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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: March 24, 2013

Big news was announced this week from runDisney about the all new Dopey Challenge taking place of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in 2014.  This challenge consists of 4 races and 48.6 miles over 4 days.  The running elite are lining up to take on this challenge, but I know it’s not it my future.  Is it in yours?

A Dopey way to celebrate my birthday ;)

A Dopey way to celebrate my birthday 😉

It’s been a busy week for me, but I managed to take a little time to get personal on RAD. A refreshing way to celebrate my 33 birthday 🙂  I don’t know about you, but my birthday is always a strange time for me.  I usually do a lot of reflecting (obviously from my birthday post) and try not to make a huge deal out of it.  I’m not great at being the center of attention so I always find all the birthday wishes a little uncomfortable, even though I secretly love it.  Oh and the gifts…that’s always fun too.  Full birthday recap coming tomorrow.

Anyway, here’s all that’s been going on if you missed it:

Kind of a slow week for me, but there was a lot going on around the blogosphere.  Check out some of the RAD Reads I found:

Running & Fitness Posts
Living the Magical Life has some really fun Disney running mantras!

Carrots n Cake shares how she has fallen in and out of love with running…I struggle with this ALL this time!

i Get Skinny set a new goal this week with running, meal prep and clean eating…yeah!!  Now she’s lost 6 pounds in 3 days…go girl!

Fit2Flex shares her journey to a sub-2 half marathon…oh how I hope to get here some day!

Disney Posts
Inside the Magic reports on the MyMagic+ upgrade for annual passholders at WDW and the new MagicBand preview.  Personally, I found all of the historical items on display way more interesting!

Imagineering Disney has some amazing photos of the Liberty Square construction at WDW.

WDW for Grownups compare the recreation options at the various WDW resorts.  I really need to check out those tiny boats one day!

This Happy Place Blog tackles my constant dilema of visiting old favorite or new restaurants when on a WDW vacation!  What to do?!?!

Disney Every Day takes a tour of the new Rapunzel bathroom/rest area in WDW’s Fantasyland…those are some fancy bathrooms!

Weekly Review
Another not so stellar week, but I blame my cold earlier in the week and my birthday.  Yes, I’m finding excuses and I hate that.  Blech.  Here’s my week and a always you can see my full WODs on my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Still Sick
Monday: CrossFit: Dead Lifts, Strict Press, Push Ups & Jump Rope
Tuesday: Rest (unplanned, but crazy sore from heavy DLs)
Wednesday: Birthday Rest
Thursday: CrossFit: Split Jerks, Rowing, Rope Slams
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Monday’s WOD was crazy hard and I definitely used too much weight for the dead lifts.  I actually felt like I was going to puke about halfway through the WOD but I pushed through.  My lower back was incredibly sore the following day so I decided to take a few days off so as not to push it.  I LOVE dead lifts, but I really have to watch myself because I have a tendency to over do it.  The head coach did manage to get this pic of me…I make ridiculous faces!

Starting a 178# Dead Lift

Starting a 178# Dead Lift
Seriously…what’s with that face?!

I don’t know what’s going on, but I really need to snap out of this funk.  I’m forcing myself to get out there and put in at least 4 miles today…this needs to happen.  Then Chocolate Chili and Smoky Corn Chowder are on the menu as part of my meal prep for the week.  Also 3 days of CrossFit need to happen for the week…NO EXCUSES!

What are your goals for the week?

Friday Feast: Chocolate Chili

Yes, you read that right…Chocolate Chili.  It sounds strange, but just go with me here.  My friend Jenn posted this recipe a few weeks ago and I was instantly intrigued.  With predictions of winter storm Nemo last week, I figured it would be the perfect time to try it while we were going to be hibernating.  Let’s make some chili!

I made some tweaks to the original recipe from The Clothes Make the Girl since B severely despises cumin and I didn’t have a can of tomato paste in the house.  So I added a few additional spices to replace the cumin along with beer (can’t have chili without it in my book!) and tomato sauce.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 pound ground beef (93% lean)
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground chipotle
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 bottle (12 oz) beer



1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  When the oil is melted, add onions, stir with a wooden spoon and cook until they’re translucent, about 7 minutes.

CC_Coconut Oil

2. Add the garlic and as soon as it’s fragrant, about 30 seconds, crumble the ground meat into the pan with your hands, mixing with the wooden spoon to combine. Continue to cook the meat, stirring often, until it’s no longer pink.


CC_Onions & Meat

3. In a small bowl, crush the oregano between your palms to release its flavor, then add all of the dry ingredients and stir to combine.


4. Add spices and tomato paste to the pot and stir to combine.

5. Add all of the liquid ingredients, stir well and bring to a boil.



6. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for at least 2 hours.  The liquid will reduce significantly and all the goodness will marry together…YUM!

CC_2 hours later

Serve the chili in some nice deep bowls with your favorite accompaniments.  I topped mine with some cheddar cheese and sliced avocado and it was perfect.

CC_cheese & avocado


This was by far the best chili I have ever had.  The spices, especially the cocoa, gave it an incredible depth of flavor.  It reminded me of a good mole sauce.  I served it with a simple green salad with a lemon vinaigrette.


I LOVED this chili.  In fact, I’m planning on making it again this weekend.  It was super easy to throw together, it’s good for you and it’s the perfect thing to warm your soul in this frigid February weather!  Let me know if you try this…I’d love to hear how it turns out!