Race Recap: 2020 Mount Dora Half Marathon

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 Mount Dora Half Marathon race recap

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the 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!

On December 20th, I ran the 2020 Mount Dora Half Marathon. It was my 4th year running the race. While this race is quite hilly for Florida runners, I really do enjoy doing it every year. It’s such a great race to end the year on.

This year was a bit different due to the whole covid pandemic, so we had to wear masks before and after the race, as well as maintain social distancing. While that isn’t fun, I was happy to get to run another in-person race and see some friends. Safety needs to come first.

The Girl's Got Sole - Mount Dora Half Marathon

On race morning, I arrived and immediately spotted some runner friends. Talked with them for a bit, then I went over to meet up with my fellow BibRavePros who were also running the race. We chatted for a little while, took a few pictures and then headed off to get to the race starting area.

The race released us in waves, to help with social distancing on the course. It didn’t take long through before we were off and running. One of my fellow Orlando Galloway friends was also running the race, so we decided to enjoy the race and run together.

I felt a bit winded the first half mile or so, but I think I just went out too fast. It wasn’t long before I got into a good pace groove though and was able to enjoy the scenery and race route. Mount Dora is really a great place to run, and despite the toughness of the hills at times, I do like running it.

I had gotten a new handheld camera before the race (an Akaso Brave 7 LE), so I ran with it. Helped me really capture the route well. You can check out my race video on my YouTube channel. If you are a fan of YouTube, please subscribe to my channel. (You can check out the video below)

The Mount Dora Half Marathon is a race I highly recommend running if you are local or want to travel down to Central Florida in December. They put on a great event, and the medal is always a fun one. This year, Rudolph had a mask on! So fitting with the pandemic! And, you get FREE race photos, which is always a plus! I hope you will join me and run the race in 2021!

Bahamas Marathon Goes Virtual

The Girl's Got Sole - Marathon Bahamas

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Marathon Bahamas 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!

Have you ever wanted to run the Marathon Bahamas? I know it’s been a race on my bucket list. A friend of mine is actually from the Bahamas and she travels there every year to run the half marathon with her family.

This year, we all can run the Bahamas! Well, we can run it in our own location, that is. The Bahamas Marathon & Half Marathon has gone virtual for 2021. And, I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the virtual race experience.

You can sign up now, and run your chosen race distance between January 9th and 17th. I will be running the half marathon in Orlando on 1/17 with some friends. Including the friend who usually runs her race IN the Bahamas. I look forward to hearing her stories of past races as we run 13.1 miles.

Use discount code MRBVIRTUAL to register for the marathon, half marathon or relay and get $10 off. Registration includes a finisher medal, gender-specific tech shirt, race bag, digital bib and a finisher certificate. The medal and shirt look awesome, so get on it!

The Girl's Got Sole - Marathon Bahamas

Marathon Bahamas virtual race swag.

See Ya 2020, Hello 2021!

The Girl's Got Sole - See Ya 2020, Hello 2021

Happy New Year! I am welcoming in the new year with open arms and a open heart. While 2020 was full of many disappointments due to a pandemic, I believe good things still happened during the year.

For one, I was able to take my RRCA Running Coach Certification class and become a running coach. Something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now. Because of the availability of virtual learning, I was able to take the course from the comfort of my own home. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to take on clients in 2021!

While most in-person races were canceled from late March onward, running itself was not canceled. I was able to keep running with a few of my close running friends, we just kept our safe distance. It hasn’t been easy not being able to run as socially as usual, as I’m a social runner.

I was able to run two in-person races in December. My first one being the OUC Orlando Half Marathon, which Track Shack handled amazingly well. Masks and social distancing protocols in place, it was great to be able to “line up” for a race again. Major props to the race event staff and volunteers for everything they did so that we could again run the streets of Orlando in a “real” race.

Then, on December 20th, I closed out the running year with the Mount Dora Half Marathon. Again, masks and safety procedures were in place, and I felt so happy to get out and run another in-person race.

Many things didn’t go even close to what any of us expected in 2020, but I will always feel blessed for my family, friends and the fact that I have been able to keep healthy and not get Covid-19.

I’m not completely sure what the new year will bring, but I know that I can get through anything with God and the love of family and friends surrounding me… even if they have to stay 6 feet away.

Now…when can I start collecting hugs again? 🙂

Race Recap: A Christmas Story Virtual 10k

The Girl's Got Sole - A Christmas Story virtual run

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the A Christmas Story Virtual Run 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’ve wanted to run the A Christmas Story Run for years. But, I just haven’t been able to travel to Cleveland to do it. Enter the virtual A Christmas Story Run 5k/10k for 2020. I was so excited to be a part of the race experience, even if it was running here in my own state of Florida.

