Monday Musings 1/21/19

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Musings

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Monday Musings post, so decided it was about time to remedy that! Mondays aren’t typically my favorite day, considering it means going back to work, but I’m trying to keep positive this year about that. I mean, it is one day closer to the next weekend, right? šŸ™‚

Last week was a bit exhausting for me. We are on required over-time at work right now, and while the extra money is always nice, my health suffers from it. I’ve just started to get better about 40-hour work weeks again in the last 3 months, so having to work an hour 4 hours can be hard on me due to my Fibromyalgia. I guess between working, working out 5 days a week, and just life in general, I tend to get more tired on some days. Hoping to get a medical release from having to do the extra hours, so that will help.

My plan for this week is to get back into track workouts on Thursday morning. I want to work on my speed again, and the track really is the best place to do it. I also want to try a strength and/or core class at the gym this week. My gym does 30 minute classes, so I want to give them a go.

My nutrition went a bit off on Saturday, so I’m getting that back on track right away. I’m stocked up on protein powder (I also ordered thew new Vega Cold Brew protein powder, which I can’t wait to try), almond milk and fruit for daily smoothies. I also have a good supply of oatmeal and protein bars. I know what can keep me successful and am going to make sure I keep myself stocked up on those items.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Musings

It’s starting to get pretty cold here in Florida lately. Last night, we got down to the 30s, which is very cold for us Florida folks. I like the cooler temps, but for me, that means mid-50s to 60s. Anything below 50 degrees is too cold for me! Guess I’m way too used to the warmer temps for the most part.

I’m looking forward to a good week, hopeful that my energy-levels will come back up again. I think between the OT at work, and running the WDW Half last weekend, it drained me a bit.

Have a great week!

Do it Like a Local in the 305!

The Girl's Got Sole - 305 Half Marathon & 5k

Disclaimer: Iā€™m promoting 305 Half Marathon & 5k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

Come on down to Miami and get the Ultimate Miami Experience at the 305 Half Marathon & 5k on March 3rd! The race formerly known at the 13.1 Miami Beach & 5K, takes runners and walkers on a fast, coastal route through the Miami Beach area. The race welcomes over 3,000 participants each year to the event.

The Girl's Got Sole - 305 Half Marathon & 5K

Registration includes a 305-inspired finisher medal, high-quality tech performance shirt, complimentary digital race photos, event timing and race day tracking by Athlinks, Cafecitos on race morning, amazing ocean views on course, an enhanced post-race finish festival that includes music & entertainment, as well as vendors offering samples and more!

If you want to run, but the half marathon distance isn’t your thing, sign up for the 5k! You’ll finish at the same finish line as the half marathoners, and enjoy beautiful views of Miami Beach along the 3.1 mile course. 5K runners/walker also receive free race-day photos, a finisher medal, and a tech performance race shirt.

Registration through 12/23 for the half marathon is $110, but you can save $10 off by using discount code BIBRAVE305. Use the same code, BIBRAVE305 to save $5 off the 5K, which is $45 through 2/23. Head over to and register to run the half marathon or 5k.

Race Recap: 2019 WDW Half Marathon

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 WDW Half Marathon recap

On Saturday, January 12th, I ran the 2019 WDW Half Marathon. It was my 37th half marathon, and I ran it as a pacer for the 3:15 finish time. As far as runDisney races go, this was my 7th race at Disney (not counting the 2017 WDW Half that was cancelled due to weather).

Even though I’m now living in Winter Garden, which is about 40 minutes away from Disney, I opted to stay in Kissimmee with my parents race weekend. That made my drive via Osceola Parkway about 30 minutes. Not too bad really, less for the early race time of course. šŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 WDW Half Marathon expo

With runDisney events, the races start at 5:30am, so you have to arrive on property by 4am. This means a way too early wake up call. I’m a bit used to it from training for my marathons here in Orlando, and doing other Disney races, but it’s never truly a fun thing at the time that the alarm goes off.

