Seeking Holiday Festiveness!

The Girl's Got Sole - Holiday spirit

Okay, I know, I know…festiveness isn’t a real word. But, it’s that festive holiday feelings that I am seeking! I’m hoping seeking it out will bring forth the warm feelings of Christmas and holiday cheer. And, it couldn’t hurt if Florida decided to cool off a bit and embrace the fact that it’s November.

I have added the Lifestyle package to my Sling TV subscription so that I can watch the Hallmark Channel movies. As I write this, I’m actually watching my first one, A Christmas Detour starring Candace Cameron Bure. She gets stranded at the airport a couple of days before Christmas as she tries to get to NYC to be with her fiance and his family.

Next step is to get the holiday decorations going in the next week or so. They say putting up your Christmas decorations early can make you happier. There’s science behind that theory apparently. Check out an article about it. I actually heard about this on the radio before Halloween had even passed. That article is actually from almost a year ago, but I am willing to go with what psychologists say. I mean, can’t hurt, right?

The Girl's Got Sole - Christmas isn't a season, it's a feeling

So, here’s hoping I can get my happiness level up and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!
What do you do to get into the holiday spirit this time of year?

Wonder Woman Run: San Diego

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

Iā€™m promoting the DC Wonder Women Run Series as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

This is it! It’s the final physical race of the 2018 DC Wonder Woman Run Series! This coming Sunday, November 18th, you can run in the San Diego 10k or 5k races! If you can make it out to San Diego, this is a race that you won’t want to miss!

Sign up to run or walk either the 10k or 5k on 11/18 and earn your superhero status! Every registration includes a race kit (choice of a tank or tee), Inaugural DC Wonder Woman Run finisher medal, chip timing, complimentary race photos, and an awesome post-race party!

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run Series

Race starts at 9am on Sunday, November 18th at the SDCCU Stadium. $79 for the 10k, $59 for the 5k, and $25 for youth. Use discount code WWBIBRAVE to save 10% when you sign up for either distance.

If you can’t make it out to San Diego, the Virtual Run is still open! You can choose your distance and run your own race in your hometown. The virtual run option is $39 and you can also save 10% with code WWBIBRAVE! I know I can’t wait to run the Wonder Woman 10k virtually here in Central Florida! Join in on the fun!

Workout Recap W/E 11/10

Wow, it’s hard to believe that we are already in November. Thanksgiving is in 12 days, and then December is right on it’s heels…this year seems to be moving faster now. At least to me. It’s been full of a lot of ups and downs, so I’m ready for some holiday cheer. šŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Sunday, November 4th – Wine & Dine Half Marathon. It ended up being quite a humid day, weather-wise and my race didn’t end anywhere like I thought it would have. You can read my race recap here if you want to hear more about it. At least I finished! Ha.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday half marathon

Monday, November 5th – Despite my legs being sore and tight, I hit the gym for a bike workout. Was hoping it would help loosen things up.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, November 6th – Got in a 3 mile run with some of my group. My legs weren’t too pleased, and my right leg was definitely not a happy camper, but I ran!

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, November 7th – REST DAY.

Thursday, November 8th – Run with friend Colleen before work. Legs were definitely feeling better than they did on Tuesday morning, and my pace reflected that.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday run

Friday, November 8th – REST DAY.

Saturday, November 9th – Saturday group run. Did 8 miles, and it was a bit of a push at the end. Not only was it quite humid out, but my right leg was less than pleased with me. It seems that since I drove to Atlanta and ran the 10-mile race there, it’s been a bit of an issue on long runs.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week? Anyone run a race?

Running for TEAM 413

The Girl's Got Sole - OUC Orlando Half Marathon

On December 1st, I will be running the OUC Orlando Half Marathon here in Orlando. It will be my 35th half marathon, and my 6th OUC half marathon race. So, I’ve decided to run it for a reason, for TEAM 413 GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES.

If you follow the blog regularly, you know how much TEAM 413 means to me. I met Chris Gillespie and his wife Kiki back in 2013 at the WDW Marathon Weekend race expo. I was new to running back then, and was so thrilled to find TEAM 413 and learn of their mission within the running community. Since then, I’ve been a part of the TEAM 413 community, and I can’t imagine the running world being without them in it.

