Workout Recap – Week 3

**Workout Recap for the week of June 11th – 17th**

The Girl's Got Sole - Sat group

Sunday, June 11th – Cross-training day. I got in a good bike workout of just over 11 miles with a hydromassage after. If you’ve never heard of a hydromassage, it’s the best in-gym water pressure massage. Some of the few Planet Fitness gyms have the Hydro Beds and they are really awesome. The best ‘free’ massage out there.

The Girl's Got Sole - Crosstraining

Monday, June 12th – Had a good workout on the bike that morning before work. So much easier to get it done first thing, especially on a Monday.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, June 13th – Run day! Woke up feeling tired and would have preferred to go back to bed, but I never regret a run, especially with my group.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tues run

Wednesday, June 14th – REST DAY!

Thursday, June 15th – Track Thursday. We did a total of 4 800s with a 200 meter walk in between each 800. Warm up was 2 laps of walking, then cooled down with 2 more laps of walking. Total was over 3 miles with the walking portions.

The Girl's Got Sole - Track Thursday

Friday, June 16th – REST DAY!

Saturday, June 17th – First real long run of marathon training. Had 10 miles on my NYC Marathon schedule, and it went well. I felt pretty good less for being so hot and sweaty. Definitely a lot better than last Saturday’s 6-miler. Nice to know those bad runs are few and far between.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sat 10-miler

How were your workouts last week?

Happy Father’s Day!

The Girl's Got Sole - Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Especially to my dad.

I have a few good memories of times with my dad, but one really sticks out to me. When I was about 11 years-old, my dad took me to see my favorite group, New Kids on the Block. I had gotten tickets for my birthday earlier that year, and was excited to go see the concert.

The day of the show, my dad and I left the house, me in head-to-toe New Kids gear (fan girl that I was, always thought I’d marry Joey someday…young love), and him in his usual polo shirt and slacks. From what I recall, the concert was in Tampa, so we had a bit of a drive over. I am sure I drove him crazy with all of the New Kids on the Block music I insisted he play during the drive as I sang along. He was such a good sport.

When we got to Tampa, my dad told me that we needed to make a stop at the mall. As I followed him through the place, I asked question after question about what we were doing there. He gave a generic parental answer to the affect of, “don’t worry about it,” as we entered a Ritz Camera store (another non-existent business presently).

My dad began talking to the guy behind the counter about binoculars, while I did the usual kid thing of touching this or that and generally being curious about stuff. When my dad asked me what I thought about a pair of binoculars, I shrugged. “They are okay,” I mused, mind on my concert that I was anxious to get to. I mean, who cares about binoculars when your favorite boy band was in town?

I remember inquiring about why he needed the things, and he said something to the affect of, they are for your mom. Okay, sure, sounded logical to my kid brain. As he was paying for them, he asked if I thought I might want to try them out. He went on to say that maybe, they would be something to do a trial run with that night, at the New Kids concert.

Yup, my dad was actually buying the binoculars for me. Turns out, he realized that his pre-teenage daughter wouldn’t be able to see these New Kids on the Block boys she was so crazy about well from the seats that we had. My dad knew how important that concert was for me, and wanted to make it as special as possible for me.

The Girl's Got Sole - Happy Father's Day

I will never forget that day and night spent with my dad. He was such a great dad, giving me the best time and even seemingly having a good time himself. Heck, he even wore one of my New Kids hats. If that’s not a cool dad for you, to take his 11-year-old daughter to a boy band concert full of screaming kids, I don’t know what is.

Love you, dad. Happy Father’s Day! πŸ™‚

Workout Recap – Week 2

** Workout Recap for the week of June 4-10, 2017 **

The Girl's Got Sole - Sat run group


Sunday, June 4th – Bike workout at the gym. After dealing with some stomach issues once I woke up, got to the gym around lunchtime to get in my cross-training. I did end up getting in 11.30mi in just under an hour. Nice in the end to get in a great workout.

The Girl's Got Sole - June 4th bike

Monday, June 5th – Bike workout at the gym before work. Felt good when I woke up and did 10.55mi in 52.10 minutes. Always a good way to start off the work week with a sweat session.

The Girl's Got Sole - June 5th bike

Tuesday, June 6th – What was supposed to be a group run, ended up being a solo run. I drove over to meet my group for our 5am run and it started to rain. I was interested in running (I mean, it’s just rain, we had no thunder or lightning), but the others headed back home. So, I ended up at the gym to hit the treadmill. Since I haven’t run on a treadmill in who knows how long, I discovered this was not as easy as I thought it would be. Wasn’t the easiest thing to do a 30:30 run/walk interval on the ‘mill. I also didn’t know how to set it up, so I just used my GymBoss. I got in 2 miles of run/walk and the remainder just walking. Total mileage of 3mi in 46 minutes.

