Race Recap: Virtual DC Wonder Woman 10k

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Disclaimer: I received an entry into the 2020 Virtual DC Wonder Woman 10k 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 October 3rd, I ran my virtual DC Wonder Woman 10k race. This was the second time I was able to run the Wonder Woman 10k Run. I really really love the theme and swag for this race series. This year, the race has a 1/4 long sleeve zip which is awesome. Looking forward to wearing it when it gets cold here in Florida.

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

I ran my 10k with my training group, and actually ended up doing 10 miles total that morning. The best part of the morning was the cooler temps! It was about 69 degrees when I started my run at 6am. The only issue I had was some slight heel pain in my left foot in the last mile of the 10k. It calmed down by mile 6ish though, thankfully.

The best part after running a virtual race is getting to put that bling around your neck! No, it’s not the same as a real race finish line, and being handed a medal, but I still love working for that beautiful bling! The Wonder Woman medal doesn’t disappoint! It’s one of my favorite virtual medals of the year.

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

You can still register for the DC Wonder Woman 10k or 5k virtual races! Head over to the race website and sign up by 11/1/20. This is one fun virtual race you will want to get in on!

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run


Check out my DC Wonder Woman Run swag unboxing video

Health Journey Update

The Girl's Got Sole - Health Journey Update

A couple of weeks ago, I re-ignited my health journey to lose weight. I felt like I needed to get back on track, as I was allowing myself to make some not-so-great food choices. They weren’t bad foods, but I was allowing myself to for example, eat a bunch of pretzels with hummus. I was not controlling my portions. For me, that is key to remain and stay successful.

Back in late 2008/early 2009 when lost my 75+ pounds, counting calories and portion control was vital to my plan. It was then that I learned about calories in, calories out, and how many of said calories I could burn with and without exercise. The calorie-counting became a normal thing for me for a long time. I did it to lose the weight, and kept doing it for years after.

I don’t know the exact time I started to not be so diligent in my food logging and all, but it probably happened over a period of time. I always had a general idea of what I was eating, but eventually, that just wasn’t good enough. You can easily “forget” you ate that extra cookie, or not count out how many chips you can eat with your sandwich. Those things matter when you are consuming more calories than you are burning in a given day.

Anyway, the bottom line for me is, I need to stay on top of my food logging to be successful. It works for me. It may not be that way for everyone, but you gotta stick with what works.

The Girl's Got Sole - Health Journey Update

My health journey is going well. I have not been staying on plan and logging my food in MyFitnessPal. I am not buying any of my “trigger” snack foods right now. These are things that I know I have trouble portioning out. Instead, I am eating more veggies (always a good thing), and getting back into my smoothies again. I’m also taking my daily multi-vitamin (got away from taking it), apple cider vinegar gummies, BCAAs, Tonalin CLA, and Garcinia Cambogia.

The goal is to not only get myself back on track nutritional-wise, but to lose 5-8lbs. I know it won’t be easy, but I know I feel better when I’m not only eating right and taking my needed supplements, but when I fit into my clothes better. That’s my motivation, to feel better from the inside out.

Product Review: SiS Gels

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Disclaimer: I received Science in Sport gels 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’m constantly on the lookout for a running fuel that works for me. I’ve had some successes the last 9 years, but more not-so-great gels/fuels than anything. When given the opportunity to review Science in Sport gels as a BibRavePro, I was in.

SiS gels are the world’s first isotonic gel delivering a digestible and quick supply of carbohydrates for energy during exercise. Each gel contains 22 grams of carbs and the isotonic formula making them easy to consume without water. They are designed to be absorbed quickly into your gut, giving you fast energy during your run or workout. SiS gels are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and wheat-free.

The Girl's Got Sole - SiS gels product review

I have been using a gel on my long runs the last few weeks, and I really like them. I’ve tried the raspberry, pineapple, and orange flavors. I was iffy on the pineapple flavor, because honestly, I couldn’t imagine a gel in that flavor, but it surprised me. The pineapple gel is pretty good! It’s not overpowering or too sweet. All the flavors go down easy, and they don’t upset my stomach.

