once and for all: who makes the best running shorts?

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!

In Which We Answer the Questions You Never Asked

Since we’re new around these here internet parts, we thought it would be good to tell you more about us. Yes, we mean you, specifically. In the interest of full disclosure, we should note that we ganked this survey from Katherine over at Food Fitness Fantasy. Maybe she won’t notice it’s gone?

JENN: Ready for some survey madness?

MOON: Yesssss.

JENN: Okay, first question! Year you ran your first mile without walking: Um… did we run a full mile in elementary school? Was the Turkey Trot more than a mile? [We went to elementary school together. And middle. And high. And undergrad. The Complete Set.]

Bestest friends foreverest.

MOON: I think it was one mile exactly, but did you actually run the entire thing?

JENN: Probably not. All I really remember about the Turkey Trot was that we had one.

MOON: I know I didn’t! I walked with friends.

JENN: And I think the winner got a turkey. And the same girl always won.

MOON: Yes. And I had no desire for a turkey, therefore no incentive to run.

JENN: I’m pretty sure I ran a full mile in middle school without stopping.

MOON: Well, I have no idea when the first time was, but my first mile when I started seriously running was in 2009.

JENN: Yeah, verifiably for me I think it would be 2008. If I’d known it would mark the start of something so momentous I would’ve paid better attention.

MOON: I know, right?

JENN: Next! Year you became ‘a runner’:

This one can be interpreted in a variety of ways, but I think it’s a mindset thing, don’t you? “I jog sometimes for exercise for an hour or so” as opposed to “I set mileage and time goals and train for races” type thing.

MOON: Yeah.

JENN: I did some running as exercise in 2008 through 2010, but I wouldn’t say I became A RUNNER until summer of last year.

MOON: I always wanted to be a distance runner, so I would say 2009.

JENN: Why you started running:

Ha, mine’s kinda funny. I was pretty into the elliptical for a couple years. Then my apartment put a sign up in the gym saying that they were repairing a water main and the gym would be closed for a week.

I was still in the throes of disordered eating/exercising at the time (more on that at a later date), so naturally the idea of taking a week off was positively abhorrent for me.

So I dug up the old Nikes I bought for our first group trip to WDW and set off on a run. And afterward I discovered, wow, I feel like I actually EXERCISED. Because elliptical, it’s awesome you’re so low impact, but I… I don’t really feel like you DO much.

Gradually I began replacing my elliptical workouts with running workouts, started actually eating more than 100 calorie bags of popcorn for lunch, and eventually running took over. The Princess Half appeared on my radar and it was all over.

MOON: Haha, well… I don’t have a very entertaining story. I started because I simply wanted to run. I mean, honestly, at the time in my life there were a lot of changes happening and all that, but I needed something to focus on and I had always wanted to run more, so I did.

JENN: Why you run now:

You mean besides the fact that runDisney fills me with joy? Well, it makes me feel strong and competent. I may not be the world’s fastest, but I can wrong way farther than the average person. I bet our hearts are strong like ox!

I’m not gonna lie, there’s an element of calming my inner diet freakout. I burn around 1,000 calories in a ten mile run, and that makes me feel okay about, y’know, eating.

I also enjoy that Zenning out while running. Sometimes my mind wanders and then I look back and realize I just knocked out another mile without noticing it.

Or finding a great new song that pumps you up and you put it on repeat and each mile flies by.
That feeling is awesome.

MOON: I guess there are a lot of reasons why I run. Mostly, it is good for the body and the soul. There’s something very simple about running, but the rewards are all your body needs to be strong.
Running is calming and give me peace, too. I really see no disadvantages to running, why not run?

JENN: What’s the most you ever spent on a sports bra?

Uh… Twenty bucks? Most of my sports bras are from Target. Ha. I should probably invest in a good one… I hear excellent things about Lululemon but that would mean dropping some serious change.

MOON: Ten dollars, I think? Maybe fifteen. I like simple sports bras, nothing too fancy (but I HATE racer back).

JENN: Oh, and I hear good things about Victoria’s Secret’s sports line too. VSX or some such. Also expensive. Things to ponder…

MOON: Yes, I saw that they had a new line out. One was very yellow and I was attracted to it (I love yellow!), but it was fifty-ish dollars…

JENN: We’ll have to keep our eyes out for sales. First race?

