The Fairest Week In Review: 10/17

The fall race season is upon us – and I have a lot coming up. The Marine Corps Marathon is less than two weeks away, followed immediately by (WEEEEE!!!!!) the Two Course Challenge at WDW. I’m easing through Taper Town, trying not to chillax too hard or push too much. It’s a fine row to hoe, whatever the hell that means.

Workout recap ahead:

Sunday | ran 13.24 miles outside in 2:20
Last v. long run of the training cycle!

Monday | rest
Columbus Day off! I took the opportunity to chill.

Tuesday | ran 5.3 miles outside in 55 minutes; 55 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 5.07 miles outside in 55 minutes

Thursday | walked 2 miles in 35 minutes
My GPS went haywire so I just under-guesstimated. Also Pat and I flew to Houston for a friend’s wedding so adventure!!!

Friday | ran 3.59 miles on the treadmill in 35 minutes
Our hotel had a decent gym, so I snuck in a quick speed run. Also I made a new friend!


Saturday | rest
Pat and I chilled in the hotel room watching Insidious 1 & 2 before rolling out to the wedding. I had two slices of cake and pet a dog, so I’d call it a success.

As the Texas cowboys say: roundup!

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The Fairest Week In Review: 3/08

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present: tapering. (T-minus three days to my next marathon!)

Sunday | ran 7.38 miles on the treadmill in 1:15

Monday | ran 4.31 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes
Annnnnd starting to get Pat’s cold. Awesome.

Tuesday | walked 2.35 miles outside in 40 minutes
Skipped ballet as my cold was reaching a crescendo.

Wednesday | run 6.35 miles on the treadmill in 1:10
I firmly believe that you can exercise your way out of sickness. I mean, to a degree. Depending. So I got up and did my run, albeit gently. Maybe it helped a little?

Thursday | walked 2.12 miles outside; 70 minute ballet class
Still not 100%, but I took a shot at ballet anyway. It went okay.

Friday | ran 5.22 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes
Almost… better…

Saturday | rest

Nothing to report on the Disney front, but Pat and I made a blanket fort this weekend, so that was awesome.

Why, yes, that IS the new Zelda. Thank you for noticing!

And now: The Twilight Bark!

Fairytales & Fitness lists ways to save your run when you’re not feeling it.
Sparkly Runner takes on the Castaway Cay Challenge 5K.
The Runner’s Guide to WDW shepherds us through signing up for a runDisney challenge.
The Main Street Gazette highlights Sinclair and Pixar’s Dinoco. My grandfather used to own a Sinclar gas station (a great name in oil!!) and ALSO HIS NAME WAS STANLEY.
easyWDW reviews every booth at the flower and garden festival and basically what I’m trying to get at here is I want his life and I’m Crazy Go Nuts University excited for Epcot in April.
Rolling with the Magic offers a more general overview of the Flower & Garden Festival.
WDW for Grownups points out Magic Kingdom attractions that have stood since 1971.
Disney In Your Day has a super-cute Disney Madness bracket going.
Living A Disney Life considers WDW things that are enjoyable against all odds.
EPBOT basically just describes my entire life. (To be clear, I am a childlike nerd.)

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: 10/04

Ahhh, tapering. The wonderful concept that has kept my runs short for like a month. (Okay, one of those low mileage weeks was vacation’s fault but whatever.) Post National Capital 20 Miler I took it pretty darned easy. This week I ramp it back up only to begin setting it back down in preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon. Fall race season is such a roller coaster!

How it went down:

Sunday | National Capital 20 Miler, 20.04 miles in 3:46

Monday | rest
Well, I helped my friend Lucy do some moving, which is not 100% restful per se, but it was still largely an active rest day.

Tuesday | walked 2.42 miles outside in 40 minutes; 70 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 5.33 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes

Thursday | walked 2.02 miles outside in 35 minutes; 70 minute ballet class
In the rain, because I’m hardcore (and have a giant awesome bubble umbrella).

Friday | ran 5.36 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes

Saturday | rest
I went to a college football game. Are you aware that football is just as if not more boring in person as it is on television? Tailgating is kinda fun though. Are you allowed to just do that part?

