29 October, 2012

Adventures in Paleo Cooking, Part 3

I also hope everyone on the east coast is staying safe and dry during crazy Hurricane Sandy.  I'm writing this Sunday night and as of now it's just really windy out.  Hopefully when this auto posts on Monday morning, everything will still be up and running.  We already got word that work is closed since all NY and NJ mass transit has shutdown (Thank you Governors Christie and Cuomo)!  Gym is closed in the morning too so looks like I'll be sleeping in and attempting to clean and get some stuff done around the house before the power goes out!

Also, congrats to everyone that ran the Marine Corps Marathon this past weekend!  Seeing all the updates gave me serious jealously pangs.  It might have been my worst full marathon to date, but I still loved it.  Will need to do it again soon.

So anyways...here's a few more successful recipes that I stumbled upon!  And of course, I've had a few fails that I won't post here.  But apparently I just can't find decent pumpkin cookie or pancake recipes.  Or I just can't follow baking directions, who knows.

If you guys try any, let me (and the author of the recipe!) know how it is!

Chicken Mole (Everyday Paleo)
- I'm not sure I'd call this a traditional mole like any of the others I've had but I totally enjoyed every bite of this.  I think next time I'll add more chocolate and maybe some peppers in adobo sauce for more heat and smokey flavor.

Photo from Everyday Paleo

Crockpot Ropa Vieja w/Cuban 'Rice' (PaleOMG)
- Threw this all in the crockpot at night and in the morning it was ready!  I used a Bottom Round cut of beef since that's all Whole Foods had and it came out pretty good.  It had some great flavor but didn't remind me much of ropa vieja.  It was more of a stew kinda.  But still yummy.  The Cuban 'Rice' was also really good...but you put bacon in anything it's awesome, right?

Photo from PaleOMG

Fig & Rosemary Pork (Meals and Miles)
- OMG I loved this!  I followed the recipe exactly (but used dried rosemary instead) and then also added between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar with the chicken broth.  I didn't really measure it out, just poured it right in.  I also needed to cook the pork longer since I think the tenderloin was still a little frozen in the middle.  The fig sauce was delicious and I could eat it by itself with a spoon!

Photo from Meals and Miles

Fire Roasted Bacon Meatloaf (Civilized Caveman Cooking)
- Seriously one of the BEST meatloafs I've ever had!  I made a different BBQ sauce than what was on his site and I def need to use George's BBQ sauce recipe.  I think it would have been better.  The meatloaf wasn't dry at all and had great flavor.  I added an extra heaping Tbs of almond flour to keep it together.  Also broiled it towards the end to get it crispy on the outside.  YUMMMMM

Photo from Civilized Caveman Cooking

Flourless Tahini Cookies  (La Cucina di Kait)
- I had about a cup of tahini sitting in my fridge for the past few weeks and needed to get rid of it.  A quick google search brought up this recipe and it was SO easy!  I had all of the ingredients in the house.   I used 2 Tbs of cocoa powder and topped half of them with chopped walnuts.  They're cakey in texture and I really enjoy them!  They're messy though, they don't look anything like the pic.  My dough was like peanut butter so I just spoon dropped the dough onto the cookie sheet and thats how I left them.

Photo from La Cucina di Kait

Stuffed Zucchini (Everyday Paleo)
- I'm not a fan of mushrooms so I omitted them but then the mixture needed something.  I threw in a little bit of marinara sauce to give it a little more substance and it was really good!  I used dried rosemary and probably should have used fresh.

Photo from Everyday Paleo

26 October, 2012

My First CrossFit Competition!

Wow, I just looked back and my last training update was in August!  I won't bore you guys to death with all the details but CrossFit has been great and I'm trying to motivate myself to ramp up my running again to get ready for Goofy!  I know I know...I'm falling a little behind on that whole training thing again.

On the CrossFit front....I competed in my first competition!!  AND I didn't die!  :)  This recap is going to be long and I apologize but I know some people skip my CrossFit updates so I figure I’d refrain from posting this in 3 separate posts. If you get bored you can also just browse the pretty little pictures I post with the recap.  :)

The competition was a 3 day event, hosted by my box, and held at 2 different boxes plus a day down at the Jersey Shore (no Snooki or Situation sightings this time though!).  Luckily it wasn't a solo competition and I had 3 amazing teammates to cheer me on and hold my hand through this whole nerve wracking process!  To say I was nervous that first day might have been an understatement.  

