In Which Moon Makes Her Move

GUYS GUYS GUYS you’ll never guess who we’re welcoming back today! MOON IS HERE!

Hellooo!

I’ve been off the map for a long time! In the event that anyone is interested in my life pertaining to running these past months, I’m sad to say that I’ve fallen out of my routine.

Routines are so nice. Structure is so nice. Since 2009, I’ve worked really hard to establish a running routine. I’ve had some minor upsets, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone as long as I have this past year without running. Now that it’s been so long since I’ve adhered to a routine, I can say with all the confidence: starting a new one sucks.

The move to Boston was hard. Reflecting on my decisions to move and start everything anew, I am now firmly of the opinion that perhaps I was too audacious in my resolve. I considered all the things I knew would happen: having to find a new job, leaving friends and family behind, living in a place I didn’t particularly like, etc. I didn’t, however, think of the things that could have happened. You know, such has my kitten becoming very ill while I was in Korea. Ferrang contracted FIP (maybe he was born with it, we aren’t sure), and when you’re faced with so much life at once, the metaphorical gravity of literally flying around the earth and having no place to be really does things to you. We flew home early and thankfully had some precious time with him, but the day after he passed away, we were driving in a van full of miscellaneous stuff and my cat Hoodoo on my lap, up to Boston.

Since landing in Boston there have been a few attempts to start running again. Weather (I say this almost in passing, but ugggghh, the weather) and mood were the culprits for upsetting any new routine. Depression comes from all sorts of places, but I’ve definitely been in a multi-level funk for at least the past year. Though, I think I’m finally getting to a place where I can balance my life again. That’s what I hope for, anyway (I dream of the days when I had my treadmill and the park behind Elizabeth‘s house).

Running was a really empowering element to my existence. It was the result and reflection of balance in my life. It took a lot of maintenance, but it truly made me feel happy, calm(er?), and confident. Falling away from that felt like I had failed somehow. So, now I’m just trying to find that happy balance of psyche so I can run happily again.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost been a year since we started our move up here, so we are actually going to be moving yet again! I’m hoping this is the catalyst for Re-start of Life No. 2. I’m currently searching for a kitten to adopt to keep Hoodoo company. Looking for a place with a gym. Took my running clothes out of boxes. Waiting for spring.

Wishing everyone health and happiness!

At the 2015 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler.


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In Which This Blog Is Three

Wanna hear something weird? The Fairest Run Of All is three years old today! (In celebration, I tweaked the layout/design a little. Thoughts?)

I started this blog with Moon with the initial goal of trying to eventually run all the runDisney races, which three years ago was a much less daunting task. The growing roster of races plus the reality of how budgeting actually works made for a pretty quick pivot away from that completionist goal, but we’ve still made the most out of all the running and racing we can, meeting some awesome people along the way.

Sadly, Moon has temporarily left us to make a new life in Boston. As she has promised to return upon her assimilation into her new environment, I would say that my goal for the blog over the next year is to engender her triumphant return!

Pictured: Boston.

I’ve already alluded to it briefly, but let me say it formally: I am infinitely grateful for the runners and readers who have visited and will continue to visit this humble little shrine to Disney and running and other stuff sometimes when I feel like it. Thank you for your eyes and minds and hearts. May we see each other soon in a Disney park!

In case you’re in the market for such things, here is an assemblage of some of my completely subjectively favorite posts so far:

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!

The Fairest Week In Review: 4/21

JENN: I know you’re crunched for time – TELL ME ABOUT YOUR RUNNING.

MOON: WHAT RUNNING?

JENN: THE SWISHY BIT WITH THE LEGS AND THE HUSTLE.

MOON: A LUXURY AT THE MOMENT. ._. That doesn’t exist.

JENN: Awww. Got your eyes on the future prize, I hope?

MOON: I don’t know what that means…

JENN: That you shall run again, and it will be glorious!

MOON: Yeah, eventuallyyyyy.

JENN: In beautiful Boston! (I assume it’s beautiful; I’ve never been.)

MOON: It’s beautiful for a handful of months out of TWELVE. I went last weekend. Required a sweater AND a coat.

JENN: Adventures in snowy running, then!

MOON: I will not concede to snow running.

JENN: That’s fair. Neither will I, really. I am a treadmill devotee in the name of temperature control.

MOON: It’s more the falling. Slipping, rather.

JENN: Also a good point.

MOON: I’ve slipped on ice more times than I care to recall.

JENN: Eek. Yeah, no thanks! BUT. Good thing summer is just on the horizon! I ran outside this week and everything.

MOON: I have been along the Charles a few times, but I can’t remember how good the shade is… If there’s shade then I’m all set for a nice route for the summer.

JENN: Awesome!

Also awesome: the roundup.

Elbowglitter tackles race day anxiety.
The Disney Nerds chomp their way through DCA’s Food & Wine Festival.
The Disney Tourist Blog points out the worst and best attraction replacements of WDW’s history. BRING BACK ORIGINAL FIGMENT!
WDW for Grownups snacks around Epcot.
ImagiNERDing highlights a nifty 1971 WDW brochure. I want a tattoo of the line art.
Gluten Free in Orlando has allergy-friendly afternoon tea in the Grand Floridian.
My Disney Addiction is back at it with the snarky WDW trip reporting and I love it.

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!

The Fairest Week In Review: 3/24

JENN: Happy Marine Corps Marathon Lottery Entry Opening Day! May we all make it!

In less potentially fun news…

MOON: My boyfriend was placed in a hospital (as a doctor, not a patient, at least) so I’m moving to Boston. ;-;

JENN: Which is sad because WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT CLOSE MOON PROXIMITY?

But then of course I hear Boston’s pretty cool. They have that marathon that’s supposed to be good.

MOON: I’m sorry, but all positive things about the city are out of my reach right now. I’m bummed. Super bummed.

JENN: You won’t be that far! I’ll visit you!

MOON: I only live 45 minutes from most people now and I never see them. >_>

JENN: True. So we’ll be BETTER about visiting because it’ll be an event!

MOON: No job, crappy apartment, cold. This is my life to be.

JENN: Noooo. You’ll be great! Think of all the new places you can run! And of course you can always run straight through any troubles you may encounter. That’s the road racer way!

MOON: ;.;

JENN: Have you been running at all?

MOON: Minimally.

JENN: Hey, that’s better than nothing!

MOON: I keep telling myself that.

JENN: It’ll be okay, I promise. We’ll pick a race to do together someplace warm. It doesn’t even have to be a runDisney race if you don’t want to. 😉

MOON: Okay. 🙂

JENN: All right, everybody, let’s cheer Moon up. Have you been to Boston? Are you from Boston? What makes Boston awesome?!

In other cheerier thoughts, it’s roundup time.

Just Me & My Running Shoes walks us through deferring a runDisney race.
Why I Run Disney ran a race through a different park – Knott’s Berry Farm.
Pink Elephant on Parade can help you plan your runDisney trip.
Fairytales & Fitness wears race shirts WHENEVER, thank you.
Teacups & Turkey Legs hits a bunch of Epcot Flower & Garden Festival food kiosks.
Rolling with the Magic offers a great summary of wheelchair access at Disney parks.
This Fairytale Life highlights an adorable Kate Spade Minnie Mouse collection I can’t afford.
WDW for Grownups lists what’s best at WDW.
The Disney Tourist Blog knows how to pack for the parks. (Step one: insert cat.)
easyWDW shows that even the Fuhrer is excited for DAK’s new offerings

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!