Okay, roundup time!

why I runDisney lets pragmatism take a hand in race registration.
Elbowglitter finished a Ironman triathlon!
Disney In Your Day recaps the Disneyland Paris Half. Jealous!
Disney Travel Babble got to tour Walt’s actual office. Major Saving Mr. Banks deja vu over here.
Living A Disney Life prefers more subtle Disney bounding.
The Disney Hipsters examine the photos they take as they exit DAK.
Disney Nerds goes on a Magic Kingdom pin scavenger hunt.
easyWDW reviews EVERY. SINGLE. F&W FESTIVAL. ITEM. Josh is the peoples’ champion.
– Of those F&W Festival items, The Disney Tourist Blog picks out the ten best snacks.
– And if you need a break from the relentless eating, WDW for Grownups points of the best break areas in Epcot during the event. Any DVC members want to sneak me into the Imagination lounge? 😀 😀 😀

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: 9/21

Whew! Survived my first race of the fall season and didn’t even cry once. How’s that for good beginnings? (Race recap to come, of course.)

This week: tapering for the National Capital 20 Miler. Last week: tapering for the aforementioned Navy-Air Force Half. Let’s roll the tape:

Sunday | rest

Monday | ran 9.01 miles on the treadmill in 1:30
In retrospect I may have pushed this a little too hard for a taper. Thoughts?

Tuesday | walked 2.08 miles outside; 75 minute ballet class

Wednesday | ran 7.07 miles in 1:15
Realized about halfway through my run that I was wearing the wrong sneakers. These were the most recently retired. Oh well; one more gentle-ish run shouldn’t hurt.

Thursday | walked 2.12 miles outside; 75 minute ballet class

Friday | ran 4.38 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes

Saturday | rest
Walked a bunch, though – to the Metro and back for the NAF Half race expo, although said expo was pretty lackluster. Cramped and hardly any vendors. I did snag myself a hoodie, which is too large as it is designed for men but the women’s version was much thinner and I ain’t about a less fleece-y life.

So that’s that. Roundup time!

Back at Square Zero schools us all on post-race recovery.
The Magic of Running knows how to boost running motivation.
An Open Suitcase shares WDW’s official rules.
The Disney Tourist Blog shares some interesting Disney urban legends. I believed the tattoo one myself.
easyWDW begins his comprehensive coverage of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival.
Disney Dork Tom considers your WDW transportation options.
The Disney Hipsters drink WDW beverages both sacred and profane.
Mouse on the Mind gets room service on the Disney Dream.
This Fairytale Life has all the details on Disney’s latest mobile game.
Living A Disney Life makes a super-cute WDW countdown calendar.

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: 8/23

My training is ramping up! Last week was maintenance, this week is peaking, and next week I begin tapering for the Navy-Air Force Half/National Capital 20 Miler. Let’s look at last week’s numbers:

Sunday | rest

Monday | 10.75 miles on the treadmill in 1:50
Too hot to run outdoors.

Tuesday | walked 2.1 miles in 35 minutes

Wednesday | ran 10.71 miles on the treadmill in 1:50
Planned to do this one outside, but again, too hot.

Thursday | ran 4.34 miles on the treadmill in 50 minutes

Friday | walked 3.17 miles in 50 minutes
Switched my run and walk to rest up for my long run on Monday. I usually walk outside, but this time it was on the treadmill; I added some incline work, which was new to me.

Saturday | rest

Right then. Roundup!

Rae is a Darlin’ races in adversity.
Elbowglitter believes in the Galloway method.
The Disney Tourist Blog is the #1 authority on Disney park toilets.
Main Street Gazette visit Les Halles bakery in Epcot’s France.
WDW for Grownups considers that eternal mystery: what’s up with Song of the South?
The Disney Hipsters love Epcot’s World Showcase. ME TOO!
Disney In Your Day shows off her latest WDW purchases.
Davelandblog has footage of Steve Martin working at WDW.
Plus the Magic hits up the Nomad Lounge in DAK.
Mouse on the Mind has dinner at Remy on the Dream.

