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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: November 4, 2012

Well Hurricane Sandy certainly left her mark on the east coast.  The damage is quite unbelievable especially in NJ.  It is so heartbreaking to see the damage in the area I grew up.  I spent so much time in Sea Bright, NJ as a kid and now it is just gone to a sea of sand and destruction.

Photo Source: Kylie Sobel/Now This News

We are still without power here in CT 6 days after Sandy blew through.  The house is now at a toasty 55 degrees and the entire contents of our fridge and 2 freezers are now in the garbage.  As frustrating as it has been, I keep trying to remind myself that we are incredibly lucky in the grand scheme of things.  We are also very lucky that we have wonderful friends who are currently letting us use their laundry machine and mooch off their power and WiFi.  But oh what I wouldn’t do for a hair dryer!!

I’m also thankful for LTE on my phone so I’ve been able to read blogs to keep me occupied in the dark.  Here are some RAD Reads I came across this week:

Running & Fitness Posts
We Run Disney has a great recap of the Wicked 10K in Virginia Beach last weekend.  I love that they ran the race dressed at Minnie!  

Sweat Once A Day recaps the Marine Corps Marathon last weekend.

The Misadventure of a Darwinian Fail is taking the Strong is Sexy Challenge  and I couldn’t agree with her more…let’s all get strong!!!

Disney Posts
A Pinch of Pixie Dust takes a ride on the greatest spectacle in racing, the Tomorrowland Speedway.

Eating WDW takes an in-depth look at the Cheese booth at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.  This was one of my favorite dishes this year!

Imagineering Disney has found some fantastic old photos and captioned them in That’s What Walt Said.  Clever 🙂

Studios Central writes a letter to Disney of Dos and Don’ts they should follow after the Lucasfilm Acquisition!  I LOVE the idea of a Cantina pub!

Weekly Review
It has been a week of rest for me.  My ankle was really bothering me last weekend after doing sprints in CrossFit and one thing I’ve learned this past year is to not push it.  With the Wine & Dine Half Marathon next weekend, I didn’t want to risk injuring it more.  Also, with the craziness from the storm, I didn’t have much motivation to get out there an run.  But I did head back to CrossFit on Thursday (with a taped up ankle) and managed to get a killer 143# dead lift PR 🙂  Love it!

Here’s my full week of workouts (or lack thereof) and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Dead lifts & close grip bench press
Friday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Overhead squats, thrusters & dead lifts
Saturday: Rest

So this week my plan is to get 2 short runs in 2-3 days of CrossFit before I leave for Disney.  I’ll also be attending the runDisney Meet Up with Jeff Galloway and doing a 2 mile run around Epcot.  I’m SO looking forward to that!!  Hopefully next week I will have a good report and a shiny new medal to share with you!

runDisney Welcomes NYC Marathoners

My good friend Estelle from This Happy Place Blog happened to be walking past the Disney Store in Times Square today and noticed a few new signs in the window…check it out!


How fun!  I think it is pretty amazing that the NYC Marathon is still on after everything that happened this week with Hurricane Sandy.  It just shows the true resiliency of New Yorkers 🙂

Good luck to everyone running this weekend and thanks Estelle for the pics!

We Survived Sandy…Now Give Me My Power Back!

Well that was an interesting 24 hours.  Insane wind gusts, trees down, massive flooding and power outages are widespread here in CT.  We lost power yesterday afternoon and are still sitting here in the dark…yay for air cards and external batteries!  B is going totally stir crazy and is actually outside raking leaves out of boredom.  Last night we did have fun putting glow bracelets on the cats…Neala is such a trooper 🙂 This morning we ventured outside to assess the damage.  There are quite a few trees down on our street and from what we hear numerous transformers are blown.

Here’s the tree that took out our power…split in half!

Tree farther down the road

The shoreline is a mess.  The road is ripped up from the water and I’ve never seen such large waves in the Long Island Sound.  Looks like I won’t be going out on my favorite running spot for quite some time…

Excuse my fingers…

Compare some of these to yesterday morning and you can see the major damage…

Look at the foam flying through the air!


In the grand scheme of things, we are VERY lucky.  I’ve been so worried about my family and friends in NY and NJ, but thankfully most of you have checked in…if you haven’t PLEASE text me!!!  So much of the city that I love and my old home of Hoboken is underwater…it breaks my heart to see what all of you are going through.  I’m sure my old basement apartment on 12th & Park is completely underwater 🙁

My Dad is in Monmouth County NJ and had 10 trees down at his house with one in the pool.  By some miracle, nothing hit the house or the cars.  But they are without power and the street and driveway are blocked by trees.  I couldn’t be more thankful that they are ok!

Dad’s in NJ

So B and I are safe and sound.  Luckily the nearby Dunkin Donuts had power, so we were able to get some coffee this morning.  Everyone else in town had the same idea…

My plan for the rest of the day is to enjoy the daylight while we have it and read a book while covered in cats…there’s not much else we can do but wait.

