The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 1/12

And now for my favorite kind of post – the trip report! I’ll be covering my 2020 Marathon trip. You can read all the posts in this report here. Onward!

Post-race, I did my usual thing – got a bag from the merch tent to hold all my race snacks, then jumped on a bus back to Animal Kingdom Lodge. The volunteer running the bus line stopped me briefly so we could discuss how my Sally costume was awesome because The Nightmare Before Christmas is awesome, which, heck yeah!

I was just getting onto the hotel elevator when I got a text message from runDisney – due to the rising temperatures, the course was being modified. Erika got caught in the changes, and tells me she saw tons of people passed out at med tents and even sitting by the side of the course. She had to move a bunch of times for ambulances. So as much as that kinda sucks for the affected runners, I can’t say runDisney made the wrong call.

Erika says her phone registered about 1.5 miles lost, but I told her by the time she walked from the staging area to the corrals she probably made up the distance. If your circumstances required that you miss Blizzard Beach, you’re still a marathoner in my eyes!

My first order of business upon arriving in my room was obviously an unhurried and very much deserved shower. Then I did something that only runDisney could allow – I consumed a post-marathon dessert on my savanna-view balcony. To paraphrase Richard Dreyfuss mouthpiecing for Tom Stoppard that one time, you catch me at the very point of decadence!

I curled up in bed and busied myself posting race photos to Facebook until Erika arrived, at which point it was time for a nap. An hour and a half or so later we threw on some clothes and were off to Epcot. We made our Frozen FP+ just in time! Not gonna lie to you; lowering myself into the boats post-marathon was some kinda rough on the ol’ muscles. >D

After our ride on NotMaelstrom, we backtracked to Spaceship Earth and used our FP+ there. I didn’t focus nearly as much as I should have given the upcoming overhaul, but don’t worry, by this point I can pretty much close my eyes and ride it in my head. Erika made most of the choices in the “build your future” bit at the end, and I was very pleased to see a largely new combination of animations – even if the camera somehow failed to capture my face, blerg!

I do so like to boomerang around Epcot, so we headed back to World Showcase and the Mexico pavilion. The Choza margarita stand line was still long, but the day before Becky had told me it moves pretty quickly so we took a chance. I was proud to perform my (quite simple) transaction entirely in Spanish!

We had a Mission Space FP+ coming up… to be honest, I wasn’t really feeling it. I conferred with Erika and she agreed – rather than follow any set plan, we decided to cancel our FP+ and wander the rest of World Showcase completely free and untethered.

Well, almost. I saw on the MDE app that there was an American Adventure showing at 7pm, and since we had 20 minutes to meander back there I thought it would be a nice loose goal to have. We made it a few minutes in advance and I spent half the show wondering when Lincoln would show up before I realized I was conflating AA with The Hall of Presidents. >D

After a quick pit stop in Les Halles in France for a light dinner, we ducked into the UK pavilion garden for the end of the British Invasion show, the doubled back to Japan so I could get a little celebratory sake from the bar in the back of Mitsukoshi. The lovely bartender there responded graciously to my extremely limited Japanese. Kanpai, y’all!

Glass in my hand, we walked out through Canada and took up positions behind the esplanade to watch Epcot Forever, which is cute but not super impressive; I won’t be devastated when the new HarmoniUS show replaces it. We left during the “A Whole New World” bit to beat the crowds to be buses but also because who the hell authorized that as the musical finale?

And so that was our final night in WDW. We headed back to our room, did some packing prep, and headed to bed. One more day awaited us in Hollywood Studios – and oh boy, was THAT a doozy…

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The Fairest Week In Review: 6/21

No one loves summer more than I do, but even I have to admit that humidity doesn’t help.

Sunday | rest

Monday | ran 10.68 miles outside in 2:00
Yup. Not helpful weather at all.

Tuesday | walked 3.06 miles outside in 50 minutes
No ballet this week so I extended my walking time.

Wednesday | ran 10.47 miles outside in 2:00
Somehow WORSE. It was already 78 degrees by 7am with humidity to match. Anyway, I love summer!

