Product Review: CTM Band

The Girl's Got Sole - CTM Band review

Disclaimer: I received the CTM Band 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!

When I had the opportunity to review a new recovery tool, I raised my hand. I love trying out new ways to relieve my muscles after a run or workout. CTM Band is a new innovative approach to the way we recover. The CTM Band definitely has a look and style like nothing else out there.

The Girl's Got Sole - CTM Band

The creator of the CTM Band, Dr Kyle Bowling, has combined compression, tension and movement into one device. This increases blood flow and relieves muscular tension. A foam roller or stick roller just can’t get deep enough into tight spots to fully relieve your soreness. Benefits of the CTM Band include: Relief of muscle spasms, knots, speedier muscle recovery, increase in range of motion, and breaks up scar tissue.

Since being diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis late last year, I’m always on the look out for ways to alleviate my pain. The CTM Band has helped with my PF. I noticed a difference from when I would use it after a run/hard workout or not. I accidentally left my CTM Band at home when I went to run a half marathon, and I knew my recovery would be easier if I had it to use post-race.

There are many ways to use the CTM Band. You can use it for your calf, shoulder, shin splints, the quadriceps, elbow, hamstring, Achilles, calf pain, and Plantar Fasciitis. There is a section of the product’s website with how-to videos for all of those issues. The section also shows you how tight the band should be, and how to modify the CTM Band depending upon what you’re treating.

I’m not the best about my stretching/rolling after a workout, but the CTM Band makes that process so easy. Just wrap it around whatever area you need, and two minutes later, you’re done! So easy to keep moving it from different areas of my legs as I watch TV! All I have to do is keeping moving or stretching in some way.

You can order your own CTM Band and save 20% off by using code CTMBIBRAVE at checkout. This offer won’t last forever, so get on it soon if you want to experience all that the CTM Band has to offer.

The Girl's Got Sole - CTM Band

In case you’d like some other thoughts on the CTM Band, you can check out my fellow BibRavePro’s reviews:
**Mary Jo

It’s My Birthday!

…and, I haven’t done anything special. It’s okay, my plan is to do something fun this weekend. I unfortunately had to work today, then I took a much needed nap. The latter really made me happy. Funny how the small things mean so much the older we get!

Hoping to go see the new Avengers movie on Saturday, Infinity War. I’m a huge geek, especially when it comes to the comic book movies. Especially with the good-looking men in those movies (I’m a huge Tony Stark fan), there’s always some nice eye candy kicking butt! πŸ™‚

And, a favorite TV show, Code Black finally returns tonight! It’s like a birthday gift from CBS to me! I’ve got a fun dinner coming up next Saturday with some of my running group. They are taking me out, and I definitely can’t wait to spend some time laughing and hanging out with some of my favorite people when we aren’t sweaty. Ha!

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes, they all make me smile! πŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - It's my birthday

Monday Musings 4/23/18

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday Musings

Where did the weekend go? Feels like it went by at light speed! I had a blast though pacing the 2018 Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon yesterday. I paced the 3:30 finish time and enjoyed helping runners achieve their goals. I even met some first-time half marathoners! That is always cool!

After having oral surgery to remove my top two wisdom teeth last Monday, I was glad to finally start feeling like myself again. I actually did good on the day of surgery, even was able to watch the Boston Marathon coverage! The next day went well, and it seemed my discomfort came on later in the week, like day 4. I hated having to take the pain medication again after stopping it on the 2nd day, but it did help when I had to work. By Saturday morning, I felt more like myself again.

The Girls Got Sole - Today is the oldest

Since I had the surgery last week, my workouts were less than usual. I ended up doing CT on Sunday before the procedure, then resting Monday and Tuesday. I’m stubborn though, so I went to the gym on Wednesday morning before work for some CT on the bike. I then felt okay enough to get in a 3 mile run on Thursday morning with some of my group. On Friday, I went back into the gym for more CT before work. Then, Saturday was a rest day since I had the half marathon on Sunday.

This is a funky week for me. By that, I mean I turn 40 in a couple of days, and I’ve got a mixed bag of feelings going on about that. It hit me again on Saturday when I picked up my bib for the race. It said, age 39. My last race as a 39-year-old. Is it weird that 40 is bugging me like this? I guess it’s a milestone number sort of thing. That and that I don’t FEEL like I’m going to be 40. Where did the time go?

Anyway, let’s make it a great week! πŸ™‚

Track Your Race Results With Athlinks

The Girl's Got Sole - Athlinks

Disclaimer: I am promoting Athlinks as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review or find race reviews.

All of your race results and stats are in one place with Athlinks. If you haven’t heard of Athlinks, or aren’t utilizing it, you’ll definitely want to start! It’s easy to find, claim and share your race results. Best of all, it’s FREE!

If you aren’t already signed up, you’ll want to do that first. Athlinks allows you to use your email, Facebook or Google account. Then, it’s time to claim your results. Race results are constantly being added, so anything from the last 10 years to present is right at your fingertips.

