Half Marathon #30!

The Girl's Got Sole - Half Marathon #30

This Sunday, I am running my 30th half marathon. It’s almost hard to believe that since I began running in late 2011, I’ve run that many half marathons!

I’m running the Mt. Dora Half Marathon tomorrow as #30. I have run in Mt. Dora before, but it was the 5k in 2013. So, it should be fun running 13.1 there. It’s going to be a hilly race, that I know! No real time goal in mind, so we shall see how the morning goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Half Marathons

Looking back at the previous 29 half marathons I’ve run, I do have to think about the order a bit, but I do know my first half was the 2011 Space Coast Half Marathon. That was followed by the 2012 Orange Blossom Half Marathon. That first 13.1 was done mostly walking. It was back before I was blessed with being told about the Jeff Galloway run/walk/run method. Orange Blossom Half was when I first implemented the run/walk. I recall that race to be a tough one, but I got through it and even signed up that June for the Galloway training program!

Other memorable half marathons include the 2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon where I dressed up as Captain America. It was as fun race, and my first experience with runDisney races. I’ve run the local half, OUC Half Marathon four times, and Space Coast four more times in the 13.1 distance since the 2011 race.

I’ve enjoyed running half marathons up in Western North Carolina, Atlanta, and up in Jacksonville. The JG 13.1 in Atlanta in 2014 is especially memorable, as it was the inaugural year and I had a lot of fun with a couple of runner friends during our road trip there and back. And, I always enjoy my runs at the 26.2 with Donna in Jacksonville. I’ve run that half twice and the full twice up there, and both are great.

The Girl's Got Sole - Half Marathons

The 30th half will end the 2017 year for me, so #31 will be the 2018 Walt Disney World Half Marathon, where I will be pacing the 3:15 finish time. I’m looking forward to seeing what other half marathons I can do for the first time in the next couple of years. It would be a lot of fun to do a half marathon in every state!

Finding that Balance

The Girl's Got Sole - Finding Balance

I’ve learned I’m the toughest critic of myself. I push myself to do things, and have a hard time accepting when my body decides that I’m pushing too much.

Since the NYC Marathon, and even before that in the weeks leading up to the race, my body was trying to tell me something. It even went so far as to cause me to go to the ER in the days before the marathon (though, it was thankfully nothing serious).

My body needs more rest. I need to find a better balance in doing this running thing that I love so much. With my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, my body can’t handle as much exertion anymore. It takes way too long for me to recover from a hard workout, and I am tired all the time.

This has led me to make a hard decision, I am done with marathons. At least for the foreseeable future. It’s kind of hard to say ‘never again,’ but the likeliness of another is very small. I’m going to stick with half marathons, 15k, 10k and 5k race distances. NYC Marathon was 40 days ago and I have yet to feel completely recovered from it.

The Girl's Got Sole - Life is a balance

Sure, it takes 26 days to truly recover from the 26.2 distance, and running a half marathon 3 weeks after didn’t help matters, but nonetheless I shouldn’t feel this low energy. In 2015, I ran the NYC Marathon and then did the Space Coast Half three weeks later and didn’t feel this drained. In fact, I felt pretty good that year.

I have always had a hard time truly resting since I started running. I like to keep going and when you’ve got issues like an under-active thyroid, that’s not always a good thing. The disease and I have had an ongoing battle since I was diagnosed, and I’m not letting it “win,” but I am also not going to not listen and take care of myself.

It’s time I take things down a notch and focus on my overall health. 2018 has to be the year that I take care of me and just enjoy running more. Not that I don’t still enjoy it, but I’m going to stop caring about pushing myself to do a better time in races, go out there and just run. I’m not fast to begin with, but I’m not going to go out and try to finish in a certain time anymore. Unless I’m pacing, and I will keep that to a time that I know my body is comfortable doing.

The Girl's Got Sole - Pour from an empty cup

I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished thus far in my running, I’ve done some really great things. Six marathons may just be where this runner girl stands for that distance. And, I’m good with that. Heck, I never thought I’d run one marathon, let alone six!

So, the theme, if I have one for 2018 is going to be balance. I want that to start with my health and fitness and continue throughout the other areas of my life. I look forward to working on my goals the rest of this month and putting them into action in the new year.

