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RAD Recap for September 14, 2014

This is always a crappy week for me.  13 years have gone by and that one day still continues to have such a strong impact in my life.  Each year gets better but it’s never easy.  Much love to all my family and friends out there who have supported me through the years <3


Moving on to the lighter topics of Disney news.  WTF is up with this Frozen attraction replacing Maelstrom business??  This is making me slightly irate!  I love Frozen….no seriously, it’s one of my favorite Disney movies ever.  Awkward Anna is like me in character form.  However, a character based ride like this does NOT belong in the World Showcase.  First, World Showcase is supposed to “showcase” (hence the name!) the culture of the countries…I’m pretty sure Arendelle is not a real place, so no.  Second, can you imagine the bottleneck traffic this is going to cause?!?!?!  Norway is not a large pavilion and Maelstrom even has queues that go out into the square.  Can you imagine this business?!?  Blech.  This belongs in Fantasyland, NOT World Showcase.

OK, clearly I need to move on from my frustrations because I could go on for days!  Let’s talk about the Disneyland Half Marathon!  This week I featured 2 great recaps of the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon.  The first was from a back of the packer (like me!) who made some amazing friendships along the way.  And the second was from a first time runDisney runner AND half marathoner…so fun to see this race through her eyes!

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It’s hard to believe that it’s now less than two weeks until the Disney Fit Challenge.  I’m going a little crazy that the WODs haven’t been announced yet, but hopefully that will happen in the next few days.  In the meantime, to clearly NOT prepare, I’ve been indulging in some local food and drink.  Yesterday, B and I went on another super fun Taste of New Haven tour where we sampled food and drink from some of New Haven’s best establishments, as well as learned a lot about the city’s rich history along the way.  Oh and of course I had to take a photo with one of the locals…


Lastly, I want to hear from you.  First, what Disney Parks Transportation would you Kill, Refurb or Marry? Any idea on where the monorail falls in my picks?


Then, I want to know how how you stay fit on vacation.  My friend John LOVED the fitness centers at the Animal Kingdom Lodge during his most recent trip.  I want to know what you do!


I also want to know who is excited about the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!  I know I sure am…it’s my favorite time of the year!!  I’ve been studying the DFB Guide to the 2014 International Food & Wine Festival in preparation for my trip in 2 weeks and it is making me SO excited for all the new stuff I can try this year.  Have you checked it out yet?


Make sure to come back this week as I will have more coverage of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend and Hannah will have more tips from her Mission to Marathon series!  Oh and I might have some Food & Wine Festival tips…I just can’t help myself but talk about all the foodie awesomeness!!

Have a great week!

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RAD Recap for May 18, 2014

Today I was able to get a small dose of Disney here in the Northeast.  I met up with my friend Estelle from This Happy Place Blog to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair in New York…you know, the one where It’s a Small World and Carousel of Progress debuted??  This was a once in a lifetime experience!

We had a wonderful lunch and then made our way out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.  It was a gorgeous day (well except for my frequent allergy attacks!) and perfect to walk around this park.  I’ll have a full report coming up this week for ya…but here’s me and my girl Estelle at the Unisphere 🙂


Also this weekend, B and I decided it was time to embrace summer even if it’s a little early.  On Saturday, I woke up with the desire to sit in the sun and eat seafood 🙂  So we headed out for lobster rolls and ice cream…the perfect New England afternoon!



I’ve also been taking in a lot more of the local activities up here in CT which I talked about a lot this week on RAD Living.  There was a great festival, the Westville Village Artwalk in New Haven last week.  Then B and I had an amazing meal at at local gastropub called Walrus + Carpenter…a nice nod to the poem in Alice in Wonderland 🙂

So the big runDisney news this week was the announcement of the inaugural Disney Castaway Cay Challenge taking place after the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend.  I’m very curious to see how fast this event sells out.  We shall see when it goes on sale this week on May 23rd.  Are you go to take on the challenge?

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In case you missed some of the fun here this week, Sandy joined us for the second installment of Transformation Tuesday…what a great story!


I played another game of Kill, Refurb, Marry with the Disney Princesses…can you guess which one I killed??

And I hope you will welcome John as the newest contributor to RAD, bringing a west coast perspective with his Anaheim Antics!


Coming up this week is another Transformation Tuesday, a super cool giveaway (let’s just say it will be fun to hang with it!), and maybe a few other pieces of Disney geekdom.

Have a great week!

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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: June 2, 2013

Summer is here!!  I can’t tell you how happy I am to be able to wear tank tops and flip flops on the regular.  Woohoo!

It’s been a fun week.  After returning from Vermont, I jumped right back into my training but also had some awesome culinary adventures.  I dove into the goodies we brought home and made a few delicious meals.

Grilled Chicken, Tomatoes & Vermont Shepard Ricotta

Grilled Chicken, Tomatoes & Vermont Shepard Ricotta

On Friday, B and I went to our favorite restaurant Caseus in New Haven.  Jason gave us a tour of their rooftop garden (super cool!) and I had some delicious Rohan Duck!

