#BibChat Time Change!

The Girl's Got Sole - BibChat Time Change

Hey friends, guess what? I’ve got some awesome news for you, the weekly #bibchat on Twitter is now one hour earlier! This is the best new for me, as I’m on the East Coast, and after getting up at 3:45am for my 5am Tuesday run, 9pm seems soooo late! But, 8pm Eastern is totally doable. 🙂

Here’s a snippet from the official announcement on the BibRave blog:

While we love everything about our weekly BibChats, one thing we have heard from our community is a request to host the chat earlier. It’s no secret staying awake for a 9pm chat on Twitter when you have a run scheduled the next morning, can be a bit challenging. We hear you, and we are excited to announce starting Tuesday, 7/16 BibChat will begin one hour earlier at 8pm EST/7pm CST/5pm PST.

The Girl's Got Sole - BibChat Time Change

So, be sure to join me on Tuesday nights, at 8pm Eastern for #bibchat with BibRave! I can guarantee you a fun hour, and you might even win something (giveaways every week from amazing sponsors)! You will definitely make some new friends, that’s for sure! 🙂

Workout Recap W/E: 7/13/19

Last week was a bit rough, but I made it through thanks to the grace of God. Most of the week, I wasn’t feeling great. Combination of fibromyalgia issues and feeling down, it was a push to get through some days. That said, I plan on having a better week this week! At least I got in some good workouts last week. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Saturday run group after our 8 miles

Sunday, July 7th – Bike workout at the gym. Got in just under 9 miles on the bike.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Monday, July 8th – REST DAY.

Tuesday, July 9th – Didn’t sleep well, so hit the gym for another bike workout instead a bit later. Did 8.3 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Wednesday, July 10th – Another bike workout after my doctor’s appointment later in the day. 9 miles on the bike.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Thursday, July 11th – 3 mile run with a friend, and it felt good. Nice to get in a run after skipping Tuesday.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap, Thursday run

Friday, July 12th – REST DAY.

Saturday, July 13th – Saturday morning long run with my group. Ran 8 miles and felt pretty good!

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Race Recap: 2019 4 on the 4th Race

The Girl's Got Sole - 4 on the 4th race recap

This year, I decided to try out a different local 4th of July race. I typically run Track Shack’s Watermelon 5k in Winter Park, but went for a new to me race, the 4 on the 4th in Oakland, Florida. This race is put on by Tri & Run of West Orange and benefits the local charity, Matthew’s Hope.

The 4 on the 4th run/walk race takes place under 10 minutes from me, so it was easy to drive to on race morning. I got there about 30 minutes before the race start, and was easily able to use the port-o-let, and meet up with my fellow Orlando Galloway runner friend, Sally. The National Anthem was sung, and before we knew it, we were off.

The Girl's Got Sole - 4 on the 4th race recap

With friend, Sally before the race start.

Since the race start was at 7am, it was already pretty humid and hot. This didn’t make me feel like running very fast. However, my first mile was great, I did it in 12:50. I slowed down from there though. The route ended up being on some gravel and dirt roads/paths and there were some hilly portions. I guess Oakland isn’t completely flat. Ha!

The Girl's Got Sole - 4 on the 4th race recap

About mile two, I spotted some peacocks, which was neat. I love seeing them in Winter Park during our runs, and it was cool seeing them at this race. Some of the locals were out too along the route, cheering us on which was nice to see. I love it when there are neighbors out during races spectating.

By mile 3, I was feeling the heat. While I hit mile 2 at a 13:31 pace, my third mile was at 14:13. I was thankful for the race having cold towels for us just before that halfway point. Anything to help cool me down gets a thumbs up! The support stops were also well stocked with water, which I took advantage of both times.

The Girl's Got Sole - 4 on the 4th race recap

I crossed the finish line with a time of 55:43, no where near a great time for me, but okay considering the heat. The race had another cold towel along with cold water and a fun medal ready for all the finishers. There was also watermelon and bananas. I enjoyed a slice of cold watermelon, which I consider an important part of a 4th of July race.

Overall, I enjoyed this little race. There were about 300 runners/walkers all together, making it one of the smaller races that I’ve done. I only wish it started earlier, but I doubt they will change the 7am start time. It just gets so hot here in Florida, that the earlier we can get our run done, the better. I also loved the charity the race supports, Matthew’s Hope. They gave us a bag to bring non-perishable foods in for the food pantry. From the look of it, they received a good amount of food from participants. Loved seeing that.

The Girl's Got Sole - 4 on the 4th race

With Sally, post-race

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! I hope you get a chance to enjoy yourself with family and friends. And, maybe a little run before that BBQ? I will be running a local race near me, the 4 on the 4th. I usually run the Watermelon 5k race with Track Shack, but decided to try something new this year. Will definitely post photos on my Instagram, Facebook, and a race review soon after.

