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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: April 21, 2013

This has been a tough week.  Starting with the tragedy in Boston, I feel like I’ve been in a daze.  I thankfully ended the week by coming to Walt Disney World…my happy place.  But I honestly almost didn’t make it.

Cinderella's Castle

It’s no secret that I really don’t like flying.  I get myself very worked up in the days leading to a trip and because of everything that went on this week, it multiplied my anxiety by 1000.  As I was sitting at the airport, there were a few moments that I almost got up and ran back to my car.  But I just kept talking myself off of the ledge, got on that plane and now I’m here having a blast.  I wish it would get easier…

Like I said, much of my week revolved around Boston, but here’s recap of what’s been going on at RAD this week:

And now some RAD Reads from this week…

Running & Fitness Posts
Most of the posts coming out of the running blogging community this week revolve around Boston.  I have a list of a bunch of them here.  You should also check out the Running for Boston in your city the has been organized by Pavement Runner.  This is taking place tomorrow, April 22nd at 6:00 pm across the globe.

Fit2Flex ran a very unorganized race recently.  You will be shocked by why happened…the roads weren’t even closed!!

Running Toward the Prize goes through the process of getting fitted for running shoes…so important!

Disney Posts
A Pinch of Pixie Dust visits the quiet corners of the Polynesian.  I NEED to get on one of those hammocks!

Main Street Gazette looks at the opening ceremony for Animal Kingdom 15 years ago.

This Happy Place Blog takes a break from Hollywood Studios and spends the afternoon at the Boardwalk.

The Disney Food Blog shares the news of a new ice cream and sorbet shop, L’Artisan des Glace, in France…YUM!

Disney at Work shares an incredibly heartwarming story about the Boston Marathon, Sandy Hook and the Disney 3:00 pm parade.

Weekly Review
I had the best intentions to get at least one (if not 2 runs) while I’m here in WDW, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.  Sometimes you just need a break and that’s what I’m doing.

Earlier in the week I had a few really good days at CrossFit and also got in a 4.09 mile run for Boston.  You can see my complete WODs this week including a bagillion squats on my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Squat Cleans, Back Squats, Thrusters & More
Tuesday: 4.09 mile run
Wednesday: CrossFit: Amraps!
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 2+ mile walk around Epcot

Even though I’m not running, you always get a lot of exercise in WDW just from walking around so I’m fine with that.  I sure hope next week is better than last week!!  Have a good one!!

Running for Boston

Yesterday I shared my feelings on the tragedy at the Boston Marathon and today I want to reinforce my thoughts about the strength of the running community.  It has been truly AMAZING to see how people have come together to show their support.  Here are some other posts about yesterday’s events from bloggers around the community:

If I missed you and you want to share, please link up in the comments below.

As you can see, the running community has come out in force today.  Many people are wearing race shirts to show their support or running 4.09 (the time on the clock) or 2.62 miles today.  I did both.  I wore my Princess Half shirt at work and I ran 4.09 miles in my WDW Marathon shirt when I got home.



This morning I asked all of you to send me your photos from today.  Photos in your race shirts, from your runs, or just showing support, and I can’t believe the response I got.  My original plan was to just post them here on the blog, but I thought a slideshow would be much better 🙂  Thank you to Krissy at Shiawase Life for pointing out the significance of the song “We Go On” from Illumination at Epcot.  This is one of my favorite songs and it is the perfect background for this.  Just look at everyone showing their support…there are close to 90 photos here and I had to loop the song because of it.  You all are AMAZING!!  Even Rachel Booth, winner of the Princess Half Marathon, sent in a pic!! xoxoxo

Thank you again for coming out in force today to show your support for the runners and spectators in Boston.  I am so proud to be part of this community and call you all my family.  If I missed your photo, please post it in the comments below or on the Running at Disney Facebook Page.

We are stronger than ever and we WILL go on!


200px-BostonmarathonlogoI didn’t expect to be writing this post today and believe me I don’t want to be, but I feel like I need to.  The horrific incident at the finish line of the Boston Marathon today shook me to the core and it’s all I’ve been able to think about.

This is one of the biggest events in the running world.  It is made up of the running elite who have spent years pounding the pavement to qualify for the race.  I still consider myself a new runner and to watch these athletes compete is just mind boggling.  I will never in my life be able to accomplish that and I am in awe to see these runners cross the finish line.  I spent a good part of the morning watching the elite runners compete for that top spot and cross that line, never to imagine what I would be seeing a few short hours later.  The finish line is a place for celebration and joy, not for fear and destruction.