Rooftop Garden at Caseus

Rooftop Garden at Caseus

Rohan Duck over CousCous

Rohan Duck over CousCous

And finally Saturday, I met my friend Ali at Barcelona in New Haven for a girls dinner.  If you don’t follow Ali on Instagram, you should…she’s quite inspiring!  We stuffed our faces like proper ladies should 🙂

Bramble Snap Cocktail Rum, Fresh Blackberries, Vermouth, Ginger, Mint & Lime Juice

Bramble Snap Cocktail
Rum, Fresh Blackberries, Vermouth, Ginger, Mint & Lime Juice

Meat, Meat & More Meat

Meat, Meat & More Meat

This week I also FINALLY booked our flights to California for Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, which has gotten me insanely excited to start planning!  So I obviously had to run out and buy this:

Let the planning begin!

Let the planning begin!

In case you missed it, here’s what I covered on RAD this week:

And now on to some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
Run with Jess has a courageous post about body image and perception…READ THIS…NOW!

WDW for Grownups reports on how Disney cast members are taking the C25K challenge a step further.

Back at Square Zero shares a wonderful story about A Runner’s Tree on her local trail.

Journey of a Dreamer has some confused confessions about her weight loss journey…I think I could’ve written this exact post!

Disney Posts
The Disney Food Blog takes a first look at the new ice cream shop L’Artisan Des Glaces.  And then goes a little more in-depth with the ice cream martini…OMG!

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free in WDW has an amazing meal at La Hacienda de San Angel…one of my favs!

Parkeology takes a look at the Great Iconic Food Race of strange marshmallow drinks at WDW and Universal Florida.

This Happy Place Blog finds a great place for a parade in the Magic Kingdom.  I have to say, I’m a big fan of the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It Parade.

Weekly Review
This week I officially began my training for the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge.  I really want to be in killer shape for this race and I’m going to put in the work this summer.  Here’s how this week went and as always, to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 1.61 mile run and CrossFit: Dead Lifts & Power Cleans
Wednesday: CrossFit: CG Bench Press, Running (1.5 miles) & Knees to Elbow
Thursday: 2.01 mile run with hill sprints and CrossFit: Sled Push/Drag, Turkish Get Ups & Air Dyne
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

The CrossFit WODs were killer this week and I think I used my weight in chalk to get through them…



My scheduled 5 mile run for yesterday didn’t happen, but I got it in today.  Oh and it was a hot one!



I have a real problem with getting up early on the weekends to get my longer runs in.  This is worse in the summer when it’s necessary to do so because of the heat.  I like to sleep in and cuddle with the kitties on the weekend!  Well today I didn’t get out until about 10:45 am and I definitely paid for it.  The heat was a killer and my pace was WAY slower because of it.  I really have to work on this!

A wrench is going to get thrown into my training this week because I’ll be traveling for a work conference for 3 days, but hopefully the hotel gym with be sufficient to get a good WOD in!  I’m going to do my best to roll with the punches…

Fun stuff coming up this week on RAD…info on the runDisney Coast to Coast Challenge, a visit to Coral Reef Restaurant, and maybe I’ll start my Disneyland planning!   Have a great week 🙂

How do you get up early on the weekends to run?

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: March 17, 2013

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Being of Irish heritage, it should come to no surprise that St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday!  I love the food, the music, the drink, the festivities ..all of it!  Hence why I am super bummed that I’ve been fighting a cold for the past few days and haven’t been able to celebrate.  So I will be laying low today and maybe I will make my favorite Guinness & Bailey’s Buttercream cupcakes if I’m feeling up to it later 🙂

Thankfully I attended the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade last Sunday and got my Irish on.  My girlfriends from CrossFit and I headed in by train and were immediately greeted to the drunk crowds.  I was quite the scene leaving the New Haven train station.

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We went to a few bars and caught a bit of the parade, but mainly we were entertained by the craziness that was taking place.



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Overall we had a great time and a lot of laughs!

The Girls

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

In case you’ve been busy this week, here’s what you might have missed on RAD:

Now let’s check out some RAD Reads I found around the internets this week!

Running & Fitness Posts
Skinny Runner shares some great tips on how to run a relay without everyone hating your face…ha!

Shiawase Life had a great #VAisforrunDisneylover meetup with some fellow runDisney enthusiasts!  Running and cupcakes were involved…my kind of day.

The Wannabe Athlete is struggling with finding time to run in her hectic daily life.  Something I think we all struggle with at times.

The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail shares her story of resting, recovery and rebuilding…it is so important that we listen to our bodies.

Disney Posts
This Happy Place Blog and Mouse on the Mind play another game of Kill, Refurb, Marry with the monorail resorts.  Make sure to read both Estelle‘s and Melissa‘s version!

Imagineering Disney is back with another installment of cast member pop quizzes in the Magic Kingdom.  Some of the answers are priceless!