TEAM 413 GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES exists to share the love of Christ within the athletic arena, promoting the physical, mental and spiritual health of the athlete. The ministry believes in the truth of “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” as it is written in the Bible, Philippians 4:13. TEAM 413 was founded in 2003 with the mission to share Christ with “whosoever” along our journey.

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413

I’d like to invite and ask you to make a donation of any amount, that’s right, ANY AMOUNT to TEAM 413 between now and December 2nd. It doesn’t matter if you can only give $5, or you are able to give $100, every single donation makes a difference for the ministry. Your donations go to rent booth space at race expos, travel expenses to and from the races, and helps assist runners who have significant personal need. It all goes right back out there to continue to spread the love of Christ to runners all over the world.

If you want to help, but don’t want to give a donation, please check out the online store. Pick up a tee or two for yourself or family. Get some car magnets or stickers, or a hat to wear about town. TEAM 413 items make great Christmas gifts! Not only will you be giving your loved ones a neat faith-filled gift, but you are also helping to support the ministry of TEAM 413! Thank you for your consideration and support of TEAM 413 and my running of the OUC Orlando Half Marathon next month! šŸ™‚

***Note, if you’d like to note that you are donating to support my race on 12/1, you can do that when you make your safe and secure donation on the GoFundMe donation page. Thank you!***

Returning as a BibRavePro!

The Girl's Got Sole - BibRave Pro

I’m excited to announce that I will be returning as a BibRavePro in 2019! It will be my 5th year being a part of the awesome running community, and I love repping the orange!

As a BibRavePro, I get the opportunity to run and review races, try out cool gear, and be a part of an amazing community of runners. Each Tuesday night at 9pm Eastern, BibRave hosts #bibchat on Twitter. There is a sponsor each week, and participating chatters can win free stuff!

The Girl's Got Sole - BibRavePro

If you would like to join me in 2019 as a part of the BibRave community, you can apply! Now through November 14th, applications are open to be a part of the community. Requirements are that you are a socially savvy running blogger, and influencer in the run community. Also, be sure to have a few race reviews up on BibRave!

Perks of being a BibRavePro include, free race entries, access to hot new running products, awesome BibRave orange gear to rock on your runs, and more! Head over to apply now!

Race Recap: 2018 Wine & Dine Half Marathon

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Wine & Dine Half Marathon race recap

On Sunday, November 4th, I paced the 2018 Wine & Dine Half Marathon out at Walt Disney World. It was my 34th half marathon. It ended up being a tougher day than I had anticipated.

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be a Galloway Pacer with runDisney events. Wine & Dine Half Marathon was a race I hadn’t run before, and I was looking forward to it. I believe it was my 5th race that I’ve been a run/walk/run pacer. I really enjoy helping others achieve their goals at the races, and I have a good time running through Walt Disney World.

The morning at a runDisney race begins way early. With the half marathon starting at 5:30am, I had to be there at about 4:15am to get ready to go and in my corral with my co-pacer. I pace the 3:15 finish time, so I’m always in one of the last corrals. That means, being in Corral G at this race, which was the second to last corral. We hit the start line at about 6:15am, so you’re in the corral for awhile.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Wine & Dine Half

The beginning of the race went well. We had some on and off sprinkling of rain, and it did get humid, but I felt good. I was talking to runners that were with our pace group, and I love learning about where they are from, and such. I had some nice conversations with a few of them.

I felt good, and though I was getting a bit sore and tired, I was confident in how things were going. I did run ahead about mile 6.5 or thereabouts and hit the port-o-lets, but caught back up easily with my co-pacer. By the time we hit the Studios, I was feeling the race, as I was hot and ready to finish. That said, I knew I was going to be good to finish. Or, at least I thought I was.

The wheels fell off at about mile 11.8, a bit before we entered EPCOT Center. All of a sudden, I felt lightheaded, faint and started seeing stars. I had no clue what was going on. I was hydrating at all of the water stops, and I had been fueling with my usual UCAN Superstarch. It was so odd and unexpected. That said, I tried to keep up with my co-pacer Melanie, who was carrying our flag, but I had to drop back. Unfortunately, I couldn’t communicate my issue to her at the time. That upset me, because I felt like I was failing as a pacer.

