Workout Recap W/E: 2/17

Last week was a better than the previous week. While I was still exhausted a good deal of the time, I didn’t have a flare up again. I also had my blood drawn and was able to finally get a change in my thyroid medication dosing, as I stated in the previous blog post. Workout-wise, I did well in getting all five days in.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sat group run

Sunday, February 11th – After running 12 miles the day before, I hit the gym and got in a good bike workout. Did 7.7 miles in 40:30 minutes. Legs were sore, but got it done.

The Girl's Got Sole - Feb 11th bike

Monday, February 12th – Wanted to just stay in bed until I had to log into work, but I got up and to the gym. Sometimes, you’ve got to push yourself to get it done.

The Girl's Got Sole - Feb 12th bike

Tuesday, February 13th – Humid morning run with my group. Was happy to get out there with my girls for a run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Feb 13th run

Wednesday, February 14th – REST DAY.

Thursday, February 15th – Bit slower of run with two of my girls. Quite a foggy morning!

The Girl's Got Sole - Feb 15th run

Friday, February 16th – REST DAY.

Saturday, February 17th – Ran 5 miles with my group before doing a 5k fun run. It was the Quack Attack 5k for United Against Poverty. I did it with two of my Sole Warrior girls, and we ran the first 2 miles, then walked the last 1.1 miles. We also got in another couple of miles of walking to and from the race start/finish.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sat Feb 17th run

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

The Hashi Life

The Girl's Got Sole - The Hashi Life

My Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis has been kicking my butt lately. I sometimes wonder if my body will ever stop attacking itself. It’s at a point that I may have developed Fibromyalgia as well. Once you have one autoimmune disease, the likeliness of developing another is high. As if one disease isn’t bad enough, others like to latch on and join the party.

I had a really bad flare up last week, it was probably the worst I’ve had. With a flare, I feel extremely exhausted, my body is sore, and I just feel like utter crud. The only way I can describe the pain and all is that it’s like having the flu. Your body is extremely achy and it’s hard to do anything.

The flare lasted for about 2 1/2 days, and I had to miss a half day of work. I just couldn’t make it through the day. My head was in a fog and I could barely function to do my job. I knew rest was the best, so I did just that for the rest of that day. I can’t explain how I made it through the day before, but it’s just something I force myself to do. Lots of praying for strength from God are involved.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thyroid fix

I just had my thyroid blood-work redone, and I am so thankful that my doctor is going to change things up. I’ve been on Levothyroxine 25mcg for awhile now, so she is going to double my dosage. I’ve been praying and asking her to do something different with my medication for months. It’s a tough thing dealing with Hashitmoto’s and medications, because the blood-work may not look bad, but you still feel like crud.

So, as of tomorrow, I will be taking 50mcgs each morning, and then in 6 weeks, we will do another check of my levels. If that looks good, and I’m feeling better, she is going to get me back on the brand name, Synthroid. There is definitely a difference in the generic compared to the brand on thyroid hormone medication. I’ve read the generics can contain more fillers and not be as effective. Here’s hoping this gets me feeling more like myself again.

In regards to the possibility of Fibromyalgia, she won’t discount it being present. But, I’m already on Cymbalta for depression/anxiety, and that’s a known medication for Fibro. So, we are going to go one step at a time, deal with the Hashimoto’s first, then see how I’m feeling. I’d prefer not to add anymore medications to my day, but I also need to feel more like myself again.

The Girl's Got Sole - Autoimmune Disease

Do you deal with any autoimmune issues?

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The Girl's Got Sole - Generation UCAN Ambassador

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Workout Recap W/E: 2/10

Last week felt like a blur. I spent most of it feeling as though I was in a fog or exhausted state of some sort. In between it all, I somehow managed to workout 5 days as usual. I suppose I’m stubborn, because I don’t plan on letting some autoimmune disease dictate how I live my life. I’ve learned how strong I am capable of being through God and my running. It may not always be easy, but I won’t give up.

The Girl's Got Sole - Melissa & Shannon after 12 miles

With my running partner in running 12 miles on Saturday morning.

