Fibro Warrior

The Girl's Got Sole - Fibro Warrior

Fibromyaglia sucks. It’s become a daily battle with my body to make it through the day. This is especially the case when it comes to workdays. I find myself having to do a lot of praying to make it until 5pm when I can clock out. Some days, it takes just about every ounce of strength I can muster to stay awake and not want to burst out crying at how much pain and exhaustion I feel.

I am constantly reminding myself that I can and will get through it. It’s become a one-day-at-a-time situation. Prayer and remembering how much I’ve already been through, how much I’ve made it through that helps me. I have run 6 marathons, and over 30 half marathons, those accomplishments alone are amazing. Closing my eyes and remembering how I would push through hard training runs, or races to make it to that finish line, that’s strength. If I can run 26.2 miles in a day, I can struggle through this stupid fibro crud.

What I will say is that I think what’s as hard, or maybe harder for me is not being able to do all the things I have been doing. I go out and do a long training run for example, or do a lot of house-cleaning, and then the next day I feel so useless. Depending upon the level of exertion, I may feel like I was hit by a truck, or have the flu. I’m so used to being able to wake up each day and get in my usual level of workouts and whatever needs to be done. I’m learning that I can’t always do that. This chronic disease steals that from you.

The Girl's Got Sole - Fibro Warrior

Not to mention that I feel like I’m disappointing people if I don’t, or can’t follow through with a commitment. This is also true when it comes to not being able to make it through a full day at work. I feel awful that it has become so hard to do that for me at times. I’m so thankful that my supervisor seems to understand that I’m honestly having a tough time, that means so much to me. It’s the last thing I want to do is to not do my part, to finish my share of the workload.

As a new “Fibro Warrior,” all I can hope is that my friends, family, and those around me understand that I’m fighting each and every day. Some days will be easier than others. I’m also still learning my limitations and when I need to see/feel the signs of a potential flare up coming on. I’m doing my best to maintain my ‘silly side,’ and I know that is such a bit part of who I am. It has helped me get through my worst bouts of depression over the years, so I’m hoping it can do the same for this chronic disease. Actually, I’m counting on it, as well as my faith to be my pillars through this. I’m a warrior.

The Girl's Got Sole - Fibro Warrior

Workout Recap W/E: 7/14

I had a pretty good week workout-wise. I’m sure it helped that I was able to take a day off from work, so my energy levels were a bit better due to some extra rest. 🙂 I’m still feeling tired regularly, but I’m continuing to push through it.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Sunday, July 8th – REST DAY.

Monday, July 9th – Bike workout at the gym. Got in 8 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, July 10th – Good 3-miler with some of my group despite having trouble getting myself out of bed.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, July 11th – Since I took Sunday off, I got into the gym for a bike workout. 7.6 miles done.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Thursday, July 12th – Easy track workout with 400s. Warmed up by walking a lap, then used 30:30 intervals for 2.5 miles. Then, walked a lap to cool down.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday run

Friday, July 13th – REST DAY.

Saturday, July 14th – Saturday morning group run. Ran 2 miles with friend, Jenny before meeting the group for 6 more miles. Total of 8 miles, and I felt pretty good.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday run

How were your workouts last week?

Product Review: Ultima Replenisher

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultima Replenisher

Disclaimer: I received Ultima Replenisher 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!

Have you heard of Ultima Replenisher? It’s become one of my favorite electrolyte replacement drinks out there. Ultima has 6 electrolytes, nothing artificial, and importantly, no high-fructose corn syrup! A high-quality product with zero calories and zero sugar!

The folks at Ultima are passionate about providing the best and most complete hydration product out there. Ultima Replenisher was founded in 1996 by nutritionist/long distance runner who created Ultima for the U.S. Track & Field distance athletes in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. It was effective in it’s purpose to hydrate the Olympians, but apparently very lacking in good taste. Fast-forward ten to years to 2016 to present, and you’ve got the current formulation of Ultima with it’s awesome flavors and taste.

