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 ***

A Nightmare Withdrawal

The Girl's Got Sole - A Nightmare Withdrawal

It’s been a nightmare week, and it’s only Tuesday night. This nightmare has been brought to you by the drug, Cymbalta. If you get nothing else from this blog post, please do your homework before getting onto this medication. I highly recommend avoiding it, find some other anti-depressant to help you. Cymbalta is an awful med and the company behind it, Eli Lilly does not properly inform medical professionals of how much trouble this drug can be on a person.

I have been on Cymbalta for about 6 years for depression and anxiety. I had previously been on Lexapro with good results until I received a bad batch of generics. Then, my doctor offered to change my med to the Cymbalta. I was ify at first, but eventually gave the thumbs up to trying it out.

Things seemed to go well through the Cymbalta years, I did go from 60mg a day, to 90mg in the last year or so, but otherwise, I felt okay. What I didn’t completely realize though, was that the drug was like a band-aid, a numbing agent for my issues. It was merely keeping me from feeling too much of anything. Sad moments, or those times when I should be able to release the water works were anything but sad to me. I would cross finish lines of my marathons and not be able to completely feel all the emotions. My grandmother would pass away earlier this year, and while I was sad, I was not able to process it properly. I still have a lot of deep-seeded emotions like my Nana’s passing that are sort of bottled up inside of me.

What I didn’t completely realize though, was that the drug was like a band-aid, a numbing agent for my issues.

When I found got the official diagnosis this past June that I have Fibromyalgia in addition to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, it was crummy news. Especially when Fibro really has no cure, and Hashimoto’s has been giving me issues for years. The two were seemingly plotting against me. I am tired…rather exhausted a lot of the time because of both problems. Not to mention the other issues they bring to the table.

Hearing about a drug made specifically for Fibro back in 2010, called Savella, I was intrigued. I read quite a number of user reviews on the medication, and thought it might offer a glimmer of hope. The biggest positive was that a lot of positive reviews of Savella are that people felt like themselves again. That they weren’t so exhausted all of the time. It was as if it brought back energy sufferers had not felt in years.

The Girl's Got Sole - Nightmare Withdrawal

I convinced my general doctor to let me try Savella, after my Rheumatologist wasn’t sold on the idea. So, after getting approval and the medication in hand late last week, I began the taper off of Cymbalta and the start of taking Savella. I took 60mg of Cymbalta for two days (I take my dosing in the evenings), and then followed the weaning recommendation of the Pharmacist to 30mg of Cymbala plus 50mg of Savella on day three. That was Saturday night, my last dose of any amount of Cymbalta.

To say it has been hell for me that night onward is the most accurate explanation I can give. I barely slept that night, and was a walking zombie for the most part on Sunday. Somehow, I pushed myself to go to the gym that day, and I have no clue how I made it there, or even got in any kind of workout. I suppose the pre-workout caffeine helped, because that was the last workout I’ve had this week.

Sunday night, I had the craziest, most vivid dream of my life. Thank goodness it was fairly upbeat, but wow was it crazy. I dreamed that I was filming the next Avengers movie, and I was somehow in it. The vividness, the real feeling of it all was intense. I woke up in a sweat, heart-racing. Don’t get me wrong, I have dreamed through the years of being on TV or in the movies, but this was so unlike anything I had ever experienced. If you thought Infinity War was intense, my dream was right up there.

The Girl's Got Sole - Nightmare Withdrawal

My head was so wrong on Monday morning after that. I felt like I was out of my own body. I was foggy, couldn’t concentrate, and felt “wrong.” Trying to work was a bad idea. I got through less than two hours of my shift before I had to call it a day and crawl back into bed.

Last night, Monday night seemed a bit better head-wise. I was able to eat, shower and talk to some family and friends. How thankful and blessed I am to have each and every one of them in my life, I cannot put into words. The prayers and feeling of love being sent my way helped, and continue to help massively.

