runDisney expo

In Which Jenn Identifies A Gap In The runDisney Expo Market

The Wilmington Marathon isn’t, say, runDisney or Marine Corps Marathon big, with fancy sponsors and thousands of participants. But it’s gotten big enough to have its expo in a convention hall, which is where I found myself for bib pickup the day before the race. There was all the usual stuff – official race merch, running store and athletic store booths, local businesses – and one thing more: discounted old race gear. Not for the current race, of course, but the organization puts on multiple events per year and was selling some leftover stuff from races past for, I kid...

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The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 1/09

And now for my favorite kind of post – the trip report! I’ll be covering my 2020 Marathon trip. Onward! I was coming from my parents’ house in NC this year, and my dad very graciously drove me to the airport. Guys, the Wilmington airport is SO TINY. There are literally only three airlines there and you can stand in the center of the terminal and see EVERY SINGLE GATE. Like, in the ENTIRE airport. It’s bonkers. I did experience one small adventure even in this scaled-down setting – my crotch set off the TSA scanner. >D The TSA...

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Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

The Fairest Week In Review: 3/13

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present… a post-marathon body in a state that does not worry me! Okay, that’s a weird thing to say. Let me explain. After the Marine Corps Marathon, my inner knee was doing its weird unexplained one-day-delayed pain thing. After the WDW Marathon, my inner knee was fine but my IT Band, which I THOUGHT I had fixed years ago, acted up a bit. After the Wrightsville Beach Marathon last weekend? I am fine!   Frickin’ IT Band.   Well, to be clear, I am definitely stiff and sore in areas. I do think I have some imbalance...

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Kidani lanterns

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Kidani Village & The Race Expo

I’m gonna split this trip report up a little differently than usual – rather than go strictly one day at a time, I’m going to separate out the posts by individual activity. That being said, day 1 was very chill, so I’ll be pretty comprehensive with this first foray. Onward with the trip report! This trip report tale of Walt Disney World begins as they always do: with a trip to the airport at an ungodly hour. Despite not planning to check a bag, I left extra early in case the government shutdown was causing a bad backup at...

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The Shining cold

The Fairest Week In Review: 11/08

Sometimes running sucks. But it doesn’t suck as much as when you CAN’T run. Such is the paradox of the runner.  LOOK WHOSE IT BAND IS BEHAVING NOW AND THEREFORE CAN RUN AGAIN!!! Sunday | rest I had considered trying out a run this day, but the weather was pretty icky; I took it as a sign from the universe to get my IT Band one more rest day. Monday | walked 2.07 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class Tuesday | ran 5.16 miles outside in 60 minutesSlow as all hell, but I RAAAAAAAN!!! Wednesday |...

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OK Tape

The Fairest Week In Review: 10/25

Needless to say this week was not my greatest triumph. Oh well; next week is rest week too and then after that hopefully I can start getting back to normal.  Sunday | rest  Monday | 40 minute abs and arms sequence  Tuesday | rest I decided, in anticipation of the marathon, to do NONE of my regular exercise this week. No training runs, no walks, no ballet, the idea being this would allow my IT Band to heal. Wednesday | 40 minute abs and arms sequence Thursday | rest Friday | 40 minute abs and arms sequence This was...

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WDW Marathon Goofy

The Fairest Week In Review: 1/11

If I were asked to pick a single word to describe the WDW Marathon, I would go with this: AGAIN! AGAIN! AGAIN! All of which is to say that I had a great weekend, weather notwithstanding, and can’t wait to get started on my trip report and race recap! Before we get there, some housekeeping in the form of last week’s workouts: Sunday | rest Monday | ran 7.15 miles on the treadmill in 1:15 Tuesday | 70 minute ballet class Wednesday | ran 5.26 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes; walked 3.22 miles outside in 55 minutes Normally...

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Marine Corps Marathon

The Fairest Week In Review: 11/01

Well. The Marine Corps Marathon. It happened. Spoiler alert: I did not make a PR. 🙁 Were, technically. I was wrong. But I tried. It’s like I skipped all the Halloween parties for NOTHING. But hey, neither did I, say, break a bone, and I did finish, so it could certainly have been much worse. I’ll be gathering up my feelings and spewing them all over a blog post later this week; tomorrow, maybe. We’ll see. In the meantime, here’s last week’s taper-down training: Sunday | ran 6.18 miles on the treadmill in 1:05 Monday | walked 2.39 miles outside...

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Cinderella Castle

The First Photos: WDW & Disneyland, 2013 – 2016

Finishing up the Disney portion of my First Photos series. (And catch my Last Photos series here.) The year: 2013 The companion(s): Moon The title of the album: I Know Every Mile Will Be Worth My While The why: An otherwise mundane photo, but Moon and I tremendously enjoyed that our Magical Express driver’s name was Rockland Steel. ROCKLAND STEEL. The year: 2013 The companion(s): My mom The title of the album: Look for the bare necessities The why: I was all confused and out of sorts stepping away from my beloved Pop Century, so I grounded myself with a...

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WDW Marathon

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 1/09

And now for the Briefest Trip Report Of All! I began my whirlwind marathon weekend with a 7am flight. The airport was uncharacteristically empty, and since I didn’t need to check any bags I waltzed through security and had a Jamba Juice smoothie in hand in short order. My flight took off early, but landed half an hour late due to a brand new experience for me: two go-arounds. Conditions in the Orlando morning were foggy and it wasn’t until attempt #3 that we managed to land. (I assume instrument landings are for special occasions only.) I wasn’t particularly...

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