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How Body Type Can Dictate Your Sport

Well runDisney has taken up most of my blogging time these past few weeks.  Last week was the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and this week was the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend.  I’ve been taking a break from running for a while, but I still LOVE Disney races, so I’ve been following all the fun and cheering on my friends along the way.  But all this running madness did get me to thinking…  

I recently saw this video on the difference between a sprinter and a marathoner.  It basically comes down to explosive strength vs. endurance.  This does apply to both sprinters and marathoners, but it also applies to numerous other athletes as well.  Where do I fall? 

Sarah-Sprinter-Marathoner

Sprinters train their muscles to react quickly and use short bursts of energy to achieve quick goals.  They need total body strength and muscle.  All that muscle gives them explosive power to run fast, lift heavy things and push extra hard, but it also adds weight, weight that makes it quite difficult to run a marathon.  That’s why these athletes excel at sports like sprinting, rowing, weightlifting and speed skating.  

Marathoners on the other hand do not need those strong, explosive muscles to run long distances.  They keep their weight down and train their muscles to carry them for long distances.  Speed and strength isn’t as important as endurance.  Besides marathons, these athletes excel at other sports like cycling and cross country skiing.

Well I don’t really fit into either category, but I definitely lean more towards sprinter than marathoner.  Yes, I’ve run a marathon but it was far from an easy task to complete.  I’m not exactly what you would call “light on my feet” and while I can endure many miles it’s not very fast.  My energy tank runs low fairly quickly.  I’m just not built like your typical runner.  Look at my friend Marc for example, tall, thin, fast, and runs ultra marathons…he’s your typical marathoner.  

Marc-Bigbie

I’m somewhere in between.  I have great explosive strength that allow me to lift heavy and I have increased my endurance to get me through half and full marathons, but I don’t completely excel at either.  And due to my genetic make-up, I probably never will.  I can train my muscles to be better in one area then the other, which is what has been happening with my CrossFit training.  I’ve been focusing more on lifting weights and slacking on my running, and I have seen a definite decrease in my endurance because of it.

Princess-Half-Sarah-Marc

So yes it’s genetics, but you can also train you body to excel in one area or the other.  Do you want to run marathons?  Focus on endurance and put in the time with some long runs.  Do you want to sprint or lift heavy things?  Work your entire body and build your strength.

Where do you fall?  Do you excel in one area or are you more 50/50 like me?  

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Introducing RAD Living!

Thanks for stopping by!  RAD Living was born out of my love for life and my desire to share what it has to offer with the world.  There are some pretty amazing things out there, but I never realized it until I actually started opening my eyes to it all.

You may know me from Running at Disney, which I started in January 2012 as I was training for my first half marathon.  runDisney was the catalyst that sent me on my current journey of living a balanced, healthy life and gave me the courage to put myself out there.  I have had so many amazing opportunities, met a ton of inspiring people and have since run 5 half marathons and 1 full marathon.  All things that I never thought I would do.  But there is so much more to me and my life than simply running and Disney.

I'm a Marathoner!

I’m a Marathoner!

My newest love is CrossFit.  I started almost a year ago as a way to improve my running, but I have found a passion for the sport that was surprising to me.  I had always hated weightlifting and toning exercises because I found them so repetitive and boring.  Well CrossFit is just the opposite and it is extremely rewarding…who knew I could lift over 200 pounds?!?  I want to share more about my experience in this crazy and exciting sport!

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Chalk Monster!

If you follow me on Instagram (which you totally should be if you’re not!), you know I’m a huge foodie.  I love to eat food, I love to cook food, I love to dine out…you name it!  I have my Friday Feast series on Running at Disney, but I want to dive more into the world of food and drink locally here in Connecticut.

LOCAL, LOCAL, LOCAL!

LOCAL, LOCAL, LOCAL!

There are so many more things that I want to share and experience that don’t quite fit under the Running at Disney umbrella.  I live in Connecticut and this area is full of hidden treasures.  Since I spend 95% of my time in the Northeast, it makes sense to highlight all the wonderful things this area has to offer.  I’m getting excited just thinking about it!

No worries, Running at Disney is still alive and well!  I don’t think I will ever lose my obsession love for Disney or runDisney events and I will continue to cover all of that over there.  RAD Living is just an expansion, a growth, a quest…and I hope you will follow along and join me on this RAD journey!  Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram to get all the latest updates!

Oh and cats…there will obviously be cats!

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