In Which Jenn Mourns More Lost runDisney Races

Annnnnnnnnnd there it is.

I was just about to sit down and type up a cute little post about my latest Disney dress, but NO – the universe had to go ahead and hit me where it hurts.

As you are more than likely aware, both Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and Princess Half Marathon Weekend are cancelled. To quote myself expressing my feelings on the matter:

Blarg. Blarg, I say!!!

I know, I know. It’s not the end of the world. But boy am I bummed all the same. The WDW Marathon is my favorite day of the ENTIRE YEAR. Hell, I would cite the 2018 version as the happiest day of my life so far. Losing it is a blow to my life force.

Ah, well. If they feel they have to cancel, that’s how it is. I’m sure runDisney did not make the decision lightly or happily. I am a little surprised they took out Princess at the same time, but I suppose the two races are indeed quite close together. I suppose it’s gonna save me some money, anyway.

Which is to say: I will definitely be requesting a refund. A) The prices for the virtual versions are exorbitant and B) I’m just not much of a virtual race girl. I value medals as physical reminders of a beloved experience, but medals for the sake of medals don’t do much for me. If they do for you, good! You find joy in many things and are doubtless an overall happier person than I am. But a virtual version isn’t gonna fly for me.

The only question in my mind at present is what to do as regards the WDW trips I had planned around those races. Should I go anyway? My first instinct is to say no – I’d rather reallocate those funds to trips that do include races. 

But on the other hand, I kept my Annual Pass because of those trips. If I don’t go on them, the pass’s value is significantly diminished. I could call Disney and see if they’d let me cancel my pass now even though the deadline is passed on the strength of this setback, but I doubt it’d get me that far.

Both of those trips also involve people who were suppose to share my room, so I’ll have to talk it over with them too.

Things to ponder.

Thank God I opted for my 2020 runDisney race registration strategy. I’m still holding out hope for Rivals weekend – and I’ll be ALL OVER Wine & Dine registration when it opens.

2020 really is the worst.

Are you also bummed? Or are you bummed too, also?

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In Which Jenn Is A Princess

Alrighty, let’s dive back in.

I’M A PRINCESS, EVERYBODY!
Yes, for the first time since my very first half marathon and runDisney event in 2013, I’m running the Princess Half Marathon. I outlined my thought process in this post, but basically I’m so afraid of 2021 race FOMO I’m willing to throw caution (and money) to the wind in order to mentally insure myself against potential cancellations. 
As I’ve said as recently as the last paragraph, I haven’t run the Princess Half since its 5th anniversary in 2013, so I’m woefully out of the loop as to what to expect. I’m pretty sure the course hasn’t changed, and I hear the expo is still a bit nuts, but I’m excited to see what princess characters are out and about. What else should I be looking forward to?
Incidentally, this was the first time I wound up in a virtual race registration queue in like two years. I did not like it. You guys going for challenge bibs and 10Ks and all that really popular stuff have nerves of steel.
Good luck to all those gunning for a bib when they drop to the public on Tuesday – fight for your own hand!
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The Fairest Week In Review: 2/28

Greetings, citizens! How’s it going? I’m currently riding the high of finding running capris on clearance for $10! They’re size small but they FIT ME by some miracle AND they have TWO side pockets AND they have a high waist which I find helps leggings stay up better AND man, it sure doesn’t take much to please a runner, does it?
Workout log: 

Sunday | ran 17.1 miles outside in 3:00
Great success!


Monday | rest

Tuesday | walked 2.07 miles outside in 35 minutes; 60 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 5.29 miles outside in 55 minutes; walked 2.45 miles outside in 40 minutes
This was day two of a freak warm snap. Temperatures were predicted to plummet the next day so I stacked my usual Thursday walk on top of my Wednesday run and enjoyed the weather.

Thursday | rest

Friday | ran 5.26 miles outside in 55 minutes

Saturday | 70 minute ballet class
Since I skipped Thursday.

Big ol’ shout out to everyone who completed the Princess Half last weekend. Oh so many years ago (5) it was my first half marathon, my first runDisney race, and a huge part of why I started running – and this blog. 

Anyway. On to the roundup!

The Fairest Week In Review: 5/27

JENN: So, just saying: the WDW Marathon is still only 72% sold. No pressure! Merely stating a fact, in case anyone is interested.

