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RAD Recap for January 26, 2014

Has everyone recovered from the past two weekends??  Who wants to do it again??

If you missed some of the great coverage, here’s a quick recap for you!

Vilay shared all of her delicious eats from Marathon Weekend…let’s just say the Dole Whip was the star of the show 🙂


Angela took us to the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Expo and compared it to the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo craziness back in August.


Ashley ran the Inaugural Walt Disney World 10K and recapped all the fun for us!

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Chris stayed Club Level at the Polynesian Resort over Marathon Weekend and covered all of the goodness.  Sigh…I’m a bit jealous…

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To close the week, Kristina gave some great tips from her experience running the Dopey Challenge.  Oh and did I mention, she qualified for the Boston Marathon while doing it?!?  Amazing!


Also on RAD Living this week, I looked at how body types can dictate your sport and I also shared what I learned at a double under and pull up clinic this weekend.  Yes, I learned how to more efficiently jump rope.

Other great posts from around the community include:

This week I have even MORE coverage of these race weekends coming up including the Cool Down Party over WDW Marathon Weekend, a comparison of the Tinker Bell races & the Dumbo Double Dare, a look at the WDW Marathon Expo, a full recap of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, and a look inside the Family Reunion Breakfast during the Inaugural WDW 10K.

Thank you again to all of the guest bloggers for sharing your stories!  It’s been so great to get different perspectives on these race weekends!

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Marathon Weekend Eats in Walt Disney World

It’s no secret that I LOVE food and I especially LOVE food in Walt Disney World.  One of the hardest things about running at Disney is trying to figure out what to eat around the race.  Well Vilay is here with some great meal suggestions during a race weekend and tips on how to stay healthy while being tempted by some not so healthy options.  Try not to drool will reading this post!

This being my first marathon, I was nervous about everything, including my food. I’m here to share with you what I found to eat before and after the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon.

Pre-Marathon Day

I arrived at the Pop Century Resort on Saturday, which was also my family’s day at the Magic Kingdom. I ate breakfast on the road, which was just a coffee and pastry. After arriving at the park and a few rides, I was ready for lunch and chose Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Café. I wanted the Deluxe Cheeseburger which comes with bacon and onion rings on top, but maybe I spoke my order wrong and received just a plain cheeseburger.  My table also shared some chili cheese fries but I was careful not to eat too many.


Chili Cheese Fries
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe

One thing I love about some of the Magic Kingdom counter service places is the amazing toppings bar. Somehow my photo got lost but I piled that burger high with mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce, and banana peppers. If I weren’t running the marathon, I would have just made a burger salad without the bun so that’s an option for you low-carb eaters.


Burger & Fixins
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe

A few hours later, the sun was starting to beat down and we found ourselves in Adventureland so I waited in a very long line for a Dole Whip Float. My sister chose Pineapple ice cream while I chose Vanilla. We both agreed that vanilla is the best.


Vanilla Dole Whip

Of course, I couldn’t help but think that a splash of coconut vodka would take this dessert over the top.  I hate that I have to wait for another Disney trip to eat another Dole Whip. I’ll miss you, Dole Whip!


Dole Whip Dreaming!

After that afternoon snack, I counted down the hours until my dinner reservation at Be Our Guest. After the fun introduction to the restaurant and gawking at the ballroom where we sat, I was very excited to finally be able to partake in the bread basket, which I normally don’t do. The rolls were warm and served with a pat butter sprinkled with sea salt.


Warm Rolls
Be Our Guest Restaurant

My sister ordered the braised pork. The online menu for Be Our Guest stated that the slow cooked pork was served with green beans and mashed potatoes but the menu that day was slightly different. The pork came with a good amount of vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, and a tiny salad, with cauliflower purée instead of potatoes. I blog about health and fitness, and I normally try to limit my carb intake. This meal would be perfect for someone trying to limit carbs and I would have ordered it under other circumstances.


Braised Pork
Be Our Guest Restaurant

I didn’t want to eat too much fiber or have too large of a meal as my last meal before the race so I skipped a salad or appetizer and just ordered the salmon entree. I was I informed that the salmon was served cooked medium, which I love. It came perfectly cooked – very fresh, incredibly moist, and with a thin crispy crust. The whipped potatoes and creamy sauce sauce were not too heavy so they complimented the lightness of the salmon. Be Our Guest is the only restaurant at Magic Kingdom that serves alcohol. Oh how I wanted a glass of wine with this meal! Alas, I had to think of the marathon and skipped that too.


Pan Seared Salmon with Leek Fondue
Be Our Guest Restaurant

After seeing the dessert cart, I am so glad that I saved room for dessert. Hey, this counts ad carb loading right? There was no question that I would get the Grey Stuff dessert. This stuff was amazing! The mousse was so light and airy and I loved the crumbly cookie crust. It also wasn’t as sweet as I thought it would be. I wish it were twice as large!