Ha, Princess Half! We jumped right in…

MOON: Yes we did! And we did pretty well, all things considered!

JENN: Last race?

I don’t know if I even want to count this, but I did “run” the inaugural Annapolis Beer Week 5K Beer Run. It was wildly disorganized and by the end we were just sort of strolling from beer station to beer station… but we did four loops, which might be four miles? I don’t even know. Like I said: disorganized. But I can heartily recommend Abita’s Purple Haze now!

MOON: I’m still undecided on how much I actually want to race. I have a terrible habit of having the mentality that I must beat my previous time every time I run. So, I tend to race against myself. I’m also a terribly nervous person and have issues with running with people. But I am doing all the runDisney events, so we will see what happens. I’m going to try to do some races in the fall. Will get back to you on that!

JENN: Favorite race?

Princess Half. The ’90s called. They said to tell you DUH.

Duh.


MOON:
Yeah…

JENN: Three races you most wish you could run:

I’m going to cheat on this one and just say ALL THE RUNDISNEY RACES!!! I don’t even know if I want to do a half marathon that isn’t Disney. Except now we’re signing up for one. So I guess I am! But I’m sure the whole time I’ll be thinking, “This race has no castle…”

MOON: 1. Hawaii Marathon 2. New York Marathon 3. WDW Marathon

JENN: Oh. Hawaii. Good call. I will make an exception for Hawaii.

MOON: It would probably be one of the prettiest runs in the world.

JENN: First running shoe:

The first shoe I bought specifically for running was the ASICS Nimbus 14. In the wrong size, but whatever. I have since learned the error of my ways.

MOON: Oh, man… I have no idea. I started with ASICS a long time ago and I’ve stuck with them, although I have been through at least three different models.

JENN: Do you run with a watch? What kind?

Nope. When I’m not on a treadmill I use MapMyRun. Although I’m pondering asking for a watch for Christmas.

MOON: I have the same answer as Jenn! I would like one…

JENN: We’ll have to do some research!

Running goals for 2013:

Well, I’m signed up for two 5Ks in September, so I’d like to try and actually RUN them this time. 😉

I’d like to further refine my shoe selection.

And I’d of course love to improve both my speed and endurance!

MOON: By the end of the year, I would like to build my endurance and complete a few 10ks, each with a better time than the last!

JENN: Current, main or favorite shoe:

Nike Fitsoles.

Nike Fitsoles.

Not Nike Fitsoles.

MOON: I’ve been running in the Gel Noosa Tri 8 by ASICS and they have been pretty good!

JENN: Best running advice you’ve ever received:

To be properly fitted for sneakers, and to try Fleet Feet. Made a world of difference. Thanks, Doug!

MOON: Umm… I love What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. It inspired me to keep running.

But, I think for both of us though, we must thank Michael Bolton.

JENN: I am oooon my waaaay! I CAN GO THE DISTANCE!

Running hero?

Moon!

MOON: What!!

JENN: Because she congratulates, encourages, and commiserates in just the right amounts.

MOON: That’s so sweet, I can’t follow up on that! :p

JENN: We’re all full of hearts and flowers!

Favorite running partner:

MOON: JENN!

JENN: Moon again! Yay!

MOON: Sunshine and rainbows.

JENN: ‘Cause on practice runs there’s no pressure, and in races we keep each other rolling.

MOON: Yes, and this is only the beginning. Soon we will be rolling past the Disney Marathon finish line. 🙂

JENN: Non-running hobbies:

Ballet, reading, writing, obsessing about WDW, cat wrangling… You know. Stuff.

MOON: Jenn and I enjoy watching terrible horror movies >_>…

Other than running, I read and play music. I’m a musicologist, so those two things work out well for me.

JENN: Classical music FTW.

Oh, and we both tear it up on the Xbox 360! I can field any and all questions regarding Dragon Age, and Moon can school you in Read Dead Redemption.

Who’s in your household?

Me, my roommate, and my cats, Minx and Ruffian. They are things of beauty and a joy forever.

MOON: Thanks, Endymion. My roommate and my kitty, Hoodoo! 😀

JENN: Last question: PRs? I am a conscientious objector to this question. I believe that all the dodging and running around people cost us a good 10 – 15 minutes of time in the Princess Half. But we’ll talk about that later this week when we discuss our Princess Half experience.

MOON: I agree with Jenn.

JENN: Survey = crushed.

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.com. See ya real soon!