Workout Recap W/E: 6/23

Last week was good workout-wise, but also exhausting generally. I did get in 5 days of workouts, but after getting my official diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, I got a flare. I think it was a combination of the weather and pushing myself a bit too much, and some stress thrown in there. I’m going to start keeping a journal of each day, especially wen I workout, because it seems that causes me extra issues the following day.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Sunday, June 17th – Cross-training day on the bike. Did 8.65 miles in 46:30 on the gym bike. Felt pretty good on this day, bit tired, but not too bad.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Monday, June 18th – Bike workout at the gym for just over 7 miles. Bit more exhausted, but nothing more than usual for what I deal with on the most part.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, June 19th – Run with my group in Baldwin for 3.2 miles. It was a hot and humid morning, but had a great run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, June 20th – REST DAY.

Thursday, June 21st – Easy-pace 3-miler with some of the girls before work. Was feeling pretty tired and hot, but got it done.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday run

Friday, June 22nd – REST DAY.

Saturday, June 23rd – Saturday morning group run. Started the run feeling sore and meh, but finished the run feeling better (still a bit sore). I never regret running with my group, they make my weekends great.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday run



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

Updated Race Schedule

My Fall race schedule is starting to come together. I did have the Peachtree Road Race on there or July 4th, but I transferred the bib, and decided to stay in town and do a local 4th of July race instead. Peachtree is still a bucket list race for me, so maybe in 2019.

The Girl's Got Sole - Race Schedule

July 4th – Watermelon 5k race in Winter Park, Florida. This is a hometown 5k race that I love doing. It’s definitely a hot one each year, but I do look forward to running with friends and ice cold watermelon after!

October 21st – PNC Atlanta 10 Miler in Atlanta, Georgia. While I’m missing Peachtree in July, I am looking forward to heading to Atlanta in October for this 10 miler. I will be running this one as a BibRavePro and I plan on getting in my hill training for it!

December 1st – OUC Orlando Half Marathon in Orlando, Florida. This is a goal race for me this season. I want to PR at this 13.1, as I haven’t PR’ed at a half in awhile. Going to train for up to 16 or 17 miles beforehand as I think that’s going to help me in doing that. My best time at OUC was in 2012 when I finished in 2:57:34. My half PR is currently 2:53:09 at the 2016 Swamphouse Half Marathon. So, I’m shooting for a 2:50 finish.

February 10th – 26.2 with Donna Half Marathon in Jacksonville, FL. I love this race, and I’m looking forward to running the half again in February. They have changed the course again, so it’s now starting and finishing at Neptune Beach. I first ran DONNA in 2013 as my first marathon, and have since run it a total of four times, the marathon distance twice, and half marathon twice as well.

I will have more races to plug in my schedule, one likely in November and another in January. Those will likely be half marathons that I will run as a pacer. As soon as I get confirmation, I’ll update my race schedule. I love being a pacer, so I look forward to doing a couple more races as one soon.



How is your Fall race schedule looking? Anyone running a marathon?

I Have Fibromyalgia

After months of waiting for an appointment with a Rheumatologist, I finally had my appointment on Tuesday morning. It didn’t take long before my suspected diagnosis was confirmed. I have fibromyalgia.

The Girl's Got Sole - I have fibromyalgia

The symptoms started months ago, I believe it was really hitting me during training for my 6th marathon last year. While I had the passion and drive to train for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, I was feeling extremely run down all the time. I began to notice it took me longer to recover from hard training sessions, and it wasn’t like that for my previous marathons.

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition causing constant widespread pain, severe fatigue, cognitive and memory issues and many more symptoms. What causes fibromyalgia is not known, and there is no cure. It is estimated that about 2% of the population suffers from fibromyalgia. It is an invisible chronic illness, which means a person doesn’t necessarily appear to be sick.

The Girl's Got Sole - I have fibromyalgia

It is good to know that I finally have an answer as to what else besides my thyroid is causing me issues, but it stinks that this is another thing I will have to learn to live with it. All of my achy days, feelings of severe exhaustion, and constant stomach issues are just some of the fun that having fibromyalgia brings on. I’m not willing to let it stop me though, I just need to learn how to balance my life with it, especially my running and working out.

Product Review: Brilliant Reflective strips

The Girl's Got Sole - Brilliant Relective review

Disclaimer: I received Brilliant Reflective strips 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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When BibRave offered me to review Brilliant Reflective strips again, I jumped at the opportunity. These reflective strips are really awesome. They are high-quality, and stand out for those dark early morning or late evening runs. It’s so easy to add them to any clothing item or gear of your choice.

The Girl's Got Sole - Brilliant Reflective

Brilliant Reflective strips are made with 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material, and are visible up to 500+ feet! The strips are extremely durable, and stick to just about any surface. They come in colors like black, blue, red and purple. Brilliant Reflective strips are available in stick-on and iron-on options. Why buy new running or cycling gear, when you can add reflective strips to your favorite shirts, shorts, hats and more?

