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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: August 25, 2013

Well here we go!  The trip to Disneyland has officially began!  We are taking a few days to visit family in Colorado before heading out to California on Wednesday.  I’m a mixed bag of anxiety and emotions (read all about that here) and to be honest, I still feel like this isn’t really happening?  Am I REALLY going to Disneyland?  Whoa.  I think I’m ready.  I’ve done so much research to get ready for this trip that it would be sad if I wasn’t.  It’s just the fear of a new place and the unknown that is getting my nerves all razzled.

If you are coming out for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, please remember to come to my Disneyland Half Marathon RAD Meet-Up on Saturday, August 31st at noon!  Make sure to RSVP over on my Facebook page so I know how many are coming 🙂  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:

The RAD Reads are going to get pushed to next week because I’ve really gotten behind on all my blog reading this week trying to get ready for my trip.  But I have a few saved and will have a great bunch for you next week!

Weekly Review
I felt like I seriously killed it in the gym this week!  This was a testing week at my box and it’s always so fun to see you’re progress 🙂  I managed to get to the gym four times and while there cranked out 4 new PRs!  The 2 I’m most proud of are my 500m row time and my clean & jerk.  I was finally able to get the 500m row under 2 minutes to 1:58 and this was after a killer workout of dead lifts and burpees!  I know I can do better, but I’m super happy with that for now. And the clean & jerk…um, did I really lift 98# over my head?!?!  YUP!  My upper body strength has always been my weakness, so to be able to lift close to 100 pounds from the ground to overhead is quite amazing to me.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could do that.  It was only a year ago that the 10# dumbbells I was using in my basement seemed super heavy.  Not anymore… 🙂

Check out those calf muscles!

Check out those calf muscles!

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

Sunday: Rest
MondayCrossFit: Back Squats, Pull-ups, Thrusters & Row
TuesdayCrossFit: Hang Power Snatch, Power Clean, Dead Lifts & Burpees
Wednesday: Rest
ThursdayCrossFit: Shoulder Press, Push Ups, Air Dyne
FridayCrossFit: Squat Clean, Split Jerk, Front Squat, Sled Push
Saturday: Rest

This week will be full of walking and running.  CrossFit will be taking a back seat ( 🙁 ) for a week while I hike through the mountains, frolic through Disneyland and race through the streets of Anaheim.  What an adventure! Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!

Long Branch Half Marathon Race Recap

01 LB Half_RecapHalf marathon number 5…complete!  This was a great race for many reasons…perfect weather, familiar area, flat course, great spectators…a winner!

Since I’m used to running Disney races where my alarm is set for 2:45 am, the 4:30 am wake up call was a nice change.  I never sleep well before races so once the alarm went off I was wide awake.  We were staying at my Dad’s house that night and the queen sized bed is always a little tight for B and I as well.  Once you get used to a king, everything else feels cramped 😉

I got up and did my usual pre-race routine: brush teeth, wash face, KT Tape, Body Glide, get dressed, Blister Block, put shoes on, good to go.  I headed  downstairs to make my pre-race meal of a whole wheat bagel thin with almond butter & banana and a cup of green tea.  My Dad was nice enough to get up early to drop me off for the race.  We chatted a bit while I ate and headed out the door just after 5:30 am.

The starting line was at Monmouth Park, which is where the Expo was held the day before.  It’s only about 15 minutes from my Dad’s house, but we expected there to be traffic getting there and we were right.  There were funneling all of the cars into the parking lot across from the track, but we kept going and my Dad dropped me off at the end of the road leading in.  I walked from there and was surprised by how cold and windy is was.  50 degrees is perfect for racing, but that wind was tough.

Thankfully the grandstand was open, so I headed straight in there to keep warm.  Seemed like many of the other runners had the same idea.

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I stretched for a bit to warm up my legs and then decided to use a real bathroom before heading outside to the corrals.  The line for the women’s room was very long, but rumors were stirring that there were other less crowded bathrooms upstairs.  Well there was a line there, but then there were more rumors about another bathroom further down with no line.  So a few of us headed around the corner and then down an escalator to find a bathroom that alas had no line!  The whole area was deserted with only the remnants for the Kentucky Derby the night before.

03 LB Half_Track204 LB Half_Track3I noticed that some of the race horse were out exercising, so I decided to head out to catch a glimpse.  What beautiful animals!!  Such a peaceful way to start the morning before a big race.

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It was about 6:30 am, so I decided to head outside to get in my corral.  The race was starting in about 15 minutes and I couldn’t believe how many people were still hanging around inside or on a very long line for the bathroom.  The port-a-john lines were even worse outside!

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Volunteers were yelling at everyone who had a clear bag to check that the trucks were just about to leave for the finish line area and that they had to rush!  It was a bit chaotic.  I’m surprised there weren’t any announcements inside letting people know what time it was and that they had to get a move on to check their bags.

