Workout Recap W/E: 6/20/20

It’s definitely summer, that’s for sure! The heat is on here in Central Florida, which makes for some hot and humid runs. The beginning of the summer season runs are always tougher, so I look forward to better acclimating to the heat soon.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

After our Saturday morning 6 mile run.

 

Sunday, June 14th – Gym workout on the bike for 8.2 miles. Followed by upper body strength and a one-minute plank.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, June 15th – Bike workout at home before work. Got in 12.5 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout at home

Tuesday, June 16th – Tuesday morning run with a few of my runner girls. Was tired, but got in a good 5k.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday morning run

Wednesday, June 17th – REST DAY.

Thursday, June 18th – Thursday track workout. 800s on the track with a half mile walk to warm up, followed by a half mile walk to cool down.

The Girl's Got Sole - Track Thursday run

Friday, June 19th – REST DAY.

Saturday, June 20th – Saturday long run. Great 6-miler with a a couple of my friends in Winter Park.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week? Let me know in the comments!

Race Recap: Hospital Hill Run 10k Virtual

The Girl's Got Sole - Hospital Hill Run Virtual

Disclaimer: I received an entry into the Hospital Hill Run 10k virtual 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!

On June 13th, I ran the 2020 Hospital Hill Run 10k virtual race. I had originally hoped to run it the weekend prior, but due to a tropical storm, it was a rainy, wet weekend here in Central Florida. I was a bit disappointed, as I am when I have to cancel any run, but was happy I could get out and run this virtual race last weekend.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hospital Hill Run virtual

My running crew for the virtual run.

I set out with three of my runner friends at 5:30am for the 10k. We ran a regular 6 mile route, and pushed ourselves a bit on pace. It was quite humid out, and I remember thinking how much nicer the actual race probably is when it is run in Kansas City. I later looked it up, it’s typically in the 80s, but the humidity is quite lower, only being about 46%. I’d take that any day compared to the heat we get here in Florida! 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Hospital Hill Run virtual

This virtual race actually ended up coinciding with our BibRavePro Summit, so I also got to enjoy a scavenger hunt during the run! I enjoyed my run with my friends and we saw lots of other local runners out doing their own long runs. While it wasn’t an actual race, being surrounded by a number of other runners nearby made it as close to the “real” thing as you can get.

As I ran, I heard a few of the area’s peacocks, but only spotted one up in a tree. I do enjoy seeing them on my Saturday morning runs. I’m a bird lover, so I always keep an eye out for the beautiful birds.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hospital Hill Run virtual

Obligatory medal photo after the run. 🙂

I ended up running my 10k in 1:26:41, which was an average pace of 13:52. Pretty good with that time with how hot and humid it was that morning. Nowhere near a PR, but I really never do shoot for that kind of time or pace during a training run. And, while this was a virtual run, I treat the virtual races as training runs. Depending upon the day, I push more or not, just go by how I’m feeling.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hospital Hill Run Virtual

The awesome swag! Love the shirt, so soft!

There’s still time to register for the virtual Hospital Hill Run! If you’re looking for a virtual race, this has a nice medal and a super soft t-shirt. Head over to the race website to sign up today. You have until July 1st to run your miles. Use code BIBRAVE1 for 15% off your registration.

2020 BibRave Pro Summit

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 BibRave Summit

 

This weekend was the 2020 BibRave Pro Summit. It was originally scheduled to take place back in March at the Shamrock Marathon Weekend in Virginia, but due to COVID-19, that was canceled. So, thanks to our amazing Team BibRave leaders, they made a virtual summit possible! They set up a fun weekend and sent out some awesome swag to us!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 BibRave Summit

Check out the awesome orange swag!!!

We started out the weekend with a virtual BibRavePro run and scavenger hunt. It utilized a new app that allowed us to send each other messages of motivation and encouragement along the way. The run consisted of a scavenger hunt with four items for each BibRavePro to find and photograph. I really enjoyed the fun messages I received on my 6 mile run, as did the friends I was running with.