I love adding the strips to my Skirt Sports skirts, running tees, visors and my handheld water bottle. My running group has commented how much they love them, especially when they can customize their gear. I already wear Night Runner 270 shoe lights, but the Brilliant Reflective strips give me even more visibility while I’m out there running on the roads. I’m always out before the sun comes out here in Central Florida, so being seen by passing vehicles is so important. Safety is a big priority when you are out running.

The Girl's Got Sole - Brilliant Reflective

While I love the iron-on option, I admit, my favorite truly is the stick-on strips. It makes it easy to customize a tee at the last minute before I run. They hold up extremely well through the washer too! I just turn my tees inside-out and throw them in the washer, then hang dry. I also still have Brilliant Reflective strips on bags and a running hydration belt from last time I reviewed them, over 8 months ago. How cool is that? Durability at it’s finest!

If you are looking for a great way to be seen on your runs or other outdoor activities, Brilliant Reflective strips are the way to go. Get buy one, get one on strips by using the discount code “BIBRAVE18″ on their website.

The Girl's Got Sole - Brilliant Reflective review



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2018 PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5k 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!

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

I’m excited to announce that I will be running the 2018 PNC Atlanta 10-Miler for BibRave! The race is on October 21st in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s the second event of the Triple Peach Race Series.

The PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5k is one of Atlanta’s most popular running and walking events. The race begins as well as ends at Atlantic Station, then winds through Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood with cheer zones located at every mile. A highlight is Cardiac Hill at mile 2. The name, “Cardiac Hill,” is what the stretch of Peachtree Road that rises or falls (for this year the latter), more than 12 stories in elevation in less than a mile. Conquering Cardiac Hill is sponsored by the Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno. What’s new this year is the King and Queen of Cardiac Hill award. The titles will go to the man and woman who run DOWN the hill the fastest.

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

The event has some awesome swag! For 10 Miler runners, a long-sleeve Mizuno shirt and Finisher’s medal. For 5k runners/walkers, a long-sleeve Mizuno t-shirt and Finisher’s medal. Sponsors this year include: PNC Bank, Mizuno, CLIF, DaSani, Powerade, Piedmont and Radio 680 The Fan. With all this swag, sponsors and cheer zones, the event sounds like it’s sure to be an awesome runner party!

Don’t miss out on registering for this fun race, it will sell out! The 10 Miler is $60 and $30 for the 5k through 7/31/18. Go here to sign up before the price increase! Come out and run Atlanta with me on 10/21!

I will be posting training updates in the coming weeks. With Cardiac Hill, I’ve gotta get in that hill training! I foresee some garage running in my future. 🙂

Workout Recap W/E: 6/9

Last week was a rough one for me. I have a crummy flare up that doesn’t seem to want to truly take a hike. I am such a stubborn one though that taking rest days is hard. I have two days a week that I do rest, and if I have to do more than that, it’s not easy. Sort of have to force myself NOT to workout in some way. Despite my crazy week, I managed to get in my 5 days of workouts.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

First Saturday run of the new season on June 9th.

Sunday, June 3rd – With Orlando Galloway kick-off the day before, I ran on Sunday morning with a couple of friends. We ran 6 miles on the Seminole-Weikva Trail. Wore my Brilliant Reflective shirt for the first time. Love their reflective strips! Use BIBRAVE18 on their website to get buy one, get one!

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday run

Monday, June 4th – Bike workout at the gym before work. Felt tired, but pushed myself to get the workout done.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, June 5th – Run itself was great, first official Tuesday run of the new season. Felt exhausted later, but not for a second do I regret running.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday morning run

Wednesday, June 6th – REST DAY.

Thursday, June 7th – Track Thursday. 400s were on the schedule, but I ended up taking it pretty easy pace-wise. Just glad to get in some kind of run for the day.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday track run

Friday, June 8th – REST DAY.

Saturday, June 9th – First Saturday run of the new training season. We have quite a bit group of runners! My group that I co-lead is called, Sole Warriors. We took the group out for an initial 3 miles then some of us headed back out to get in a 10k distance. Good start to the 2018/2019 training season!

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday run



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

Become a BibRave Pro!

The Girl's Got Sole - Become a BibRave Pro!

Have you seen all the orange love here on the blog and all over social media? I love being a BibRave Pro, and you can apply to join the fun! On June 11th through the 22nd, applications will be open at BibRave.com to become a BibRave Pro!

Perks of being a BibRave Pro include free race entries, free products to review, and being a part of an awesome community of runners! If running races and trying out some great products sounds good, you’ll want to apply to join us!

Mark your calendar, and bookmark BibRave.com now, so you don’t miss out. And, if you aren’t already a member of the BibRave community of race reviewers, register today! The race reviews help fellow runners who are looking for information about races they are interested in running. Also, make sure to join us every Tuesday evening at 9pm Eastern for #bibchat on Twitter!

Battling Myself

The Girl's Got Sole - Battling Myself

Yesterday sucked. That’s really the only way to describe it. I guess some days are just like that. At least they are going to be it seems.

