Workout Recap W/E: 1/13

Last week was a busy one for me work-wise and all. I did take Sunday off from my usual cross-training workout at the gym after running the WDW Half Marathon the day before (race recap coming this week!). My Plantar Fasciitis was also bugging me, so the extra rest was a good plan. Once Monday came along, I got myself on track with my usual schedule.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Sunday, January 7th – REST DAY. (post half marathon recovery)

Monday, January 8th – Gym workout, cross-training on the bike. Did 9 miles in 45 minutes. Felt pretty good on the bike, but my foot was still sore.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, January 9th – Run Day! Blessed to have felt better when I woke up, so I got in a great 5k run with some of my group in Baldwin Park.

The Girl's Got Sole - Run day

Wednesday, January 10th – REST DAY.

Thursday, January 11th – Ran just over 3 miles with my group, was feeling good.

The Girl's Got Sole - Running

Friday, January 12th – REST DAY.

Saturday, January 13th – Ran 7 miles with my group, then walked another mile. Felt a bit tired, but as always, happy to have gotten out for a fun run with my group.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sat run

How were your workouts last week?

Life Chronicles

The Girl's Got Sole - Life Chronicles

It’s 13 days into 2018, and I can’t help but wonder where almost half of the month has gone. Since January 2nd, we have mandatory over-time of 4 hours a week for at least the month of January due to the high work volume. Don’t get me wrong, I love the extra money on my check (which is needed to pay off NYC and my hospital bills), but it can take a lot out of you.

I log into work Monday through Friday at 8am, and work until at least 5:30pm right now. By the time I am able to clock out each day, all I want to do is lay in my bed like a lug. Thankfully, I’ve been able to get my runs and gym workouts done before work, so a post-work nap is possible (and definitely happens LOL).

That all said, I feel like I spend so much time in front of a computer working, it’s a bit difficult to want to get on my laptop some nights. So much to blog about and such, but I yearn for non-screen time. Though, I admit that I do flip on the TV and watch Law & Order, Live PD or some other prime-time show to wind down from the day.

The Girl's Got Sole - Set Goals & Crush 'Em

My goals for 2018 have overall started out pretty well thus far. Since I haven’t had a chance to post them on the blog, here are my goals for the year (in no particular order):

– Get back to basics, eating whole foods
– Lose 8-10lbs
– Give up energy drinks (back to coffee & tea only)
– Study the Bible
– Pay off debt
– Get on a budget
– Work on getting more sleep at night
– Blog at least 3x a week

Those are my main goals for the year. I’m not a resolution maker, I make goals for myself. Not into the whole New Year’s resolutions. Goals, both short-term and long-term work best for me I’ve found.

I’m doing well on my goal to give up energy drinks. I haven’t had one in about 10 days now. All coffee for my daily caffeine-fix! My eating is improving, though I did go off a bit last weekend during the Disney Marathon events, since I ran the half and didn’t stay on my set plan that weekend like I should have.

The Girl's Got Sole - God, direct my steps

I’ve started listening to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University CDs, which I am enjoying and learning from already. My Bible study will really kick off later this month when I start a class at my church every week.

Feeling good about where the year is going to lead, and I know that some good things are coming in the next few months! I just need to keep praying and stay positive! 🙂

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The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon

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WDW Marathon Weekend 2018

The Girl's Got Sole - WDW Marathon Weekend 2018

It’s that time again, time for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, that is! As a Orlando local, it’s fun getting the opportunity to see runner friends from all over come down to run this big race weekend in my backyard.

This year, I’m pacing the WDW Half Marathon on Saturday. I will be pacing the 3:15 finish time, which I love being able to do. Pacing a runDisney race is a lot of fun, as I get the chance to not only run the race, but help other runners achieve their race goal.

