Workout Recap W/E 10/13

Last week was a good week workout-wise. Otherwise, it just felt long. LOL! I got in my scheduled workouts, three runs and two gym workouts. Even had the best run I’ve had in awhile on Saturday morning. Cooler weather sure helps! 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

Saturday group run after 6 miles.

Sunday, October 7th – Gym bike workout for cross-training. Got in just over 9 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, October 8th – 7.82 miles on the bike at the gym for more cross-training.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, October 9th – Morning 3-miler with some of my group. Rained a bit before we started, but only dealt with barely a sprinkling during the run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, October 10th – REST DAY.

Thursday, October 11th – Track workout. Been awhile since I hit the track, and I was tired. Ended up walking a half mile, then run/walked 2 miles, followed by another half mile walk to cool down.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday track run

Friday, October 12th – REST DAY.

Saturday, October 13th – Saturday group run. Great 6 mile run in Winter Park. Bit cooler temps for the best weather we’ve had in months!

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

How were your workouts last week?

Support Local Heroes in the K9s United Run

The Girl's Got Sole - K9s United Run Apopka

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the K9s United 9k for K9s Apopka as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

Join K9s United on December 1st in Apopka for the K9s United 9K for K9s run! The event benefits law enforcement K9s through the K9s United organization. K9s United is committed to supporting and honoring K9 law enforcement officers through funding to help provide the resources they need. The organization aids them with the best equipment, amenities,, and quality of life during and after their service to their communities.

The Girl's Got Sole - K9s United 9k Run

The event features a 9k, 5k, and untimed 1 mile fun run that are open to runners and walkers of all levels. In addition to the races, there will be a number of activities on race day including a K9 Photo Booth where you can get your picture taken with your favorite K9 Hero, K9 demos from area K9 Units, music, vendors, and more.

If you can’t make it out to the actual event, there is also a virtual option! Register before November 10th before the price increase and use code BIBRAVE18 to save 10% off. Sign up and support local law enforcement K9 heroes!

The Girl's Got Sole - K9 United Run

Countdown to Atlanta

The Girl's Got Sole - Countown to Atlanta

My first race of the season is in 12 days in Atlanta. I will be running the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler on October 21st, thanks to being a BibRavePro.

I’m excited to get my race season started, and the Atlanta 10 Miler should be a great kick-off. The only race I’ve run in Atlanta is Jeff Galloway’s 13.1 back in it’s inaugural year, in 2014. It was a bit chilly for this Florida girl that year, but I had a great time running in Atlanta. Returning to run in Atlanta should be another good time.

Unfortunately, I don’t get out of Florida to run much (darn money, or lack thereof), but Georgia and the Carolinas are definitely states I love to road trip to. Atlanta is about a 6 hour drive from Orlando, so it’s not too bad. My plan is to leave early Friday morning, and then arrive that afternoon. The race itself is on Sunday, so I won’t be heading back to Florida until Monday.

With Wine & Dine Half Marathon and the OUC Orlando Half Marathon on my race schedule, my training has been right on. I’ve already run a couple of 10 mile training runs, and just ran 12 miles this past weekend. The only part of the race course itself I may not be prepared for is Cardiac Hill. My hill work hasn’t been the best this season, so we shall see how well I handle that famous hill. On the bright side, it’s a downhill run at mile 2. Maybe that makes it a bit better? 🙂

There are so many awesome perks for everyone who participates in the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5k.Showing your race bib can get you deals like 10% off food at Atlantic Grill, 10% off food at California Pizza Kitchen, 10% off food at Kilwin’s, and 10% off at Yogli Mogli. Check out the complete list of food and non-food offers on the race website.

If you would like to join me in Atlanta on 10/21 for the 10 Miler or 5k, there’s still time to register! Don’t miss out on this fun race! Use discount code FALLFORFALL10 to save 10% off registration.