Workout Recap: W/E 12/9/17

I haven’t been good about doing these workout recaps, but need to get back on that. With the new year approaching, it’s a good time to get good routines going! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Keep moving

Sunday, December 3rd – Bike workout at the gym. Did 9 miles and felt pretty good.

The Girl's Got Sole - Dec 3rd bike workout

Monday, December 4th – Back in the gym before work for 8.5 miles on the bike.

The Girl's Got Sole - Dec 4th bike workout

Tuesday, December 5th – Great morning 3-miler with my group in Baldwin Park.

The Girl's Got Sole - Dec 5th run

Wednesday, December 6th – REST DAY.

Thursday, December 7th – What was supposed to have been a run, ended up being a walk. Once I started running, I felt as though I was going to be sick to my stomach. Thankful for my friend, Melissa who walked the over 2 miles with me.

The Girl's Got Sole - Dec 7th run/walk

Friday, December 8th – REST DAY.

Saturday, December 9th – Had my scheduled run of 6-8 miles, but due to the pouring rain and 50 degree temps, most of my group opted out of the run. So, I ended up in the gym for a bike workout.

The Girl's Got Sole - Dec 9th bike

How were your workouts last week? Anyone run any races?

Race Recap: 2017 Space Coast Half Marathon

The Girl's Got Sole - Race Recap Space Coast

The 2017 Space Coast Half Marathon, the last year in the 5-year Big Bang series. I have to admit, I am happy that my five year commitment was completed this year. Space Coast is a fun race, always with a lot of friendly faces of those I know, but I’m ready to take a year or two off from the race. Not to mention, it’s always on Thanksgiving weekend, which makes it a bit busier when it comes to family and non-running friends during the holiday.

After running the NYC Marathon three weeks prior, I still felt tired going into the race. I was thankful that the Race Director allowed me to pick up my race packet/bib on race morning, so that I didn’t have to make two trips out to Cocoa. This allowed me to get some extra needed rest on Saturday after working on Friday all day (we don’t get Black Friday off at my job), which I was grateful for.

The Girl's Got Sole - Space Coast Half on course

On race morning, I woke up at about 2:30am, and while I would have preferred to go back to sleep, I got up and ready. This time around, I was trying myself out to Cocoa, as I was hoping to stay until my friend and first-time marathoner, finished her race. It’s a pretty uneventful and unexciting drive out to Cocoa from Orlando. I got there right before 4:30am, and finally found a place to park.

I was able to pickup my race packet without any issues, and then hit the port-o-lets. I then had some time to look for my fellow Orlando Galloway friends and other runner friends. I found quite a few of them, before finally checking my bag and hitting the port-o-let one last time.

The Girl's Got Sole - Space Coast Half Marathon 2017

Walking to the starting area, I ran into two fellow Skirt Sports Ambassador sisters, and we were all wearing the same print! Always love running into other Ambassadors. I then found a few other Orlando runner friends as I made my way toward the three hour section. It was especially cool seeing one friend, Mary Jean, whom I haven’t run with in quite some time since she had been injured. It was good to see her back out there.

At 6am, the shuttle lifted off, and the half marathon began! I wasn’t running with anyone at the beginning, so I put on some music and got moving. It’s rare for me to actually run with music anymore, so it was kind of different. I’m so used to running with others now. But, if I run solo, I do like to have some good music on to keep me motivated.

The Girl's Got Sole - Space Coast Half

I kept a pretty decent pace for the first half of the race. I felt pretty good, my feet weren’t bothering me and my energy-level was good. Generation UCAN is definitely working for me in keeping my blood sugar balanced during my runs, and I love it.

Around mile 5, I spotted a couple of runner friends in front of me. I caught up with them, and we ran together. Once we hit the turn-around, I was happy that we were just under 6 miles to the finish. Unfortunately, the last 4-5 miles is where I began to fall apart.

My right foot, not the one with the PF, started to hurt. What was the deal with that? The more I tried to push through it, the more it bugged me. It was a pain along the outside part of the foot. My calf also started tightening up right along with it. This slowed me down a lot. I walked more hoping I could calm it down. Didn’t really work, so I just pushed through it.

The Girl's Got Sole - Space Coast group shot

I couldn’t have been happier when I saw the final finishing shoot ahead of me. With Space Coast, the very end consists of a “tunnel” you go through with a couple of turns before you get to the finish line. I reminded myself to take it a bit easier on my final kick until I got to that first turn, and then I pushed it. I gave it everything I had (or maybe didn’t have) to finish strong. My right foot was not pleased, but I knew I had done my best to cross the finish line at my best.