I picked up my race packet the day before, and it’s a very in and out experience at Wide World of Sports. You pick up your bib in one building, then walk over to the expo for your shirt and any merchandise you may want to buy. I don’t even print my race waiver until I get to pickup that day, and never have any real wait involved in getting over to a computer to get it printed. Super fast and easy.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 WDW Half Marathon recap

On race morning, I had my alarm set for 2:40am. Got up, dressed and was out the door a bit after 3am. Parking at EPCOT was a little slow momentarily, but Disney parking attendants got folks moving and parked fine. I then grabbed my stuff and began my walk over to the race starting area.

I arrived at the Galloway tent by 4am and greeted my fellow pacers. During WDW Marathon Weekend, runDisney provides a tent for Galloway training program members, and it’s great. We have a couple of port-o-lets, some tables and chairs, coffee and other refreshments available. The perk of this tent is one of my favorite things about running Marathon Weekend.

At about 4:25ish, my co-pacer and I left the tent and began the walk to the starting corrals. It is a walk, but also kind of a good little warm up before the race. The only downside is, we were in corral G, so once we got to our designated corral, we would have almost an hour of waiting before we crossed the start line.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 WDW Half Marathon pacers

I crossed the starting line at about 6:15, and was ready to go. We already had a good number of folks running with our pace group, so that was nice. I was definitely happy to start the race, so I’m sure we got out of the gate a little fast, which happens with races. It didn’t take long though to settle into our comfortable pace of just under 15 minutes per mile.

When pacing, I love getting to know some of the runners. I get the chance to talk to the ones that run near me, and I got to know a few of them a bit during the 13.1 miles. Some of them were Florida locals, while others travel down to Florida for runDisney race events. The one thing I notice during Marathon Weekend is that we always have a few Dopey and Goofy runners in the group. I love hearing if this is their first challenge weekend, marathon or what have you.

I felt great the first half of the race, and we had a great pace going. Did start feeling a bit more tired by the time mile 8ish came along. It was also feeling a bit warmer out temperature-wise, so I’m sure that made a difference. That starting temp of low 50s began getting warmer as the morning wore on. It was definitely a good weather morning though, couldn’t have asked for better honestly. In 2018, it was super cold, and Wine & Dine was hot, so 50s-60s was great IMO.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 WDW Half Marathon

The only real mental and physical challenge I faced was the last two miles of the race. I have been dealing with this weird rush of adrenaline at the end of my half marathons the last few months. It’s like too much energy surging through me or something. I’m now carrying my inhaler since I have exercise-induced asthma in the winter months, and used it when I was feeling off. I also worked on calming my breathing as much as I could during those brief periods. Most of all, I prayed.

I prayed for God to continue to give me the strength that I know I have with His help to push through. I have done amazing things through Christ who strengthens me. So, while I don’t understand why I have started to have this issue the last few months, I know that I can get through it with God’s help. I’m also keeping my doctor aware of it, so I’m staying smart about it. I am thinking it may be my new Fibromyalgia medication that I started last October.

My co-pacer and I crossed the finish line at 3:15:16 per the official results. I was so happy, that finish line always puts a smile on my face! I was so focused this race on achieving my goal (after my Wine & Dine issues), that it made me feel amazing. Definitely a high to hit your goal at a race, no matter what it may be.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 WDW Half Marathon recap

I love running the WDW Half Marathon, and hope to run and pace it again in 2020. I think it’s my favorite runDisney race weekend. šŸ™‚

2019 NYC Marathon Lottery is Open!

The 2019 TCS NYC Marathon lottery is now open! The lottery period begins today, January 14th, and closes on February 14th (drawing is on February 27th). Will you be applying to run the Big Apple on November 3rd?

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 TCS NYC Marathon lottery

After being blessed with getting into the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon and 2017 TCS NYC Marathon races, I can tell you it is a race like no other. Running through those five boroughs is an experience that can’t be compared to any other feeling in the world. It is truly the best race in my opinion… well, other than the Boston Marathon anyway. Of course, I have yet to run Boston, and I’m a New York girl. šŸ™‚

If you get into the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon, you will be amoung over 50,000 runners hitting those amazing NYC streets. In 2018, there were 50,773 finishers surrounded by over a million spectators along the course. You truly feel like a celebrity when you run the NYC Marathon.

