In Which Jenn Flips Out Over Magic Bands & Makes A Disney Playlist

Is Carol Anne so wisely said in Poltergeist: THEY’RE HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE.

Do Spanish-speaking families receive a box that says ‘increible’?

Hello, precious. Hello.

I got home from ballet last night, saw the box on the kitchen counter, and squeaked to such a tremendous degree that my roommate came in to find out what was inside. And then she humored me admirably when I showed her my plastic bracelets.

But guys, seriously – I am SO EXCITED because that means MY DAY IS COMING. Twenty-seven days. Twenty-seven days until I am showing my mom around Walt Disney World!

And in honor of this trip, my mother’s first foray into this largely unknown world since 1998, I burned her two CDs. One is the amazing Julie Andrews Selects Her Favorite Disney Songs, because that had a lot of songs from movies from my mom’s childhood and also Julie Andrews is the greatest human being who ever lived. (Find that one on Amazon here.)

The other is a mixed CD of music that I think will be relevant to the theme park experience. None of the ride or show soundtracks, mind you, because as much as they make me nostalgically happy, I think it’s best to experience them fresh for the first time in the parks. Instead, this burned CD features music that pops up a lot in those soundtracks, things you’ll hear in Wishes or Fantasmic or Festival of the Lion King. Basically it’s everything I ever watched when I was a kid, so she knows most of these songs too; I’m just giving her a refresher. Here’s what I’ve got:

  1. “Beauty and the Beast” from – wait for it – Beauty and the Beast
  2. “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid
  3. “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid
  4. “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid
  5. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid
  6. “A Whole New World” from Aladdin
  7. “Go the Distance” from Hercules
  8. “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King
  9. “Be Prepared” from The Lion King
  10. “Hakuna Matata” from The Lion King
  11. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King
  12. “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from my beloved Mulan
  13. “Just Around the Riverbend” from Pocahontas
  14. “Savages” from Pocahontas
  15. “The Bells of Notre Dame” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Well, whaddya think? Did I leave out anything vital to the proper Disney park experience?

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.com. See ya real soon!

Music + Running: When Headphones & Sneakers Do Not Entertain a Happy Marriage

No doubt you’re sick of Jenn prattling on, so for a change of pace, here’s a solo Moon post! Yay!

Hey gang!

I’m venturing on a new series, here. Hopefully this narrative will get more interesting as we push forward, but bear with me for a bit. But, before I get too preachy, how about revealing what the series actually is.

Music and Running

Let me preface with the admission that I use the term “running” loosely. I know there are many serious runners for and against listening to music while running. Perhaps we can tackle this debate at a later time, but for now let’s entertain the idea that music is a significant part of the running experience.

I must admit that I consider myself first and foremost a musician. I spend minutes, hours, and days thinking about sonic analysis. Considering form, influence, tone, harmony, historical context, etc. of any musical work gets me up in the morning (quite literally. I wake up to my phone radio in the morning). At the same time, in a perfect world I will follow my morning musical ritual with a run. For me this is a seamless balance. There is nothing more soothing that a steady (however elevated) heartbeat and something to ponder while I am keeping a steady pace.

Okay. Here is the plan. Every so often I will tackle a topic within the broad sphere of “music and running.” Today I’m going to go easy. Today is all about when music and running don’t match so well. And what better way to present this than an embarrassing story of pain and failure (I’m sure you’re all loving my stories so far).

The scene: Music room. New treadmill. Full to the max with running ambition. I spent many hours in the room nearly ripping my hair out practicing, studying, memorizing. My parents had just received a piano from a friend and they thought I would really like a real piano. And you know, I would have… Had the piano been in any sort of shape to be played. This thing was awful. It must have been sitting outside in the elements, being rained on by the tears of the gods for the past 500 years with no tuning or maintenance. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there.

The piano was right behind the treadmill, that’s the point. The debate before setting off was what to listen to. The age old question that delays most runs for at least ten minutes. This day I was feeling particularly romantic and at ease, so I thought what better than Chopin. If you haven’t heard any of these beautiful piano pieces, take a listen.

