Orlando Galloway: Season 6

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On June 3rd, the 2017/2018 Orlando Galloway Training Program will begin. Kick-off takes place at Glenridge Middle School on the track, starting at 6:30am.

This will be my 6th season with the Orlando Galloway training group (4th as a pace group leader), and I am looking forward to another fun season. Many good friendships have emerged from running with the group, and for me, the social aspect and support I get from the program is priceless.

This morning, I ran my magic mile on the track with five others from the group. We warmed up by walking a couple of laps before lining up to run our mile. I admit, I don’t look forward to running a magic mile before each season begins (it’s tough thing, LOL). It’s an all-out effort to run your best and fastest for four laps of the track, aka one mile. Jeff Galloway uses this as an indicator of what you are capable of in say a half marathon or marathon. Also, it helps you see what paces you should be doing for your training runs.

The Girl's Got Sole - Magic Mile

By the half-way point of my magic mile, I knew I wasn’t going to pull out a better time than I did last season. I could see I was at least 10-15 seconds off from that, and while I did push a bit more, I didn’t want to overdo it. Galloway states that while you need to go all-out for your magic mile, he is against puking. I’m also against puking, so I stayed below that threshold.

I ended up finishing my magic mile in 10:28 this time around. Compared to the 10:13 I was able to do in June of 2016, it was definitely not my best. But, I finished proud of myself. While I know I can do better, considering everything that has been going on with moving and my thyroid, I am okay with it. I do plan on doing another magic mile in probably August, maybe September. I would like to see where I am before I run NYC for sure.

If you are looking for a great running group to train with and you are in Central Florida, check out Orlando Galloway! There’s still plenty of time to register and join us. If you are in another location, check out Jeff Galloway’s website to see if there’s a training group near you.

Life Update

Apologizes for my lack of posts lately. I just moved over the weekend…by moved, I mean that I moved in with my parents temporarily while I continue to look for a new place. Let me tell you, it is NOT easy. Especially when you have a certain budget range that seems a bit difficult to find.

I’m staying positive and praying that the right place comes along very soon. I’m definitely over the constant searching, so it will be nice when I find something and can stop looking ten zillion times a day. Ha!

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Also, I’ve learned that despite making what I thought was quite a purge of my stuff, I’ve got much more. It’s overwhelming and I found myself unsure what the heck to do with some of it. So, I’m going to go back through all of my boxes again and sell or giveaway anything I don’t need or haven’t used in awhile. I need to attempt a more minimalist lifestyle. Going to take work, but got to make it happen.

Otherwise, I’m doing well. I’m feeling good about the first month of my marathon training so far, and have a magic mile on the schedule planned for this week. That will enable me to see what my current best pace can be. It’s a key component of Jeff Galloway’s training program that helps place you in a pace group as well as allows you to see what you are capable of. And, Saturday will be an 8 mile run, as my mileage starts to increase.

Thanks for being patient with the sporadic updates…next week will most definitely be back to the usual swing of things here on the blog. I do hope to get a post up this weekend as well.

Special Announcement!

2017 NYC Marathon Team 261 Fearless

I am so excited to share a special announcement with you! As you may already know, I am running the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon on November 5th. I was blessed to be able to get into the marathon for a second time. It’s a race that I fell in love with and despite how tough those 26.2 miles are, I have yearned to go back and run it again.

Getting into the NYC Marathon is definitely a huge thing for me (still special a second time around), but I really wanted to do more. By that, I wanted to run the race for a cause that was meaningful for me. So, when I found out that Kathrine Switzer’s 261 Fearless organization was forming a charity group, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

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That said, I just found out late this week that I have been invited onto Team 261 Fearless for the 2017 NYC Marathon! It’s such an amazing opportunity to be able to be a part of an organization that is working to empower women through running and fitness. This is a step up from being a 261 Fearless Ambassador, as this gives me a chance to really impact the women’s community.

There will be so much more from me forthcoming on the blog as I’m training for NYC, and I plan on doing some video blogs or the like. What I hope that YOU can do is donate to this amazing cause that is all about helping empower women through the sport of running.

Any donation you can give helps 261 Fearless in it’s mission. Whether you can give $2.61 or $261, every bit helps. You can make a tax-deductible donation through my page on Crowdwise.

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The Weekly Pursuit #43

I tend to avoid starting a blog post off in a negative way…or, at least a not-so-positive one, but this post may be a rare exception. I’m having a bit of a rough start to the week.

Sunday began with an OW. Yes, you read that right, an ow. I woke up to my back hurting and my legs feeling incredibly sore. What in the world did I do to myself, I wondered as I managed to roll out of bed. It didn’t make sense. On Saturday morning, I did a 6 mile run with a couple of my runner friends. I’ve been keeping a good base, so 6 miles should be easy-going for my body (heck, just did 6 last weekend). Surely, the run didn’t do it. Then later, I went through some boxes for my impending move, but nothing strenuous going on there. I barely lifted any of them, a friend did it.

