Get Your Run On With NYRR Virtually!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the NYRR Virtual World Championship 5k race 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!

The Girl's Got Sole - NYRR Virtual World Championship 5k

I LOVE the New York Road Runners club. Yes, I know, I am in Florida, so I don’t get a lot of opportunities to run with the NYRR, but the virtual races change all of that. In case you aren’t familiar with the NYRR Virtual Race Series, they are races you can run at your convenience during a specified period of time. Sign up, connect Strava, and get out there and run!

The NYRR Virtual World Championship 5k is a fun competition to see which countries can get the most runners/walkers, as well as the top 10 fastest countries, fastest men, fastest women, and more! Leaderboards will keep you updated on all the action during the racing window. We aren’t all fast, so there will be a Lucky Leaderboard, something which NYRR is keeping as a surprise for now. But, sounds awesome!

Want in on the fun, FREE 5k? You know you do! First, head over to NYRR and create a free account if you have yet to do any events with them. Then, sign up for the general entry NYRR Virtual World Championship 5k. If you don’t have a Strava account, you’ll need to sign up for that as well. You will be connecting the two so you can track your 5k race. I recommend downloading and getting your Strava set up first before signing up for the race if you aren’t already a Strava user, as you will need to connect it to your NYRR account. Strava basic is free, so just go to the Apple Store or Google Play and download it and create your account.

The Girl's Got Sole - NYRR Virtual World Championship 5k

Once you sign up for the virtual race, you can also join the NYRR Strava Club as well as the NYRR Virtual Running Community on Facebook. I know I love being a part of communities for fun events, so you can motivate and encourage one another.

So, who is joining me and all the other thousands of runners for the NYRR Virtual World Championship 5k? Racing window is from August 16th through August 25th, so sign up today! As a proud Team USA girl, I am cheering for the red, white & blue! Come on, fellow runners and walkers (whether you are Team USA or not), let’s get out there and be a part of this awesome, fun 5k!!!

My Health Journey

The Girl's Got Sole - My Health Journey

I’ve decided to rename my journey to weight loss and my health to my health journey. It’s about more than weight loss, it’s a full circle thing for me. Health and fitness go hand in hand. While I strive to lose 8lbs, I also know I need to improve my overall health. I strive to feel my best every day.

A big thing that I am doing is getting off of energy drinks. Due to my extreme exhaustion, I have tended to lean toward the kick of energy I can get from a can of something like Bang or C4. That’s all changing this week. As of now, I’m no longer going to use them. Consuming them may be leading toward my increased heart rate overall and especially during my workouts. I don’t like feeling overly winded during a long run, and I am hoping dropping the energy drinks is just what I need to get rid of that issue. I know going back to just coffee and green tea is going to be hard for a few days, but hopeful it will be best for me in the long run.

Some good news on the weight loss front is, I am down a pound as of Saturday morning. I’m headed in the right direction on the scale, getting the number down! That means, I have 7 more pounds to go to hit the goal weight I would like to be at again. I am keeping that goal in my sights!

The Girl's Got Sole - My Health Journey

As I mentioned in last week’s Five on Friday blog post, I’m back on daily protein smoothies. I am having one every day for lunch, and I think it helps me feel better. This week, I am going to have either a smoothie for breakfast, or a bowl of oatmeal. That used to be my go-to breakfast, a nice bowl of oatmeal with some protein powder mixed in. It seems to keep me more satisfied until lunchtime. Keeping my appetite as suppressed as possible between meals helps me have better success on the scale.

My workout regime is staying mostly the same. I will still be running 3x a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday), and hitting the gym on Sunday and Monday. I do need to add back in strength training, so going to do my best to work that into my week. It’s been best to stick with Wednesday and Friday as my rest days. Fridays are a definite because I have learned I don’t do well on Saturday morning runs if I have worked out on Friday.

If you would like to follow my health journey, I am going to use the hashtag, #healthjourney on Instagram. And, if you are also on your own health and fitness journey, let me know! I’d love to help motivate you as well in whatever way I can!

Grab Your Capes, Seattle!

The Girl's Got Sole - Wonder Woman Run Series: Seattle

Disclaimer: I’m promoting Wonder Woman Run Series: Seattle as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

Grab your capes, Seattle, because it’s time for the 2019 Wonder Woman Run Series! Run, walk, or do a combination of both for 13.1, 10k, or 5k miles. Your adventure will begin in Marymoor Park at 7am on October 6th. No matter what distance you decide for your journey, every superhero will be assigned a race kit to ensure your costume is fully complete and functional.

The Girl's Got Sole - Wonder Woman Run Series

You’ll want to ensure you snag your team for this race experience. Races are always more fun with friends, and even more-so with costumes! There will be plenty of awesome photo-ops to post all over your Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks. Best of all, photos are free! You heard that right, free! So, you will want to make sure your superhero poses are on point for race day!

