Workout Recap W/E: 7/04/20

It’s Sunday, which means a new week! Hope everyone had a nice 4th of July weekend. I had a nice time with some friends at the pool and a BBQ with burgers, tater tots, watermelon and snacks. We did get rained out, but thankfully, we had a little over an hour in the pool and sun before that happened.

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A Different Kind of July 4th

The Girl's Got Sole - A Different Kind of July 4th

How are you celebrating the 4th of July this year? Many of our traditions are going to look different this year due to the whole Covid-19 virus situation.

The 4th of July usually starts off with a local race. I have run Track Shack’s Watermelon 5k a number of years, and last year, I ran in the 4 on the 4th race in nearby Oakland, Florida. I have always enjoyed wearing my red, white & blue and running 3-4 miles to kick off my Independence Day celebrating.

This year, there are no actual, in-person races happening. Track Shack is offering a virtual Watermelon 5k Run, which I’ve considered signing up for, but have yet to. I love supporting my favorite running store, but I’m not sure I want to run the holiday race virtually. The limited edition medal is definitely awesome, so I may be a last minute sign up.

After my 4th of July run/race, I would spent time with family and friends doing a BBQ and hanging out by the pool. Thankfully, this seems to be the only thing that will remain the same this year. And, you better believe there will be cold watermelon! It’s not a good BBQ on the 4th without watermelon! πŸ™‚

Fireworks tend to close the day, and the virus has made public firework displays non-existent. I could pick up some simple fireworks and sparklers to do with my friends, but I’m not really into doing them myself anymore. There’s just something great about watching a huge fireworks show that I love. Doing your own can be fun, just not the same.

The Girl's Got Sole - A Different Kind of July 4th

Past 4th of July races with running friends.

How about you? What are your July 4th plans this year? Are you doing a virtual 4th run? Doing your own fireworks at home with family and close friends?

BibRavePro Applications Are Open!

The Girl's Got Sole - BibRavePro Applications are Open

Are you interested in joining me in the Bright Orange Brigade? I LOVE being a BibRavePro, and mid-year applications are now open!

I have been a BibRavePro with BibRave for almost 5 years now and it’s a community I love so much. As a BibRavePro, we get to review great running gear, products, fuel and run some amazing races! Not to mention we have the best online running community out there! πŸ™‚

Being a Pro has allowed me to run races like the Mount Dora Half Marathon, Atlanta 10-Miler, and the Hot Chocolate 15k. I have gotten the opportunity to try new products like Aftershokz, BUFF, Orange Mud, and Ultima Replenisher. You can check out reviews I’ve done over the years for right here.

Don’t wait long if you want to apply to be a BibRavePro! Applications close on July 3rd! Good luck!!!

Workout Recap W/E: 6/20/20

It’s definitely summer, that’s for sure! The heat is on here in Central Florida, which makes for some hot and humid runs. The beginning of the summer season runs are always tougher, so I look forward to better acclimating to the heat soon.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

After our Saturday morning 6 mile run.


Sunday, June 14th – Gym workout on the bike for 8.2 miles. Followed by upper body strength and a one-minute plank.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, June 15th – Bike workout at home before work. Got in 12.5 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout at home

Tuesday, June 16th – Tuesday morning run with a few of my runner girls. Was tired, but got in a good 5k.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday morning run

Wednesday, June 17th – REST DAY.

Thursday, June 18th – Thursday track workout. 800s on the track with a half mile walk to warm up, followed by a half mile walk to cool down.

The Girl's Got Sole - Track Thursday run

Friday, June 19th – REST DAY.

Saturday, June 20th – Saturday long run. Great 6-miler with a a couple of my friends in Winter Park.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week? Let me know in the comments!

Race Recap: Hospital Hill Run 10k Virtual

The Girl's Got Sole - Hospital Hill Run Virtual

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Hospital Hill Run 10k virtual to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

On June 13th, I ran the 2020 Hospital Hill Run 10k virtual race. I had originally hoped to run it the weekend prior, but due to a tropical storm, it was a rainy, wet weekend here in Central Florida. I was a bit disappointed, as I am when I have to cancel any run, but was happy I could get out and run this virtual race last weekend.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hospital Hill Run virtual

My running crew for the virtual run.

