Race Recap: PNC Atlanta 10 Miler

The Girl's Got Sole - Atlanta 10 Miler

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler race 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!

On Sunday, I ran the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler. My adventure began though on Friday morning, when I left Orlando and began my drive up to Atlanta. Unfortunately, I waited too long to book a plane ticket, so driving it was! It’s a longer drive than I would have liked, even using toll roads. It’s also not the most exciting, so in the future, I will either fly up there, or only drive if I have friends along.

I arrived in Atlanta before 7pm Friday night (didn’t leave my parents place where I left my parakeet, Toby until about 10am), and boy was I ready to park my car and not drive for awhile! A fellow BibRave Pro, Jessica was kind enough to offer to let me stay at her place, and that was awesome. Once I got my stuff into the guest room, we headed out for a much-needed dinner. She took me to Grindhouse Killer Burgers, and it was sooo good! They have the Impossible Burger, and I have been really wanting to try it. Let me tell you, it most definitely did not disappoint! After dinner, we made a stop at the nearby Kroger for some things, then back to her place. The evening ended with a viewing of Iron Man 2. Always great hanging out with fellow Marvel Universe fans!

The Girl's Got Sole - ATL 10 Miler

With fellow BRP, Jessica after we picked up our race bibs.

The next morning, we did a little shopping before hitting up the packet pickup at Atlantic Station. The Station is a shopping/dining center that used to be the Atlantic Steel Mill. We had lunch at BGR The Burger Joint, and it was good! We both ended up having a veggie burger with grilled onions and bbq sauce and tater tots. Highly recommend! After a very filling lunch, we walked over to packet pickup.

Atlanta Track Club sets up a pop-up location for packet pickup at Atlantic Station. It was super easy to get my bib and all. I just walked up to the volunteers, told them my name, and all set. The PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5k is sponsored by Mizuno, so the race shirt is Mizuno, as is all of the race gear. Runners could stock up on tees, hoodies, pint glasses, and of course any fuel/nutrition they may need. Clif reps were on hand with granola samples for hungry participants. I didn’t sample it myself, but I heard it all was good!

The Girl's Got Sole - ATL 10 Miler packet pickup

The remainder of Saturday was spent back at Jessica’s place, where we later watched another Marvel movie (AntMan & the Wasp), and ordered in dinner. Nice to have a relaxing evening before race morning, especially after driving in the car for most of the day prior.

Race morning was cold! This Florida girl didn’t expect temps in the 40s for the race, I thought it was going to be high 50s. Thankfully, I did have some layers with me, but I didn’t pack capris, so I wore my Skirt Sports Gym Girl Ultra skirt. Jessica had to get to the race early, as she was volunteering, so I opted to go with her rather than sleep the extra 30 minutes. I did wait in the warm car though, until I knew I had to get my butt moving though!

The Girl's Got Sole - ATL 10 Miler flat runner

My flat runner, added a hoodie and gloves.

Once outside, I hit up the port-o-lets. It was there that I met up with another BibRave Pro, Samantha. We snagged a pre-race photo, and wished each other a great race. After doing my business, I walked over to get into my corral. I was happy to see that being in the last corral had its perks, we were right by the parking garage. That allowed me to stay a bit warmer and away from the winds for a bit longer. Then, before I knew it, our corral was headed to the start.

I wasn’t really feeling it that morning, so my plan was to just take it easy and get to the finish. While it’s always nice to get a great pace, I knew that the cold weather that I hadn’t planned on, and just generally how I was feeling wasn’t going to result in a great finish time. I also had issues with my right knee going into the race, which I attributed to my long drive. My left foot’s plantar fasciitis was also acting up on me.

The Girl's Got Sole - ATL 10 Miler

With fellow BRP Samantha post-race.

That all said, the race support from spectators at this race is amazing! I was constantly impressed with every spectator, especially the non-profit groups that lined the route. Atlanta Track Club selects 10 non-profits each year for the cheer stations. These groups get donations to their organizations based upon enthusiasm, participation and assistance. Each group does a theme at their cheer station, which I loved. I saw butterflies, dinosaurs, bananas, and sports fanatics. It really pepped me up and I enjoyed them a lot.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 PNC Atlanta 10 Miler

This race has a special aspect to it known as the Cardiac Hill Challenge. At about mile two, the one mile stretch of Peachtree Road rises or falls (the latter this year) more than 12 stories in elevation is referred to as “Cardiac Hill.” Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno team up for the challenge, and the top 50 men and women who run down the stretch the fastest get a prize. The fastest man and woman also get the title of King and Queen of Cardiac Hill. The signs along this mile were so awesome. They made me smile and made me chuckle. And, the cheer squad along that mile was super enthusiastic. It was tough, but I admit, I kind of enjoyed the challenge! And hey, it was my fastest mile of the race! šŸ™‚

The PNC Atlanta 10 Miler is the third in the Triple Peach Series. The first of which is the AJC Peachtree Road Race on July 4th, and third is Invesco QQQ Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon on November 22nd. If runners do all three events, they earn a Triple Peach finisher’s medal at the finish line of the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon. I noticed quite a number of local Atlanta folks who had a unique Triple Peach bib, so seems to be quite popular and the way to go if you can get out to all three events.