The Girl's Got Sole - June 6th 'mill run

Wednesday, June 7th – REST DAY!

Thursday, June 8th – Finally, we ran day! Got in a good 5k run with some of my group girls before the skies rained down on us, hard. Poured like crazy minutes within finishing. I was so happy to have gotten the run done. πŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - June 8th run

Friday, June 9th – REST DAY!

Saturday, June 10th – Long run with my Galloway group. This was the first official Saturday run for the new season. There are 15 runners in my pace group, but there were just 7 of us running. I felt pretty good through most of the run, up until the last mile. That was when my left hip began to bug me and my back felt a bit tight. So, opted to walk that last mile in. Better to take it easier sometimes.

The Girl's Got Sole - June 10th Sat run

How were your workouts last week?

Happy Global Running Day 2017!

The Girl's Got Sole - Global Running Day 2017

Happy Global Running Day! Today is the day that we get to celebrate the thing we love to do most, RUN! So many runs are planned all over the world today. Check with your local running store to see if they have an event. Also, a lot of special sales and discounts on races are happening today.

My local running store, Track Shack has a running celebration planned for this evening at 6pm. It’s always a great time for runners of all ages and abilities. If you are in Central Florida, head over to find out more on Track Shack’s website.

Also, you can get $10 off the OUC Orlando Half Marathon today only by registering using the discount code ‘globalrunningday.’ This is Orlando’s hometown half marathon, definitely one you don’t want to miss out on!

The Girl's Got Sole - Global Running Day

I can’t possibly list all of the great deals going on today (not sure anyone can LOL), so here are a few resources to check out on your Running Day deal adventuring on the internet. IF there is a race you are interested in running, today is more than likely the best day to sign up!
Runner’s World


Product Review: BUFF UV Arm Sleeves

Disclaimer: I received BUFF UV Arm Sleeves to review 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 - BUFF arm sleeves

Are you a fan of BUFF? I sure am! From the moment I got the chance to try out my first BUFF through being a BibRave Pro, I knew they would become a part of my running must-haves in my gear.

When I had a chance to try out a new product from BUFF, the UV Arm Sleeves, I was interested. Being a runner in hot and humid Florida, I was curious how they would do.

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF UV Arm Sleeves

The UV Arm Sleeves are styled for runners and other outdoor lovers. They are made of moisture-wicking fabric that is breathable and provides UPF 40+ protection. Made with stretch flatlock seaming which eliminates chafing. The fabric is antimicrobial, helping to control odors. Each sleeve has reflective elements adding visibility in low-light conditions. And, the upper is made of an elastic engineered with a silicone grip that aids in holding the sleeve comfortably in place.

I found the sleeves to be a bit too conforming for my liking. Was a bit too snug on my arms, which made them feel a bit tight at times. However, I believe that may be due to the fact that I probably should have sized up. So, please do be sure to accurately measure your arms per the sizing guide on the BUFF website.

Once I had them on though, I found them to feel okay overall. The thing about Florida is, it’s already so hot and humid here, and it didn’t take long for my arms to warm up. I do want to try a trick I heard a few other BibRave Pros doing, which was to get them ice cold with water and/or ice before or during their run or workout. My issue is that while I love to stay warm in cooler temps, once it gets warm outside, I tend to not want anything on my arms.

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Arm Sleeves

Please do check out some of my fellow Pros reviews of the BUFF Arm Sleeves. Many of them don’t run in such humid conditions, and the sleeves seem to work out quite well this time of year. I will be trying mine again in the Fall.
Casey’s review
Amy’s review
Jeannine’s review
Tedrick’s review

Workout Recap – Week 1

I’ve decided to take a break from doing my Weekly Pursuit posts. It may be a long break, or a short one, not sure which yet. But, I did want to start posting about my workouts in a post each week. This will allow me to go into each workout as much or as little as I want to. It will also give me something to look back on in my training.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday run group

With my girls after our sweaty 6 mile run.

Sunday May 28th – This is usually a cross-training day for me, unless it’s a race day. I went to the gym and did 11.10 miles on the bike in 56:10. Made it a bit easier to get in almost an hour because I found an episode of Law & Order: SVU to watch. πŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - May 28th bike workout

Cross-training workout, 5/28

Monday, May 29th – Since it was Memorial Day, I didn’t have to get up as early since I was off from work. I got in 10.15 miles in 52:01 minutes on the bike for more cross-training. Typically, Sunday and Monday are my cross-training days right now.

