The Fairest Week In Review: 10/10

Hello humans! I am pleased to announce that I finished up a long run on Sunday and that’s the last one of the training cycle. We’re tapering our way to the Marine Corps Marathon, baby!

Workout log is go:

Sunday | National Capital 20 Miler, official time of 3:27:52

Monday | 55 minute ballet class
A lil’ bit of knee pain popped up, but not nearly as bad as last time.

Tuesday | walked 2.1 miles outside in 35 minutes

Wednesday | walked 2.11 miles outside in 35 minutes

Thursday | walked 2.34 miles outside in 40 minutes; 55 minute ballet class

Friday | ran 5.43 miles outside in 55 minutes

Saturday | rest

The Marine Corps Marathon bearing down on us all can only mean one thing: Wine & Dine race weekend is just around the corner too. And I mean just: my Magic Bands have shipped and everything. Still waffling on whether to purchase a two-day park ticket now or wait until arrival… if only I could see the new pricing tables in advance! (HA.)

Pork butt.

And with that, I present to you: the roundup.


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In Which Jenn Recaps The 2018 National Capital 20 Miler

I have knocked out a fair number of 20 mile runs in my day as preparation for a marathon. Some have been treadmill runs; others were outside. But I can tell you with certainty there’s nothing like the serenity that comes from knowing that somebody else is in charge of providing your snacks and water.


Which is why I wound up at the start line of the National Capital 20 Miler for the third time, already with the knowledge that I was looking at a boring out-and-back course BUT also water stops and Clif Shots. A worthy trade if you ask me.

I rolled out of bed at 5:15am on Sunday morning, collected my running buddy Sarah, and drove over to the Carderock entrance of the C&O Canal Towpath. We arrived about an hour before start time, which gave us plenty of time to pick up our bibs and then chill in the car. I felt less silly about insisting on arriving so early when I saw how quickly the parking lot filled up, with latecomers parking in the woods and along the road.

After a quick bathroom break (in a real bathroom, no less; another point in this race’s favor) we took up position at the start line. Conditions were good, partly cloudy with temperatures rising from the high 50s to the low 60s, but recent rainfall promised some muddy portions.

A race announcer tried to yell something about detours prior to the start, but we were too far back to hear; we figured we’d just follow the runner in front and hope for the best. Unfortunately this distracted me from starting up my GPS watch until right before the race started, and I didn’t get a signal until about halfway through. Oh well! My split times would just have to be approximate.

Anyway, the race started and Sarah took off like a shot. Feeling more cautious about keeping a consistent pace across a whopping 20 miles, I settled into an easy jog, not making too much of an effort to go around people unless they were very slow.

We came upon our first detour, which sent us over a bridge and onto a makeshift and tragically muddy mulch trail. The soft ground slowed me down, but luckily it didn’t last too long and I was back on the regular C&O Canal path.


A few miles later there was an even weirder detour, which was a canvas semi-circle out onto the
canal itself. It was soggy and bouncy and made keeping your footing a challenge, but at least it was short.



A little after the mile 7 marker we started to see the front runners coming back down the trail… but also people with different bibs? Turns out there was a different race going on in the opposite direction on the same day. This wouldn’t have been so bad expect that around mile 8 we started encountering some pretty big puddles with narrow paths of comparative dry footing around them. Sometimes you were in competition with the other racers for the space, and I was nearly shoulder-checked on more than one occasion. Irritating but what can you do.

Finally I hit mile 10 and the turnaround point, where a lovely volunteer handed me a Clif Shot. I took a brief walk break to consume it before taking off again, this time toward the finish. That’s the one nice thing about an out-and-back – at least one you hit the and-back you can tell yourself that ever step carries you closer to home.

Around mile 5 I overheard a girl in front of me mentioning she needed to use the bathroom, which made me realize I needed to pee. Unfortunately I hadn’t encountered a single porta potty on the way up, which a) seemed like a huge oversight and b) meant there wouldn’t be one on the way back. Or so I thought. Just as I was beginning to scope out a place in the woods to hide I saw hidden porta potties across a bridge just before mile 13. You’d never see them on the way out without craning your neck to see around bend, but coming back they were plain as day, and I enjoyed sweet relief.

