I’m an RRCA Certified Coach!

The Girl's Got Sole - RRCA Coach

I’m happy to announce that I am now a certified distance running coach with the Road Runners Club of America! I was able to take the online class last month and then took the exam a couple of weeks later.

The RRCA class is two days long, both Saturday and Sunday, and typically done in-person. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they have offered online classes this year. I took the class on August 15th-16th. Then, did my exam on September 3rd after taking some time to study. It wasn’t an easy exam, but I’m thankful to have passed and gotten it done.

The Girl's Got Sole - RRCA certification class

My hope now is to do some coaching with a few clients, and then maybe do a group or something in the near future. I’d love to lead a training program. I’m most familiar with the Galloway training program, but I’m making sure to know a variety of training programs. I want to be well-versed in whatever a client may need. Everyone is different.

If you are looking for a running coach, drop me a message! I’d love to help out! You don’t have to be in Central Florida, I’m available to train online and via other methods that aren’t in person. Just send me an email to discuss.

The Girl's Got Sole - RRCA Run Coach

I Will Never Forget

The Girl's Got Sole - Never Forget 9/11

19 years ago. 19 years ago, our country was attacked by terrorists. I remember that day almost as if it were yesterday. I promised myself that I would NEVER FORGET that day.

On September 11, 2001, the United States lost 2,996 lives and more than 6,000 people were injured. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center twin towers in NYC, a third plane hit the Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C. and a fourth plane crashed in a field located in Shanksville, PA. 19 terrorists associated with an al Qaeda extremist group were behind the deadly attacks.

The Girl's Got Sole - 9/11 memorial collage

I recall waking up on September 11th to our country being under attack. I could not believe what I was seeing on my television screen. It felt like I was watching a big Hollywood action movie. But, this was no fictional film, it was real life. Our country has not been the same since that awful day.

We must never forget that day in our country’s history. We owe it to those whose lives were lost to always remember. No matter how much time, how many years come and go, we must never forget 9/11/01.

The Girl's Got Sole - 9/11 Never Forget

I will NEVER FORGET. God Bless the Police, Firefighters, First Responders, and all the Heroes that emerged that day.

Where were you on 9/11/01? Please feel free to share your memory from that day in the comments if you’d like.

Giveaway: Mind/Miles Gear

The Girl's Got Sole - Mind/Miles

I recently learned about an awesome local running apparel company, Mind/Miles. It’s created by fellow Orlando area runners, Jason and Andrea. They have created a line of merchandise designed for the dedicated runner to share their accomplishments and hard work. Their tag line: It’s a Mindset…it’s a lifestyle.

A fellow runner friend through my Galloway training program connected me with them, and I am excited to be able to wear some of their gear as I train for my next races… whenever that may be. 🙂 I love being able to support a local business, and share their awesome gear with you all.

They gave me the opportunity to giveaway a couple of items currently available in their online shop. I’ve got a medium long sleeve men’s shirt and water bottle to giveaway to a lucky blog follower! Simply comment your favorite piece of gear/apparel from their online shop, and you can win. Additional entries for other social shares. Be sure to comment though, that’s a requirement to be eligible to win.

The Girl's Got Sole - Mind/Miles giveaway

Black long sleeve shirt & water bottle.

Good luck, and I hope you check out their website! I just love the Mind Over Miles tag line! I’ve got the It’s a Mindset shirt coming soon, and I can’t wait to wear it!

***** Giveaway ends on September 16th at midnight. You must be in the United States to be eligible to win. Good luck! *****

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Product Review: Body Helix Face Mask

The Girl's Got Sole - Product Review: Body Helix Face Mask

Disclaimer: I received a Body Helix Ultra Light Face Mask 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!

I will say it upfront, I’m not a fan of wearing masks. I feel like I can’t breathe well with them on, and my glasses always get fogged up. That said, when we were offered an opportunity to review a face mask by Body Helix, I opted in. Since I have to wear one during the pandemic whenever I am shopping and out in public, I’ve been on the lookout for something comfortable and doesn’t feel like it will labor my breathing.

