Desert sands

In Which Jenn Does NOT Bless The Sands Down In Africa

A view of the mountains from my balcony. They’re there, okay? Just trust me. Today I did not run because of the weather. Was it stormy? No. Aggressively windy? No. Hail? Hurricane? Flood? Extreme heat? All logical for Puerto Rico, but no. It was sand. In the air. FROM THE SAHARA DESERT. Look, The Washington Post even published an article on it yesterday. They’re saying it’s a record amount. A record amount of sand, yes, but not an unusual phenomenon: we get Saharan sand over here every year in the summer in the form of the Saharan Air Layer....

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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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Kuzco rain

In Which Jenn Runs But Might As Well Be Swimming

As noted, the Wayfarer’s Half was cancelled for potential storms… and then no storms appeared whatsoever. That was Saturday.  Sunday was another story entirely – great buckets dumped from the sky allllllll day, legit rain to which words like “shower” and “sprinkle” did not apply. And this was bad news for me because, having wound up running only a 10k, I wanted to get another run in. I waffled about my options.  I could skip the run, of course. I did just run a race, even if it was a much shorter one than I had expected. I could pack up...

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Wayfarer's 10K

In Which Jenn Runs The Wayfarer’s 10K AGAINST HER WILL*

*This may be a slight exaggeration. The ominous weather forecast was poor all week: potential lightning and storms on Saturday morning. And the day before the race, the Wayfarer Half organizers caved: they called off the Wayfarer’s Half Marathon. What they did not cancel was the Wayfarer’s 10k, set to start at the same time but expected to finish before the storms hit. All half marathoners were automatically transferred to the 10k, and while deferment was offered, the halfers who ran the 10k were promised a 50% off code for the next year’s race. Race buddy Sarah and I debated our...

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Cold

In Which Jenn Runs Hot

You know that Runner’s World app thing where you can punch in the temperature, time of day, weather conditions, etc., and it’ll tell you what to wear? Well, I can’t use it. No matter what I do, it always seems to assume I want to feel the chill. 55 degrees out? Try shorts and a tech tee! 30 degrees? Eh, maybe slap on some pants, but keep the tee. This may be a slight exaggeration, but the RW attitude seems to be one shared by the majority of runners: cooler is better. But I’m not afraid to say it: what the...

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Mickey running

The Fairest Week In Review: 7/27

Hello everybody! We now return to our regularly scheduled, wholly bug-free version of the week in review. I don’t mean to suggest, however, that is edition will be complaint-free: IT’S HOT. It’s been quite hot in much of the country; I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about. It’s so hot it’s been having some minor impact on my training. Outdoor runs, when I even deem it cool enough to take them, have been a bit shorter and slower, and even the gym isn’t as air-conditioned as I would like it. Still, thank God for the treadmill....

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Kings Dominion Run & Ride

In Which Jenn Recaps The Kings Dominion Run & Ride 10K

Guys. Guys guys. I ran a race in an amusement park and it wasn’t runDisney. Last Sunday, the ever-popular, ever-magnificent Elizabeth and I got up at 4:30am and drove down to Kings Dominion amusement park in Doswell, VA. The hour-and-a-half-sans-traffic trip went smoothly, and we arrived in plenty of time to pick up our packets and prep for our runs. The morning included a 10k, a 5k, and a 1 mile fun run, with me slated to run the 10k and Elizabeth the 5k. Packet pickup was quick and easy with no line despite it being the morning of. Packets...

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon

The Fairest Trip Report Of All: Wine & Dine Half – I Mean Quarter – Marathon

It’s time for another trip report! Yay! I LOVE trip reports! This time around we’re covering the 2015 Wine & Dine Half Quarter Marathon trip. I’ll be including reviews of my Food & Wine Festival purchases within the trip report itself, but restaurant reviews will be in their own separate posts. Commentary from Elizabeth provided in red. Click here to read all the posts in this report. Onward! When we left off I was standing in line for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon bus with Kellie and Nicole. All seemed well. They were adorably dressed as Mousketeers. I was dressed as an abstract representation...

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Uncertain weather

The Fairest Week In Review: 6/16

JENN: How was running last week? Getting anything in? MOON: Ha, absolutely not! Did you? JENN: Ha, absolutely not much! As I mentioned last week, I was WAAAAAY sick Tuesday. I took a walk anyway but I really shouldn’t have. I was less sick on Wednesday but still not in great shape; I took another walk. Thursday I tried to run and did but only 3.5 miles and sloooooowly. So Friday I walked again. In conclusion: blerg. MOON: I’m sure you were probably dehydrated. JENN: Oh, yeah, definitely. MOON: Sickness and so many things to dooooo. JENN: And summer always seems so promising! The good news is, I...

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Kuzco rain

In Which Jenn Has Wine & Dine PTSD

I woke up just before six this morning for an early outdoor run and immediately checked the weather – the night before there had been a chance of rain. Outside my window the roads were wet but it wasn’t actively raining; I checked my weather app and it assured me that there was no chance of rain until 9am. I was tempted to go back to bed and run on the treadmill after work, but I’ve been wussing out on outdoor running a lot the past couple weeks – an outdoor run it was to be. I stepped outside...

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