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Nemo Found the Northeast

When I usually think of Nemo, I think of this little guy:


Not this:


Last night, winter storm Nemo dropped over 30 inches of snow on the Connecticut shoreline and we woke up to a winter wonderland.  We also found ourselves completely snowed in and facing the daunting task of digging out!

The backyard

The backyard

The Back Door!

The Back Door!

Turtle is completely covered!

Turtle is completely covered!

Snow on the front of the house...

Snow on the front of the house…that drift is definitely over 4 feet!

B and I bundled up and began the dig out around 10:30 am.  It was quite the undertaking…

Broke out the winter gear

Broke out the winter gear

It's COLD!

It’s COLD!

The snow had just stopped, but the wind was killer!  It made shoveling difficult because everything you would do would just blow back in your face!  Plus the snow was thick, wet and heavy…the worst conditions for shoveling.  But I did have time for a little fun 🙂

Here's what B thinks of the snow...

Here’s what B thinks of the snow…

It was like sitting in a chair!

It was like sitting in a chair!

That's an impressive snow angel ;)

That’s an impressive snow angel 😉

We pulled out the snow blower for this one, but the snow was so deep that it was having difficulty cutting through it.  We had to do a combo of shoveling to break up the snow then snow blowing to get rid of it.

So deep!!

Too deep!!

I lasted about 2 hours out there.  We were able to make good headway down the pathway to the driveway, around the cars and out to the sidewalk.  It was quite the workout!  I’m so thankful for CrossFit today 🙂

Walkway tunnel

Walkway tunnel

I see a wheel!

I see a wheel!

There's Gretta!!

There’s Gretta!!

B continued on to clean the sidewalk with the snowblower and I went inside to make some adult hot chocolate and heat up leftover chocolate chili.  It’s a chocolate kind of day.  And yes, I said chocolate chili…look for the recipe in an upcoming Friday Feast 🙂

Hot Chocolate


Chocolate Chili...YUM!

Chocolate Chili…YUM!

So Nemo sure found us…with a vengeance   We’re still snowed in since the plows haven’t come by yet, but I’m fine with that.  I have my cats and the pellet stove to keep me cozy and warm!


Did Nemo find you?  How did you make out in the storm?


Scenes from a Saturday Run: October 13, 2012

It was chilly in the Northeast today!  We kicked on the pellet stove and commenced winter hibernation this morning.

Pellet Stove in Action

It got to about 50 degrees by 1 pm, so I decided it was a good time to head out for a run.  My goal was to try for 10 miles, but I wasn’t sure how I’d do since I haven’t done much running since the Tower of Terror 10-Miler.  Once I got out into the cool air, I knew I’d have no problem hitting that distance.  As much as I don’t enjoy the winters here in the Northeast, it makes for really good training weather!  Here’s a quick photo recap of my run…

Cinderella in CT???

GIANT Hill…this picture doesn’t do it justice! Yes, I ran up the whole thing 🙂

First view of the Long Island Sound around Mile 5

Mile 7 Stretch Break


I got the full 10 miles in and then some!  I even cut 8:30 off of my Tower of Terror 10-Miler time from 2 weeks ago!  It’s amazing what cooler temperatures and no humidity will do for you.  I had some shin splint issues in the beginning and tight calves towards the end, but overall I felt really strong and was super happy with my performance.

So how do I celebrate a 10 mile training run??  With Mexican food of course!

Love Boat Margarita…yes, that is a lime full of tequila

Chicken Mole Enchiladas YUM!

Did you get a long run in this Saturday?  How did it go?

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: September 23, 2012

We’re only 5 days away from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend!!  I can’t wait to get down to the World and spend time with friends new and old, meet so many of you who have supported RAD this year, and run this inaugural race.  It’s going to be an epic weekend!

I’m excited to announce the date, time and location for the Running at Disney meet up next weekend!  The meet will be Saturday, September 29th in the outdoor seating area of The Liberty Inn at the America Pavilion in Epcot.  I hope you will be able to join me to talk about the race and maybe snack on some lobster rolls.  Make sure to RSVP on the Facebook event page.  I want to make sure I bring enough RAD buttons for everyone!!  You know you want one 🙂

Now on to some RAD Reads for the week!

Running & Fitness Posts
A Little Bit Goofy is a fabulous new blog that my friend Kristen started this week.  She’s running the Goofy in 2014, but first reflects on how sometimes you have to go backwards in order to move forwards.  Add this one to your reader folks!

Fitting It All In is running less and getting faster.  I love to read this because I’m finding the same results from my CrossFit training.

Dr. Rachel Runs gives us 12 ways to avoid running disaster.  Great tips with great solutions!

FitFluential reminds us to Never Give Up with this fantastic video from Your Inner Skinny.

Disney Posts
Disney Parks Blog released the schedule for next week’s Epcot 30th anniversary celebration.

Disney Food Blog reported on a few menu changes in the World this week.  One at Whispering Canyon Cafe and one at Beaches and Cream.

Zannaland had the rare opportunity to visit the Siemen’s Lounge at Spaceship Earth.  Love all the photos!

This Happy Place Blog reviews the book From Dreamer to Dreamfinder by Ron Schneider who was the original Dreamfinder at the Journey Into Imagination pavilion.  It sounds great…I can’t wait to read this one!!!

Disney Every Day shares what keeps her coming back to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party every year.  Candy, parades, no waits for attractions…how can you go wrong?!

Weekly Review
I’m happy to report that I’ve been on the mend this week.  I’m 99% sure that the UC issues I was having last week came about from whey protein shakes I recently started drinking after hard workouts.  They have been helping in my recovery, but the side effects are clearly not worth it.  I’m improving everyday and hopefully this flare will be fully over by the time I leave for WDW.  

Friday I went for my first actual run outside of CrossFit in almost 3 weeks.  I was a little apprehensive about how I would do, but once I got started I knew it was going to be good!  I felt stronger and faster that I had when I was doing serious race training.  I ended up shaving a minute of my 5K time from 3 weeks prior!  Oh and you might recall that the time from 3 weeks ago was 2 minutes faster than the time before that!  My average pace was 11:40.  This is all quite mind blowing to me, since breaking a 12 minute mile pace always seemed so far out of reach.  This is proof that hard work really does pay off 🙂

Sweaty post run glow 🙂 Rockin my FitFluential tank!

Here’s the rest of my week in training. To see my full WODs head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour  – Hang Cleans & Clean and Jerks (1 mile running)
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Lots of amrap (1 mile running)
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 3.5 mile run (5K PR!!)
Saturday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Dead lifts & 20 minute amrap

Yesterday when I got home from CrossFit, B reminded me that we had a delivery of wood pellets coming.  For those of you who are fortunate enough to live in warmer climates and aren’t familiar with pellets, they are fuel for our pellet stove and help to keep our house at a toasty 80 degrees in the middle of winter without using a ton of oil.  The delivery was a 1 ton pallet and because we don’t have a garage to store them in, B and I had to carry all 50 bags into the basement.

1 Ton of Pellets

Since I was already nice an sweaty from CrossFit, we went to work.  I threw a 40 lb bag on each shoulder (with B’s assistance) and started moving my 1,000 lb share.  I have to say, I felt pretty damn badass.  For the past 2 years, B has had his brothers help him move the shipment because I struggled with just one bag.  Now I’m moving 2 at a time and wasn’t even out of breath!  All this on top of an hour long workout that was full of rowing and push presses.  YES!

Hope you have a great week and keep working towards those goals…you’ll be surprised at what you can do! 🙂