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RAD Recap for August 31, 2014

I want to start by congratulating everyone who ran one of the races over Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!!  I’ve had a blast following along and have some great guest recaps coming up in the next few weeks, including one from Jenny who completed her first half marathon and runDisney race…CONGRATS!!


I’ve spent the past week with my favorite people at one of my favorite places, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.  It was relaxing, fun and full of laughs.  This is a trip I look forward every year and I am so lucky to get to spend this quality time with my friends…I hope there will always be Days Like This 🙂



Before heading home, B and I spent a night in Walt Disney World at Bay Lake Tower.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen all of the fun I had in the Magic Kingdom for a few short hours, followed by dinner at California Grill and Wishes! from the Top of the World.  What a great day!




After we returned to Connecticut yesterday afternoon, we stopped by the grand opening of Black Hog Brewing Co. before heading home.  Our friends from Caseus in New Haven started this awesome brewery that focuses on craft beer using local ingredients.  My favorite was Granola Brown…YUM!


Hard to believe that this weekend is the unofficial end of summer, but there are a lot of fun events coming up in the fall.  runDisney races, the Disney Fit Challenge, Epcot International Food & Wine Festival just to name a few!  Oh boy!  What are you most excited about?  

Have a RAD week 🙂

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Running at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

I’m so excited to have this great guest post from my friend Marc Bigbie!  We recently spent some time at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort with a bunch of our friends and Marc was dedicated enough (unlike me!) to get a bunch of runs in.  It’s a gorgeous place to run, but I’ll let Marc tell you all about that…  

The Disney Vero Beach 10K, at least that’s what I called it. No there isn’t an official runDisney race in Vero Beach, but I did get to spend a week at this Disney beach resort in early September and discovered there’s a near perfect 10k loop right outside your balcony that I got to run it three times. There are only a few turns so you won’t get lost, it’s pancake flat, and has lots of scenery to enjoy that will have you dreaming instead of worrying about the next mile.


Start your GPS in front of the lobby and take a right turn, north on A1A, out of the resort entrance, head to the light and take a left (West) on Wabasso Beach Rd, away from the beach. You’ll be running on nice sidewalk here and likely see locals out running from the private communities lining A1A. Just a half mile down you’ll come to a dirt road with a big sign that says Historic Jungle Trail.  That’s the sidewalk where you’ll turn left and head south.


At first you’ll think you’re headed into the jungle because of the vegetation lining both sides of the road, and that sign you just passed.


But in just .3 miles you’ll start to see why this is such a great run path.  This will be the view you have for the next 2 miles. The “trail” is a wide dirt road that’s in great shape with no holes or deep sand that I encountered, and almost no traffic. If it’s just after sunrise you’ll also have some shade since the sun will be on your left behind the trees it was a little cloudy this morning.


At the end you’ll hang an obvious left onto a paved road and head back east towards A1A and the beach..  Don’t turn right thinking you’ll keep enjoying the beauty, it’s a dead end into a private community.  When you get to A1A turn left again and stay on this side of the road, there’s no sidewalk yet on the beach side.   But there is plenty of room because you’ll probably see a few more locals out enjoying the morning for the 2 miles or so back to the resort.  It’s all private communities the rest of the way, and I even had a few bikes and a golf cart go by.

Getting in the front “gate” of this resort is easier than the Orlando properties.  Many times there isn’t even a guard in the shack, but you can get to most of the rooms without even passing it.  So no worries about digging your room key out yet, it’s way more laid back at this resort. You could turn right towards the pool area though and head to the Anchors A-weigh fitness center and extend your workout on some machines or dumbbells, and if you haven’t gotten enough cardio, hit a treadmill or elliptical.


Hope you enjoy your trip to Vero Beach and keep your fitness program up while there.  It’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors so running is perfect for exploring the area and seeing the beautiful island.

Marc Bigbie is a part time ultra marathoner, part time blogger, and full time Disney lover. Visit to follow some of these passions and more.

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: September 15, 2013

So you really want to know what bloggers do on vacation?  Well we typically start our day doing this:


This photo cracks me up.  Not only because it’s slightly ridiculous, but I just love how I have friends who are all on the same wave length.  Obviously we didn’t spend the entire trip hidden behind our laptops.  We went kayaking, swimming, played mini-golf, ate a TON of food and had numerous adult beverages.  The 2nd year at the Disney Beach House was the best yet and I can’t wait to share more details with you about Disney’s Vero Beach Resort…it’s quickly topping my list of favorite resorts!

As a great way to end the week, a few of us headed out to Walt Disney World on Friday to not only play in parks for a bit:


But most importantly to eat here:


O.M.G. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing the renovations are at California Grill.  The decor, the food, everything…wonderful.  Be sure there will be a full detailed review to come shortly, but for now you can check out all the food porn over on my Instagram page.

Here’s what I’ve been up to on Running at Disney this week:

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

Now on to some RAD Reads from some of my favorite bloggers!

Running & Fitness Posts
Mommy Run Fast tackles the Yasso 800s.  I’ve always been interested in adding this into my training plan.

The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail talks about her sugar addiction…are you secretly an addict??

Gabby’s Gluten-Free has a great look at her goals including perception, pressure & doing your own damn thing…I love this!

Disney Posts
Eating WDW shares a her favorite vegetarian dishes at WDW and they all look delicious!

This Happy Place takes an interesting look at the price of being a fangirl.  I love this take on the Disney community and what fandom actually means.

Imagineering Disney has great construction photos of Cinderella’s Castle.  Do you know how many bricks make up the castle?