There were zoom live sessions all the Pros took a part in, with everyone getting the opportunity to see one another in a live stream. We discussed our favorite races, things we loved outside of running, and generally got to know one another better.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 BibRave Summit

Saturday morning run fun in my BibRave orange and Knockaround sunglasses!

Another event we were able to take part in was a TikTok video challenge. This was an all new one for me, because while I’ve of course heard of TikTok, I’ve never really had an interest in taking part in doing one. But, after downloading the app and watching some of my fellow Pros do some neat videos, I thought it looked fun. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave it a go. I ended up doing three TikTok videos and while they aren’t great, I’m not so nervous about this social media platform anymore. If you are interested, here is my TikTok profile.

On Sunday, we had the morning free to do another run, or workout and then met up a bit later. We had a great social media zoom meeting which I learned a few things to help me better myself on Instagram and Twitter. There’s so much more to these social apps than a lot of us realize. I can’t wait to try out some more things in the coming weeks and months.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 BibRave Summit

Zoom meeting fun times with the crew.

Our Summit then wrapped up with a fun send-off from Team BibRave and awards for a few of the BibRavePros for some great work in the scavenger hunt and TikTok challenge. We also had four Pros celebrating 5 years as a BibRavePro! They were recognized with a Zestie, which is an awesome award for their service. I’m super close to my 5 year status with BibRave (this November), so I can’t wait to get mine at the next summit! 🙂

It was an awesome weekend, which got me excited and more inspired as both a BibRavePro and a blogger. With everything going on during the pandemic, motivation can be hard to find right now, and this virtual summit was something I needed and truly enjoyed. Big thanks to our Team BibRave leadership and Knockaround (our sponsor) for making my weekend extra fun!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 BibRave Summit

Some of my fellow BibRavePros

You can check out some photos and such by searching Instagram for the hashtag, #BRPSummit2020. Lots of orange featured! If you’d like to get some BibRave gear of your own, check out the online store.

Workout Recap W/E: 5/30/20

I’m so happy that May has ended! This is the last of the May workouts (less for Sunday of course), and less for the heat and humidity that comes with summer, I’m happy to see it arrive. Really hoping things improve this month in many ways!

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

With Jennifer after our steamy, hot run on Saturday morning.

Sunday, May 24th – Bike workout at home. The gym was still closed, scheduled to open on Tuesday the 26th, so my exercise bike that I picked up is still getting great use. I got in 12.7 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, May 25th – Another bike workout for cross-training. This was Memorial Day, so I was happy to have an easy day without having to work. Did 10.8 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, May 26th – Run in Winter Park with a few of my favorite running friends. Got a bit misted with a light rain, but felt pretty good with how warm it got.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, May 27th – REST DAY.

Thursday, May 28th – Track Thursday. Did 2 miles of 800s on the track, and a mile of walking (half a mile to warm up, and half a mile to cool down).

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday track run

Friday, May 29th – REST DAY.

Saturday, May 30th – Long run day. It was so so warm and humid, but got in 10k. Not the pace I’d like, but I was happy to get out there and run. This was also a virtual 10k for the Active for Christ Instagram community.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday run

How were your workouts last week? Let me know in the comments!

Do You Use Supplements?

Disclaimer: I will be receiving MetCon START 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!

Do you use supplements for your workouts? I’ve tried a few through the years, and still use some daily. I am a big fan of using BCAAs, a pre-workout, and a recovery supplements. So, when the opportunity presented itself to try out and review a pre-workout I’d never used as a BibRavePro, I was interested.

The Girl's Got Sole - Do you use supplements?

I will soon be reviewing a supplement from MetCon, called START. It’s an all-natural pre-workout that according to the website, will help increase muscle endurance, stamina, and nitric oxide production. I’m very interested in seeing how it helps my runs and cross-training. While there aren’t any actual races in the near future, I feel like this is great time to try out new fueling options and supplements.

If you are searching for a pre-workout, or other athletic supplement, check out what MetCon has to offer on their website. They will be sponsoring this month’s BibChat over on Twitter. I hope you’ll join me at 8pm Eastern on Tuesday night, June 9th. Just follow along the #bibchat hashtag, and be a part of the chat. We always have a great time, and you may even win your own canister of MetCon START!