I set out with three of my runner friends at 5:30am for the 10k. We ran a regular 6 mile route, and pushed ourselves a bit on pace. It was quite humid out, and I remember thinking how much nicer the actual race probably is when it is run in Kansas City. I later looked it up, it’s typically in the 80s, but the humidity is quite lower, only being about 46%. I’d take that any day compared to the heat we get here in Florida! πŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Hospital Hill Run virtual

This virtual race actually ended up coinciding with our BibRavePro Summit, so I also got to enjoy a scavenger hunt during the run! I enjoyed my run with my friends and we saw lots of other local runners out doing their own long runs. While it wasn’t an actual race, being surrounded by a number of other runners nearby made it as close to the “real” thing as you can get.

As I ran, I heard a few of the area’s peacocks, but only spotted one up in a tree. I do enjoy seeing them on my Saturday morning runs. I’m a bird lover, so I always keep an eye out for the beautiful birds.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hospital Hill Run virtual

Obligatory medal photo after the run. πŸ™‚

I ended up running my 10k in 1:26:41, which was an average pace of 13:52. Pretty good with that time with how hot and humid it was that morning. Nowhere near a PR, but I really never do shoot for that kind of time or pace during a training run. And, while this was a virtual run, I treat the virtual races as training runs. Depending upon the day, I push more or not, just go by how I’m feeling.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hospital Hill Run Virtual

The awesome swag! Love the shirt, so soft!

There’s still time to register for the virtual Hospital Hill Run! If you’re looking for a virtual race, this has a nice medal and a super soft t-shirt. Head over to the race website to sign up today. You have until July 1st to run your miles. Use code BIBRAVE1 for 15% off your registration.

2020 BibRave Pro Summit

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 BibRave Summit


This weekend was the 2020 BibRave Pro Summit. It was originally scheduled to take place back in March at the Shamrock Marathon Weekend in Virginia, but due to COVID-19, that was canceled. So, thanks to our amazing Team BibRave leaders, they made a virtual summit possible! They set up a fun weekend and sent out some awesome swag to us!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 BibRave Summit

Check out the awesome orange swag!!!

We started out the weekend with a virtual BibRavePro run and scavenger hunt. It utilized a new app that allowed us to send each other messages of motivation and encouragement along the way. The run consisted of a scavenger hunt with four items for each BibRavePro to find and photograph. I really enjoyed the fun messages I received on my 6 mile run, as did the friends I was running with.

There were zoom live sessions all the Pros took a part in, with everyone getting the opportunity to see one another in a live stream. We discussed our favorite races, things we loved outside of running, and generally got to know one another better.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 BibRave Summit

Saturday morning run fun in my BibRave orange and Knockaround sunglasses!

Another event we were able to take part in was a TikTok video challenge. This was an all new one for me, because while I’ve of course heard of TikTok, I’ve never really had an interest in taking part in doing one. But, after downloading the app and watching some of my fellow Pros do some neat videos, I thought it looked fun. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave it a go. I ended up doing three TikTok videos and while they aren’t great, I’m not so nervous about this social media platform anymore. If you are interested, here is my TikTok profile.

On Sunday, we had the morning free to do another run, or workout and then met up a bit later. We had a great social media zoom meeting which I learned a few things to help me better myself on Instagram and Twitter. There’s so much more to these social apps than a lot of us realize. I can’t wait to try out some more things in the coming weeks and months.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 BibRave Summit

Zoom meeting fun times with the crew.

Our Summit then wrapped up with a fun send-off from Team BibRave and awards for a few of the BibRavePros for some great work in the scavenger hunt and TikTok challenge. We also had four Pros celebrating 5 years as a BibRavePro! They were recognized with a Zestie, which is an awesome award for their service. I’m super close to my 5 year status with BibRave (this November), so I can’t wait to get mine at the next summit! πŸ™‚

It was an awesome weekend, which got me excited and more inspired as both a BibRavePro and a blogger. With everything going on during the pandemic, motivation can be hard to find right now, and this virtual summit was something I needed and truly enjoyed. Big thanks to our Team BibRave leadership and Knockaround (our sponsor) for making my weekend extra fun!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 BibRave Summit

Some of my fellow BibRavePros

You can check out some photos and such by searching Instagram for the hashtag, #BRPSummit2020. Lots of orange featured! If you’d like to get some BibRave gear of your own, check out the online store.

Workout Recap W/E: 5/30/20

I’m so happy that May has ended! This is the last of the May workouts (less for Sunday of course), and less for the heat and humidity that comes with summer, I’m happy to see it arrive. Really hoping things improve this month in many ways!

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With Jennifer after our steamy, hot run on Saturday morning.