I learned that it takes about 2 1/2 to 3 days of stopping Cymbalta before the drug completely leaves your system. even then, there are literally hundreds of stories on the internet, and lawsuits out there about what is called, Cymbalta Withdrawal Syndrome. So, while I should be over the worst of the withdrawal by the end of the day, those symptoms can continue for weeks or even months in some people.

The experience of getting off of Cymbalta has been compared to what it likely feels like for a junkie to get off of an illegal drug like cocaine or heroin. I cannot imagine that for the life of me. And, Cymbalta is LEGAL! Doctors write prescriptions for the drug every single day, without properly educating their patients about it. But, I blame that on Eli Lilly, the makers of Cymbalta. They are hiding the real facts from them, thus we as patients don’t know.

The Girl's Got Sole - Nightmare Withdrawal

If I had to do it all over again, or if I have to get back onto another medication other than Savella, you can bet that Cymbalta won’t even be a consideration. I also plan on informing the FDA about my experience, and I hope that others who are also unfortunate like myself do that as well. Just because a drug is legal doesn’t mean that you should let it into your body. Do your homework, I know I plan on being smarter when it comes to this sort of thing going forward.

Flock to Chicago for a Thanksgiving Tradition

The Girl's Got Sole - Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago

Disclaimer: I’m promoting Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

Come out and run a Thanksgiving Tradition in Chicago, the Art Van Turkey Trot! In it’s 41st year, the annual 5k/8k takes place on November 22nd and welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and paces. The event is centered around the Turkey Day Tailgate, so participants will enjoy activities like Corn Hole, Football Toss, Turkey Bowling and much more. There’s also a kids race for the smaller trotters.

All registered participants will receive a limited edition long sleeve race shirt, Free race photos courtesy of Athlinks, Finisher medal for everyone who crosses the finish line, and those 21 years and older will get complimentary beer from LaGunitas Brewing Co. A post-race Turkey Day Tailgate finish festival with post-race food and hot beverages.

The Girl's Got Sole - Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago

The Art Van Turkey Trot supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The donations that come from race participants help the less fortunate during a time of year when needs are greatest. Canned goods will also be collected at packet pickup and on race morning. In previous years, the event has been able to collect over 10,000 pounds of food! You can also opt to help with a cash donation with your race entry. 100% of every donation goes directly to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

The Girl's Got Sole - Turkey Trot Chicago

Register to run the 41st Art Van Turkey Trot Chicago and get in on the Thanksgiving fun! Use discount code BRTurkeyTrot to get bonus RAM Racing sunglasses with your registration.

Workout Recap W/E 9/8/18

Last week’s workouts went pretty well. I did swap Thursday’s run to a gym workout, but that was because I needed the extra sleep. Otherwise, I got my five days of workouts in which I consider a successful week. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

Sunday, September 2nd – Sunday Runday! After moving the day before, I got out for a run with some of the girls. We hit the West Orange Trail and got in 8 miles. It was nice to get out for an easy-paced long run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday run

Monday, September 3rd – Bike workout at the gym. Got in just under 7 miles on the bike for cross-training.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, September 4th – Run with some of my group in Baldwin. Nice tempo 3-miler.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday morning run

Wednesday, September 5th – REST DAY.

Thursday, September 6th – Hit the gym for a bike workout. Did 10 miles, the longest bike workout I’ve done in awhile.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Friday, September 7th – REST DAY.

Saturday, September 8th – Saturday long run with my group. Did 6 miles with most of the group, then added on another 2 miles with one of the other girls for a total of 8 miles. I was feel the best I’ve felt in weeks on a long run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week?

Five on Friday 9/7/18

The Girl's Got Sole - Five on Friday

Well hey there! After moving last Saturday, I have had a non-stop busy week! I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things at my new place. This move was a good thing for me, and I’m happy and positive about the future ahead! 🙂

1. New fibro meds. I went to my general doctor this week after a disappointing visit with my Rheumatologist last month. I wanted to try a new therapy, and was pretty much promptly shot down by the Physician’s Assistant. She seems to be very pro-Lyrica. So, I ask my regular doc if we could wean off of Cymbalta and get off of Lyrica for the new med. She said, sure let’s give it a go. I’m thankful that she has known me for years and listens to me. So, hopefully, the new med will get approved so that I can start it next week.