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Saturday run with Connie and Colleen.

After laying around a bit longer than usual for me on a Sunday morning, I pushed myself out the door to the gym. Got in a bike workout and felt okay, but the soreness lingered in my back and inner thighs. It wasn’t until later, that it dawned on me that I overdid it on Saturday. That’s where the problem came from I think.

The humidity here in Florida is going up, nearing our summer temps, so I didn’t account for that during this acclimation period. Despite running all year long, the body needs time to adjust to a big change in the weather. It tends to take about a month for my body to feel content about it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still very hot and humid, but once you get used to it, you don’t feel as bad during a run.

Another Florida runner I know online posted that he was feeling it on Sunday after his run, noting he was more sore than he has been in some time. Darn you, Florida humidity, messing with my running groove! It just drives me crazy feeling like I ran a half marathon or more when I ran half of that.

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So, today became an unplanned rest day. When I woke up and felt that darn DOMS, I knew that rest was the smart way to go. If you know me, this was not something I took lightly. I DISLIKE rest days. The only one I tend to embrace is Fridays, because it’s the day before a long run. But, otherwise, I tend to like to be doing some kind of workout 5-6 days a week. It’s just became a part of who I am and how I live.

Suppose this Weekly Pursuit became more of a training update. I did have a nice time with my mom yesterday for Mother’s Day, and she liked the flowers I bought her. It’s also a stressful time right now with my move happening this weekend. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a new place yet, so I am temporarily moving in with my parents. Not the way I wanted to go, but thankful to be able to do that for a couple of weeks or so while I continue to search for my next place. Praying for some thing to come very, very soon!

I’m keeping my head up, I know the week is going to improve! God has blessed me in many ways, and I know He is always right there with me through it all. The road is a bit bumpy right now, but I foresee smoother terrain ahead.

The Girl's Got Sole - The Weekly Pursuit

Looking back at last week’s goals…
My main goal was to work on my sleep, mostly the amount and quality of it. And, in regards to that, I did great. I felt better overall during the day when I was forcing myself to go to bed at least 30 minutes earlier than usual. That coupled with the Melatonin I started taking seem to be helping.
The other goal last week was to take two rest days. That goal aided in the first goal since it allowed more rest for my body. I took off Wednesday and Friday as rest days. I think it made a difference, because for the first time in weeks, I made it through all five work days without having to early quit work and use my FMLA! Seems like I’m on the right track, working on these two things.

This week’s goals…

1. Continue working on my sleep, getting to bed earlier.
2. Two rest days this week from workouts.
3. Food logging every day.
4. Hydration! Increased humidity means drinking up that H2O!

The Girl's Got Sole - Trust in God

How about you, what are your goals for the week?

The Weekly Pursuit #42

The Girl's Got Sole - The Weekly Pursuit

Hey there! How was your weekend? Mine didn’t exactly go as planned, but I will get into that in a moment. What I will say is that, this is a new week, and I’m determined to keep my head up and stay positive!

As you may have read in my Coffee Date post, I was supposed to go look at a couple of room options for my impending move by June 1st. Unfortunately, that was cut short when after I called both parties, was told the rooms had been rent out already. The thing is, I had clearly asked when I spoke with both ladies during the week if I could come see the place(s) that evening or the next. On both occasions, I was told that I couldn’t see the rooms until Saturday. Fast-forward to Saturday morning, when I was told the rooms were gone. What?! I was obviously very disappointed, because I believed one of them would work out great. In the end, amidst the disappointment, I was reminded that God has something better for me. It’s the waiting and not knowing that drives me crazy though!

On the good side of things, I had a nice run on Saturday morning with some of my running group. It was oddly cooler out than usual for this time of year, but we embraced the crazy temps and had a good time running on a nearby trail. I know that come the middle of June, we will surely be wishing for those kinds of temps!

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday run group

I also struggled with some crazy allergies on Saturday. After my run, I found myself sneezing over and over. It drove me nuts! I was even sneezing in the shower! I must have come across something on that trail where we ran, because it was quite a bad allergy attack. Thankfully, by the time I woke up on Sunday morning, it was mostly gone. I did use the rest of the weekend though to take it easier on my body and allowed it to rest a lot after doing my workout and errand running on Sunday.

That actually brings me to some realizations I found myself coming to over the weekend. I am tired. I am tired WAY TOO MUCH. Yes, it’s my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis that’s the main cause, but I am SO over it. While I may not be able to do a lot about it in regards to the medical side, I can be smarter. As of yesterday, I’m starting to force myself to go to bed earlier. I also picked up some Melatonin drops to use. I need more and better quality sleep. It’s so vital and important.