Like many people, I immediately turned to social media and was glued to the computer for a few hours following the explosions.  It was devastating, heartbreaking…horrible.  To say I was shaken is an understatement.  Eleven and a half years ago, I found myself in a similar position, trapped in my apartment, 5 blocks from the World Trade Center.  All of the feelings of fear and helplessness came rushing back and I just sat paralyzed at my desk.

Not only did I know exactly what this people were going through, but to know that this was my community, my new family of runners who I love and respect, is just devastating.  I know all of the hard work and dedication that goes in to running a marathon and to have that taken away from them, to have family members taken away from them, at what should be such a joyous occasion is just unimaginable.

I still can’t quite wrap my head around what happened or how this could happen in the world of heightened security that we live in.  I am glad to know that my friends and fellow runners who were in Boston today are ok.  I am also extremely thankful to everyone who checked in to see if I was ok today.  I am still broken from my own experiences and wouldn’t have been able to survive it without you.

I love this community and we can NOT let this deter us.  This must be the start of a running journey to grow even stronger as a family of runners.  Whether you have been running all your life or are just starting, you are a part of this family and support in this difficult time is so important.  And to everyone in Boston…please know that I will run for you, I will run for your family and friends who were lost and injured, I will run for those who can’t.  This is can be a new start…

Boston Start Line

Healthy Living Summit: Friday Recap

When I first saw that this year’s Healthy Living Summit was going to be in Boston, I knew I had to go since it’s only a quick 2 hour drive from my house.  I arrived at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge a little before 2:00 pm on Friday and promptly checked-in to my room. They had these wonderful self check-in kiosks where you swipe your credit card, confirm your reservation and it spits out a card.  All set in about a minute…awesome!

I got settled and then headed down to the lobby for the conference registration and to get my swag!  While on line to register, Mindy from Just A One Girl Revolution (love the name!) introduced herself to me, which made me feel much more at ease since I didn’t know ANYONE going into this.  Thanks Mindy 🙂  I picked up my name badge and then was directed to get my shoes (say wha?!), shirt and swag bag.  I was shocked to see this awesome pair of Reebok RealFlex sneakers…what an awesome giveaway.

As if this wasn’t enough, we also received a very cool HLS t-shirt and swag bag that was stuffed to the brim with goodies!  Look at all this great stuff:

Serious Swag!!

After I dropped all this wonderful stuff off at my room, I headed back downstairs for the Summit Kickoff with Greatist.  I have to say I wasn’t familiar with Greatist prior to this conference, but it was very interesting to hear Derek Flanzraich, CEO & Founder, speak about how he created this successful company that grew to over 1 million unique visits in a year.  He shared some helpful tips on site design, identifying your voice, web hosting and creating newsletters.  I left with some great takeaways and I was pumped for everything I was going to learn during the conference the following day.

Derek from Greatist

There was some downtime before the evening cocktail party, so I took the time to relax a bit and catch up on some blogs.  I headed down to the hotel bar to grab dinner and was pleasantly surprised at how good the Cobb salad was there.  This was a great choice since it was very filing, but still left me feeling light for the party.

The cocktail party was a lot of fun!  I met a ton of wonderful bloggers, readers and fellow FitFluential ambassadors.  I was very excited to get to meet Kelly Olexa, CEO & Founder of FitFluential, who is even more dynamic in person!  I was immediately inspired by her energy and hysterical sense of humor…an amazing woman.  I also met a wonderful group of first timers to HLS (like myself) and we all bonded over the fact that we didn’t know anyone 🙂  We even ended the night in the photo booth!

Why do I always make such strange faces??

A few of the girls were hungry towards the end of the night, so we all walked to this fabulous tapas restaurant called Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge.  We weren’t sure what to expect with a name like that, but I immediately fell in love with the place when we walked in.  It had a very vintage feel and all of the servers where in burlesque type costumes…so fun!  The cocktails were DELICIOUS and the food was also quite good.

We cabbed it back to the hotel since it was close to midnight at that point and I conkedout right away!  That was a long day and I needed my energy for the next day.  Stay tuned for Part 2!

Healthy Living Summit #HLS12

This weekend I’m at the Healthy Living Summit in Boston.  The conference is for bloggers and blog readers who focus the various aspects of healthy living, including fitness, food and well-being.  If yesterday’s pre-conference was any indication on what is in store today, I can’t wait!!  I think I’m most looking forward to the session on Blogging with Brands with Kelly Olexa from FitFluential and longingly watching everyone do a CrossFit workout this morning with Reebok.

Click here to view the entire agenda for the day and make sure to follow #HLS12 on Twitter for updates throughout the day.  Now I have to go get ready for what I’m sure will be a healthy and yummy breakfast!  Full updates to follow later this week 🙂