Other ways to get into the TCS NYC Marathon are through the NYRR 9+1 program, achieve a qualifying time, or via a charity partner. Running for the NYRR Team for Kids charity can get you entry today.

The Girl's Got Sole - Apply to run the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon

So, are you applying this year? Good luck to everyone entering the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon lottery!

WDW Marathon Weekend 2019

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 WDW Marathon Weekend

The WDW Marathon Weekend is here! This signals the start of my new year of races every year. I love running at Disney, it’s always a good time.

I will again be pacing the 3:15 finish time for the half marathon on Saturday. It’s my favorite time to pace for the 13.1 distance. We do 15:30 intervals, and a per mile pace of 14:53 which is pretty comfortable. I love meeting all the runners that join my pace group during a race.

The 2019 WDW Half Marathon is also going to be my 37th half marathon, before long, I’ll be at 40 half marathons! So crazy to think about that I’ve run that many halfs since I started running in 2011. I believe this is my 7th runDisney race. My first-ever was the 2013 WDW Half Marathon when I ran as Captain America. šŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - 2013 WDW Half Marathon

Are you running any of the WDW Marathon Weekend races? I’d love to hear if you are!

Embracing Rest

Why is it that when we are forced to rest because of an injury or sickness we feel guilty? I know I sure felt like that last week when I was so sick that I was forced to rest for four days straight. All I could think about was how it was going to mess up my weight loss journey and my fitness. I felt like it wasn’t bad enough that I was coughing all night long when I was trying to rest, but that I also couldn’t lace up and get a run in.

The reality is, rest is good for us! I tend to be one of those consistent runners/workout folks that just wants to be doing something 5 or 6 days a week. While a day or two of rest is usually good enough to recover, when we are sick, it’s so vital that we listen to our bodies and rest. I had to remind myself how important it is that I rest and listen to my body.

The Girl's Got Sole - Embrace rest

It also made me realize that listening to my body is something I don’t do enough. I like to challenge myself, push myself to workout through exhaustion and my health issues. It’s not a bad thing to push yourself, but there are times that our bodies are begging for some extra rest. Last year was a struggle with my Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s, but through it all, I rarely allowed myself to truly rest more than a day or two at a time.

Rest allows our body time to repair and strengthen itself from the hard stress that working out puts on us. Muscles can repair themselves when we rest, and thus perform better later. Energy and glycogen is also restored during periods of rest and recovery.

So, while it was no fun to start off the year being sick, I think it allowed my body some much needed rest. It has taught me to slow down a bit and listen more to my body. Rest is a part of the program! It’s important! šŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Rest

Ultimate Coffee Date – January 2019

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

It’s been awhile since I did a coffee date post! Like over half a year! Need to work on getting one done every month if I can. I really do love the Ultimate Coffee Date link up sponsored by Coco at Got2Run4Me and Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner.

If you are unfamiliar with the Ultimate Coffee Date, it’s a virtual coffee date with friends! Just sit down, enjoy a cup of your favorite coffee or tea (or other beverage) and let’s catch-up on life.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… that I’ve been sick all week. I was not feeling great last weekend, but managed to get out for our group run and then workout on Sunday at the gym. I then felt kind of worse on Monday, and didn’t work out. I did do a New Year’s Run with my group on Tuesday morning, but that was it. Nothing since then. I’m up half the night coughing like crazy and I’m congested. I so so hate being sick like this. I’ve got the WDW Half Marathon next Saturday, so hoping this crud is gone this weekend.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hate being sick

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… this week has also been rough on me financially. After the run on Tuesday morning, my car wouldn’t start. I ended up having to buy a new battery for it. Between that and rent being due, it’s going to be super tight until next Friday’s payday.

The Girl's Got Sole - Dead car battery

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I found a new chip I am in love with. I tried Vegan Rob’s Turmeric Chips, and I am craving them every day now. They are made with Algae protein, turmeric, quinoa, chia and have a pumpkin flavoring. These may become a challenge to stay away from at times. LOL!