The Girl's Got Sole - Good sleep

That’s why this Weekly Pursuit is a bit different. I’m only going to post that I have two main goals for the week. One is the more sleep, like I just stated. The second is related to that, it’s listen to my body. That means forcing myself to take two rest days from workouts again. For some people, this may seem like no big deal, but I hate rest days. Ha! I prefer to get some sort of workout in whenever I can. But, with how I’ve been feeling (exhausted and draggy energy-wise), I need to be focused more on the rest part of my life. So, I will be taking Wednesday as a rest day as well as my usual Friday.

My regular food tracking and hydration goals are there, as they always are. But, I’m super focuses on trying to make myself feel better. If I can get better sleep and rest when my body needs it, I hope that will make me a stronger runner and overall stronger person mentally. When you are super fatigued as I have been, you feel really out of it. You just aren’t as strong or motivated as you want or need to be. You need to do what’s best for you first and foremost.

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How about you, what are your goals for this week?

Ultimate Coffee Date – May 2017

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Welcome to the May Ultimate Coffee Date! This link-up 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 today’s virtual Ultimate Coffee Date posts!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I am looking at a couple places in Orlando today that I really want to move into. Both are efficiency-type places and within 20 minutes of where my running group meets. I am praying one of them works out and that I can stop having to look for a place to move into by June 1st. Any prayers and good thoughts are very welcome!

The Girl's Got Sole - God will supply all your needs

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I also did something that scares me yesterday. I applied to be a part of the Team 261 Fearless for the NYC Marathon. Yes, I already have a bib, but this would allow me to be a part of an amazing team and to run for a cause. The fact that I would have to raise a couple thousand dollars does scare me, but I think that anything worth doing and working toward is scary. Doing this is a fearless move for me, and I believe so much in 261 Fearless and Kathrine Switzer, that it would be a blessing to be a part of something so great. I should know by the end of the month if I’m in.

The Girl's Got Sole - Be Fearless

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I LOVE the sounds of my parakeet Toby singing. He is just the sweetest little guy. As I write this, he has been singing beautifully for the last couple of hours. Life just wouldn’t be the same without the awesomeness of animals and our loving pets.



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What would you tell me if we were having coffee or your favorite beverage together?

2017 NYC Marathon Training: It Begins!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 NYC Marathon training

Now that May is here, training for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon has begun! Less than 200 days until race day… more specifically, there are 184 days until that glorious Verrazano Bridge starting line.

With this being my second time around training for the NYC Marathon, I admit, it feels different. My excitement for the training and big race is still there, but now that I’ve done the race, I feel like I’m more experienced. Having run the five boroughs, I know a bit more what to expect and how to better train this time around.

I have to admit, knowing more is a mixed bag for me. It makes me both more at ease and nervous at the same time. Might sound funny, but that’s the truth. Right now though, I’m more on the contentment side of things. We shall see how that goes this summer. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - NYC boroughs

Since I just ran Star Wars: The Dark Side half marathon at the end of April, I’m in a good place with my mileage base. I took it easy last weekend though with a 5k, so I will be running at least 6 miles this Saturday. Planning on doing an 8-miler on May 27th. That will get me set for my first double-digit run on June 17th.

The new season of Orlando Galloway Marathon Training kicks off on June 4th. We usually have a shorter run on the first Saturday of each season, so June 10th would be at least 6 miles. As a pace group leader, I will get a chance to see the official training schedule on May 20th, where our Program Director has the marathon runs set for, date-wise, so I look forward to that. That will firm my training schedule up.

The Girl's Got Sole - NYC Marathon move you

On another note, I plan on starting some video updates this month. While I love to talk about running (and almost anything else, LOL), I am not as comfortable on video. I hope my training updates and such will get me more comfortable with that.

I previously used this youtube channel, so not sure if I will start a new one or keep the same one. Likely the latter, but will post once I’ve got the first video up.

Looking forward to training for marathon #6!

TOTR: Race Cheats

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This week’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is Race Cheats. Please be sure to visit the link-up hosts: Erika, Marcia and Patty.

What a timely topic! With all of the cheaters we’ve been hearing about these days, especially through Marathon Investigation‘s Derek Murphy, I’ve been wanting to talk about this very thing.

Just yesterday, three Boston Marathon runners, potentially cheaters and bib thieves were brought to light. These friends not only used forged bibs, but they were CHARITY bibs. As if it isn’t bad enough that someone would forge a marathon bib, but one that was meant for a charity runner is just disgusting.

The Boston Marathon is such a prestigious race, one that a runner can only gain a bib for if they qualify by time (which seems to get tougher every year) or if you run for a charity group. The former is a goal runners give everything for, literally their blood, sweat and tears. Then, the latter is a group that may not be able to time qualify, but they not only train just as hard, but in addition have to raise at least $5,000 for the charity they run for.