The Girl's Got Sole - A Christmas Story Run

A Christmas Story is my favorite Christmas movie, hands down. It is one I have to watch every year with my family. A tradition we have had for years now. It’s just a fun movie, based upon the stories of Jean Shepard. When the film was released in 1983, it quickly became a classic that has a huge following and love to this day.

I ran my virtual 10k on December 12th with my running group. The weather was in the mid-50s when I started, and was actually appreciated with weather being in the 40s the week prior. I suppose the 40s would fit the theme a bit better, but what can I say, I’m a Florida girl!

The Girl's Got Sole - A Christmas Story virtual run 10k

During the run, I got to enjoy the Christmas holiday lights and decorations that many of the houses in the neighborhood had up that we ran through. I love seeing the holiday lights during Christmas time, and since we run in the dark most of the time, it is definitely a perk this time of year. Unfortunately though, I didn’t see any leg lamps in the window of any of the homes.

The race swag for A Christmas Story virtual run was really nice. Participants got a nice green hoodie with the A Christmas Story Run logo on it, a nice red beanie, a medal and of course, a race bib. I didn’t get to wear the bib or the gear until later however, since it arrived after I completed my virtual 10k run.

The Girl's Got Sole - A Christmas Story virtual run

Virtual Race swag

This was definitely a fun themed virtual that I enjoyed doing. With 2020 basically becoming the “year of the virtual races” for runners, the themed races like A Christmas Story were among my favorites. I don’t know if they will offer a virtual option next year if the actual race takes place in Ohio, but I recommend the virtual race experience if you are unable to do the in-person race.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

The Girl's Got Sole - It's beginning to look a lot like

Christmas? Or, is it?

For me, that answer is maybe. In the year of the Corona Pandemic, things just haven’t been the same. Or, typical in the slightest. It’s all such a blur of days rolling together. I work 5 days, then have 2 days off, then it’s lather, rinse and repeat.

That’s not to say that things have all been bad. In fact, I wouldn’t say that at all. Things are just different. I’m blessed in that I have a good job, a nice place to live, and surrounded by family and friends. I would never even suggest that my life is bad, because it’s anything but. Instead, I would say that there have been disappointments and a lack of any real plans to look forward to this year.

The new “way of life,” as they call it of social distancing and mask-wearing depresses me. I’m a social person, and yearn for hugs and high-fives. I hate that I can’t tell if someone is smiling or grimacing when I’m out in public due to that stupid mask. Not to mention that I can’t see what the heck I’m doing half the time with my face covered and glasses fogging up.

The Girl's Got Sole - Covid Grinch

While I’ve tried to embrace the Christmas spirit this year, it’s been a hard thing to do. I just don’t feel really festive. The magic of this time of year has faded because of that darn Covid crud. It’s become a real-life Grinch trying to steal any amount of joy we may have left. I’m all for keeping people healthy and safe, but 2020 has proved to be so exhausting. Mentally, physically, and emotionally.

So, in these last few days leading up to Christmas Day, I’m going to try to escape the grasp of that sour green guy, and remember what the true meaning of Christmas is. It’s about the birth of Jesus. His birth brought great joy to the world, and you know what? I believe it can bring us joy once again.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tidings of joy

Join me in Mount Dora!

The Girl's Got Sole - Mount Dora Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the 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!

Join me on December 19th & 20th in Mount Dora! I will be running the half marathon on Sunday, December 20th. It will be my 4th year running the race, and I look forward to the event every year. It’s a great way to end the racing year!

The race course is beautiful. You get to run through tree-lined streets, by local lakeside parks, and through beautiful downtown Mount Dora. It is a scenic route that brings back runners year after year.

Register to run the 5k on Saturday and/or the Half Marathon on Sunday. Use code BIBRAVE to save 10% off!

It’s a virtual Christmas Story Run!

The Girl's Got Sole - A Christmas Story virtual run

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the A Christmas Story Virtual Run 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!

Come join me this holiday season and run the A Christmas Story 5k/10k virtual run! You can dress up as the Pink Nightmare, display your leg lamp, or triple dog dare your friends to head out with you!

The race swag is going to be awesome! All participants of the virtual run get a green hoodie, red beanie, medal, and a bib to wear on race day! This virtual is brought to you by the folks at RAM Racing, so you know the jacket is going to be great! And, the race benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Register to run or walk the 5k or 10k on the race website. And then, make sure you hashtag #TeamRalphie with all of your race day fun!

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.


• 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.

• 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.

• 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.


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?