I originally wasn’t going to join a team at all and only go and cheer and see what competing entailed.
Then the manager of the box mentioned that a team was looking for another girl and she suggested I join them (each team needed 2 females and 2 males).  I had never met any of the other 3 teammates before and everyone I talked to said that the 3 of them were ridiculously awesome CrossFitters. Yikes!  No pressure, right? :)  So I finally said I’d join as long as they realized that I’m still a crazy newbie and by far the weakest on the team.  

Day 1

My CrossFit bff and I drove down to the Jersey Shore bright and early and met up with our respective teams.  After getting branded with our team numbers, all 30 teams lined up along the coastline for the opening ceremony.  Most of the proceeds benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project and was also in honor of September 11th so it was a pretty nice tribute.  

Next up came the explanation of the WOD (workout of the day).  I had already heard part of it from some of the coaches at the box but they changed the distances on us and made it even crazier! There was a HUGE rectangle in the sand marked off in cones.  One full lap around was 1200 meters.  

The WOD:
- 2 guys run 2 laps (total of 2400 meters each) while girls wait at start
- 2 girls run 2 laps (total of 2400 meters each) while guys wait at start
- 1 guy carries 140# yoke (2 huge buckets filled with sand hanging from either end of a large PVC pipe) for 200m (halfway across the field) while rest of team does walking lunges behind him
- next guy carries 140# yoke remaining 200m while rest of team does walking lunges behind him
- 2 girls tandem carry 140# yoke entire 400m length of field while guys do walking lunges behind them
- As a team, create a continuous chain where 3 members get into a downward dog position and last teammate crawls through the “tunnel” to the other side and assumes downward dog position. Teammate in first position follows through and crawls through and gets into position.  This chain continues for the entire 400m field.  
- After all 4 teammates reach the end of the field, 400m sprint to the finish line.  

Doesn’t seem THAT bad, right????  This was by far the longest WOD of my life.  It took most teams between 55 mins and an hour and 20 mins to finish.  And I don’t think I realized just how hard working out in deep sand is. OMG.

Sand running?  MISERABLE!  And you guys know I don’t mind running!  Luckily I think my running background totally helped b/c my teammate and I were passing people (AND coaches that were competing) the entire time.  

400m worth of walking lunges in the sand?  Woah butt and hamstrings!  I was feeling those for DAYS after!  

The easiest part of the entire WOD was the 140# yoke carry with my teammate.  Luckily the two of us are roughly the same height so the weight was distributed evenly.  We had to stop and rest twice and readjust the bar but we trucked through that pretty quickly.  

OMG and then there was that stupid human chain tunnel thing.  Halfway through we looked around and there were teams just laying in the sand trying to not die.  Here’s a pic to show you what it was b/c it’s impossible to explain!  

It wouldn’t have been that bad if 1) It was shorter (obvi).....2) The sand the entire way was soft and shell free.  Halfway through the 400m, the sand got really rocky and filled with broken shells so dragging your elbows and knees through it constantly was NOT fun.  Every person was sporting crazy battle wounds the next few weeks where the sand had rubbed our skin raw. Ouch!

And then the 400m sprint at the end seemed like it was the longest run of my life!  But the second we crossed that finish line, it felt awesome!  We then quickly all jumped into the surf to wash the crazy amounts of sand off and then came back to the finish line to cheer on the remaining teams.  

Day 2

Definitely the easiest day of the competition.  It was held at another local box so it was cool to see how another box was run.  The WOD was quick, fun, but still a butt kicking!

The WOD:
- Partner Fireman Carry:
- Guys need to carry each other around the building for 2 laps.  
- Girls need to carry each other around the building for 1 lap.
*** Can carry any way possible and one person can do all the work.
- When all 4 teammates are back to the mat, run to the end of the driveway and pick up all weights and bars needed and run back to your team mat
- Assemble bars and then 200 ground-to-overhead lifts.  Any lift is acceptable: power snatch, power clean and press, etc.  As long as it’s over your head at the end and you’re stable.
- Guys need to do combined 100 reps at 95#
- Girls need to do combined 100 reps at 65#
- 200 partner medicine ball situps.  Ball must touch ground behind your head
- Guys do combined 100 using 20# medicine ball
- Girls do combined 100 using 14# medicine ball
- 100 team wall-ball toss using 14# medicine ball.  Ball can NOT touch the ground at ALL so must be constantly moving.  When one teammate throws ball up, next teammate catches it and throws it up for the teammate behind, etc.  If drop medicine ball, 10 team burpees.
- When finished, run to mat, grab weights & sprint back to end of driveway.  Un-assemble weights and sprint back to mat for finish.  