The Girl's Got Sole - Race cheats

If I ran Boston under either entry condition (which for me, would have to be the charity option), I would be incredibly upset to learn that someone was copying a bib and running illegally. The same goes for any other big race that has limited entry. For example, the NYC Marathon is another race that you can’t just “get into.” You can also time qualify, get in through the lottery, or run for a charity. Someone forging a bib for NYC would really irk me. More than that, it would really hurt.

The facts are out there that people are stealing bibs and cheating us honest runners. So, the question is, what can be done about it? First, I think outing them as Marathon Investigation does is one way. I see no problem with this “public shaming” method if they are guilty. Banning them from all marathons is another repercussion that they should have happen to them. If you can’t be an honest runner, then maybe banning you from races that you obviously want to run should prove to be a punishment.

As far as how to stop the cheaters from making it out there an onto the course, that is where it all begins now isn’t it? As much as it isn’t those honest runners like you and me that are doing the cheating, it’s up to us and the race directors to be a part of the solution.

The Girl's Got Sole - Race cheats

My thought is for the runners side, we need to stop posting photos of our bibs before races. Or, at least do what so many of us do already, cover part of it in our social photo postings. Don’t give these bib thieves an easy in, a way to copy a bib and print off their own at home. Race directors, maybe have some sort of system in the runners village to find those forged bibs. If they have GPS tracking (which all major races do now), have scanners set up when runners enter the village. I know when I ran NYC Marathon in 2015, we had to go through security with wands, so maybe something added in there?

Bottom line is, race cheaters suck, and it’s the honest people who end up having to pay for their dishonesty. If we make it a shameful thing to be caught doing, and maybe even criminal it could help lessen the problem. But, maybe I’m wrong… what do you think of the whole race cheating issue?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! This is definitely a big topic in the running community!

The Weekly Pursuit #41

Happy May 1st! Where did the month of April go? I feel like my birthday month comes and goes at the blink of an eye every year. Of course, with my birthday being at the end of the month, I suppose that’s how it goes. 🙂

April was a pretty good month for me. A lot of changes are coming though for me. At least one big one in the next 203 weeks for sure. I’m currently searching for a new place to live. Honestly, I don’t like moving or the whole search for a room/new place to live process. It’s stressful and not a lot of fun. So, I’m praying a lot that God will lead me to the right place and that things will transition smoothly.

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Birthday morning run with my Galloway girls.

Running-wise, April was fairly light. I believe I cross-trained on the bike more miles than I ran. But, that’s okay, because I’m about to enter head-on into training for marathon #6. I think it made me feel stronger in a way to get in more mileage on the bike. For me, cycling has always been my second favorite after running.

This past weekend, I had the Run for the Trees 5k in Winter Park. It’s an annual tradition for me, as it tends to be around my birthday each year. This year, I was able to run the 5k thanks to Track Shack, and that meant a lot. After running Star Wars Half that previous Sunday, it was nice to run a shorter, faster race that I love.

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Toby bird 🙂

Later that day, I took Toby bird over to my parents house to meet Rocket and Blue birds. The three spent a few minutes in a staring match, but it didn’t take long before my sweet Toby got more comfortable and began to sing softly. He and Rocketbird seemed to like one another best, as Blue was hard to read. Hard to say if he really likes a lot of other birds, he sort of didn’t seem to care either way. Ha!

On Sunday, I got my workout done at the gym first thing before heading out with a friend and my mom to a local exotic bird show. The show wasn’t as big as we hoped it would be, but I was able to get Toby a couple of fun toys, including a tabletop perch for our training sessions. After that, we stopped at Whole Foods on the way home for a few things. I miss not living close to a Whole Foods, so I definitely look forward to being back in Orlando or Winter Park soon.

As far as my Fit Journey goes, last week was a struggle. With my birthday on Tuesday, and then having cake and ice cream around (of course all vegan), I didn’t do so well nutrition-wise. So, I made sure I got back on track as of Saturday (after finishing up all the ice cream Friday night of course LOL). But hey, I’m not proud of my eating last week, but I’m also not going to beat myself up over it. We all have our moments, especially when it comes to special occasions or holidays.

The Girl's Got Sole - The Weekly Pursuit

Looking back at last week’s goals…

1. Food logging everyday. First week in awhile where I went off track on this one.
2. Hydration especially with the heat now. Did good on my water intake.
3. Listen to my body, rest if/when needed. I got in some good rest with my birthday day off and all.
4. Continue to work with Toby bird on hand training. Didn’t get enough time in with Toby last week.

This week’s goals…

1. Food logging every day.
2. Hydration, at least 64oz a day.
3. Work with Toby bird on hand training.
4. Get caught up with my favorite blogs, bit behind on this.
5. Start NYC Marathon training schedule!

The Girl's Got Sole - Don't be afraid, just believe

What are your goals for the week?