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In Which Jenn PRs In The 10K Thanks To Southwest Airlines

Okay, I know we JUST did a post about a training run of mine and I generally try to mix it up, but I had the BEST run on Sunday – all thanks to Southwest Airlines. Naturally I simply must tell you about it. So here’s what happened: I was going to get up at 8am and run that week’s Rock ‘n Roll virtual 10k. However, a notification popped up on my phone as I was setting my alarm: I needed to check in for my flight home to Puerto Rico at 8:55am on the dot. (For those not familiar...

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Parks Half Marathon

In Which Jenn Swims The Parks Half Marathon

“It’s a biathlon,” said man behind me to his running companion around mile 4 of the Parks Half Marathon. “We’re swimming AND running!” Indeed. Not that any of us could be surprised – the forecast had called for rain on the day of the Parks Half Marathon for at least a week. It had rained the night before. When I woke up that morning, there was a steady stream raindrops coming down – but luckily nothing torrential.  So I slapped on a ballcap and a jacket, shoved my phone in a plastic sandwich bag, and headed out into the...

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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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WDW Marathon

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: The 2018 WDW Marathon

Mini trip report! Read all the posts in this report here. In the immortal words of Salieri: And then, a miracle! I love the WDW Marathon. Just thinking about it fills me with joy. But in the middle of the race I thought it might be my worst one yet… and then it ended up being my best marathon ever. Let’s talk about it! (Because you know I’m dying to.)  I woke up at the crack of 2:45am courtesy of the hotel wakeup call (which was Mickey again; I kinda missed Baymax). I dressed quickly and was out the door before...

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Parks Half Marathon

In Which Jenn Has An Excellent Parks Half Marathon

I didn’t mention this half much in advance of my running it, and here’s why: I didn’t want to jinx myself. I’ve gone into races with fanfare before, bellowing about how I was going to crush it, and wound up crushingly disappointed. Which is guess is tangentially related, but not really what I’m going for. Well, the Parks Half went great. But I don’t feel 100% good about it. Run with me. I woke up to a near perfect race day: morning lows in the mid-50s with a predicted high of the low 70s, meaning a brisk morning perfect...

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The Fairest Week In Review: 9/12

Greetings, friends! I come to you as the humble bearer of a brand new personal record in the half marathon. Hotcha! But more about that tomorrow. For now, let’s check in on the training log: Sunday | ran 5.54 miles outside in 60 minutes And then I saw Counting Crows and Matchbox 20 at Jiffy Lube Live! Gotta say, while I’m waaaay more of CC fan, MB20 had far superior showmanship. Rob Thomas knows how to present. Monday | ran 5.48 miles outside in 60 minutes Humid, but I wanted to front load my training at the beginning of...

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Marine Corps Marathon

In Which Jenn Has A Disappointing Marine Corps Marathon

I don’t know. Maybe I jinxed myself. But I can tell you exactly why I posted about my marathon PR bid during the Marine Corps Marathon last week: I thought for sure it was going to happen. Oh, no question. Hadn’t I trained better and harder? Hadn’t I carefully avoided injury? Hadn’t my 20 miler gone a million times better? Hadn’t I set myself for pre-race success, with several days of sports drinks and multiple alarms and a determination to run the whole bridge? I mean, last year was a laughable comedy of errors! This year HAD to be...

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Marine Corps Marathon

In Which Jenn Tackles Marathon #5 On Sunday

Okay. So. This Sunday is the Marine Corps Marathon. This is my third one, so I should not be nervous. I am not nervous. I am NOT nervous. I know I can do it. In fact, I feel more confident going in than I ever have before. Injuries? None! Training? Solid! 20 mile prep race? Not bad! Weather? Unusually warm which most people won’t like but I’m into it and no rain predicted so far! Course changes? May even trick me into a morale boost! I think, maybe, there might be a PR in it for me. Just maybe....

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In Which Jenn Is Ready To Kick Butt This Race Season

Here’s an interesting idea: I think I may be in a position to crush my race season this year. Okay, maybe crush is too strong. Squash? Cause to buckle? Apply a lot of pressure to? Anyway, I think I’m the best position I’ve been since my running career began. I made my summer productive; I got my training in. I hear the Navy-Air Force Half is pretty flat, and after my reasonably good performance in the ZOOMA Annapolis Half O’ Hills I almost wonder – is a PR afoot? And no more lackluster 14 miler to lead into my 20...

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Parks Half Marathon

In Which Jenn Recaps The Parks Half Marathon

I was standing under an eave watching the rain come down when Pat picked me up to take me to the Parks Half Marathon start line (have I ever mentioned that my boyfriend is the best ever?). This would seem an inauspicious beginning, I needn’t have feared – it was to be a perfect day for running. The Parks Half begins at the Metro station in Rockville, MD, about 15 traffic-free minutes away from where I live. It’s a small-ish affair, run by a county road running association, and there’s no big expo or anything. Still, it’s enough of...

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