Posts Tagged by CCFA

Runner of Steel Virtual Run

Looking for a fun way to amp up your race training?  Why not sign up for a virtual run where you can help a good cause AND get a fun medal?!

RAD Reader Angela is hosting the Runner of Steel Virtual Run benefiting the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injuries and improving the lives of those that live with paralysis.  The race is only $20 to enter and you get this super cool die cast medal!

Runner of Steel Medal

So what do you have to do to enter the virtual run and get this fun medal?  Just go to the Runner of Steel event page and enter your information.  Once registered, you will be emailed an official race bib and you will have until the end of September (yes, September!) to complete the run.  You can run any distance you want.  Make it a full marathon, a 10K or just a mile run around your neighborhood and you’ll get your medal!  100% of the proceeds will go to the foundation and your medal will be sent to you by the end of September.

Virtual runs are a great way to add some variety to your training.  I took part in the Kick Ass 5K Virtual Run earlier this year to support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.  Even though it wasn’t my best run (one of my worst actually!), I was proud to wear that bib and support a cause that is very important to me.

So why not sign up and be a super hero for someone in need?!

Have you every participated in a virtual race? 

From the Bathroom to Kona

If you’ve been reading RAD for a while, you will know that I have Ulcerative Colitis.  It is something I used to be embarrassed to talk about, but since I’ve started running and competing in endurance events that is no longer the case.  As I’ve become more vocal about suffering from this disease, more and more people have seemed to come out of the woodwork who struggle with the same issues and I know there is nothing to be embarrassed about.

A few years ago my doctor told me that I should not compete in any long distance running events, but clearly I have proven them wrong.  Sometimes it’s hard…VERY hard to find the energy to train or even get through a short 2 mile run because of my UC, but I just take it one day at a time.

I wanted to share this video with you that I found recently by Grant Henry.  Grant shares his story, From the Bathroom to Kona, as part of the Kona Inspired contest.  Here competitors share what drives them to that starting line and why they are competing in the 2013 Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI.  Winners will receive entry into the 2013 Ironman World Championship, along with many other VIP perks.  Here’s Grant’s story…

From the Bathroom to Kona

Grant is raising money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and Team Challenge, an organization very dear to my heart.  Last year around this time I was also raising money for CCFA as I was getting ready to run the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon with Team Challenge, proving that UC can’t hold me back!

Medal & Wine Glass copy

So vote for Grant.  Let’s help him get to Kona a show that UC, Crohn’s and IBD aren’t death sentences, we can do anything!

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: April 7, 2013

I’m loving having a lazy Sunday today.  Yes, it’s a gorgeous day here in CT and I should’ve gone out for a run, but B and I had a really fun date night in NYC yesterday and didn’t get home until 1:30 am.  I slept late and now I have to catch up on a lot of work.  Excuses…yep, but I’m having fun chillin with the cats.

So our date night…we had an amazing dinner at Mario Batali’s restaurant Babbo (expect a full review soon).


There we stuffed our faces and also saw Adam Arkin!

Like my sneaky photo skills??

Like my sneaky photo skills??

We had tickets for the 7:30 show of Chris Hardwick at Caroline’s, but ended up sitting in this for 1.5 hours on the way up to Times Square…



I called the venue and they were nice to honor the tickets at the 10:00 show, so we met up with my girl Estelle for a quick drink (we were supposed to meet afterwards and have a relaxing drink…) at a pub in Times Square.  But not before I was able to check out the horrific characters walking around…

Times Square Minnie

I wish we could’ve spent some more time together and as usual we didn’t get a picture (FAIL), but we had to rush to catch our show.  Chris was hysterical and despite a few bumps in the road, B and I had a great night.

Chris Hardwick

This week I started a new series on RAD called New to Me where I will be exploring all of the things that I still haven’t done in Walt Disney World.  Check it out along with a few other fun posts this week:

I also came across some fun RAD Reads this week:

Running & Fitness Posts
Mommy Run, Fast! has 10 tips for overcoming sugar cravings.

