Acts of Kindness in April

The Girl's Got Sole - Acts of Kindness in April

Today is April 1st, and it’s the beginning of my birthday month. My birthday is on April 25th, and I’ve decided to do 25 acts of kindness from today through then. I think spreading a little kindness around is important.

I’m not planning it out in detail, but I’ve got a nice list of ideas to go by. Other than that, I’m going to sort of play each day out and see what happens. I am excited about this, it’s been something I’ve been thinking about doing for awhile now. It’s a chance to give back and hopefully make some people smile!

The Girl's Got Sole - Acts of Kindness

You can follow my random acts of kindness birthday challenge through hashtag, #BirthdayRAOK on Instagram. My username is GirlsGotSole. 🙂

Weight Loss Journey Update #3

The Girl's Got Sole - Weight Loss Journey Update

Is it almost April already? The year seems to be going by pretty fast. I had hoped to be at my weight loss goal by now, or closer to it, but hasn’t happened. That’s okay, I’m working on it!

Some of my fellow Skirt Sports sisters started a private Facebook weight loss support group, and it’s been great. I have like-minded folks to talk to as we all go through our own health/weight loss struggles. It’s about keeping each other motivated and knowing that we aren’t perfect. Love that.

I weighed myself yesterday before my 10k race, and I lost a pound! Was a great thing to wake up to. I have been feeling a bit better and as though I was making progress, so that was nice to see on the scale. It’s not all about that scale though, but I know it will never not be a factor for me. As long as I don’t let it run my life, it’s okay to have weight goals. Thus far, I’ve been able to balance that pretty well.

The Girl's Got Sole - I'm not there yet, but I'm closer

While my ultimate goal is to get back to 125lbs, and as it stands, that’s 7lbs away, I am playing it by ear. Or, maybe it’s by feel. How I feel is most important. So, if I get to 128lbs and feel great, and I have a hard time with that last 3, well, maybe that’s where I’ll stay. I just want to be under 130lbs again.

This week, my goal is to continue to log my food in MyFitnessPal, and keep my workouts going. Food is definitely the harder part of the equation. I can workout 5 days a week, it’s staying on track with my calories that’s hard. 🙂

Are you on a weight loss journey like I am? I’d love to hear about it, and we can support one another! Let me know in the comments.

Workout Recap W/E 3/16

Last week was anything but typical. I ended up house-sitting for my parents, so I was at their place all week. They have two birds and a guinea pig, so I took care of them, along with my budgie, Toby. It wasn’t too bad, but I’m not a fan of the Kissimmee area anymore, it’s not what it used to be when I was a kid. So, I was happy to get back home to Winter Garden on Saturday.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

Saturday runners. Happy, but a bit hot. 🙂

Sunday, March 10th – Hit the gym for a cross-training workout. Did 10.63 miles on the bike, which was really good for me. One of my longest bike workouts for sure.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, March 11th – Bike workout at the gym. 8.22 miles in just over 47 minutes. Felt a bit more tired than I did on Sunday, but good workout nonetheless.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, March 12th – Missed my group run in Orlando, so ran on my own after work in my parents hood. Ended up getting a great pace going, which surprised me since I wasn’t sure I would get in the full 3 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, March 13th – REST DAY.

Thursday, March 14th – Morning run with my group. Nice to be able to get in a more social run with a couple of my friends.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday run

Friday, March 15th – REST DAY.

Saturday, March 16th – Saturday group run. We ran in Winter Park, and it was a beautiful morning. Bit more humid than I would have liked, but good 6-miler.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sat group run

How were your workouts last week? Anyone run any races?

Run the 50th Peachtree Road Race

The Girl's Got Sole - 50th Peachtree Road Race

Disclaimer: I’m promoting AJC Peachtree Road Race 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!

Registration is open now through March 31st for the 50th running of the Peachtree Road Race. The event began back in 1970, when 150 runners took part in the run, and 110 runner crossed the finish line. The AJC Peachtree Road Race is the world’s largest 10k, and will bring 60,000 runners and walkers together on July 4th.

Head over to the Atlanta Track Club website for complete information on registering for the 2019 lottery. Enter by March 31st for an opportunity to be a part of the 50th Peachtree Road Race. On April 2nd, those selected will be notified if they were chosen.

