RAD Reads and Weekly Review: April 7, 2013

I’m loving having a lazy Sunday today.  Yes, it’s a gorgeous day here in CT and I should’ve gone out for a run, but B and I had a really fun date night in NYC yesterday and didn’t get home until 1:30 am.  I slept late and now I have to catch up on a lot of work.  Excuses…yep, but I’m having fun chillin with the cats.

So our date night…we had an amazing dinner at Mario Batali’s restaurant Babbo (expect a full review soon).


There we stuffed our faces and also saw Adam Arkin!

Like my sneaky photo skills??
Like my sneaky photo skills??

We had tickets for the 7:30 show of Chris Hardwick at Caroline’s, but ended up sitting in this for 1.5 hours on the way up to Times Square…


I called the venue and they were nice to honor the tickets at the 10:00 show, so we met up with my girl Estelle for a quick drink (we were supposed to meet afterwards and have a relaxing drink…) at a pub in Times Square.  But not before I was able to check out the horrific characters walking around…

Times Square Minnie

I wish we could’ve spent some more time together and as usual we didn’t get a picture (FAIL), but we had to rush to catch our show.  Chris was hysterical and despite a few bumps in the road, B and I had a great night.

Chris Hardwick

This week I started a new series on RAD called New to Me where I will be exploring all of the things that I still haven’t done in Walt Disney World.  Check it out along with a few other fun posts this week:

I also came across some fun RAD Reads this week:

Running & Fitness Posts
Mommy Run, Fast! has 10 tips for overcoming sugar cravings.

Live, Run, Grow is on a mission to Stop Foot Abuse! by giving some great yoga stretches for those tired feet.

Gabby’s Gluten Free talks about The Grind.  You know, when you hit that wall either mentally or physically in your workouts.

Disney Posts
Vintage Disneyland Tickets features Teen Magazine’s Guide to Walt Disney World from April 1972.  The photos are fabulous!

This Happy Place Blog looks at at all the fun details on the outside of MuppetVision.  This is one of my favorite areas of Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

The Disney Food Blog showcases some new limited edition beer steins at Epcot’s Germany Pavilion.  These are seriously too cute!

WDW Fan Zone contributor Mary Jo Collins tells how she saved the universe at Champion Stadium and won a runDisney race registration in the process!

Weekly Review
Had a great week of WODs at CrossFit.  I’m really starting to feel stronger and I’m loving seeing my muscles getting more defined!  It’s a reminder that this hard work really pays off.  My downfall this week has been food.  I was on a serious food bender which started because I wasn’t feeling good early in the week and just continued.  It was a double whammy of that “fun” time of the month plus a colitis flare.  I really just wanted to curl up in bed and eat potato chips.  But alas life must go on, however I did eat a good amount of potato chips…and I must say they made me feel much better!  Sigh…

The workouts I did get in were good and here they are.  As always you can see the full WODs on my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest – Sick
Tuesday: CrossFit: Thrusters, Back Squats, Burpees & Running
Wednesday: CrossFit: Amraps with 1.25 mi Running
Thursday: CrossFit: Dead Lift, CG Bench Press, Push Ups & Hang Power Cleans
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Now that the weather is getting warmer, more running is being added into the WODs.  This is great to increase my endurance, however I’m finding it very difficult.  I’m a slow runner with an average pace around 12:30 plus I use a run/walk method.  Due to the nature of CrossFit and often having to sprint, I find myself running much faster than normal.  I brought my Garmin one day and was averaging about a 10:30 pace.  Yes, the distance is much shorter, but I’m getting out of breath much quicker.  Also, instead of rests in between the runs, I’m doing crazy things like snatches, pullups, thrusters, etc…  So I’m not getting recovery like I get when I run/walk on long runs.

Overall, I think this will help with my running and hopefully help me PR my next race, but I have to make a confession.  It’s known at my box that I run races and when I come back in from a run as one of the last ones, I feel slightly ashamed…like a fake. I know what I’ve accomplished and damn I’m proud of it, but I guess I feel like I should be one of the leaders.  Does anyone else feel this way?

Speaking of running, don’t forget about the Kick Ass 5K this week to support CCFA.  It’s a virtual 5K, so you can run whenever you have time on April 9th.  Please show some support for our colons!!


What do you do for date night?

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  • Thanks for including my post in your RAD Reads! I really love doing the Yoga for Runner’s posts and have been getting a great response to them, I’m hoping to get them out more regularly, although it’s hard with my “photographer” (husband!) traveling so much for work!

  • I know how you feel re: the running and pace. My family, friends, & co-workers know that I run races. Some have commented when I post my finish times (slower than they expect) I often feel like I should be faster or more fit in general, but hey!, you get out there and do what you can!!! Just think about how much stronger you are and how you will eventually gain a bit of speed from the workouts too! 🙂 It is always encouraging to me to read your blog… Hopefully you feel encouraged too!

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