The Girl's Got Sole - May 29th bike workout

Cross-training workout, 5/29

Tuesday, May 30th – Run day! Tuesdays, we run and I love being with my group. We did 3.25 miles in 44 minutes with a pace of 13.31. This is a pretty decent pace for us when we aren’t trying for any real speed work. My legs felt a bit heavy on the first half of a mile or so, but they loosened up after that. I think it was all the bike miles I did.

The Girl's Got Sole - Run workout

Tuesday run with the girls

Wednesday, May 31st – REST DAY! This has become a rest day for me again since I have learned I need two a week with my thyroid exhaustion right now. Worked out too, because I had a horrible migraine.

Thursday, June 1st – Track Thursday. We warmed up by walking two laps, then did a mile of run/walk at 11:59mi. Walked another lap, before running a second mile a bit faster at 11:32mi. Then, walked more to cool down.

The Girl's Got Sole- Track Thursday 6/1

Thursday Track workout

Friday, June 2nd – REST DAY! This is pretty much always a rest day, since Saturdays are my long run days.

Saturday, June 4th – This was the official kickoff for the new season of Orlando Galloway training. Since I had already done my magic mile, some of us met earlier for a run. We did a 6-miler with an average pace of 14:08. A humid, but great run!

The Girl's Got Sole- Saturday run

Saturday morning run

How are your workouts going?

One Awesome Mother Runner Virtual

Note: I am a part of the Gone for a Run Virtual Race Team. As a member of the team, I am sent a bib and medal for each virtual in exchange for blogging about the event. No other compensation has been received.

The Girl's Got Sole - One Awesome Mother Runner virtual

Gone for a Run’s One Awesome Mother Runner Virtual run took place between May 14-31st. This virtual celebrated motherhood for Mother’s Day. A portion of each race entry gets donated to Star, a non-profit organization serving individuals of all ages who have development disabilities.

While I’m not a mom to any kids yet, I have been a mom to feathered babies. My current is Toby, my sweet little parakeet baby. So, I ran my 5k thinking of him and the other birdies in the family. πŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Gone for a Run virtual 5k

As always, I run with my Galloway group, so that makes it more fun. I ran this particular 5k on May 16th since Mother’s Day was on the 14th. I had been dealing with some leg tightness and back soreness after a tough run the prior Saturday, so this run helped loosen my muscles up. Both ladies I ran with that morning are actual mothers, so that was a plus!

Love being able to add in these fun virtual races during my marathon training. I mean hey, who doesn’t love a little extra bling? πŸ™‚

The Girl's Got Sole - Gone for a Run virtual series

So many more virtual runs are upcoming with Gone for a Run’s virtual series! Jump in and check out what’s ahead, especially for the summer for those of us training for Fall marathons. The current event taking place between June 22-26th is Run with Me 5k. This particular virtual brings runners together with their best friends with four-legs! Or, if you don’t have a pup to run with, you can just participate in support of the furry friends.

Another fun virtual option is We Run Free Because of the Brave 4-Miler on the 4th of July. It supports our troops through the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. No matter which virtual(s) you do, remember they all help out a charity organization.

The Weekly Pursuit #44

First off, Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all the great men and women who have served our country. It’s because of their sacrifice that we have the freedoms that we do. God Bless you and your families.

The Girl's Got Sole - Memorial Day

This past weekend was definitely a nice one. Having a three-day weekend, not having to work is welcoming after how crazy life has been. It’s almost like a short stay-cation of sorts. That said, I’m presently living with my parents since last Sunday night. It’s a bit chaotic in that I’ve got stuff here and there, but overall, not too bad. I’m blessed to be able to have them to fall back on while I continue my search for a room to rent again.

On Saturday morning, I ran an 8-mile training run for the NYC Marathon with some of the girls. Started about 5:30am with my friend, Melissa for 2 miles, then we meet up with the other four ladies who joined us for 6 more miles. Was pleasantly surprised that it seemed a bit cooler out, even if it was just slightly so, it’s quite welcoming with all the oh-so-fun Florida humidity. I felt pretty good on the run, and we kept an average pace of just under 14:30 per mile. I was thinking we would have to slow down to 15MM or thereabouts, but I think the temps helped us not feel so bad. It was definitely better than last weekend’s run!

The Girl's Got Sole - Melissa & I after 8mi

After the run, I did a few errands on my way back home, then basically took the remainder of the day to relax around the house. My mom hasn’t been feeling so well since Friday, so I spent time with her watching Law & Order: SVU on the couch. Family time is always a great thing. Also spent time with my Toby bird as well as my parents two birds, and my mom’s guinea pig.

