2019 NYC Marathon Lottery is Open!

The 2019 TCS NYC Marathon lottery is now open! The lottery period begins today, January 14th, and closes on February 14th (drawing is on February 27th). Will you be applying to run the Big Apple on November 3rd?

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 TCS NYC Marathon lottery

After being blessed with getting into the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon and 2017 TCS NYC Marathon races, I can tell you it is a race like no other. Running through those five boroughs is an experience that can’t be compared to any other feeling in the world. It is truly the best race in my opinion… well, other than the Boston Marathon anyway. Of course, I have yet to run Boston, and I’m a New York girl. 🙂

If you get into the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon, you will be amoung over 50,000 runners hitting those amazing NYC streets. In 2018, there were 50,773 finishers surrounded by over a million spectators along the course. You truly feel like a celebrity when you run the NYC Marathon.

Other ways to get into the TCS NYC Marathon are through the NYRR 9+1 program, achieve a qualifying time, or via a charity partner. Running for the NYRR Team for Kids charity can get you entry today.

The Girl's Got Sole - Apply to run the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon

So, are you applying this year? Good luck to everyone entering the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon lottery!

WDW Marathon Weekend 2019

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 WDW Marathon Weekend

The WDW Marathon Weekend is here! This signals the start of my new year of races every year. I love running at Disney, it’s always a good time.

I will again be pacing the 3:15 finish time for the half marathon on Saturday. It’s my favorite time to pace for the 13.1 distance. We do 15:30 intervals, and a per mile pace of 14:53 which is pretty comfortable. I love meeting all the runners that join my pace group during a race.

The 2019 WDW Half Marathon is also going to be my 37th half marathon, before long, I’ll be at 40 half marathons! So crazy to think about that I’ve run that many halfs since I started running in 2011. I believe this is my 7th runDisney race. My first-ever was the 2013 WDW Half Marathon when I ran as Captain America. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - 2013 WDW Half Marathon

Are you running any of the WDW Marathon Weekend races? I’d love to hear if you are!

Embracing Rest

Why is it that when we are forced to rest because of an injury or sickness we feel guilty? I know I sure felt like that last week when I was so sick that I was forced to rest for four days straight. All I could think about was how it was going to mess up my weight loss journey and my fitness. I felt like it wasn’t bad enough that I was coughing all night long when I was trying to rest, but that I also couldn’t lace up and get a run in.

The reality is, rest is good for us! I tend to be one of those consistent runners/workout folks that just wants to be doing something 5 or 6 days a week. While a day or two of rest is usually good enough to recover, when we are sick, it’s so vital that we listen to our bodies and rest. I had to remind myself how important it is that I rest and listen to my body.

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It also made me realize that listening to my body is something I don’t do enough. I like to challenge myself, push myself to workout through exhaustion and my health issues. It’s not a bad thing to push yourself, but there are times that our bodies are begging for some extra rest. Last year was a struggle with my Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s, but through it all, I rarely allowed myself to truly rest more than a day or two at a time.

Rest allows our body time to repair and strengthen itself from the hard stress that working out puts on us. Muscles can repair themselves when we rest, and thus perform better later. Energy and glycogen is also restored during periods of rest and recovery.

So, while it was no fun to start off the year being sick, I think it allowed my body some much needed rest. It has taught me to slow down a bit and listen more to my body. Rest is a part of the program! It’s important! 🙂

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Ultimate Coffee Date – January 2019

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It’s been awhile since I did a coffee date post! Like over half a year! Need to work on getting one done every month if I can. I really do love the Ultimate Coffee Date link up sponsored by Coco at Got2Run4Me and Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner.

If you are unfamiliar with the Ultimate Coffee Date, it’s a virtual coffee date with friends! Just sit down, enjoy a cup of your favorite coffee or tea (or other beverage) and let’s catch-up on life.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… that I’ve been sick all week. I was not feeling great last weekend, but managed to get out for our group run and then workout on Sunday at the gym. I then felt kind of worse on Monday, and didn’t work out. I did do a New Year’s Run with my group on Tuesday morning, but that was it. Nothing since then. I’m up half the night coughing like crazy and I’m congested. I so so hate being sick like this. I’ve got the WDW Half Marathon next Saturday, so hoping this crud is gone this weekend.

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you… this week has also been rough on me financially. After the run on Tuesday morning, my car wouldn’t start. I ended up having to buy a new battery for it. Between that and rent being due, it’s going to be super tight until next Friday’s payday.

The Girl's Got Sole - Dead car battery

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I found a new chip I am in love with. I tried Vegan Rob’s Turmeric Chips, and I am craving them every day now. They are made with Algae protein, turmeric, quinoa, chia and have a pumpkin flavoring. These may become a challenge to stay away from at times. LOL!