Sparkly Ever After visits the new grand and miraculous Starbucks in Epcot.

Weekly Review
My past week definitely involved a TON of relaxation, but I did manage to squeeze in a few good workouts.  Our kayaking trip was an incredible upper body workout!  Here are all of my workouts from this week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Kayaking: 4.7 miles (4 hours)
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: 20 min amrap: goblet squats, db thrusters & pushups
Friday: Magic Kingdom Walking (4 miles)
Saturday: Magic Kingdom Walking (5 miles)

The 20 minutes amrap I did on Thursday was at the resort gym called Anchors A-Weigh.  Love the name!


Didn’t love the gym…


Definitely not my style…  But I made the best of it, grabbed a dumbbell and made up my own workout.


I did a quick 1/4 mile warmup run on the treadmill, which was awkward because I had a mirror right in my face…yikes!  Then I did the following 20 minute amrap (as many rounds as possible):

  • 15 goblet squats (20#)
  • 10 dumbbell snatches (20# x 4 & 30# x 4)
  • 10 pushups

I started with 5 burpees instead of the pushups, but realized by quads were quickly going to get burnt out with those, so I switched to pushups for round 2.  I got in a total of 8 rounds and was a sweaty mess after.  This workout was so tough that my quads and glutes are STILL sore 3 days later…crazy.

Tomorrow I will be starting the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge which is 8 weeks on the Paleo diet along with 10 workouts.  My weight will be taken, my measurements will be taken, photos will be taken…ahhhh!  I’m a bit nervous and excited at the same time.  I will be covering the whole thing over on RAD Living, so make sure to head over there and check it out!

Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!

Friday Feast: New Lunch Menu at the Green Cabin Room

I’ve spent the past week at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort having what was probably the best vacation I’ve ever been on.  It was our 2nd annual Disney Beach House vacation full of fun adventures, some sun, great friends, laughs and good food.  That’s what life is all about right?


One of my favorite places to eat while at the resort is The Green Cabin Room.  The food is pretty good, but it’s this view that makes it one of my favorite locations. Stunning…


We had eaten there on our last visit (read my review here) and gotten a few appetizers to share with the group.  My friend Rick had mentioned that they recently changed the menu, so B and I decided to check it out for lunch.  Here’s the new menu:



The draft beer selection is pretty limited there with Miller Light and Yuengling being the only two options.  I went with the Yuengling and a glass of water.  Check out the paper straws they use here, just like the ones at Animal Kingdom.  Conservation is huge at this resort and I like that!


I had been craving a turkey club sandwich that day and was beside myself with excitement when I saw it on the menu.  YES PLEASE!  B decided to go with the Fish & Chips which I was happy about because that would’ve been my next choice.  I opted for the House-made Kettle Chips with my sandwich and also ate B’s Crunchy Slaw…win-win.



That is one good Turkey Club!!  I highly recommend it and I even went back the next day for another one! B liked his Fish & Chips, but thought the breading was too thick.  It was actually still a bit raw in some parts, but the fish was cooked through and tasted great.

I really like the changes they made to the menu, but the one thing I was disappointed they took off were the Crispy Pork Wings.  I was looking forward to trying those.  No matter what the menu is, I will always eat there or at least have a cocktail when I’m at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

Have you eaten at The Green Cabin Room?   What do you think?

RAD Reads & Weekly Review – May 20, 2012

I’m writing this on my way from Walt Disney World to Disney’s Vero Beach resort for a few days of relaxation on the beach!  MiFi rules 🙂  I’ve fallen behing on my blog reading this week because of vacation and a hectic week prior, but I think I found a few good RAD Reads for you to enjoy on your relaxing (hopefully) Sunday!

Running Posts
Eat, Sleep Run, Disney survived her CrossFit training and lived to tell about it.  This sounds tough!

Sweat Once a Day talks about going from zero to infinity.  She is a true running powerhouse…she actually LOVES to run!  Read this and get inspired.

Meals and Miles found a really cute way to document all her races across the country.  I love this idea!

Disney Posts
DVC Mom welcomes her daughter Katie to the blog with a very insightful look at travel anxiety on their way to Disneyland.

The Disney Blog shares an awesome Fantasyland TV special from 1983.  Get ready to get nostalgic!

This Happy Place Blog contemplates what to do with only 13 hours in at Walt Disney World.  What would you do??

Weekly Review
As I mentioned, Barry and I have been in Walt Disney World for the past two day enjoying fabulous food and fighting the Empire at Star Wars Weekends.  We have had so much fun, I can hardly stand it!  

Sushi at California Grill…YUM!

Storm Troopers patrolling Hollywood Studios

And now we’re heading to Vero Beach to relax and spend time with some of our best friends.  I’ve never been to Disney’s Vero Beach Resort and I’m really looking forward to a whole different Disney experience.  Life is good 🙂    

It’s been a very different week for exercise.  Most of it has consisted of walking around Walt Disney World, which we all know is great exercise.

Here is my week in training:
Monday: Spinning – 1 hour
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 2.5 mile run
Thursday: Spinning – 1 hour
Friday: Walking around WDW – approx. 4 miles
Saturday: Walking around WDW – approx. 6 miles
Sunday: Rest

I’m hoping to get a few runs in at Vero and maybe a bike ride.  I saw there is a 10 mile ride with a naturalist that could be a lot of fun.  Main goal is just to keep my cardio up.  My next have is now less than 2 weeks away so I want to stay injury free!

Have a wonderful week!