RAD Reads and Weekly Review: October 14, 2012

Whoa, RAD Reads & my Weekly Review have been on an unplanned hiatus for 2 weeks.  Send me to Walt Disney World and my schedule gets thrown all out of whack.  I was busy doing this:

Playing Checkers with B in the Future!

And this:

Having beer samplers with my girls Leslie & Amanda at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival!

I fell WAY behind on my blog reading while I was away, but I think I’m now caught up for the most part.  I don’t know about you, but I always fall into a post WDW funk after I get back from a trip.  Keeping up with all the great Disney bloggers out there helps fill that void, which has been so true this past week.    

So what a whirlwind, these past few weeks have been!  Hopefully you’ve read my recaps on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend so far.  I’ve covered the race, the expo and post-race snacks.  I’ve also talked about it on WDW for Grownups this week!  I’ll have a spectators view from the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run coming up soon, so stay tuned for that.  runDisney race season has officially began so I’ve been super busy over here at RAD.  But I love bringing you all of this information and I hope you’re enjoying it as well.  The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is now less than a month away and I will be back in WDW bringing you full coverage of that event…can’t wait!

I also want to take a moment to say how thankful I am to have met so many of you while I was down in WDW for the Tower of Terror race.  All of you Disney runners are so inspiring to me and I was so honored to be able to chat with you even for just a few minutes.  Big hugs to Kim who absolutely made my day when I ran into her on the boat from Epcot to the Boardwalk…good luck on your upcoming marathon!

Ok enough gushing…now on to some RAD Reads for the week!

Running & Fitness Posts
We Run Disney has some great tips for running safely among cars, trucks and dogs…oh my!  

Meals & Moves gives a great recap of Tough Mudder.  This event still looks insane to me, but maybe one day I will take the plunge!

Peace, Love & Oats finished the Chicago Marathon last weekend.  Congrats on completing your first marathon…very inspiring!

Running Toward the Prize has a confession this week…Megan wrote a book!  It’s the Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World!  I can’t wait to check this one out.

Disney Posts
Big news out of WDW this week is the soft opening of New Fantasyland.  Here are some great posts covering the event:

DaMouse once again delivers stunning photographs, this time of the New Fantasyland!  Make sure to click through to the multiple parts covering the event.

Sparkly Ever After also shares some great photos and details from New Fantasyland’s First Day!

Disney Food Blog gives us an update on all of the food in New Fantasyland!!  OMG I can’t wait to eat one of those pork shanks!

Ok…now let’s move on to other fun Disney info:

Disney Every Day visits the Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic and attended a Modern Mixology seminar before hanging out with some celebrity chefs…fun!

Imagineering Disney takes an awesome trip back to the 90s through the covers of Disney Adventures magazine.  My favorite has to be Joey Lawrence…or maybe M.C. Hammer.  Tough decision!

Mouse on the Mind offers some helpful tips when bringing a Disney skeptic to the World.  We all know these people, let’s help bring them to the “mouse-side” as Melissa says 🙂

Team Studios Central conquered the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and got some special medals along the way!

Travel with Rick has been putting out daily videos from Epcot’s 2012 Food & Wine Festival.  These are a great way to visit the festival from home or plan your upcoming trip.  Today Rick takes us to Japan with a very special guest…ME!

Speaking of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, make sure to get your copy of the DFB Mini-Guide to the Festival to plan your visit so you don’t miss out on any of the amazing things the festival has to offer!

Weekly Review
I don’t know about you, but for me, getting back into an exercise routine after a vacation is SO DAMN HARD!  I hadn’t been to CrossFit for almost 2 weeks and I have to admit that I was really nervous to return.  Would I forget how to do everything?  Have I lost my stamina from a week of overindulgence?  I’m happy to report that all of that apprehension was for naught and I kicked ass this week.  3 days in a row of CrossFit followed by a 10-mile run this weekend…HOLLA!  (Did I really just say that?!)  Oh and let’s not forget about my 5K walk today for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!  More to come on that….

So here you have my full of my week in training and I’m pretty proud of it. To see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour  – Single leg dead lifts, hang power cleans, push presses, tabata pushups
Wednesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Lots of amrap (2/3 mile running)
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Power cleans & 1.25 miles running
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 10 mile run

I still can’t say enough good things about CrossFit.  It has not only increased my endurance and strength overall, but it has made me more confident about what I can accomplish.  I know I’ve said this before, but I NEVER in my wildest dreams imagined I would lift a barbell…let alone clean a 73 pound barbell!  Who am I?!?!  Yes, putting in those miles is essential to race training, but I have experienced first hand the benefits that cross training has, so don’t forget about that in your race training.

Quick tidbit from today’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in New Haven: AWESOME!  It was amazing to see so many survivors and supporters out there.  About 3,000 people attended the event and over $88,000 was raised!  I’m so happy that B and I got to Make Strides for my Mom today!!  I’ll have a full report tomorrow, but here are a few photos for now.

Ok now on to some fun giveaway news!

This week I held a giveaway for ENERGYbits and I want to thank you all for participating!  And now, the big winner is:

Matt N.  

Matt, I hope you enjoy your bits and I hope you come back and let us know what you thought of the product!  If you’re interested in trying ENERGYbits for yourself you, use the promo code BLOG when you checkout to receive a 10% discount.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

There’s another giveaway going on this week that you might not be aware of…Carrie’s Getaways is giving away a Disney prize pack that includes a vinylmation keychain, Disney pins and lanyards!  You have until Friday to enter this awesome giveaway.  Here’s how:

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Well that’s about it!  I hope you have a fun week…make it a great one!

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