RAD Reads and Weekly Review: July 7, 2013

RAD Living Header_FinalI want to first start by thanking so many of you for your support and encouragement with my new project RAD Living!  It has been humbling to hear all of your kind words and it has made me even more motivated to keep moving forward and follow my dreams!  I really can’t even begin to express my gratitude and I hope you are enjoying the site so far.

If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out my new sister site to Running at Disney called RAD Living!  You can read all about why I started it and where I hope it goes here.  Also, I’m shamelessly going to ask you to like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter…come on, you know you want to!

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July holiday and got to spend some time relaxing and having fun with family and friends.  I know I did!  In case you’ve missed it with all the holiday celebrations, here’s what’s been happening on Running at Disney this week:

And here’s what’s new over on RAD Living:

Now on to some RAD Reads from around the Interwebs!

Running & Fitness Posts
Marc Bigbie recaps his first Ultra 50K (whoa!) and also shares some of the lessons learned from his first Ultra Marathon.

The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail encourages us to simply love our bodies in her July #BodyLOVE Summer Challenge.

Journey of  a Dreamer shares her struggles with motivation and how she overcomes those slumps.

Just a One Girl Revolution has 5 tips to keep running…very helpful!

Mommy, Run Fast! has some great tips for healthy eating on the go, including some great meal prep recipes.

Disney Posts
Mouse on the Mind finishes the fun Imagineering Awesome series with a great post by Katherine on her dream attraction: The Death Star Trench Run.  Yes!  

Eating WDW has dinner at Whispering Canyon Cafe and after seeing all the delicious meats in the never-ending skillet, I think this is a must-do on my next trip!

Da Mouse previews the MagicBands Merchandise...I’m really on the fence about all of this.  They also have a photo update of the Grand Floridian DVC property, which makes me much more excited.

Eat. Sleep. Run Disney has an amazing review of the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure that makes me SO excited for my upcoming trip!

Weekly Review
It is HOT here in the Northeast…seriously HOT!  I don’t deal well with exercising in extreme heat, so my fitness has been severely lacking this week.  Running and CrossFit have taken a backseat to less intensive exercises like yoga and swimming.

Sunrise Yoga

Plus the 4th of July holiday was thrown in there that threw my schedule for a loop (yeah, yeah…excuses, excuses!).  Anyway, here’s my full week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit: Front Squats & Squat Cleans
Tuesday: CrossFit: Dead Lifts & the Hardest WOD Ever!
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Yoga – 12 min Sun Salutation
Saturday: Yoga – 30 min + Lots of Swimming

Well I did manage to get that KILLER 220# dead lift PR early in the week that was insanely exciting!

Dead Lift

This week is looking to be another scorcher, but I guess that is to be expected for July.  I need to suck it up and get the work done, I just won’t be pushing it as hard and staying hydrated.

I’m going to be starting my Disneyland trip planning in a new weekly series and I’m looking to all of YOU for help!  This will be my first trip out there for Disneyland Half Marathon weekend and I want all the insider tips.  Can’t wait to get planning with you expert westcoasters and I hope some of you other newbies will find the series useful as well!

Oh and don’t forget, Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend goes on-sale Tuesday…set those alarms!

Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!!

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    • Aww thanks so much…that really means a lot coming from you!! 🙂
      Hope you enjoy RAD Living!!

  • Since you asked, here are a few things to consider as you plan your Disneyland trip.

    1) There are only a few places where you will need advanced reservations. The Blu Bayou is one of those places and absolutely should not be missed. The food is fantastic and the ambiance (by the loading docks for Pirates) is the best you’ll find at Disneyland. Other places in the parks you might think about making reservations include the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Ariel’s Grotto (if you like a princess themed character dining place)
    2) The best time to go on the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland is during the first showing of Fantasmic. Otherwise, Indy is a fastpass kind of ride.
    3) Fast Passes sell out in the first hour or two for Radiator Springs Racers. So, plan on getting to DCA early if you wish to ride this attraction. Another option is to choose the single rider line if you can’t get a fast pass.
    4) Fast Passes also sell out rather quickly for World of Color at DCA. I highly recomend looking at the dining options. At the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Wine Country Trattoria offer WOC packages. This is the way my wife and I go when we want to see World of Color. You get to see the show in the center section and don’t have to worry about getting the fast passes. Plus, food at either location is amazing!
    5) Get a corn dog on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland. I forget what the place is called. However, it’s an absolute must for a first time at Disneyland. The place is next to the Plaza Inn.
    6) See Fantasmic. The Disneyland version is the original version and the best version. I’ve seen the DHS version in Florida. The one we have out here is simply better. If you go, try to go to the second show (or better yet the third show if they have one). Crowds for the first Fantasmic show start lining up around the Rivers of America around 3 hours beforehand. However, less people go to the second show. So, it’s easier to get a good viewing of the show. Also, try to find a place close to the center of Tom Saywer’s Island or on the bridge in front of Pirates of the Caribbean.
    7) I use an app on my phone called “Mouse Wait” that has proven to be very reliable in giving wait times at the Disneyland Resort. It also can use the GPS on your phone to locate the nearest restrooms. My wife and I LOVE this app and it’s a free app.

    Lastly, a great resource for your planning can be found here… http://www.disneytouristblog.com/disneyland-first-time-visit-2012/

    Tom and Sarah Bricker run this blog. It’s not only a great resource for your planning, but you’ll see some amazing pics of the Disney parks.

    • WOW!!!
      Thank you so much for all the tips…this is insanely helpful! I’m getting so excited 🙂

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