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultima Replenisher review

Ultima comes in 5 flavors: Cherry Pomegranate, Grape, Raspberry, Orange, and Lemonade. Each serving provides potassium, magnesium, chloride, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, and zinc which help support your hydration needs for proper performance. It truly has every electrolyte and mineral needed for whatever your need so that you can perform your best.

I admit, I’ve tried Ultima in the past, and while I’ve liked it, never truly fell in love with it. This time though, I found myself really enjoying it before and after workouts. Adding it to ice-cold water really hits the spot. It quickly has entered my hydration cycle and it’s a favorite! Best of all, it doesn’t bother this girl’s sensitive stomach like some electrolyte replacement drinks can do.

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultima Replenisher

My favorite flavors are raspberry, grape, and cherry pomegranate. Lemonade is also pretty good, but I’m not the biggest fan of the orange. But, that’s a personal preference of course. Each flavor isn’t too strong tasting, and mixes well in a bottle of water or in a shaker bottle. I also recommend putting some pre-mixed Ultima in the freezer for a short period of time just to let it get icy, not frozen. Then, you’ve got a slushy kind of drink! Really can hit the spot during the hot summer months, especially after a hot run!

When I recently visited my parents, I had them try two flavors of Ultima. They tried the lemonade and orange flavors. My dad liked the lemonade, but wasn’t a big fan of the orange. Mom was pretty much the opposite, she preferred the orange. She did note that the lemonade tasted pretty good though, and she would drink it again.

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultima Replenisher review

Ready to try some Ultima Replenisher for yourself? You can order it directly online via the Ultima website, or head over to Amazon and get ahold of it there. Use discount code ULTIMABR to save 15% off your order. You can order flavors separately, or try out a pack of all 5 flavors to see what you like best. I do recommend the variety pack if you don’t know what flavor(s) to go with.

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The Girl's Got Sole - Ultima Replenisher review

#31daysofSkirtSports

If you follow me and any of my fellow Skirt Sports Ambassadors on social media, you’ve noticed we have all been posting this month under a hashtag, #31daysofSkirtSports. Every July, Skirt Sports does this photo challenge on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Even though we are now 12 days into July, it’s not too late to jump in and join the fun! All you need is an Instagram account (and/or Facebook & Twitter), then take some pics and post away! While each day on the calendar has a suggested theme, you don’t have to use it. As long as you post a fun photo of yourself and hashtag the photo with both #31daysofSkirtSports and #SkirtSports, you’re set!

Then, once you post your photo of the day, search through the #31daysofSkirtSports hashtag and see what your fellow Skirt runner friends are up to! It’s really a fun photo challenge for everyone. I hope you will join in the fun, and make some new Skirt Sports running, cycling and fitness friends along the way! You can check out the photos I’ve been posting and follow me under @GirlsGotSole.

The Girl's Got Sole - 31 Days of Skirt Sports

Choose The 100 Best Races!

The Girl's Got Sole - The BibRave 100

It’s back! The BibRave 100 has returned for year two! It’s your chance to nominate your favorite races from across America.

BibRave is assembling THE definitive list of what YOU think are the best races out there. With so many “best of” lists out there, this is your chance, as a runner to choose what race events should be included. The BibRave 100 is based on YOUR nominations and votes.

From now through August 5th, you can nominate as many races as you wish for things like on-course scenery, awesome medals & bling, free race photos, exceptional race management, and post-race party.

Once the nomination period ends, a general runner vote will occur about a month later. Those races that were the most nominated will make it to the voting period. Stay tuned for more info on the voting time table once the nominations close on August 5th.

Remember, your favorite race(s) can’t make it to the voting round unless they get the most nominations, so make sure you get your races nominated and tell all of your friends to do the same.

The 2018 BibRave 100 is sponsored by Recover Brands and MyLaps.

Running on the 4th of July

The Girl's Got Sole - Running on 4th of July

This week is the 4th of July, and with it comes many holiday races. I will be running the Watermelon 5k here in Orlando through Track Shack. It’s a favorite of mine, because not only do I get to dress up in red, white and blue, but I get to enjoy a fun run with friends.