I also took this moment to pop in my headphones, and the combined pleasures of an empty bladder and uptempo music gave me a second wind. A little after mile 15 I gave myself the added boost of switching on the soundtrack to the Happily Ever After fireworks, and that beautiful musical creation galvanized me to such an extent I was passing people. Such is the incredible power of Disney.

So far, against all odds and historical precedent, I was coming up on mile 17 without having walking outside of the scope of a water/Clif Shot stop. Could I make it all the way? After a brief rendition of the IllumiNations soundtrack I went back to Happily Ever After for its miracle boost, and although the second hit is never as much of a high as your first it was enough to push me across the finish line in an official 3:27:52. This is like 15 minutes faster than last time, so I’m pretty darned pleased with myself.

Sarah had finished ahead of me, and we grabbed some snacks (they had a pretty good spread) and water before heading home. All in all a successful outing. Here’s hoping it’s a good omen for the Marine Corps Marathon!

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In Which Jenn Has A Much Better National Capital 20 Miler

It is only in a universe of comparison that I can say this, but as I do live in such I won’t hesitate: that was much better.

Last year my showing in the National Capital 20 Miler was, shall we say, not my best work. I was very slow. I walked a lot. I was in a fair amount of pain by the end. Chalk it up to not being used to trail running and general under-training or whatever you like. I got it done – but it wasn’t pretty.

But I signed up again this year for two reasons: 1) There’s nothing like running your twenty mile NOT on a treadmill, not looping endlessly around the same runnable portions of your neighborhood, and – this being my favorite part – with water/Gatorade stops built right in; 2) REDEMPTION RUN.

I talked about the course itself last year, and it is the same: 10 miles up the C&O Canal Towpath, 10 miles back the way you came, the end. So I won’t be diving too much into scenery and what have you. But I do want to discuss the unique experience of this particular event.

When I talk about the race with others, I describe it as “barely a race.” Not in the sense that you’re not really running (FAR FROM IT), but rather because the casual nature of the whole thing makes it feel like a training run that a couple hundred of people happen to be doing at the same time.

For starters, the whole thing is barely a 15 minutes’ drive from my house. That’s kind of unique to me, but most runners are coming from close by. So the first thing you do is get up at what feels like an almost reasonable time (5:15am in my case, but I could’ve slept in another half hour and been fine except I’m a paranoiac) and just driving straight to the starting line. Literally. Last year I accidentally parked in a satellite lot that required me to walk a bit, but this year I new better and was able to leave my car in a lot right next to the start.

Packet pickup is also 100% possible the morning of the race, and I availed myself of it before doing all your standard pre-race things: using the porta-potty, eating a snack, etc. I hung out in my warm car until about 5 minutes before race start.

The course is bib chip timed, but there’s no opening remarks, no fancy “start” or “finish” proscenium, and no corrals. It’s up to you to hang back or up front depending on how fast you think you’ll be (naturally I go for the back third). At 7am, they said go, and we crossed the start pad and went.

And I felt pretty good! Not great, but solid. I had a good rhythm going and enjoyed my music as I cruised along the remnants of the C&O canal. Not speedily, mind you – there’s something about the towpath that my body doesn’t love. At Navy-Air Force the week before I clocked under a 10 minute mile average for the whole thing, yet on the C&O trail I can’t seem to break 10:40 in a single mile. Ah well. At least this time I knew what to expect.

Important note about the trail, though: in addition to being slower (for me), it’s also a touch dangerous. There are large rocks everywhere, and the occasional hole for good measure. You could turn your ankle or worse if you’re not paying attention. I came down on a couple rocks wrong; luckily I have flexible ankles or things could’ve gone badly for me.