Live, Run, Grow is on a mission to Stop Foot Abuse! by giving some great yoga stretches for those tired feet.

Gabby’s Gluten Free talks about The Grind.  You know, when you hit that wall either mentally or physically in your workouts.

Disney Posts
Vintage Disneyland Tickets features Teen Magazine’s Guide to Walt Disney World from April 1972.  The photos are fabulous!

This Happy Place Blog looks at at all the fun details on the outside of MuppetVision.  This is one of my favorite areas of Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

The Disney Food Blog showcases some new limited edition beer steins at Epcot’s Germany Pavilion.  These are seriously too cute!

WDW Fan Zone contributor Mary Jo Collins tells how she saved the universe at Champion Stadium and won a runDisney race registration in the process!

Weekly Review
Had a great week of WODs at CrossFit.  I’m really starting to feel stronger and I’m loving seeing my muscles getting more defined!  It’s a reminder that this hard work really pays off.  My downfall this week has been food.  I was on a serious food bender which started because I wasn’t feeling good early in the week and just continued.  It was a double whammy of that “fun” time of the month plus a colitis flare.  I really just wanted to curl up in bed and eat potato chips.  But alas life must go on, however I did eat a good amount of potato chips…and I must say they made me feel much better!  Sigh…

The workouts I did get in were good and here they are.  As always you can see the full WODs on my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest – Sick
Tuesday: CrossFit: Thrusters, Back Squats, Burpees & Running
Wednesday: CrossFit: Amraps with 1.25 mi Running
Thursday: CrossFit: Dead Lift, CG Bench Press, Push Ups & Hang Power Cleans
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Now that the weather is getting warmer, more running is being added into the WODs.  This is great to increase my endurance, however I’m finding it very difficult.  I’m a slow runner with an average pace around 12:30 plus I use a run/walk method.  Due to the nature of CrossFit and often having to sprint, I find myself running much faster than normal.  I brought my Garmin one day and was averaging about a 10:30 pace.  Yes, the distance is much shorter, but I’m getting out of breath much quicker.  Also, instead of rests in between the runs, I’m doing crazy things like snatches, pullups, thrusters, etc…  So I’m not getting recovery like I get when I run/walk on long runs.

Overall, I think this will help with my running and hopefully help me PR my next race, but I have to make a confession.  It’s known at my box that I run races and when I come back in from a run as one of the last ones, I feel slightly ashamed…like a fake. I know what I’ve accomplished and damn I’m proud of it, but I guess I feel like I should be one of the leaders.  Does anyone else feel this way?

Speaking of running, don’t forget about the Kick Ass 5K this week to support CCFA.  It’s a virtual 5K, so you can run whenever you have time on April 9th.  Please show some support for our colons!!


What do you do for date night?

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: March 31, 2013

This week I registered for both the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  I also had to take a 2nd mortgage out on the house because of it, but it’s so worth it 😉  I wasn’t going to run the 10-Miler this year because I really didn’t love the race last year.  The course wasn’t my favorite, but really the heat is what the big problem was.  I thought about it and figured I’d try it again.  runDisney seems to make improvements to their races every year so I’m hoping this will be the same.  Plus, since I did the inaugural race, I kind of feel obligated to do it again.  That’s not silly right????

This week I also signed up for the Kick Ass 5K on April 9th!  This is a virtual 5K hosted by Abby at Run Stronger Every Day and is benefiting one of my favorite organizations, Team Challenge and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).  Abby’s story is quite inspiring.  She has been running for over 20 years and a few years ago was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC), which was quickly attacking her colon.  After having no luck with medication (strong medications!), she made the choice to have her colon removed.   I’ve also been suffering from UC for about 10 years now and getting to the point of having my colon removed is a fear I live with everyday.


Last year, I ran with Team Challenge at the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon and raised money for CCFA to help find a cure for these horrible diseases.  We tend to suffer silently, but people like Abby are helping to raise awareness and also give others, like me, the strength to talk about it as well.  Every little bit helps, so please consider donating as little as $15 and join us in running this Kick Ass 5K!