The Girl's Got Sole - PNC Atlanta 10 Miler

This race wasn’t easy for me, and I learned how much I need to again add in hill training to my running. The PNC Atlanta 10 Miler has one of the toughest elevation profiles of the Atlanta races according to my Atlanta Track Club friends. So, I guess taking it on without much hill training was a little nuts for this Florida runner. I can tell you, if I return to run it (which I’d like to), I will most definitely train better for those hills! They can truly kick your butt if you aren’t ready for them!

While I didn’t like to drive to/from Atlanta, I did enjoy this race and my experience. I would recommend this race to anyone looking for a great, well-supported 10 mile race. They aren’t easy to come by, and Atlanta Track Club does a great job with their races from what I experienced during the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler.

The Girl's Got Sole - PNC Atlanta 10 Miler medal

Five on Friday 10/19/18

The Girl's Got Sole - Friday 5

Happy Friday! I’m definitely happy that it’s Friday, because this is the start of my four-day weekend. I am actually headed up to Atlanta for the Atlanta 10 Miler that is on Sunday. I haven’t been on any sort of racecation or short vacation in months, so it’s exciting. Having dealt with health issues most of the year, I’m finally feeling better and able to take some time off for fun stuff again.

1. Atlanta 10 Miler race. Like I said, I’m running a race on Sunday! It’s my first race of the season, and I’m looking forward to it. I was hoping to fly up to Atlanta on Friday, but unfortunately, I waited too long to try to book a flight. The prices went up like crazy! So, I’m driving up from Orlando. It’s about a 6 hour drive, so hopefully the traffic isn’t too bad. With the race being on Sunday, at least I will have Saturday to enjoy the area a bit with my fellow BibRavePro friends!

The Girl's Got Sole - Atlanta 10 Miler

2. Savella dose increase. As I posted last month, I’m now on a medication called Savella. I have been on 50mg, but as of Tuesday night, I have gone up to 75mg. Been feeling like I needed more than the dose I was on, so I asked my doctor to increase a bit. I don’t want to go up more than I have to, but I also need to find the right dosing that makes me feel best. On the good side, I’m not feeling anywhere near as exhausted as I used to. I believe that getting off of the Cymbalta made a difference.

The Girl's Got Sole - Savella

3. Koia Plant-Based Drinks. I finally tried these, and I LOVE them! My favorite is the Cinnamon Horchata. I found them at my local Publix and I’m sure they are also at other health food stores. I only wish they weren’t almost $4 a piece! At 190 calories each and 18 grams of protein, it’s a perfect quick breakfast or snack. I had one after my run the other morning, so good!

The Girl's Got Sole - Koia drinks

4. Garfield Halloween Run 4k. This past Sunday, I did a local fun run with Track Shack. In honor of Garfield’s 40th birthday, the Halloween run/walk was a 4k, which is 2.4 miles. Run with Character is the sponsor of the race, and they also put on on the World’s Grumpiest Race with Grumpy Cat (which I am a Brand Rep for). There are a still spots left in the virtual Halloween run, so if you want to earn that fun medal, sign up!

The Girl's Got Sole - Garfield Halloween Run

5. New TobyMac album. My favorite artist, TobyMac just released a new album titled The Elements. It’s awesome. I love everything TobyMac puts out, the guy is awesome and uses his talent for the glory of God. His songs have spoken to me at many times in my life, and The Elements does the same. I pretty much only listen to Christian music nowadays, because in my opinion, it’s the best music out there. šŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - TobyMac The Elements

I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales & Fitness for the Friday Five. Please check out their blogs and some of the others in the link-up!
The Girl's Got Sole - Friday Five link-up

Product Review: Wegrynd Shirt

The Girl's Got Sole - Wegrynd product review

As a runner, I’m always on the lookout for new, great products and gear. I recently had the opportunity to check out Wegrnd. They make Eco-friendly tops and visors for runners and endurance athletes. The products are moisture-wicking, odor absorbing, made with premium lightweight fabric, and are UPF 50+.

I was sent a short sleeve tech shirt and made sure to wear it for a number of my runs. Here in Central Florida, it’s so hot and humid that I am always sweating like crazy. So, the shirt was definitely put through it’s paces. Each time though, I did the “smell test,” and it never smelled bad. No stinky shirt! That’s in stark comparison to my other tops that I never finish a run in smelling like roses. Even after washing (and always hanging dry, as I never dry my running gear), it always smelled good.

