In Which Jenn Lives In Puerto Rico Now

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¡Qué sorpresa! I moved to Puerto Rico!
Yep, Pat got a job here and after much planning and packing and a very traumatic plane ride for the kitties, we are now San Juan locals. Luckily we had an assist from the federal government (and how often can you say that these days?).
Obviously this will have reverberating life consequences. I need to properly learn Spanish, for one – no me recuerdo mucho español de mi escuela. I’m also going to have learn to drive LIKE A MANIAC. And while I’m teleworking with my old job for now, I may ultimately need to find something new.
As far as this blog is concerned, well, I’m still running! Just morning 5Ks so far – I need to get used to the heat and the neighborhood. I hope to get a hold of a treadmill at some point to help with the really long runs.
Now comes the sad part. Since life and livelihood are still up in the air at this point, I can’t do any runDisney halves this year. Pour one out for that MAJOR bummer. Thank God I already asked my parents to subsidize a WDW Marathon trip as my Christmas/birthday present this year – you know I can’t live without that one!
So that’s what’s up! On the off chance you’re interested, Pat and I have put together a little blog about our Puerto Rico trip. The idea is to keep our friends and family apprised of our doings, but we’re all friends, right? Check it out! losdulanys.com
In the meantime, keep checking back weekly. I still love running and Disney and I still love writing about them!
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The Fairest Week In Review (Of Sorts): 3/27

Oh boy. Okay. I’m in the middle of a pretty big move (more on that next week), and like 90% of my stuff is gone and I’m sitting on an air mattress nervously eyeing two cats who are currently sleeping angelically but THEY BETTER NOT PULL OUT THEIR CLAWS.

Please observing paws containing dainty claws.

Also while I was sweeping the apartment for inspection I got a bunch of dust in my lungs and it triggered some mildly asthma which really wasn’t too terrible except it gave me a cough that made it SUPER hard to sleep and most of my blankets are also gone with my stuff so I was soooo colllld and therefore I am kind of loopy and exhausted right now.

Also I still haven’t figured out a replacement workout tracker now that Daily Mile is gone and while I have it in my GPS watch I’m not, like 100% sure what happened but I can tell you I’m pretty sure I did, um, I want to say a 3 miler, a 7 miler, and two 5 milers last week and went to ballet twice.

Sorry this is such a weird week in review installment! I promise to get it together shortly. In the meantime, allow the roundup to introduce you to some much less whackadoodle bloggers. A lot of food posts this week; everyone likes those:

The Main Street Gazette examines DAK’s Harambe Market
– … while Disney In Your Day reviews the food.
This Fairy Tale Life has the lowdown on this year’s DCA Food & Wine Festival.
easyWDW reviews Jaleo in a way that makes it sound way better than my local Jaleo. My local Jaleo is, like, okay. But also very soon not my local Jaleo anymore, so, hmmm.
The Disney Tourist Blog takes the rare opportunity to dine at Aunt Polly’s.
Living A Disney Life dines at Skipper Canteen.

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In Which Moon Makes Her Move

GUYS GUYS GUYS you’ll never guess who we’re welcoming back today! MOON IS HERE!

Hellooo!

I’ve been off the map for a long time! In the event that anyone is interested in my life pertaining to running these past months, I’m sad to say that I’ve fallen out of my routine.

Routines are so nice. Structure is so nice. Since 2009, I’ve worked really hard to establish a running routine. I’ve had some minor upsets, but I don’t think I’ve ever gone as long as I have this past year without running. Now that it’s been so long since I’ve adhered to a routine, I can say with all the confidence: starting a new one sucks.

The move to Boston was hard. Reflecting on my decisions to move and start everything anew, I am now firmly of the opinion that perhaps I was too audacious in my resolve. I considered all the things I knew would happen: having to find a new job, leaving friends and family behind, living in a place I didn’t particularly like, etc. I didn’t, however, think of the things that could have happened. You know, such has my kitten becoming very ill while I was in Korea. Ferrang contracted FIP (maybe he was born with it, we aren’t sure), and when you’re faced with so much life at once, the metaphorical gravity of literally flying around the earth and having no place to be really does things to you. We flew home early and thankfully had some precious time with him, but the day after he passed away, we were driving in a van full of miscellaneous stuff and my cat Hoodoo on my lap, up to Boston.