The Grey Stuff!
Be Our Guest Restaurant

My five year old niece chose the chocolate cupcake as her kids’ meal dessert. This was a very adult cupcake – it was a very dark, almost bittersweet chocolate. I loved it but I can see how it might not appeal to a young kid. My little munchkin liked it though. Oh, and how cute is the rose decoration on each plate? The server did that tableside.

Chocolate Cupcake Be Our Guest Restaurant

Chocolate Cupcake
Be Our Guest Restaurant

We also got the strawberry cream cheese cupcake. This was the only thing I didn’t like very much and my sister agreed. I thought it was too sugary and didn’t have enough cream cheese flavor.

Strawberry Cupcake Be Our Guest Restaurant

Strawberry Cupcake
Be Our Guest Restaurant

The whole Be Our Guest experience really was special and the food was much better than I expected. At around $25 per entrée, the quality of food truly did match “real world” restaurants in the same price range.

Marathon Day

On the morning of the big race, I didn’t leave enough time to stop for breakfast at the Pop Century food court, so I just ate a Luna bar and a packet of peanut butter while on the bus.

Breakfast on the Bus!

Breakfast on the Bus!

Post-race, my family met me with some Pepperoni Pizza Bread from Everything Pop. It felt so good to be have real food immediately after my long race. I’m holding the pizza in this post-race photo.

Post Race Pizza

Post Race Pizza

With the exception of a few pretzels, I had been eating only sweet things (Powerade and gels) for the past few hours so it was especially great to taste something salty. I also got the snack box and a banana, and there were a few food trucks parked there but as a runner, I was grateful not to have to wait in line for food. I only managed to eat one of the two pieces of pizza though. By the way, I think Disney should consider getting a Dole Whip truck for post-Marathon party. An ice cold Dole Whip after the race sounds amazing. (Sarah’s Note: LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea!)

I went back to Pop Century to get cleaned up and cat-nap by the pool while drinking lots of water and Powerade. I was surprised that I wasn’t ravenously hungry. My body seemed to be only wanting small meals. For example, I ate one piece of pizza and felt satisfied. Then an hour later I was hungry so I ate the banana they gave me, and didn’t want any more food. Around 4:00 I was hungry again so I decided to eat a mini dinner. We headed to the Art of Animation resort, home of Landscape of Flavors which everyone told me was the best food court. I ordered the children’s size chicken parmesan meal with whole wheat pasta and a side of grapes. And of course, more water and Powerade.

Chicken Parmesan Kids Meal Landscape of Flavors

Chicken Parmesan Kids Meal
Landscape of Flavors

With rest and sustenance in me, I was finally ready to go to the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney. Because I ate early mini-dinner, I cancelled dinner plans and we agreed to eat whatever small bites and snacks that caught our fancy. I ate two churros – one caramel and one cinnamon-sugar. That was my first time eating churros since I was a small child and though it was a little stale, it hit the spot. Then I was in the mood for something from Babycakes – like their tiny donuts however by then it was 8:00 pm and they were sold out of everything except for banana bread and the thinnest chocolate chip cookies I had ever seen. Then I turned around and decided to try out Pollo Camparo. While their chicken looked really good and I’d like to try it sometime, I wasn’t hungry enough for a full chicken dinner. I ordered an empanada and yucca fries. The chicken empanada was a little soggy and bland. I didn’t enjoy it very much. I did enjoy the yuca fries. Yuca, also known as cassava, is a root vegetable. It’s denser and more fibrous than potatoes, so I felt the fries were more filling than regular potato fries.

Yuca Fries & Chicken Empanada Pollo Camparo

Yuca Fries & Chicken Empanada
Pollo Camparo

The Day After

The next morning, I think I finally had my appetite back. I got to the Everything Pop food court and suddenly I wanted to eat EVERYTHING. I figured out that I could achieve that goal by ordering two kids meals instead of one adult platter. I got one platter of Mickey Waffles with fruit, bacon, and sausage plus another kids platter of scrambled eggs, a biscuit, and gravy. Protein, carbs, fruit, and salty meats. Could you want anything else? After breakfast I had to hop on the Magical Express back to real life.


Even though my eating preferences turned out a little strange after the marathon, I hope that my experiences give you some ideas on how you can fuel up before and after a big Disney race. One thing I learned just from observing the dining menus is that although a lot of the food on the Quick Service menus offer fried or greasy foods, you can look beyond that and look closely for healthy alternatives.  Mickeycheck_0Avoid getting fries just because the meal says that it includes fries, and consider the vegetarian meals. Look for items with the Mickey Check symbol, which indicates that the meal meets federal nutrition guidelines for what is considered a healthy meal. Foods with the Mickey Check symbol are also minimally processed, which is a great way to eat in general.

Another tip if you’re like me and want to avoid overeating before or after an event is to order from the kids menu when you are at counter service locations. One of the unexpectedly great things about being at WDW for a strenuous race is that there were so many food options within easy reach. In one evening, I was able to eat multiple mini meals of varying types because that’s what my stomach wanted. If I had been on vacation somewhere else, I might be limited to a few restaurants or I might have been too tired to go through the effort of restaurant-hopping.

