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RAD Recap for June 8, 2014

I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am that the summer is finally here and that it is warm outside!  I have been in such a great mood and I even went to the gym 5 days this week!  Who am I?!?!  It’s so amazing how the weather can have a big effect on your overall wellbeing.  I’m seriously thinking it’s time to move to warmer climates…I’m not built for this winter business!

Things have been kind of quiet over here on RAD this week because 1. I think runDisney has exhausted their BIG new for a few weeks and 2. I’ve had a TON of things going on outside of my Disney life…shocking, I know.  But it’s all pretty fun, so you should check it out…

First up were some food adventures!  I shared a recipe for some delicious and nutritious Juice Pulp Meatballs that you must try.  I know it sounds gross, but stick with me on this one.


Next, my CSA started this week (remember CSA Saturdays here 2 years ago?!?) and I got some amazing local veggies to try out!


Everything else was CrossFit related…again, shocking!  Last weekend I spent 3 days in CrossFit heaven at the Northeast Regional competition.  That Friday, I was invited by Reebok to tour their facility, meet with some very inspirational athletes and test out some of their products.  It was a dream come true!


So that has been my life outside of Running at Disney, but there as also be some rad stuff going on over here!  Katie shared her transformation story with us and Danielle returned with some great ways to Love Thy Feet!

Coming up this week I have another great transformation story, information on the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend registration, an all new Kill, Marry, Refurb segment, and John is back with more Anaheim Antics!

Hope you have a great week!!

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RAD Recap for April 13, 2013

I’m entering my last week of work and I am full of anxiety and excitement!  There are so many mixed emotions but I finally feel charged for the first time in a long time, yet there is still a lot of work to do.  I’m ready…I think! 🙂


Something I can say I’m very excited about is the new medal that was revealed today for this year’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon!  I absolutely love the design and the fact that it’s a spinner makes it even better! This will be my next runDisney race (so far away!) and I’m really looking forward to celebrating the 5th anniversary of the race and getting some new bling!


If you’re wondering why I’m not running any races until November, well it’s because I signed up for the Disney Fit Challenge in September.  I’ll be in the scaled division and giving it my all!  I’m really excited to try something different and kick up my training.  This weekend I attended a weightlifting clinic where we focused on snatches and clean & jerks.  I’ve always loved clean & jerks, but snatches are tough.  It was great to get more practice in and learn a ton of tips on how to improve form and strength.  I really love lifting heavy things!


Also this week, Reebok came out with some fun superhero inspired versions of their CrossFit Nano 3.0. Even if you don’t do CrossFit, these are a great all around cross-training shoe. They are actually my favorites just for walking around the Disney parks!


Once again I played my favorite monthly game of Kill, Refurb, Marry.  This month’s topic was Animal Kingdom Drinks and I came up with the best idea ever!  What do you think?


And keeping with the culinary theme, I took a trip out to Disney California Adventure and reminisced on one of my favorite breakfast’s of all time at Flo’s V8 Cafe.  However I am now seriously bummed because someone commented they are no longer serving breakfast there…I am devastated 🙁


Since the next few weeks (months actually!) are going to be rather hectic for me, I’m still looking for guest contributors to RAD.  Whether it’s a story idea or a monthly column idea, I want to hear from you!  Email me at if you are interested!

Hope you have a great week!

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Why I Will Never Go To Walt Disney World for New Year’s…

I guess this could be summed up in one word…CROWDS.  Everything about crowds makes me feel uneasy.  The long lines, waiting around, the claustrophobic feeling of being too close to strangers, the potential for stampedes…you know, all of those highly rational issues.  😉

But truly, nothing about crowds is fun to me, even if I’m at Walt Disney World.  Basically I avoid it like the plague this time of year.  I like my vacations to be relaxing, fun and include the least amount of waiting around possible.  When I start seeing things like this pop up on the internet, I start getting anxiety just thinking about being there!

Photo Source: Doctor Disney

Photo Source: Doctor Disney

Photo Source: Charles Aguillon

Photo Source: Charles Aguillon

Photo Source: The Main Street Mouse

Photo Source: The Main Street Mouse

Photo Source: WDW New Today

Photo Source: WDW News Today

If you are brave enough to tackle one of the Disney Parks today, GOOD LUCK!  Remember to enjoy the magic even if it’s a little harder to find.  Remember to be nice to the cast members who are spending their holiday making your family happy.  Remember to smile.  Remember that this is probably one of the best people watching experiences out there!

So get on that long line at Aloha Isle, grab a Dole Whip and park it on a bench for a few hours.  You are sure to make some great memories with your family and friends.  I’ll be cheering you on and crossing my fingers for no stampedes from the quiet of my living room.


RAD Reads and Weekly Review: August 25, 2013

Well here we go!  The trip to Disneyland has officially began!  We are taking a few days to visit family in Colorado before heading out to California on Wednesday.  I’m a mixed bag of anxiety and emotions (read all about that here) and to be honest, I still feel like this isn’t really happening?  Am I REALLY going to Disneyland?  Whoa.  I think I’m ready.  I’ve done so much research to get ready for this trip that it would be sad if I wasn’t.  It’s just the fear of a new place and the unknown that is getting my nerves all razzled.