The Girl's Got Sole - 50th Peachtree Road Race

I’m a Zensah Ambassador!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been selected as a 2019 Zensah Ambassador! I’ve loved their compression leg sleeves for years, they have gotten me through so many miles and races, including my six marathons.

The Girl's Got Sole - Zensah Ambassador

In case you aren’t too familiar with Zensah, they have been making compression accessories and apparel for athletes of all levels and needs since 2004. The company name is derived from the Italian word, “SENZA,” which means “to be without.” Zensah believes that athletes should be without limits.

I am looking forward to being a part of the Zensah family this year, and seeing where it leads me! Stay tuned for more on the exciting products they offer – have you seen the awesome themed leg sleeves? As soon as I have a discount code to share, I will post it on my social media as well as the discounts page.

Race Recap: 2019 BDR 10k Orlando

The Girl's Got Sole - Best Damn Race Orlando

On Saturday, March 2nd, I ran the 2019 Best Damn Race 10k in Orlando. I was supposed to have run the 10k last year, but I ended up doing a DNS in order to get in a 14 mile run for a half marathon later in the month. So, I believe I haven’t run Best Damn Race since 2014.

I was able to run this year with one of my running friends, Colleen. We went to get our race packets the day before the race, and the process was easy and fast. The cool thing about picking up our packets the day before race day is that there were some vendors set up. We had the opportunity to try Doctor D’s Sparkling Probiotic drinks and So Fruitty frozen fruit bars. I highly recommend both!

The Girl's Got Sole - Best Damn Race Orlando

The next morning, I met Colleen and we parked in a nearby parking garage. She chose well too, because we were literally right near the finish area. We walked over to the runners village and did the obligatory port-o-let stop, then wandered around a bit before heading over to the start.

While waiting for the race to start, we met up with some of our Galloway friends. Before we knew it, the National Anthem was being sung, and it was go time.

The Girl's Got Sole - Best Damn Race Orlando

Colleen and I opted to stick with our usual 30:30 intervals for the race. The beginning of races are usually pretty crowded, so we did run for a minute before starting our walk breaks. We quickly settled into our comfortable interval and were feeling pretty good.

The one thing I noticed is that the beginning of the new 10k route had a lot of brick roads. Since downtown Orlando has a lot of roads with cobblestone, it didn’t surprise me. That said, I’m not a fan of running on a lot of brick. It’s uneven and I have to watch my footing more when I run on it.

The brick portion kind of tired me out more by the halfway point of the race, that and the weather was warming up. That’s the thing about Florida, you just never know what kind of weather you’re going to get this time of year. The race started off at about 65 degrees, but the humidity was high.

The Girl's Got Sole - Best Damn Race Orlando

The whole brick deal is kind of unavoidable when you do a race in downtown. But, what was avoidable was the one-sided road that the race tried to use for both directions of runners. You had 10k (then later half marathoners) headed out, then 10k runners hitting the turn around, and back at other runners. I’m not sure why they didn’t close that entire road, at least until the 10k finished, so hopefully that will be fixed next year.

Once we got through that turn around, it was much better. The remaining 2.25ish miles were clear and easy to navigate. We headed onto South Street, turned on Rosalind, and onto the finish on East Central Blvd. It got a lot warmer in the last couple of miles, so seeing that finish line was awesome.

I crossed the finish line in 1:22:00 according to my Garmin. My official time was 1:21:57, which is an overall pace of 13:11 per mile. All things considered, I was happy with that time. No PR, but not every race is going to be that. Also, I didn’t set out to PR that day. It was about running with a friend, and doing my best.

The Girl's Got Sole - Best Damn Race Orlando

After the race, I enjoyed the post-race party with Colleen and other Orlando Galloway runner friends. I had a smoothie sample from Planet Smoothie, a bottle of Doctor D’s Sparkling Probiotic drink, a SoFruitty bar, and of course a banana. 🙂

Best Damn Race Orlando is a fun event. I enjoyed it, and I plan on coming back out next year to run either the 10k or half marathon.

The Girl's Got Sole - Best Damn Race Orlando

March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

Over 50 million Americans live with an autoimmune disease. This month has been designated National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, or ADAM. There are 100+ autoimmune diseases including Crohn’s, Celiac, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyaligia and Hashimioto’s Thyroiditis.

