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RAD Reads and Weekly Review: February 10, 2013

So last week, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring and this week we got 3 feet of snow.  I knew groundhogs didn’t know anything about weather!  We’re still officially snowed in here in CT.  Plows haven’t come anywhere near our street and I don’t think our Mini Cooper will make it through those 3 feet of snow.  But that’s fine with me, I made some delicious chili and have been spending some good quality time with B and the cats.  🙂



It’s been a really fun week on RAD with some great guest posts.  I’m so lucky to have some amazing readers friends who are just as passionate about runDisney as I am.  You can check them out here along with a few other fun news stories here:

Now onto some RAD Reads from this week!

Running & Fitness Posts
Disney Every Day shares the incredibly heart warming story of running with her 14-year old daughter in her first half marathon.  Amanda is putting out a ton of thoughtful and inspiring posts lately!

Fit2Flex get’s a bit of inspiration from her mom.  I love, love, love this story!

Gabby’s Gluten Free reflects on her experience with Whole30.  She covers the good and the bad of the program and makes me think twice about trying it…

Journey of a Dreamer had an AMAZING experience taking the CrossFit Level 1 Certification Course…really inspired me to go for mine!

Disney Posts
This Happy Place Blog celebrates her birthday (Happy Birthday Estelle!!!!) by living out her dream day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Sadly she didn’t get to meet the Muppets 🙁

The Disney Food Blog takes a tour of the newly refurbished Hurricane Hanna’s.  What I wouldn’t give to be there with a margarita right now!  DFB also reported on a new offering at Raglan Road, Host the Roast.  I’m thinking this might be fab for after the Princess Half!

Mouse on the Mind looks at the coolest places in WDW you’ve never been…because you can’t go there.

Imagineering Disney takes a look at what remains of the 1964-65 World’s Fair.  This is super cool and might make me take a trip back to Queens…maybe.

Weekly Review
This was a testing week at my box and I was happy to get a 5# PR in the close grip bench press.  I managed to press 88# which is quite unbelievable for me.  Unfortunately I missed thrusters and power cleans because I really think I could be close to 100# on those.  I’m hoping that dead lifts will be next week and I can get over 200#!  That would be pure awesome!

Running has been out due to seriously cold temps and snow.  I’ve been really working on my endurance at CrossFit with the Air Dyne and rower so I’m not too concerned for the Princess Half Marathon, but I should get a few more training runs in.  Looks like I’m treadmill bound…ugh.

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

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Arms, arms and more arms!
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – 5 x 4 min AMRAPs
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Push Press, Row, Air Dyne & 5 min cumulative plank
Friday: 1:07 min plank
Saturday: 2 hours of shoveling + 1:10 min plank

Overall, I’m feeling strong…really strong.  Even hubs commented that my butt looks tighter yesterday (TMI??)…all those squats are paying off!  I’m ready to tackle Princess head on and show that race what I’m made of!!

S & A

Princess 2.0 we’re coming for you!

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: February 3, 2013

Yesterday Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, which apparently means an early spring…woohoo!!  I’m so over winter and can’t wait to put on some flip flops again.  But really, what does a groundhog know about weather?  The whole ceremony around Groundhog’s Day is a little strange to begin with…what’s with those top hats??


I would like to take a second and thank everyone who has read my Walt Disney World Marathon recaps this week.  The response I have received has been incredibly overwhelming and humbling.  It was a difficult day for me and to know that my journey and my struggles have inspired others to take on a new challenge makes it all worth while.  I originally ran this race for me, to prove to myself that I was strong enough to do it.  But now it has turned into so much more than that.  I really ran this for you because if someone like me can do it, so can you…no excuses.  DO IT!

If you missed the recaps, you can check them out here along with a few other things that happened on RAD this week:

Speaking of recaps, I need to share the best one of them all.  It was written by my best friend and running partner Amanda Tinney.  If you want to be inspired, you must read her story of struggle and enlightenment as she celebrates 21 miles of the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon.  Try to not cry…I dare you!

Now, let’s check out some other RAD Reads from this week!

Running & Fitness Posts
Running with Sass has some great tips for running a runDisney races.

Just a One Girl Revolution shares 5 tips for cold weather running.  My favorite is JFDI (just f’ing do it!).

Mommy Run Fast has 8 tips for new runners…wish I had these when I started running!

Peace, Love & Oats review proper running form.  This is so important to running efficiency!

Disney Posts
This Happy Place Blog celebrates the unexpected surprises in Epcot.

Eating WDW has a wonderful meal at Artist’s Point…I can’t wait to eat here again!  Confit bacon, yes please!

Blue Sky Disney takes an interesting look at the future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Sparkly Ever After enjoys the new Limited Time Magic in WDW and takes some great photos with long lost characters.

Da Mouse explores the new Wilderness Explorers interactive game coming to Animal Kingdom this spring…this looks fun!

Weekly Review
Last Sunday I finally got out to try my new Asics GT-2000s and so far so good!  I got in 3 miles and tried to work on speed as much as possible.  I was going for negative splits, but ended up slowing down that final mile because the wind was in my face.  It was like running into a wall!  It was also pretty cold.  I waited until about 1:00 pm and it was only 33 degrees, but the sun warmed me up a bit.  It was a gorgeous day and I was glad to get back out there…I even saw a swan in the Sound!



During the marathon, I was having some pain in what I think is my biceps femoris muscle.  It got better a few days later, so I didn’t think much of it.  Well about halfway through my run on Sunday it started acting up again.  It’s a little concerning, but I’m not overly worried yet.  I’m going to keep an eye on it before Princess and really focus on stretching the area.  Fingers crossed it’s nothing big.

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

Sunday: 3.34 mile run
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Dead Lifts, Power Cleans & 20 min AMRAP
Wednesday: 1:05 min plank + 50 air squats
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Bench Press & Air Dyne
Friday: CrossFit – 1 hour – AMRAPs of Wall Balls, Ring Rows & Rowing + 1:03 min plank
Saturday: Rest

It felt great to get 4 full workouts in this week, but I need to get back up to 5!  Soon enough.  This weather just needs to get a little better for me.  I just can’t bring myself to get on the treadmill to get those extra runs in…sigh.

Do your exercise routines change with the seasons?

Last but not not least, I’d like to give a big shout out to one of my favorite people, Krysten from The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail.  On Friday she underwent surgery to fix her robot heart…again.  In the days leading up to the surgery, she remained as positive as ever even though she was facing a frightening experience.  She came out of a successful surgery and posted this photo on Instagram.  Krysten is a true inspiration and always reminds me to look on the bright side of things even when faced with a challenge.  WE HEART YOU!