If you are coming out for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, please remember to come to my Disneyland Half Marathon RAD Meet-Up on Saturday, August 31st at noon!  Make sure to RSVP over on my Facebook page so I know how many are coming 🙂  Hope to see you there!

In case you missed it, here’s what’s new on Running at Disney this week:

And here’s what’s been happening over on RAD Living:

The RAD Reads are going to get pushed to next week because I’ve really gotten behind on all my blog reading this week trying to get ready for my trip.  But I have a few saved and will have a great bunch for you next week!

Weekly Review
I felt like I seriously killed it in the gym this week!  This was a testing week at my box and it’s always so fun to see you’re progress 🙂  I managed to get to the gym four times and while there cranked out 4 new PRs!  The 2 I’m most proud of are my 500m row time and my clean & jerk.  I was finally able to get the 500m row under 2 minutes to 1:58 and this was after a killer workout of dead lifts and burpees!  I know I can do better, but I’m super happy with that for now. And the clean & jerk…um, did I really lift 98# over my head?!?!  YUP!  My upper body strength has always been my weakness, so to be able to lift close to 100 pounds from the ground to overhead is quite amazing to me.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could do that.  It was only a year ago that the 10# dumbbells I was using in my basement seemed super heavy.  Not anymore… 🙂

Check out those calf muscles!

Check out those calf muscles!

Here are the rest of my workouts from this week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
MondayCrossFit: Back Squats, Pull-ups, Thrusters & Row
TuesdayCrossFit: Hang Power Snatch, Power Clean, Dead Lifts & Burpees
Wednesday: Rest
ThursdayCrossFit: Shoulder Press, Push Ups, Air Dyne
FridayCrossFit: Squat Clean, Split Jerk, Front Squat, Sled Push
Saturday: Rest

This week will be full of walking and running.  CrossFit will be taking a back seat ( 🙁 ) for a week while I hike through the mountains, frolic through Disneyland and race through the streets of Anaheim.  What an adventure! Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!

My Travel Nightmare

Before I jump into this post I want to send out my deepest condolences to the families that were effected by the horrific shooting that took place on Friday in Sandy Hook, CT.  Since I live in CT, this hit very close to home and has deeply saddened me.  I haven’t been able to wrap my brain around what would drive someone to do this and my heart just breaks for those affected.  Please know you are in my daily thoughts and I wish you all the courage to get through this, now difficult holiday season.  xoxo

Friday evening, I left for South Carolina to visit my Mom for the holidays.  Not only was I upset all day by the news of this shooting, but I was getting anxious about flying.  I had to take 2 flights to get here and the planes are pretty tiny.  Add on top of that, horrible traffic trying to get to the White Plains airport to stress me out even more.  Bad call booking a flight for Friday evening with CT-95 traffic…

Traffic on 95…boooooooo

I really don’t do well in traffic and this was some of the worst.  I had a breakdown on the phone with B while stopped dead in Stamford and seriously contemplated just turning around and going home.  My anxiety was getting the best of me and I wasn’t going to let it win!!  Luckily my flight was delayed 40 minutes and I made it there with just enough time to use the restroom and buy a bottle of water.  Phew…   Boarding was called and we walked out on the runway to get on this tiny plane…yikes!

Tiny Plane

The flight was smooth and uneventful.  We landed in Charlotte and I had just enough time to grab a quick dinner and a much needed drink.  It was already 10:00 pm so I didn’t want to eat too much so I went with southwest salad with grilled chicken and a giant Grey Goose and club.  Not too bad for airport food.

I headed over to my gate and was just about to board the plane when they held us to have maintenance come out to look at something.  Next thing I know, I go from seeing this:

To this:

Sigh.  There was a mechanical issue with the plane, so my flight was canceled.  While I appreciate that they caught the issue before we were airborne, I wasn’t thrilled about spending the night in Charlotte.  US Airways put everyone on the flight up in a hotel for the night…the oh so lovely Microtel Inn.  If the BO coming from the driver of the courtesy van was any indication of what the hotel was going to be like, I knew I was in for a real treat.  It was about 11:30 by the time I got to the hotel and I was exhausted.  Normally I would be completely skeeved by this hotel room (I wouldn’t recommend the Microtel Inn), but I was so tired that I just didn’t care.  I washed my face and knocked out…

Definitely not a Disney hotel…

I was able to get on a flight to Columbia, SC at 9:45 am this morning, which is a little over an hour away from my Mom’s house.  All of the flights to my original destination of Augusta, GA were full until much later in the afternoon.  Luckily, all went smoothly with that flight (another super tiny plane!) and I’m safely in SC.  The flight was only 18 minutes once we got airborne…that’s my type of flight!

So I’m here…a day late, but better late than never.  For someone who isn’t a huge fan of flying, this weekend has been a test of my nerves, but I think I handled it all pretty well.  With each trip I’m getting better…maybe I’ll be able to get back to Ireland one of these day 🙂

Have you ever had a bad travel experience?