MOON: Ha, point taken! If I were definitely training for a marathon right now then I would be failing miserably… This week I went for… ONE run? It’s been very busy! Too many graduations, parties, first-world problems.

JENN: Hey, one run is better than no run! Registration for the Princess Half doesn’t open for a couple weeks yet, so there’s still time to ponder our next runDisney adventure.
MOON: Haha, have you had any luck persuading Elizabeth to try one?

JENN: I think she’d do a 5K if we asked her! The WDW Marathon Weekend 5K is sold out, though, so we’d definitely have to go with the Princess Half if we want to bring her along. Shall I email her? I CAN DO IT RIGHT NOW.

MOON: I’m not sure she would thank me for that. 😛

JENN: Haha. she would love it! She can stop every ten feet and take pictures with characters! I’m totally going to email her. She can always say no!

MOON: I will say that she won’t need to worry about pressure. XD Princess was fun our first time!

JENN: It was!

Maaaaybe?

MOON: How was your week?

JENN: Pretty good – I got my thirty miles in, which is always a plus. I think I might buy new sneakers this week! I’ve been wanting to try the Brooks Ravenna 6 and I figure now’s the time.

MOON: Cool! Let me know how they feel. I’ve heard positive things about them.

JENN: I will! I will also let you know about the blog roundup.

Fairytales and Fitness gets organized.
Pink Elephant on Parade changes what it means to win.
The Runner’s Guide to WDW recaps the final Expedition Everest Challenge.
Theme Park Insider looks inside the mind of a cast member.
Walt Disney World for Grownups eats awesome DAK snacks.
And Pinch of Pixie Dust eats ooey gooey toffee cake and I’m jealous.
Disney With Me considers the contradictions of Mary Poppins.

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 Engages In Race Schedule Speculation

It feels like I JUST put together my 2014 race plans – April was yesterday, right? What, it’s practically tomorrow? Jesus.

Anyway, given that I just knocked out the last of those goals, it seems logical to jot down the new ones, right? Unfortunately, I don’t have that much ahead of me, not officially – I’m only registered for the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in April and then from there it’s just a bunch of theories. Help me flesh them out!

Theory #1. We should find a fun 5 or 10K or two to do, right? There’s an 8K at Busch Gardens Williamsburg at the end of the year but there must be something interesting happening before that. I liked the Electric Run but that’s not for awhile either. Does anyone know of any good ones that come through DC or Baltimore?

Theory #2. Moon and I plan to enter the lottery for this year’s Marine Corps Marathon. Moon’s still looking to knock out her first marathon and I’ve forgotten enough of my experience to believe it might be fun to do it again.

Theory #3. Moon needs to do another runDisney race, yes? But for financial reasons, we’re not looking at any options before next year. Right now the most likely outcome is revisiting the Princess Half in 2016, and Moon says she’d be totally up for the Glass Slipper Challenge. Registration doesn’t open until July so we have some time to decide.

Theory #4. I think I’d like to find another half, either something in May or starting in late September. Maybe the Navy/Air Force Half? Although that one is pretty close to MCM so maybe not. Any recommendations?

Too Amorphous To Even Be Called A Theory, Really. So… I’m in a vulnerable place right now. Aside from the still-theoretical February 2016 trip, I have NO IDEA when I will next be at Walt Disney World. I haven’t had to deal with this feeling in over two years, and it does not feel good. I don’t PLAN to runDisney until the 2016 Princess Half, but if someone in my awesome Disney network were to, y’know, make a suggestion… Come up with a plan…

I’m not telling anyone to do anything. I’m just SAYING.

What’s on your race schedule?

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 atfairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

The Fairest Week In Review: 1/27

JENN: How’s your training lately?

MOON: It’s been good! I actually have news.

JENN: Oh?

MOON: So, I’ve been alternating between running one day, doing something else the next day for a few weeks. This is because I have been having pain in my legs. For some reason, even though I am not tired, it was hard for me to run two days in a row.

Well, I updated my shoes. Was planning on just trying out the fit of a few a buying later, but you know how that goes. Because I bought shoes, I got a discount on socks, so I bought a pair of compression sleeves.

JENN: It’s hard not to get swept up in sneaker excitement.

MOON: Ha, Christian got a pair, too! He found some asics that fit well. 😀 No more bleeding toes!

