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Sunday Funday: 7/28/13

Crazy by seriously RAD week around here!  My Mom is visiting from South Carolina and it’s the first time I’ve seen her in about 7 months…yowza!  So we’ve been spending a lot of time just hanging out and catching up…oh and eating really good food ūüôā

So this week I…

Went on a really fun food tour of New Haven!

Taste-of-New-Haven-Zafra

Sarah-Barry-Mom-Zafra

Found some words of wisdom from Beeker on Instagram.

Poured chalk all over myself.

Chalkmonster

Can’t get enough of this pup getting showered in goodies.

Or this fatty trying to get through the door.

Fat-Cat

Or this guy…what?!?!

Enjoy the rest of you’re weekend!

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That Day Everyone Got A PR!

So apparently it’s testing week and I LOVE testing week. ¬†It really let’s you see how far you’re progressing and most times it’s a guarantee you’ll get a good PR. ¬†Last night, this bell was getting a workout!

PR Bell

Monday I had that awesome 13# front squat PR and my legs were feeling a bit sore, so I was hoping last night‚Äôs dead lifts weren’t going to be a problem.¬† My prior PR was 210# and that was tough, but I was going for it. ¬†I started building up to that 1RM (4 x 135#/3 x 165#/1 x 185#/1 x 205#) and all was good. ¬†Dead lifts are probably my favorite lift because I can put these thick thighs to some good use!

I added 10# and was able to get 215# with a little difficulty, but I wanted more. ¬†So I went for 220# and at first really didn’t think I was going to get it, but Kat and Coach Dave were screaming at me to get it, so I blocked out those bad thoughts and pushed through. ¬†HELL YEAH! ¬†I dropped the bar, high-fived Dave and ran to that PR bell ūüôā

Not great form...need to work on that lumbar curve

Not great form…need to work on that lumbar curve

Nailed it!! 220# PR Baby!

Nailed it!! 220# PR Baby!
Ignore the ridiculous face please…

Now it was Kat’s turn! ¬†She had actually never tried for a 1RM before but figured it was going to be somewhere around 245# or so. ¬†She did my 220# with ease and Dave started pushing her to keep going. ¬†The coaching is really what makes CrossFit unique. ¬†We have great coaches at CFM and Dave in particular has been incredibly helpful and always encourages us to push ourselves with more weight. ¬†He sees that we can do it and just cheers us on to get there. ¬†It’s also very comforting to know that someone is keeping an eye on you during the heavy lifts.

Dave pushing Kat to pick that bar up!

Dave pushing Kat to pick that bar up!

Oh and look at my girl Ashley getting to a 158# dead lift in the top left of that photo…that’s a 30# PR!! ¬†GO ASH! ¬†Kat kept building on those dead lifts and skipped the next skill set to find out what her 1RM was. ¬†Girl got to 275#…beyond amazing!! ¬†She rang that bell with pride and I couldn’t be more proud. ¬†So cool to watch!

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Setting up…

GET IT GIRL!!

GET IT GIRL!!
Actually I think this was around the 250# mark…there was a lot more weight on that bar

I’d say that the majority of the class got a PR last night and the energy was so exciting! ¬†Our other coach for the night, Deb, was encouraging everyone and yelling at people to get those maxes!! ¬†After the skill work, it was time for THE WORST WOD EVER! ¬†I was sure that if I was ever going to puke in a class, that was going to be it. ¬†Here was the damage:

3 rounds for time: 500m row, 20 dead lifts (93#), 15 burpees

For time workouts are always horrible because you are pushing yourself to the limit to get done as fast as possible and who am I kidding…not finish last! ¬†I finished with a not very impressive time of 18:04, but I finished. ¬†Deb was right there with me for my last burpees pushing me to get it done…man did I need that. ¬†Those burpees are no joke and they sure do get you dirty!

Dirty Burpee Knees Yes, I'm wearing pants (no I'm not...)

Dirty Burpee Knees
Yes, I’m wearing pants
(no I’m really not…)

So there…proof that FIT REALLY DOES HAPPEN! ¬†Remember all those “I Can’t” thoughts? ¬†Well it’s days like this that I like to keep in the¬†arsenal¬†of kick ass days to remind myself that I CAN!

Sweaty & Happy

Sweaty & Happy

These days are also great because you can go home and eat ALL the food without any guilt. ¬†ūüôā

Feed Me!!!

Feed Me!!!

What are your GREAT successes in the gym?

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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!

Chalk Monster!

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!

Cleo&Neala

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