RAD Reads and Weekly Review: August 19, 2012

This has been a week of big highs and serious lows for me.  What a roller coaster ride.  Early on I sustained a neck injury while doing kettlebell swings in my CrossFit class.  This (once again) put me on an exercise hiatus for the rest of the week.  I’ve been seeing a wonderful chiropractor all week and I’m starting to feel like normal again.  The week ended on an incredibly high note at the Healthy Living Summit where I met some amazing people and learned a great deal.  I can’t wait to share it with all of you!  

For the 2nd week in a row, runDisney had some BIG news!  The 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Medal design was revealed, a slew of new celebrities were announced for WDW Marathon Weekend, and runDisney launched a brand new website that it so much easier to use and a much needed improvement.

Now on to some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
Because I Can completed her first 20 mile run…congrats on killing it!!

Dr. Rachel Runs has some great ordinary food options to sustain you through long runs.  There are a few good options here for those following Paleo.

Meals & Moves features the amazing trasformation of Molly from A Fresh Start for Molly.  She’s lost over 50 pounds and her story is very inspiring!

Disney Posts
Sparkly Ever After pays tribute to Nolan, a member of this Disney community, who we sadly lost this week.  WDW Fan Zone also has touching Words of Remembrance from many other people in the community.  Nolan always remained positive even though he was constantly battling with his health and was an inspiration to all of us…he will be missed.

Disney Hipster Blog experience Disney customer service at it’s finest by receiving a HUGE funnel cake for free in Hollywood Studios.

Growing Up Disney goes over all of those WDW  scents we love and loathe.  Scents I love are popcorn and musty water, I can’t think of a smell I hate.

 The Disney Food Blog provides their picks for the best values for seminars and demonstrations at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.  If you’re looking for more Food & Wine Festival info, check out my 2-part series (Part 1 and Part 2) on the healthiest options at all of the marketplace booths for 2012.

Weekly Review
As I mentioned, I’ve been resting for the majority of this week and to say that I’m frustrated is an understatement.  It seems that as soon as I get on a roll with exercise, something crazy in my brain tells me I’m invincible, which leads me to push myself past my limits, leading to injury.  You would think after two prior injuries this year, I would know better.  Nope…haven’t learned anything.  Once the pain stops, it’s like I block all prior issues out and once again think I’m Wonder Women.  This is the hardest thing for me to overcome.  Throw hill training at me, deadlifts, sprints, you name it and I’ll conquer it, but ask me to think logically about my limits and you might as well be speaking Chinese.

Here’s my week of training (or lack there of):

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Oh hey there Jared…

I think the worst part of being injured this week was having the Healthy Living Summit.  I was really looking forward to doing the Reebok sponsored CrossFit workout with Jared Davis, but that was now out of the question.  I was able to watch and still get some awesome CrossFit swag (wait until you see all the swag I got!), so that was definitely a positive.  I also knew that the 2 hour drive and then sitting all day in the various sessions was not going to be very comfortable, but it actually turned out not to be so bad.  There were a lot of breaks throughout the day and I was able to walk around a lot.

The best news of last week was that I lost 6 pounds from the prior week!  The workouts and clean eating I’ve been doing has really paid off.  On weekdays, I’ve been trying to avoid gluten, sugar and dairy and not only did I drop a few pounds, but I feel better overall.  I still allow myself small amounts of it on the weekends so I don’t feel deprived.  I don’t think I could ever completely cut out cheese!

I’m going to go speak to my CrossFit coach and see what my options are for continuing the program.  I’ve paid for this entire 12 class on ramp and I’ve already missed 2 classes.  I really want to continue doing this as it’s the only program I found that I actually enjoy.  My chiropractor isn’t too keen on my continuing, but I’m hoping there are modifications I can’t make to cause the least amount of stress to my body.  He actually said that he gets 2 new patients a week from CrossFit injuries…yikes!  Fingers crossed I can continue on!

For now I’ll leave you with this ridiculousness from the weekend.  Have a wonderful week!


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  • Yay! Had such a great weekend! It was so fun and I’m really glad I got a chance to meet you and to hang out with you. I didn’t realize that you had hurt your neck, that’s tough, but I am glad that you are feeling better. It’s so tough to slow down when you get injured. I learned the hard way when I injured my hip and kept trying to push it. It’s taken almost 2 months to feel somewhat better. Hang in there. Looking forward to your recap!

    P.S – Congrats on the weight loss!!

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