The Girl's Got Sole - Athlinks

Your personal records and statistics are easily visible on your personal profile. You can see your marathon, half marathon, 15k, 10k and 5k PRs. It will show you how you rank in each race event as well. Your statistics include how many races you have done, miles run, and Athlinks rank. Follow your friends who are also on the site, and also see who your rivals are. It’s basically a little competition fun among friends.

Quickly research an upcoming event to add to your race schedule, find race results, or just look for information about a race via the search option. In addition to the website, Athlinks has it’s own app for both Apple and Android. This makes it handy keeping your stats at your fingertips.

The Girl's Got Sole - Athlinks

So, if you aren’t already utilizing Athlinks, get on the bandwagon. It’s a great resource for runners for all your race stats. Sign up and get your results!

Support TEAM 413!

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413

Have you heard of TEAM 413? If you’ve been running for any length of time, you’ve likely spotted the shirts out on the race courses. The back of the shirts especially stands out if a TEAM 413 member is in front of you. Each one has the Bible verse, Philippians 4:13 on it: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

TEAM 413 – GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES is the world’s largest ministry for endurance athletes. It’s mission is to share the love of Christ with all along each of our journeys. The ministries exists to promote the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the athlete as we run in road races all across the country.

I discovered TEAM 413 at a runDisney expo back in 2013. Ever since, I’ve supported the ministry as much as I could. I love wearing my TEAM 413 shirts out there for races and training runs. I always get comments about how much the verse on my back has inspired someone pushing through the miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413 shirt

Right now, TEAM 413 needs our help. TEAM 413 – GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES is operated on a small budget. The group can only continue it’s ministry at racing events around the country through donations. All the funds donated are used to rent expo booth space, travel, and to financially aid runners who have significant personal needs.

So, if you have ever felt inspired by a TEAM 413 shirt out on a race course, please consider making a donation. This is truly a ministry that we need to keep going. It’s been around going on 15 years, and I can’t imagine the running community without TEAM 413 in it. I know it is very important to me.

The Girl's Got Sole - Make a donation to Team 413

Birthday Month

The Girl's Got Sole - Birthday Month

April is my birthday month. Normally, I don’t think about the entire month this much, but since I’m hitting a new landmark age, it’s been on my mind. So hard to believe that I’ll be 40 in 7 days… yicks!

Where did the time go? I cannot believe that I’ve been around this long. LOL! I most definitely don’t feel like I’m almost 40 years old, that’s for sure. Being more fit and healthy through losing weight a few years ago and being a runner going on 7 years helps I think. Running makes you feel more alive and younger in my opinion. πŸ™‚

The only thing that I haven’t found through the years as of yet is love. Never thought I’d still be single at this age. But, God hasn’t showed me the right man just yet. I admit, I have asked Him how much longer I have to be patient, because hey, that 4-0 is right around the corner now! I trust in the Lord to know what He’s doing and I believe that He has kept me away from those ‘not so good ones.’

The Girl's Got Sole - Warning Turning 40

Besides finding love, what am I wishing for? Well, I never tend to get much for my birthday, and that’s okay. For me, it’s all about family, friends and the memories created with those you love. My running group is going to take me out in a couple of weeks for dinner, and I am very much looking forward to an evening with these “sole mates.” I’ve run so many miles with these girls and I have so much love and respect for each and every one of them.

If I had a birthday wish list though, it would have a few things I’ve had my eye on. Biggest of which is a 261 Fearless Friend membership. Running the 2017 NYC Marathon with Team 261 Fearless last November was so special, and I really want to maintain a connection with the 261 Fearless family. The membership gives you access to the 261 Fearless community, and with the 261 Fearless Ambassador program gone, I miss that so very much.

Otherwise, I tend to look at running stuff (ha, what a surprise, right?) mostly. I love just about anything NYC after running that marathon twice, and of course Skirt Sports everything. I do have an Amazon wish list too, because you never know when someone might want to send a surprise (hey, a girl can dream, right? LOL).

How about you, is this a big birthday year for you? How do you usually celebrate?

122nd Boston Marathon

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Boston Marathon Finish Line

(photo: Boston Marathon)

The 2018 Boston Marathon is on Monday, marking the 122nd year of the iconic marathon. As a runner, I will always have a dream of running the Boston Marathon. I always thought that the NYC Marathon was my dream race, and while it was, I admit I would love to one day run Boston.

This year, I’ve got a number of friends running the Boston Marathon, and I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them. Each one, no matter if they are a first-timer or repeat Boston runner, are all amazing. I love being able to track friends on race day from Hopkinton to Boston. It has to be a journey of 26.2 like no other.

In the elite field, this year, there’s 46 athletes from 13 countries running. American Galen Rupp, who took 2nd in Boston last year, along with the 2017 Boston Marathon Champion, Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya return. Lelisa Desisa and Lemi Berhanu, both from Ethiopia who recently finished 3rd and 4th in the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon. As well as Tamirat Tola (Ethiopia), Shadrick Biwott (American), and Wilson Chebet (Kenyan) are in the men’s field. For the women, Kenyan Edna Kiplagat leads the field, returning to defend her 2017 Boston Marathon win. Deena Kastor, Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden, and Jordan Hasay are representing the U.S. along with Molly Huddle.

