RAD Reads and Weekly Review: October 21, 2012

This weekend I had the AWESOME opportunity to volunteer and judge at The Garage Games.  My CrossFit box, CrossFit Milford, was the host for the competition and I jumped on the opportunity to participate right away!  I’ll have a full post coming up this week, but here are some photos from the seriously awesome displays of fitness that I saw this weekend!

WOD 1: 3 max rep overhead squats
WOD 3: A Whole Lot of Crazy!
WOD 5: Fran

I know I’ve been talking up CrossFit a lot lately, but this competition solidified my dedication to the sport.  These athletes were so impressive to watch.  They come in all shapes and sizes, all abilities, and and all ages.  It proves that hard work, dedication, and simply putting mind over matter can achieve amazing results.  I’m not sure I’ll ever participate in one of these competitions, but I’m going to keep working at getting stronger!  Congrats to all the competitors this weekend 🙂

Let’s check out some RAD Reads for the week!

Running & Fitness Posts
runDisney released a great new video with Bart Yasso of Runner’s World Magazine that takes us through the entire Walt Disney World Marathon course…can’t wait!!

Skinny Runner shares her recap of the Nike Women’s Marathon.  She finished in the amazing time of 3:34:24…simply incredible.

Because I Can ran in her 35th state at the Seaside Heights Half Marathon…no GTL or stops at Karma were included.

Fitting It All In offers 5 tips to getting back on track when you stray from a healthy lifestyle.  Clare also had some killer workouts this week!

Disney Posts
This Happy Place Blog shared some beautiful sunset photos from Walt Disney World.  Estelle also checked out the Limited Time Magic promotion in Times Square this week.  I still don’t understand the ice castle in October…it would’ve made more sense in January, right?

Travel with Rick continues to put out daily videos from Epcot’s 2012 Food & Wine Festival.  I was featured on 3 more episodes this week where we sampled food from Poland, the Cheese booth and the Brewer’s Collection!

Eating WDW had the difficult job of sampling some of the new drinks on the lounge menus at Walt Disney World.  I think I need to try the Forever Young next time I’m in the World.

WDW for Grownups reports on a new “Magic Band” that may be replacing actual park tickets in the future.  Is this the next step in the Next Gen project?

Mouse on the Mind looks at how all of the gourds around the Magic Kingdom during the Halloween season in Story Gourding.  Melissa is just ridiculously cleaver!

Imagineering Disney offers an interesting (and detailed!) 10-Point Plan for Better Character Attraction Placement.

Disney Ways reports that mermaids have invaded the Pirates of the Caribbean.  Very cool!

Weekly Review
Because I was at the Garage Games for most of the day on Saturday, I postponed my Saturday run until today.  I took my new Mizuno Wave Creation 13s for a spin and I really liked them!  They are my first neutral pair of shoes and I could definitely feel a difference.  My stride was a bit different and I could feel it in my calves towards the end of the 6 miles.  I want to go for a few more runs in them and then make final judgement, but so far so good.  Loving the color too 🙂

Mizuno Wave Creation 13

Here’s my full week of workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Single leg squats & squat clean thrusters
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour  – Dead lifts, bench press & more…
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Back squats & air dyne
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Clearly I need to step up my marathon training since the WDW Marathon is only about 80 days away.  I’m a few weeks behind on my training schedule and I’m not getting the weekly runs in that I should.  Goals for this week: 3 days of CrossFit, a 30 minute run and a 14-miler.  I’m going to have to start doubling up my short weekday runs with my CrossFit training if I want to fit this all in with proper rest time.  Time to hunker down and really commit for the next few months.  Who else is training for a marathon?  How is your training going?    

Have a great week and remember to keep moving!

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    • It was really cool to watch! I don’t know if I could ever do it! Hope you finished your project and got some sleep last night 🙂

  • I’m training for the marathon (my first)! Can’t wait although I’m finding the long, long runs a bit daunting. I also live in New England so am hoping that the weather doesn’t get too, too bad before the marathon date.

    • These cooler temps in NE are making it MUCH easier to train. It’s my first marathon as well and I feel the same way about those long training runs. I don’t know how to make them more interesting…

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