RAD Reads & Weekly Review: September 9, 2012

It was another big week for runDisney.  Shortly after the Disneyland Half Marathon, the Walt Disney World 20th Anniversary Marathon SOLD OUT!  This was the fastest the marathon has ever sold out, a mere 5 months.  There will be 25,000 people running in the race on January 13, 2013 and I will proudly be one of them!  I just hopefully won’t be last.  Can’t wait to get my hands on that medal.

Before I get into how lackluster my training has been for the marathon, let’s check out some RAD Reads from this week.

Running & Fitness Posts
Squats & Spatulas refocuses her focus with goals for the end of the year.  Lauren offers a great perspective on life and gives some valuable takeaways for all of us.

Travel, Run, Eat recaps the Disney RunFest 2012 that was organized by For the Love of Disney Running in July.  Sounds like a blast!

Running WDW is a great new blog that was launched this week!  Gregg talks about his experience being Goofy and at the 2011 Race Retreat.

Running Toward the Prize has a great vlog recap of the Disneyland Half Marathon.  It includes characters and digestive issues…a girl after my own heart! 🙂

Disney Posts
Today I am featured on DisTherapy as part of the 30 Days to 30 Years series where I visit EPCOT Center in 1990 and talk about the beginning of the “Disney Decade.”  This was really fun to take a look back at my favorite time in WDW.  I’m looking forward to the 30th Anniversary celebration on October 1st!   

DisDining takes us to the Top Ten Romantic Restaurants in Walt Disney World.  I agree with many of these choices, but I think some miss the mark.

The Affordable Mouse takes a look at the various free activities at the Boardwalk Inn and Villas.  Great tips for my upcoming stay there!

The Disney Food Blog challenges readers to the 2012 Walt Disney World Cheese Crawl…now this is something I need to try!  AJ also reviews the King Cupcake at Pop Century’s Food Court.  I’m not sure whether I’m grossed out or completely intrigued by this chocolate, banana, peanut butter and bacon concoction.  Have you tried one?  Don’t forget to check out the DFB Guide to the 2012 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…the fun begins in less than 3 weeks!

Weekly Review
The beginning of the week was rough as I recovered from all the fun I had over Labor Day Weekend.  On Tuesday, I started my first full week in CrossFit out of OnRamp.  I felt like a fish out of water in class.  I’m still not 100% familiar with all of the moves and feel like I’m cluelessly walking around trying to figure out what’s going on.  The coaches are all great and are really helpful with us newbs, but I’m never a big fan of asking for help.  I think it’s that only child syndrome that prevents me from doing so 😉

I’m also finding it difficult to know what weight to use for the Olympic lifts.  Since I haven’t done all of them, I’m not sure what my limitations are.  To be safe, I’m starting with lower weight to avoid injury and gradually building up wo where I feel my limit is.  Good news is that I dead lifted 113 pounds this week, which was my first time ever lifting anything over 100 pounds.  It felt pretty awesome!

My running training was clearly lacking, as I’m still having trouble finding the motivation to go for those long runs.  Thankfully the WODs included a good amount of running this week, so I felt like I got a little in.  Here’s my full week of training complete with lack of running and as always you can see my full WODs over on dailymile:

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour (.5 miles)
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour (.85 miles)
Friday: CrossFit – 1 hour
Saturday: Rest

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler is only 18 days away, so I really need to step it up with the running.  The head coach at my CrossFit box noticed that I was wearing KT Tape earlier in the week and wanted to watch me run.  He made some interesting observations.

  1. I land too far back on my feet, which puts strain on my shins.  Oh hi shin splints…
  2. I lead with my hips, which can lead to strain on you hip flexor.  I know all about that from earlier this year.
  3. I kick back to much, which make me land harder and again puts strain on my shins.

He demonstrated how to take better strides, which I tried to incorporate into my runs later in the week.  This, along with improving my posture with my chiropractor, I hope will be the initial steps to becoming a more efficient runner.  I found these great tips as well:

Forefoot or midfoot stride is something you hear constantly as a runner, and this is where my work will lie going forward.  When I took shorter, shallower strides this week and made an effort to land on my forefoot, my shins felt so much better.  Plus I felt like I was running faster, a completely foreign concept for me.  I am SO the tortoise.

How is your running form?  Do you find it a constant battle to perfect it?

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  • I’m always worried about/working on my running form, especially when I go on longer runs! Sometimes I’ll catch my reflection in a window I’m running past and I’ll be so alarmed at my terrible posture and heel striking — it’s definitely a constant battle.

  • Great site! This is my go-to place for Disney info. Sounds like you got some good coaching advice – but be cautious when changing your technique, which sometimes leads to new issues.

    My wife and I are really looking forward to the Tower of Terror 10-miler, which I’ll be running in bare feet. Decades of running in shoes left my knees swollen and arthritic. Eight years ago the doc told me to stop running, which I did. Then three years ago I read Born to Run and have been running pain free ever since.

    For me, every mile really is magic. I don’t wear a watch and don’t worry about my time – it’s all about having fun anyway! Good luck with your running and thanks for providing all the useful Disney info.


    • Hey Curt! Thanks for the kind words and for checking out the site!
      I’ve heard amazing stories about minimalist running and how it can really improve your stride and heal injuries. Do you run completely barefoot or in Vibrams?
      Hope to see you at the ToT 10 miler!

      • I’ve never actually tried the Five Fingers, but my wife recently switched from standard running shoes to Merrell “barefoot” gloves that have a vibram sole – her ITB problems disappeared almost immediately after she switched. Not everyone has been so fortunate, but it’s certainly worth a try if you’ve been having some chronic problems.

        I did Disneyland (2011) and the Disney World marathon relay (2012) in bare feet (flesh meets the ground) and Goofy (2011) in huarache sandals (from invisibleshoe.com).

        Please give a shout if you see a tall, aging boomer wearing a Tower of Terror race bib and little or nothing on his feet. I’ll almost certainly be wearing my huaraches before and after the race, but I look forward to the challenge of running at night with nothing on my feet.

        We’re also signed up for the 2013 DW marathon – gotta have that medal!! (the only way that I was able to keep up with the medal caper was from your web site. I have no idea how you get all this info so fast, but thanks for sharing it!)

  • I love all the tips on proper form. I bet my form is terrible… because I try to pace myself on the street and not run too fast (so I don’t tire out too quickly) I’m taking short strides and I probably am putting too much strain on my shins as well (hence, all the shin splints I get!). Tomorrow morning I’m really going to be more aware of my form while running! Thanks! See you soon!

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