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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Cinderella Castle

The Fairest Week In Review: 11/07

Hi. I just got back from Walt Disney World. I am not happy. Not that I’m being melodramatic about it or anything. But I am happy about my newest WDW memories, which are by and large magnificent and include some truly marvelous miles. Trip report forthcoming, of course! And at least I can comfort myself with the knowledge that in a mere two months I’ll be back for my beloved WDW Marathon. The workout log generally comes next, but since it was the lovely rest week after the Marine Corps Marathon I feel you’ll find it less than stimulating. Feel free to skip...

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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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Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

The Fairest Week In Review: 3/22

It’s been quite an eventful week for running – I ran a marathon, then I signed up for more races – not only Wine & Dine (more on that later), but also the Marine Corps Marathon! How? The MCM race organizers unexpectedly provided a “rush” option Wednesday morning, releasing 11,000 guaranteed registrations, and I snagged one. Once again, I’m gonna run with the Marines! Workout log, prove I can do it: Sunday | ran 6.01 miles outside in 60 minutes I was hoping Moon could join me for a post-bachelorette 10K, but alas, she had to ship up to...

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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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In Which Jenn Considers Fall Marathons That Aren’t MCM

I swear I don’t actively try to turn conversations with strangers toward running. But it seems to be happening anyway. During a happy hour with some of Elizabeth’s co-workers before the ZOOMA Half, I got to talking about my race schedule. (Did anyone ask beyond “What brings you to Annapolis?” No. And yet here we are.) I talked a little about my winging-it plan, and how that meant that I may or may not run the Marine Corps Marathon this year depending on availability. “Why don’t you just run the Baltimore Marathon?” one of my companions replied. I was doubtful....

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Marine Corps Marathon

In Which Jenn Is Done With Early Race Registrations (For Now)

The Marine Corps Marathon lottery is open now. I’ve run it three times and enjoy the course, spectators, on-course support – everything. I’d like to run it again. But I’m not entering the lottery, and here’s why: Time. The marathon is in October. It is March. That’s seven months away. Pat and I share a relentless wanderlust, and as of right now I’m just not sure what’s gonna go down over that kind of time. The same problem plagues this race as plagues all runDisney races – registration is just too far out. I kinda get it for marathons;...

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Mulan alarm

In Which Jenn Freaks Out About Race Morning Alarms

I skirted the edge of an honest-to-God panic attack the night before the 2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Not because I was nervous about my performance. Not because I was missing any part of my gear. Not because I was sick or injured. I was terrified of sleeping through my alarm. To review: I had three alarms set on my phone. I also set up a wake-up call. But then I worried about sleep-answering it and/or sleeping turning off all the alarms. So I set ANOTHER alarm. Then I tried to add a second wake-up call, but as it turns...

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Tim Curry

In Which Jenn Plays The Post-Marathon Blame Game

I run the Marine Corps Marathon for time. I run the WDW Marathon for fun. So when I blew MCM and trounced WDW (but no PR because of character stops), I wanted to break down why. Prepare for many Thoughts On The Matter. NOT REMOTELY MY FAULT: The weather. One can reasonably expect that the Marine Corps Marathon, on October 30, would be cool. The WDW Marathon, in the unpredictable land of Orlando winter, is something of a crap shoot, but one wouldn’t necessary lay down money on real cold. And yet MCM enjoyed a high of 78 degrees...

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