The Girl's Got Sole - Body Helix Face Mask review

The design of the Body Helix Ultra Light face mask got me interested. It isn’t like any mask I’ve seen out there. The company states that the mask is ultra-light fabric, at 0.5mm, making it ideal for hot temperatures; disposable filters making it safer and easily breathable; an optional nasal bridge wire strip to control air leakage which can be an issue leading to glasses fogging. Further, the large over-the-ear strap design cuts down on discomfort on the ears, and the mask itself is created with a non-slip fabric, allowing it to fit more snugly.

When I first received the mask, I was impressed with the feel of it. It really is super light and has a soft feel to it. I did an “unboxing” video on my YouTube channel with my first impressions on it. I really liked the nose bridge because it conformed better to my face, making my glasses fog less.

Since, I’ve been wearing the mask whenever I go out for errands and what have you. Honestly, I just couldn’t run or workout in it. Just didn’t work for me. But, I know some of my fellow BibRavePros did, and I will link to their reviews/thoughts at the bottom of this blog post. I’m pretty fortunate in that I don’t have to run in a mask in my state. We only have to wear them inside businesses and whenever we cannot properly social distance.

The Girl's Got Sole - Body Helix face mask review

I’ve gotten some good use of my Body Helix face mask when I go out to Target or the grocery store. Overall, I have liked it. It is the most comfortable mask I’ve tried thus far, and I don’t feel so restricted in it that I can’t breathe. Cloth masks, while I like all of the neat designs, have been mostly miss for me, I’m just not as comfortable in them. My only issue with the Body Helix mask is that I had some issues with the filter making my nose itchy. And, trying to scratch your face with a mask on is pretty difficult. It’s like an itch you just can’t properly scratch.

You can check out the Body Helix Ultra Light Face Mask on their website, and save 15% off any order of $40 or more with discount code, “BR15.”

The Girl's Got Sole - Body Helix Ultra Light Face Mask

Check out my fellow BibRavePro friends’ reviews of the Ultra Light Face Mask from Body Helix:
* Bluegrass BAMR (Stephanie)
* Fun Size Athlete (Jessica)
* TMilesAndRunning (Teddy)
* Charline Woods Runs Like a Voss (Charline)
* Scootadoot (Meredith)

Weekly Rundown: W/E 8/29/20

The Girl's Got Sole - Weekly Rundown

Where did August go? This month seems to have gone by faster than previous months to me. This was the last full week of the month, and it ended well. Got in all of my scheduled workouts, and even took my exam for the RRCA Coaching Certification. It was a hard one, and took me 3 1/2 hours to complete. More on that in another blog post. 🙂

Sunday, August 23rd – Bike workout at home. Was able to get in just over 11 miles while I watched one of my favorite shows, Law & Order: SVU.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Monday, August 24th – Another 11 mile bike workout done before I had to log into work.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, August 25th – Run day. This was a rough morning, as the humidity was thick. Goal was race pace, but with the weather conditions, I knew that was not going to happen. Was just glad to get in negative splits.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, August 26th – REST DAY.

Thursday, August 27th – Track Thursday. Two miles of 800s with a mile of walking between my warm up and cool down. My pace was pretty good, happy with this one.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday Track

Friday, August 28th – REST DAY.

Saturday, August 29th – Long run with my group for 8 miles. Another hot, humid morning, and it was a bit of a struggle at times. Felt a bit better in the latter miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

How were your workouts last week?

I Can Do All Things Through Christ…

The Girl's Got Sole - I can do all things through Christ

It’s more than a Bible verse, it’s something I tell myself day after day. Reminding myself of that Bible verse during the hard times, whether that be running a marathon, or pushing through a rough patch in my life, it’s all about HIM. My faith, knowing that God’s got me, and that He is always by my side is a blessing.

I can’t tell you how many times that I felt like I couldn’t get through a part of a day… or, run another mile. Life is not meant to be easy, but it is better and manageable with God.