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: 5/25

It’s taper time! Okay, for me “taper time” often translates to “SLIGHTLY less than usual,” especially in the case of races 13.1 miles and under, but hey, less is less.

What has me cutting my mileage, you ask? Why, the ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon on June 4! I’m extra excited for this one because the race takes place near Elizabeth‘s house, so I’m crashing with her the night before and then post-race we’re getting a delicious breakfast. I looooove breakfast. Honestly, it’s the one thing standing between WDW and perfection.

Luckily, nothing is standing between you and the roundup.

– Through Heather’s Looking Glass instructs us on how to run in hot weather.
Fairytales & Fitness keeps training steady.
Just Me & My Running Shoes wants us all to cram in those runs on vacation.
Darlin’ Rae performs marathon prep.
EPBOT practices a little body image self-love.
The Runner’s Guide to WDW offers a list of Disney resort secrets, one of which I legit did not know.
A Pinch of Pixie Dust does the new Early Morning Magic thing.
Capturing Magical Memories snags a cabana at Castaway Cay.
easyWDW reviews the Boardwalk’s new Ample Hills Creamery. WANT.
The Disney Tourist Blog features Disney’s DINOSAURSSSSSSS.
Passport to Dreams Old & New plumbs the archives for Liberty Square’s original background music.
– Speaking of old things, Disney by Mark reports on a 22 year old park hopper finally redeemed.

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: Did you run at all this week?

MOON: Ouiii. I’m actually a bit burned out

JENN: Awww. How are you burned out?

MOON: I’ve decided that I need to add strength training in again. The lower half of my body is pretty set, but I can’t tell you what a difference there is between my legs and my arms. XD Ultimately, I think this will help me run faster… Or at least give me the push I need to crank up the pace a bit.

JENN:Yeah, I was doing some upper body work for awhile there and just kinda wandered away from it. Maybe when you have awesome results I’ll be inspired!

MOON: How is your marathon prep going?

JENN: Marathon training is going well, I think? I hope? I knocked out my twenty-miler last week and it actually didn’t suck, so there’s that.

MOON: Yay! Any goals for the week?

JENN: Nothing big. I’ve begun tapering mode but I think I still have a week or two before I really slow it down. Just gonna keep my standard mileage for this week, MAYBE a little less. And then a little less than that, and then a little less than THAT, and then OH MY GOD MARATHON ACK.

MOON: 😀 I’m very excited for you!

JENN: Ee. I’m glad someone is! I am… very… something… for me. It’s definitely something.

Also definitely something: the roundup.

Back at Square Zero extols the virtues of cats.
The Adult Side of Disney analyzes the increasing insanity surrounding runDisney registration.
Running Happily Ever After takes a look at the Disney 5K no one ever mentions.
Jack Spence bids a fond farewell at AllEars – if you haven’t read back through his blog, I highly recommend it. Here’s hoping for guest posts!
Will Run for Ears remembers the Maelstrom. Never forget.
– Going to WDW in November? ME TOO! The Disney Tourist Blog has tips for us.
The Disney Blog reveals that Walt Disney did not care if you were gay. Hooray for progressive equality!

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: 1/14

JENN: Hooray for everyone who ran over the WDW marathon weekend! That having been said – we leave for Disneyland and the Tinker Bell Half on FRIDAY! IT’S SO CLOSE.

It. Is. TIME.

MOON: Wait. Not THIS Friday?!

JENN: THIS Friday!

MOON: … I seriously thought it was NEXT Friday.

JENN: The race is on Sunday, silly!

MOON: I could have sworn the race was the 26th…

JENN: Nee-ope!

MOON: Well, there goes my schedule for next week! Ha, I’ll have to send out some emails tonight. My bad.

JENN: Aren’t you glad we’re doing this blog?

MOON: I better get my running on. My last 13.1 was Christmas Eve. Slightly worried now. Guess who’s running 13.1 tomorrow?

JENN: No no no! Tapering is vital!

MOON: I am too anxious for tapering!

JENN: I wouldn’t run more than seven at this point. Don’t worry; I haven’t run the full 13 since December either. In fact, my runs have been AWFUL lately. I’m in a major slump.

