Blog Update!

Hello everyone! Sorry for the lack of blog posts lately, I plan on getting back on it asap. I’ve been trying to get some things in order, but all is good. There’s just never enough hours in the day between work and getting other things done.

I’d love for you to check out my YouTube Channel, and subscribe. I’ve been doing some race videos and vlogs there. Thank you for your continued support here on the blog! Regular posts will resume hopefully by next week.

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Global Running Day 2021

The Girl's Got Sole - Global Running Day 2021

Today is Global Running Day! It’s a celebration encouraging everyone to stay active and healthy. The NYRR has a Virtual Global Running Day 1 mile event that you can sign up for free. Register and run or walk at least 1 mile between June 1st and 6th. The Global Running Day website lists other challenges and events as well that anyone can be a part of.

As a runner for over 9 years, I’ve been blessed to have run distances from 5k to 26.2 miles. I began running in 2012, and joined a local Jeff Galloway run/walk/run training program that summer. I had done a couple of half marathons, and a few 5ks, a 10k, and even a 15k on my own. When a friend told me about the run/walk/run method, it excited me, because I had mostly walked the previous events. The Galloway way would help me run my first marathon. Something I never thought I’d be able to do. Heck, I never thought I’d run or walk a half marathon before 2011!

In February 2013, I ran my first marathon at the 26.2 with Donna in Jacksonville, Florida. The training and the race were definitely hard at times, but I felt so empowered crossing that finish line. Even though it hurt (delayed on-set muscle soreness anyone?), I loved the challenge. There’s just something about pushing yourself to do things you never thought possible, it was an awesome feeling. I later went on to run five more marathons, including my dream race at the NYC Marathon in 2015.

Running has brought so much into my life. Not only has it challenged me both physically and mentally, but it has brought some amazing friends into it. I’m blessed to have many friends who are more like family now. Seeing each other through it all… when you are dripping with sweat, or just look like a drowned rat because you ran 13 miles in the rain, running friends are like no other. I can’t imagine my life without many of these folks.

The Girl's Got Sole - Global Running Day collage

2021 BibRave Proud Summit

The Girl's Got Sole - 2021 BibRave Proud Summit

This past weekend, BibRave had our annual summit. Since we are still not out of pandemic mode, the event was virtual for the second year. I had a blast last year, and it was a definite part of my highlight reel for 2020.

The virtual summit was held through an app called Hopin. It was new to me, but I came to really like it. It is like Zoom, but has more options like a Networking feature, where you can chat one-on-one with other folks in your event. Really enjoyed being able to chat visually with my fellow BibRavePros in that way.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2021 BibRave Proud Summit

2021 BibRave Proud Summit swag!

On Friday night, there was a Welcome and Happy Hour session to kick the weekend off. It got me excited for the summit and the next day’s fun. We were able to hear from Team BibRave and then we broke down into smaller groups with our local BibRavePro Captains.

Saturday morning was my usual run with my group, but we were able to participate in a Scavenger Hunt 5k. The first 5k of my 7 mile run was the Scavenger Hunt through the Runkeeper app. I typically don’t use an app on my phone to track runs, but this was different. You started the virtual event, and then throughout the 3.1 miles, we received verbal cues with things to capture on the run. In all, there were 6 things to somehow capture photographically. It was fun trying to find ways to creatively take photos of all the hints.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2021 BibRave Proud Summit

Some of the fun pics taken during my Scavenger Hunt with my run group.

After my run, I was able to enjoy some time before the virtual sessions began on Hopin since I’m on Eastern time. A lot of our BRPs are on Central time, so the first session began at 1pm my time. It gave me plenty of time to have breakfast, shower, and take a nap. Three things I love post-run. 🙂

The first session of the day was Ask Me Anything with Tim & Jessica, BibRave founders. This was a fun hour getting to hear them talk. Then, I attended the Social Media & Content Creation How-To with Laura, our Community Manager. That portion was an hour and a half long, and I really got a lot out of it. Definitely my favorite session of the weekend, hands down. Finally, I was able to co-host the Vlogging breakout session with my co-moderator, Ryan from our Slack channel. Ryan is the expert, and I’m the newbie to vlogging, but I’ve really begun to embrace video, and loved talking about it with my fellow Pros.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2021 BibRave Proud Summit

Ready to take notes during the social media session.

There were other sessions on Saturday for the specialized channels, like Foodies, Book Club, Peloton and Injury Chat, but I didn’t attend those. I had to get out and run a few errands after the Vlogging session. That evening, two of our BibRavePros hosted a Trivia Night, and again, I was sad to have to miss it.

