RAD Reads and Weekly Review: September 23, 2012

We’re only 5 days away from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend!!  I can’t wait to get down to the World and spend time with friends new and old, meet so many of you who have supported RAD this year, and run this inaugural race.  It’s going to be an epic weekend!

I’m excited to announce the date, time and location for the Running at Disney meet up next weekend!  The meet will be Saturday, September 29th in the outdoor seating area of The Liberty Inn at the America Pavilion in Epcot.  I hope you will be able to join me to talk about the race and maybe snack on some lobster rolls.  Make sure to RSVP on the Facebook event page.  I want to make sure I bring enough RAD buttons for everyone!!  You know you want one 🙂

Now on to some RAD Reads for the week!

Running & Fitness Posts
A Little Bit Goofy is a fabulous new blog that my friend Kristen started this week.  She’s running the Goofy in 2014, but first reflects on how sometimes you have to go backwards in order to move forwards.  Add this one to your reader folks!

Fitting It All In is running less and getting faster.  I love to read this because I’m finding the same results from my CrossFit training.

Dr. Rachel Runs gives us 12 ways to avoid running disaster.  Great tips with great solutions!

FitFluential reminds us to Never Give Up with this fantastic video from Your Inner Skinny.

Disney Posts
Disney Parks Blog released the schedule for next week’s Epcot 30th anniversary celebration.

Disney Food Blog reported on a few menu changes in the World this week.  One at Whispering Canyon Cafe and one at Beaches and Cream.

Zannaland had the rare opportunity to visit the Siemen’s Lounge at Spaceship Earth.  Love all the photos!

This Happy Place Blog reviews the book From Dreamer to Dreamfinder by Ron Schneider who was the original Dreamfinder at the Journey Into Imagination pavilion.  It sounds great…I can’t wait to read this one!!!

Disney Every Day shares what keeps her coming back to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party every year.  Candy, parades, no waits for attractions…how can you go wrong?!

Weekly Review
I’m happy to report that I’ve been on the mend this week.  I’m 99% sure that the UC issues I was having last week came about from whey protein shakes I recently started drinking after hard workouts.  They have been helping in my recovery, but the side effects are clearly not worth it.  I’m improving everyday and hopefully this flare will be fully over by the time I leave for WDW.  

Friday I went for my first actual run outside of CrossFit in almost 3 weeks.  I was a little apprehensive about how I would do, but once I got started I knew it was going to be good!  I felt stronger and faster that I had when I was doing serious race training.  I ended up shaving a minute of my 5K time from 3 weeks prior!  Oh and you might recall that the time from 3 weeks ago was 2 minutes faster than the time before that!  My average pace was 11:40.  This is all quite mind blowing to me, since breaking a 12 minute mile pace always seemed so far out of reach.  This is proof that hard work really does pay off 🙂

Sweaty post run glow 🙂 Rockin my FitFluential tank!

Here’s the rest of my week in training. To see my full WODs head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour  – Hang Cleans & Clean and Jerks (1 mile running)
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Lots of amrap (1 mile running)
Thursday: Rest
Friday: 3.5 mile run (5K PR!!)
Saturday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Dead lifts & 20 minute amrap

Yesterday when I got home from CrossFit, B reminded me that we had a delivery of wood pellets coming.  For those of you who are fortunate enough to live in warmer climates and aren’t familiar with pellets, they are fuel for our pellet stove and help to keep our house at a toasty 80 degrees in the middle of winter without using a ton of oil.  The delivery was a 1 ton pallet and because we don’t have a garage to store them in, B and I had to carry all 50 bags into the basement.

1 Ton of Pellets

Since I was already nice an sweaty from CrossFit, we went to work.  I threw a 40 lb bag on each shoulder (with B’s assistance) and started moving my 1,000 lb share.  I have to say, I felt pretty damn badass.  For the past 2 years, B has had his brothers help him move the shipment because I struggled with just one bag.  Now I’m moving 2 at a time and wasn’t even out of breath!  All this on top of an hour long workout that was full of rowing and push presses.  YES!

Hope you have a great week and keep working towards those goals…you’ll be surprised at what you can do! 🙂


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  • You are a BEAST!!! Look at you! I know it must feel so awesome to feel so strong and capable. I’m so glad you’re loving CrossFit!

    now the bad news, I don’t think I”ll be able to make your meet on Saturday cause 1. I’m planning on doing the Attention to Details scavenger hunt and 2. I don’t have park hopper tickets and was going to MK that day.

    BUT I hope your meet up is awesome and I know I”ll see you at the Yee Haw Bob show and hopefully after that too!

    • Thanks Marci! It really does feel amazing and to have these results in only 2 months makes me really excited!

      I’m sad you won’t be able to make the meet, but I totally understand. I was really struggling to find a time that would work for everyone, but it just wasn’t working. You will definitely see me numerous times over the weekend!! 🙂

  • Getting pumped up and got my costume. May do EPCOT Saturday – lots of stuff happening including concerts by Night Ranger (good music for burned-out old rockers like me).

    Nice idea to hand out the pins – I my case I would probably have to “white-out” the shoes and draw in a pair of feet (sorry, I don’t know how to make one of those smiley faces!)

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