The Girl's Got Sole - Happy 4th of July

The Girl's Got Sole - Happy 4th of July

What are you doing for the 4th of July?

Product Review: BUFF Coolnet UV Headband

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Coolnet UV Headband review

Disclaimer: I received a BUFF UV Headband 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’ve had previous opportunities to review BUFF products, so when I had the chance to try out the Coolnet UV Headband, I was in. I’m usually a Bondi Band wearer, but have been looking to expand my options. BUFF is definitely a company that I’ve learned makes quality products, so I was interested in trying out their Coolnet UV Headband.

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Coolnet UV Headband

According to the website, the BUFF Coolnet UV+ Headband offers hair and sweat management for runners and yogis. The headband has a HeiQ cooling technology, Polygiene order control, UPF 50+ sun protection, made with 95% recycled microfiber performance materials, is seamless to reduce irritation, and lightweight. The Coolnet UV+ Headband is available in 12 different colors, which makes it easy to match your favorite outfits.

I’ve been loving the headband, and already plan on getting another one or two soon. The headband is super comfortable, and you barely feel it on your head. Running in Florida, I’ve found it works great for keeping sweat from rolling down my forehead, and I do feel a bit cooler with it on. It works just as well for me under a visor too, which is a plus.

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Coolnet UV Headband

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The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Coolnet UV Headband

~~ Check out some of my fellow BibRavePro’s reviews of the BUFF Coolnet UV Headband ~~

Kim | Fallon | Jennifer | Ashley | Thanh | Karen | Christine | Laura

Running and Fibro

The Girl's Got Sole - Running and Fibro

It’s been just over a year since I was medically diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I’d like to say it’s improved, but that’s just not the case. I have found a medication regime that seems to work better for me, but it’s not without it’s ups and downs.

With the help of Facebook’s memories feature, I’ve been able to see that during my training for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, symptoms were appearing. I posted about how I was struggling with my energy levels, having to push myself to make it through some days. Only now do I understand that it was then that fibromyalgia was fighting me.

It’s also how I know that “retiring” from marathons after NYC in 2017 was the right thing for me at this time. It is hard nonetheless to realize that my body is just not capable of running another 26.2 miles. A part of me misses training for a marathon. Crazy, isn’t it? But, there’s just something about that training, then the big day that drives you to be a marathoner.

The Girl's Got Sole - Running and Fibro

I pride myself on what I’ve been able to accomplish since I became a runner in 2012. Heck, I’ve run 6 marathons, two of which were the NYC Marathon (in 2015 & 2017), and over 35 half marathons to date. Even if I am never able to run another full marathon, I will always be a marathoner, and I love that. Once a marathoner, always a marathoner.

There are many worse illnesses and diseases in the world that need cures, most specifically, cancer. That doesn’t change my hope that one day there will be a cure for this stupid fibro crud. I want to be the person I used to be. I want to go to sleep at night, and wake up feeling refreshed again. I want to not have to suffer from aches and pain throughout my body. And, most of all, I want to be able to get through a week not needing to take regular naps and rest my body so often.

The Girl's Got Sole - Running and Fibro

Fibromyalgia sucks, that’s the bottom line. But, I know I am truly blessed that I still can enjoy running, even if the extent of my ability going forward is a half marathon. That’s something only a fraction of folks do as it is. I mean, not just anyone gets up before the sun rises and runs 13.1 miles for fun. 🙂

Product Review: Sabre Personal Safety

The Girl's Got Sole - Sabre Personal Safety review

Disclaimer: I received Sabre Personal Safety Products 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!

As runners and endurance athletes, safety is important. We are out there on the roads and trails at all hours of the day and night. Not only do we need to be aware of our surroundings as we train, but we also need to be prepared with personal safety products for self defense. This is where Sabre has us covered.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sabre Safety products

Sabre is the best-selling brand and trusted by police and consumers worldwide. They have been leading the industry with the most reliable, maximum police-strength pepper spray available. Sabre’s pepper spray delivers up to five times more sprays than the competion, with it’s athletic spray feature giving up to 45 one-second bursts.

The Sabre Personal Alarm gives you an easy, lightweight way to deter attackers and alert anyone within a 600 feet range (runner personal alarm with adjustable wrist strap gives a 1,000 feet range). The clip personal alarm easily attaches to your clothing, hydration vest, or waistband. Gives runners maximum visibility with it’s LED flashlight offering on, slow flash, and fast flash modes. The unit is weather proof, which takes away the worry if you are running in the rain or snow.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sabre Safety products

I was given the pepper spray, personal clip alarm light, and runner personal alarm with wrist strap for review. While I love all three, my favorites are the personal alarm with clip and the pepper spray. Both are easily to carry with me on my runs which I love. The personal alarm with clip and LED light is really awesome. I can clip it on my hydration vest or shirt when I run. Definitely makes me feel safer out there even though I run with a group. You can never be too safe! Unfortunately, we all hear stories regularly about runners being stalked, or even attacked during their workout, so being prepared is important. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve never felt threatened during a run, but it’s good to know that I’m now prepared in case that ever does happen in the future.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sabre Personal Safety review

I can’t recommend Sabre Personal Safety Products enough. As I’ve already said, safety out there as we run is so important. Just like we invest in the best running shoes for our feet, we also need to invest in our personal safety. Check out the personal safety products Sabre offers for runners. Use discount code SABRERUN to save 20% off your purchase!

