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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: September 2, 2012

I LOVE long weekends.  I’m a firm believer that every weekend should be 3 days for ultimate relaxation from a stressful week.  This weekend, I did a lot of this:

Those pool floats got a lot of use as well.  Maybe after a few more months of Crossfit I’ll be more inclined to post a picture of myself on one in a bathing suit, but for now you get my feet.

Today was the Disneyland Half Marathon and it has been so fun following everyone on Twitter.  I really have to commend runDisney for the wonderful job they are doing to keep all of us spectators updated on their new website and through their Twitter account.  The winner, Jimmy Gabrow, finish in an amazing time of 1:05:28 and breaking the course record!  That is a 5 minute per mile pace, which is something I can’t even wrap my head around.  The top female finisher was Cindy Lynch, who finished at an equally impressive time of 1:24:45.  You can view all the results of the race here.  Overall, I want to send a big CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who ran today…you are all rockstars!  

When I haven’t been floating in the pool or obsessively watching the Disneyland Half results, I’ve been reading some great blogs from this week.  I think you’ll enjoy all of the RAD Reads I’ve found!

Running & Fitness Posts
Greatist has a good list of things you should know before you try Crossfit.  

Fitting It All In features a guest post on why cutting back your running can actually make you faster.  Love this!

Mommy Run Fast has two magic words for running (and life) for all of us.  Quite the reality check…

FitFluential Ambassador Emily talks about the top 5 fitness and health excuses.  I think we’ve all used at least one of these at some point!

iGetSkinny begins the journey of healthy living through her diet.  Be inspired by Amanda and other amazing bloggers to begin your own journey!

Disney Posts
This Happy Place Blog had a TON of killer posts this week!  Escape on this Labor Day weekend to Serenity Bay and relax with a good book.  Estelle also gives great suggestions for functional and cute bags for your next Disney vacation and started a fun new series called Under the (Theme Park) Lights with super cute outfits for Dapper Day.  Ladies, you need to check these out!  

DIStherapy began their series 30 Days to 30 Years which takes a look at all 30 years of Epcot’s existence leading up to the anniversary on October 1st.  Keep an eye out for 1990 (hint hint).

Zannaland shares photos from Raglan Road’s first “Great Hooley”Celebration.  This Irish girl is a wee bit jealous of what looks like an amazing night!

Studios Central has some great tips on how to pass the time between Disney World vacations.  We all know some of these…

Weekly Review
Well, it’s been a great week :)  I finished my Crossfit on ramp on Thursday and I started running again this weekend.  For once, I’m happy to report that I’m feeling great with both!  Here’s my week of training and as always you can see my full workouts over on dailymile:

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour (.75 miles)
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour (.5 miles)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 4 mile run

Crossfit is continuing to push my limits and I’m LOVING it.  I’m beginning to feel strong for the first time in my life and I’m also enjoying exercise.  I never thought that would be possible…ever.  I also think that it is helping with my running.  I haven’t gone for a run in almost a month and I felt stronger yesterday than I have in a long time.  Since Crossfit combines strength training with endurance, I’m getting the best of both worlds.  Evidence of this was seen first hand this morning by my good friend Jenn from Eat, Sleep, Run, Disney.  Jenn has been killing it in Crossfit since the spring, but like me has been slacking in her training runs this summer.  She registered last minute for the Disneyland Half Marathon and didn’t have high hopes for getting a good time.  Well guess who PR’d by 3 minutes?!?!  That is some serious #proof right there.  Congrats girl!

Jenn & Pat
Bling, Bling & More Disney Bling!

I also have to thank my awesome chiropractor for all of the running tips.  This week I really focused on my foot strike and my posture during the run, both of which helped…a lot.  I kept finding myself hunched over and looking down, especially as I got more fatigued.  I then consciously tried to keep my shoulders down and back with my head up looking about 15 feet ahead of me.  I immediately felt like I could breath easier and move more effortlessly.  The adjustments have also helped to seriously minimize my neck pain and hopefully getting my straight neck curved again.  I’d highly recommend seeing a chiropractor who specializes in athletes if you’re looking to improve your running posture and run more efficiently.  Thanks again Pam for the referral :)

So I’m on the upswing, let’s hope this momentum keeps up.  I’m excited and motivated to become the healthiest (and sexiest) I’ve ever been!  Strong is the new skinny my friends, so let’s forget about the scale and focus on those muscles.

This is seriously badass!

If you haven’t entered my giveaway for a case of Cheribundi tart cherry juice yet this week, what are you waiting for?!  It’s a great way to kick start a journey into healthy eating.  You have until Friday at 12:01 am to enter and the winner will be announced in the next Friday Feast.  So I hope you make some better choices and have a happy and healthy week…fingers crossed that I will!

4 Responses to RAD Reads and Weekly Review: September 2, 2012

  1. You’re so right about strength training improving running… I’ve noticed that, too. Thanks for including my post in your links!
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  2. those bags are so cute and dapper day?!? What is that? I had no idea there was something like that at Disneyland or is this just some made up thing????

    So glad to hear you are doing well with CrossFit and running and things are looking up. BTW.. next summer I’m coming for a visit to sit next to the pool with you!!!

    • Here’s more info on Dapper Day: http://dapperday.com/ It looks like a really fun event that is actually taking place this weekend in CA, FL and Paris!

      You’re more than welcome to come down any time! That pool is actually at my Dad’s house in NJ…it’s like going away to a resort :)

  3. Thank you!! :) I can’t wait until we’re both down at a race together. And so glad that the chiro is awesome and helping!

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