Thursday | walked 3.07 miles outside in 50 minutes

Friday | ran 5.13 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes
Speed run! And to be extra bold, I only wore my sports bra on top – no shirt. It was much cooler and I don’t think anyone cared? Plus I got to show off my sweet tattoo.

Saturday | rest day
We spent the morning at Assateague Island before heading over to Ocean City for some friends’… wedding shower? Random party pre-nuptial party of unknown type? I don’t know. I drank wine on a boat. Here are some ponies.

Rangers yell at you if you get too close.

And here is the roundup.

– Speaking of, Back At Square Zero knows how to run safely in the heat
– …as does Elbowglitter.
The Runner’s Guide to WDW embarks on a Dopey training plan.
WDW for Grownups cools down with chilled WDW snacks.
easyWDW discovers a trivia night at Disney’s Beach Club resort! How did I not know about this?!
Disney In Your Day assembles a list of WDW’s best table service restaurants.
Disney Nerds highlights brunch at DCL’s famed Palo.
Living A Disney Life rounds up WDW’s best appetizers.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. 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: 7/27

Hello everybody! We now return to our regularly scheduled, wholly bug-free version of the week in review. I don’t mean to suggest, however, that is edition will be complaint-free: IT’S HOT.

It’s been quite hot in much of the country; I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about. It’s so hot it’s been having some minor impact on my training. Outdoor runs, when I even deem it cool enough to take them, have been a bit shorter and slower, and even the gym isn’t as air-conditioned as I would like it. Still, thank God for the treadmill.

I did go on a couple outdoor SHORT runs in the heat that went surprisingly well, but as I have more to say on the subject I’m holding that for another post later this next week. I do want to mention the reason I was sneaking them in speedily, however, which is this: Pat and I dogsitting all this week! Yay! They’re two giant American Bulldogs and they are SOOOOOOOOO happy to see me when I come home in the afternoon to take them outside. ^_^ I <3 my cats (as anyone who follows me on Instagram knows), but I can’t wait to have a dog too.

They look a lot like this, only bigger and not as recently bathed.

I can’t wait for the roundup, either, but luckily I don’t have to.

Back at Square Zero explores the art of tapering before a race.
Sparkly Runner suggests cutting yourself a break.
The Runner’s Guide to WDW considers chEAR Squad packages.
Living A Disney Life is surprised by Enchanted Tales with Belle.
The Disney Tourist Blog is instituting Figment Fridays! I LOVE FIGMENT!!!
The Disney Hipsters are back with more of their Last Trip Photos. (My inspiration!)
The Main Street Gazette ponders the implications of Tomorrowland.
Mouse On The Mind locates more super cute aspirational WDW apartment listings.

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 Rebels Against The Status Quo

There is a thing.

There is a thing highly recommend to runners, especially after a race or hard workout.

It’s a thing you could even say is considered practically mandatory.

Well, I WILL NOT DO IT. NOT NOW, NOT EVER.

What is this thing that I cannot accept?

It is the cold shower. CAN’T. WON’T. HOT SHOWERS OR DEATH. MUSCLES, SUCK IT UP AND TAKE IT.

Thank you, that is all.

P.S. Ice bath? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA no.

Can you stomach a cold shower? How about a tepid-to-warmish one? How does it not make you want to cry? I’m asking.

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 Tells You How To Have The Best Shower Ever

You want to have the finest shower of your ENTIRE LIFE? It’s really very easy. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Go for a 10 mile run outside in the early morning when it’s theoretically cooler but actually it’s 77 degrees out and the air is heavy with the humidity of the rain that will occur later in the day. If any part of your outfit isn’t soaked by the halfway point, you’re doing it wrong.
  2. Take a normal shower.

You, inside.

(Okay, fine. You want a real shower treat, ladies? Mix some turbinado sugar with coconut oil, scrub your legs with it, and THEN shave. Smooth!)

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!

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: 6/25

JENN: Happy six months to Christmas! So how was your week in running?