Once you run your race, there’s a post-race party fit for a hero. Of course, more photo ops with that shiny medal you’ll be receiving as you cross the finish line! It’s all about fun, fitness and friends!

The Girl's Got Sole - Wonder Woman Run Series

Don’t miss out on running the Wonder Woman Run Series in Seattle! Head on over to the race website and register today! Use discount code WWBIBRAVE to save 10% off any race distance!

Five on Friday – 8/2/19

The Girl's Got Sole - Five on Friday

Happy Friday! After not blogging for half a month, I figured a Five on Friday blog post would be great right now. This gives me a chance to talk about a few things that have been going on.

1. Back on the smoothie train. As of today, I’ve gone back to making a smoothie for lunch everyday. I think this keeps me more in check and in a better place health-wise. I might do a smoothie for breakfast soon too, then just do an actual dinner. I just got some new vegan protein powder from PEScience called SELECT Vegan Protein. They have some awesome flavors, like Cinnamon Delight, which I am loving.

The GIrl's Got Sole - Vegan Protein Powder, Cinnamon!

2. New doctor. I finally found a new family physician on my side of town. I saw one of the Nurse Practitioners initially, and she was okay. After getting new blood work done, I saw one of the doctor’s on Tuesday. So far, I like him. He seems really into natural options and was encouraging. He gave me some ideas of books to read and told me I need to work on getting more sleep each night. He thinks that will help me more than I realize. Going on work on ensuring I get 7-9 hours every single night. It’s harder when I run at 5am the next morning, but I am going to work on making sure I am getting at least 7 hours of sleep going forward.

3. Fat Chance. Speaking of my new doctor, he recommended a great author for me to check out. I’m currently listening to the audio book for Fat Chance, by Robert Lustig M.D. It’s about sugar, processed food, obesity and disease. Thus far, it’s really good. He goes into facts and studies about our health and how sugar is such a problem for everyone. Dr Lustig is a Pediatrician, and has done his research.

The Girl's Got Sole - Fat Chance book

4. Music Study. I’m participating in a music study on Saturday! It’s for our local Christian radio station, Z88.3. I have done it before for the station, but it’s been awhile. Looking forward to listening to some music and helping make my favorite radio station even better!

The GIrl's Got Sole - summer training

5. Summer Training. Overall, my training has been going well this summer. I’m not able to consistently keep up with my speed work as much as I’d like because of my Fibromyalgia, but I am doing the best that I can. I’ve come to just be happy that I can get out and run, and am less worried about pace right now. I’d love to do another half marathon in under 3:00 hours later this year, and I haven’t given up on that goal. But, I’m listening to my body, and feel grateful and blessed for the good runs that I have had and that are coming.

What is something that you would share about your life lately? How is your training going? Anyone running a Fall Marathon? Chicago, Marine Corps or NYC?

***I’m linking up with the Ultimate Coffee Date! Check out the link-up!***

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date link up

I’m Back!

I’m happy to be back up with a new laptop. The other computer was almost 8 years old, so it was more than time for an upgrade. I’m going from Windows 7 to Windows 10! Always fun upgrading a tech device. Well, less for having to get all of your log-ins back, and programs loaded anyway. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Good to be back

Now that I’m getting things back on track with my laptop, my blogging will resume by this weekend on a more consistent schedule again. My goal is to always blog at least three times a week, so I plan on doing that sort of schedule again.

Stay tuned for a training update very soon, and some other stuff I have been wanting to talk about. If there is something, a topic that you’d like me to talk about, you can let me know that as well. You can comment on this blog post, or drop me an email at

#BibChat Time Change!

The Girl's Got Sole - BibChat Time Change

Hey friends, guess what? I’ve got some awesome news for you, the weekly #bibchat on Twitter is now one hour earlier! This is the best new for me, as I’m on the East Coast, and after getting up at 3:45am for my 5am Tuesday run, 9pm seems soooo late! But, 8pm Eastern is totally doable. 🙂

Here’s a snippet from the official announcement on the BibRave blog:

While we love everything about our weekly BibChats, one thing we have heard from our community is a request to host the chat earlier. It’s no secret staying awake for a 9pm chat on Twitter when you have a run scheduled the next morning, can be a bit challenging. We hear you, and we are excited to announce starting Tuesday, 7/16 BibChat will begin one hour earlier at 8pm EST/7pm CST/5pm PST.

The Girl's Got Sole - BibChat Time Change

So, be sure to join me on Tuesday nights, at 8pm Eastern for #bibchat with BibRave! I can guarantee you a fun hour, and you might even win something (giveaways every week from amazing sponsors)! You will definitely make some new friends, that’s for sure! 🙂

Workout Recap W/E: 7/13/19

Last week was a bit rough, but I made it through thanks to the grace of God. Most of the week, I wasn’t feeling great. Combination of fibromyalgia issues and feeling down, it was a push to get through some days. That said, I plan on having a better week this week! At least I got in some good workouts last week. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Saturday run group after our 8 miles

Sunday, July 7th – Bike workout at the gym. Got in just under 9 miles on the bike.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Monday, July 8th – REST DAY.