It’s been a different kind of week for me over on RAD…less fitness, more personal stories.  Just trying to mix it up a bit 😉  So in case you missed it:

There have also been some great RAD Reads out there in the blogosphere…check these out:

Running & Fitness Posts
Carrots ‘n’ Cake has some great tips on how to stick to your meal plan.

We Run Disney shares great tips on how to train for numerous races at once.

Live, Run Grow recaps her killer PR at the New York 13.1 Marathon…go girl!!!

Disney Posts
Studios Central has a preview of some of the 2013 Star Wars Weekend merchandise.

Da Mouse shows how the hills of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are coming alive.  I can’t wait for this attraction!

The Disney Food Blog has a recap of Marc Davis Centennial Dinner INSIDE the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.  This is just beyond amazing!

Disney Avenue takes a look at Walt Disney’s plane…pretty cool history.

Weekly Review
FINALLY I had a good week!  I got a good run in, 3 days of CrossFit and I had a wonderful week of meals.  Here’s my week and a always you can see my full WODs on my page on dailymile.

Sunday: 5 mile run
Monday: CrossFit: Power Cleans & Box Jumps
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: CrossFit: Pullups, Jump Rope, Row & Running
Thursday: CrossFit: Power Snatches, KB Swings, Box Jumps & AD
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

I hit some big PRs in CrossFit this week.  I had my first clean over 100#!  It wasn’t pretty and I actually strained my lower back a bit while doing it (yikes!), but I finished the clean and I’m pretty psyched about it!

What did you accomplish this week?

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: June 3, 2012

I am seriously surprised I am actually functioning.  This has been one of the most exhausting weeks I’ve had in a VERY long time.  I’m not sure why I took my vacation before this week and not after.  Mental note to take vacations AFTER hectic weeks in the future.  I’ve fallen behind on my posts this week and I even missed my Friday Feast, but don’t worry, I’m now back to a normal schedule.  There will be a very photo rich post on Tutto Gusto on the upcoming Friday Feast, which I hope will make up for the last food cravings last week.  

I haven’t had much time to catch up on my favorite blogs this week and my Google Reader is now at a number that makes me uncomfortable, but I did find a few RAD Reads in the time I had.  Check them out!

Running Posts
Running Jennie gives a great recap of the Toronto Women’s Half Marathon.  You might not have met your goal, but you still had a GREAT time and should be very proud!  I know I am!

Running the Castle provides some tips on how to have safe fun in the sun while running in the summer months.

Disney Posts
The Disney Food Blog shares some news about the 2012 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.  There will be a much needed Vegan booth, a new Florida booth showcasing local foods and VIP Chef Walking Tours, which I am SUPER excited about!

Zannaland features a fantastic interview with Ashley Eckstein on Star Wars Weekends and her clothing line Her Universe.

James from This Happy Place Blog recaps his first trip to Walt Disney World in 1994.  You can just feel the excitement in this post and it also includes a TON of vintage pics including Horizons, Journey Into Imagination, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

Parkeology pays tribute to Snow White’s Scary Adventures, which sadly closed this week.  You will be missed…

Weekly Review
A hectic week = little exercise.  But I did manage to get this…

Half marathon #2 is done and I killed it!  Yesterday I completed the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon and had a fantastic experience!  I had set out with a goal of finishing in under 3 hours and I finished in 2:59:17!  I’m still in a bit of shock that I actually did this AND acheived my goal given my lack of training lately.

Here’s the rest of my week in training:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: Spinning – 1 hour
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Schlepping boxes and lots of walking prepping for conference
Thursday: Walking around Foxwoods – had to be at least 2 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon – 13.1 miles

I’m going to rest my legs for a few days and my plan is to pick up my training again on Wednesday.  I may go for a walk tomorrow to work out some of this lactic acid because I’m pretty sore.  The calf compression sleeves really helped, but my quads are still screaming!

I’ll be writing a full race recap this week so keep an eye out for that.  I also can’t wait to share my experience running with Team Challenge for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.  It has been life changing and truly inspirational.

Any tips for faster recovery after a half marathon?

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