On Sunday, the sessions didn’t begin until 2pm, so I got in a bike workout and had to get some other things done around the house and go back out to finish my weekend errands. My errands took longer than expected, so I missed out on the DEI Council Discussion, so I hope to learn more about that in the coming days/weeks.

The weekend concluded with the Farewell and Zestie Awards. BibRave leadership chatted with us about how we felt things went, we were able to ask questions, and had some laughs. Then, I received a Zestie award! This is an award given to BibRavePros who have been a Pro for 5 years. I am honored and blessed to be a part of the awesome BibRave family.There are many other ambassador groups out there for runners, but BibRave is unique and special, and not all of them out there are like that. It’s a community that I love and hope to be able to be with for many more years to come.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2021 BibRave Proud Summit

With my Zestie Award!

Special thanks to Science in Sport and Knockaround for sponsoring our 2021 BibRave Summmit!

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Monday Musings 3/1/21

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Musings

Happy first day and Monday of March! It’s been way too long since I did a Monday Musings post, so I decided today was time that I got back on it. The first two months of 2021 were busy for me, mostly in regards to work. I’m now working toward more of a balance so that I can get the things I enjoy like blogging to be more a part of my days and weeks again.

1. Health Journey. I’m still on my health journey adventure. It’s not been an easy one, but overall, I think I’ve done well. As of Saturday morning, I am down 3.6 pounds! This has me just 2lbs away from my goal. Going to keep pushing onward!

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Musings

2. Running and racing. Feeling blessed that I’ve not only been able to keep running, but that I’ve done one in-person race so far this year, two virtual races, and have more in-person races coming up this month and next month. Covid isn’t keeping me from getting out and getting my endorphins on. 🙂

3. WandaVision. So, I am soooo into this series! The first couple of episodes had me scratching my head, but now I’m constantly looking forward to when Disney+ is going to release the next one! Definitely a show to watch if you are a Marvel fan.

The Girl's Got Sole - WandaVision Monday Musings

4. Weight Watchers chips. I found them at my local Vitamin Shoppe, and I love them. You don’t have to be on the Weight Watchers program to enjoy them, as they fit into just about any plan. I usually eat a bag of the BBQ or Hummus flavored chips with my sandwich at lunch. They are under 100 calories a bag, which is great.

5. YouTube vlogging. I’ve been dipping my toe into doing YouTube videos this year, and vlogging. It’s teaching me about not being so nervous about being on video, and I’m also learning about things like how long a video is best, and such. Hopefully, I will get better and better as I go along. It’s definitely a fun thing for me to do.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Musings vlog

How has your start to 2021 been going? Are you able to do in-person running events yet?

Race Recap: 2021 Hot Chocolate Atlanta

The Girl's Got Sole - Hot Chocolate Atlanta

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the 2021 Hot Chocolate Atlanta 15k to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Who doesn’t love to run for chocolate? I know I LOVE chocolate, especially when it’s dark chocolate or combined with peanut butter. Yum! When I was given the chance to run another Hot Chocolate race, I was definitely in!

The 2021 Hot Chocolate Atlanta race became a virtual event due to the ongoing pandemic situation. While some in-person race events are happening, a number of larger events are being more cautious. While it saddens me that more race events can’t take place in-person, I understand that the safety of the participants, race staff, volunteers and spectators needs to be priority one. So, I’m happy to be able to continue to be a part of large races like the Hot Chocolate events virtually until things improve.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2021 Hot Chocolate ATL virtual

I ran my 15k with some of my runner friends on February 6th. It ended up being a decent morning for the run, at 58 degrees when I began. Would have been nicer for slightly cooler temps, but I was just happy that it wasn’t hot! The weather is so up and down this time of year in Central Florida, so you just never know what you might get from week to week.

During my 9.3 miles, I was feeling pretty good. Kept a happy pace, that is, didn’t really push and just enjoyed the morning and great company. The best thing about the morning was getting to run with a friend I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. We then enjoyed breakfast together afterwards. It was a good run and morning!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2021 Hot Chocolate ATL

The swag for the Hot Chocolate races is always on point and awesome. This year’s jacket is all black with a removable hoodie, probably my new favorite of the three I have. If you haven’t run a Hot Chocolate race yet, sign up for one soon! Do one now virtually, and then when the in-person races return, get out there and enjoy everything about this fun race series!