*** Taking an SiS gel during my recent virtual half marathon ***

The raspberry flavor also contains added electrolytes to aid in hydration. The orange flavor has 75mg of caffeine for an added mental and physical boost. And, the pineapple flavor is the basic isotonic energy gel formula. I appreciate the extra options some of the gel flavors give you, because sometimes you need a little caffeine on the run!

I am going to be adding SiS gels into my regular training and eventually racing regime. They are on my top run fuel list now. You can check out the gels for yourself, and save 20% off with discount code BIBRAVE20GEL.

The Girl's Got Sole - SiS gels product review

~~~ Check out my fellow BibRavePro’s reviews of the SiS gels! ~~~
** Steph, aka BlueGrassBAMR
** Kimberly, aka Kim Runs on the Fly
** Sarah, aka Running for Beers
** Amanda, aka Retro Running Mom
** Phil, aka Heel Striker
** Scott, aka Beast Coast Trail Running
** GokuRunner’s Taste Test on YouTube

I’m an RRCA Certified Coach!

The Girl's Got Sole - RRCA Coach

I’m happy to announce that I am now a certified distance running coach with the Road Runners Club of America! I was able to take the online class last month and then took the exam a couple of weeks later.

The RRCA class is two days long, both Saturday and Sunday, and typically done in-person. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, they have offered online classes this year. I took the class on August 15th-16th. Then, did my exam on September 3rd after taking some time to study. It wasn’t an easy exam, but I’m thankful to have passed and gotten it done.

The Girl's Got Sole - RRCA certification class

My hope now is to do some coaching with a few clients, and then maybe do a group or something in the near future. I’d love to lead a training program. I’m most familiar with the Galloway training program, but I’m making sure to know a variety of training programs. I want to be well-versed in whatever a client may need. Everyone is different.

If you are looking for a running coach, drop me a message! I’d love to help out! You don’t have to be in Central Florida, I’m available to train online and via other methods that aren’t in person. Just send me an email to discuss.

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I Will Never Forget

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19 years ago. 19 years ago, our country was attacked by terrorists. I remember that day almost as if it were yesterday. I promised myself that I would NEVER FORGET that day.

On September 11, 2001, the United States lost 2,996 lives and more than 6,000 people were injured. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center twin towers in NYC, a third plane hit the Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C. and a fourth plane crashed in a field located in Shanksville, PA. 19 terrorists associated with an al Qaeda extremist group were behind the deadly attacks.

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I recall waking up on September 11th to our country being under attack. I could not believe what I was seeing on my television screen. It felt like I was watching a big Hollywood action movie. But, this was no fictional film, it was real life. Our country has not been the same since that awful day.

We must never forget that day in our country’s history. We owe it to those whose lives were lost to always remember. No matter how much time, how many years come and go, we must never forget 9/11/01.

The Girl's Got Sole - 9/11 Never Forget

I will NEVER FORGET. God Bless the Police, Firefighters, First Responders, and all the Heroes that emerged that day.

Where were you on 9/11/01? Please feel free to share your memory from that day in the comments if you’d like.

Giveaway: Mind/Miles Gear

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I recently learned about an awesome local running apparel company, Mind/Miles. It’s created by fellow Orlando area runners, Jason and Andrea. They have created a line of merchandise designed for the dedicated runner to share their accomplishments and hard work. Their tag line: It’s a Mindset…it’s a lifestyle.

A fellow runner friend through my Galloway training program connected me with them, and I am excited to be able to wear some of their gear as I train for my next races… whenever that may be. 🙂 I love being able to support a local business, and share their awesome gear with you all.

They gave me the opportunity to giveaway a couple of items currently available in their online shop. I’ve got a medium long sleeve men’s shirt and water bottle to giveaway to a lucky blog follower! Simply comment your favorite piece of gear/apparel from their online shop, and you can win. Additional entries for other social shares. Be sure to comment though, that’s a requirement to be eligible to win.

The Girl's Got Sole - Mind/Miles giveaway

