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Heat Advisory for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

WDW Marathon Heat Advisory

What would a Disney race weekend be with out a heat advisory???  With temps having been around freezing in Orlando this week, this is a little hard to believe, but alas it is true.  runDisney has issued the following statement:

Jon Hughes, Race Director, and Dr. James Scelfo, Medical Director, would like to welcome you to the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®. As the runDisney team makes final preparations, we want to remind you of important weather related preparations and information.

Due to warmer weather than anticipated, we encourage all participants to closely monitor their pace and not overextend. This may not be the event to attempt your personal best. We encourage you to be well-hydrated prior to the races and maintain fluid status with alternating water and electrolyte based hydration options throughout your race and entire race weekend. Slow down and ask for assistance at any signs of heat illness. Heed these warnings seriously.

Please review the race program for more details, but as a reminder all medical stations will have the appropriate flag color displayed according to existing heat conditions:

  • GREEN FLAG – Good conditions. Enjoy the event but stay alert.
  • YELLOW FLAG – Less than ideal conditions. Participants with high risk of heat stroke should withdraw.
  • RED FLAG – Potentially dangerous conditions. Heat injury is possible. All participants urged to slow their pace and hydrate adequately.
  • BLACK FLAG – Extreme and dangerous conditions. All participants advised not to compete. Course may be shortened and no times recorded.

All of us at runDisney hope you have a safe, magical run. See you at Epcot®!

Looking at, temps will be increasing through Saturday and then dropping back down again for Sunday.  Good news for all you marathoners.



While the temps don’t seem all that high, you have to factor in the 85% and higher humidity and it can be down right oppressive.  Just remember to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE and take it easy during the day.  Don’t go crazy with park touring!

Good luck out there!!!

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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: September 15, 2013

So you really want to know what bloggers do on vacation?  Well we typically start our day doing this:


This photo cracks me up.  Not only because it’s slightly ridiculous, but I just love how I have friends who are all on the same wave length.  Obviously we didn’t spend the entire trip hidden behind our laptops.  We went kayaking, swimming, played mini-golf, ate a TON of food and had numerous adult beverages.  The 2nd year at the Disney Beach House was the best yet and I can’t wait to share more details with you about Disney’s Vero Beach Resort…it’s quickly topping my list of favorite resorts!

As a great way to end the week, a few of us headed out to Walt Disney World on Friday to not only play in parks for a bit:


But most importantly to eat here:


O.M.G. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing the renovations are at California Grill.  The decor, the food, everything…wonderful.  Be sure there will be a full detailed review to come shortly, but for now you can check out all the food porn over on my Instagram page.

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Running at Disney this week:

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

Now on to some RAD Reads from some of my favorite bloggers!

Running & Fitness Posts
Mommy Run Fast tackles the Yasso 800s.  I’ve always been interested in adding this into my training plan.

The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail talks about her sugar addiction…are you secretly an addict??

Gabby’s Gluten-Free has a great look at her goals including perception, pressure & doing your own damn thing…I love this!

Disney Posts
Eating WDW shares a her favorite vegetarian dishes at WDW and they all look delicious!

This Happy Place takes an interesting look at the price of being a fangirl.  I love this take on the Disney community and what fandom actually means.

Imagineering Disney has great construction photos of Cinderella’s Castle.  Do you know how many bricks make up the castle?

Sparkly Ever After visits the new grand and miraculous Starbucks in Epcot.

Weekly Review
My past week definitely involved a TON of relaxation, but I did manage to squeeze in a few good workouts.  Our kayaking trip was an incredible upper body workout!  Here are all of my workouts from this week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Kayaking: 4.7 miles (4 hours)
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 20 min amrap: goblet squats, db thrusters & pushups
Friday: Magic Kingdom Walking (4 miles)
Saturday: Magic Kingdom Walking (5 miles)

The 20 minutes amrap I did on Thursday was at the resort gym called Anchors A-Weigh.  Love the name!


Didn’t love the gym…


Definitely not my style…  But I made the best of it, grabbed a dumbbell and made up my own workout.


I did a quick 1/4 mile warmup run on the treadmill, which was awkward because I had a mirror right in my face…yikes!  Then I did the following 20 minute amrap (as many rounds as possible):

  • 15 goblet squats (20#)
  • 10 dumbbell snatches (20# x 4 & 30# x 4)
  • 10 pushups

I started with 5 burpees instead of the pushups, but realized by quads were quickly going to get burnt out with those, so I switched to pushups for round 2.  I got in a total of 8 rounds and was a sweaty mess after.  This workout was so tough that my quads and glutes are STILL sore 3 days later…crazy.

Tomorrow I will be starting the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge which is 8 weeks on the Paleo diet along with 10 workouts.  My weight will be taken, my measurements will be taken, photos will be taken…ahhhh!  I’m a bit nervous and excited at the same time.  I will be covering the whole thing over on RAD Living, so make sure to head over there and check it out!

Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!

Friday Feast: Looking Ahead to the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

To say that I’m getting excited for Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is an understatement.  It is by far my favorite time of year.  I mean really, combining Disney with food is my idea of paradise!