Sunday, February 4th – After tossing and turning a good portion of the night, I ended up at the gym. Sundays are usually my one day that I let myself sleep in without an alarm, but my body had other plans. Got in just over 10 miles on the bike for a great workout to start off the week.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, February 5th – Good cross-training workout on the bike before work. It’s a good thing that I usually tend to get my workouts done in the morning, because I would have never gotten it in after work. It was an exhausting day, the beginning of my flare up.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday workout

Tuesday, February 6th – Tuesday morning run with my group. It was a bit cool at the start, but once I got moving, it felt great. I may have been tired, but I never regret running with my group.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, February 7th – REST DAY.

Thursday, February 8th – This day getting out the door for any workout was hard. My back was hurting, and I was super tired. So, I slept in a bit and then hit the gym instead of my 5am run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday workout

Friday, February 9th – REST DAY.

Saturday, February 10th – Saturday long run! I wasn’t sure if I would get in 10 or 12 miles for half marathon training on this day. But, I was able to get 12 done, thanks to my running friend, Melissa who did the last couple of miles with me. I hadn’t run more than 8 miles since the WDW Half Marathon on January 6th, so I felt these miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week? Did you run a race, or are you training for one?

Five on Friday: 2/9/18

The Girl's Got Sole - Five on Friday

Happy Friday! It’s felt like one a long, rough week for me, and I couldn’t be happier that the weekend is right around the corner! That said, let’s do another Five on Friday post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Battling my body. I’ve been feeling like I’m battling with my own body this week. Since Tuesday, I’ve had a flare up with awful exhaustion, body aches, mental fog, and just general cruddy feelings. As most know, I already deal with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, but my doctor is now looking into Fibromyalia. I’ve possibly got this auto-immune disease now as well. Unfortunately, once you have one autoimmune disease, the likeness of getting another one is high. I’ve got more blood work being ordered, but that rarely tells me anything less for that my levels “appear normal.” Gotta love that. That said, I’m fortunate that my doctor is listening to me how I feel.

The Girl's Got Sole - My help comes from the Lord

Refuse to give in. All of that said about my body giving me a battle, I still plan on doing my thing. I’ve got a life to live, half marathons to train for, general stuff to do besides laying in bed all day. I know I can’t do it alone, my strength comes from the Lord. I’m not asking Him to take away the exhaustion and pain (although, that would be great obviously), but I ask Him to help me deal with it. Because of His Strength, I can do all things through Christ.

Winter Olympics! The Winter Olympic Games have begun! I admit, I’m a bigger fan of the Summer Games, but I love watching the Olympics! It’s always so inspiring and motivational to see what these amazing athletes can do. The stories of where they came from, and how they have made it to the Games is also great. My favorite sports during the Winter Games are Figure Skating, Speed Skating, Luge, Bobsledding, and Curling.

The Girl's Got Sole - Toby bird

Toby the talker. I haven’t mentioned my parakeet Toby lately, but he is always at the forefront of my mind. After all, he is my baby. ๐Ÿ™‚ He has become quite the talker and little entertainer. His vocabulary only seems to grow each day. His latest words/phrases include: silly bird, okay, mommy, what are you doing, and more. The little guy is so sweet and smart! Love him so much.

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The Girl's Got Sole - Skirt Sports

Half Marathon Training

The Girl's Got Sole - Half Marathon Training

With two half marathons coming up, First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon on March 18th, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville on April 28th, it’s time to ramp up training. I keep my Saturday run base between 6 and 8 miles, so that makes it easier to get my mileage back up.

My current plan is to do a 10 mile training run this coming Saturday, February 10th. Since I’ve got the Quack Attack 5k on the 17th, I’m going to do 5 or 6 miles before that fun race. Then, on February 24th, run a 12 mile training run.

In March, with the Best Damn Race 10k on the 3rd, I need to boost that mileage up before the race. I’ve emailed the race to see if I can change the race to the half marathon distance, that way I can use it as a training run. That would be the best way to be able to get in a 13-14 mile long run. So, we shall see if I need to rework the next few weeks of my training for Sarasota.