This race tends to attract the faster/more dedicated runners in the area, as I only finished ahead of a little over 60 runners out of just under 200. Which is why I always already seeing runners coming back toward me on their way back to the finish by mile 7. But I saw something weirder: people wearing completely different bibs. And then, just before the turnaround point, I saw the finish line – for a different race.

This race is also barely a race in that somehow other races are going on the the same time in the same area. No idea what their parameters were but I saw people wearing the other bibs going in both directions. Very weird and disconcerting.

This race is also barely a race in that the path isn’t closed to anyone. There are casual runners and hikers there too, and dog walkers. I love seeing the dogs, but you know that would never fly on most courses.

I also saw a guy biking verrrry slowly behind a race participant as her personal support bike. Adorable, but another thing that would be hard to pull off in most of your bigger races.

Anyway, I hit the turnaround point, grabbed some Gatorade, and plugged on secure in the knowledge that every step I took carried me closer to home. Naturally I was ready to be done by mile 11 but who isn’t, really. I saw fewer stragglers on the way to the turnaround point behind me this time; I think I saw my last one while I was on mile 12 and therefore they were on 8.

From then on it only got harder – but not nearly as hard as last year. Yes, I was slow, but I was plugging on! Thanks to the KT Tape Pro I had applied to both hips AND both knees, I was feeling no unusual discomfort! I only stopped for water stops! I never walked otherwise!

In the end I crossed the finish line with a time of 3:46, slower than what I could’ve accomplished on a treadmill, yes, but a full 9 minutes faster than last year. Not too shabby, all things considered. I think I can be so bold as to call myself redeemed, even.

There were bagels and fruit in the parking lot but I was ready to go home and shower more than anything else. I hopped in the car and was in my shower in under 30 minutes. Location, location, location.

Having exorcised the demon that was my first time in this race, would I do it again? Probably, yeah. Look, it’s long and boring and not at all speedy, but it’s convenient and a great way to basically have my 20 mile practice run done for me. If I’m not training for a marathon, I’d skip it, but any time I am, I’m inclined to add it in there so long as I remain in the neighborhood.

I’m really happy with the outcome not only as regards my performance, but also my body. I used my Nike Zoom Vomero 10s and taped all my problem areas – and came out feeling good. I’ve got some joint stiffness, but no stabbing, jolting, or otherwise unusual pains. I think I can use the same methods for MCM and feel a-okay.

Next up, the big one: THE MARINE CORPS MARATHON.

Have you ever been in a race and suddenly there was a different race on the same course? I must admit that one surprised me.

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 Finally Has A Race Schedule In Place

I’ve been putting this post off for quite a while due to chronic boredom. Not that I’m bored with running and racing, but rather my race schedule was boring. For some time my first planned race wasn’t until September. September. Ugh. What kind of runner can wait that long???

Well, the kind who didn’t enjoy last year’s Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and doesn’t want to brave the potentially perilous weather of March for Rock ‘n Roll anything. And more importantly, the kind of runner who is trying trying TRYING SO HARD to guard her wallet for once. (You’re still hurting me, Dopey.)

What changed, then, you ask? Well, yesterday this happened:

Race 1: ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon, June 4

From Dancing to Running posted something the other day about training for ZOOMA Annapolis and I was like “Annapolis say what now?” Do you know who lives in Annapolis? Elizabeth! Do you know who already have a pre-race sleepover and post-race breakfast plan in place? Me and Elizabeth! Not even the threat of an out-and-back could keep me from registering for this economically reasonable, friendshippity awesomeness of a race.

Pro tip: if you want to run this race, check for discount codes. I found lots of 10% off codes for various locations.

And now for the rest of my plans!

Race 1.5: Tessitura Network 5K, sometime in August

This year the conference is in DC, so I may or may not be staying in the conference hotel. If I’m not, there’s no way on earth I’m braving early morning Beltway traffic for a basic 5K. Nuh uh. Not on your life.

Race 2: Parks Half Marathon, September 11

I mean, it’s practically in my backyard. I can walk home from the finish, for crying out loud. I made my half marathon PR last year. How can I not?