I am especially looking forward to this year’s half marathon, as last year’s got cancelled due to bad weather. This time around, the weather isn’t expected to be rainy, but it is going to be a cold one! Temps are predicted to be 36 at 5am with a real feel of 32 degrees! Yicks! This Florida girl is gonna be cold! 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - WDW Marathon Weekend 2018

2018 WDW Half Marathon medal

I’m having flashbacks to the 2013 26.2 with Donna Marathon where it was in the 30s with a wind chill in the 20s. I was sooo cold! And, the 2014 JG 13.1 was pretty chilly at the start as well. I’m not at my best in those sorts of temps, and prefer it to be in the 60s.

Either way, I am going into the race with lots of positive thoughts! I’m gonna make it fun, after all, it’s Disney!

Are you running this weekend at Walt Disney World?

2017: A Year in Review

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 year in review

2017 was a rough one. It was like driving a car and traveling through an extremely hilly road with way too many dips in it. One minute, you are feeling as though you are on smooth terrain, but then the next minute, there’s a drop complete with broken asphalt to make the ride even rougher.

The year started out with me living back in Kissimmee, which is not Orlando. Obviously, of course but by that I mean it was a 45 minute commute to my running group meetups. Having to move back to Kissimmee meant I was a bit far from a lot of friends, my church, and just about everything I was used to being able to do living in College Park the last five years. I was blessed being able to move in with a friend and her husband, but it wasn’t the same.

On the good side of living in Kissimmee the first five months was being with a close friend. She’s like a sister to me, so we had a lot of laughs and we even worked together in the same room (we both work for the same company and work from home), which was fun. I also had a chance to reunite with a former Orlando Galloway runner friend, and we met twice a week for weekly runs.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 year in review

The first half of the year also brought loss for me. I had to put my parakeet, Angel to sleep in February. She had a tumor and it had started to affect her breathing and quality of life. It was a tough decision, but I knew she had given me so much love and happiness in her 10+ years with me. What was even harder was suddenly losing my lovebird, Indy just over a month later. I came home from church one morning to discover he had crossed the rainbow bridge. It was so unexpected and really upset me to the core.

I had always had a pet bird companion with me most of my life. I had Indy and Angel for 10 years, so I knew I couldn’t live without a feathered baby. My parents understood this, and offered to get me a small bird when I was ready. Less than a week later, I brought home Toby. It was hard at first to comprehend if I was doing the right thing, as I didn’t want him to be a replacement, but a new baby, a new bird for me to love. It was the right choice, because this new little parakeet made me smile again.

Toby is a light in my life and I can’t imagine not having him around. In the nine months he has been with me, we have become very close. He’s the sweetest, cutest guy and has begun to become quite the talker! I consider him to be a blessing and he’s making new, happy memories in Indy’s old cage.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 year in review

In June, I moved out of Kissimmee and to Seminole County. I ended up in Apopka for a couple of months, but unfortunately, that place didn’t work out. I was blessed with finding my current place which has been great. I’m still in Seminole County, but in Casselberry, which is actually a bit closer to Winter Park. Much better living conditions for sure!

The highlight of my year was the NYC Marathon. I trained so hard for it, and never stopped making sure I was getting my runs done per my schedule each week. The group of runner friends behind me, especially in my pace group, Sole Warriors is the best. I can’t imagine training for a marathon (or even a half marathon) without them there with me.

Training was going well, until the weeks leading up to the big day. I found out I had Plantar Fasciitis in my left foot about a month before the marathon. I was determined to not let that stop me and all of my months of training though. The doctor gave me a cortisone shot (which is very painful), and did everything I was told to get my foot as good as possible for the race.

If having PF issues wasn’t enough, days before I was set to leave for New York, I had bad chest pains. That morning, after our 3 mile run, I had this weird pain over my left breast that just wouldn’t go away. I thought it was heartburn or something, but it never faded, and even felt worse when I leaned over. So, after work that night, I headed to the local urgent care. Thinking it was something minor, I was definitely surprised when they told me I needed to go to the er.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 year in review

That began my 24 hour ordeal of being in the hospital for possible cardiac issues less than three days before I was supposed to leave for NY. I told everyone in the hospital that I had to be okay, I had the NYC Marathon to run in five days! God answered my prayers when I got the green light to run the marathon. It was a little close though, the doctor called me hours before my flight out of Orlando!