The Girl's Got Sole - Wegrnd review

The shirt itself is also very comfortable, it’s so soft! That’s because it’s made from 55% bamboo charcoal and 45% recycled polyester. Because of that combination, it also kept me feeling a bit cooler, even in this intense Florida heat. The Wegrynd gear can definitely stand up to tough training conditions here in the Sunshine State!

You can check out all of the shirts and tops that Wegrynd has to offer on their website. No matter whether you are a tank top or tech tee kind of a person, they have you covered.

The Girl's Got Sole - Wegrynd product review

Disclaimer: I was sent a Wegrynd tech shirt in exchange for a review on the blog. All opinions are my own, and no further compensation was received.

Workout Recap W/E 10/13

Last week was a good week workout-wise. Otherwise, it just felt long. LOL! I got in my scheduled workouts, three runs and two gym workouts. Even had the best run I’ve had in awhile on Saturday morning. Cooler weather sure helps! šŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

Saturday group run after 6 miles.

Sunday, October 7th – Gym bike workout for cross-training. Got in just over 9 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, October 8th – 7.82 miles on the bike at the gym for more cross-training.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, October 9th – Morning 3-miler with some of my group. Rained a bit before we started, but only dealt with barely a sprinkling during the run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, October 10th – REST DAY.

Thursday, October 11th – Track workout. Been awhile since I hit the track, and I was tired. Ended up walking a half mile, then run/walked 2 miles, followed by another half mile walk to cool down.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday track run

Friday, October 12th – REST DAY.

Saturday, October 13th – Saturday group run. Great 6 mile run in Winter Park. Bit cooler temps for the best weather we’ve had in months!

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

How were your workouts last week?

Support Local Heroes in the K9s United Run

The Girl's Got Sole - K9s United Run Apopka

Disclaimer: Iā€™m promoting the K9s United 9k for K9s Apopka 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!

Join K9s United on December 1st in Apopka for the K9s United 9K for K9s run! The event benefits law enforcement K9s through the K9s United organization. K9s United is committed to supporting and honoring K9 law enforcement officers through funding to help provide the resources they need. The organization aids them with the best equipment, amenities,, and quality of life during and after their service to their communities.

The Girl's Got Sole - K9s United 9k Run

The event features a 9k, 5k, and untimed 1 mile fun run that are open to runners and walkers of all levels. In addition to the races, there will be a number of activities on race day including a K9 Photo Booth where you can get your picture taken with your favorite K9 Hero, K9 demos from area K9 Units, music, vendors, and more.

If you can’t make it out to the actual event, there is also a virtual option! Register before November 10th before the price increase and use code BIBRAVE18 to save 10% off. Sign up and support local law enforcement K9 heroes!

The Girl's Got Sole - K9 United Run

Countdown to Atlanta

The Girl's Got Sole - Countown to Atlanta

My first race of the season is in 12 days in Atlanta. I will be running the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler on October 21st, thanks to being a BibRavePro.

I’m excited to get my race season started, and the Atlanta 10 Miler should be a great kick-off. The only race I’ve run in Atlanta is Jeff Galloway’s 13.1 back in it’s inaugural year, in 2014. It was a bit chilly for this Florida girl that year, but I had a great time running in Atlanta. Returning to run in Atlanta should be another good time.

Unfortunately, I don’t get out of Florida to run much (darn money, or lack thereof), but Georgia and the Carolinas are definitely states I love to road trip to. Atlanta is about a 6 hour drive from Orlando, so it’s not too bad. My plan is to leave early Friday morning, and then arrive that afternoon. The race itself is on Sunday, so I won’t be heading back to Florida until Monday.

With Wine & Dine Half Marathon and the OUC Orlando Half Marathon on my race schedule, my training has been right on. I’ve already run a couple of 10 mile training runs, and just ran 12 miles this past weekend. The only part of the race course itself I may not be prepared for is Cardiac Hill. My hill work hasn’t been the best this season, so we shall see how well I handle that famous hill. On the bright side, it’s a downhill run at mile 2. Maybe that makes it a bit better? šŸ™‚

There are so many awesome perks for everyone who participates in the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5k.Showing your race bib can get you deals like 10% off food at Atlantic Grill, 10% off food at California Pizza Kitchen, 10% off food at Kilwin’s, and 10% off at Yogli Mogli. Check out the complete list of food and non-food offers on the race website.

If you would like to join me in Atlanta on 10/21 for the 10 Miler or 5k, there’s still time to register! Don’t miss out on this fun race! Use discount code FALLFORFALL10 to save 10% off registration.