The Girl's Got Sole - Sabre Safety products

Check out what my fellow BibRavePro’s had to say about Sabre Personal Safety products:

Meridith | Lisa | Mai | Taushah | Fallon | Janell |

Have you ever experienced a scary situation that threatened your safety on a run? Do you carry personal safety products with you?

Fall Half Marathon Training Begins!

The Girl's Got Sole - Half Marathon Training

The new season of Orlando Galloway has kicked off, and thus training has begun! While I love training, not so much of a fan of the hot temperatures we have to deal with here in the Sunshine State. It can be rough, but so worth it when you are out there with friends.

The worst of the weather is right now, when your body has to get acclimated to the heat. I’ve learned that usually by the end of June, I can tolerate it better. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still hot out there, but with the right hydration plan, and cooling options (I always bring a cool towel), you can get through it easier.

My goal races right now are the OUC Orlando Half Marathon and Mount Dora Half Marathon, both in December. I’m still looking for a half in October and November. I’m hoping to do the ZOOMA Women’s Race Series in Amelia Island on October 20th, but haven’t nailed that down yet. Trying to get a group of girls from my running group to go out there and stay for the weekend and run. Really would love to run a ZOOMA race, they look amazing!

The Girl's Got Sole - Fall Training

The OUC Orlando Half Marathon is my hometown half marathon, and I love running it every year when I can. This year, I have a goal to PR at the race. I haven’t PR’ed at a half in awhile, so that’s my big goal for the year. My half marathon PR time was 2:53:09 in 2016 at Swamphouse Half Marathon. So, I’m due for a new PR!

I’m looking forward to working on my speed on the track for the next few months, as I know that will help me reach my PR goals. The track and I are going to become friends, even though I’d much rather run on the roads any day. 🙂

If it’s not on Strava…

The Girl's Got Sole - If it's not on strava

Disclaimer: I received an annual Strava Subscription and Strava merchandise 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 heard the phrase, “if it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen?” It’s all about documenting and tracking your workouts and being a part of a community on social media. Who doesn’t like to get some likes on a great run or bike ride they just completed?

Strava is the place to be if you are a runner, cyclist or other endurance athlete. The app allows you to track (or manually post later) your workout, including miles, time, and your thoughts. Then, your friends can like and comment on said workout. There are also countless clubs to join, which gives you the opportunity to make more like-minded friends. Challenges are also available to participate in for a variety of activities.

The Girl's Got Sole - If it's not on Strava

I love being able to keep track of my running and cross-training workouts (mostly cycling) with Strava. It’s a great way to keep a record of your training progress and see how far you’ve come. Then, you can see your miles for a given week, month or year. It’s also kind of fun sometimes to see how you stack up with your friends.

My other favorite thing about Strava is the community. Not only can I follow my friends on my feed, but I am a part of some clubs. BibRave has a club on Strava, and if you are on the app (which you should be by now), please join us! You will get regular motivation and encouragement and meet some cool people.

The basic membership to Strava is free. It allows you to do everything I just posted about. That said, if you would like to step things up a notch, you can upgrade and join Strava Summit. Summit gives you personalized fitness tracking, advanced heart rate analysis, beacon for live location tracking, and more perks like discounts for brands.

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Follow me, and my training on Strava. Let’s become friends! Join Strava today!

Workout Recap W/E: 6/1

Summer has arrived! Now that we’ve entered the month of June, it’s only going to stay hot and humid here in Florida. I plan on going to the pool as much as possible this summer. It’s the best thing in the heat! Well, that and ice pops. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

With the girls after our Saturday run.

Sunday, May 26th – REST DAY. For one of the first Sundays in a long time (less for the day after a half marathon or other big race), I didn’t work out. Spent the day with family and friends at the pool instead.

Monday, May 27th – Bike workout at the gym. 9 miles for cross-training.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, May 28th – Great 3 mile run with negative splits.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, May 29th – REST DAY.

Thursday, May 30th – Track Thursday workout. Wasn’t feeling too speedy, but got in a fairly good track workout.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday Track run

Friday, May 31st – REST DAY.

Saturday, June 1st – 10k run with some of the girls before our season kickoff for Orlando Galloway training. Boy was it hot, but was loved the pace we were able to keep.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday morning run

How were your workouts last week?