Back to the sleeves– they are great! I had no pain the next day! I’m actually really excited to go running today.

JENN: Yay! New gear is always a huge motivator for me.

MOON: I know, I often feel guilty about it…At the same time, at least my hobby is healthy and it supports a community of runners, riiiight?

JENN: Absolutely!

MOON: That might be reaching a little bit, ha! How was your week?

JENN: Fine – busy, but fine. Moving this week made things a little difficult and I had to do some of my runs in the early morning before work which I HATE, but I got in three and that’s okay for now.

The view from my new balcony. What up, NIH?

 I guess I’m arguably still in Dopey recovery mode so there’s no need to push it?

MOON: Absolutely not. I find that after a break I run better, anyway!

JENN: Which reminds me – have you chosen your next runDisney race yet? 😀

MOON: Haha, it’s only been about 15 hours since you last asked me! I’m leaning on a January/February race, though.

JENN: We could maybe do the Princess again? The course for the WDW Half is exactly the same but it kinda gets overshadowed by the marathon/Goofy/Dopey, by my way of thinking.

MOON: November is a big month for some interview and academic stuff, so I should probably keep that open. Princess was fun!

JENN: Things to ponder. ^_^ I’ll keep an eye on registration deadlines!

MOON: Awesome!

JENN: Whew, okay. Time for the first roundup of the new year – much backlog!

It’s a Marathon AND a Sprint has info on discrepancies between course length and GPS stats.
Live, Run, Grow has suggestions regarding race travel recovery.
Run Eat Repeat highlights cheap running gear.
Fairytales and Fitness fights against soreness.
We Run Disney offers track workouts for speed. Which I should try but probably won’t.
Elbowglitter discusses the weirdness that is cheating at runDisney races.
Running at Disney describes the medal distribution experience.
Disney Food Blog has resort-available snack suggestions for your runDisney needs.
This Happy Place has the lowdown on our Art of Animation suite.
Capturing Magical Memories runs an interesting Disney transportation experiment.
Tackle the new FastPass+ system with the help of the Disney Tourist Blog.

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: 7/15

JENN: Ready for bloggery?

MOON: I’m ready!

JENN: Yay! Okay, how was your training this week?

MOON: Good! Nothing too special to report, but I did try out a new route near my future home. It was crazy humid that morning, but it was nice and not a lot of traffic.

JENN: Oooh, any good trails or anything?

MOON: Not trails, really… just roads. However, they aren’t too frequently traveled! How was your training week?

JENN: Much better than last week, where mileage is concerned. Hard in some ways because my runs were all outdoors and as we all know I am still working on not wanting to die when I run outdoors. I actually improved my speed a LITTLE bit over the course of the week. Maybe I’ll continue to improve? Maybe?

MOON: I’m sure you will make progress. 🙂

JENN: I’m going to do two of this week’s runs outside too. We’ll see what happens. I wish it was easier to switch up my running route, but I guess I’m lucky I have a viable path at all, so there’s that!

Incidentally, registration for next year’s Princess Half Marathon opened today. Remember when we were all new and shiny and that was our first race?

MOON: Yes! I was a bit nostalgic when I received the email yesterday. I was on the stairs talking to my boyfriend about something and checking email at the same time. I exclaimed, “What!! Registration already?!” He made fun of me, assuring me he was also going to shout out all the titles of his emails, too.

JENN: We should definitely make him register. And make him a tutu and tiara and fairy wings.

MOON: Ha, you can pitch it to him. Maybe if they open up a WDW somewhere like… Myanmar he will go.

JENN: I hear there’s a Disneyland Paris race in the works. You in? You know you want some Ratatouille ride action.

MOON: I doooooo. Hmmm, maybe I’ll swim across the English channel first. 😛

JENN: Hey, however you want to travel there is fine by me as long as you make packet pick-up!

MOON: I tell my boyfriend if he were any Disney character he would be Remy.

JENN: Perfect. Then it’s settled!

MOON: Uh, oh! I feel like I just agreed to something!

JENN: 😀 😀 😀

Quick, let’s move on to the roundup before she figures out what happened.