Since landing in Boston there have been a few attempts to start running again. Weather (I say this almost in passing, but ugggghh, the weather) and mood were the culprits for upsetting any new routine. Depression comes from all sorts of places, but I’ve definitely been in a multi-level funk for at least the past year. Though, I think I’m finally getting to a place where I can balance my life again. That’s what I hope for, anyway (I dream of the days when I had my treadmill and the park behind Elizabeth‘s house).

Running was a really empowering element to my existence. It was the result and reflection of balance in my life. It took a lot of maintenance, but it truly made me feel happy, calm(er?), and confident. Falling away from that felt like I had failed somehow. So, now I’m just trying to find that happy balance of psyche so I can run happily again.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost been a year since we started our move up here, so we are actually going to be moving yet again! I’m hoping this is the catalyst for Re-start of Life No. 2. I’m currently searching for a kitten to adopt to keep Hoodoo company. Looking for a place with a gym. Took my running clothes out of boxes. Waiting for spring.

Wishing everyone health and happiness!

At the 2015 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler.


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The Fairest Week In Review: 3/24

JENN: Happy Marine Corps Marathon Lottery Entry Opening Day! May we all make it!

In less potentially fun news…

MOON: My boyfriend was placed in a hospital (as a doctor, not a patient, at least) so I’m moving to Boston. ;-;

JENN: Which is sad because WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT CLOSE MOON PROXIMITY?

But then of course I hear Boston’s pretty cool. They have that marathon that’s supposed to be good.

MOON: I’m sorry, but all positive things about the city are out of my reach right now. I’m bummed. Super bummed.

JENN: You won’t be that far! I’ll visit you!

MOON: I only live 45 minutes from most people now and I never see them. >_>

JENN: True. So we’ll be BETTER about visiting because it’ll be an event!

MOON: No job, crappy apartment, cold. This is my life to be.

JENN: Noooo. You’ll be great! Think of all the new places you can run! And of course you can always run straight through any troubles you may encounter. That’s the road racer way!

MOON: ;.;

JENN: Have you been running at all?

MOON: Minimally.

JENN: Hey, that’s better than nothing!

MOON: I keep telling myself that.

JENN: It’ll be okay, I promise. We’ll pick a race to do together someplace warm. It doesn’t even have to be a runDisney race if you don’t want to. 😉

MOON: Okay. 🙂

JENN: All right, everybody, let’s cheer Moon up. Have you been to Boston? Are you from Boston? What makes Boston awesome?!

In other cheerier thoughts, it’s roundup time.

Just Me & My Running Shoes walks us through deferring a runDisney race.
Why I Run Disney ran a race through a different park – Knott’s Berry Farm.
Pink Elephant on Parade can help you plan your runDisney trip.
Fairytales & Fitness wears race shirts WHENEVER, thank you.
Teacups & Turkey Legs hits a bunch of Epcot Flower & Garden Festival food kiosks.
Rolling with the Magic offers a great summary of wheelchair access at Disney parks.
This Fairytale Life highlights an adorable Kate Spade Minnie Mouse collection I can’t afford.
WDW for Grownups lists what’s best at WDW.
The Disney Tourist Blog knows how to pack for the parks. (Step one: insert cat.)
easyWDW shows that even the Fuhrer is excited for DAK’s new offerings

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 Is Sick As A Dog, Probably

Oh my God, guys. What a mess.

No, no. That’s needlessly melodramatic. Everything’s fine. I’m fine. I’m just a) sick as a dog assuming a dog is just sick enough to be miserable but not sick enough to get out of anything and b) stressed because c) I’m in the final throes of moving and ACK GOTTA GET ALL MY STUFF OUT GOTTA CLEAN FOR INSPECTION HELP HELP HELP.

So. Yeah. Hence “Giveaway Week” turning into “Giveaway Day.” But never fear! I still have that other giveaway in the chute and will chuck it at your faces next week. In the meantime, don’t forget to enter my Soapbox Soaps giveaway – deadline is Tuesday at midnight!

Okay. Good. Yes. Jenn out. I will return to you next week, fully moved, hopefully not sick, and as corollary to that statement, able to run again. Happy weekend!

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: Just The Roundup Edition, 7/09

Hi! As you may know, Moon moved into a new apartment last week, and she’s still sorting through the wreckage that inevitably comes with transferring a boyfriend, cat, and all one’s possessions across town in the space of a few days. As such, we’re skipping the full week in review experience for this week and heading straight for the roundup. Don’t worry, these guys’ll keep you company!