Black long sleeve shirt & water bottle.

Good luck, and I hope you check out their website! I just love the Mind Over Miles tag line! I’ve got the It’s a Mindset shirt coming soon, and I can’t wait to wear it!

***** Giveaway ends on September 16th at midnight. You must be in the United States to be eligible to win. Good luck! *****

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Product Review: Body Helix Face Mask

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Disclaimer: I received a Body Helix Ultra Light Face Mask 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 will say it upfront, I’m not a fan of wearing masks. I feel like I can’t breathe well with them on, and my glasses always get fogged up. That said, when we were offered an opportunity to review a face mask by Body Helix, I opted in. Since I have to wear one during the pandemic whenever I am shopping and out in public, I’ve been on the lookout for something comfortable and doesn’t feel like it will labor my breathing.

The Girl's Got Sole - Body Helix Face Mask review

The design of the Body Helix Ultra Light face mask got me interested. It isn’t like any mask I’ve seen out there. The company states that the mask is ultra-light fabric, at 0.5mm, making it ideal for hot temperatures; disposable filters making it safer and easily breathable; an optional nasal bridge wire strip to control air leakage which can be an issue leading to glasses fogging. Further, the large over-the-ear strap design cuts down on discomfort on the ears, and the mask itself is created with a non-slip fabric, allowing it to fit more snugly.

When I first received the mask, I was impressed with the feel of it. It really is super light and has a soft feel to it. I did an “unboxing” video on my YouTube channel with my first impressions on it. I really liked the nose bridge because it conformed better to my face, making my glasses fog less.

Since, I’ve been wearing the mask whenever I go out for errands and what have you. Honestly, I just couldn’t run or workout in it. Just didn’t work for me. But, I know some of my fellow BibRavePros did, and I will link to their reviews/thoughts at the bottom of this blog post. I’m pretty fortunate in that I don’t have to run in a mask in my state. We only have to wear them inside businesses and whenever we cannot properly social distance.

The Girl's Got Sole - Body Helix face mask review

I’ve gotten some good use of my Body Helix face mask when I go out to Target or the grocery store. Overall, I have liked it. It is the most comfortable mask I’ve tried thus far, and I don’t feel so restricted in it that I can’t breathe. Cloth masks, while I like all of the neat designs, have been mostly miss for me, I’m just not as comfortable in them. My only issue with the Body Helix mask is that I had some issues with the filter making my nose itchy. And, trying to scratch your face with a mask on is pretty difficult. It’s like an itch you just can’t properly scratch.

You can check out the Body Helix Ultra Light Face Mask on their website, and save 15% off any order of $40 or more with discount code, “BR15.”

The Girl's Got Sole - Body Helix Ultra Light Face Mask

Check out my fellow BibRavePro friends’ reviews of the Ultra Light Face Mask from Body Helix:
* Bluegrass BAMR (Stephanie)
* Fun Size Athlete (Jessica)
* TMilesAndRunning (Teddy)
* Charline Woods Runs Like a Voss (Charline)
* Scootadoot (Meredith)

Weekly Rundown: W/E 8/29/20

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Where did August go? This month seems to have gone by faster than previous months to me. This was the last full week of the month, and it ended well. Got in all of my scheduled workouts, and even took my exam for the RRCA Coaching Certification. It was a hard one, and took me 3 1/2 hours to complete. More on that in another blog post. 🙂

Sunday, August 23rd – Bike workout at home. Was able to get in just over 11 miles while I watched one of my favorite shows, Law & Order: SVU.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Monday, August 24th – Another 11 mile bike workout done before I had to log into work.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, August 25th – Run day. This was a rough morning, as the humidity was thick. Goal was race pace, but with the weather conditions, I knew that was not going to happen. Was just glad to get in negative splits.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, August 26th – REST DAY.

Thursday, August 27th – Track Thursday. Two miles of 800s with a mile of walking between my warm up and cool down. My pace was pretty good, happy with this one.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday Track

Friday, August 28th – REST DAY.

Saturday, August 29th – Long run with my group for 8 miles. Another hot, humid morning, and it was a bit of a struggle at times. Felt a bit better in the latter miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