A few weeks ago, Disney Every Day reported on some new food items that will be added to the menu this year and there are a few that I haven’t stopped thinking about.  Then earlier today, The Disney Food Blog announced four more new items…yay!  There are also a few old favorites that I’ve been dying to sink my teeth into again, so let’s take a look…

Old Favorites

Well my number one favorite item at the festival has to be the Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw from the South Korea booth.  This dish is so flavorful and is incredibly filling for a small plate.  It’s actually also pretty healthy among all of the items available at the festival.  I’m a little nervous that it won’t be making a return this year because a Kimchi Dog with Spicy Mustard Sauce and Kimchi has been announced as a new item there.  I will be devastated if this is the case…

Lettuce Wraps

Last year I discovered the Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies at the Australia booth and fell in love.  Now I’m not a big lamb fan, but this was out of this world.  The combination of the mint and the salty potato chips was incredible.  I think I probably had at least 6 of these over the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend…they were the perfect post-race snack!!

Lamb Chop

The Florida Local Booth was new last year, but it had two wonderful dishes that I also had multiples of.  First was the Florida Shrimp Ceviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables, Fried Plantains and Cilantro, which was both refreshing and spicy. I also really enjoyed the White Corn Arepa with Mangalitsa Pork Rilette and Zellwood Sweet Corn Salad.  This wasn’t a hit with a lot of people, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I think I’m just a sucker for anything that has pork in it.

Arepa Delicioso!

New Deliciousness

Since they like to change up the menu at the festival, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I might not be able to get all of my favorite dishes again this year 🙁  But thankfully, some of the new items that have been announced look amazing.  First thing I’m dying to try is the Seared Trout with Frisee, Bacon and Maple Minus 8 Vinaigrette from the Canada booth.  Whoa…what is not to love about that?!?

Austraila looks like it’s going to have another winner on its hands with the addition of Garlic Shrimp served with what looks to be broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes.    Well all of that is sure to go very well with the Grilled Lamb Chop and maybe a nice glass of Pinot Noir.

The newly announced Lemongrass Curry Chicken from the Singapore booth sounds very promising, as long as it’s not overpoweringly spicy.  Also, the new for 2013 Scotland booth has a cocktail that I must try.  The Loch Lomond Cocktail which is Scotch, Drambuie and Dry Vermouth sounds delicious!

Well now you know what I’m most looking forward too…can you blame me?  Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival starts in only 77 days, but who’s counting?? 🙂

What is your favorite item at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival?  What new items are you looking forward to trying?


Friday Feast: The Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

I recently visited Disney’s Vero Beach Resort for the first time and I can’t say enough good things about the resort.  The beach side setting is stunningly gorgeous and there are so many activities to keep all ages entertained during their stay.  And let’s not forget about the restaurants…oh boy is there some tasty food!

One afternoon, our group decided to head over the The Green Cabin Room for some drinks and appetizers.  A storm was rolling in, so we figured this would be a great place to kill some time after spending the morning on the beach.  The bar is located on the second floor of the main building at the resort and is named and themed after a ship wreck off the coast of Vero Beach.  The whole room is very welcoming with dark woods and cozy areas to sit, and there are tons of artifacts displayed along the walls.

Green Cabin Room Bar

Lounge Area

On the ceiling above the bar, there is an amazing mural that is supposed to look like an old, weathered treasure map of Florida.  Don’t forget to look up when you’re checking out all of the details!

Ceiling Mural

While the inside is really nice, the covered deck outside is the real gem of The Green Cabin Room.  Here you have a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and it is the perfect place to relax and watch a mid-day storm.

Gorgeous View of the Atlantic Ocean
(The storm is behind us…I swear!)

We ordered drinks while we perused the menu and I decided to go with a margarita, which is my go-to vacation beverage.  The menu here is mainly made up of various appetizers, but there is a burger and some flatbreads if you are looking for something a little more substantial.


The Green Cabin Room Menu

We decided to get a bunch of appetizers for the table and all share so we could sample different things.  First we have the Chicken Wings in a Sweet Thai Chili Sauce and the Barbecue Flatbread with Red Onion, Pepper Jack Cheese and Cilantro.  I was skeptical about the wings since I am a classic buffalo wing gal, but they were delicious.  They were very crispy and the sauce was a nice combination of sweet and spicy.  The flatbread was another winner.  All of the flavors went really well together.  My friend Amanda had a bad experience with the Four-Cheese Flatbread here before, so we were all a little skeptical going in and thankfully were pleasantly surprised.  (Read Amanda’s review here)  

Chicken Wings with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

Barbecue Chicken Flatbread

Next up we have the Southwestern Eggroll and the Caribbean Conch Fritters, both served with a Cilantro Cream Sauce.  I’m not a huge fan of southwestern eggrolls, but this was pretty good.  The outside was crispy and the black beans and veggies inside were seasoned really well.  The conch fritters on the other hand were out of this world.  I had never had a conch fritter before (which is apparently blasphemy to my Floridian friends) and I had no idea what to expect.  Let’s just say they are little fried balls of corn and seafood deliciousness.  The cilantro cream was a great dipping sauce and offset the little bit of heat that was in the fritters.  These were so good in fact, that we ordered a second plate.  I sure have been missing out!

Southwestern Eggroll

Caribbean Conch Fritters

And last, but certainly not least, I ordered the Crab Cakes with Crunchy Slaw and Chipotle Aioli.  This was my favorite out of all the dishes.  These were all crab with very little filler.  They were super crispy on the outside and light and moist on the inside.  The slaw was refreshing and the aioli had a nice smoky flavor with a slightly spicy kick to it.

This was a great lunch/mid-day snack.  Not only was the food good, but the beautiful setting made it even more enjoyable.  Oh and the company…that really was the BEST part!

The Vero Beach House Gang 🙂

I can’t wait to return to Vero Beach and check out The Green Cabin Room again.  Hopefully next time I can catch some of the live music they have there Wednesdays – Saturdays!

Have you ever visited The Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort?  What did you think?