I absolutely adore Chopin’s nocturnes. So, on goes the Nocturnes. Everything was going steady for a while, but if you’ve ever spent an afternoon listening to Chopin you know that the state of dreaminess eventually sets in. This is all fine and good while on a picnic, reading a book, going for a walk even. Probably not best for running.

Because I became so relaxed and calm that I dozed off.

Annnnd propelled right into the piano. Talk about irony. So, let’s just say I do not listen to Chopin while running anymore. Although, if any of you have seen the Showtime program Dexter then you probably know that Deborah frequently listened to Chopin while running on the treadmill because her man-crush Special Agent Frank Lundy impressed upon her the beauty of Chopin. It worked for her. If only we could all be so lucky.

This man has no interest in your athletic well-being.

Which begs the question: What songs are NOT on your running list?


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.com. See ya real soon!

The Fairest Week in Review: 8/5

JENN:  Recap! How was your workout week?

MOON:  I am sad now that most of my running is back indoors, but other than that my week was good! Nothing too big to report. How was yours?

JENN: I did okay. I got all my mileage out of the way in an acceptable fashion but didn’t accomplish anything remarka – WAIT A MINUTE.

Almost forgot because it was last Monday, but I did 13.1 miles in 2 hours 11 minutes. One minute away from my official goal! Six minutes from my unofficial pie in the sky goal.

MOON: Yay! Congratulations!! You’ll get there. 🙂

JENN: Well, we’ve got some time until the Tinker Bell Half to work on it. 😀

MOON:
I will need lots of time… So, what’s been on your iPod this week?

JENN:  I am continuing my crusade to become the world’s most behind-the-times retro twenty-something and jonesing on The Temptations’ “I Can’t Get Next to You.” It’s awesome. Oh, and Flogging Molly’s “Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon.” What can I say; I appreciate being told I’ve never looked so good.

MOON: You looked good on the treadmill this afternoon. *wiiiink*

JENN: Ha!

MOON: My musical week has been a bit of a let down.

JENN: Ugh, a slow music week sucks.

MOON: I’m getting tired of my usual regiment of songs and for some reason I really want to listen to Chopin and Debussy, but I can’t really jog to that.

A cautionary tale: When I first started running I used to listen to Chopin a lot. I had just gotten a treadmill and it was in the music room. We placed it in a corner and it was lined up with the piano. So, I was jogging and I got a little swept away by the music and somehow I just lost my jogging rhythm, so what happened? I was propelled off the treadmill and into the piano.

Moon attracts pianos wherever she goes.

JENN: You were just misled by Dexter’s sister. She seemed to think Chopin is great for jogging.

MOON: I am proud to say that I started before Lundy got knocked off. I guess it was all predestined to go down that way. Anyway, I need some new music!

JENN: We are, as always, taking suggestions!

Meanwhile, back at the Tri Circle D Ranch:

Sarah at Eating WDW discusses the Summer Honey Ale at Big River Grill & Brewing Works and in so doing informs me that the Rock Bottom pub down the street from my apartment is run by the same company and stocks the same beer. YES. Guess what I was drinking Friday night? I do love a little World at home…
Food Fitness Fantasy is celebrating its first birthday. Congratulations are in order!
Half Crazy Mama reminds us about the bib rules according to runDisney.
Kristy Runs Kato has started a runDisney blog hop!
Find ways to deal with runner burnout with Running Toward the Prize.
Dad runsDisney discusses runner superstitions.
I Run for Wine is giving away great cooling products from EnduraCool.
– Learn about the new special diets information kiosk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom from Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free at WDW, The Disney Food Blog, and the official Disney Parks blog. Never hurts to have multiple perspectives!

Annnnnnd scene. See you tomorrow!

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.com. See ya real soon!

The Fairest Week in Review: 7/29

JENN: Okay, here’s my first report for the week: the running skirt I bought last week was a bust. I tried it on and it fit really comfortably, which should’ve been the first red flag. Since the undershorts weren’t gripping my thighs with deathly force, they naturally rode up as soon as I started to run.

MOON: I figured they would probably ride up too much for running.