The Girl's Got Sole - Savella fibro meds

2. Wall of motivation. Now that I’m in my new place, I’m happy to have some of my stuff back on the walls of my room! My last place wouldn’t let me hang up my medals and such, so I have missed that motivation and inspiration. I am especially excited to be able to hang up my TCS NYC Marathon medals! Those are two of my proudest races, especially the 2015 marathon which was my dream race. No more bare white walls!

The Girl's Got Sole - Race medals

3. Toby on instagram. I’d love for you to follow my sweet, smart budgie on his new Instagram page! I started it last month, and plan on posting more videos in the coming weeks now that we have moved. Check his page out and follow him if you can please. Daily cuteness guaranteed! 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Toby Mac budgie

4. Eating in check. A goal I have for this month (started this week already) is to get my eating and healthy journey back in check. While I have continued my workout regime, I’ve slipped on my eating and I don’t like that. I still want to drop a few pounds (ultimate goal is 8lbs), so gotta get serious! It’s never an easy thing, but I know I feel so much better when I eat better and weigh a bit less.

The Girl's Got Sole - Healthy eating

5. Half marathon training. My training has been going well. I am on track with with training, and I’ve got my next long run next weekend. Upcoming races are the PNC Atlanta 10-Miler on October 21st, then Wine & Dine Half Marathon on November 4th as a pacer for the 3:15 finish time. After that, it’s my goal race, OUC Orlando Half Marathon on December 1st. I’m looking forward to all of my races, but the Atlanta 10-Miler is definitely one I look forward to doing, as I get to get out of state for a long weekend and meet some runner friends I’ve only talked to online!

The Girl's Got Sole - Group training run

Recent 10 mile training run with my group.

*** I’m linking up with the Friday Five! Be sure to check out the link-up and the hosts, Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness. ***

The Girl's Got Sole - Friday Five link-up

The World’s Grumpiest 5k

The Girl's Got Sole - Grumpy Cat's World's Grumpiest 5k

I’ve been selected to be a brand rep for the newest virtual race series from Run with Character! Grumpy Cat’s World’s Grumpiest 5k!

It’s going to be a lot of fun! I don’t even think our mascot, Grumpy Cat will be quite as grumpy after this race series! With your participation in the World’s Grumpiest 5k, you will also be helping the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando! This awesome charity has been helping cats, dogs and the people who love them since 1937. Pet Alliance provides safe and caring homes for the animals while they wait for permanent homes. Also, the Pet Alliance provides free food and veterinary care to low-income senior citizens, and helping people find pet-friendly housing options and more. Learn more about the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando by visiting their website.

Registering for the World’s Grumpiest 5k has two options. One, is Grumpy Cat’s Capnap Bag which includes official medal, sticker and bib. The second option is Grumpy Cat’s Chow Box, which includes what you get with the Catnap Bag, but also, a signed Grumpy Cat card, coaster, enamel pin, and custom box. You can also sign up your pet to run/walk the virtual with you!

The Girl's Got Sole - World's Grumpiest 5k

What would this fun series be without official race gear? Some of the funniest shirts are available in the product shop featuring Grumpy Cat! You just have to check out how cute and fun the designs are! The shop has something for everyone. One of my favorites is the Grumpy Cat Running Emojis shirt.

Sign up today for Grumpy Cat’s World’s Grumpiest 5k, and save 10% off with discount code GC10SHANNON. You can also use the code toward any Grumpy Cat products on the site.

Almost moving time!

The Girl's Got Sole - Almost Moving Time

I hate moving. Who truly likes it anyway? The whole process of packing up where you are now, loading up the car/moving van, and then driving to the new place and unloading and unpacking it all is such a pain! Talk about stressful.