Race 3: National Capital 20 Miler, September 25

Because I need a redemption run. Also, this acts as my 20-mile practice run for…

Race 4: Marine Corps Marathon, October 30

Assuming I make the lottery. But even if I don’t, I’m reasonably confident I can get a bib through the sanctioned bib transfer program. Anyone ever done this? I have discovered I find charity bibs too stressful.

Race 5: Wine & Dine Half Marathon, November 5

My wish list: for it not suffer cuts due to inclement weather. Really, for there not to be inclement weather. Other than that: I AM ALREADY EXCITED FOR FOOD. I MEAN THIS RACE. I MEAN FOOD. I MEAN WHAT???

Bonus Race 6: WDW Marathon, January 10

Peeking ahead a bit to 2017, I’m already planning on hitting up the WDW Marathon again, even if it means another weekend trip. I maaaaay do Goofy, but I’m still pondering. Once I have finished my ponder, I will share my thought process here, because I have a blog so I can tell you about the things happening in my brain whether you like it or not. HA!

There it is, friends: my 2016 race schedule. Not as robust as some schedules I’ve had in the past, but it’ll keep me going through the long runs of training. And that’s what racing is all about, no?

What’s your race schedule look like? Will I see you at any of the above?

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: 10/07

JENN: I’m gonna go make some tea; you tell me how your week in running has been.

MOON: It’s been rather uneventful. Last week was the gloomiest week in recent history. They were handing out sand bags because of the hurricane. o_O I thought about investing in a boat, even.

JENN: I hear running the track on cruise ships is good fun. Depending on how entrepreneurial you were planning on being with this purchase.

MOON: Ha, I’m not sure I can go that deep. I was thinking a kayak or something. Should Pratt St. go under.

Like this, only not in WDW, so WAY less awesome.

JENN: I guess all that rain would preclude running for those of use who are boatless. But wait, you have a treadmill now, right?

MOON: Oh, I do. I’m just stating the gloom in general. Even when I’m in the UK it’s not as gloomy and wet as it was last week.

JENN: Should be nicer next week, though! Running plans?

MOON: Hopefully straight through the city. 🙂 How was your week?

JENN: Eh, okay. Last week was largely about 20 Miler recovery – kinda slow with some replacement walks.

Looking ahead, I bought some new sneakers in BOTH styles this week so I plan to test them out on my final 13 miler before the Marine Corps Marathon.

MOON: My goodness. That is a full schedule. And new sneakers is awesome! What did you go with?

JENN: I got one of my pair of my current Nikes and one pair of my old standby Brooks Ravenna 6s; I’m thinking the former are for shorter runs and the latter are for longer.

MOON: Interesting. What do you find you need more in longer runs that the Nikes don’t provide?

JENN: Cushioning and support – my 20 Miler last week was pretty cruddy.

But never fear, we now turn our attention to better things: the roundup!

We Run Disney sympathizes with the Boston almosts.
The Run Streak ponders running fuel.
Elbowglitter makes a great point about bodies.
The Disney Hipsters know that the first day of vacation is the best day. I’m not alone!
The Main Street Gazette is also sad about recent Disney park price increases.
– Get used to lots of Disney food coverage while Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival is going on! This week we’ve got reports from On the Go in MCO and easyWDW, plus a bonus Disney mixology post from Capturing Magical Memories.

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!

In Which Jenn Recaps The National Capital 20 Miler

Remember how well my 20 mile practice run for the Marine Corps Marathon went last year? I did it in 3 hours and 33 minutes! Still, spending that kind of time on the treadmill wasn’t exactly my all time favorite thing, so for this year’s training I elected to sign up for the National Capital 20 Miler, a perfectly portioned and timed race along the C&O Canal. Based on last year’s time and my recently acquired PR for the half, I decided to shoot for 3:30. Pretty doable, right?