JENN: It’s not a total loss, since it was only fourteen bucks and it’s always useful to have a skirt with undershorts for picnics and other sitting-down endeavors, but as a running accoutrement: no good. Ah well. Back to the drawing board!

MOON: How was training this week?

JENN: Right! The actual running thing! It was decent. I got some long-ish runs in with okay times. I’m a little concerned that my right knee has started bugging me when it always used to be my left, so I’m giving myself an extra day off and just walking tomorrow. Hopefully that’ll take care of things.

MOON: A break will probably do you some good. I hope your knee feels better soon!

JENN: How about you?

MOON: So, this week I have been mostly in Delaware at the beach. I have done all of my running outside and I must say that it has been the best running week I’ve had since I moved to Baltimore (and had to do a lot of running inside).

JENN: Yay!

MOON: I’m convinced it is the R&R, but my speed and distance improved. I coerced [our friend and Moon’s roommate] Andrew into taking a walk that was over 3 miles (he will be ready for 5k in no time!).

And here is the best part: Yesterday I went for a swift 5 mile run. It was around 2:30PM and rather hot. The sun was out full force with no shade, but this was all part of the plan… because when I finished my route, I ran into the ocean!

JENN: Niiiiiice!

MOON: The water has been quite cold all week and I haven’t really been in much, so I figured the only way for me to get in was to just go for it.. and to do that I needed to be really hot, so there you go. I recommend this to all runners; it was pretty glorious.

JENN: I think runDisney should arrange for a GIANT swimming pool at the end of the course. And then the finish line is six inches in front of the edge. Maybe they can alter the course so that it ends in Typhoon Lagoon’s wave pool.

Preferred race end (parfait optional).

MOON: Hahaha, I second!

JENN: What songs accompanied you on this glorious run?

MOON: I am still listening to Wild Beasts; nothing new there! What about you?

JENN: Plumbing the depths of my Flogging Molly collection. “Factory Girls” is pretty good.

MOON: I haven’t listened to them for years. I should get that album out.

JENN: Another Bag of Bricks” is my favorite. I break it out whenever I need a speed boost!

They opened with “Another Bag of Bricks”! IT WAS AWESOME.

By the bye, if anyone has any running song suggestions, we’d certainly be happy to hear ’em. Always good to have new material in rotation.

And now for a humble collection of noteworthy blog posts:

Katherine of Food Fitness Fantasy discusses our home away from home, Pop Century. Ask for a room in the ’60s building!
Did you know that Disney Legend Bob Gurr blogs for MiceChat?! I didn’t! Did you know that the ’50s rocked? I did!
Sarah of Gluten-Free & Dairy Free at WDW is starting her own runDisney journey! Go encourage her!
MousePlanet has another great runDisney article, this one about running on a budget. Never hurts to have more advice on the fiscal front, no?
Sarah of RAD Living talks hydration. Especially important with the temperatures we’ve been experiencing of late.
Learn about the eight different types of runs with Carrots ‘n Cake.

That does it for today – see you back here tomorrow for more of the usual awesomeness! (Really, this is the week we’ll be awesome. I can feel it.)

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.com. See ya real soon!

The Fairest Week in Review: 7/22

JENN: Wanna do our weekly?

MOON: Sure!

JENN: Then let’s hit it! How’d your training go this week?

MOON: Rather well, actually. I jogged indoors, outdoors, got through a minor ankle issue, and tried an intense elliptical workout.

JENN: Ankle okay now?

MOON: It’s getting there. I honestly don’t know what I did to offend it. How was your week? I know you were in San Francisco and weren’t feeling so well…

JENN: I had a pretty off week. I got my mileage in, but I never really found a groove. I was tired every time. I’m kinda bummed about it – the gym had glass windows looking out thirty-five stories above San Francisco, and as much as I wasn’t thrilled by the city it was a great view. I just couldn’t quite find my footing, as it were.

Maybe the explanation is as simply as a three hour time zone shift. Although I hope not, because if that’s the case, there goes my performance in the Tinker Bell Half…

MOON: Well, we will be excited and the course will be great, so don’t worry about that!

JENN: And the weather is bound to be beautiful! And we’ll have a whole day beforehand to rest.