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I have to work on my goals post this weekend. Since I got sick, I’ve been feeling like the year started off with two wheels in the air, and unbalanced. I am hopeful though, because a few days won’t derail my goals for myself or the year ahead.

What about you? What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

*** Be sure to check out the other blogs in the link up ***

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

Run the Speedway, Beach and Back

The Girl's Got Sole - Daytona Beach Half Marathon

Disclaimer: Iā€™m promoting the Daytona Beach Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

Come out and run the 2019 Daytona Beach Half Marathon on February 10th! The course begins on the iconic Daytona International Speedway at Pit Road, continues around the racetrack, then heads out toward the Atlantic Ocean. Runners cross the Halifax River and get a beautiful view of the ocean just after sunrise. The route will then head onto the hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach, then head back toward the Speedway.

The Girl's Got Sole - Daytona Beach Half Marathon

The race is in it’s 10th year, and now also includes a 5k that takes place the day before the half marathon. Participants can register for the Speedway Challenge, which includes both the 5k and half marathon. Finishers of the Challenge receive a special Challenge finisher medal. The 5k takes place the evening before the half marathon, so it could be a fun shake-out run on the beach!

Race perks include custom shirts for both the 5k and half marathon events, finisher’s beach towel for half marathoners, post-race party at ONE DAYTONA, complimentary race photos, free Racejoy live tracking, and complimentary food & beer at the post-race party.

The 2019 Daytona Beach Half Marathon benefits the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Florida. The Center has cared for nearly nine-hundred juvenile and adult sea turtles, more than fifteen-thousand hatchlings and washbacks, and nearly on-thousand gopher turtles, freshwater turtles and snakes. The main goal of the Marine Science Center is sea turtle rehabilitation.

The Girl's Got Sole - Daytona Beach Half Marathon

The Daytona Beach Half Marathon is going to be a race weekend to remember, so be sure to register today! You can save 10% off the half, half relay, or challenges with discount code DBHMRAVE19. Code is good through 1/31/19.

One Word for 2019

The Girl's Got Sole - One Word 2019

Do you have a word for 2019? One word you can focus on each and every day? This word helps center your goals, both long and short term for the year.

I chose OVERCOMER last year for my word, and this year, it took some real thought to come up with my word. I had to put some thought into it, but I finally chose my word.

FAITH is my word for 2019. Faith is defined by as a confidence or trust in a person or thing, or a belief that is not based on proof. The Bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence or things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

The Girl's Got Sole - One Word Faith

I want to work on increasing my faith in God, and choosing faith over fear. In 2019, I want to have more faith in the path that God has set before me, and learn to listen to His plan for my life.

I look forward to getting closer to God this year, and increasing my overall faith. God is the one that truly makes all things possible.

What is your word for 2019?

Run with Zwift

The Girl's Got Sole - Zwift Run

Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Running Pod as part of being a BibRavePro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

Have you heard of Zwift? It allows you to run in the real world while powering your avatar across all sorts of virtual courses. You can join communities of runners all over the world and run fun runs to intense races with them.

To be a part of Zwift, you need a run pod, a treadmill, and a device to run the Zwift software. From what I’ve learned, Zwift works best on Apple devices. If you have android like I do, please look into the minimum requirements first thing.

The Girl's Got Sole - Five on Friday

Zwift run pod on my shoes

Unfortunately, I was unable to use my Zwift Running Pod and participate in the virtual runs. My android phone is not able to run the app, and I don’t have a tablet that can be used at this time. I was saddened by that because seeing all of my fellow BibRavePro’s social posts and screenshots had me wanting to do a virtual run!

You can order your own running pod and save 15% off using discount code BibRave15 for a limited time. Code is only good until 1,000 run pods are sold.

The Girl's Got Sole - Zwift Run

Please check out my fellow BibRavePro’s blog reviews who were able to use Zwift. If you are an android user, be aware that that app is still in beta, so it may not yet work on your device.