The Girl's Got Sole - ATL 10 Miler & 5k

Workout Recap W/E 10/6

Hard to believe it’s October already. I’m happy for a new month though, as most of the year has been a bit rough. Now, if the weather would just get cooler, things would be pretty good. Last week’s workouts were good, I got in 5 days which is my goal. Ended the week with a long 12 mile run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

Saturday morning group run, dark and early!

Sunday, September 30th – REST DAY. (unplanned, but it was worth it)

Monday, October 1st – Bike workout at the gym. Got in 8.6 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, October 2nd – Hit the gym again after not wanting to get up early for my run. Just over 8 miles on the bike.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Wednesday, October 3rd – Another day of cross-training at the gym. Biked for 7.35 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Thursday, October 4th – Run with my group for just over 5k. Great getting out there.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday run

Friday, October 5th – REST DAY.

Saturday, October 6th – Saturday long run. Early run with some of my group for 12 miles of training for my upcoming ATL 10-Miler, Wine & Dine Half Marathon and OUC Orlando Half Marathon.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week?

The Running Community Needs Team 413

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413

If you’re a runner, I’m sure you’ve seen the Team 413 shirts during one or more of your races. The shirt bears the Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” from Philippians 4:13. That single verse has inspired, and continues to inspire runners (and non-runners) since Team 413 was established in 2003. This ministry is so important to the running community. Irregardless of your religious affiliation, we all need Team 413. But, the non-profit organization is in great need of our help.

Team 413 relies on donations and support in order to fund the work of the ministry. The budget the organization runs on is very small. Donations help to rent booth space at race expos, travel expenses and assist some fellow runners with significant personal need. Team 413 has to be present and visible in order to fulfill it’s mission to share the love of Christ in the athletic world through words and actions.

The Girl's Got Sole - Running for the Glory of God, Team 413

As a Team 413 supporter, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had comments from other runners out on a race course about my shirt. That Bible verse, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me helps so many! It always puts a smile on my face knowing that having that verse on my back might have encouraged someone and maybe even brought them closer to God. After having run 6 marathons and over 30 half marathons, I know I couldn’t have done it without God by my side. All I want for my fellow runners is to experience the joys of running and how much faith in God is for the journey. Team 413 helps to do that.

No matter where you are in your faith and relationship with God, please learn more about this amazing ministry. If Team 413 has touched or inspired you in any way, consider making a donation. It doesn’t have to be much, even a few dollars helps. You can also get a Team 413 shirt and other merchandise in the online store. Let’s help keep Team 413 strong!

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413

Wonder Woman Run Series: Oakland

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the DC Wonder Woman Run Series as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

Hey Oakland runners and walkers! The second race in the DC Wonder Woman Run Series is coming on October 13th. Sign up to run/walk the 5k or 10k and be a part of a heroic race experience!

All runners get their choice between two race kits (difference being one is a tank top, the other a tech tee), a commemorative race bib, complimentary race photos, and the Inaugural DC Wonder Woman Run finisher’s medal. Not to mention an awesome post-race party to celebrate after you run!

This is the second race in the DC Wonder Woman Run Series. You can check out the fun that was had in Sacramento back on September 22nd, here on the Facebook page.

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run medal

Register today for the Oakland race and use code WWBIBRAVE for 10% off! If you can’t make it out to the race in person, there is a virtual option as well. Head on over to the race website for all the details.

A Health Update

The Girl's Got Sole - Health Update

It’s now been 10 days since I stopped taking Cymbalta. If you missed my post about my awful, nightmare withdrawal, please check it out. I’m so incredibly happy that I am off of the medication and on Savella.

That said, it’s been kind of different. I thankfully got through the actual withdrawal by last Wednesday, but there are some lingering side effects. Mostly, I’ve had strange brain zaps, dull headaches, vertigo, and generally feeling off. I know it’s not the new medication that is the cause, I completely blame it on the cymbalta.