HA.
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
No.
Okay, so. This one kinda blew, guys. Like, Marine Corps 17.75K levels of suckage, only without all the hills to make sense of the suck. Maybe I didn’t fuel properly? Maybe I didn’t hydrate enough before the race? Maybe I didn’t taper enough? Or too much? SOMEBODY TELL ME.
Anyway. The race was conveniently located less than 15 minute’s drive for me, so I skipped the schlep to Arlington for advanced packet pickup in favor of doing morning-of. (This isn’t my usual preference but the time sink of driving to Arlington would’ve been considerable). Worked out fine – I, along with many others, got a little confused about the multiple parking lots, but we found a guy who knew what he was doing and followed him to the race start. I grabbed my bib, put my new tech shirt in my car, and set myself up for the run.

The race started pretty promptly at 7am and everyone crossed around the same time; there were no corrals since there were only a little over 100 runners. My main concern was not to go out too fast – say, keep it around 10:20, 10:30 or so. When I clocked my first mile at 11:01, I knew this was not going to be my day.
And it wasn’t. If I remember correctly my fastest mile was, I don’t know, 10:46? Not terrible from an objective standpoint, but compare to my Parks Half split times two weeks ago and you’ll see why I was not pleased. By mile 9 I had taken my first walk break, and I try not to do that outside water stations. By mile 12 I was hurting. By mile 14 my morale was really dipping. By mile 17 I was walking every third of a mile or so and NOT EVEN CARING. 
Also not great for the morale: the course was a true out and back. That is: run ten miles, turn around and go back the same way you came. Which meant that you got to watch all the people who were already at the turn around pass you by. And then you turn around yourself and you’re like I’VE ALREADY SEEN ALL THIS. Also, I KNOW EXACTLY HOW LONG UNTIL MY NEXT WATER STOP AND IT’S NOT FOR LIKE THREE MILES WHOSE GREAT IDEA WAS IT TO SPACE THEM OUT SO MUCH HUH???
It wasn’t all bad, though, I swear! Although the water stops were not as frequent as I would have liked, they did offer Clif Shots and orange wedges at I want to say three stops, which was great. And the scenery did have its good points, even if I had to look at it all twice. The C&O Canal has preserved some of the locks and lock station houses, and you could see the Potomac sometimes too. And regardless, at the end I had finished 20 miles! Yeah! Let taper time commence!
This is what a canal lock looks like when you run past it.

My race finish was lackluster – I crossed the time chip pad, grabbed some water, and went straight to my car and home. 3:54, guys. 3 friggin’ 54. Ugh. I was not happy.
Some of it may have been the stuff I mentioned above – I messed something up in my fuel or hydration or just ran too fast in the previous weeks – but I’m gonna have to place some of the blame on my sneakers. Guys, I think Road Runner Sports made a mistake putting me in neutral shoes. I hurt in all sorts of new ways during and after that race – my hips, the base of my spine, both knees, my ankles. In the Brooks Ravennas, my isolated knee pain went away, In my new Nikes, as adorable and well-fitting as they may be, I can’t seem to go past half marathon distance without incurring pain in a wide variety of areas. Not good. Not good.
My plan therefore is perhaps a bit risky, but I’m going to buy myself a pair of Ravenna 6s and see how they feel. Assuming nothing feels wrong, they’ll be my marathon shoes. Once Wine & Dine is behind me I’ll regroup, maybe do another fitting. We’ll see.
I’m thinking the 2016 National Capital 20 Miler might have to be a redemption run.
Let’s play Negative Nancy! What was your worst race ever?
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: 9/29

MOON: So! Tell me about your week in running.

JENN: My week was okay, I guess. I ran on the treadmill, then I ran in Ocean City, then I had the National Capital 20 Miler, which kinda blew but I’ll talk more about the later this week. You?

MOON: Well, I got lots of walking in? Still working a lot. Between three different jobs and then audition anxiety vicariously through my students, not much happened on the leisure side of life.

JENN: But the end is in sight, I hope?

MOON: Hah, I hope so? All my students made it into GT, that’s a relief!

JENN: Awesome!

I hear Elizabeth ran a 5K last week. I’m trying to get her to write me a recap, but in the interim: heard anything from her about how she did?