This coming Saturday, September 1st, I’m moving yet again. It was this time last year that I moved to the place that I’m in now. But, it’s been less than a good experience for me. So, I’m happy to be moving out this weekend. I think the new place will be much better for me, especially from a health standpoint.

I have been struggling this year, and I believe a part of that has to with where I’ve been living. It’s not good for me with my fibromyalgia issues, mental health as well as spiritual well-being. I prayed about the decision to move where I am going, and I believe it’s the right thing for me to do.

I’m extremely hopeful that I can get back a lot of my lost motivation next month. Looking forward to seeing how great the last months of 2018 can be!

DC Wonder Woman Run Virtual!

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Virtual

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

Big news! If you can’t make it out to California to run/walk one of the Wonder Woman runs, you can now participate virtually! Register for the virtual DC Wonder Woman 10k or 5k and get in your miles between November 4th through November 30th.

Virtual race registration includes a race kit (two options, with a tank or tech tee) and Inaugural DC Wonder Woman Run finisher’s medal. Your race packet will be mailed to you before 11/4. Then, you can also upgrade your kit! Upgrade includes official visor, Wonder Woman cape socks, tattoos and a car magnet.

The DC Wonder Woman virtual run is $39 through 10/10/18. If you want the full package, aka the superhero upgrade kit, it’s an additional $29. You can save 10% off registration with discount code WWBIBRAVE!

Ladies, let’s get our superhero on!!!

The Girl's Got Sole - Wonder Woman Run

Dear Younger Me

The Girl's Got Sole - Dear Younger Me

(Inspired by fellow Skirt Sport sister and blogger friend, Sandy at The Ultra Freak, I decided to do my own letter to myself. At least one at age 40 to a younger me.)

Believe in yourself. You are truly stronger than you know. You CAN do amazing things. With God, all things truly ARE possible! Don’t limit yourself because something is hard or seems scary.

Speaking of God, He is the most important part of your life. Your trust and faith in Him will lead you on the path you were meant to be on.

The Girl's Got Sole - Younger Me

Ignore the naysayers. Those that belittle you and your dreams, or your way of thinking. They are toxic and will only bring you down. Nothing good comes from those negative people.

Friends come and go. If they were truly friends, they will still be there through the ups and downs. If not, they were not a real friend, just a lesson you had to learn on your life journey.

The Girl's Got Sole - Younger me

Sports is something you are capable of. When you are playing Little League, realize that you love the thrill that it gives you. One day, you will run more than bases.

Finding love will be hard. Trust in the values mom and dad taught you, and know that it’s going to take time. It’s not a fairy-tale or like they depict it to be in the movies.

The Girl's Got Sole - Younger me

Math. It sucks and you will never really like doing it. That said, buckle down and learn the whole x + y = whatever stuff as early as possible. Later, it’s going to be more difficult to figure out. Sadly though, the fact is, you will never need to know anything about x or y because you won’t use it.

Stop hating yourself. No one is perfect, nor do they have a perfect body. God made us all perfect in His own image. Disliking yourself will cause you to miss fun stuff like Prom. Embrace who you are. Weight can be gained and lost, but moments in your childhood can’t be repeated or re-lived.

The Girl's Got Sole - Younger me

You CAN write. Don’t let any teacher tell you anything different. If they do, smile and realize how wrong this guy is and know some people just like to attempt to ruin your dreams.

Go to college. Yes, you do go, but shoot higher than the community college level. If you can go away to college, do it. That experience will be something you will wish you did one day.

The Girl's Got Sole - Younger Me

Most of all, live life to the fullest each day. Be yourself, and those who truly love you will always be by your side. Hug your family, and try to never go to bed angry or in the middle of a fight with them. Spend as much time with them as you can. One day, they may not be there anymore. We don’t keep items, only memories and love. Have fun and be sure to never lose your sense of humor and laughter from your life. 🙂