Looking back, I think I somehow ran funny on my right foot, changing my gait. I also opted to wear both of my CEP Plantar Fascitiis sleeves that day, and in hindsight, it wasn’t the best plan. I should have just worn the one on my left foot, the one with the diagnosed PF. I believe it threw my gait off in some way. I took it easy the days after the race, and didn’t run for four days, when it was finally feeling better.

The Girl's Got Sole - Space Coast 5-year finisher

Like I said at the beginning, I love running Space Coast Half Marathon, but I’m glad that I’m done with the 5-year series I signed up for back in 2013. It’s been a fun journey, and I will likely return in 2020 for the next anniversary year, which happens to be the year they have the Apollo medal. That one looks pretty neat. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mission has been accomplished, 2013 – 2017.
The Girl's Got Sole - Space Coast Mission Accomplished

Product Review: BOCO Gear Visor

The Girl's Got Sole - BOCO Gear visor review

Disclaimer: I received a BOCO visor 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 been begging BibRave for a visor pretty much from the time I became a BibRavePro. My wish came true this year with the BOCO visor! Not only is it a visor like I wanted, but it’s the BEST visor out there in my opinion.

BOCO Gear is a top performance gear brand for athletes. They have fully customized, technical head-wear and accessories with style. This allows your brand or team to stand out in the crowd. Every piece of BOCO Gear has wicking ability and is designed and tested by top athletes.

The Girl's Got Sole - BOCO visor

The BOCO Gear 360 visor is a lighter, more breathable visor than any other option out there on the market right now. The visor has a wicking internal sweatband to move sweat from your forehead. A soft brushed elastic back for a comfortable fit, as well as a relaxed fit front panel for better performance. The visor also has a black underside of the bill to reduce glare. And, the visor is machine washable.

The Girl's Got Sole - BOCO Gear review

Wearing the visor on my runs, I barely knew it was on my head. It’s so light and didn’t feel as though it was squeezing my head like other visors can do. The black underside helped reduce any glare from the sun, and when you’re running in Florida, there’s quite a lot of sun out there! I have found the BOCO visor to be one of the best in my collection of running visors (which seems to be growing LOL), and it’s a favorite in the area of comfort for sure. I’d recommend their visors to anyone looking for great, comfortable head-wear. I think you will be impressed with it’s quality and how well it stands up to your workouts.

The Girl's Got Sole - BOCO visor review

Be sure to check out the online BOCO Gear store for all sorts of great head wear options. If you are a hat lover, you will be happy to know they have those as well. Get a custom order made for your group! You can also follow BOCO Gear on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

The Girl's Got Sole - BOCO Gear review

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The Girl's Got Sole - BOCO Gear

Ultimate Coffee Date: December 2017

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

Since I haven’t posted all week, I thought participating in this month’s Ultimate Coffee Date was a perfect way to give you a bit of a life update!

This post is a part of the oh-so-fun link-up that is brought to you by Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner and Coco of Got2Run4Me. Be sure to check out their websites and of course todayโ€™s virtual Ultimate Coffee Date posts!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… it’s been a long week! After running Space Coast Half Marathon on Sunday (recap coming soon!), I was pretty exhausted. My thyroid wasn’t happy with me, and I knew it. I guess doing a marathon and then a half 3 weeks later can be tiring! Honestly, I’ve done it before (in 2015), but I think my thyroid wasn’t as bad a couple of years ago, because I don’t recall being this tired after. But, I’m feeling better since yesterday, so I think some extra rest is just what my body needs the rest of the year. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Gilmore girls coffee in an IV

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… my foot seems to be doing better. I didn’t post about it here on the blog, but the last 5ish miles of Sunday’s half had my right foot/calf tight and hurting. This is not the foot with the PF, so I think I may have altered my running gait somehow during that run. I also wore PF sleeves on both feet, which may not have been the best idea. Guess I should have reconsidered that plan.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I’m working on myself, getting back on the weight loss journey. It’s been a struggle for me this year with all that’s been going on, so I’ve got about 8lbs I want to lose in the coming months. For me, it’s all about my nutrition, what I’m eating. So, I’m trying to get back to what I know works. That’s old-fashioned calorie-counting and logging all of my food every day.