Back Check Trucks

Back Check Trucks

Start Corrals

Start Corrals

I was in Corral E, the last corral, so I started heading toward the back.  Volunteers were checking bib numbers at the entrance to C, but when I got to D no one was there and people were just filing in.  I know it’s not right to do that, but I REALLY was nervous about starting in the last corral so I took the advantage when I saw it.  But I wasn’t the only one who had that idea, people were even hopping over the barricades!

011 LB Half_Corral JumpingOnce I was in the corral, the start was only about 5 minutes away.  Things seemed to be moving very quickly!  I guess I’m just used to Disney races with everything very far apart and having to stand around a lot, but I actually really enjoyed having everything close by!  Before I knew it, the announcer was counting down the wheelchair competitors and then the elite runners in A.  Since we were at a racetrack, it was only fitting that each corral was sent off by the opening bugle horn for horse races…pretty cool.  And then what else would be playing for a race on the Jersey Shore, but “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen…so perfect!

010 LB Half_Corrals2012 LB Half_Start013 LB Half_AnnouncersAnd before I knew it, I was running my 5th half marathon!!  There was a small hill within the first half mile, but for the most part the course was flat…very flat which was great!

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The first few miles were tough as they usually are for me.  My legs aren’t warmed up and every stride feels strained, but just after mile 2 I got into the groove.  My goal for the day was to finish in 2:45 and when I started, I was positioned perfectly between the 2:30 and 2:45 pacers.  My average pace was 12:20 and I was keeping a 2/1 run walk ratio….right on track to finish in 2:45.  But surprise surprise…my GI system had other plans.  A pit stop was in my immediate future.

The lines for the port-a-john’s were long and I was so concerned about time that I just kept pushing through hoping that the next group had a shorter line.  No luck.  That was until I saw a few women standing off to the side of the road…in someone’s driveway.  The house was having construction done and there was a port-a-john there…probably for the workers.  Genius!  So I hopped on line.  I feel kind of bad for the owners of the house and the construction company, but this was getting to be an emergency so I had to do it.  However I did see the 2:45 pacer pass by while I was waiting…boooo.

015 LB Half_BathroomThis pit stop was just before mile 4, so I figured I had plenty of time to make up some ground.  But that 5 minutes is hard to make up!  I think this part of the course was my favorite.  It was through the town of Oceanport, which has some seriously cute houses and tree lined streets.  This was the first area where we encounterd spectators out on the course…it was so cool how people were just sitting in their driveways cheering us on.  I’m always so humbled by that.

We crossed our first bridge in around mile 5.5 and headed into Long Branch.  The skies were starting to clear and it was turning into a beautiful day.

016 LB Half_Mile 5_5019 LB Half_Mile6 BridgeHere is where we encountered some of the homes that were very badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy.  It’s still so incredibly sad to see the devastation that was caused even more than 6 months after the storm.

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But in true Jersey fashion, the storm didn’t damage spirits and even more spectators were out.  Many were even having full on parties outside their house, complete with music and Bloody Mary’s!

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The NJ Marathon began at 8:00 am and ran the same course as we did until the split at 11.5 miles.  When I came up on mile 8, the announcements began that the leader would be approaching soon and we should stay to our right.  I also noticed the mile marker signs and the time clocks had been changed to reflect the marathon runners.  I can’t event imagine in my wildest dreams running that fast!

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At 8.5, I heard a car behind me and someone yelling on a bullhorn to move to the right.  This was the first time I had run in conjunction with a full marathon, so I was excited to see the elite runners pass by.  Man were they moving!

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These runners were passing by at twice my pace having full conversations.  Mind boggling to a slow runner like me, but very cool to see!

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Mile 9…slow and steady 🙂

I knew we were getting close to the split and to the final 1.5 miles along the ocean that I was  looking forward to.  I was actually feeling really good and trying to make up some of the time that I lost from the pit stop.  The marathoners took off to the right down Ocean Avenue for the loooooong stretch to Asbury Park and back and I was so thankful I wasn’t going that way!

025 LB Half_Split1026 LB Half_Split2I on the other hand headed straight across Ocean Avenue and turned left towards the finish line…woohoo!

027 LB Half_11_5Yes, running along the water is gorgeous to look at, but when there is an insane wind coming off the water, it makes it VERY difficult to keep up your pace.  I always say it reminds me of being in one of those endless pools where the water just keeps rushing at you while you swim, but you aren’t actually moving.  I knew at this point there was no way I was going to make my 2:45 goal so I just settled in and did the best I could.  But I did have my best marathon time EVER! 😉

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As we came upon Pier Village in Long Branch, there were a ton of spectators out along with bands and other entertainment.  A great way to stay occupied for that last mile.  I could see the Ocean Place Resort (where B & I got married) in the distance and knew the finish line was close.  So I took off to finish strong…it felt great!!