Covered in Cats

Thank you to everyone for your concern over text, Twitter and Facebook…you have no idea how much that means to me.  My thoughts will continue to be with everyone who has been hit by this storm and that recovery is swift.  And to UI…please hurry up and get my power restored.  I don’t want to lose all my homemade sauce in the freezer!  Plus, B is getting really antsy without his computer and it’s starting to drive me nuts!! 🙂

Bring It Sandy!

Well this is a nice, unexpected day at home.  The cats are clearly happy to have us here.  B had to run into work this morning, but is thankfully now home safe and sound before all of the CT highways close.

I took a drive down to the beach this morning to see what was happening and just found a few road closures and a lot of boarded up homes.  At 8 am, many of the beaches were still in tact, but with the oncoming high tide and predicted 6-11 foot storm surges, I have a feeling this will look very different tomorrow.

We’re all set here and hunkered down at home.  We have flashlights, head lamps, batteries and even glow sticks (can you say hurricane dance party later?!?) in case the power goes out.  We have 5 laptops (yes 5!) all fully charged, iPhones and iPads are fully charged, 2 external batteries and an air card for internet.  Our fridge and freezer are on high, the pantry is stocked and we have plenty of water.

Oh and if all hell breaks loose, we have Halloween candy…

Most of the windows are taped and the patio furniture has been moved in the house…I think we’re as prepared as we can be.

Cleo checking out the tape job

But some people were still out this morning running last minute errands.  Like this guy…so resourceful 🙂

Yes, that is a wheelbarrow hooked up to an ECV!

I’m hoping everyone here in the Northeast is safe whether it be at home, with family or friends, or in a shelter.  Hang in there and hopefully Sandy will be a distant memory soon!

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: October 28, 2012

Ahh Hurricane Sandy…so looking forward to meeting you!  Ok that’s a lie.  Since I live only about a 1/2 mile from the Long Island Sound, chances are we’re going to get hit pretty hard.  Thankfully we live up on a hill, so flooding isn’t typically a concern for our home but wind is a big concern.  We’re hoping for the best and have made the necessary preparations.  That includes moving all of the patio furniture into the dining room!

I’ve got a big batch of Coq Au Vin in the slow cooker so we can have some good comfort food during the storm and I’m about to make some gluten free brownies.  Oh yeah…bring it Sandy!

Now, check out some RAD Reads before the power goes out!

Running & Fitness Posts
Run With Jess recaps The Cupcake Classic 2012.  An amazing 1000+ people participated in this virtual race…how fun!

Run Faster Mommy is embracing the suck.  This is something I need to do more of.

Running Jennie is hosting a virtual run – the Tink in Training Virtual Run.  Perfect for all of you training for the Tinker Bell Half in January!

Westford Mommy ran the Runner’s World Half Marathon last weekend and left with some really great takeaways.

Philly Running Girl has a great time at the Flyers 5k.  She also has a great Wild Harvest giveaway going on right now…check it out!

Dimples Does It ran her first half marathon and struggles with enjoying longer runs…something I can totally relate to.

Disney Posts
A Cup of Disney has a great video of images from Party for the Senses.  I can’t wait to go to this event one year!

Mouse on the Mind shows us all the fun Halloween decorations at Fort Wilderness!

Eating WDW enjoys breakfast at Kouzzina…my new favorite spot!

This Happy Place Blog visits Mama Melrose and takes a look at all the quirky details…I love this place!

Studios Central takes a look at the A-E Ticket restaurants in Walt Disney World.  This is a really fun approach to Disney dining!

Weekly Review
I had a great week at CrossFit and hit a few new PRs!  It was testing this week and it was pretty cool to see how far I’ve come in less than 3 months.  What’s up 133# dead lift?!

Here’s my full week of workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: 6.4 mile run
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3.1 mile run and CrossFit – 1 hour  – hang cleans, bench press, romanian dead lifts & air dyne
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Thrusters, jumping pull ups & running
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Dead lifts & sprints
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Besides having a great week in the box, I didn’t go for my planned 14-miler this weekend for 2 reasons.  1. My ankle has been bothering me again since the sprints on Thursday.  2. I just wasn’t feeling it…plain and simple.  Yes, I know that I need to just do it and get those runs in, but if there is one thing I know about me, it that if my head isn’t in it I’m not going to enjoy it.  And I find running difficult enough as it is, so I rather not struggle through 14 miles.  I think I’ve come to the realization this past week that the 2013 WDW Marathon will probably be my one and only.  Races are one thing, but I just don’t enjoy these long training runs!  But that’s a story for another post…

Thank you to everyone who entered my Nite Beams giveaway this week!!  It was so interesting to to see everyone’s different training schedules and how you would use the Nite Beams.  I used to select a winner and the lucky winner is:


Congratulations!  I’ll email you with more details.

I hope all of you in the Northeast, especially my family and friends in NJ, are safe over the next few days.  Let’s hunker down and enjoy our family.  🙂