RAD Reads and Weekly Review: June 24, 2012

This week has been a much better than last.  The antibiotics have knocked the sinus infection out of my system and I’m feeling human again.  There’s a pretty lengthy weekly review ahead on my first week training for the WDW Marathon, so enjoy 🙂  I also wanted to wish everyone a happy Pride Weekend!  This has been a milestone year for equality and I hope this is just the beginning!  Now on to some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
The Run Within knows that Rules are Meant to Be Broken and I couldn’t agree more!

Sweat Once A Day is Breaking the Cycle of Recovery.  This is a good lesson on listening to your body and making sure you spend enough time recovering.

Running Long Island NYC spent the summer solstice doing yoga in Times Square.  How cool!

Dr Rachel Runs has some great Tips for Race Spectators.  Share this with your friends and family!

Disney Posts
The Disney Food Blog has some exciting new announcements about Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.  New additions to the menu, guest chefs and special events oh my!

This Happy Place Blog shares The City Sights in her Magic in Manhattan series.  This is such a cool perspective of NYC from the Disney Magic!

Disney Every Day reveals 15 Things You Didn’t Know About the Art of Animation Resort.  Did you know you can purchase some of the in room decor in the gift shop?!

Main Street Gazette takes a look back at the Villas at Lake Buena Vista.  It is retrotastic!

Weekly Review
This week I officially started my marathon training and in typical fashion, I jumped right into it instead of easing in.  I made the mistake of doing leg exercises (squats and lunges) doing Tone It Up! on the 2nd day, which shot my legs for the next few days.  Tone It Up! was ok, but as with all toning exercises I get bored very easily.  I did the Best Circuit Workout and Summer Slim, which were much more challenging than they look and I only did each circuit twice.  Maybe I would’ve had more interest if I actually did the exercises along with a video.  

One of the things I really want to focus on is strengthening my core.  So I tried Pilates this week and I really enjoyed it.  I felt challenged and I could feel the results the next day.  I think I’m going to try to keep this up and it is something I can easily do at night while watching TV with my husband.  

Here’s my total week of exercise:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: Spinning – 1 hour
Tuesday: 2.75 miles & Tone It Up! – 20 minutes
Wednesday: Spinning – 1 hour
Thursday: Pilates – 40 minutes
Friday: 2 miles
Saturday: Light Gardening – 2 hours

As you can see, I did a lot of lower body cardio in the beginning of the week and I think going forward I need to take at least a days rest in between.  My 2 mile run was originally planned for Thursday, so I decided to give my legs a rest and push it back a day.  When I actually ran on Friday, I felt off.  It was like I couldn’t breathe properly and I felt ultra fatigued, so I cut my run short my 10 minutes.  After injuring myself earlier in the year, I’ve learned that I need to listen to my body and not push myself too hard.

As you can see, yesterday’s activity was some light gardening.  I planted my vegetable garden in early May and my tomato plants have taken off!  We had to build taller structures to support the plants as the tomatoes get bigger.  I have some great early tomatoes coming in as well as Sun Golds, which are my favorite variety of small tomatoes.  They are like candy when they’re ripe!

My Growing Garden!
Not Yet Ripe Sun Gold Tomatoes

My carrots are also ready for picking!!  There is nothing like fresh picked carrots.  The smell alone is amazing.  Because I have a raised bed garden, the carrots don’t get too long, but they are still amazing.  Look at these two that grew around each other!

I am so excited that my garden is turning out really well this year.  I also have green bell peppers planted that have just started flowering and two varieties of heirloom tomatoes that will hopefully be starting soon.  Last year was a bit of a dud from all of the early summer rain, so this is much more promising.

One other thing I did this week is sign up for the Lose a Marathon Challenge.  My original goal was to lose 20 pounds in the next 6 months before the marathon, but why not try for 26.2??  The last day to sign up is tomorrow if you are interested.  There is a great support group doing this and I hope finally I will be able to achieve my weight loss goal!

Let me know how your week went in the comments below…I love to hear from you!  Have a fantastically healthy and active week!

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