I found myself walking into EPCOT, wondering if I should even be walking. I was feeling out of it, and disappointed in myself for how I was feeling. As I walked, I was looking for medical folks, but I was seeing none. When I hit the water station, I decided some Powerade might help, maybe my blood sugar was low. Grabbed a cup and drank it, and it thankfully helped some. I continued my walking toward the finish.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Wine & Dine Half Marathon course

With just over a mile to go, I debated on a DNF, or if I could push through to at least walk to the finish line. That’s why I kept moving. I hate failing, and I felt like I had failed. I also tried calming myself with thoughts that this was my health, that I needed to relax and not be concerned. When the 3:30 pace group came up behind me, they were great. They asked me if I was okay, I told them how I almost felt as though I was going to pass out. They assured me that it was okay, that’s why we have two pacers with every group. Things happen sometimes, and not to worry. That did help me some, but I told them to please pass on to my co-pacer when they finished that I had to pull back. As they took off on their next run, I thanked them for checking on me.

Crossing that finish line, I have to admit, I wasn’t happy. I still felt out of it, and did get medical to take me to have my vitals checked. Seeing my co-pacer as I was being wheeled to the medical tent, I apologized for having to leave her at the end. She was so sweet about it, and told me it was okay and to just take care of myself.

My blood pressure was 150/65 when they checked it. The medical folks were so great and even got me a diet soda to help my blood sugar and hopefully calm my dizziness. I sat with them for a few minutes, before they thought I looked better and I actually did feel a bit better. No more stars which was an improvement for sure!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Wine & Dine Half

So, I don’t know what happened in that last mile and a half or so of the race. My guess is that I had some heat exhaustion and maybe low blood sugar. I’ve tried to look back at the days before the race, but other than having some tummy issues, I was doing great with my nutrition, and I hydrated well going into the race. So, I don’t know what happened at the end of the race. I’ve never experienced something like that before.

I’m working on letting my disappointment in myself for not finishing the race with my 3:15 group go, but it’s still lingering a bit in my mind. If it was just my race, I’d be okay with it, but I felt like missing my goal time was a failure since I was pacing. I suppose we all have our bad races, but when you are a pacer, it stings more. You have other runners relying on you to get them to the finish line in a set time. Thankfully, there are always two pacers with each group, so no one missed out because of me.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Wine & Dine Half

With my friend, Colleen post-race. It made me smile seeing her after it all. šŸ™‚

Hopefully, my next race goes a lot better than this one did! Here’s to better race days!

New York, the City of Dreams

Three years ago today, I ran my dream race, the NYC Marathon. It truly was a race like no other, and an experience I will never forget. It was one of the highlights of my life.

2015 was what I now look back at as my best year. Or, at least one of my best year’s ever. I recall the moment I received the news that I was in for the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon. I jumped up and down and didn’t get a lick of work done the remainder of that day. It was a dream come true, and I was on cloud 9 from that moment on.

Training for the race, which was my 5th marathon wasn’t always easy. But, I had a dream in my heart and God right beside me, so I felt as though nothing was impossible. I pushed through the grueling summer training in Florida knowing that the big event would be worth every drop of sweat that poured off of me through the miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2015 NYC Marathon

That year was all about New York and those five boroughs. Arriving in New York a few days before the big dance, I was full of excitement and anyone who came in contact with me knew it. I may have driven my family and friends a bit nutty through it, but I couldn’t help it, I was running the NYC Marathon!

From the moment I picked up my bib at the expo to race morning itself, I felt so blessed. Even better was that my mom, who is my best friend came along with me for race weekend. We had such a great time together and even got to see family whom I hadn’t seen in years.

Once I was in my corral at the foot of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, I was a ball of emotions. All it took was hearing Frank Sinatra crooning, New York, New York to get me teary-eyed. That feeling, that experience starting the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon will live with me in my heart forever.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2015 NYC Marathon finish

The 26.2 mile journey through five boroughs of the streets of New York City weren’t always easy, but I loved it. Through the pain, exhaustion, and emotions, I felt oh so loved by that city. It’s a love that just surrounds you like a big bear hug. New York loves it’s runners!

Crossing the finish line felt amazing. I cried, I thanked God up above for giving me the strength. I had a big dream in my heart, and with hard work and the strength of God, I was able to see it through. That feeling is so beautiful and awesome and honestly, difficult to truly put into words. I was grateful, happy, and blessed.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2015 NYC Marathon

If you are running the TCS NYC Marathon this Sunday, enjoy every single moment! It’s an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. And, if you have a dream to run this incredible race in your heart, don’t give up on that dream! Dreams do come true!