On the good side, I’m laughing so much more! My “old” sense of humor is returning! I feel so much looser and generally happier in life. And, I’m not tired all the time! Major thumbs up to all of these things. Honestly, I haven’t felt more awake and like myself in I don’t know how long.

The Girl's Got Sole - Happy Mind, Happy Life

Am I over the hard part(s)? That, I don’t know. I do think that I’m through the worst of the troubles I’ve experienced, but I know it’s likely not over. Cymbalta after effects can last for months in some people. So, who knows? I’m hoping it won’t be a months kind of lengthy ordeal though. I’m over our relationship and prefer it not be a crazy long breakup period. 🙂

So, I’m happy right now. That’s basically the best news in awhile. It seems that the reviews from Savella users reporting a positive result from the medication were right on target. I am feeling as though I’m getting my life back, feeling more like myself. And, I am looking forward to genuinely being happy with life again.

Workout Recap W/E 9/22

September just seems to be flying by! I had a bit of an unusual last week after getting off of Cymbalta. I didn’t get in my typical routine of workouts. Ended up getting in 4 days, but the rest was needed for sure. I’m still dealing with some odd brain zaps and weird stuff like that, but getting back into my routine is what’s best. For me, anyway. Endorphins for the win!

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

Saturday running group

Sunday, September 16th – Bike workout at the gym. This was the last workout I got in before my withdrawal struggle. It was tough getting it done, looking back, glad I did it.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, September 17th – REST DAY.

Tuesday, September 18th – REST DAY.

Wednesday, September 19th – First workout after struggling for a couple of days. Got into the gym for a bike workout for 8 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Thursday, September 20th – Run day! I was so happy to get back out there and running. Did 3 miles with a couple of my runner girls in Baldwin Park. Talk about a humid run though, ick!

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday run

Friday, September 21st – REST DAY.

Saturday, September 22nd – Group run. 6 great, but hot and sweaty miles with my Galloway running group.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

How were your workouts last week?

Live PD Returns!

The Girl's Got Sole - Live PD

I couldn’t be more excited that after a three-week hiatus, my favorite live action show, Live PD returns tonight! New episodes hosted by Dan Abrams resume at 9PM Eastern on A&E.

If you have yet to check out this police show, I highly recommend it. I’ve been a fan of police shows since I was a kid, and this is a new, better version of the oldie but goodie, COPS. I remember watching COPS for years after it premiered back in 1989. It was one of the real-life police shows that had me wanting to be a law enforcement officer. I never (or at least have yet to) pursued that career, but my interest has never faded.

Live PD gives us an unfiltered, live access look inside a number of the country’s police department. The cameras follow these departments all week long, and it’s truly an up-close and personal glimpse at what officers encounter on a daily basis. High-speed car chases, domestic disputes, shootings, drug busts, not to mention some of the most interesting, and strangest situations all happen live every Friday and Saturday night.

I look forward to catching Live PD at the end of each week, it’s a highlight for sure. And, I love following the #LivePD and #LivePDNation hashtags on Twitter for an added bonus while I watch.

The Girl's Got Sole - Live PD

Are you a fan of police reality shows? Do you watch Live PD?

DC Wonder Woman Run: Sacramento

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run Sacramento

The first race in the Wonder Woman Run Series is this Saturday, September 22nd! If you are in or near Sacramento, California, you can still get in on the run!

Gear up and run in the Inaugural DC Wonder Woman 10k/5k Sacramento run through the Capital Mall. Race start time is 5:30pm, and this is sure to be a race you won’t forget! Your registration gets you a race kit, finisher’s medal, complimentary race photos, chip timing, and one heck of a post-race party!

So, get your team together (or your sidekick) and sign up today! Use discount code WWBIBRAVE and save 10% off either race distance.

The Girl's Got Sole - Wonder Woman Sacramento Run Series Route

The Sacramento race kicks off the 2018 DC Wonder Woman Run Series. Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego races will follow in the coming weeks, as well as a virtual run option.

*** For complete information on the Sacramento race or the other run series options, head over to ***