In 2013 at the WDW Marathon Weekend race expo, I met Chris Gillespie and learned about TEAM 413- GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES. I loved that there was a ministry for endurance athletes out there. That weekend, I picked up a TEAM 413 wristband, and wore it during my race the next morning.

Fast-forward to 8 years later, I can’t imagine not having TEAM 413 in it. It begins with a simple mission, to get out there and share the love of Christ with other endurance athletes, and becomes so much more. At the core of TEAM 413 is the shirt. The front of each reads, “One more breath, one more step, one more mile, finish line…” The back has the Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413

I can’t imagine a world, a marathon running world without TEAM 413 -GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES in it. Due to the current state of things with the Covid-19 pandemic, it has all but shut down running races as we know it. That’s why getting out there and sharing is more important than ever. This means, praying and continuing to share the love of Christ in our own backyard where you currently run or workout. It also means that the ministries needs donations. With race expos gone, the main income center of TEAM 413 is non-existent. If you are able to make any sort of donation this year, and/or buy a shirt, please do so. It all helps keep TEAM 413 going and afloat.

The Girl's Got Sole - #releasetherunner

During the 2015 NYC Marathon, wearing my TEAM 413 shirt.

I’d also love to hear your stories if you have them about how TEAM 413 and/or your faith have gotten you through a training run, a race or a tough journey in your life. Feel free to share in the comments, or you can email me directly if you prefer to keep it private. And, if I can ever pray for you, please let me know.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to TEAM 413 GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES through the image link below.
The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413

Race Recap: Scooby Doo Family & Pet Virtual Run

The Girl's Got Sole - Scooby Doo Family & Pet Virtual Run

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Scooby Doo Family & Pet Virtual Run 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 Saturday, August 22nd, I ran the virtual Scooby Door Virtual Run 10k. I had been “training” my puppy pal, Honey to run a bit with me, but unfortunately, she wasn’t up for the challenge. She did end up doing a mile of walking with me, so that accomplishment, along with her cuteness factor earned her a Scooby Doo collar. 🙂

The Grl's Got Sole - Scooby Doo Virtual Run

Even if I couldn’t really run with my furry pal, I had a great time running my 10k. I was able to do the run with some of my Galloway training group, so that in and of itself is a good time.

My run started at just before 6am, and it was kept at a conversational pace. I enjoyed great conversation, a beautiful sunrise, and even a rainbow. It was the highlight of my Saturday morning. I love seeing the world wake up during a run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Scooby Doo Virtual Run

In the weeks leading up to the actual virtual run, I really did enjoy taking Honey out for “training walks” in our neighborhood. She is a great walking buddy, well, that is, when she’s not stopping to smell stuff. Those little legs can sure move when she wants to get them going! 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Scooby Doo Virtual Run

I really love the Scooby Doo swag from this virtual. You get an awesome hoodie long-sleeve tech shirt, a water bottle, bib and of course a nice medal. Was able to get the upgrade to the dog collar for Honey. It’s a bit big for a small pup such as herself, so I think we are going to give it to her friend, Stella (who is a bigger dog). The bandana would be better for the smaller furry friends.

You can still register yourself, your family and pups for the 5k or 10k virtual races. Head over to https://www.scoobydoorun.com/virtual/ to sign up by October 3, 2020. This is a fun run perfect for everyone.

The Girl's Got Sole - Scooby Doo Virtual Run

Weekly Rundown: W/E 8/15/20

The Girl's Got Sole - Weekly Rundown, W/E 8/15

Hey all! Last week was a bit busy for me. Not only did I get in all of my weekly workouts, but I had a full weekend of training. I took the RRCA Coaching Certification class. It was 8 hours a day, both Saturday and Sunday. It was great, but sure wiped me out! So glad I took today off from work so that I can sleep in and get a bit of rest.

Sunday, August 9th – Bike workout. Did my bike workout at home, even though I considered going back to the gym now that the lifted the requirement to wear a mask while working out. Just wasn’t too energetic, overall. Thankfully, I took MetCon START 15 minutes before and it helped a lot.