I have both Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, so I deal with two diseases. Once you are diagnosed with one autoiummune disease, you are more likely to develop another. Women are more likely than men to be affected, an estimated 75% of the afflicted are women. And, on average, it takes 2 1/2 to 3 years for people to obtain a correct diagnosis.

The Girl's Got Sole - Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month

The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, or AARDA is the only national nonprofit health agency dedicated to bringing a comprehensive focus to autoimmunity, which is the major cause of over 100 serious chronic diseases. The organization created ADAM to bring awareness to autoimmune diseases.

As someone who deals with autoimmune disease, I just hope that people take time to understand what we might be going through. Each disease has different symptoms, but for me, I get tired more easily since having my diseases. I also get muscle soreness at times when I seemingly haven’t done anything crazy workout-wise. Brain fog, migraines as well as concentration issues are all things I deal with on and off because of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Fibromyalgia.

I never want anyone to feel sorry for me, but understand that there are times when I need to take more me time. Time to just rest, hang out at home and do a TV show marathon binge. Staying as stress-free as possible is important, so I do my best to stay calm and avoid too much stress. Obviously, that’s not always possible, but I’m learning to deal better with it. At the same time, I also work on continuing my life as “normally” as I can. I still workout 5 days a week, and of course work full-time. It’s not always easy, but I am learning to listen more to my body and the signals it gives me when I might be pushing too much.

The Girl's Got Sole - Autoimmune Awareness Month

There are many others who deal with far worse with their autoimmune disease, so I consider myself blessed. I invite you to please check out the Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month website. If you have a friend or family member with an autoimmune disease, your understanding and kindness goes a long way. Becoming educated about autoimmune diseases is releveant for everyone so that you know the risk factors, prevalence and are simply more aware. Awareness is important!

Product Review: CEP Tall Socks 3.0

The Girl's Got Sole - CEP 3.0 Tall Socks review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of CEP 3.0 Tall Socks 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 don’t wear compression socks typically on my runs. I’m more of a compression sleeve kind of girl. That said, I LOVE wearing knee-high compression socks for recovery. I believe in compression for athletes, no matter what level you are. As a marathoner, I’ve worn compression for about 5 years now.

The Girl's Got Sole - CEP Tall Socks review

Compression socks help increase circulation, help prevent injury, and make your legs feel re-energized. Using compression socks aid in a faster recovery while reducing swelling and muscle strain. CEP Compression socks use Medi Compression Technology, which is a global leader in medical compression manufacturing.

The Girl's Got Sole - CEP Tall Socks review

The CEP 3.0 Tall Socks provide optimum recovery and performance. The Tall Sock improves on the 2.0 sock with a new design with HIEQ clima management, a more natural fitting toe box, and use high-tech yarns. The sock is available in six colors: blue/grey, ice/grey, rose/light grey, black/dark grey, and white/dark grey.

From the moment I put on the CEP 3.0 Tall Socks, they were comfortable. They slide on easily, and the material is soft. They are super-comfy and I could easily wear these for hours after a race or long run. I wore them the afternoon and evening before a 10k race and they helped my tired legs. I definitely recommend these compression socks, you can get your own pair over on CEP Compression’s website.

The Girl's Got Sole - CEP Compression socks review

Weight Loss Journey Update #2

The Girl's Got Sole - Weight Loss Journey Update

So, here we are at the end of February. I thought I’d be closer to my goal at this point, but that’s not how it’s worked out. After being sick at the beginning of January, it threw me off and I didn’t completely recover from that fall from the proverbial wagon until recently.

On the good side, I haven’t gained any weight. If anything, I’ve fluctuated about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds since the start of the year. By that, I mean I did get down to 131.5 at my lowest, but I have returned to my starting weight of 133lbs. This leaves 8lbs still left to lose if I want to get back to 125lbs again. Truth be told, I don’t know if that will happen, but I am not giving up on that ultimate goal. Need to be realistic though, because I’m not so stuck on a number as much as how I feel in my clothes.

The Girl's Got Sole - Weight Loss Journey

Losing just a few pounds is not easy. In fact, I think it’s harder than losing more weight to have 10lbs or less to drop. Our bodies seem to like to hold onto 5-10lbs more than our “ideal” weight. It’s like a comfort zone or something.