The Girl's Got Sole - Half Marathon Training

After the Sarasota Half Marathon on March 18th, I will have 5 weeks in between that and Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville. Will definitely need a couple of long runs before that half marathon. The good thing is, I have the Winter Park Road Race 10k the weekend after Sarasota, so that keeps that weekend lighter. Then, I can do a double-digit long run the following weekend, April 7th. Thinking a 12-miler would work well.

I’m looking forward to my March and April races, especially First Watch Sarasota Half, Winter Park Road Race 10k, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half. Those two races will make half #32 and #33.

Do you have any races you are training for right now?

Rockin’ Around Nashville!

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The Girl's Got Sole - Rock 'n' Roll Nashville

I will be running my first Rock ‘n’ Roll race on April 28th in Nashville, Tennessee! The series has been one I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to run the half marathon as a BibRavePro. This is also my first race in the state of Tennessee!

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has been around since 1998. The series was founded around making running fun with bands throughout the course. Each race weekend opens with a world-class Health & Fitness Expo, and concludes with a finish line concert with a major headliner. The events have also helped raise more than $310 million dollars for charities like St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville event includes a marathon, half marathon, 5k, 1 miler and a kids race. This year, there are new features for the race series include a new Marathon finisher zone with massages and pizza, new light-up corral markers, and clearer aid station signage.Not to mention more music! Runners can jame out to on-course mile marker tunes, and pick your own Spotify BPM playlist to inspire your next run. Check out the complete list of Spotify playlists here.

With less than 90 days until race weekend, I’m already getting excited about running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon! The 2018 course isn’t up just yet, but you can check out the 2017 route information. Register for the Marathon or Half Marathon and save $15 off by using discount code RNRBRP2018.

The Girl's Got Sole - Rock 'n' Roll Nashville

Workout Recap W/E: 2/3

We’re finally into the month of February! January definitely felt like a long one to me. I’m looking forward to the coming weeks. I’ve got one race this month, and with my next half marathon in March (First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon), some long training runs to get in.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

Sunday, January 28th – Bike workout at the gym. After waking up with a migraine, I was able to get out to do my cross-training workout. I never like missing a workout, so was glad to get it done.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike

Monday, January 29th – Bike workout before work. I never miss a Monday (well hardly ever anyway LOL).

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike

Tuesday, January 30th – When you wake-up tired, you opt to skip your run and then get in a workout after work. I would have preferred a run, but got another bike workout in.

The Girl's Got Sole - bike workout

Wednesday, January 31st – REST DAY.

Thursday, February 1st – Run day! Did some hill repeats with my group at 5am. Felt good to get out there and run for the first time of the week.

The Girl's Got Sole - Run day

Friday, February 2nd – REST DAY.

Saturday, February 3rd – Long run day. I got in 8 miles with my group in Winter Park. Great run, favorite workout of the week.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week?

Ultimate Coffee Date – February 2018

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

The weekend has arrived! If I had to pick one day of the week that was my overall favorite, that would be Saturday. Most of my runs take place on Saturday mornings, and there’s no clock to punch in at work! ๐Ÿ™‚

This post is a part of the monthly Ultimate Coffee Date link-up from Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner and Coco of Got2Run4Me. Be sure to check out their blogs, and of course all of the coffee date link ups.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… after my run this morning, we are having our end of the season breakfast with my training program. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone, our gatherings are always a fun time. For the first time, we are having it at a local brewery, so that should be interesting. I am not a beer drinker, so unless they have mimosas, I will stick with my coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Runner friends

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I’ve now been energy drink free for a month! One of my goals for the year was to give up energy drinks like Red Bull. I was drinking like two a day! In the end, it didn’t help my exhaustion caused by my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I’m now drinking only coffee and having some pre-workout stuff before some of my workouts.

The Girl's Got Sole - Quack Attack 5k

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I won a free registration to run the Quack Attack 5k this month! I have been wanting to do this fun race, but always seem to be too busy or what have you. The race benefits United Against Poverty Orlando. Some of my group is going to do it with me, and I look forward to the fun we will have!

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

How about you? If we were having coffee together, what would you tell me? Iโ€™d love to hear about it in the comments.

2018 Skirt Sports Ambassador

The Girl's Got Sole - Skirt Sports Ambassador

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The Girl's Got Sole - Skirt Sports Ambassador

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