MOON: If you had asked, “So how was your week in PACKING?” my answer would have been “Wonderful!!!” I met my box-a-day quota twofold.

It’s been crazy-hot outside and I don’t belong to a gym at present, so running has been taking a lower placement on my list of priorities. Although, July should see me up and going again. I actually really miss it. When I come home from work I think, “I wish I could go for a run…”

JENN: Yeah, it’s pretty brutal out there. You have to get up WAY early if you want to make an outdoor run of it. But hey, packing can be a workout too!

MOON: Tell me about it. Especially when you are packing with minimal air conditioning, haha.

JENN: I hope the air conditioning is strong where you’re going!

MOON: Thanks! How was your running this week?

JENN: Oh, much better. For starters, I wasn’t super sick. Score!I did two speed runs and they actually weren’t bad. I’m gonna try to keep incorporating them at least once a week.

MOON: Yay!! Glad you are better. 🙂

JENN: One final note: WDW Marathon registration is currently at 78%. Merely a fact I thought I’d throw out there.

MOON: Thank you for the update!

JENN: Something to ponder while we go to the roundup.

Darlin’ Rae runs with and without people.
Elbowglitter ponders fatlogic.
Mom’s Magical Miles knows where to find races that dial down the scary time limits.
Just Me & My Running Shoes reviews Port Orleans Riverside. (Where I stayed for Dopey!)
A Pinch of Pixie Dust tries ALL the Star Wars Weekend cupcakes.
Living a Disney Life gets pirate’d up.
Mouse on the Mind visits Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.
The Disney Hipsters rightly mourn the loss of plastic cheese at WDW.

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!

The Fairest Week In Review: 6/17

MOON: Ooookay. Tell me about your runs!

JENN: They have been relatively decent! HUGE factor: the air conditioning the gym finally kicked in. Air conditioning not on? Crazy humid, runs suck. Air conditioning on? WHEEEEEE I CAN RUN.

MOON: Ha, I realized that too in the beginning of the week. Our air conditioner seems to be spotty. Sometimes on and glorious or just not at all.

JENN: I’m still working outdoor runs into my schedule, but it’s hard to convince myself to get up early. Just not my bag. Unfortunately the temperatures of late have been way too high for afternoon running. Mind you, I wouldn’t trade summer for ANYTHING, but it does make for trickier maneuvering.

MOON: I don’t mind the heat, but I would rather not be in the sun. Awkward tans and all that. My nose is still recovering from the Negev…

JENN: Yes, a shadier route can be way helpful. I have a total t-shirt tan from the beach last month. Terrible.

MOON: Ha, at least it isn’t a burn!

JENN: … Anymore…

MOON: Ah, I seeee. Soooo, what are your plans for the week? Any goals?

JENN: Don’t suck. I haven’t been sucking too hard lately. I would like to keep that up. Oh, and continue to work outdoor runs into the plan. Regardless of how little I feel like it at 6AM. You?

MOON: Don’t suck is a good plan. I like this plan. I’m hoping to work really hard this week. Get my mileage back up, but also work on strength.

JENN: I’m playing with the idea of speedwork today but it scares me… O.o

MOON: Do it! It feels good, even if you don’t go as far.

JENN: Haha, yeah, that’s what makes me sad. BUT. With any luck it’ll be the last push I need to get back up to last year’s speeds.

MOON: Endurance will improve with speed, it’s just like when we started running. 🙂

JENN: True. Back to basics it is, then.

MOON: Good luck!

JENN: Good luck also conferred to the roundup:

Girls, hold up your girls while running – Fairytales ‘n Fitness has sports bra suggestions.
The Runner’s Guide to WDW considers staying club level when running Disney.
Pink Elephant on Parade points out that slow people are, have always been, and always will be a thing. (Like me. I am a thing.)
Food Fitness Fantasy visits good ol’ California Grill. (I did that too!)
Eating WDW makes naaaaaaaaan from Sanaaaaaaaaaa! Make it. Make it right now.
Mouse on the Mind loves Gay Days and rainbows. Who doesn’t?
The Disney Hipsters point out that Ursula does what she wants.

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!