Sunday, I tried to sleep in, key there is, TRIED…alas, I kept waking up. I was able to get back to sleep for another hour or so at least. Got out of the house around 11am and headed for the gym for my bike workout. I did just over 11mi in 56 minutes and felt pretty good. I’m sure it helped that an episode of Law & Order was on TV. πŸ™‚

More relaxing around the house once I got back home. I admit, I take the relaxation time whenever I can get it, especially with how exhausted my thyroid issues can make me at times. Besides, you’ve got to relax some of the weekend, right?

The Girl's Got Sole - The Weekly Pursuit

Looking at this week as far as my goals are concerned…

1. Daily food logging. Got a bit lax on it this past week.
2. Hydration, drink up!
3. Continue reading “Marathon Woman” book.
4. Listening to my body.
5. Adding in a daily Bible devotional.

The Girl's Got Sole - Came to give you life

How was your Memorial Day weekend? Any goals for the week?

2017 TEAM 413 GraceRunner Journey

The Girl's Got Sole - GraceRunner Journey

This Memorial Day Weekend, one of the biggest, most important fundraisers takes place for TEAM 413. The annual GraceRunner Journey began today, and runs through June 4th. Your participation and support is needed to help keep the team’s ministry going.

Each year, the journey is slightly different for virtual runners/walkers, but the goal to raise important, needed funds for the TEAM 413 ministry. You can commit to anything from a 5k distance through a challenge that includes 5k, 10k, Half and Full distances. Then, run and/or walk your miles anytime between May 26th and June 4th.

No matter what distance(s) you opt to participate in, everyone gets great TEAM 413 merchandise.
5K = TEAM 413 Cinch Bag
10K = TEAM 413 Cinch Bag and TEAM 413 Grab Bag
Half = TEAM 413 Race Shirt
Full = TEAM 413 Race Shirt and TEAM 413 Cinch Bag
JOURNEY CHALLENGE (5K, 10K & Half) = TEAM 413 Race Shirt, TEAM 413 Cinch Bag, and TEAM 413 Grab Bag
GRACERUNNER CHALLENGE (5K, 10K, Half & Full) = TEAM 413 Race Shirt, TEAM 413 Cinch Bag, TEAM 413 Grab Bag and a
special TEAM 413 Surprise

Your support donations go directly into funding TEAM 413 GraceRunner Ministries daily operations and event expo booth costs. The ministry being out and present at races and other events helps continue to spread the glory of God!

You can sign up for the 2017 TEAM 413 GraceRunner Journey virtual event here. Let’s continue to spread the great Word of God throughout the running and endurance community through TEAM 413.

The Girl's Got Sole - Team 413

Orlando Galloway: Season 6

The Girl's Got Sole - Galloway training

On June 3rd, the 2017/2018 Orlando Galloway Training Program will begin. Kick-off takes place at Glenridge Middle School on the track, starting at 6:30am.

This will be my 6th season with the Orlando Galloway training group (4th as a pace group leader), and I am looking forward to another fun season. Many good friendships have emerged from running with the group, and for me, the social aspect and support I get from the program is priceless.

This morning, I ran my magic mile on the track with five others from the group. We warmed up by walking a couple of laps before lining up to run our mile. I admit, I don’t look forward to running a magic mile before each season begins (it’s tough thing, LOL). It’s an all-out effort to run your best and fastest for four laps of the track, aka one mile. Jeff Galloway uses this as an indicator of what you are capable of in say a half marathon or marathon. Also, it helps you see what paces you should be doing for your training runs.

The Girl's Got Sole - Magic Mile

By the half-way point of my magic mile, I knew I wasn’t going to pull out a better time than I did last season. I could see I was at least 10-15 seconds off from that, and while I did push a bit more, I didn’t want to overdo it. Galloway states that while you need to go all-out for your magic mile, he is against puking. I’m also against puking, so I stayed below that threshold.

I ended up finishing my magic mile in 10:28 this time around. Compared to the 10:13 I was able to do in June of 2016, it was definitely not my best. But, I finished proud of myself. While I know I can do better, considering everything that has been going on with moving and my thyroid, I am okay with it. I do plan on doing another magic mile in probably August, maybe September. I would like to see where I am before I run NYC for sure.

If you are looking for a great running group to train with and you are in Central Florida, check out Orlando Galloway! There’s still plenty of time to register and join us. If you are in another location, check out Jeff Galloway’s website to see if there’s a training group near you.