The Fairest Week In Review: 9/24

JENN: Ladies and gentlemen, Moon is rather busy this week, so I’ve instead pulled in the intrepid Elizabeth for this week’s week in review. She’s running a 5K this weekend!

What happens in La Cava gets posted on the internet.

 SO TELL ME ABOUT THIS 5K!

ELIZABETH: Well… I know you ran the Light House Half Marathon a few years ago! And I have been on a mission this year to find more things to do close to home, so this seemed like a good opportunity! It’s benefiting the local homeless shelter, which I approve of, and the route goes around Quiet Waters Park, which is weirdly swanky for a park, in my opinion.

JENN: This is your… third 5K?

ELIZABETH: Yes.

JENN: What are your goals?

ELIZABETH: So far I have never had a time less than 40 minutes, but I’m really in it out of competitiveness, more just that I’d like to have a bit more stamina and spend some time outside!

JENN: Is the 5K timed? Do you have chips in your bib’n stuff?

ELIZABETH: I believe so, yes, and I can find out my time afterwards if I check a website.

JENN: Do you have an official time to beat? Not that you need to, of course, but it’s fun to know, I think. ☺

ELIZABETH: I… think the last time I ran a 5K (almost a year ago) my time was 48 minutes. Which is… barely better than walking, so I suppose if I beat that, I will be satisfied. Not that I have done much prep other than speed walking.

JENN: Hey, any speed is faster than no speed at all!

ELIZABETH: Very true.

JENN: Anyone going with you? I totally would but I have a 20 miler on the docket, so…

ELIZABETH: Haha, actually no, no one else was around, but I’ll be curious to see if I recognize anyone from the area there. I’m trying to convince one of my roommates to come, but she’s all “that’s very early in the morning…”

JENN: She is not entirely without a point.

ELIZABETH: Yeah, I kinda wish they’d start these things a bit later, but ah well!

I am also excited to have an opportunity to use my NEON ORANGE running shoes. Which I got on a discount, I assume because no one liked the color. Oh, and mini-rant: I partly moved to Annapolis so I could walk places, but people are always shocked to hear that I walk home after dark. I get that bad things can happen, but come on, people!

JENN: Did you have them fitted?

ELIZABETH: I went to Fleet Feet and had the whole shoe-fitting experience, yes. They told me I was flat-footed, which was no surprise. But at least that confirms what I have known for years.

JENN: I hear flat feet are way strong.

ELIZABETH: I suppose, but my knees tend to get sore before my feet do, which is a problem associated with flat feet. But good shoes help!

JENN: We’re totally going to turn you into a runner. I’ll be dragging you to WDW for a half marathon yet! Or, you know, a 10K, anyway. ☺

I’ll totally be pestering Elizabeth for a recap post. In the meantime: roundup!

We Run Disney has words for first time marathoners.
Will Run For Ears will make a man out of you… and so will run. geek. runDisney.
– New to runDisney? Sparkly Ever After walks us through the race registration process.
Plus the Magic highlights the running trail signs of WDW.
EPBOT straight up MAKES Figment. This is freakin’ amazing.
– Tons of Disney food news! easyWDW swings by Pop Century for crazy stuff, Eating & Drinking Around the World has the first Food & Wine Festival bites of the year, and Eating WDW reviews a F&W Festival app.

Jenn is running the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team. Will you help her earn her bib while fighting diabetes? Click here to make your tax-deductible donation.


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!

In Which Jenn Gets New Sneakers From Fleet Feet

The Annapolis Light House Half Marathon was last Sunday, and was so small that there was no expo, just packet pickup. This would not seem to warrant a special post, but since the pickup was at Fleet Feet I decided to get some LOOOOONG overdue sneakers while I was there. As far as I am concerned, new sneakers are very newsworthy!

Because of her mother’s medical issues, Moon decided not to run, but she did want to meet me at Fleet Feet to look at sneakers. This plan suffered a small hiccup when I arrived at the designated address to discover a Fleet Feet location that was dark, locked, and boasted a sign reading “Grand Opening November 1.” Um…

I call Moon with this information and she looked up the address again, confirming that I was at the right place. This seemed deeply suspicious so I called the number given for the pickup location and was informed that I was – get ready to be surprised – at the wrong branch. Turns out that, when you clicked on the link provided by the pre-race email, there was more than one address listed on the page; I was supposed to scroll down and go to the SECOND address listed. Sigh. Moon decided to skip, understandably, since it was 20 minutes further away in downtown Annapolis.