My workouts as I’ve previously stated are good, as I workout 5 days a week on average. So, it’s all about nutrition. Calories in, calories out. I’ve found that if I track my food on myfitnesspal it keeps me accountable and on track. I’ve got it set for 1250 calories a day when I don’t workout, so when I do, I get about 1500 calories a day. I do get a bit more on Saturdays after a long run since I’m working out more than my typical 45-60 minutes.

My current short-term goal is to keep on track and see where I am at the Winter Park Road Race on March 23rd. That local 10k was my original goal weight date, but now, I’d like to see myself close to 130 by then. I’m thinking hitting 131 is reasonable by then. I’ll check back in on the blog that weekend to see if I made it to my goal like I had hoped. I’m also going to measure myself this week, because it’s not all about the scale. The scale won’t tell me if I drop inches.

The Girl's Got Sole - Weight Loss Journey

If you’re on a weight loss journey like I am, know that I’m cheering you on! It’s not easy, but we can do it! In fact, if you are trying to drop some weight, whether it be 5lbs or 50lbs, let me know. Comment here on the blog, or reach out to me via my social media channels (I’m GirlsGotSole on Twitter and Instagram). Let’s be each others motivators and achieve our goals!

ZOOMA Women’s Race Series

Disclaimer: I am promoting the ZOOMA Women’s Race Series 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!

The Girl's Got Sole - Zooma Race Series

Join a powerful group of strong women on the move at a Zooma race this year. The event’s mission is to inspire women to live healthy, happy, and active lives. Zooma is about more than a race, it’s a weekend filled with speakers, yoga sessions, an awesome expo, and a celebration in beautiful destination locations.

Run Zooma Texas, Lost Pines for a half marathon, 10k and 5k on March 8th-9th. Run the Inaugural Lost Pines Challenge and complete the 5k on Friday, then the half or 10k races on Saturday. This year’s Lost Pines race has been reworked with a new course including gorgeous views of the Texas countryside. Runners will finish in downtown Bastrop along the Colorado River.

The Girl's Got Sole - Zooma Lost Pines

Zooma Lost Pines Medals

Next up is Zooma Great Lakes in Wisconsin on September 14th. The race includes a half marathon, relay, 10k and 5k. Pick up your bib and packet on Friday night and then join the fun at the Lake Lawn Resort. On Saturday morning, it’s race day with all three distances. Runners get beautiful lake views along the course. Once you cross the finish line, celebrate at the post-race party with food, massages, recovery yoga, music and fun! Then on Sunday morning, wake up with a relaxing sunrise yoga session.

The Girl's Got Sole - Zooma Cape Cod

Later in the Fall, on September 29th is the Zooma Cape Cod race. This Massachusetts race includes half marathon and 10k distances. Zooma Cape Cod will include a bonfire welcome party on Friday night on the beach! Participants can take part in sunrise yoga on Saturday morning, then run the half marathon or 10k on Sunday morning. The Cape Cod course gives runners beatutiful ocean views through quaint neighborhoods. After the race, it’s a beach finisher party with mimosas, food, massages, recovery yoga, live music and more!

Zooma Amelia Island in Florida takes place from October 19th – 20th. Run the Lighthouse Loop 5k on Saturday evening, and the half marathon, 12k or 5k on Sunday morning. The weekend begins at packet pickup on Friday night with the welcome party, and concludes on Sunday after crossing the finish line at the the post-race party with food, mimosas, massages, recovery yoga, live music and more.

The Girl's Got Sole - Zooma Race Series

The series wraps with the Zooma Texas Wine Country half marathon, 10k, and 5k on November 1st-2nd. Run through the heart of Texas Wine Country in Fredricksburg, TX. Combine distances to earn the new Wine Country Challenge medal! Just like the previous races in the series, participants get an awesome post-race party onces you cross the finish line. If you complete the Zooma Texas Lost Pines race in March, and Texas Wine Country in the same year (10k or half marathon distances), earn the Teas Two-Step Challenge medal!

Zooma races have aweome medals, a swag bag with a women’s cut shirt and a cinch bag. Register by April 2nd for any race (less for Lost Pines) and get a free upgrade to the VIP swag bag! Head over to the website to sign up for one or more races! Use discount code ZOOMABR15 to save 15% off all race events.

The Girl's Got Sole - Zooma Race Series