Wonder Woman Run Series: Los Angeles

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

Iā€™m promoting the DC Wonder Women Run Series as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

This is it, the second to last physical race of the 2018 DC Wonder Woman Run Series! The Los Angeles Wonder Woman Run race is THIS Sunday, November 4th. Run or walk the 10k or 5k races and enjoy an amazing, superhero course experience and post-race party!

All participants get their choice of race kits, an Inaugural DC Wonder Woman Run finisher’s medal, a commemorative race bib, and complimentary race photos! This will be a race experience of heroic proportions!

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run Series LA

Don’t wait though, the Los Angeles DC Wonder Woman Run is 90% full! Register today, and run this weekend! There is also a Virtual Race option if you can’t make it out to LA in person, or if the race hits capacity. Sign up today using discount code WWBIBRAVE to save 10% off!

October Training Update

The Girl's Got Sole - Training Update

It’s actually almost November, and it’s starting to feel like time is flying by! With last weekend’s PNC Atlanta 10 Miler, my race season has officially begun. I don’t think it slows down for me until maybe March next year.

This morning, I ran 8 miles with my group, and I was grateful for lower mileage and cooler temps. We have finally gotten Fall weather in Florida! It was about 66 degrees and I loved it. I think my preferred running weather is mid-60s, as it feels comfortable for me.

Next Sunday, I will be pacing the Wine & Dine Half Marathon with runDisney. I love being a Galloway pacer, and doing it at runDisney races is a lot of fun. I will be pacing the 3:15 finish which is my favorite time to pace for the half marathon. I can run 13.1 in about 3 hours, but the 3:15 finish time is comfortable, and I don’t have to feel like I’m pushing too hard.

The Girl's Got Sole - October Training Update

Pacing a runDisney race with fellow pacer, Melanie.

After Wine & Dine Half Marathon, my goal race for the season is up next. I will be running the OUC Orlando Half Marathon on 12/1. This will be my 5th OUC Half Marathon, as I ran it in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. I’m looking forward to it this year more-so because they changed the route to have less brick, which is awesome. There will only be 1.6 miles of brick, and it’s all in the first 5 miles.

December also has the Mt. Dora Half Marathon on 12/16. I will be running the race for BibRave, as a BibRavePro, so I’m excited about that. I ran Mt. Dora Half last year, and it’s a great race. If you are local, or would like to come out and run Mt. Dora Half Marathon with me, you can save 10% off registration with code BIBRAVE10!

I feel like my training this season has been okay, but it could have been better. The PNC Atlanta 10 Miler showed me how under-trained I was for hills. I have gotten the miles in like I should, but my health struggles haven’t always had me feeling as good as I’d like on a run. I’m hoping my upcoming half marathons go well, and I feel good! šŸ™‚

Run the Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5k

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Mt. Dora Half Marathon 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 - Mount Dora Half Marathon & 5k

The 2018 Mount Dora Half Marathon will be taking place on December 16th. The race is in it’s 7th year, and also includes a 5k which takes place the day before. The half marathon course is a single loop route and the course remains open until the last runner crosses the finish line (there is a 16 minute per mile time limit – 3:30 finish). This year, the 5k will take place on Saturday morning, which allows runners to do both distances. In previous years, the 5k and half marathon took place on the same day, on a Sunday morning.

The half marathon route has gently rolling hills in the first 6 miles, and heads through historic neighborhoods dating back to the 1900s. Course runs along the shoreline of two lakes within the small town and is lined with lots of old trees, making it nicely scenic. It is an out-and-back course, starting and finishing at Elizabeth Evans Park on South Donnelly Street.

The Girl's Got Sole - Mount Dora Half Marathon

All finishers of both the half marathon and 5k races get a Finisher medal, and participants get a race shirt. A portion of the proceeds from the event help to support the Run 4 a Cause Foundation. The group provides disadvantaged youth with an opportunity to play in local sports programs.

Register to run either the half marathon or 5k at Use discount code BIBRAVE10 to save 10% off. The half marathon is limited to 1500 runners/walkers, so sign up today!