The Girl's Got Sole - Best project work on is you

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I haven’t been feeling too festive for the holidays, so I’m hoping to change that this weekend. I’m going to watch some holiday movies with family and friends, and maybe check out some lights in local neighborhoods. Since December just began, it’s the perfect time to get into the Christmas spirit!

It’s your turn! If we were having coffee together, what would you tell me? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚
The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

Become a 261 Fearless Friend!

The Girl's Got Sole - 261 Fearless

By now, you hopefully know a bit about 261 Fearless, the organization created by Kathrine Switzer. The group is an international social network that empowers women around the globe by uniting them through their passion for running. Running pioneer Kathrine Switzer established the non-profit organization in 2015 and it’s grown in so many ways in such a short time.

I’ve been blessed to be a part of this amazing group since September of 2015, as an Ambassador and then part of the 2017 Team 261 Fearless NYC charity team. It’s an awesome group of women of all athletic abilities all coming together to support each other.

The Girl's Got Sole - 261 Fearless Friends

261 Fearless has now launched the 261 Fearless Friends program. You can join the friendship program and gain access to the incredible 261 Fearless community, which connects you with other Fearless Friends globally. The private Facebook group gives opportunities to exchange experiences, give and/or receive encouragement and motivation as 261 continues to build an international network of like minded women.

All that is required is that you enjoy running and the idea of social running, support the 261 Fearless movement through engagement with the community, accept the community principles, and understand that there is no rivalry or comparisons when it comes to training/competitions within the 261 Friends community.

If you are ready to join the 261 Fearless Friends program, you can apply over on 261fearless.org.

Run Now, Gobble Later 5k Virtual

NOTE: As a member of Gone for a Runโ€™s Virtual Race Team, I receive a free race entry to each virtual race. No other compensation was received, and all opinions that are stated are my own.

The Girl's Got Sole - Gone for a Run Virtual Race Series

Will you be running a Turkey Trot this week? On Thursday, I will run with my group before the Thanksgiving festivities and in doing so, participating in the Run Now, Gobble Later 5k virtual. It’s the latest race in Gone for a Run’s virtual race series.

The Run Now, Gobble Later 5k benefits the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, which assists those in need with food, clothing, shelter and other services.

The Girl's Got Sole - Run Now, Gobble Later 5k

I will be running my virtual Run Now, Gobble Later on Thanksgiving morning. Gotta burn some calories before having my Tofurkey and pie! I hope it’s cold enough to wear the fun gloves that came along with this virtual race. How cute are they? ๐Ÿ™‚

Unfortunately, this particular virtual race sold out weeks ago, but you can get on board for one of the next ones! I suggest signing up now for the Christmas Sweater Virtual 5k that benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The race packet comes with a Christmas Sweater knit hat an a medal with bells on it!

Sign up for any of Gone for a Run’s virtual races here.

Race Recap: 2017 NYC Marathon

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 NYC Marathon race recap

Looking back at the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, a lot of that day is a blur. I can summarize it as a once-in-lifetime experience full of great friends, cheering spectators, and lots of ups and downs.

The day began early, with a 3:45am wake up call. I got dressed and ready to go in the hotel room before heading out the door at about 4:30am. I walked the three blocks to the subway station, where I waited with a number of other runners. It may have been early, but the sight of my fellow marathoners was comforting. I struck up a conversation with a couple o them as we waited for the train to arrive.

The Girl's Got Sole - Staten Island Ferry

Once on the subway, I was getting off near the Staten Island Ferry. It was a short walk to the terminal, and unlike my 2015 experience, I was able to get right inside without any delay. Once I used the ladies room, I began to look for my 261 Fearless teammates. We were all trying to take the 6am ferry to Staten Island. I suddenly heard my name being called out, when I turned around, it was an online runner friend. Out of all the people in the terminal, she spotted me. Funny how that sometimes works.

A few minutes later, my team and I found one another. We all made it our job to keep one another together during our brief adventure to Fort Wadsworth. This of course would take some work. Jokes about how we should have brought a rope to hold onto were said aloud. Not a bad idea, especially when we followed the crowd of runners onto the ferry. We made it on-board all in one eight ensemble piece. Finding an area to sit, we were happy to be off to the starting village.