Running Through the Castle ponders DFL.
– Need to work out in the Valley of silence? Peanut Butter Fingers has got you covered.
Theme Park Insider has an interesting take on Disney parks’ spending habits.
ZannaLand is not too sure about the state of DHS.
The Affordable Mouse offers Disneyland tips for WDW people.
Will Run for Ears is be’s our guest.
The Disney Tourist Blog gets into the Top of the World Lounge and eats cake.
Eating WDW eats delicious curry popcorn at DAK and I want it.
This Happy Place Blog shuffles off this blogger coil. Sniff. (Bed Buddy, you can guest post here any time! :D)

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: 6/30

JENN: Did you get any runs in last week?

MOON: Nope. But this is my LAST week of no running. Next Sunday I’ll be a gym member again. Super excited. How were your runs this week?

JENN: They were perfectly okay but nothing inspiring. I got done what I wanted done – including a 4+ miles speed run on Friday – but there was none of the proverbial pep in my step. Ah well – status quo is better than nothing at all!

MOON: Mmhmm! Doing better than me. XD

JENN: Awww. Well, you’re doing exciting life things!

MOON: Haha, I supposeeeeee. I miss running, though. Ah, well. One more week!! Must finish packing. Our apartment is filled with boxes and yet it seems we’ve packed nothing!

JENN: Just a note: the Princess Half Marathon goes on sale in a couple weeks. 😀 The WDW Marathon is still at 78% full. Just things to ponder.

MOON: I’ll have to look at the financial aspect, but maaaaaybe.

JENN: Awesome! I’ll keep you updated. ☺

And now: the roundup!

Prairie Princess Runners finds inspiration at every age.
Back at Square Zero looks at what has made her faster.
Theme Park Insider says a final goodbye to the Adventurer’s Club. Kungaloosh!
Living A Disney Life understand that WDW breakfast = sugar.
The Disney Tourist Blog has a nifty look at Tanabata Days at Tokyo Disneyland.
– If you ever wanted to know what the food is like on a Disney cruise, easyWDW has you covered.

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: 3/31

JENN: How was your week? Did you run at all?

MOON: Ja! I had two pretty good runs and yesterday I experienced a slow, excruciating run.

JENN: Oh, those are always good times. Outside or on the treadmill?

MOON: Ha, treadmill. The weather still plays with us.

JENN: So it does. I demand 60 degrees morning minimum or nice outdoor dice.

MOON: If the weather is still stupid by Cherry Blossom Run, I will be the saddest runner there. I mean, it SNOWED on Saturday.

JENN: Did it? Missed that. But it was certainly cold. It can’t possibly be worse than the WDW 5K – it was 37 degrees.

MOON: You’re more south than me, I was in Baltimore. I’ve begun the moving process once again…

JENN: Oh, right right!

MOON: I’ll be moving (the cat and I) the week leading up to the race. I must admit I’m a bit worried about training and stress.

JENN: It’s only ten miles, though – you’ve got this!

MOON: Yes, but my first outdoor run is always bllleeehhh. Andddddd, I have no access to a treadmill for a week.

JENN: Ah, yes. So hopefully it’ll be mild enough for outdoor running!

MOON: I hope so. I also hope my cat doesn’t kill me in my sleep. She’s a nervous lady and I think living with Christian permanently is going to be quite a change for her. Her version of adjusting last time was crying all morning and not pooping for four days >_>… Cats. Am I right?

JENN: You are indeed correct.

Yup.

MOON: You ready for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler?! Team Tigerz, wot!

JENN: I am! I actually got my full 30 miles in last week AND I got new sneakers! (More on the latter later.) I’m going to do a slightly taper just so my legs are fresher but since ten miles is a standard distance for me I’m not too worried.

MOON: Standard distance for me is 5, so I’m working my way up there. Tonight or tomorrow I’m going to do a 10-mile run to see how it goes. Yesterday I’m going to blame my terrible run on tiredness.

JENN: Makes sense to me. Shake it out!

Roundup takes us home.

We Run Disney is philosophical.
RAD Living has exciting news!
Through Heather’s Looking Glass ponders the causes of injuries.
Just Me & My Running Shoes shares secrets for running a sub-2 hour half.
A Pinch of Pixie Dust enjoys the Kitchen Sink.
Main Street Gazette splurges on a Beachcomber shack.
Sparkly Ever After makes the cutest WDW countdown board.

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!