MOON: I’m sorry, but that IS slightly comforting. 😉

JENN: I’m seriously considering just taking very lengthy walks this week in the hopes of recharging.

MOON: That might be good. I thought about that too. But don’t worry, I’ll be there to keep you going! 😀

JENN: Of course!

MOON: Actually, I’ve just been doing shorter, faster runs.

JENN: That’s great for speed!

MOON: So far so good. But the weather is KILLING me. I really want to run outside. I almost dozed off on the treadmill the other day.

JENN: Oh no! Yeah, the extreme cold plays merry hell with my lungs. I honestly wonder if that’s related to the yuckiness of my training lately, even if I am doing it inside.

MOON: Winter malaise… My nemesis.

JENN: Well, we’ll get some good strong California sun soon! Maybe we can do a mini-run on Friday, just a couple miles.

MOON: Sure, sounds like fun!

JENN: Got any good music powering you through the last couple pre-race weeks?

MOON: Wild Beasts have a new single out! That’s all I have going on right now. I plan to put Beethoven’s 9th on the playlist come Wednesday.

JENN: Beethoven’s 9th is pretty magnificent. Speaking of magnificence – on to the roundup!

Run Walk Fastpass Repeat dispenses advice on taking great race day photos.
Through Heather’s Looking Glass features a guest post on things beginning runners should know.
The Adult Side of Disney discusses the new runDisney/New Balance sneaker distribution system.
Will Run for Ears is mysterious as the dark side of the moon.
MousePlanet makes the case that runDisney should offer race insurance.
Just Me and My Running Shoes tries out volunteering at a race.
The Disney Food Blog has some great post-race restaurant suggestions.
A Pinch of Pixie Dust highlights my star-crossed lover, the Cake Cup. Someday. Someday.

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 is Not Very Good at Tapering

TAPERING IS HARD, YOU GUYS.

It seems counter-intuitive – I mean, the principle behind tapering is that you spend the last week or two before a race running with LESS mileage and LESS intensity, so as to save your strength for the big race push. That means that tapering comes with LESS difficult runs – or at least, it ought to.

And it would for me too, were I somehow able to do it properly.

For starters, I can’t seem to get myself to start tapering until the last minute. My half marathon is this Sunday; last Sunday, I thought to myself, “The race isn’t for another whole week.” So I did my standard, basic upkeep run: eleven miles in about two hours. Not speedy, but not very taper-y either.

Then on Tuesday I thought to myself, “I shall do a mere seven miles this run. TAPERING.” So I set my treadmill a couple notches slower than usual and settled in for a leisurely run with the option to slow down whenever I wanted. Naturally I felt GREAT the entire run for the first time in weeks and ended up running an extra mile just ’cause I was in the zone.

TAPERING IS NO TIME FOR ZONES.

I’m pretty sure I understand the problem. I run because, even when it sucks, it makes me feel like I’ve pushed myself, like I’ve worked hard. It makes me feel good about myself and my exercise achievement. And, let’s face it, knowing I’ve burned 1,000 calories or more makes me feel way less guilty about, y’know, eating. (Yeah, I know; I’m recovering from a complex here…) And although it makes perfect sense to taper prior to a race, tapering DOES NOT FEEL GOOD. It feels incomplete. It feels lazy. It feels like a week of less-than-I-could-do.

It’s not just me, is it?

Oh, Mr. Thurber. You understand me.

Anyway, I have one more run scheduled before the race, for today. FIVE MILES. I STOP AT FIVE MILES. I can walk UP TO TWO AND THAT’S IT. Those are the rules that I just made up.*

Friday, though tempting me with the time to run, will be a strictly yoga day. I’m still trying to decide if I’ll go to ballet class on Saturday. I’m thinking I will but I’ll just do the wussy version, with no extra effort that could lead to sore muscles or tiredness. That’s probably still not part of a good tapering plan, either, but hey, it’ll get me nice and stretched out, and that’s a win, right? 😀

Does anyone else have trouble with tapering? Or is this just my particular brand of crazy popping up again? Any tapering advice? Lord knows I need it!

* Do you have a flag?

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!