I’ve already posted about how I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, but I have since developed something else. A new disease for me to battle in addition to the Hashis. I’ve been told that I have Fibromyalgia, and while my regular doctor believes I have it, I’ve been waiting for an appointment with a specialist for an official diagnosis. Unfortunately, the wait for the Rheumatologist has been so very long. As I write this, it’s still 14 days away, on June 19th.

I’ve had some ups and downs since making that appointment over two months ago. But, none was worse that yesterday’s down day. I had what I’ve learned are called flares. It’s where your symptoms just are worse than usual and you feel like you can’t function. I have experienced mostly major fatigue days, but yesterday was beyond that. I felt not only the extreme exhaustion, but terrible pain and utter discomfort through every fabric of my body. It was so bad that I finally broke down into tears.

The Girl's Got Sole - Battling Myself

Looking back, I suppose that breakdown was inevitable, I tend to keep a lot of upset inside. Between this crappy disease(s) and my Nana passing away in February, it’s been hard. On the outside, I do my best to smile and act like everything is fine. But, I know it’s really not. Funny how easy it can become to pretend you’re okay when you need to, isn’t it?

The truth is, I have more times than not that I feel like crud. It’s like I have a flu or some other virus that just won’t go away. It’s haunting me and it sucks. Doing things I love like running can end up costing me all of my energy the next day. It’s worth it though, because I don’t know how I could live without running and my awesome running family. Running has become such a part of my life that if I have to deal with more cruddy feelings later, I guess that’s just the way it is. Be nice if it didn’t have to be that way of course.

The Girl's Got Sole - Battling Myself

I went onto my Facebook page after my tears finished flowing, and I got to see how amazing my circle of friends truly are. Those prayers and good thoughts made a huge difference and got me through the roughest part of my day. It helped calm me, which helped sooth my stomach which was upset, and my muscle relax. I was able to finish my work and get some much needed rest. People that care are a blessing, and I know I am blessed with some great friends.

From now until I can get in to see the doctor, I am praying that I can keep up my strength to push through. Today has been better, but even as I write this post, my body has ached all day. With God, I know that all things are possible! I constantly remind myself that He is there, and it’s only because of Him that I’ve been able to see how strong I can be the last few years. If I can run a marathon, I sure as heck can fight this!

Workout Recap W/E: 6/2

Welcome to the summer! Well, it’s June anyway, and I always feel like June is the beginning of the summer season. Though, I suppose June 21st is the official start of summer. It’s feeling like summer here in Florida, that’s for sure! Last week’s workouts were good, though I ended up having a flare-up day, so my energy felt none existent by Thursday.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

This is actually Sunday’s run (June 3rd), as the weekend got switched-up.

Sunday, May 27th – Bike workout at the gym for 45 minutes. Was feeling pretty good since it was a three-day weekend.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Monday, May 28th – Cross-training on the bike for just under 9 miles. Wanted to have a lazy day, but gotta get the workout done first!

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, May 29th – Humid 5k run with some of my group. Felt pretty good, less for the heat!

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, May 30th – REST DAY!

Thursday, May 31st – Track Thursday. Warmed up with 2 laps of walking before running my magic mile. It wasn’t as good as last year’s, but it was not bad. Then walked more to get a total of 3 miles total.

The Girl's Got Sole - Galloway Magic Mile

Friday, June 1st – REST DAY!

Saturday, June 2nd – This was kick-off day for Orlando Galloway, so I hit up the gym after the event. Got in 8 miles which was good.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

How were your workouts last week?

2018/2019 Orlando Galloway Kick-Off

The Girl's Got Sole - Orlando Galloway 2018/2019



Saturday, June 3rd was the 2018/2019 season kick-off for Orlando Galloway training. This is my 7th season in the program (5th as a group leader), and I look forward to this event every season. It’s always great to see everyone together, as well as some new faces to the program.

There were about 100 people registered at the time of kick-off, and this number grows a bit the first week or two of the season. What I found interesting is the breakdown of ages in the group. The average age is 49, with the youngest being 22, and oldest 74. We sure have a great variety of people which is another thing that makes Galloway training so special!

The Girl's Got Sole - Orlando Galloway kick-off 2018

The kick-off began with Program Director, Kerrie Gregory introducing herself and co-Program Director, Carol Haile to the group. They then talked a bit about the program, what to expect this season and such. It was then time for everyone to warm-up before running a magic mile.

The magic mile is a tool used to predict a runner’s abilities so they can be put in a pace group. As I posted previously, I ran my magic mile a couple of days prior, as I always take pictures of the kick-off event and the runners doing their magic mile.

Also, this year, as a Generation UCAN Ambassador, I put out some samples. Runners were able to try out UCAN Hydrate and Snack Bars in Cinnamon Delight and Coffee Bean. The products went over well, so many asked questions and loved UCAN. It’s definitely a product I believe in, and I love being able to share how awesome it is with my group.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Orlando Galloway kickoff

Runner’s starting their magic mile.

I am looking forward to our first runs of the new season this week. Tuesday morning is our first 3-mile run, followed by track on Thursday morning. Then, our first Saturday group run which is when I get to see who is in my pace group this season. Here’s to a great 7th season for Orlando Galloway!