RAD Reads and Weekly Review: March 31, 2013

This week I registered for both the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  I also had to take a 2nd mortgage out on the house because of it, but it’s so worth it 😉  I wasn’t going to run the 10-Miler this year because I really didn’t love the race last year.  The course wasn’t my favorite, but really the heat is what the big problem was.  I thought about it and figured I’d try it again.  runDisney seems to make improvements to their races every year so I’m hoping this will be the same.  Plus, since I did the inaugural race, I kind of feel obligated to do it again.  That’s not silly right????

This week I also signed up for the Kick Ass 5K on April 9th!  This is a virtual 5K hosted by Abby at Run Stronger Every Day and is benefiting one of my favorite organizations, Team Challenge and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).  Abby’s story is quite inspiring.  She has been running for over 20 years and a few years ago was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC), which was quickly attacking her colon.  After having no luck with medication (strong medications!), she made the choice to have her colon removed.   I’ve also been suffering from UC for about 10 years now and getting to the point of having my colon removed is a fear I live with everyday.


Last year, I ran with Team Challenge at the Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon and raised money for CCFA to help find a cure for these horrible diseases.  We tend to suffer silently, but people like Abby are helping to raise awareness and also give others, like me, the strength to talk about it as well.  Every little bit helps, so please consider donating as little as $15 and join us in running this Kick Ass 5K!

It’s been a different kind of week for me over on RAD…less fitness, more personal stories.  Just trying to mix it up a bit 😉  So in case you missed it:

There have also been some great RAD Reads out there in the blogosphere…check these out:

Running & Fitness Posts
Carrots ‘n’ Cake has some great tips on how to stick to your meal plan.

We Run Disney shares great tips on how to train for numerous races at once.

Live, Run Grow recaps her killer PR at the New York 13.1 Marathon…go girl!!!

Disney Posts
Studios Central has a preview of some of the 2013 Star Wars Weekend merchandise.

Da Mouse shows how the hills of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are coming alive.  I can’t wait for this attraction!

The Disney Food Blog has a recap of Marc Davis Centennial Dinner INSIDE the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.  This is just beyond amazing!

Disney Avenue takes a look at Walt Disney’s plane…pretty cool history.

Weekly Review
FINALLY I had a good week!  I got a good run in, 3 days of CrossFit and I had a wonderful week of meals.  Here’s my week and a always you can see my full WODs on my page on dailymile.

Sunday: 5 mile run
Monday: CrossFit: Power Cleans & Box Jumps
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: CrossFit: Pullups, Jump Rope, Row & Running
Thursday: CrossFit: Power Snatches, KB Swings, Box Jumps & AD
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

I hit some big PRs in CrossFit this week.  I had my first clean over 100#!  It wasn’t pretty and I actually strained my lower back a bit while doing it (yikes!), but I finished the clean and I’m pretty psyched about it!

What did you accomplish this week?

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  • Congrats on your great week, Sarah!
    Wish I was doing W& D this yr, but alas, can’t afford it. ’14 I am hoping to do it though.
    This week I feel I made quite an accomplishment , I finished week 1 of C25k! And have lost 15.7 on WW so far!

  • Thanks for the shout out, girl! Can’t wait to hear what you think of ToT…definitely on our list but the timing hasn’t quite worked out yet.

    Awesome week of workouts…my biggest workout was the refresh drill trying to get into Marine Corps and alas, I’m finally registered for my first marathon eek!

  • Thanks for including my PR re-cap and congrats on your CrossFit PR’s!

    I’m registered for W&D, but I think I’m going to skip ToT this year…between DL, W&D and Dopey I don’t think my credit card can handle it!

    • That’s exactly how I was feeling, but I knew I’d be upset if I didn’t do it. I want that perfect race gift in year 5! haha

  • PS….I am thinking about ToT but would be coming on my own. May just register since I had to defer my race the end of April due to the golf tournament of my hubby. 🙁

  • Congrats on taking on both races. I’ve gone back and forth on the 10 Miler, but (for now) I’m just going to stick with the Wine & Dine for the Fall…and the Full in January!

    • Wine & Dine is a much better race, so if you have to pick one, you made the right choice 🙂

  • Congratulations on all the races! My goal is to hopefully participate in a runDisney event in 2014. I did sign up for the Kick Ass virtual 5k. The wife of my best friend has UC and she has been in and out of the hospital for over a year. If her condition doesn’t improve soon, she will lose her colon. Thanks for bringing awareness and spreading the word!

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your friend 🙁 It’s such a horrible disease and the more awareness we can bring to CCFA, the sooner we will hopefully find a cure! Thank you for signing up for the 5K…make sure to send a pic with your bib 🙂

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