Running at Disney offers the view from the Tinker Bell Half as seen by a guy participant.
Running Happily Ever After considers where to eat when going Dopey.
Food Fitness Fantasy answers our Liebster Award questions.
Black Dog Runs Disney explains running to non-runners.
My Glass Sneaker has your running safety in mind.
Pink Elephant on Parade agrees: Prince Eric is dumb and boring.
– Apropos of very little, but I can’t resist linking this: A Pinch of Pixie Dust checks out the Downtown Abbey costume exhibit.

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 & Moon Discuss Running While Wearing Makeup


JENN: This is a topic that has been pinging around in my skull for some time: running in makeup.

I remember for the Princess Half Marathon I put on some foundation because it has SPF 15 and I am the world’s palest pale person. By the end of the race I can’t be sure I didn’t sweat it all off. But I remember looking around and seeing all these fellow runners wearing beautifully made-up faces, often featuring thick-drawn eyeliner and glittery eyeshadow. Which I totally get, because it’s the PRINCESS Half Marathon, and even for runDisney generally, costumes tend to be a thing and makeup goes with that.

I wound up wearing varying amounts of makeup for my last few races, but I’m just wondering… how does elaborate makeup work?

Moon, have you ever run in makeup?

MOON: I don’t believe I have, no. To be fair, I rarely wear makeup in the first place. Although, I do have this cream that is supposed to keep makeup where you put it. I use it when I apply eye makeup because it tends to smear when I blink. I’ve used it a few times and as long as you give it time to dry, it works. So, I’m sure if we take it for a spin we can write up an amusing post afterward. 😉

JENN: I know this is super vain, but I feel like maybe if we wore makeup we might hate our race photos a little less… I don’t know about you, but I went through all the photos from the Princess Half and was thoroughly repulsed by all but one of mine.

MOON: Um, most definitely

I hated my photos. But, I also think we had less photos than most people because we weren’t decked out in costume.

JENN: We’ll have to think of costumes for our future races. Something that goes with glittery eyeshadow.

MOON: I wouldn’t mind going as a lobster. I still think about that guy every now and then. I wonder if he ever found his claw… [To explain: there was a guy dressed in a full-on lobster costume whom we later saw running the wrong way to the side of the course because he’d lost a claw.]

JENN: Now THAT is a Disney movie in the making.

MOON: Pixar! Get on it.

Clearly we don’t have much constructive to say on the subject of running in makeup. Mostly, we want to hear from you! Do you run wearing makeup? When? How much? How does it work out for you? Let us know in the comments!

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!

In Which Jenn & Moon Run Around the Lake at Pop Century

I mentioned on Tuesday that I don’t generally run outside unless I’m racing or at Disney. Here is the story of one out of two!

For our Princess Half Marathon trip, Moon and I were forced by tragic circumstance (*cough* grad school *cough*) to head down to WDW and leave the evening after the race. Naturally it’s better to do your park touring after your running, but what can you do. This did mean, though, that we had time for a little tune-up run before the race, so on Wednesday, after we’d gotten back from our first day in the World, we decided to head out for a few laps around Hourglass Lake.

In case you’re not aware, Hourglass Lake is the body of water between Pop Century and Art of Animation resorts, and YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHAT IT’S SHAPED LIKE. Oh, and there’s a bridge in the middle, so theoretically you could do figure-eights. We chose the more staid route, just a steady circle around the lake.

It was around 9PM and dark, but of course there were bright lights along the path and shining from the resort paths. There were a few people out on the benches, but it was quiet, and I was really… happy. Because it was the wonderful Zen feeling of a gentle run combined with the wonderful Zen feeling of being at WDW, where things are right, and it makes me wish I could always run there. My quality of life would improve tenfold if only I had a private plane…

I sent Moon an email telling her I was doing this post in case she had time and wanted to provide input. We had the following email conversation:

MOON: I like the big toys… I forgot for the name. It is round and has string and you toss it around. Star Trek is also good.

JENN: The giant yo-yo?

MOON: YES THAT’S IT!

I can’t find my picture of the yo-yo. Please accept this
giant vat of Play-Doh instead.

MAKE IT SO.
(Hey, look! Part of a yo-yo in the background!)

So yeah! Great scenery, Star Trek, WDW, happiness. After which we took showers and then got dinner at the food court and went to bed. IT WAS AWESOME.

Have you gone for practice runs at WDW? What are your favorite routes?

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: 8/19

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 fairestrunofall@gmail.com. See ya real soon!