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I have to work on my goals post this weekend. Since I got sick, I’ve been feeling like the year started off with two wheels in the air, and unbalanced. I am hopeful though, because a few days won’t derail my goals for myself or the year ahead.

What about you? What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

*** Be sure to check out the other blogs in the link up ***

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Run the Speedway, Beach and Back

The Girl's Got Sole - Daytona Beach Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I’m promoting the Daytona Beach Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to find and write race reviews!

Come out and run the 2019 Daytona Beach Half Marathon on February 10th! The course begins on the iconic Daytona International Speedway at Pit Road, continues around the racetrack, then heads out toward the Atlantic Ocean. Runners cross the Halifax River and get a beautiful view of the ocean just after sunrise. The route will then head onto the hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach, then head back toward the Speedway.

The Girl's Got Sole - Daytona Beach Half Marathon

The race is in it’s 10th year, and now also includes a 5k that takes place the day before the half marathon. Participants can register for the Speedway Challenge, which includes both the 5k and half marathon. Finishers of the Challenge receive a special Challenge finisher medal. The 5k takes place the evening before the half marathon, so it could be a fun shake-out run on the beach!

Race perks include custom shirts for both the 5k and half marathon events, finisher’s beach towel for half marathoners, post-race party at ONE DAYTONA, complimentary race photos, free Racejoy live tracking, and complimentary food & beer at the post-race party.

The 2019 Daytona Beach Half Marathon benefits the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Florida. The Center has cared for nearly nine-hundred juvenile and adult sea turtles, more than fifteen-thousand hatchlings and washbacks, and nearly on-thousand gopher turtles, freshwater turtles and snakes. The main goal of the Marine Science Center is sea turtle rehabilitation.

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The Daytona Beach Half Marathon is going to be a race weekend to remember, so be sure to register today! You can save 10% off the half, half relay, or challenges with discount code DBHMRAVE19. Code is good through 1/31/19.

One Word for 2019

The Girl's Got Sole - One Word 2019

Do you have a word for 2019? One word you can focus on each and every day? This word helps center your goals, both long and short term for the year.

I chose OVERCOMER last year for my word, and this year, it took some real thought to come up with my word. I had to put some thought into it, but I finally chose my word.

FAITH is my word for 2019. Faith is defined by dictionary.com as a confidence or trust in a person or thing, or a belief that is not based on proof. The Bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence or things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

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I want to work on increasing my faith in God, and choosing faith over fear. In 2019, I want to have more faith in the path that God has set before me, and learn to listen to His plan for my life.

I look forward to getting closer to God this year, and increasing my overall faith. God is the one that truly makes all things possible.

What is your word for 2019?

Run with Zwift

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Disclaimer: I received a Zwift Running Pod as part of being a BibRavePro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Have you heard of Zwift? It allows you to run in the real world while powering your avatar across all sorts of virtual courses. You can join communities of runners all over the world and run fun runs to intense races with them.

To be a part of Zwift, you need a run pod, a treadmill, and a device to run the Zwift software. From what I’ve learned, Zwift works best on Apple devices. If you have android like I do, please look into the minimum requirements first thing.

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Zwift run pod on my shoes

Unfortunately, I was unable to use my Zwift Running Pod and participate in the virtual runs. My android phone is not able to run the app, and I don’t have a tablet that can be used at this time. I was saddened by that because seeing all of my fellow BibRavePro’s social posts and screenshots had me wanting to do a virtual run!

You can order your own running pod and save 15% off using discount code BibRave15 for a limited time. Code is only good until 1,000 run pods are sold.

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Please check out my fellow BibRavePro’s blog reviews who were able to use Zwift. If you are an android user, be aware that that app is still in beta, so it may not yet work on your device.

2018: A Year in Review

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2018 was quite a year. I chose “overcomer” as my word for the year, and it seemed pretty right on. The year started off okay, then got rocky, and is thankfully ending on a higher note.

In January, I was coming off of a tough end of 2017. While I finished with the TCS NYC Marathon, then the Mount Dora Half Marathon, my health was beginning to give me trouble. I was extremely exhausted basically all the time, and it took a lot out of me at times to do the things I love.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Year in Review

The place I was currently living in Casselberry was alright, but definitely not a place I was completely happy in. I began the year with lots of hope that I could push through some things, but that hope slowly diminished as the year continued.

In March, my Nana passed away. She hadn’t been doing great, but it was still a bit of a shock when she went home to Heaven. It was hard to express my complete emotions on it, and I’m still working through them. What brought me some comfort was knowing that she was ready to go, and how she is in a much better place up in Heaven. I think about her often, and missed her a good deal during this holiday season.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Year in Review

I ended up on FMLA for work due to not being able to make it through my regular 5 day a week, 40 hours. I would be so exhausted that I had to leave early about once a week. It was awful. I felt as though I was battling something I couldn’t understand. An invisible enemy that continually drained my energy and drive for things I usually loved doing.