029 LB Half_Ocean PlaceSadly my family got stuck in traffic and weren’t able to be there when I finished 🙁  But I did finish incredibly strong and love that final stretch.  All of the memories of my wedding day came flooding back and I couldn’t help but smile 🙂  I crossed the finish line with a PR and my hand over my heart to honor the Boston Marathon runners and spectators.

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I may not have met my goal of finishing in 2:45, but I did cut 8 minutes off my last PR at the Virginia Wine Country Half, so I’ll take it!

030 LB Half_Time031 LB Half_MedalSince the wind was so strong, it was a little chilly after the race and I was sad to see that they didn’t have any mylar  blankets available.  So I headed to the food tent to keep warm until my family arrived with my clothes.  Not only did we get bananas and water, but there were soft pretzels as far as the eye could see!

032 LB Half_PretzelsHonestly, they weren’t very good but I was so hungry I ate that whole thing.  B and my Dad arrived with flip-flops and a sweatshirt not too long after I finished, which was very much needed.  To my surprise, B was carrying all of my clothes instead of the backpack I had packed him and my stepmom wasn’t there.  Apparently, they weren’t letting bags of any kind (even purses!) anywhere near the finish line area.  This is understandable after the Boston tragedy  but I wish the area was communicated better before the race.  There were MANY people complaining about how the police and security were treating the spectators and it was sadly another hindrance for people not getting to watch the finish.

We headed back to the car so I could properly change and then headed back to Pier Village to watch the marathoners come in and grab a bite to eat.  I chose tacos…big surprise there!

033 LB Half_Marathoner034 LB Half_TacoI was also able to meet up with my best friend from high school who came down to cheer me on.  She too got stuck at a security check point with her purse so we had to stand around outside the restricted area.  We chatted for about 45 minutes and it was like no time had past.  What a great end to my hometown race!

Overall, I loved this race.  The course was great and it was all run so smoothly.  I think I will definitely be back next year…who’s with me?? 

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: May 12, 2013

Aristocats Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s out there, but especially to MY MOM! 🙂  She’s pretty awesome…

My Mom & I :)

Now onto one of my favorite things from this week…I seriously can’t stop laughing at this!

Bitch, I’m Fabulous!

I mean really…how can you not even giggle at that??

More big runDisney medal news this week when the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend medals were revealed.  Have you seen these beauties yet??

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Now I just need to book my flight and get a hotel room (fingers crossed my DVC waitlist comes through!) and they will be mine!  Oh yeah and run 19.3 miles 😉

You can read more about the medals, along with a few other fun things that were on RAD this week here:

Now let’s check out some RAD Reads I found recently…

Running & Fitness Posts
Disney Every Day shares scenes from the Expedition Everest Challenge Expo.  I love all of the unique photo ops!

Running Toward the Prize has great tips on how to create your runDisney outfit.

The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail recaps her first half marathon after heart surgery only 3 months ago!  This girl is amazing!  She also met up with some fellow #FitFluential friends at the race…fun!

Run Faster Mommy! recaps the 7 Sisters Trail Race.  I have no words to describe how challenging this looks!

Just a One Girl Revolution has some very useful tips on race goals and pacing.

Disney Posts
Main St. Gazette tries out the new interactive game in Adventureland, A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas.  This looks pretty fun!

Sparkly Ever After has a really fun day on May the 4th at Hollywood Studios.

Imagineering Disney makes another incredible mini model, this time of Disneyland’s People Mover and Submarine Voyage.

Parkscope gives some insight into the World of Avatar.

Disney Every Day fills us in on 20 things we probably didn’t know about New Fantasyland…fun facts!

WDW Parkhoppers takes a look at some of the new menu items that will be offered at California Grill when it reopens.  Can’t wait!!!

Weekly Review
Something about the Long Branch Half Marathon seriously lit a fire under my ass.  I came home and put together a training plan for the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge and hit the ground running…literally.  So I got 5 workouts done in 3 days and feel really great.  I’m just hoping I can keep this motivation up!

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

Sunday: Long Branch Half Marathon
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 2.12 mile run & CrossFit: Dead Lifts, Hang Cleans & Burpees
Wednesday: CrossFit: Lots of Amraps
Thursday: 1.34 mile run with hill repeats & CrossFit: Split Jerks, Push Press & Rowing
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Who is this person??  Crazy…  Guess I’m just gonna keep moving forward 😉

This upcoming weekend I’m heading to the Reebok Headquarters in Canton, MA to cheer on the team from CrossFit Milford (#1 in the Northeast BTW!) at the Northeast Regionals of the CrossFit Games.  It’s going to be a super fun event so keep an eye out for all my updates!  I’ll be sporting my CFM gear so if you are going…make sure to say hi!

