Mount Dora Half Marathon Updates

The Girl's Got Sole - Mount Dora Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the 2020 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!

With just over a month until race weekend, the Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5K has released their safety protocol overview for COVID-19. For so many of us runners, resuming in-person races is exciting. The race management is making sure that runners feel as safe as possible during the event. Here is the protocols they have set in place.

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** PROTECTIVE GEAR & SANITATION PROTOCOL **
• Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5k will employ strict health and safety considerations regarding staff and volunteers. All are required to wear personal protective gear.
• Participants are required to wear a mask pre and post event. Bring your own mask until the race start. Running in a mask is not required. Carry the mask with you in your pocket or running belt and put it on post event.
• Hand washing and sanitizing stations will be accessible through the event venue.
• Portable restrooms handles will be sanitized regularly.

** PHYSICAL DISTANCE **
• Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5k will limit participation capacities to ensure local event size restrictions are not exceeded. Capacity information is indicated on each event.
• Physical distancing will be maximized in runner-only areas, including but not limited to bib pick-up area, portable restrooms lines, race start, water stations, finish and post- race food activity.
• The race start will be managed by the release of groups based on pace.
• Spectators are to practice social distancing and must be spread out
• There will be no gear check to minimize the contact and exchange of personal items. All personal items and gear should be left in the car or help by a family member.

** HYDRATION STATIONS & REFRESHMENTS **
• Participants will be provided with water in a cup at water stations, but volunteers will not distribute water to participants while running. Cups of water will be placed on a table. If you prefer you may bring your own container.
• Water/aid stations will be placed on the course and at the finish line.
• Post-race refreshments may consist of packaged products such as nutrition bars; fruits may include bananas and/or oranges. Sealed water bottle will be available.

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These protocols make me feel that the race management has the runners safety in mind while still being able to enjoy a great race weekend. I’m looking forward to running the streets of Mount Dora on December 20th. You can still join me! Register on the race website and use discount code BIBRAVE for 10% off!

Monday Musings 11/02/20

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Musings

Here we are, in the last two months of the year. I’m looking forward to the holidays, though, this year this aren’t like years past. All I can hope for is that this covid pandemic is over soon. With flu season upon us, who knows what the future brings… I choose to stay positive though, and believe better days are ahead.

1. The 100. I started watching the series on Netflix a couple of weeks ago after a recommendation from a friend. I’m now on season 5, and wow there’s lots of action happening! If you are unfamiliar with it, and you like sci-fi, this may be up your alley. It’s a post-apocalyptic science fiction drama that takes place after a nuclear Armageddon destroys civilization on Earth. The only survivors are those on 12 space stations in orbit, connected as one calling it the Ark. They send 100 juvenile prisoners back down to Earth 97 years later to find out if the planet is now able to sustain life. It’s quite action-packed and addicting.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Musings - The 100

2. Virtual races. 2020 has become the year of virtual racing. I’m hopeful though for a live, in-person race or two in December. Meanwhile, I have been doing some virtual races as a way to stay motivated in my training. I’ve done Scooby Doo 10k, Wonder Woman 10k, Hot Chocolate 15k, and most recently, the Marine Corps 10k. While nothing can take the greatness out of a real race, these virtual races have offered some great swag. The MCM 10k medal and swag just arrived a couple of days ago, and it’s so awesome. I love the long sleeve dri-fit shirt, medal and mask they sent. I hope to run that 10k in person one day, it’s now on my race bucket list.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Musings MCM 10k swag

3. Paparazzi Jewelry. My friend who I live with, Dianne became a Paparazzi Consultant three months ago. I’ve helping her on the back-end mostly with tech stuff and social media. Paparazzi is $5 jewelry, and it’s all lead and nickel-free. If you are looking for some nice jewelry for yourself, or for holiday gifts, check her out on Facebook. Her company’s name is Dianne’s Jazzy Jewelry. She goes live with new jewelry pieces on Monday nights at 7:30pm Eastern. You may even see me pop in from time to time to help on camera. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Mustings

4. Half Marathon Training. My training has been going well, and I remain hopeful that OUC Orlando Half Marathon and Mount Dora Half Marathon take place next month. OUC is scheduled for December 5th, and Mount Dora for December 20th. I’m really looking forward to both races taking place in person. I haven’t run an actual race since March. You can still join me and run the 2020 Mount Dora Half Marathon. Use code BIBRAVE to save 10% off your registration.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Musings


Are you running any virtual races? Have you seen the TV show, The 100?
How are things going for you?

Race Recap: Virtual DC Wonder Woman 10k

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the 2020 Virtual DC Wonder Woman 10k 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 October 3rd, I ran my virtual DC Wonder Woman 10k race. This was the second time I was able to run the Wonder Woman 10k Run. I really really the theme and swag for this race series. This year, the race has a 1/4 long sleeve zip which is awesome. Looking forward to wearing it when it gets cold here in Florida.