Workout Recap W/E: 5/23/20

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope everyone gets a chance to spend some time with family and friends as well as remember those who gave it all for our freedoms. I’ve been fortunate to have a three-day weekend and I love having the extra time off. My room-mate had back surgery on Monday the 18th, and I’m happy to say that she is home and doing well. It’s been a nice mostly chill weekend here in between workouts.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

With Jennifer after our run on Saturday morning.

Sunday, May 17th – Bike workout. Got in 13.2 miles on my exercise bike. Was happy to get this one done with the stomach issues I was having that day.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, May 18th – Bike workout for 12.3 miles before work. Still at home as my gym reopens on May 26th. Going to see how I feel going back later this month.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, May 19th – Morning 3 miler with a couple of my runner friends. Stomach was doing okay, but dealing with a sinus infection. I hate to miss workouts, so pushed through and got it done.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, May 20th – REST DAY.

Thursday, May 21st – Hill run with one of my runner friends for just over a 5k distance. Feeling better!

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday hill run

Friday, May 22nd – REST DAY.

Saturday, May 23rd – Long run Saturday. Did 6.75 miles in Winter Park with a couple of my runner friends. Quite a humid morning here in Central Florida.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run



How were your workouts last week? Let me know in the comments!

When This Baby Hits 88 miles…

The Girl's Got Sole - Once this baby hits 88mph

I’m a BIG fan of the Back to the Future trilogy. In fact, they are my favorite films of all-time. I was 7 years old when the first film came out, but by the time Back to the Future 2 hit in 1989, I was hooked. From there on out, I was a Back to the Future fan for life.

When I found out that Virtual Pace Series was offering a Back to the Future Delorean medal for the 35th Anniversary of the film, I immediately registered for it. The challenge is to run/walk 88 miles in 90 days. I figure that’s easy for me to do since I average at least 12-14 miles of running per week.

The Girl's Got Sole - BTTF virtual race challenge

My mileage for the challenge will begin tomorrow, May 23rd, and my goal is to complete the mileage by July 11th. That’s 48 days, give or take. If I get in my 3 days of week or running, should be easy to do. I will be hash-tagging all of my runs until I complete the 88 miles with #BTTFvirtualrun on my social channels.

If you are a Back to the Future fan, check it out! It’s called the Running Out of Time race. This virtual racing company seems to offer some fun medals if you are looking for a fun way to keep up your training motivation.

The Girl's Got Sole - Virtual Back to the Future challenge

Release the Runner: Set a Goal

The Girl's Got Sole - Release the Runner: Set a Goal

Running isn’t cancelled, its just a bit different right now. With racing not being an option just yet, are you still training for Fall races? Has your running changed?

For me, I am still running a good base each week, keeping up my long runs on Saturdays. I like to keep a base of 6 to 8 miles, and I’ve been able to do that. It is difficult to run longer distances as the weather warms up. That said, having trained for marathons through the Florida summer months, it can be done.

Virtual races have added some fun and motivation to my running lately. I’m not big on virtual races typically, but with actual races being cancelled until who-knows-when, I feel like they are a nice option. Some offer fun swag like medals (runners love their bling), and goodie bags. I’ve been able to take part in a few lately as a BibRavePro. I love being able to be a part of a race that I may not have been able to run otherwise.

The Girl's Got Sole - Release the Runner

If paying for a virtual race isn’t in the budget (or your thing), there are a number of free options out there as well. Strava offers many challenges, Facebook running communities are offering free virtual races, and some virtual events are offering runners the ability to choose a basic option to run for free.

What I do love about the virtual races in addition to the extra motivation, is that some of the races benefit charities and support races that may not be able to survive this pandemic without some sort of races. I’m happy to support great races any way that I can.

I’ve got two virtual race events coming up next month. I will be doing the Hospital Hill Run 10k on June 6th and Carmel Marathon 10k on June 14th. Both races have great virtual race options. You can run a 5k, 10k, or half marathon. I love the 10k distance generally, so doing that in my backyard works out great for me.