The NYC Marathon itself was awesome. I admit, it was quite a challenging 26.2 miles for sure. As I’ve previously posted in my race recap from the race, I have not only God to thank for getting me to that finish line, but my runner friends as well. I felt incredibly blessed that day and so loved.

The last couple of months have continued that bumpy ride that is 2017. The good parts are always friends and family who are there for me no matter what. It’s because of them that I know how truly blessed I am through it all. Nothing is more important than God, family and friends.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 year in review

Race-wise, I ran 11 races in 2017 (technically 10 if you take out the WDW Half that became a virtual). This is a lower number for me, but I’m happy with it. The NYC Marathon was my focus, and it took a lot of training and time.

Races I ran in 2017 include: WDW Half Marathon (virtual), 26.2 with Donna Half Marathon, Winter Park Road Race 10k, Swamp House Half Marathon, Princess Half Marathon, Run for the Trees 5k, Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon, Watermelon 5k, TCS NYC Marathon, Space Coast Half Marathon, and Mt. Dora Half Marathon.

2017 may have had it’s ups and downs, but I sure learned a lot! There’s something to be said for that.

One Word for 2018

The Girl's Got Sole - One Word: Overcomer

Do you have a word for the new year? That is, one word that is your focus for the year. It’s a way to help setting your intentions and theme for how you’d like the next 365 days to go. I think of it as a word that is the center point of all of my goals.

At first, I wasn’t sure what I wanted that word to be. I know that my largest goals for 2018 is to get closer to God and to get healthier again. The year will greatly be about my spiritual and physical health. In fact, I’m going to be doing The Daniel Plan to kick-off my journey (more on that soon).

Then, it came to me. For Christmas, my mom gave me a ring. It has the word, overcomer on it with the Bible verse, 1 John 4:4. Something clicked in me by the next day, that was it, my word for the upcoming year.

The Girl's Got Sole - Overcomer

Overcomer, according to means: to prevail over (opposition, a debility, temptations, etc.); surmount: to overcome one’s weaknesses. And, 1 John 4:4 NKJV says You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

My choice is also partially inspired by one of my favorite songs by a favorite artist, Mandisa. She released the song in 2013, and it quickly became a beloved song not just for me, but for many others. The lyrics resonate with me: You’re an overcomer. Stay in the fight ‘til the final round. You’re not going under. ‘Cause God is holding you right now. You might be down for a moment. Feeling like it’s hopeless. That’s when He reminds you. That you’re an overcomer. You’re an overcomer.

Do you have one word for 2018? Post it in the comments and what it means to you!

Race Recap: 2017 Mt. Dora Half Marathon

The Girl's Got Sole - Mt. Dora Half Marathon

On December 17th, I ran the 2017 Mt. Dora Half Marathon. This was my 30th half marathon, and first time running the half in Mt. Dora.

I was able to carpool in with a fellow Orlando Galloway runner friend, Dave which was great. We opted to do race-day bib and packet pick-up, so we got to the race site around 6am (the race began at 7am). It’s not a long drive from Seminole County, I believe it took us about 40 minutes to get there.

We easily picked up our race packets and then went back to the car to sit for a bit as we had time to spare. At about 6:40, we got out of the car and walked the block over to the starting area. I did have to use the port-o-let, but was lucky that I got in and out of it in time to find my friend a couple of minutes before the race started.

I ran the race with my runner friend, Natalie. Things started out well, we both felt pretty good out of the gate. That first 5k was good, I know I was happy to hit the first “milestone.” The hills weren’t too bad… yet.

The Girl's Got Sole - Mt. Dora Half Marathon race recap

The next three miles however, I believe those were the toughest on the course. Our strategy was the run all of the downhills and then walk fast uphill. The downhills were also where we were able to run more then the 30 second run interval we had set (we were using 30:30 intervals). I know we ran at least a minute and a half a couple of times. And, I actually felt good doing it. Goes to show, downhills are good. LOL!

The Girl's Got Sole - Mt. Dora Half Marathon race recap

On the race course

The support on the course was excellent. Not only did they have a lot of water/Gatorade stops, but the cheering and encouragement from other volunteers and locals was awesome. I love seeing that on a race course, it definitely boosts my motivation and keeps me smiling.