Ah well. I was rather annoyed at the time but since I made it to the pickup location before it was too late it all came out in the wash. I accepted my envelope with bib and timing chip, a long-sleeved unisex tech shirt, and a small duffle bag with some race swag and stuff. I promptly dumped all of this in my car to be examined later and went into the store.

The shop was quite busy, but I managed to snag the last free certified fitter. I don’t think I ever got her name but she was super nice, so that worked out. I told her about my occasional knee pain and how switching to my current Nike Pro Fits mostly solved the problem but also made any knee tightness I still experienced migrate over to the other knee. She checked my shoe size, watched me walk, and then went into the back to get some sneakers for me to try.

Oh my God, shoes.

My first pair: the exact same Nikes I was presently using. I went outside and jogged up and down the sidewalk a bit, finding them just as serviceable as always. Interesting side note: she didn’t ever watch me run, just sent me to experiment, but I saw other fitters doing this. Maybe it’s a case-by-case thing.

Next: a pair of Brooks Ravenna 4. I put them on and noticed immediately that I could feel the tongue of the shoe pressing lightly on the top of my foot. It wasn’t remotely uncomfortable, but since I was told at my first shoe fitting that you shouldn’t feel your shoes, I mentioned it.

And then I took them outside. And WHEEEEE! I was practically getting airtime, so much bounce did I feel in those sneakers. It was awesome. But the tongue made me uncertain (now there’s a sentence for ya), so it was on to the next pair.

I think the next two I tried were both asics (if not, one was a pair of asics and one was something I don’t remember). They were both fine but nothing noteworthy, so those were eliminated. I tried the Ravennas again and felt the same bounce… Hmmm.

A new element was introduced: a Super Feet insert. My fitter swapped out the sole of the shoe for a pair of inserts with more support. Immediately I could feel them pressed against my foot just behind my arch, which I noted; I was told that this was where the pressure should be, for maximum effect. So I took the Ravennas out with those and: No. Yuck. My fitter then removed those inserts in favor of a less extreme pair and the bounce was back.

What followed probably drove my fitter CRAZY, but she was perfectly nice about it. I tried the Nikes again. I tried the Ravennas again. I tried the Ravennas with the insert. Then I tried the Nikes with the insert. Then I tried the Ravennas with the insert AGAIN. Then, at my fitter’s behest, I put a different shoe on each foot and BAM: I had a winner. The Ravennas it would be.

My fitter had one more offering for me: off-day shoes. They were leather slipper-type shoes, cute, with stronger arch support than afforded than average. But I was already dropping some serious cash on my sneakers so I passed on that one.

Speaking of serious cash, I was a bit dismayed to discover that the inserts were $40. Yeesh. But I was assured they would do wonders for my residual knee stiffness and if there’s anything you should spend money to protect, it’s your knees. Still, I’m pondering an experiment: run a week or two with the inserts, then a week or two without. If I don’t notice a difference, maybe I don’t need to buy them next time. Should be worth the anatomical experiment, anyway.

Not to say that I wasn’t tempted by the promise of a sports bra fitting, not to mention the racks of running clothes and GPS watch displays, but I managed to stay strong and just buy the sneakers plus inserts. Then it was back to the car to examine my race goodies.

Of which there were quite a bit more than I expected. Some of your usual tchotchkes – pens, magnets, flashlight keychains, lip balm, a protein bar. But then there were three packets of EmergenC (perfect for plane trips to Disney, because airports always get me), a full packet of Fitfood brand whey protein shake mix in Vanilla Delight, a packet of pain relief gel, and no less than four doses of a vitamin mix meant to increase endurance. That will all be quite interesting to try.

There you have it: my packet pickup and sneaker adventure. I’m SUPER EXCITED to try my Ravennas this evening – wish me luck!

Hello, sailor.

And tune in tomorrow for my post-apocalyptic race recap, of course.

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!