Overall, finding the right foods to eat was much easier than I thought it would be. I hope your next runDisney race is as nutritious and delicious as mine.


Having never played sports as a kid, Vilay Connor started running 2 years ago which empowered her to make healthy changes to her life until finally completing her first marathon. She is inspired by other “back of the pack” runners and women who find empowerment in exercise no matter what their size or ability. Follow her blog, Everyday Asian, where she shares her love of fitness, food, organic living, and travel.
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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: July 21, 2013

Well we made it through the heatwave here in the Northeast…that was a little brutal! The air was so thick with humidity that it was a bit difficult to breath at times. Because of this, I’ve been doing more yoga this week and less strenuous activities, while trying to focus on hydration as much as I can.


Shortly after I posted my runDisney race update on Tuesday, Disney’s Princess Half Marathon sold out!  This means that all of the runDisney half marathons in the next year are sold out.  WOW.  When I signed up for my first Princess Half, it was only 4 months prior to the race.  That isn’t an option for any Disney race anymore…crazy!

d23-expo-logoFor all of you heading out to Disneyland soon for the D23 Expo, it was announced this week that runDisney will be hosting a fun run through Disney California Adventure on Friday, August 9th!  It sounds like this will be very similar to the runDisney meetups that are held during race weekends and I would think that the registration process will be similar as well.  Details will be announced sometime this week so keep your eyes peeled and your fingers ready to get registered…good luck!!

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

And here’s what’s new over on RAD Living:

Now on to some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
Frolic Through Life has a goal of getting unassisted pull-ups…so do I!

Philly2Goofy started his training for the Dopey Challenge.

We Run Disney shares why running buddies are awesome, even when they aren’t running with you!

The Sweet Life with Erika attended a CrossFit clinic on Pose Running and Better Rowing…very cool!

Disney Posts
Bwana Blog takes an in-depth look at the backstory of Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures.

Disney Every Day shares why you should bring your family to play at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Studios Central has some great tips on how to stay cool in the theme parks.

Sparkly Ever After debuts a fun new web series called Rewind the Magic Disney…I love the first video!

This Happy Place gets Cabin Fever on this week’s Muppet Monday!

Weekly Review
The heat this week was not joke and as I mentioned earlier, I really took it easy.  It’s just not safe to push too hard in extreme heat. Here are the workouts I did get in and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Back Squats, Squat Cleans & Lunge Steps
Tuesday: CrossFit: Hang Snatch, Dead Lifts & Push Press
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Yoga – 30 min
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Yoga – 75 min

Since the heatwave broke today, I knew I had to get out there an get come miles in. My plan was 5 miles, but I ended up only doing 3.2 miles.  I have mixed emotions about how the run went and I’m trying to put them all together…more to come on that later, but overall it did feel good to get back out there.

Sweaty 3.2 Miles

Sweaty 3.2 Miles

I took out my new Polar RC3 GPS out today and I LOVE all the stats you get from it. However, it was a bit shocking to see how high my heart rate gets and it makes me wish this is something I was paying attention to earlier.  Again, trying to wrap my head around this…


I have a busy week coming up.  My mom is coming to visit (YAY!) and we have a lot of fun things planned including a foodie tour of New Haven and a trip to Foxwoods!  Hope you have a great week and remember to Be RAD!!

Do you use a heart rate monitor?  Where you surprised by the findings the first time you used it?

Friday Feast: Dole Whip Dreaming

Have you heard that it’s HOT here in the Northeast??  No??  I think everyone is complaining about this heatwave we’re having, but honestly I’ll take this any day over the winter…remember Nemo??

However, this heat has had me wanting something cool and delicious.  So of course my mind turns to Dole Whips!  Now I’m a relative newbie when it comes to Dole Whips.  I only had my first one a few years ago.  It was my friend Don, a self-proclaimed Dole Whip addict, who convinced me that I had to try one.

Don enjoying a Dole Whip Float!

Don enjoying a Dole Whip Float!

So back in 2010, Don took me to Aloha Isle during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and I tried my first Dole Whip.  I actually opted for the Swirl with vanilla ice cream and it was amazingly delicious.  The fun thing about trying this during the Halloween party was that the vanilla ice cream was green!

Halloweenie Dole Whip Swirl!

Halloweenie Dole Whip Swirl!

Since then, it has been a must stop for a sweet treat while in the Magic Kingdom.  I’ve stuck with the Swirl as my go-to flavor since it’s not as “pineappley” as the straight up Dole Whip.

Regular Dole Whip Swirl

Regular Dole Whip Swirl

One of my favorite variations of the Dole Whip debuted this year at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival – Dole Whip with Spiced Rum!  Of course I had to try this!  While it was delicious, it was basically just a Dole Whip and the rum didn’t add or detract anything from it.  Would I get it again?  Um…yes!


Dole Whip with Spiced Rum

Sigh…I wish I had any one of these variations in my hand right now while the temps are 100 degrees outside.

Do you like Dole Whips?  What is your favorite kind…Original, Float, Swirl, Spiced Rum?

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