Florida Hospital sponsors the Watermelon 5k each Independence Day in support of our military veterans. The event gives military personnel and their dependents a $10 discount and a special bib for the race. All participants get to enjoy a post-race party with ice-cold watermelon. There is also a watermelon eating contest and a kids run. Everyone registered receives a gender-specific tech tank top.

The Girl's Got Sole - Watermelon 5k

The event holds a food drive collecting non-perishable food items for the Orlando VA Medical Center’s VSO Food Pantry. Track Shack hopes to collect at least 1000 food items on race morning! Everyone is highly encouraged to bring cans and other food items with them.

If you are a Central Florida local, there’s still time to sign up for the race. Head over to Track Shack to register and join in the fun! You can sign up right up till race morning on site.

The Girl's Got Sole - Watermelon 5k Track Shack

If you aren’t local, there’s likely a 4th of July event in your area. A good place to check is http://runningintheusa.com/ as well as with your local running store. Or, you can do your own virtual run through organizations like Virtual Races for Charity or U.S. Road Running.



Are you running a race on the Fourth of July?

Workout Recap W/E: 6/30/18

Last week, I took it a bit easier workout-wise. I took an extra day off, which I felt my body really needed. I’m not the best at taking more than two rest days (heck, I would love to go back to 6 days of working out), but it’s important I rest when I need to. I mean, they do say rest is a part of the program. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap 6/30

Sunday, June 24th – REST DAY. After Saturday morning’s run, then working the Generation UCAN booth at the Track Shack mini-expo for the training groups, rest was needed. Woke up feeling extra exhausted, so listened to my body and took a rest day.

Monday, June 25th – Cross-training at the gym. Got in just over 7 miles on the bike.

The Girl's Got Sole - June 25th bike

Tuesday, June 26th – Florida hill repeat run with my group. Quite a warm morning, but great run.

The Girl's Got Sole - June 26th run

Wednesday, June 27th – REST DAY.

Thursday, June 28th – Easy-paced run on the track. So, not a real speed workout in the slightest, just used 30:30s and got in 2.5 miles, then after half mile with the warm up and cool down laps of walking.

The Girl's Got Sole - June 28th run

Friday, June 29th – REST DAY.

Saturday, June 30th – Saturday morning 6-miler with my group. Bit faster paced run than planned, but I felt pretty good. Just really hot and sweaty.

The Girl's Got Sole - June 30th run



How were your workouts last week?

Friday Five 6/29

The Girl's Got Sole - Friday Five

Happy Friday! This week has went better for me than the previous two weeks were. I have been blessed to be able to get through my workday, and haven’t had a flare up since Sunday when I ended up staying home all day. Hoping this continues, because I feel more like myself right now.

1. Lyrica med. Ok, so it’s now been 10 days I’ve been on the Lyrica 50mg for my fibro, and I think it’s helping. I do feel less achy as the week has gone on, and less exhausted. I’m still tired, but I’m more able to push through my regular work day and workouts like I used to. Here’s hoping and praying it continues!

The Girl's Got Sole - Meds kick in

2. Weight loss plateau. That said, I’m sort of in a holding pattern with my weight loss right now. Honestly though, I haven’t been overly trying to push myself the last couple of weeks, so that’s okay. I think I’m going to give it a week or so more to see how I’m feeling and if all goes well, get full-on back on things. I just don’t want to overdo stuff and stress my body out if I can help it. With 5lbs to lose (that’s my goal at least), it’s going to require a really on-target plan, so I’ll definitely get back on it soon.

3. Ultima Replenisher. I’m currently reviewing it as a BibRavePro and it’s quite awesome. It’s an electrolyte replacement that’s a great addition to my rotation. While I love my UCAN Hydrate, I also love to mix things up as I’m always drinking water or something in this Florida heat. Stay tuned for my review coming soon!

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultima Replenisher

4. 26.2 with Donna pacer. I’m excited to announce that I will be a pacer for the 2019 26.2 with Donna half marathon in February. This will be my first non-runDisney race that I will be pacing. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you’ll also know that the DONNA race has a lot of special meaning for me. It was my first marathon, and I was a race ambassador for the race for the two years following it. I’m looking forward to being able to pace the half next year.