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 261 Fearless on Ferry

Team 261 Fearless on the Ferry.

The ferry takes you to Staten Island, where you need to walk a little ways and board buses. The buses actually take you to Fort Wadsworth, where the marathon start village is located. This travel from your hotel to the village is why runners have to get going a lot earlier than they may be starting the race. I estimated it took us about 90 minutes for the travel portion of the morning. Runners then go through NYPD security before entering the start village.

The group of us headed toward the Charity section, while 261 Fearless didn’t have an area inside of it for us, we sort of set up camp right outside the entrance. We made our own little waiting area with heat sheets and garbage bags to sit on. This gave us time to use the port-o-lets and what have you while we waited for the rest of the team to arrive.

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 261 Fearless in start village

The team in the start village before the race.

This race was extra special because I would be able to start with my team and Kathrine Switzer! I was super excited about that, and also a bit nervous. A NYRR official came to escort us to the starting line area after about half an hour in our make-shift camp. A slight fiasco of trying to get to the beginning of wave one through the corrals had us pushed back to where we began, by the Charity runner section. Before we knew it though, we were escorted another way and found ourselves by the starting line. Yes, we were in a restricted area. Talk about a VIP experience!

The team hung around where media, VIPs and elites were. I couldn’t believe how neat this whole new perspective was. While we waited for our time to start, we had the opportunity to watch the wheelchair athletes start, followed by the female elites. I didn’t spot Shalene Flanagan, but she was in that pack. Yes, I was a little more than “star-struck” at the talent that surrounded us.

The Girl's Got Sole - NYC Marathon 2017

Pre-race fun times with Kathrine and the team.

Kathrine came out and we got to have some team moments and photo ops. We laughed, we sang (New York, New York of course), and we just enjoyed each others company. This pre-race experience was like none I’ve ever had before, and likely won’t have ever again. I felt blessed to be there.

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 261 Fearless

2017 Team 261 Fearless NYC!

Team 261 Fearless jumped into the starting area right after the wave one runners went by. Before I knew it, we were crossing that starting line and had begun the 2017 NYC Marathon. I did my best to keep up with Kathrine and the rest of the team, but after almost two minutes, I fell back. It was incredibly windy on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and it took a lot to push myself. It was neat though to be one of a very small group of runners on the bridge once I lost sight of my team.

The Girl's Got Sole - Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

The infamous Verrazano Bridge!

Once I made it over the bridge, I was in Brooklyn. This is one of the coolest boroughs, as so many New Yorkers are out cheering on the runners. I may have lost some momentum on the bridge, but I began to regain my pace. I high-fived a number of people, mostly kids. It’s a great feeling being out there on those streets during the marathon. You really do feel like a celebrity.

Brooklyn is quite a lot of the race, I remembered that from when I ran it in 2015. And, looking back at this year’s race, it’s the borough I remember most (less for Manhattan). I was at my best running through Brooklyn, feeling pretty good. Was keeping a nice pace too, about a 14:16 per mile.

After a port-o-let stop before the 25k mark, I began to not feel so well. This is about the time I began to slow down and began walking. My feet were not pleased, not to mention that I was wet and cold due to the constant light rain that lasted throughout the marathon. Since I had dumped my gloves back in Brooklyn somewhere (I am thinking about mile 10), my hands were getting extremely cold like ice. 57 degrees with rain didn’t make this Florida girl feel so happy. I was uncomfortable and thoughts of quitting entered my brain as I hit mile 16.

The Girl's Got Sole - NYC Marathon on course

I wondered if I could continue, and mentally I really didn’t want to be out there any longer. As I was walking along, I struck up a conversation with another runner, he was also walking not looking so happy. We both agreed this was a rough race with the rainy cold. He mentioned how he had never seen so many people walking before the 19 or 20 mile mark. I guess I wasn’t the only one feeling down. It was kind of comforting knowing that I was in good company. The guy told me that he was thinking of quitting as well, but that his wife was in Central Park near the Finish Line.

I wished my fellow runner well as we both went off at our respective paces. As I walked along, I pulled out my phone and posted on my Facebook wall, “Struggling…so walking right now.” I was beginning to tell myself to just make it to mile 20, then I could stop. I was seriously considering my first-ever DNF. I began convincing myself that it was okay because I was freezing, my feet were in pain and hey, I did just get out of the hospital a few days before the race.