Shalane Flanagan recently won the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, and Desiree Linden missed winning Boston in 2011 by just two seconds. Both women have really wanted to win Boston. I would love to see Flanagan take it this year, especially after her amazing NYC Marathon performance. I also think that Galen Rupp will definitely give the Kenyans a run for their money this year.

The Girl's Got Sole - Boston Marathon

For all the information on TV coverage and live internet streaming, head to the event website. And, runner tracking is available through AT&T Athlete Alerts.

A Change in Plans

Unfortunately, I’ve had to cancel my trip to Nashville. I was very much looking forward to visiting Music City USA and running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon on April 28th, so this disappoints me.

Late last week, I cracked a tooth. It’s a wisdom tooth and it needs to be extracted. I’ve still got my two top wisdom teeth, so both will be removed on Monday. This is going to require oral surgery and a couple of days off from work, the days off I had set for Nashville. I had planned on flying out Thursday night and coming back on Monday. As with most jobs these days, my PTO hours for vacation are also the days that I use for sick time. Thus my having to cancel Nashville.

The Girl's Got Sole - Change of Plans

Thankfully, I am a part of an amazing group of people within BibRave, and they understand my need to DNS the race. I hope to do another Rock ‘n’ Roll race soon, as I’ve been anxious to run the series. With an airline voucher credit from this canceled trip, maybe I can make that happen in the Fall. I admit, I’m considering Philadelphia, Savannah, Las Vegas and Dallas.

My surgery is set for early Monday morning. I’m actually not nervous about the surgery itself, just a little unsure how recovery might be. Not to mention that I will likely have to do a “replay” of the Boston Marathon since I doubt I will be awake a whole heck of a lot during it (ha yeah, I’m sure I will be sleeping). I’ve got a few friends running it, so hoping I can somehow be alert enough to track them on my phone.

The Girl's Got Sole - Wisdom tooth

I am out of running all next week, but fortunately, will be good to go for Sunday, April 22nd. Will be more than ready to get my running shoes on to pace the 2018 Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon. It’s now the only race I’ve got on the calendar for the remainder of this month. With my birthday three days later, I’m going to consider it my birthday race for this year. Celebrating with a runDisney race sounds great to me!

For those hoping to meet me in Nashville, sorry about the change in plans! I wish you all the best running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k races that weekend. I know you’re going to have a blast! Hopefully, we can meet up at another race soon.

Workout Recap W/E: 4/7

Last week was a bit difficult at the start, but by the end of the week, things were looking up. I ended up taking Sunday off, which I never do unless I did a long run the day before. I was just tired and took it easy instead. But, I made up for it later in the week.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday morning run group

Sunday, April 1st – REST DAY.

Monday, April 2nd – Bike workout before work. Felt okay, and knew since I hadn’t worked out the day before I had to get in some kind of cardio.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, April 3rd – Run after work. This was my really rough day, dealt with anxiety issues and a migraine that morning. Was glad to have gotten in a run later in the day with a friend after having to miss it that morning.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday evening run

Wednesday, April 4th – Start of my better workouts with a morning sweaty bike workout at the gym.

The Girl's Got Sole - Wednesday bike

Thursday, April 5th – Morning run with some of my group. A lot better of a run than I had on Tuesday. I felt like I had more energy in the tank.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday morning run

Friday, April 6th – REST DAY.

Saturday, April 7th – Long run day. Got in 10 miles in preparation for my two half marathons later this month. Did 4 miles with my friend, Jenny before we met up with the rest of the group for 6 more miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week?

Ultimate Coffee Date – April 2018

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

It’s time for another Ultimate Coffee Date sponsored by Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Coco at Got2Run4Me. It’s a virtual coffee (or tea or whatever your favorite beverage is) date with fellow bloggers. Be sure to check out the link-up!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… it’s been a bit of a rough start to the month. I thought my parakeet, Toby was sick on Tuesday and almost had to take him to the vet. He wasn’t acting like himself at all, being quiet and sleeping a lot. Then, I realized with the help of a friend the issue was with the food I had given him. I got a slightly different size and he refused to eat it. Apparently, starving himself was better than trying it? So, for about 24 hours, he hadn’t eaten. While I was figuring all this out, he gave me an anxiety attack. He’s my baby, and I couldn’t fathom losing him. Pets can be so fussy! I’m thankful he is okay and just a brat. :p

The Girl's Got Sole - Toby bird

My silly baby bird, Toby

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I just lost a filling in my far back top tooth yesterday. No clue how exactly it happened, but I now have a dentist appointment on Monday. I’m awful about going to the dentist like I should, so I am sure I’ve got some other work to be done. Guess I’ll get to know this new dentist soon.

The Girl's Got Sole - Weight loss journey

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I’ve lost a pound and a half! I’m so happy that I’m finally getting somewhere with dropping some weight. I’m now about 8lbs from my goal weight, where I was in 2015 when I was training for the NYC Marathon. I felt my best then, and I just want to get back to that. While it’s not all about the number on the scale, I would be kidding you if I didn’t say I have a number I’m trying to get back down to. I also know that my clothes feel better when I’m about a certain weight.

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

How about you, what would you tell me if we were having coffee?
Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