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

I ran my 10k with my training group, and actually ended up doing 10 miles total that morning. The best part of the morning was the cooler temps! It was about 69 degrees when I started my run at 6am. The only issue I had was some slight heel pain in my left foot in the last mile of the 10k. It calmed down by mile 6ish though, thankfully.

The best part after running a virtual race is getting to put that bling around your neck! No, it’s not the same as a real race finish line, and being handed a medal, but I still love working for that beautiful bling! The Wonder Woman medal doesn’t disappoint! It’s one of my favorite virtual medals of the year.

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

You can still register for the DC Wonder Woman 10k or 5k virtual races! Head over to the race website and sign up by 11/1/20. This is one fun virtual race you will want to get in on!

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run



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Check out my DC Wonder Woman Run swag unboxing video




Health Journey Update

The Girl's Got Sole - Health Journey Update

A couple of weeks ago, I re-ignited my health journey to lose weight. I felt like I needed to get back on track, as I was allowing myself to make some not-so-great food choices. They weren’t bad foods, but I was allowing myself to for example, eat a bunch of pretzels with hummus. I was not controlling my portions. For me, that is key to remain and stay successful.

Back in late 2008/early 2009 when lost my 75+ pounds, counting calories and portion control was vital to my plan. It was then that I learned about calories in, calories out, and how many of said calories I could burn with and without exercise. The calorie-counting became a normal thing for me for a long time. I did it to lose the weight, and kept doing it for years after.

I don’t know the exact time I started to not be so diligent in my food logging and all, but it probably happened over a period of time. I always had a general idea of what I was eating, but eventually, that just wasn’t good enough. You can easily “forget” you ate that extra cookie, or not count out how many chips you can eat with your sandwich. Those things matter when you are consuming more calories than you are burning in a given day.

Anyway, the bottom line for me is, I need to stay on top of my food logging to be successful. It works for me. It may not be that way for everyone, but you gotta stick with what works.

The Girl's Got Sole - Health Journey Update

My health journey is going well. I have not been staying on plan and logging my food in MyFitnessPal. I am not buying any of my “trigger” snack foods right now. These are things that I know I have trouble portioning out. Instead, I am eating more veggies (always a good thing), and getting back into my smoothies again. I’m also taking my daily multi-vitamin (got away from taking it), apple cider vinegar gummies, BCAAs, Tonalin CLA, and Garcinia Cambogia.

The goal is to not only get myself back on track nutritional-wise, but to lose 5-8lbs. I know it won’t be easy, but I know I feel better when I’m not only eating right and taking my needed supplements, but when I fit into my clothes better. That’s my motivation, to feel better from the inside out.

Product Review: SiS Gels

The Girl's Got Sole - Product Review: Sis Gels

Disclaimer: I received Science in Sport gels 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’m constantly on the lookout for a running fuel that works for me. I’ve had some successes the last 9 years, but more not-so-great gels/fuels than anything. When given the opportunity to review Science in Sport gels as a BibRavePro, I was in.

SiS gels are the world’s first isotonic gel delivering a digestible and quick supply of carbohydrates for energy during exercise. Each gel contains 22 grams of carbs and the isotonic formula making them easy to consume without water. They are designed to be absorbed quickly into your gut, giving you fast energy during your run or workout. SiS gels are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and wheat-free.

The Girl's Got Sole - SiS gels product review

I have been using a gel on my long runs the last few weeks, and I really like them. I’ve tried the raspberry, pineapple, and orange flavors. I was iffy on the pineapple flavor, because honestly, I couldn’t imagine a gel in that flavor, but it surprised me. The pineapple gel is pretty good! It’s not overpowering or too sweet. All the flavors go down easy, and they don’t upset my stomach.


*** Taking an SiS gel during my recent virtual half marathon ***



The raspberry flavor also contains added electrolytes to aid in hydration. The orange flavor has 75mg of caffeine for an added mental and physical boost. And, the pineapple flavor is the basic isotonic energy gel formula. I appreciate the extra options some of the gel flavors give you, because sometimes you need a little caffeine on the run!

I am going to be adding SiS gels into my regular training and eventually racing regime. They are on my top run fuel list now. You can check out the gels for yourself, and save 20% off with discount code BIBRAVE20GEL.

The Girl's Got Sole - SiS gels product review

~~~ Check out my fellow BibRavePro’s reviews of the SiS gels! ~~~
** Steph, aka BlueGrassBAMR
** Kimberly, aka Kim Runs on the Fly
** Sarah, aka Running for Beers
** Amanda, aka Retro Running Mom
** Phil, aka Heel Striker
** Scott, aka Beast Coast Trail Running
** GokuRunner’s Taste Test on YouTube


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?