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In Which Jenn Is Finally Running That Marathon TOMORROW

Hello! I have two items of exciting news: I am currently 80% vaccinated and will be receiving my final COVID booster shot on Tuesday! I am finally running my 15th marathon TOMORROW! It’s crazy to think that I haven’t run a marathon in over a year. I haven’t had that much time between marathons… ever. I ran my first marathon in 2014 and then from 2015 on I ran two to three every single year. If nothing else, there was my rock, my staple, the Walt Disney World Marathon, every year in January. But with the tragic cancellation of this year’s...

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A Brief Rundown Of runDisney’s 2021 Proof Of Time Cutoffs

Someone asked me the other day to remind them of the Proof of Time cutoff for runDisney’s WDW Marathon Weekend. Not remembering off the top of my head, I hit Google, where I discovered plenty of information on Proof of Time cutoffs in the abstract sense but nothing about the exact dates for 2021 runDisney races. This does make sense in that these dates are rolling each year in relation to the precise date of the race. But I thought in the present moment it might be helpful if someone collected 2021’s cutoffs all in one place so that...

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In Which Jenn Is Probably Forgetting Something

Hello! Are you a paranoiac? Are you forgetful? Are you a forgetful paranoiac? ARE YOU A PARANOIAC BECAUSE YOU’RE FORGETFUL??? I feel you. Oh, do I feel you. My anxieties seep into all aspects of my life, running included. But I adapt and manage them as I go along – and I think I’ve got my pre-race readinessa paranoia licked (one down!). The solution is simple: photography! Next time you lay out your race gear, lay it ALL out. Is your breakfast bar in the fridge? Go grab it and toss it on top of your sports bra. Have...

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In Which We Turn An Old Pair Of Tights Into ALL Your Race Throwaways

Hello intrepid runners! Staring down an unexpectedly chilly race morning, but expecting to warm up over the course of the, well, course? Forget your throwaways? Don’t have time to run to the thrift store? Otherwise hate chucking valuable clothing items? I come bearing a solution! It’s tights. You know, women’s tights. Like pantyhose, but thicker. If you want to shell out for new tights, you can get a basic pair just about anywhere – Target, Walmart, CVS, you name it – for like $5. But I’d be willing to bet that, if you’re a girl or know one, somewhere...

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In Which Jenn’s Race Costumes Are Ready – With A Twist!

Ruh roh, guys – I guessed wrong, a little. Looks like this marathon weekend is gonna be a pretty warm one. So much for all my long pants and gloves and heat packs! I’ll need to adjust my race costumes, too. Doesn’t matter too much, though, as my race weekend wardrobe has acquired a ringer. Behold: – For the half marathon, I’m running as Spaceship Earth! I’ve shared this outfit before, with an important substitution – I originally included my black running pants with the colored stripes, as they felt rather Epcot-y to me. Well, check those SE leggings –...

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Uncrustables

In Which Jenn Has A New Favorite Running Fuel

Ooh, ooh, ooh! Can we talk about my new running fuel obsession? It’s cheap! It’s easy! It’s… UNCRUSTABLES! Yes, the pre-packaged, pre-assembled, frozen version of the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich is my new pre-run obsession. But really, can you blame me? It’s bread (carbohydrates!), jelly (sugar!), and peanut butter (protein!) in a demure 200-ish calorie package (depending on the flavor you select). It’s also very gentle on your stomach – I ate two over a couple hours the morning before my last 17 mile training run, and I felt great the whole time. I supplemented with Clif...

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Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness

In Which Jenn Goes After Marathon #10

This Saturday, I embark upon a historic milestone: my tenth marathon.  “OMG, how did you get there???” you ask? Well… Marine Corps Marathon, October 2014 WDW Marathon, January 2015 Marine Corps Marathon, October 2015 WDW Marathon, January 2016 Marine Corps Marathon, October 2016  WDW Marathon, January 2017  Rock ‘n Roll Marathon DC, March 2017 Baltimore Marathon, October 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon, January 2018 “Damn, you need to branch out more,” you say? Your wish is my command: I’m heading down to NC for the Wrightsville Beach Marathon. I hear the course is flat and fast, and my dad...

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In Which Jenn Has A Favorite Pre-runDisney Meal

I have a runDisney suggestion for you. It’s not that exciting. You are not going to be jazzed about it. But you have to trust me. Articles abound about the best place to carb-load pre-runDisney race. Pasta places and pizza places are the favorites – Via Napoli, Tony’s, restaurants with flatbreads and noodle dishes. If you don’t want to have a sit-down meal, a lot of resorts have make-your-own-pasta stations. Well, sit-down restaurants can be expensive and time-consuming. It may be tough to get the ADR you want. And I can tell you from experience that the lines for...

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In Which Jenn Ponders Race Throwaway Clothes

I have an idea. I don’t know if it’s a feasible idea or even a necessary idea, but I figured I’d do a little spitballing here, see what people thought. So: People often have to get up early in the morning for races. Temperatures tend to be colder then. Even if no great temperature shift is expected, people run hot but stand still cold. This is why these same people bring throwaway top layers for before the race – sweatshirts, jackets, etc. However, sometimes the temperature throws you a curveball and is a lot colder than you expected (see:...

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In Which Jenn Freaks Out About Race Morning Alarms

I skirted the edge of an honest-to-God panic attack the night before the 2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Not because I was nervous about my performance. Not because I was missing any part of my gear. Not because I was sick or injured. I was terrified of sleeping through my alarm. To review: I had three alarms set on my phone. I also set up a wake-up call. But then I worried about sleep-answering it and/or sleeping turning off all the alarms. So I set ANOTHER alarm. Then I tried to add a second wake-up call, but as it turns...

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