5. Live PD night! I don’t know if you’re a fan like me, but I love watching this show on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s an updated version of COPS on A&E. Much better than COPS was though. They are live at up to 7 or 8 departments across the country. Definitely worth checking out if you like crime and law stuff.

The Girl's Got Sole - Live PD



Have a great weekend!

Train, Run, Celebrate in Chicago!

The Girl's Got Sole - Run Mag Mile 2018

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Disclaimer: I’m promoting Run Mag Mile 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!

The Girl's Got Sole - Run Mag Mile

This is a race you aren’t going to miss if you are in, near or can make it out to Chicago on September 8th! Run a scenic course that takes you past the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Water Tower Place, John Hancock Center, as well as Chicago’s most glamorous shops and boutiques. Choose from a 10k or 5k distances, and run a flat course that is perfect for obtaining your next PR. Run Mag Mile is a race for every one at every level.

The Run Mag Mile supports an amazing charity, The Chicago Help Initiative. They provide meals to the homeless, help connect the underprivileged and jobless citizens to the resources and social services needed for them to thrive in hard situations. You can also go that extra mile and sign up to raise money for the Chicago Help Initiative. Or, you can make a direct donation to the cause. Learn more about the charity on the race website.

The Girl's Got Sole - Race windbreaker & 10k medal

Let’s talk race amenities! Run Mag Mile has it in the bag! The goodie bag each runner receives, no matter what distance you choose includes a lightweight windbreaker! 10k runners receive an awesome Finisher Medal after crossing the finish line. Then, every single runner enjoys a post-race brunch! Runners get to enjoy a full hot breakfast and a Revolution Beer Cross of Gold golden ale.

Sign up today, and join the fun in the Windy City! Price goes up on July 29th for both distances, so be sure to register soon. Use discount code BRMagMile to get free sunglasses!

Product Review: OOFOS OOlala

The Girl's Got Sole - OOFOS review

Disclaimer: I received OOFOS OOlala 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!

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Have I mentioned how much I LOVE OOFOS? Because I truly do love them. These are THE best recovery sandals for runners (and everyone really). I’ve been wearing OOFOS now for a couple of years now, and they are amazing. I first had the opportunity to try out OOFOS in 2016, and I have since never looked back. In fact, this is my 4th pair!

The OOFOS OOlala are made with OOfoam which absorbs 37% more shock than other materials. The OOlala is available in 18 fun, bright bold colors, with two-toned good looks, glossy uppers and a slimmer silhouette style. OOFOS reduces stress on sore feet, knees and lower back, as well as cradles your arches in soft foam. They have a biomechanically designed footbed that allows natural motion. You can wear them in the shower, to the beach, as they are moisure resistant and they won’t smell! OOFOS are so light, you will feel like you are walking on clouds.

The Girl's Got Sole - OOFOS review

The OOFOS OOlala sandal is truly a fun, comfortable sandal. When as a BibRavePro I was given the opportunity to review these in the color orange, let’s just say I couldn’t raise my hand fast enough. I mean, the saying goes, #orangeisthenewfast! When I’m not wearing my running shoes, I’m wearing my OOFOS. This has become even more the case since I got Plantar Fasciitis at the end of October last year. It’s important to keep our feet protected, and OOFOS does an awesome job at that.

After every long run, my OOFOS are there waiting for me in my car. There is no better feeling than taking off your running shoes and sliding tired feet into a pair of OOFOS. Seriously, you will feel the OO! Ever since I got my first pair of OOFOS, I can’t imagine not having a pair in my car waiting for me after a long run or race.

The Girl's Got Sole - OOFOS review

If you have yet to try OOFOS, and are a runner, you owe it to yourself to get your feet into a pair! Believe me, you will not regret it for a second. You can buy a pair online, or find a local retailer near you. If you thought opening up a box of new running shoes was exciting, just wait until you get a pair of OOFOS! Oh yeah! 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - OOFOS