How were your workouts last week?

I Can Do All Things Through Christ…

The Girl's Got Sole - I can do all things through Christ

It’s more than a Bible verse, it’s something I tell myself day after day. Reminding myself of that Bible verse during the hard times, whether that be running a marathon, or pushing through a rough patch in my life, it’s all about HIM. My faith, knowing that God’s got me, and that He is always by my side is a blessing.

I can’t tell you how many times that I felt like I couldn’t get through a part of a day… or, run another mile. Life is not meant to be easy, but it is better and manageable with God.

In 2013 at the WDW Marathon Weekend race expo, I met Chris Gillespie and learned about TEAM 413- GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES. I loved that there was a ministry for endurance athletes out there. That weekend, I picked up a TEAM 413 wristband, and wore it during my race the next morning.

Fast-forward to 8 years later, I can’t imagine not having TEAM 413 in it. It begins with a simple mission, to get out there and share the love of Christ with other endurance athletes, and becomes so much more. At the core of TEAM 413 is the shirt. The front of each reads, “One more breath, one more step, one more mile, finish line…” The back has the Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413

I can’t imagine a world, a marathon running world without TEAM 413 -GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES in it. Due to the current state of things with the Covid-19 pandemic, it has all but shut down running races as we know it. That’s why getting out there and sharing is more important than ever. This means, praying and continuing to share the love of Christ in our own backyard where you currently run or workout. It also means that the ministries needs donations. With race expos gone, the main income center of TEAM 413 is non-existent. If you are able to make any sort of donation this year, and/or buy a shirt, please do so. It all helps keep TEAM 413 going and afloat.

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During the 2015 NYC Marathon, wearing my TEAM 413 shirt.

I’d also love to hear your stories if you have them about how TEAM 413 and/or your faith have gotten you through a training run, a race or a tough journey in your life. Feel free to share in the comments, or you can email me directly if you prefer to keep it private. And, if I can ever pray for you, please let me know.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to TEAM 413 GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES through the image link below.
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Race Recap: Scooby Doo Family & Pet Virtual Run

The Girl's Got Sole - Scooby Doo Family & Pet Virtual Run

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Scooby Doo Family & Pet 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!

On Saturday, August 22nd, I ran the virtual Scooby Door Virtual Run 10k. I had been “training” my puppy pal, Honey to run a bit with me, but unfortunately, she wasn’t up for the challenge. She did end up doing a mile of walking with me, so that accomplishment, along with her cuteness factor earned her a Scooby Doo collar. 🙂

The Grl's Got Sole - Scooby Doo Virtual Run

Even if I couldn’t really run with my furry pal, I had a great time running my 10k. I was able to do the run with some of my Galloway training group, so that in and of itself is a good time.

My run started at just before 6am, and it was kept at a conversational pace. I enjoyed great conversation, a beautiful sunrise, and even a rainbow. It was the highlight of my Saturday morning. I love seeing the world wake up during a run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Scooby Doo Virtual Run

In the weeks leading up to the actual virtual run, I really did enjoy taking Honey out for “training walks” in our neighborhood. She is a great walking buddy, well, that is, when she’s not stopping to smell stuff. Those little legs can sure move when she wants to get them going! 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Scooby Doo Virtual Run

I really love the Scooby Doo swag from this virtual. You get an awesome hoodie long-sleeve tech shirt, a water bottle, bib and of course a nice medal. Was able to get the upgrade to the dog collar for Honey. It’s a bit big for a small pup such as herself, so I think we are going to give it to her friend, Stella (who is a bigger dog). The bandana would be better for the smaller furry friends.

You can still register yourself, your family and pups for the 5k or 10k virtual races. Head over to https://www.scoobydoorun.com/virtual/ to sign up by October 3, 2020. This is a fun run perfect for everyone.

The Girl's Got Sole - Scooby Doo Virtual Run