In April, I planned to fly to Nashville, stay with a friend and run the Nashville Rock and Roll Half Marathon. That plan was derailed however, when I found out I had cracked a tooth. It was one of my two remaining top wisdom teeth, and that meant oral surgery. Since I had to take time off for the procedure, it used up my PTO I had set for my Nashville trip. Not a fun trade-off, but needed to happen.

2018 was also the year I turned 40. I felt kind of bittersweet about entering my 40s, but my awesome running friends made my birthday special. They took me out to a birthday lunch at Ethos and it was such a great time!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Year in Review

By the summer, I finally had some answers to my on-going exhaustion and constant body aches, I have Fibromyaglia. This is in addition to my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis that I’ve been dealing with for a few years. Apparently, once you have one auto-immune disease, other diseases like to seek you out. While I had an answer to the health issues I was experiencing, I was still suffering.

On the bright side, the new season of Orlando Galloway kicked off in June, so I had a great distraction. It was challenging at times to get my scheduled runs in, but I love my group and running too much to not fight for it. I’d pay at times for a long run with having to get extra rest that afternoon or the next day, but it was worth it.

In September, I told my doctor I wanted to try a new therapy. I had heard and done some research online about a newer medication called Savella for Fibromyalgia. A lot of the people who had tried it reported great results in getting their energy back, feeling more like their old self again. To start the Savella, I had to stop the Cymbalta. That was rough. It was a nightmare withdrawal, but all worth it in the end.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Year in Review

September was also the month I got out of the toxic place I was living in Casselberry. The woman I was living with made the living conditions so incredibly difficult that I had to get out of there. I was blessed with a friend who has a mom in a 55+ community that was looking for a room-mate. It’s been the best move I’ve made since leaving Kissimmee back in 2017.

I’m ending the year in a much better place emotionally and physically and I am so happy for that. The Savella is working well, I have been able to work my regular 40-hour work week again, no more FMLA. I do have days here and there that the fibro gets me extra tired, but I am better able to push through it now.

In 2018, running-wise, I ran a total of eleven races, mostly half marathons. This included the WDW Half Marathon, First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon, Winter Park Road Race 10k, Quack Attack 5k, Star War Dark Side Half Marathon, Watermelon 5k, PNC Atlanta 10-Miler, Garfield Halloween 4k, Wine & Dine Half Marathon, OUC Half Marathon, and Mount Dora Half Marathon.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Year in Review

I would love to have run more races, but my health as well as my budget limited me. Hopefully, I can do more in the new year. I love doing races, and I’m blessed that I can pace at runDisney events, and get the opportunity to run events through being a BibRavePro.

I’m happy that I’m closing out 2018 having felt that I did overcome some challenges. Here’s to a new year with new challenges and blessings!

Weight Loss Journey Update #1

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It’s been 19 days since I started my current weight loss journey. I’m happy to report that I’m doing well! I’ve been keeping on plan calorie-wise, less for Christmas day. Tuesday was the only day I didn’t track my eating and let myself enjoy the day. Just that one day, on Wednesday, I was back on it.

I’m using MyFitnessPal to track my calories and nutrition. This works very well for me. I can put in everything I eat very easily throughout the day. Other apps can be connected to MyFitnessPal so that your workouts/exercise can be added. I use Strava to track all of my workouts, so once I put in a run, bike workout or whatever, it will sync will MyFitnessPal and everything comes together.

The Girl's Got Sole - Weight Loss Journey

I will admit that I kind of don’t like my rest days, because I get less calories! LOL! I get 1240 calories when I don’t workout at all. That’s my base set-up on MyFitnessPal. So, when I workout, I tend to average about 1500 calories a day, which is much more workable for me.

The scale isn’t really showing me any loss at this point. Part of me was disappointed in that, but I reminded myself that it’s also about inches. Unfortunately, I didn’t check that at the start of this journey, but I am feeling better and even a bit smaller in some of my clothes. Not a lot obviously, but a bit. I’m lingering at 133.2 right now on the scale (TMI, but it’s also that time of the month), so I’m hopeful that it will show a loss soon.

The Girl's Got Sole - Weight Loss Journey Update

Plank Challenge in effect

I’m also doing a daily plank challenge. I do about a minute everyday, to help strengthen my core. It’s feeling a bit easier on some days, but other days, if I’m tired, it can still be challenging to hold that plank position for a minute.

Thus far, I’m very proud of myself for staying on track and knowing that the ultimate goal of losing the weight is more important than having that cookie right now (even though it always looks so good!). The reward once I hit my goal is going to be much sweeter. 🙂