Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

In Which Jenn Recaps The Wrightsville Beach Marathon

The quote myself on Twitter:    As a non-Disney race, the Wrightsville Beach Marathon was never gonna be the joyous march to glory that characterizes the WDW Marathon. And it wasn’t. But it went well enough. Now that I’ve sufficiently built your excitement, let’s pe in. I hopped out of bed at 5am (which to runDisney enthusiasts is definitely sleeping in), down an Uncrustable, slapped on some tape, and was out the door half an hour later. My dad graciously drove me to the start line, and I was able to eat another snack and hit up a porta potty with plenty of...

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Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

In Which Jenn Is About To Tackle Marathon #13

Okaaaay! So. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this. I have a marathon coming up on Saturday. Wrightsville Beach Marathon go-round number 2. But it’s not just any marathon. It’s my ceremonial marathon #13. And 13, as you may not know, is one of my lucky numbers!* Unrelated. So will this be my lucky marathon? Well I’ll tell ya… I don’t know. Pro: It’s supposed to be a runner-friendly mid-to-upper-50s for most of the race. Con: But it’s also supposed to rain the night before, so some parts of the course could be wet/muddy. Pro: My IT band has been behaving itself of late! (Knock...

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WDW Marathon

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: The WDW Marathon

Continuing my trip report for my January 2019 WDW trip. See all the posts in this report here. Onward! The last two years have seen unseasonably chilly temperatures for Florida during the Walt Disney World Marathon. This year, I bolted upright in bed at 2:35am in the morning as always, but to a very different world. It was already 60 degrees; indeed, I dressed in my Figment best for the race and then topped it off with a single thin long-sleeve shirt as a throwaway. Fancy that – a WDW Marathon where I wasn’t freezing to death. Under the...

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Gospel choir at WDW Marathon

In Which Jenn Is Determined To Embrace The Suck

I’ve been thinking a lot about my last Marine Corps Marathon vs. my last WDW Marathon. In both races I felt my energy flagging the middle. The difference? In MCM, it was a downward slope – but in WDW, I rallied in a big way. Any number of factors can be influential when it comes to race performance – training, weather, injuries, hydration, fuel, the works – but in this case, I think the deciding factor may have come down to one thing: attitude. Everyone knows the WDW Marathon is full of joy and fun – how can running through the parks...

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Marine Corps Marathon start

In Which Jenn Recaps The 2018 Marine Corps Marathon (FIREBALL!!!)

I believe this marathon was what NASA might refer to as a successful failure. After a fitful night’s sleep, I rose before my 5:30am alarm, taped up, dressed, and rolled out the door to catch the first Metro train of the morning. Despite that it took several billion years to make it to the start line as 30,000 people do not move quickly in a herd. Some pro tips: 1) don’t bring a bag as the bagcheck lines are lengthy; 2) ignore the monstrous lines for port-a-potties in the staging areas and proceed all the way to the start line for...

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Marine Corps Marathon

In Which Jenn Confronts Her Eleventh Marathon

I have now run 10 marathons. When you’ve done 10 marathons, you’ve done a lot of different kinds of marathons. There’s the cold marathon… … and then the even colder marathon. There’s the marathon with the PR you never saw coming… ..,and the marathon where you thought you’d PR – but you don’t. There’s the marathon where a previous injury is vanquished…  …and the marathon where a previous injury takes you down. There’s your first marathon… …your last marathon… And of course, always and against your better judgment… your next marathon. My next marathon – my eleventh marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon – is next Sunday. I have had a...

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Forced laughter

Happy Friday: Anti-Social & Still Running

What is it the kids say? IT ME. Well, except for the part where I place well in a race. That NOT ME. But the part where people are scary totally is. Anyway, if you see me in WDW or a race, say hi! >D Don’t forget, you can follow FRoA on Twitter @fairestrunofall and on Instagram @fairestrunofall. If you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment or email fairestrunofall@gmail.com. See ya real soon!...

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Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

In Which Jenn Recaps The Wrightsville Beach Marathon

And now for a tale of marathon triumph! Comparatively speaking! My traditional fitful pre-race night’s sleep led to me bouncing out of bed before my alarm (still got to sleep until very nearly 5am which for a runDisney enthusiast is a tremendous luxury). I quickly dressed and gathered my stuff, then bolted down some breakfast and headed out.  Race day weather promised to be beautiful, partly cloudy with a high in the upper 60s, although chilly to start. My dad dropped me off at the start about 45 minutes ahead of gun time, and I wrapped myself in my...

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Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

In Which Jenn Goes After Marathon #10

This Saturday, I embark upon a historic milestone: my tenth marathon.  “OMG, how did you get there???” you ask? Well… Marine Corps Marathon, October 2014 WDW Marathon, January 2015 Marine Corps Marathon, October 2015 WDW Marathon, January 2016 Marine Corps Marathon, October 2016  WDW Marathon, January 2017  Rock ‘n Roll Marathon DC, March 2017 Baltimore Marathon, October 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon, January 2018 “Damn, you need to branch out more,” you say? Your wish is my command: I’m heading down to NC for the Wrightsville Beach Marathon. I hear the course is flat and fast, and my dad...

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Marine Corps Marathon

Baltimore Marathon VS Marine Corps Marathon: An Investigation

  You could, conceivably, run the Baltimore Marathon AND the Marine Corps Marathon the same year. They’re never on the same day. They are sometimes on the same weekend, and historically they’re always within a week of each other. This year the two are spaced apart by about a week (Oct 20 & 28), so the feat is a little less daunting than last year, when the guns went off within 24 hours of each other. Perhaps you are one of those who would like to double up. If so, class dismissed!  But if you want to run one or the other but...

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