For the fireman carry, my teammate insisted on carrying me the entire way.  LOVE HER!  Definitely think I could have carried her but it would have taken a LOT longer.  She ran the entire length of one part and then I switched to her other shoulder and she speed walked to almost the end.  Then we piggybacked the tiny gravel hill at the end so that we didn’t land on our faces.  

The ground to overheads were a struggle for me and I def slowed the team down a little bit.  At first, she and I were doing sets of 10 before swapping.  Then I started really slowing down so I jumped out after 5 or 7 each time and she would go in and do her 10.  I think she did around 55 or  60  total and I did 45 or 40.  

Medicine ball situps weren’t bad at all.  Yay! 

Team wall-ball toss though was interesting.  Luckily we were one of the only teams that didn’t have to do burpees!  People came up to us after saying they were impressed with how gracefully we completed the task.  We just got in a groove and were a well oiled machine!  

Overall I think the entire WOD took us between 16 and 20 minutes.  

Day 3:

So Day 3 was held at our box and the owner (the mastermind of the whole competition) I think decided to drive us all crazy and had 3 separate WODs for all of us to do.  This was also definitely my favorite day though because there were SO many familiar faces there to cheer us on.  Plus it was home turf.  :)  

Each person on a team completes one of the following:
- bear crawls around whole building (roughly 400m)
- 50 85# thrusters
- 75 over bar burpees
- 100 double unders

Considering I am horrible at bear crawls, I can’t thrust 85# over my head that many times, and I never had completed a double under?  I was stuck with the 75 over bar burpees.  MISERABLE!! You have the barbell on the ground, jump over it, do a burpee, jump over it again, do a burpee.... 75 times! GAH! When I was done I’m pretty sure I laid on the ground thinking I would die.  

WOD 2:
- Max combined team weight, ground to overhead, any lift, 13 rep max
So each person had 3 tries to do as much weight as possible.  Every rep counted though so if you failed at one, you got a 0 for that.  I started at 75# and easily did it, then 85# done.  And then somehow I said ok to 100# and failed miserably bringing my total to only 160.  I forget the total weight my team had but it was around 1650.  

WOD 3:  aka the WOD from Hell.  
I think the owner was seriously insane when he thought this up.
- 400 combined team pushups, each person does 100.  No girly pushups allowed.
- Starfish weight pass. I don’t even know HOW to explain this.  You all sit in a circle with your ankles touching and leg spread out so you look like a starfish.  There’s a 25# and a 10# plate given to each team.  Must pass each plate around in a complete circle 75 times.  
- 2 rounds of 25 spins each of what we used to call dizzy bat, using a teammate as the bat.  I forget what the official name for it was.
- 25 or 50 air squats each (I don’t remember b/c we never got to that part!)

The pushups took us awhile b/c some of the team had shoulder problems.  And that starfish thing is the devil.  Seriously.  Especially when both guys on our team were over 6 feet tall, one girl was 5’9 or 5’10 and I’m 5’6”.  Just reaching to hand the weight over was a struggle!  We only got through most of the dizzy bat spins and time was called.  

Overall our team came in 14th out of 30.  AND we were the top team from our box!  Some of these competitors were BEASTS!!!  

So yes, I had an amazing time.  I want to do more of these, constantly.  The support and motivation that every person gave each other, regardless of what team or box they were from was insane.  

25 October, 2012

Princess Half Medal Revealed!

I'm sure by now many of the diehard runDisney fans have already seen the photo of the new medal but unfortunately I can't blog from work anymore so even though I saw the announcement, I couldn't do anything about it.  Sad!

photo courtesy of runDisney

From what I can tell on Facebook and Twitter, this baby is a hit.  And a few people have mentioned that the year and anniversary aren't on the medal but if you look realllllly close, they both are.  The years are on either side of the '1/2 Marathon' ribbon and the '5 years' is underneath the ribbon...I think.  Maybe my eyesight is going as well!  

To go along with the medal reveal, there's also a contest to win a stay in Cinderella's Castle!  That I think is the coolest part of the whole thing.  

The Run Like a Princess Sweepstakes is presented by Lady Foot Locker and all you have to do is click on this link to register.   