The Girl's Got Sole - Weekly Rundown, bike workout

Monday, August 10th – Bike workout at home. I still felt tired, but made sure to get up early before work and get it done. Would have been more tempted to skip my workout if I had to go to the gym. LOL!

The Girl's Got Sole - Weekly Rundown, bike workout

Tuesday, August 11th – Run day! Woke up with a bit of stomach upset, but thankful it calmed down before my run. Glad I was able to get out and get it done, as I had negative splits! Boy was it humid, but I’m happy to have gotten a good 5k done with some of my girls.

The Girl's Got Sole - Weekly Rundown, run

Wednesday, August 12th – REST DAY.

Thursday, August 13th – Track day! Ladders were on the schedule this week. Did 1200m, 800m, 400m, with a 200m walk rest in between each. Then did 800m, 400m, again with a 200m rest in between. Goal was to do the 400m at 5k pace, and the others at 10k pace. Overall, not bad with hitting those numbers. Most were a bit over goal, but oh so close. Something to keep working on.

The Girl's Got Sole - Weekly Rundown, track run

Friday, August 14th – REST DAY.

Saturday, August 15th – Long run day. Got my Saturday run in at 5am with a few friends. We kept a great pace considering how hot and humid it was. Definitely a good 10k run for the conditions. The Celebration of Running 5k was scheduled to be this day, and since it became virtual, three of us got to celebrate at the end with fun confetti and our medal!

The Girl's Got Sole - Weekly Rundown, Saturday long run

How were your runs/workouts last week? Did you run a virtual race?

The BibRave 100 Voting Is Open!

The Girl's Got Sole - The BibRave 100 voting now open

Voting opens today for the 2020 BibRave 100! You’ve put in your nominations, now it’s time to see who the finalists are and vote for your favorites!

Cast your vote on the Best Races in America! Categories include Top Marathon, Top Half Marathon, Best Medals & Swag, Best Themed Race, Best Virtual Race Experience, Best Bites & Bevvies, Best Relay Experience, and Best Race-cation. Voting will be open from August 10th through August 31st.

*** Head over to The BibRave 100 website to cast your vote! ***

Weekly Rundown: W/E 8/8/20

The Girl's Got Sole - Weekly Rundown

Hey everyone! It’s time to do my weekly recap for last week. This post was previously called Workout Recap. Still the same stuff, just changed the title. As I write this. it’s Sunday evening. Why does the weekend seem to always go by so fast? I need more weekend! 🙂

Sunday, August 2nd – Bike workout at home. My gym started a policy that members need to wear a mask WHILE they workout as of August 1st. So, I put my account on hold for now. I’m okay with wearing it in and out of the gym and when I’m not working out, but I can’t really workout with a mask on. So, I did my bike workout at home. Got in 13.2 miles in just over an hour.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, August 3rd – Bike workout at home before work. Got in 12 miles in 56 minutes. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I love the gym, but I also like being able to workout at home. Nice being able to get dressed and just hop on my bike without driving in my car to the gym 10 minutes away.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, August 4th – Tuesday morning run with my Galloway group. We did a hill run, well they are sort of hills. LOL! It’s a neighborhood near where we meet up and it’s got some inclines we use for hill repeats. It was quite hot and humid, definitely was a tough one.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday morning hill run

Wednesday, August 5th – REST DAY.

Thursday, August 6th – Track Thursday run. Workout was 1000s x 5. I got in 4 of them. Warmed up with a lap of walking, then got into the workout. After each 1000m, did a 200m walk in between. Then did a cool down lap of walking. Another great speed workout.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday Track workout

Friday, August 7th – REST DAY.

Saturday, August 8th – Long run with my group. Did 8 miles, mostly in Baldwin Park. It was still hot out, but I felt better than I did during the previous weekend’s 6 mile run. Having a neck fan and cooling towel were a big help. I don’t know what I’d do without at least my cooling towel during these summer runs.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday morning group run

How were your workouts last week? Anyone do a virtual race?

I’m linking up with Deborah from Confessions of a Mother Runner, and Kim from Running on the Fly. Check out their blogs and linkup!
The Girl's Got Sole - Weekly Rundown linkup