In Which Jenn’s Race Medals Are Covered In Cat Pee

This is not the blog post I expected to write.

It seemed like it would be much more straightforward. I was going to tell you about how I used to put all my race bibs and medals on my cubicle wall. That looked like this.

Race bibs

But then we moved to Puerto Rico in 2019, and all those bibs and medals came down. They were packed away in a box and shipped to the island. With no clear display area, that box got shoved under the bed. That looked like this.

Medals in a box

Fast forward to last month, when Pat gave me a medal display rack for Christmas. Hooray! I had always wanted one of those! We set it up last weekend, and I pulled out my box of medals for display. Only as I started to unpack them, something seemed… off.

Some of the medals were discolored, somehow? The metal had corroded. But the box had been closed the whole time! Sure, Puerto Rico is humid, but not that humid, and anyway it was only about a quarter of them, not all. What the heck happened?

I had almost finished putting all the medals on the hooks when I got a whiff. A very distinctive whiff. If you have a cat, you know the whiff I mean. To me, it smells almost like something burning. Ammonia.


My stupid cat climbed under the bed and PEED ON MY MEDAL BOX.

In the immortal words of Charlie Brown: AUUUUUGH!!!!!

Cat pee medals

So. Cool. Cool cool cool cool cool. Cool! 

I mean, it’s okay. It’s just medals. Only a handful of them, even. And I think I can clean ’em up. I’m going to start by simply soaking them in water and then go from there. The ribbons on most can be readily removed and soaked as well. It’s gonna be okay.

But not exactly how I envisioned the triumphant return of my medal display, y’know?

Nevertheless, it’s the display I have. It looks like this.

Medal display

It might be a little overloaded. I should probably get another one. Two or three. Several.

I’ll tell you what I should not do, though. I should not store any more medals under the bed!

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In Which Jenn Has More Medals Than Ever Before

A great honor was recently bestowed upon me. LOOK WHO LIKED MY TWEET!

Yes, one flippant comment about the past and you, too, can be best friends with Bart Yasso. (Clearly we’re BFFs now, right, Bart? Can I call you Bart?) Incidentally, here’s what my cubicle wall looks like now:

<Roy Scheider voice>We’re gonna need a bigger wall.</Roy Scheider voice>

Where do you keep your medals? Can your coworkers see them? Do they therefore regard you with a mixture of awed wonder that you don’t feel you fully warrant and an irrational fear that you might try to make them run too?

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: 8/19

Hi guys! Still me for the time being, I’m afraid. Moon’s mom is still having medical issues so I’m holding down the fort. She does tell me she managed to sneak in a 1.25 mile run, so girl is keeping it going. Send good vibes her way! 🙂

Okay, let’s see. My training this week went fine, except for the part where I flew off the treadmill, but really that was fine too. Although now I’m kicking myself for not titling that post “You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly Off the Treadmill.” Wasted opportunity!

It’s been unseasonably cool in the DC area, and while I always have trouble letting go of summer warmth I must admit it does make running easier. I’m actually rather excited to see if I can improve my times in inverse proportion to the temperature. Maybe I can learn to love autumn? (Answer: no.)

Let’s see, what else? Music! One of the songs I unexpectedly found rather enjoyably distracting this week was “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid. Y’know, when I was a little kid I was afraid of Ursula, but I now consider her to be pretty much the best part of the movie. I’ve noticed that shift in a lot of Disney movies – Scar? AWESOME. Cruella deVille? HILARIOUS. Gaston? As a specimen, yes, he’s intimidating, but he makes me laugh all the same. Plus they seem to get all the best songs. Has anyone else experienced this change of heart?

And DON’T underestimate the importance of body language.

Related bragging point: I once saw a production of Thornton Wilder’s amazing play Our Town wherein Ursula voice actress Pat Carroll played the Stage Manager. Life highlight!

But back to the whole runDisney thing: I encountered something I found a bit odd the other day while surfing eBay; I decided to search “Princess Half Marathon 2013” just to see if any t-shirts or what have you popped up. I didn’t see anything I wanted, but I did find quite a few medals for sale. The only reason I can think of why one would reasonably wish to purchase a medal would be that one had lost their own. Do people actually buy medals for races they haven’t run? If so, that’s just silly!

Hopefully Moon will be back soon, but if it turns out you’re stuck with me much longer I at least have some reviews lined up for you, including Clif shots, Honey Stinger chews, and some legitimately tasty coconut water.

Blog roundup, take us out!

The Runner’s Guide to WDW and Half Crazy Mama have recaps of the D23 fun run for you.
– Just Me and My Running Shoes offers a rundown of the various meetups going on at the Disneyland Half Marathon.
Betsy of On the Go in MCO shows us that being DFL is ultimately a story of success!
Back at Square Zero has started a great discussion on whether or not marathons should be more exclusive. Weigh in!
Over at Through Heather’s Looking Glass you can get some great first-timer tips on running the Disneyland Half.
Elbowglitter discusses the implications of being a larger runner/triathlete.
– And finally, on the purely Disney parks tip, Nerds in Wonderland offers first impressions of MyMagic+.

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 See ya real soon!