MOON: You know, I’m sure it was just jet lag, stress from having to do work stuff along with fitting in your runs. and “airport sickness.” It’s a lot to pack into five days.

JENN: Airports always get me!

MOON: Me too!

JENN: I wasn’t really sick, but I feel like any time I spend a lot of time in airports I come out with just the slightest edge of what may or not be a cold. And I credit my escape from a full-blown cold to orange juice.

MOON: Mmmhmm.

Well, I’m glad you’re back! I’ve missed you. 

JENN:
Awww, I missed you too! I got a running skirt on sale for $14 at Target today. We should go for a run so I can try it out! It’s got light green accents, so it would be perfect for the Tinker Bell Half.

Jenn’s new skirt (credit Target.com)

MOON: Cute! That sounds good to me.

JENN: We’ll need to talk Tink outfits at some point in the future!

MOON: Haha, okay!

I’ll be running mostly outside this week because I’m at the shore except for Monday and Tuesday. I’m hoping to improve my time AND distance this week. The route I have here is on a highway, basically. It’s really hot, humid, and boring. If I can make it through this I can do anything.

JENN: You should definitely take some pictures if you go for a picturesque run. Any good songs on your playlist?

MOON: It’s the same band as last week, but I especially liked “We Still Got the Taste of Dancing on Our Tongues” by Wild Beasts. Some pretty impressive falsetto. You?

JENN: I’ve been enjoying Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere.” Seems a very running sort of song. I’m not usually a country kind of girl, but Johnny Cash isn’t country, nor is he anything else. He is simply Johnny Cash. And Johnny Cash is a great musical genre.

MOON: I think JC would be great for long runs.

JENN: He’s got a steady beat.

I also had a Moon sort of moment yesterday. See, Moon is always ferreting out exciting new music before anyone else.

One of the songs I was going to mention today is “Beast” by Nico Vega. The lyric “We’re not going down like this” really works for me sometimes when I need a push. I THOUGHT I had discovered it through the trailer to BioShock: Infinite.

Then yesterday the old iPod I keep in my car was dead, so I turned on the radio. What comes on but “Beast.” And I was all, BUT THAT’S MINE! Very hipsterish of me, I’m sure. 😉

MOON: Haha, letting your inner hipster out.

JENN: I remember when you were all upset that the radio found Finger Eleven.

MOON: Oh MAN, that was like… high school!

JENN: And then you started listening to Anberlin, so WE started listening to Anerblin, and then the radio started playing Anberlin something like three YEARS later, and we all responded with a collective “…?”

MOON: I’d like to think my taste has become a bit more refined. 😉 By the way, if anyone is interested in playlists, shoot me an email. Let me know what kind of music you like and I’ll try to put something together for you!

JENN: Me! I want one!

But hey, sometimes the best running songs aren’t even GOOD, technically – they just keep you moving. That’s why I let Ke$ha songs pop up now again. There. Now I’m officially the most embarrassing!

Although in my defense, the Ke$ha thing is Star Trek‘s fault, so I came to it in the nerdiest way possible.

And now that I’ve thoroughly discredited myself, here are some running/Disney blog posts from around these fanciful internets!

– Our friend Andrew sent us a great The Oatmeal comic about running. We’ll make you run a 5K with us yet, Andrew!
– Moon will have a post tomorrow about diet and nutrition, but in the meantime, if you’re Paleo, Eat Sleep Run Disney has some great recipes for you. I must try the mug cake!
Over at Running at Disney, Sarah talks about her must-dos as a Disneyland newbie. We’ll be looking at Sleeping Beauty Castle for the first time ourselves in January for the Tinkerbell Half, so this is inspiration for us!
MousePlanet has a great series of articles on runDisney; the most recent discusses racing tips. It kinda freaks me out a little that I’ve been reading MousePlanet since 2005…
Organic running apparel company Raw Threads is holding a contest with the prize of a $200 gift card. I have one of their shirts and I love it!

I was a bit remiss in my blog reading last week, being at a conference and all. If you ever feel like you’ve found/written something awesome we simply must see, feel free to drop us a line or leave a comment!

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.com. See ya real soon!