The Grand Price Package for Four includes:

  • Race entry into Disney's Princess Half Marathon, Disney Royal Family 5K, orrunDisney Kids' Races
  • Pasta in the Park Party at Epcot at the Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • Platinum level ChEAR Squad/Race Retreat at the Princess Half Marathon
  • Meet & Greet with Olympian and runDisney Training Consultant Jeff Galloway
  • Round trip airfare
  • $800 worth of Disney Dining Gift Cards
  • 3-Day Magic Your Way Theme Park Ticket
  • 2-Night stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • And the ultimate royal retreat the evening after the race... one night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park
And if any of you win, you know you need to bring me as a guest, right??   :)  

15 October, 2012

Guest Post: Tower of Terror 10-Miler Recap

Hey guys!  This has been long overdue but I wanted to finally share with you Danielle's awesome guest post about her experience at the Tower of Terror 10-Miler.  Seeing all the photos gives me serious race envy but I'm secretly glad I missed all that crazy humidity!  It seems like a lot of other recaps I've read follow the same trend...IT WAS HOT AND HUMID!!

If you want to read a slightly different version of Danielle's recap and continue along with her Goofy training, go check her out at her blog, Live, Run, Grow!

(Oh, and if it's not obvious, all photos are courtesy of Danielle!)


Hi Everyone!

You may have read my Cars Land 5k guest post here on Eat, Sleep, Run Disney about a month ago.  Well, a few weeks after getting back from Disneyland I was fortunate enough to be able to head down to Walt Disney World for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler as well!

I arrived in Florida on Thursday afternoon and spent the rest of the night at the Magic Kingdom getting in a few rides and having my first Dole Whip of the trip!  I was traveling alone, which was a first for me (to Disney or otherwise), but I actually ended up really enjoying it!  I didn’t have to worry about what anyone else wanted to do and I got in some fantastic people watching!  It’s a well known fact that Disney is the #1 place for people watching (ok, I’m not sure that’s actually scientifically proven or anything, but it has to be, right?!?)

I went back to my room to get to sleep pretty early on Thursday night because I had big plans for Friday – I wanted to get in a run, go to the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo and then I was planning on lunching and dinnering (I know that’s not a word, but it should be!) myself around Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival!  (I did manage to do all those things, but as a side note to anyone running the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, it may not be in your best interest to eat food from 9 different countries the night before you run a race…just saying.)

Anyways, after my morning run I headed to the Health and Fitness Expo.

The expo was definitely smaller and had less vendors than any of the other runDisney expo’s I’ve been to so far, but on the plus side having less vendors (and less participants in this race) left enough room to actually comfortably walk around the place!  Since I had seen most of the same vendors a few weeks ago at the Disneyland Half Marathon I picked up my packet and headed over to the runDisney merchandise area to get my event pin and wine glass which I’ve gotten from each race so far (and yes, I totally “borrowed” the wine glass collection idea from Jenn!).  I quickly found the pin and a little less quickly realized they didn’t make Tower of Terror wine glasses!!  However there were pint glasses.  So, I had a decision to make…pint glass or no glass?  (Ah yes, the tough decisions of a health and fitness expo!)  As I’m not one to make such tough decision for myself, a quick call to my husband to weigh in quickly put the issue to rest, “of course you should get the pint glass!  It’s better than no glass at all, right?”  Settled, pint glass it is!

So, along with my pin and “better than no glass at all” pint glass I picked up a villain themed tank at the Raw Threads booth and my free poster from Lasting Commemoratives and was on my way back to the hotel to drop off my haul.

I did eat myself around the Food & Wine festival that night and very unwisely continued to eat myself around Disney World the next day as well (RACE DAY…oooops!).  I went back to my room and napped for a couple of hours and then since I wasn’t staying at a host resort I took a cab to the ESPN Wide World of Sports and then hopped on a bus to the race start in the parking lot outside of Hollywood Studios.

I got there around 7:30pm, which was a lot earlier than I was hoping so I killed time by taking some pictures since there was a few cool photo op areas set up…

Around 9:15 we moved into our corrals  (probably the only time I’ll be in corral A since it was a smaller race!)…

...and then each corral was moved up to the starting area (about a 10 minute walk from the original corrals).  Unfortunately because I had gotten to the starting area a little early I was feeling pretty sleepy which was definitely not a good thing!  I did my best to wake myself up by stretching, jogging in place and having a little dance party with the rest of corral A when “Call me Maybe” came on (I just can’t help myself with that song!) And then, before I knew it, it was 10pm and we were off!

I was excited to get going and since this was a night time villain themed race I was looking forward to finding out exactly who and what we were going to encounter along the way!

The first thing I noticed that we encountered was some MAJOR humidity!  For some reason I hadn’t even noticed it when we were waiting for the race to start, but as soon as I started running I was drenched in sweat and felt like I could barely breathe.  Apparently when we started it was 80 degrees and 1000% humidity (or close to it…) which does NOT make for good race conditions!