MOON: Ha, nope! That’s good, though! Yay, Liz! She did the Light House one, right?

JENN: Yup.

MOON: Lol, yeah, so it would have taken me longer to drive to that race than it would have to run it. Like, 4 times over. But wait, you were at the beach again?

JENN: Yup, just for a couple days. Very low key. Weather not great, really. But the view was nice, of course – never not awesome to look at the ocean!

Ahhh. Although this is NC. But you get the idea.

Also never not awesome: the roundup.

Back at Square Zero runs with buds.
Fairytales & Fitness calls for runners to chill.
Home is Where the Mouse Is explains the pitfalls of running for charity. I totally get the stress.
The Disney Tourist Blog assembles a runDisney packing list.
– More Disney food news! Day one of the Food & Wine Festival with easyWDW, Living WDW plays This Not That with Disney fooda special diets look at the Festival with Gluten & Dairy Free in WDW, and non-Festival Epcot food with the Disney Hipsters.

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!

In Which Jenn Has Her Race Calendar Planned For Real This Time

And now for another topic where you can ignore everything I said about it before. I’m talkin’ bout my race schedule! I’ve been alluding to it in bits and pieces over the past couple weeks, but now that it’s all settled I like having it all set out in one place. It looks so tidy, no?

1. Tessitura Network 5K, August 18 (I think). This went pretty well last year! Very low key affair but a nice little practice run. Especially since it’s in Orlando this year.

2. The Parks Half Marathon, September 13. Starts in my general backyard-ish area. Ends IN MY BACKYARD, assuming apartment buildings have backyards. What I’m trying to say here is that I can walk home from the finish line. Score!

3. National Capital 20 Miler, September 27. Getting my 20 mile practice run done for me in preparation for the…

4. Marine Corps Marathon, October 25. The return.

5. Wine & Dine Half Marathon, November 7. HELLO WALT DISNEY WORRRRRRLD! Please don’t rain on me quite so hard this time.

And that’s what I’ve got on my race calendar. Who will I see out on the course?!

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!

In Which Jenn’s MCM Training Is Practically Done For Her

Hey, so, know how I’m running the Marine Corps Marathon for the Diabetes Action Team? That’s ’cause I didn’t make the lottery, and that’s ’cause… I didn’t enter it.

See, I looked back over my training for last year’s MCM and found a sticking point in the 20 mile run. I just… didn’t feel like going through that training cycle. I did my 20 miler on the treadmill, which was actually fine for me. But I’m at a new gym now that would require restarting the treadmill like three times to get my mileage, and while that distinction is arbitrary I didn’t like the idea of all that pausing. And I certainly didn’t want to try to organize an outdoor 20 miler for myself, what with all the water and gels I’d have to haul with me. I hit a mental block regarding that fateful training day.

So I didn’t enter the lottery because I didn’t feel like putting in the work, more or less. But! Then I came across the National Capital 20 Miler, with a start line a mere 20 minute drive from my apartment. Rather than a training run I had to organize myself, this was a race – with water stops and port-a-potties at regular intervals and everything! I mean, it practically performed the training run for me… assuming, of course, I had a MCM bib. Which I did not.

Which brings me to the bit you already know: I’m running MCM through the Diabetes Action Team (and if you’re feeling hyper-generous at the moment I wouldn’t be sad if you threw a five spot at my donation page :D). The twenty mile practice run is one month before the marathon, so that’s all set. Awesome.

But wait! There’s more! I recently learned about the Parks Half Marathon, with a course that runs through the local parks in my area. This one starts one town away and ends within, max, a 15 minute walk from my apartment. AND it’s two weeks before the 20 miler, so great training for that. Pow!

Icing on the cake*: two weeks before the Parks Half, I’ll be spending the week at the beach. I do intend to run there but not a whole lot. Tapering: also done for me!

There you have it: my MCM training, provided by other people.

How carefully do you organize your race schedule?

* I hope there’s cake at the finish line.

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!