RAD Reads and Weekly Review: June 2, 2013

Summer is here!!  I can’t tell you how happy I am to be able to wear tank tops and flip flops on the regular.  Woohoo!

It’s been a fun week.  After returning from Vermont, I jumped right back into my training but also had some awesome culinary adventures.  I dove into the goodies we brought home and made a few delicious meals.

Grilled Chicken, Tomatoes & Vermont Shepard Ricotta
Grilled Chicken, Tomatoes & Vermont Shepard Ricotta

On Friday, B and I went to our favorite restaurant Caseus in New Haven.  Jason gave us a tour of their rooftop garden (super cool!) and I had some delicious Rohan Duck!

Rooftop Garden at Caseus
Rooftop Garden at Caseus
Rohan Duck over CousCous
Rohan Duck over CousCous

And finally Saturday, I met my friend Ali at Barcelona in New Haven for a girls dinner.  If you don’t follow Ali on Instagram, you should…she’s quite inspiring!  We stuffed our faces like proper ladies should 🙂

Bramble Snap Cocktail Rum, Fresh Blackberries, Vermouth, Ginger, Mint & Lime Juice
Bramble Snap Cocktail
Rum, Fresh Blackberries, Vermouth, Ginger, Mint & Lime Juice
Meat, Meat & More Meat
Meat, Meat & More Meat

This week I also FINALLY booked our flights to California for Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, which has gotten me insanely excited to start planning!  So I obviously had to run out and buy this:

Let the planning begin!
Let the planning begin!

In case you missed it, here’s what I covered on RAD this week:

And now on to some RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
Run with Jess has a courageous post about body image and perception…READ THIS…NOW!

WDW for Grownups reports on how Disney cast members are taking the C25K challenge a step further.

Back at Square Zero shares a wonderful story about A Runner’s Tree on her local trail.

Journey of a Dreamer has some confused confessions about her weight loss journey…I think I could’ve written this exact post!

Disney Posts
The Disney Food Blog takes a first look at the new ice cream shop L’Artisan Des Glaces.  And then goes a little more in-depth with the ice cream martini…OMG!

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free in WDW has an amazing meal at La Hacienda de San Angel…one of my favs!

Parkeology takes a look at the Great Iconic Food Race of strange marshmallow drinks at WDW and Universal Florida.

This Happy Place Blog finds a great place for a parade in the Magic Kingdom.  I have to say, I’m a big fan of the Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It Parade.

Weekly Review
This week I officially began my training for the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge.  I really want to be in killer shape for this race and I’m going to put in the work this summer.  Here’s how this week went and as always, to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 1.61 mile run and CrossFit: Dead Lifts & Power Cleans
Wednesday: CrossFit: CG Bench Press, Running (1.5 miles) & Knees to Elbow
Thursday: 2.01 mile run with hill sprints and CrossFit: Sled Push/Drag, Turkish Get Ups & Air Dyne
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

The CrossFit WODs were killer this week and I think I used my weight in chalk to get through them…


My scheduled 5 mile run for yesterday didn’t happen, but I got it in today.  Oh and it was a hot one!


I have a real problem with getting up early on the weekends to get my longer runs in.  This is worse in the summer when it’s necessary to do so because of the heat.  I like to sleep in and cuddle with the kitties on the weekend!  Well today I didn’t get out until about 10:45 am and I definitely paid for it.  The heat was a killer and my pace was WAY slower because of it.  I really have to work on this!

A wrench is going to get thrown into my training this week because I’ll be traveling for a work conference for 3 days, but hopefully the hotel gym with be sufficient to get a good WOD in!  I’m going to do my best to roll with the punches…

Fun stuff coming up this week on RAD…info on the runDisney Coast to Coast Challenge, a visit to Coral Reef Restaurant, and maybe I’ll start my Disneyland planning!   Have a great week 🙂

How do you get up early on the weekends to run?

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