The Girl's Got Sole - ATL 10 Miler & 5k

Workout Recap W/E 10/6

Hard to believe it’s October already. I’m happy for a new month though, as most of the year has been a bit rough. Now, if the weather would just get cooler, things would be pretty good. Last week’s workouts were good, I got in 5 days which is my goal. Ended the week with a long 12 mile run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run

Saturday morning group run, dark and early!

Sunday, September 30th – REST DAY. (unplanned, but it was worth it)

Monday, October 1st – Bike workout at the gym. Got in 8.6 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, October 2nd – Hit the gym again after not wanting to get up early for my run. Just over 8 miles on the bike.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Wednesday, October 3rd – Another day of cross-training at the gym. Biked for 7.35 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Thursday, October 4th – Run with my group for just over 5k. Great getting out there.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday run

Friday, October 5th – REST DAY.

Saturday, October 6th – Saturday long run. Early run with some of my group for 12 miles of training for my upcoming ATL 10-Miler, Wine & Dine Half Marathon and OUC Orlando Half Marathon.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week?

The Running Community Needs Team 413

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413

If you’re a runner, I’m sure you’ve seen the Team 413 shirts during one or more of your races. The shirt bears the Bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” from Philippians 4:13. That single verse has inspired, and continues to inspire runners (and non-runners) since Team 413 was established in 2003. This ministry is so important to the running community. Irregardless of your religious affiliation, we all need Team 413. But, the non-profit organization is in great need of our help.

Team 413 relies on donations and support in order to fund the work of the ministry. The budget the organization runs on is very small. Donations help to rent booth space at race expos, travel expenses and assist some fellow runners with significant personal need. Team 413 has to be present and visible in order to fulfill it’s mission to share the love of Christ in the athletic world through words and actions.

The Girl's Got Sole - Running for the Glory of God, Team 413

As a Team 413 supporter, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had comments from other runners out on a race course about my shirt. That Bible verse, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me helps so many! It always puts a smile on my face knowing that having that verse on my back might have encouraged someone and maybe even brought them closer to God. After having run 6 marathons and over 30 half marathons, I know I couldn’t have done it without God by my side. All I want for my fellow runners is to experience the joys of running and how much faith in God is for the journey. Team 413 helps to do that.

No matter where you are in your faith and relationship with God, please learn more about this amazing ministry. If Team 413 has touched or inspired you in any way, consider making a donation. It doesn’t have to be much, even a few dollars helps. You can also get a Team 413 shirt and other merchandise in the online store. Let’s help keep Team 413 strong!

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413

Wonder Woman Run Series: Oakland

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

Disclaimer: Iā€™m promoting the DC Wonder Woman Run Series 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!

Hey Oakland runners and walkers! The second race in the DC Wonder Woman Run Series is coming on October 13th. Sign up to run/walk the 5k or 10k and be a part of a heroic race experience!

All runners get their choice between two race kits (difference being one is a tank top, the other a tech tee), a commemorative race bib, complimentary race photos, and the Inaugural DC Wonder Woman Run finisher’s medal. Not to mention an awesome post-race party to celebrate after you run!

This is the second race in the DC Wonder Woman Run Series. You can check out the fun that was had in Sacramento back on September 22nd, here on the Facebook page.

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

Register today for the Oakland race and use code WWBIBRAVE for 10% off! If you can’t make it out to the race in person, there is a virtual option as well. Head on over to the race website for all the details.

A Health Update

The Girl's Got Sole - Health Update

It’s now been 10 days since I stopped taking Cymbalta. If you missed my post about my awful, nightmare withdrawal, please check it out. I’m so incredibly happy that I am off of the medication and on Savella.

That said, it’s been kind of different. I thankfully got through the actual withdrawal by last Wednesday, but there are some lingering side effects. Mostly, I’ve had strange brain zaps, dull headaches, vertigo, and generally feeling off. I know it’s not the new medication that is the cause, I completely blame it on the cymbalta.

On the good side, I’m laughing so much more! My “old” sense of humor is returning! I feel so much looser and generally happier in life. And, I’m not tired all the time! Major thumbs up to all of these things. Honestly, I haven’t felt more awake and like myself in I don’t know how long.

The Girl's Got Sole - Happy Mind, Happy Life

Am I over the hard part(s)? That, I don’t know. I do think that I’m through the worst of the troubles I’ve experienced, but I know it’s likely not over. Cymbalta after effects can last for months in some people. So, who knows? I’m hoping it won’t be a months kind of lengthy ordeal though. I’m over our relationship and prefer it not be a crazy long breakup period. šŸ™‚

So, I’m happy right now. That’s basically the best news in awhile. It seems that the reviews from Savella users reporting a positive result from the medication were right on target. I am feeling as though I’m getting my life back, feeling more like myself. And, I am looking forward to genuinely being happy with life again.