Sunday, May 24th – Bike workout at home. The gym was still closed, scheduled to open on Tuesday the 26th, so my exercise bike that I picked up is still getting great use. I got in 12.7 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, May 25th – Another bike workout for cross-training. This was Memorial Day, so I was happy to have an easy day without having to work. Did 10.8 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, May 26th – Run in Winter Park with a few of my favorite running friends. Got a bit misted with a light rain, but felt pretty good with how warm it got.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, May 27th – REST DAY.

Thursday, May 28th – Track Thursday. Did 2 miles of 800s on the track, and a mile of walking (half a mile to warm up, and half a mile to cool down).

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday track run

Friday, May 29th – REST DAY.

Saturday, May 30th – Long run day. It was so so warm and humid, but got in 10k. Not the pace I’d like, but I was happy to get out there and run. This was also a virtual 10k for the Active for Christ Instagram community.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday run

How were your workouts last week? Let me know in the comments!

Do You Use Supplements?

Disclaimer: I will be receiving MetCon START to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!

Do you use supplements for your workouts? I’ve tried a few through the years, and still use some daily. I am a big fan of using BCAAs, a pre-workout, and a recovery supplements. So, when the opportunity presented itself to try out and review a pre-workout I’d never used as a BibRavePro, I was interested.

The Girl's Got Sole - Do you use supplements?

I will soon be reviewing a supplement from MetCon, called START. It’s an all-natural pre-workout that according to the website, will help increase muscle endurance, stamina, and nitric oxide production. I’m very interested in seeing how it helps my runs and cross-training. While there aren’t any actual races in the near future, I feel like this is great time to try out new fueling options and supplements.

If you are searching for a pre-workout, or other athletic supplement, check out what MetCon has to offer on their website. They will be sponsoring this month’s BibChat over on Twitter. I hope you’ll join me at 8pm Eastern on Tuesday night, June 9th. Just follow along the #bibchat hashtag, and be a part of the chat. We always have a great time, and you may even win your own canister of MetCon START!

Workout Recap W/E: 5/23/20

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope everyone gets a chance to spend some time with family and friends as well as remember those who gave it all for our freedoms. I’ve been fortunate to have a three-day weekend and I love having the extra time off. My room-mate had back surgery on Monday the 18th, and I’m happy to say that she is home and doing well. It’s been a nice mostly chill weekend here in between workouts.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

With Jennifer after our run on Saturday morning.

Sunday, May 17th – Bike workout. Got in 13.2 miles on my exercise bike. Was happy to get this one done with the stomach issues I was having that day.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, May 18th – Bike workout for 12.3 miles before work. Still at home as my gym reopens on May 26th. Going to see how I feel going back later this month.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, May 19th – Morning 3 miler with a couple of my runner friends. Stomach was doing okay, but dealing with a sinus infection. I hate to miss workouts, so pushed through and got it done.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, May 20th – REST DAY.

Thursday, May 21st – Hill run with one of my runner friends for just over a 5k distance. Feeling better!

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday hill run

Friday, May 22nd – REST DAY.

Saturday, May 23rd – Long run Saturday. Did 6.75 miles in Winter Park with a couple of my runner friends. Quite a humid morning here in Central Florida.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week? Let me know in the comments!

When This Baby Hits 88 miles…

The Girl's Got Sole - Once this baby hits 88mph

I’m a BIG fan of the Back to the Future trilogy. In fact, they are my favorite films of all-time. I was 7 years old when the first film came out, but by the time Back to the Future 2 hit in 1989, I was hooked. From there on out, I was a Back to the Future fan for life.

When I found out that Virtual Pace Series was offering a Back to the Future Delorean medal for the 35th Anniversary of the film, I immediately registered for it. The challenge is to run/walk 88 miles in 90 days. I figure that’s easy for me to do since I average at least 12-14 miles of running per week.

The Girl's Got Sole - BTTF virtual race challenge

My mileage for the challenge will begin tomorrow, May 23rd, and my goal is to complete the mileage by July 11th. That’s 48 days, give or take. If I get in my 3 days of week or running, should be easy to do. I will be hash-tagging all of my runs until I complete the 88 miles with #BTTFvirtualrun on my social channels.

If you are a Back to the Future fan, check it out! It’s called the Running Out of Time race. This virtual racing company seems to offer some fun medals if you are looking for a fun way to keep up your training motivation.

The Girl's Got Sole - Virtual Back to the Future challenge