I also need to mention the weather, we got lucky race morning. It started in the early 60s and was maybe 70ish when I crossed the finish line. It was comfortable for sure.

The Girl's Got Sole - Mt. Dora Half Marathon race recap

With Natalie post-race

The last 2-3 miles were walked. My friend, Natalie was having sciatica issues, and I stuck with her. I didn’t have a time goal in mind, plus my Plantar Fasciitis was acting up a bit. I am definitely a social runner, and would much rather be out there with friends than running solo. The race experience has more meaning to me that way.

I did run in the last quarter of a mile or thereabouts. It allowed me to finish strong, which I do admit I like doing. Even if I am walking through parts of a race, there’s just something about running through that finish line! I love a strong finish.

Mt. Dora Half Marathon is a challenging race for those of us used to running in mostly flat Florida. But, I hope to run this race again in 2018. I would train more for those hills though! I mean, it would be nice to have them feel a bit easier next time. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Mt. Dora Half Marathon race recap

Holiday Fun Run 2017

The Girl's Got Sole - Holiday Fun Run Group

Group before the fun run

Every Christmas season, my Galloway pace group does a fun run. It’s usually 6 miles long, and takes place in Winter Park. We did our annual holiday fun run this past weekend, on Saturday, December 23rd. My pace group, Sole Warriors teamed up with our friends in another group, Dream Chasers for the run.

The fun began at Panera on Park Avenue and headed through neighborhoods to Phelps Park. Then, we did the Chestnut Loop before heading back to Panera. We had a lot of fun with or jingle bells on, and some of the group had reindeer antlers! We joked that we need to bring rope next year and make our own herd. Ha!

The Girl's Got Sole - Holiday Fun Run 2017

After the run, we gathered for breakfast at Panera (of course!). It was great getting together post-run, as we rarely get to do that with everyone’s crazy schedules and all. I think I ended up being there for like an hour or more just chatting with friends.

It’s such an awesome way to start the Christmas holiday, it was definitely a highlight of my three-day weekend!

The Girl's Got Sole - Holiday Fun Run

As seen on the run, leg lamp!

Favorite Christmas Movies

We all have our favorites, those movies that are a must-see every Christmas season. I’ve been feeling in the need of holiday cheer, so I thought I’d do a blog post about my favorites. These are the movies that I will definitely be watching this weekend.

1. A Christmas Story. Hands down, my top pick when it comes to Christmas movies. Heck, at least one channel runs marathons of this one every Christmas, and I admit, I end up watching it at least a few times. So much goodness and fun in A Christmas Story, it’s hard to just pick one scene or moment that I love best!

The Girl's Got Sole - A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s so close to being my number one, but it just slightly gets edged out. It’s full of so many hilarious scenes, and Chevy Chase is just awesome. Christmas just isn’t Christmas time without the Griswalds!

The Girl's Got Sole - Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

3. Miracle on 34th Street. I’m talking the classic film, from 1947. No remakes for this one. This is one that reminds you of the magic of Christmas and believing in it.

The Girl's Got Sole - Miracle on 34th Street

A Miracle on 34th Street

4. It’s a Wonderful Life. Another American classic from the 1940s, that has become a must-watch every Christmas. An angel intervenes to save a man who tries to commit suicide on Christmas Eve by showing him how much his life has touched so many. This one is obviously perfect to watch on Christmas Eve, which I plan to do this Sunday.

The Girl's Got Sole - It's a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life

5. A Charlie Brown Christmas. The true meaning of Christmas is beautifully shown through the Peanuts comic strip characters. I HAVE to watch this one each year, it’s most definitely not Christmas without Charlie Brown!

The Girl's Got Sole - Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Those are my top five, but others I love to watch each Christmas season include: Home Alone (1 and 2), The Santa Clause, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Frosty the Snowman. I admit, I haven’t seen Elf, so I am sure it will rank in here once I do (it’s on my to-watch this weekend 🙂 ).

What are your favorite Christmas movies?