My mind set very quickly went from “yeah, Disney race time!” and “I can’t wait to get my cool glow in the dark Tower of Terror medal!” to “Ok, this is not fun any more…” and “I don’t really need another medal, I have plenty already.”  There were many times during this 10 miles (which seemed more like 10 days) that I seriously considered just stopping.  I mean really, who would know (or care) if I pulled up at a medical tent with an “injury” or if I just walked off the course into a crowd of spectators and cheered on everyone else?? But, I didn’t.  I kept going.  I kept thinking about how I was registered for Goofy in January and if I couldn’t make it through 10 miles in some humidity how the heck was I going to make it through a half and full marathon on back to back days!?!

I kept plugging along making sure to drink at every water stop and doing my best to wring out my shirt (from sweat, not water…gross I know but it was that bad!)  I did stop to take a few character photos along the way (which was a welcome break from running!).

The 10 miles was mostly on highways, but around mile 6 we turned off the road on to a gravel path that led us in to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex where we ran around both the track and the baseball field.

Out of ESPN we were back on highway for another 3 miles until we FINALLY made our way in to Hollywood Studios and ran through the "Lights Motor Action" set...

...down the Streets of America and Hollywood Boulevard and then FINALLY backstage and to the finish in the shadows of the Tower of Terror!

I have NEVER been so glad to reach a finish line (or thankful that this was a 10 miler and NOT a half marathon!).  

While I may look back at this as my worst race ever (and here’s to hoping it stays that way!) I really did learn a lot from the experience both about what to do and not to do when preparing for a night race, and about pushing myself through something even when it’s uncomfortable (and really sweaty). I have a feeling I’m going to be calling on this experience when I’m exhausted and struggling to just put one foot in front of the other come Goofy time in January!

One last note to anyone whose first runDisney experience this was – it gets even better! runDisney didn’t seem to treat the Tower of Terror 10 Miler the same way they do their half or full marathon events. It seemed as though everything was done on a slightly lesser scale – there was no meet up, the expo was pretty small, the staging at the starting area wasn’t as big and even the mile markers along the course were much smaller than they usually are.  I think as a 10 miler this was probably a first runDisney event for a lot of people since it’s a bit more manageable than a half marathon and while you may not have noticed what was “missing” I promise your next runDisney experience will be even bigger and better when you see their full effort on an event!


Thank you, Danielle!  LOVE the photos with the gravediggers!  

Side note, I'm so sad I didn't get a wine glass from Disneyland this year!  The lines were CRAAAAZY when I went and I forgot to get one on the 2nd day.  So if anyone randomly has an extra one?  I'd love to buy it off you.

Oh, and "Call Me Maybe" is definitely what got me through the end of the Disneyland half!  I know it's played out but OMG I still love it too.

So what do you guys think?  Looking forward to next years Tower race?  Want runDisney to tweak anything?

03 October, 2012

I'm Alive, I Swear!

Hey everyone!  Yes, I've been pretty MIA since Disneyland, I apologize!  Things have been absolutely crazy and of course blogging is unfortunately what always gets put on the back burner while life takes over.

After Disneyland, I started my new job, which seems really cool.  Bad part?  Blogging is strictly forbidden while at work (gasp! We even had to sign a waiver saying we understand that) so even when I have a few extra minutes during my lunch in the office, I can't really update.  Commuting into NYC every day is going to take some geting used to as well.  While it used to only take me a 20 minute drive at my old job, the new commute is at least an hour each way using bussess and subways.  It might be time to invest in an iPad so I can update the blog on the road! :)

Classes also started the same week I started work so to say my schedule is busy is an understatement!

As for working out?  I've still been CrossFitting on a regular basis.  AND I competed in my first CrossFit competition!  It was AMAZING and I loved every single thing about it.  I'll be posting a recap of the event sooner than later, I hope.  Proud to say that out of the 30 teams competing, we came in 14th.  Plus we were the top team from our box.  Some of these competitors were amazing!

I also ran the Rock n' Roll Philly half a few weeks ago and PR'd again!  I'll be writing a race recap about that race too.  Daniel and I had a great time wandering Philly and stuffing our faces before and after the race, haha!

This past weekend was the runDisney Tower of Terror 10-Miler and reading all of the race recaps has me so envious.  Sounds like a lot of you had a great time despite the crazy humidity!  I'll be posting some guest posts from the weekend soon!

Photo courtesy of runDisney