RAD Reads and Weekly Review: July 29, 2012

It has been a seriously busy and exciting week.  I have a really fun announcement in my Weekly Review, along with an interesting training week.  But first, let’s check out some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
WDW Fan Zone contributor Mary Jo Collins lists her Top 10 Reasons Why She Runs Disney.  These are all the reasons why I love running Disney races as well…great post!

A Runner’s Story talks about how she is Inspired by the Olympics.  The Olympians dedication is quite awe inspiring.

For the Love of Disney Running takes a great run around the Port Orleans Resorts as part of DisneyRunFest2012.

Run With Jess contemplates whether she’s Dedicated or Crazy.  I think all of us runners wonder this from time to time.  Do you?

Disney Posts
A Pinch of Pixie Dust found some Stellar Smoothies at Auntie Gravity’s in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom.  I’m so excited about this since I’m always on the hunt for a good smoothie!

Disney Every Day shared a great video on the Art Behind Creating runDisney Medals.  This is a very cool process…oh and her daughter is in the video!

This Happy Place Blog started a great new series called The Timekeeper.  This week Estelle gives us a look into her Room with a View.  I love this trip down memory lane and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series!

A Pinch of Pixie Dust has a fantastically Illuminating Evening.  Great shots of Illuminations!

Mouse On The Mind received this amazingly creative gift of a Handmade Map-let.  I must have one of these!

Weekly Review
I’m very excited to announce that this week I became a FitFluential Ambassador!  FitFluential is a network of fitness enthusiasts sharing their journey through various social media outlets.  The company was designed to connect health and wellness brands with their ideal target market through customized, long-term experiential and contextual marketing campaigns.  This is an amazing opportunity to not only promote a healthy lifestyle, but showcase how to increase health and well-being through new brand partnerships.  I will be highlighting many of these brands in the future, so look for some great new content.  I’m extremely honored to be a part of this elite group of fitness experts and I’m am excited for the journey this opportunity will take me on!   

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling with weight training and toning exercises, as I find the repetition boring and often find it hard to incorporate them into my training schedule.  As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ve been toying with the idea of trying CrossFit, so I went to an introductory class yesterday and LOVED it!  I was really nervous that I wouldn’t be able to do any of the exercises, but I did really well!  Everyone there was really nice and welcoming.  I was so glad that to see that it wasn’t as intimidating as I was expecting.

CrossFit Milford
The regulars training outside

After a warm up with the group and about a 1/4 mile run, the newbies (5 of us) were taken separately to learn about the CrossFit process and learn a few moves.  Here’s was we did:

  • 10 kettlebell squats
  • 10 ring rows
  • 10 sit-ups

We did these three moves twice and then did a 150 meter run.  The goals was to keep moving and continue with this for 15 minutes.  It was tough, but that 15 minutes went by very quickly.  I was tired at the end, but felt really good.  Once we were finished stretching, I signed up for the On Ramp, which is 3 classes per week for 4 weeks.  It is a way to introduce beginners to all of the movements in a small group setting.  Classes begin on August 6th, so expect to see a lot more CrossFit info in the future.  I am incredibly sore today, but I’m hoping this will really pay off and help me get in fantastic shape for the marathon in January.  The best part of the class was when we were finished and the trainer asked me “What gym do you currently go to?  You obviously work out.”  Um…no gym and hardly any workouts besides cardio, but THANK YOU for the compliment!  I must be in better shape than I thought I was.  Needless to say, I was on cloud 9 leaving there.

Here’s the rest of my week of exercise:

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Spinning – 1 hour
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 3.11 mile run
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 3.23 mile run
Saturday: CrossFit Intro Class – 45 minutes

I’m continuing to have pain in my lower legs when I run, so I’m trying to take it easy.  But even with the pain, I’m getting faster with each run, as my endurance seems to be increasing every week.  I’m on a steady routine of ice, Voltaren Gel, compression and stretching, which really helps to ease the pain.  I just hope this isn’t going to be a chronic issue and that it will heal over time.    

I also registered for the Healthy Living Summit this week!  This is a weekend conference taking place August 17-19 in Boston for bloggers that are interested in all aspects on healthy living including eating well, staying fit, and overall wellness.  The agenda for the conference looks great and I am so excited to meet so many people that I respect in this community!  Let me know if you are attending…I’d love to meet up!

Lastly, I’ve been working on some really fun and exciting projects.  I’m not ready to reveal them yet, but stay tuned for some more BIG news in the next few weeks.  A lot of this has to benefit YOU the reader and I can’t wait to share it with you!  Have a happy and healthy week!

Did you try anything new this week in your workout routine?

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  • Welcome to the cult 🙂 Kidding kidding! So glad you enjoyed it though, I’m always worried that when I (or others) gush about something and someone new tries it, that they’ll be disappointed.

    • I think I liked it because it wasn’t your typical gym experience. The exercises are quick and powerful. The people there are all shapes and sizes and it really made me feel like I could do it. I kind of liked the “grittiness” of it all..running outside, big garage doors open, loud music…it was a lot of fun! Now I just need to get some proper shoes.

  • wow!! What a great blog entry!! I’m so excited that you loved cross fit. I really wish I had more time and I would try it out myself….and congrats on joining up with FitFluental! How exciting is that?!? Such awesome things are coming your way!!

    Btw, could you tell me again what socks you wear when running?? Thanks!

    • Thanks so much!! I’m really excited and I have a lot of really fun things in the works…one you’ve been asking for btw 😉
      The socks are Balega’s…I swear by them!

      • I was hoping you’d say that!!! If you need any help let me know! And thanks for the sock recommendation. 😀

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