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Oh yeah…
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Have a great week!

RAD Reads & Weekly Review: May 5, 2013

Today I ran my 5th half marathon and got a crazy good PR!!


I still can’t believe that I have already run 5 half marathons.  Something I never thought possible.  Today was the Long Branch Half Marathon in NJ.  It was a special race for me because not only was it run through towns where I grew up, but the finish line was right where B and I got married 🙂  Also, after all the destruction from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, it was great to support the community and show my Jersey Pride.  I’ll have a full recap this week.

Interesting week on RAD with a combination of bruised knees, animals and cocktails…check it out:

This week has really gotten away from me and I have severely fallen behind on my blog reading, so sadly I don’t have any RAD Reads for you this week.  But I will definitely have a slew in store next Sunday for your reading pleasure 🙂

But, I did see this incredible video today that I need to share with the world.  You’re welcome…

Weekly Review
Great week and I felt really strong…let’s go!  As always, to see the full description of my WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Squats & Burpees
Tuesday: CrossFit: Dead Lifts & Jerks
Wednesday: CrossFit: 20 min of Helen
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Besides having some really good WODs and getting a killer PR, I also had a wonderful few days of seeing good friends who I haven’t seen in quite a while.  First was my friend Stephen (a.k.a. Suede) who I haven’t seen in a few years, but who has continued to be a wonderful friend to B and I.  We met for lunch on Saturday before the race.  Then my best friend from high school, Jeremi, who I recently reconnected with after over 10 years came to see me run today.  It was amazing to see her again and meet her 4 year old daughter.  It was like no time had passed at all.

But because I am totally lame, I didn’t get a photo with either…ugh.  But here are two of my favs from days past…

Stephen & I from my wedding - 2009

Stephen & I from my wedding – 2009

Jeremi & I somewhere in WDW - 1997

Jeremi & I somewhere in WDW – 1997

Great weekend of running, friends and fun…once again, I’m a lucky gal.

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: March 31, 2013

This week I registered for both the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  I also had to take a 2nd mortgage out on the house because of it, but it’s so worth it 😉  I wasn’t going to run the 10-Miler this year because I really didn’t love the race last year.  The course wasn’t my favorite, but really the heat is what the big problem was.  I thought about it and figured I’d try it again.  runDisney seems to make improvements to their races every year so I’m hoping this will be the same.  Plus, since I did the inaugural race, I kind of feel obligated to do it again.  That’s not silly right????

This week I also signed up for the Kick Ass 5K on April 9th!  This is a virtual 5K hosted by Abby at Run Stronger Every Day and is benefiting one of my favorite organizations, Team Challenge and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).  Abby’s story is quite inspiring.  She has been running for over 20 years and a few years ago was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC), which was quickly attacking her colon.  After having no luck with medication (strong medications!), she made the choice to have her colon removed.   I’ve also been suffering from UC for about 10 years now and getting to the point of having my colon removed is a fear I live with everyday.


Last year, I ran with Team Challenge at the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon and raised money for CCFA to help find a cure for these horrible diseases.  We tend to suffer silently, but people like Abby are helping to raise awareness and also give others, like me, the strength to talk about it as well.  Every little bit helps, so please consider donating as little as $15 and join us in running this Kick Ass 5K!

It’s been a different kind of week for me over on RAD…less fitness, more personal stories.  Just trying to mix it up a bit 😉  So in case you missed it:

There have also been some great RAD Reads out there in the blogosphere…check these out:

Running & Fitness Posts
Carrots ‘n’ Cake has some great tips on how to stick to your meal plan.

We Run Disney shares great tips on how to train for numerous races at once.

Live, Run Grow recaps her killer PR at the New York 13.1 Marathon…go girl!!!

Disney Posts
Studios Central has a preview of some of the 2013 Star Wars Weekend merchandise.

Da Mouse shows how the hills of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are coming alive.  I can’t wait for this attraction!

The Disney Food Blog has a recap of Marc Davis Centennial Dinner INSIDE the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.  This is just beyond amazing!

Disney Avenue takes a look at Walt Disney’s plane…pretty cool history.

Weekly Review
FINALLY I had a good week!  I got a good run in, 3 days of CrossFit and I had a wonderful week of meals.  Here’s my week and a always you can see my full WODs on my page on dailymile.

Sunday: 5 mile run
Monday: CrossFit: Power Cleans & Box Jumps
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: CrossFit: Pullups, Jump Rope, Row & Running
Thursday: CrossFit: Power Snatches, KB Swings, Box Jumps & AD
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

I hit some big PRs in CrossFit this week.  I had my first clean over 100#!  It wasn’t pretty and I actually strained my lower back a bit while doing it (yikes!), but I finished the clean and I’m pretty psyched about it!

What did you accomplish this week?

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