The Girl's Got Sole - FB friend motivation

Prayers and encouragement from the best runner friends!

Thankfully, I am blessed with some of the most amazing friends. Not only did the running community encourage me and pray for me through that Facebook post, but my running group began to text me. I was virtually embraced with such love and motivating encouragement to keep going that it almost brought me to tears. My friends told me to just keep moving forward, no matter if I needed to walk.

Within about a 15 minute period, through their motivation and forcing myself to take my final Generation UCAN gel, I started to feel better. Suddenly, my hands didn’t feel like ice anymore and I had enough within me to actually start running again. What a blessing I had with the running friends that supported me from hundreds of miles away!

When I hit that glorious 20 mile mark, I smiled. Sure, I was exhausted and wanted to be done, but I no longer wanted to quit. I was going to push and give it my all to get to that finish line. My friends were right behind me and I knew I could not only not let them down, but most of all, I couldn’t let myself down. I had worked too hard to quit now.

The Girl's Got Sole - NYC Marathon course

On course inside of Central Park.

I got back to my run/walk/run routine, but did walk more at times through the remainder of the race. Once inside Central Park, I knew I was finally in the home stretch. I was SOOO close that I could almost taste it. Of course, the last 2 miles felt like forever. Because hey, after 24 miles, it was almost forever. Ha.

Suddenly, I could hear the finish line cheering and announcer. Then, I passed the 25 mile sign. Just 1.2 more miles to go! I was really almost there! Every step had me holding back tears. Tears of happiness, tears of sadness, tears full of so many emotions that are not easily described in words.

Then, there it was, the big, beautiful, awesome finish line! A line a couple of hours before I didn’t think I would make it to. I gave my final push and crossed it; the finish line of my second TCS NYC Marathon. It was my toughest marathon, and as I received my medal, I paused to look at it. That round piece of shiny medal represented so much to me, literally blood, sweat and tears.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 NYC Marathon medal

When I began training for the 2017 NYC Marathon, I remember thinking back to my 2015 training. It was such an awesome year for me and a dream experience. This year’s marathon and the training leading up to the race were completely different. 2017 was a tough year for me in so many ways, and finishing the NYC Marathon this year is so much different. It was about overcoming those bumps in the road along the journey and coming out stronger in the end.

Product Review: Health Warrior Chia Bars

The Girl's Got Sole - Health Warrior product review

Disclaimer: I received Health Warrior Chia Bars 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!

If you’re like me, you are always on the lookout for great tasting, healthy snacks. Health Warrior Chia Bars fit that bill. They are good for you and taste amazing!

Health Warrior is a superfood company with the belief that better health builds a stronger society. That all starts with the right ingredients, which is at the core of all of their products, a superfood. It began with a little seed called Chia.

The Girl's Got Sole - Health Warrior Chia Bars

Chia is an amazing little fella. Ounce for ounce, the chia seed boatds more omega-3s than salmon, more protein than an egg, more calcium than milk, and more fiber than flax. Ancient Americans literally worshiped the chia for its source of strength. It has earned the name, “runner’s food’ because it has powered the Tarahumara Indians on their legendary long distance runs.

Health Warrior sent me two boxes of their chia bars. Chocolate Peanut Butter and Vanilla Almond. Both taste amazing, and are only 100 and 110 calories per bar and at least 3 grams of protein. The bars are 100% vegan, gluten free, soy free and dairy free which makes them a great option for so many people.

The Girl's Got Sole - Health Warrior chia bars

I have to admit, the Chocolate Peanut Butter is my favorite between the two, because who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter? I don’t know about you, but this runner girl loves that combination! The Vanilla Almond is a little treat that I have enjoyed when I felt I needed something sweet. I give both flavors two thumbs up.

Health Warrior has a number of other Chia Bar flavors: coconut, apple cinnamon, acai berry, banana nut, mango, and dark chocolate. I have tried most of the flavors less for the dark chocolate, which I have been on the lookout for. Definitely on my list to try!

The Girl's Got Sole - Health Warrior chia bars

Extra fun bonus with any purchase of Health Warrior chia bars, Marathon Training: The Coloring Book! Gives us adults a chance to color away some of those race-day jitters! You can buy a three bar sampler for just $4.99.

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