Touring Plans contributor Kristen Helmstetter shares her experience cheering for a runDisney race.

The Disney Food Blog gives an update on some of the new restaurant rumors at the newly announce Disney Springs in Downtown Disney!

Weekly Review
This week has been seriously lame in the workout department and I’m almost embarrassed to post my weekly recap.  Don’t judge…  You can see my full WODs on my page on dailymile.

Sunday: 4 mile walking
Monday: CrossFit: Dead Lifts, Push Press, Running (1/2 mile total)
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Sick
Friday: Sick
Saturday: Sick

Fingers crossed this cold goes away soon…I seriously hate being sick.  I missed out on some really great WODs last week because of it.  Yes, I’m having a pity party…

It’s also no secret that I’ve really been lacking the running front.  I can blame it on the weather, my schedule, whatever…but what it really comes down to is my continued battle with motivation.  It is so hard for me to get out of bed early or put my laptop down and put my sneakers on.  I know how great I feel after a run, but I know that actually running isn’t my favorite thing in the world.  It’s hard, it’s grueling, it’s painful at times and so often those things are what come in the forefront of my mind, not the feelings of exhilaration, accomplishment and strength that come AFTER a run.

I’m hoping that with spring right around the corner and now that the days are getting longer, I will have a renewed motivation to get out there.  I struggle with the winter months and just wanting to hibernate in my house, so I am hopeful those extra hours of sunlight will give me the boost I need!

Do you struggle with motivation?

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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: March 10, 2013

It’s been hard be back to reality this week, but I’ve pretty much managed to get back into my daily routine. It snowed AGAIN here in CT, but thankfully it didn’t stick around long since it’s been in the 50s this weekend!  Crazy…



Today I’m headed to the New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade for some fun with my CrossFit girls.  It’s bound to be full of ridiculousness so make sure to follow along on Instagram 🙂

I’ve had some fun stuff going up on RAD this week, including my Princess recap.  Here’s what you might have missed:

Now let’s check out some RAD Reads I found this week!

First, if you are a fan of posting pictures on social media like I am, you need to read these 2 posts from SoCal Runner Gal and Gabby’s Gluten-Free about the reality behind your photos.  I LOVE this and will absolutely be doing a post like Gabby’s in the future 🙂

Running & Fitness Posts
We Run Disney‘s Christine learned some great lessons from the Princess Half.

Who me, run? was one of 324 women to complete the Princess Half Marathon for all 5 years.  Congrats Megan on being a Perfect Princess!!

Powercakes recaps the CrossFit Games Open WOD 13.1.  This looks SO hard.

Live, Run, Grow steps outside of her comfort zone and credits it to running a marathon…pretty awesome!

Disney Posts
The Magical World Of… lists her top 5 characters who she would like to share a pint with.  Mine would definitely be Thomas O’Malley and the Scat Cat Band!  And then martinis with Duchess because she’s too fancy for a pint 😉

Parkscope shares his thoughts on Disney Springs coming to Downtown Disney.

Sparkly Ever After shares more of those fun Disney Starbucks menus…love these!

WDW for Grownups looks at the art of Disney towel animals.

Disney Every Day ordered 12 items off of the Splitsville menu and has the mouthwatering photos to prove it!

The Disney Food Blog reviews Monsieur Paul in France at Epcot.

Weekly Review
Thankfully I got out of my funk this week and got some killer workouts in at the box.  Here are my workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Power Cleans, KB Swings, Push Ups & Row
Tuesday: CrossFit: Squats, squats and more squats
Wednesday: Rest due to a dentist appointment
Thursday: CrossFit: Snatches, Wall Balls, Push Ups & Air Dyne
Friday: Snow Shoveling
Saturday: Rest

I’ve been wanting to get a foam roller for a while to use at home, so I went to Sports Authority yesterday to get one and was shocked to find out they cost $30.  Really??  $30 for a piece of foam??  That’s a little ridiculous.  At CrossFit, we use PVC pipes for rollers, so I headed on over to Home Depot and got this pre-cut 2 foot piece of PVC pipe for $6.  Hell yeah…getting sports equipment at a hardware store!

$6 PVC Pipe FTW!

$6 PVC Pipe FTW!

I just realized from this picture that the pipe says “Not For Pressure.”  Oh well!

And last but certainly not least…the winner of my Sparkly Soul Giveaway!!!  I used to select a winner from the comments on the original post to select the winner.

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And the winner is….


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Congratulations Heather!  You’ve won one thin and one wide head band in your choice of colors.  Go to and choose your colors and I will be in touch to get your mailing info.

As an added bonus, the awesome folks at Sparkly Soul are giving all you RAD readers a 10% discount on all orders placed between now and March 17th!  Just use the code RAD when you check out!

Thank you so much to everyone that participated in the contest!  It has been amazing reading all of the ways you find your sparkle.  I’m going to put those comments together and share it on the blog so everyone can find the inspiration I have from all of you!  Thanks for being so awesomely RAD!

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