Tuesday, July 9th – Didn’t sleep well, so hit the gym for another bike workout instead a bit later. Did 8.3 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Wednesday, July 10th – Another bike workout after my doctor’s appointment later in the day. 9 miles on the bike.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Thursday, July 11th – 3 mile run with a friend, and it felt good. Nice to get in a run after skipping Tuesday.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap, Thursday run

Friday, July 12th – REST DAY.

Saturday, July 13th – Saturday morning long run with my group. Ran 8 miles and felt pretty good!

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Race Recap: 2019 4 on the 4th Race

The Girl's Got Sole - 4 on the 4th race recap

This year, I decided to try out a different local 4th of July race. I typically run Track Shack’s Watermelon 5k in Winter Park, but went for a new to me race, the 4 on the 4th in Oakland, Florida. This race is put on by Tri & Run of West Orange and benefits the local charity, Matthew’s Hope.

The 4 on the 4th run/walk race takes place under 10 minutes from me, so it was easy to drive to on race morning. I got there about 30 minutes before the race start, and was easily able to use the port-o-let, and meet up with my fellow Orlando Galloway runner friend, Sally. The National Anthem was sung, and before we knew it, we were off.

The Girl's Got Sole - 4 on the 4th race recap

With friend, Sally before the race start.

Since the race start was at 7am, it was already pretty humid and hot. This didn’t make me feel like running very fast. However, my first mile was great, I did it in 12:50. I slowed down from there though. The route ended up being on some gravel and dirt roads/paths and there were some hilly portions. I guess Oakland isn’t completely flat. Ha!

The Girl's Got Sole - 4 on the 4th race recap

About mile two, I spotted some peacocks, which was neat. I love seeing them in Winter Park during our runs, and it was cool seeing them at this race. Some of the locals were out too along the route, cheering us on which was nice to see. I love it when there are neighbors out during races spectating.

By mile 3, I was feeling the heat. While I hit mile 2 at a 13:31 pace, my third mile was at 14:13. I was thankful for the race having cold towels for us just before that halfway point. Anything to help cool me down gets a thumbs up! The support stops were also well stocked with water, which I took advantage of both times.

The Girl's Got Sole - 4 on the 4th race recap

I crossed the finish line with a time of 55:43, no where near a great time for me, but okay considering the heat. The race had another cold towel along with cold water and a fun medal ready for all the finishers. There was also watermelon and bananas. I enjoyed a slice of cold watermelon, which I consider an important part of a 4th of July race.

Overall, I enjoyed this little race. There were about 300 runners/walkers all together, making it one of the smaller races that I’ve done. I only wish it started earlier, but I doubt they will change the 7am start time. It just gets so hot here in Florida, that the earlier we can get our run done, the better. I also loved the charity the race supports, Matthew’s Hope. They gave us a bag to bring non-perishable foods in for the food pantry. From the look of it, they received a good amount of food from participants. Loved seeing that.

The Girl's Got Sole - 4 on the 4th race

With Sally, post-race

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! I hope you get a chance to enjoy yourself with family and friends. And, maybe a little run before that BBQ? I will be running a local race near me, the 4 on the 4th. I usually run the Watermelon 5k race with Track Shack, but decided to try something new this year. Will definitely post photos on my Instagram, Facebook, and a race review soon after.

The Girl's Got Sole - Happy 4th of July

The Girl's Got Sole - Happy 4th of July

What are you doing for the 4th of July?

Product Review: BUFF Coolnet UV Headband

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Coolnet UV Headband review

Disclaimer: I received a BUFF UV Headband 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!

I’ve had previous opportunities to review BUFF products, so when I had the chance to try out the Coolnet UV Headband, I was in. I’m usually a Bondi Band wearer, but have been looking to expand my options. BUFF is definitely a company that I’ve learned makes quality products, so I was interested in trying out their Coolnet UV Headband.

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Coolnet UV Headband

According to the website, the BUFF Coolnet UV+ Headband offers hair and sweat management for runners and yogis. The headband has a HeiQ cooling technology, Polygiene order control, UPF 50+ sun protection, made with 95% recycled microfiber performance materials, is seamless to reduce irritation, and lightweight. The Coolnet UV+ Headband is available in 12 different colors, which makes it easy to match your favorite outfits.

I’ve been loving the headband, and already plan on getting another one or two soon. The headband is super comfortable, and you barely feel it on your head. Running in Florida, I’ve found it works great for keeping sweat from rolling down my forehead, and I do feel a bit cooler with it on. It works just as well for me under a visor too, which is a plus.

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Coolnet UV Headband

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The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Coolnet UV Headband

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