The Girl's Got Sole - Hot Chocolate 2021 race swag

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My hope is to get up to 100 subscribers in the near future, as that will allow me to choose my name that’s included in the link. It would be great to have girlsgotsole instead of all of the letters and numbers in the link as it stands now. I’d love for you to let me know what you think, and what you’d like to see on the channel.

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Race Recap: 2021 Bahamas Half Marathon Virtual

The Girl's Got Sole - Marathon Bahamas virtual

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Marathon Bahamas Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

On January 16th, I ran the virtual Marathon Bahamas Half Marathon. I ran my 13.1 miles in Orlando and Winter Park. Was joined by four of my runner friends, two of which completed the 13.1 full distance. The neatest part, was that one of my friends is from the Bahamas and she usually runs the half marathon there.

The Girl's Got Sole - Marathon Bahamas virtual race

The day we ran the virtual race, it was pretty chilly out. Cold enough for layers and gloves. The temps were in the 40s, and just a bit colder than I’d like to run in. I’m definitely a Florida girl, that’s for sure. 🙂

I did enjoy the company, running friends always make the miles more fun and go by faster. We started at our usual starting point, which is a local school. We then did an 8 mile loop, returned to drop off two of the runners not running the half marathon distance. The three of us then headed back out to complete the final five plus miles.

You can check out my video shot during those last five miles on my YouTube Channel. I’ve really started to enjoy taking video during long runs and races, there’s something great about being able to re-live the run later on.

Marathon Bahamas is a race I’d love to run in person, hopefully in 2022, if not 2023. With a friend who has family there, I’d love to not only be able to experience the race event live and in person, but get to see Nassau with a knowledgeable local friend.

Race Recap: 2020 Mount Dora Half Marathon

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 Mount Dora Half Marathon race recap

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Mount Dora Half Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

On December 20th, I ran the 2020 Mount Dora Half Marathon. It was my 4th year running the race. While this race is quite hilly for Florida runners, I really do enjoy doing it every year. It’s such a great race to end the year on.

This year was a bit different due to the whole covid pandemic, so we had to wear masks before and after the race, as well as maintain social distancing. While that isn’t fun, I was happy to get to run another in-person race and see some friends. Safety needs to come first.

The Girl's Got Sole - Mount Dora Half Marathon

On race morning, I arrived and immediately spotted some runner friends. Talked with them for a bit, then I went over to meet up with my fellow BibRavePros who were also running the race. We chatted for a little while, took a few pictures and then headed off to get to the race starting area.

The race released us in waves, to help with social distancing on the course. It didn’t take long through before we were off and running. One of my fellow Orlando Galloway friends was also running the race, so we decided to enjoy the race and run together.

I felt a bit winded the first half mile or so, but I think I just went out too fast. It wasn’t long before I got into a good pace groove though and was able to enjoy the scenery and race route. Mount Dora is really a great place to run, and despite the toughness of the hills at times, I do like running it.

I had gotten a new handheld camera before the race (an Akaso Brave 7 LE), so I ran with it. Helped me really capture the route well. You can check out my race video on my YouTube channel. If you are a fan of YouTube, please subscribe to my channel. (You can check out the video below)


The Mount Dora Half Marathon is a race I highly recommend running if you are local or want to travel down to Central Florida in December. They put on a great event, and the medal is always a fun one. This year, Rudolph had a mask on! So fitting with the pandemic! And, you get FREE race photos, which is always a plus! I hope you will join me and run the race in 2021!

Bahamas Marathon Goes Virtual

The Girl's Got Sole - Marathon Bahamas

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Marathon Bahamas Half Marathon to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!



Have you ever wanted to run the Marathon Bahamas? I know it’s been a race on my bucket list. A friend of mine is actually from the Bahamas and she travels there every year to run the half marathon with her family.

This year, we all can run the Bahamas! Well, we can run it in our own location, that is. The Bahamas Marathon & Half Marathon has gone virtual for 2021. And, I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the virtual race experience.

You can sign up now, and run your chosen race distance between January 9th and 17th. I will be running the half marathon in Orlando on 1/17 with some friends. Including the friend who usually runs her race IN the Bahamas. I look forward to hearing her stories of past races as we run 13.1 miles.

Use discount code MRBVIRTUAL to register for the marathon, half marathon or relay and get $10 off. Registration includes a finisher medal, gender-specific tech shirt, race bag, digital bib and a finisher certificate. The medal and shirt look awesome, so get on it!

The Girl's Got Sole - Marathon Bahamas

Marathon Bahamas virtual race swag.