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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: August 18, 2013

Who’s getting excited?!?  Two weeks from now, so many of us runDisney fanatics will have completed the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and have 3 shiny new medals around our necks!  Well 4 if you’re getting the Coast-to-Coast medal…I will!

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This week I finalized most of the details for the trip.  Park tickets bought, Disneyland Express booked and more dining reservations made.  Also, the heavens aligned this week and my runDisney BFF Amanda will be coming out.  It wouldn’t be the same without her and I couldn’t be more excited!!

Amanda & I in runDisney Gear

Oh and don’t forget to RSVP for my Disneyland Half Marathon RAD Meet-Up on Saturday, August 31st at noon!  Hope to see you there 🙂

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

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

Now on to some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
Meals & Moves checked out a boxing class at BIFG (Boxing is for Girls).  Looks like a great way to get your aggressions out!

Words with Lisbeth talks about the real suck in workouts and in life.

Skinny Runner looks at all the running gear that you DON’T need.

Athlete at Heart is trying heart rate training…something I’m looking into!

Disney Posts
Disney on Wheels is also Disneyland Dreaming and shares what she is looking forward to!

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World got a sneak peak of the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…YUM!

The Social Mouse reports that Joe Rhode swears to fix the Yeti someday in an interview at the D23 Expo.  Will Disco Yeti soon be a long forgotten joke??

Beers and Ears had a wonderful evening in Downtown Disney, complete with beer of course!

Disney Every Day is holding a pretty epic Disney swag giveaway for her 4-year anniversary…you should check it out!

Weekly Review
Feeling pretty good about this week.  Got in some great upper body work at CF, which I’ve been dying for.  I also got in an interesting run on Tuesday where I focused more on my heart rate.  After reading some of the comments from my review of the Polar RC3 GPS Sports Watch (thank you for the great feedback!), I decided to set my watch to focus on heart rate instead of pace. My pace was MUCH slower that normal at around 13:20, but I was able to steadily run for 1.5 at that pace with no walk breaks which is huge for me.  I kept my heart rate around 165 for the entire time and had a ton of energy!  I never felt like i was gasping for air which often is the case when I do run/walk intervals at a faster pace where my heart rate is around 180 for the run portion. Even though I’m slower, I’m definitely going to incorporate this into my training more because in the long run it will definitely increase my overall endurance!


Later that day, I used the heart rate monitor at CrossFit to see the difference in my fat burn between the two activities. I was actually surprised to see that there was such a large difference between the 2. Yes, the CrossFit workout was about twice as long as my run, but for the entire 60 minutes, my average heart rate was 135.  This shows the lower you can keep that number, the more efficient your body becomes at burning fat.  SO INTERESTING!

Here are the rest of my workouts from this week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Back Squat, Squat Cleans & Ring Rows
Tuesday: 1.72 mile run & CrossFit: Hang Power Snatch, Dead Lift, Push Press & Row
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: CrossFit: All the Things
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 75 min Vinyasa Yoga & 4 mile walk at Milford Oyster Festival

This will be my last week to get in some good WODs at the gym and maybe a few more of these controlled runs before heading out to our west coast adventure.  This weekend I seriously fell off of the clean eating wagon and spiraled into a cheese board, beer, bread and cupcakes…sigh.  My digestive system has actually been doing really well, but today I’m feeling like absolute crap and paying dearly for my indulgences.  When will I ever learn??  Hopefully I can get things back under control before we leave.  Blech.

Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!

RAD Reads & Weekly Review: August 11, 2013

Earlier this week I announced that I will be having a meet up during Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. If you’re going to be out for any of the races that weekend I hope you’ll be able to stop by.  You can RSVP here.


My planning for this trip is coming along.  Hotel is booked, dining reservations are made and I’m beginning to get a plan together for touring the parks. I really can’t believe the races are only 3 weeks away!

08 Runners at Start Line

In other runDisney news this week, the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon sold out! The only event still available for that weekend is Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, but that’s already 92% full.  So if you’ve been thinking about participating, don’t hesitate!

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

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

Now on to some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
A Dish of Daily Life has some great tips for staying safe when you run after a spooky experience while out on her running trail.

Runner’s Tales had a clarifying run which helped her understand that excuses are not productive.

Running Towards the Prize finds ways to deal with runner burnout.

Fit2Flex explains why you might actually gain weight during marathon training.

Disney Posts
Disney Every Day enjoyed a martini tasting at Meridian on the Disney Dream…FUN!

Disney Parks Blog features the real-life Griswold’s taking a road trip to Walt Disney World…custom car and all!

A Pinch of Pixie Dust finds some charming corners at the Yacht Club Resort.

DIStherapy takes a look at Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.  I can’t wait to experience this again in a few weeks!

Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free in WDW takes an in-depth look at the food allergy kiosk at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  This is pretty cool!

Weekly Review
This week I tried Nuun as a substitute for Gatorade, but sadly that didn’t workout so well.  It wrecked havoc on my digestive system and killed my workout on Tuesday.  I guess I’ll be crossing that one off the list.  Seems like a combo of Gatorade, coconut water and plain ole water is what works for me and I’ll be sticking to it.  Here are the rest of my workouts from this week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: K2E, Squats & Run
Tuesday: CrossFit: Power Cleans, RDL, Burpee Box Jumps
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: CrossFit: K2E, Manmakers & AD
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

I think we’re coming up on a testing week at the gym which is something I also look forward to.  Bring on the heavy squats!

Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!

Polar RC3 GPS Sports Watch Product Review: Get ALL the Data!

Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar.

Lately I’ve been curious about my heart rate and if I’ve been exercising at peak efficiency.  You always hear that you should be able to carry on a conversation while running to know you’re within your target heart rate.  Well I can very rarely carry on a conversation while running, so I had the feeling that I have been pushing it too hard…looks like I was right.


I was recently given the opportunity through FitFluential to try out the new Polar RC3 GPS Sports Watch with Heart Rate Monitoring and I jumped at that chance. I’ve actually been looking at Polar heart rate monitors lately and had been considering getting one not only to track my heart rate, but to track my calorie burn at CrossFit, so this was a great opportunity.

Here are some of the features of the watch from Polar’s website:

  • Tracks your route, speed and distance using built-in GPS
  • Shows GPS based altitude during and after training
  • Training Benefit gives you instant feedback after your session
  • Running Index scores your performance
  • Improves performance with endurance training programs, downloadable for free from
  • Compatible with Polar running and cycling sensors
  • Rechargeable battery, 12h in continuous use with GPS on

That’s a lot for a sports watch!  I was really impressed by the 12 hours of continuous use and my first thought was “Why didn’t I have this for the WDW Marathon when my Garmin battery died after 6 hours?!?”  But there are much more impressive features of this device that you’re probably interested in.

The first thing I did when I received the watch was set up my profile.  Age, height, weight, etc…  This is used to properly calculate your calorie burn and determine what your average and maximum heart rate should be.  This was super easy and only took a few minutes.  I wanted to have a full charge on the watch before using it for the first time, so I plugged it into my computer (it comes with a micro USB cable) and let it charge overnight.  The next day I strapped on the watch and the heart rate monitor and went out for a run.

Let's Go!

Let’s Go!

Two immediate observations.  1.  The watch is large.  I mean, I guess it needs to be for all the stats it shows, but it just felt a little bulky on my tiny wrists.  However, I do have abnormally small wrists.  2. The heart rate monitor is very comfortable.  The strap is soft and flexible and the monitor itself is very small.  I hardly noticed it was there.

There are eight different views you can choose from while using the watch.  They vary between focusing on time, heart rate, distance, elevation or a combination of all of those things.  Since I run walk, I like to have the time front and center so I can keep track of my intervals, so I chose the option that showed time, distance and heart rate (I think it was 4).  It was very interesting to see how my heart rate varied with each interval or with a difficult stretch of road.  Look at all these stats I got:


Get ALL the Data!

Clearly, my suspicion was right that my heart race is too high when I’m running.  My average rate was 174, which is at 93%.  Ideally you want to be at 50-85% during exercise.  This is definitely something I’m going to need to work on going forward.

I’ve also tried out the RC3 during a few different CrossFit WODs as well.  It really came in handy for the WODs that included running so I could keep track of my pace.  I always tend to go out way too strong in those WODs and the tank is completely drained by the end. The watch allowed me to keep more of a steady pace to stay strong through the whole workout.  The one gripe I have with it for CrossFit goes back to it’s large size as it tends to get in the way during some of the barbell movements.

CrossFit Calorie Burn

CrossFit Calorie Burn

So far, I have really enjoyed all of the features of this sports watch.  The GPS and heart rate monitor seem to be very accurate and it’s easy to use.  There are still a few features like the fitness test and the training plans that I haven’t checked out yet, but I plan on diving into them in the next few months.  Well that’s if B doesn’t steal it first…he’s had his eye on it!

Good news for YOU…the folks over at Polar are offering all RAD Readers a 25% discount on the RC3 GPS!  If you’d like to buy this great GPS Sports Watch, simply click ::here:: and use code: “fitfluential” during checkout to receive the discount! This is valid only on the RC3 GPS and will expire on this Saturday, August 31st…so get on it!

Do you have a heart rate monitor?  Do you use a GPS Sports Watch?  What is your average heart rate during exercise?

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?