I’d love to invite you to join me in running the Hospital Hill Run on June 6th. The Hospital Hill Run offers a virtual 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Check out the swag, it’s pretty nice great! I can’t wait to get the finisher shirt. You can register here. Use discount code BIBRAVE1 to save 15% off. You actually have until the end of June to complete your chosen race distance.

The Girl's Got Sole - Release the Runner

Virtual Hospital Hill Run swag

On the day you decide to run your virtual race, I love to get my flat runner laid out, and sort of treat it like a night before race day thing. Then, I wake up, get dressed and gather my gear and out the door I go! Choosing a fun new route is a good way to mix things up too, that’s sort of what I did when I ran my Hot Chocolate 15k earlier this month. A friend and I chose a trail that we love, but don’t get to run on often enough. It made the morning more fun. I also love taking some pictures along the way. Document the run photographically, and if you are able to safely run with friends, have them join in with you. Hopefully, they signed up for the virtual race too. 😉

After running my virtual races, I make sure to post about it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Most races have hashtags they’d love you to use, so it’s the perfect time to share and be a part of the racing community that way. Search for the hashtags and like other runners photos, and see how they ran their virtual event. I’ve also made friends on social channels because of a shared love of running a race.

Beyond running virtual race events, I hope everyone is able to keep their training up and going. Actual races may not be scheduled right now, but they WILL return. We need to be ready for that. Also, running is just awesome and makes you feel good! There’s nothing like getting out for a good run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Release the Runner

Workout Recap W/E: 5/16/20

Trying to blog more often again. I’ve been doing a post or two a week maybe, but I want to get back to a more regular schedule. Once of the regular posts I wanted to bring back is my weekly workout recaps. Been awhile since I last shared one. In fact, it’s been MONTHS. Like 2019. Ha! So, without further ado…

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Saturday run group after our 6 miles.

Sunday, May 10th – Bike workout at home for 12.7 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout recap, bike workout

Monday, May 11th – Back on the bike for 11 miles before work.

The Girl's Got Sole -Workout Recap, bike workout

Tuesday, May 12th – Great 3.2 mile run with a couple of my running friends.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap, run

Wednesday, May 13th – REST DAY.

Thursday, May 14th – Track workout day. Warmed up with a half mile walk, then did 2.5 miles of 800s.

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


Friday, May 15th
– REST DAY.

Saturday, May 16th – Long run! Ran 6.2 miles on the Florida trail in Oviedo with a few girls keeping our social distance of course. 🙂

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

How were your workouts last week? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Race Recap: Cinco de Miler Virtual

The Girl's Got Sole - Cinco de Miler virtual run

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Cinco De Miler Virtual Run 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!

Since I ran my virtual Hot Chocolate 15k last weekend, I ran my Cinco de Miler virtual yesterday. I’m really glad I opted to move it out a week, and do Hot Chocolate last weekend, because this weekend was much hotter here in Florida.

I met a friend, and we ran one of our usual 6 mile routes. Even though this is a 5 mile run, I wanted to run at least 6 miles. That’s kind of my Saturday long run base, as I try to keep it between 6 and 8 miles, even when I’m not training for anything.

The Girl's Got Sole - Cinco de Miler virtual

We headed out just after 6am, and kept a pretty consistent pace. We ended up averaging a 13:42 per mile, which I’m happy with. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any of our local resident peacocks, but they were heard being vocal up in the trees. Too bad, as I love seeing them on runs.

The last half of our run, my friend must have been feeling good, because she was hauling. I joked to her that I was going to call the run, Chasing the Colleen. Ha! It was good though, as she helped keep the pace in a great place considering the heat and humidity.

The Girl's Got Sole - Cinco de Miler virtual race

While running virtual races aren’t like running an actual race, I’m grateful for the opportunity to earn a great medal and shirt. It’s long sleeve, so I likely won’t be wearing it until the end of the year. I really do love the design of the medal and it’s fun being able to be a part of a Cinco de Mayo race. I’d love to run this race, or one like it in the future.