Me and my Hashimoto’s

The Girl's Got Sole - Me and my Hashimoto's

I’m very blessed in so many ways. I’ve got some of the greatest family and friends around me right now, and there are some great things coming in my future, including running the NYC Marathon in November.

Life is never without it’s battles though, and for me, a big one is my Hashimoto’s Thryoiditis. Lately, the extreme fatigue (the worst issue for me with it) has been testing me. It’s an extreme exhaustion that makes you feel like you can’t function so well. I will get so drowsy that I find it difficult to stay awake at work. Unfortunately, I have even dozed off for a few seconds or so a number of times. Thankfully, I somehow manage to catch myself and jolt awake again. Obviously, this isn’t a good situation, especially when it comes to happening while working.

With Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I will find myself tired in the morning and afternoon, then oddly more awake when it’s actually time for bed. It’s frustrating when you push through the day and then when you can climb into bed, you find yourself awake, thinking about this and that. A mind that just won’t calm down and wants to consider everything in life. It’s no wonder that I can find myself waking up in the morning not feeling so refreshed.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thyroid tired

Also, if I do a hard training run or race, it’s almost certain that the next day will be a struggle energy-wise. That’s both physically and mentally true. It has happened after my recent half marathons, making that already tough Monday workday even harder. At least it feels as if that’s true.

Right now, the whole Daylight Savings Time change has me feeling out of steam. I know it throws most people off, but I think my thyroid issues make it feel worse, as if I’m holding up a heavier head or something.

With my TCS NYC Marathon training starting in a few weeks, I’m full-on into my weight-loss journey. This has me pushing myself harder in the gym and generally work-out wise. Also, I’m keeping stricter tabs on myself with my nutrition. This kind of gives me a chance to “re-educate” myself on getting through the rougher patches with my thyroid crud.

It’s been just over a year since I trained for a marathon (with 2016 being a ‘no marathon year’), so I know there are going to be times during training that I’m going to struggle. But, I’m ready. Well, I’m ready mentally and emotionally anyway, LOL! My faith in God to get me back to NYC to run those five boroughs is the foundation of it all for me. I completely believe that With God All Things Are Possible!

My favorite Bible verse, Philippians 4:13 is always on my mind.

The Girl's Got Sole - I can do all things through Christ

Tuesdays on the Run: St. Patty’s Day

I’m joining in on the Tuesdays on the Run link-up with Erika, Patty & Marcia. This week’s topic is St. Patty’s Day.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesdays on the Run

TOTR Topic: Talk to us about St. Patrick’s day – do you have traditions, a favorite race, a costume you’ll be wearing?

I really don’t have any St. Patrick’s Day traditions. Though, I do enjoy wearing green and all that fun stuff that day if I’m racing or running.

Usually, a local race, the Winter Park Road Race 10k takes place around St. Patrick’s Day, so in the past, I’ve worn festive green and Shamrock fun stuff. This year though, the race is at the end of the month, so kind of doesn’t make the holiday cut-off. LOL!

The Girl's Got Sole - WPRR 10k 2014

Back in 2014, at the Winter Park Road Race with some friends.

This year, my plan is to run 6-8 miles with some of my local Galloway running friends, so I’ll likely wear a green Skirt Sports skirt and a fun top. St. Patty’s Day may be on Friday but I think the day after can be a fun one to adorn some green.

I don’t even know what events are going on around here this week or weekend for the holiday. I’m not a beer drinker, so if it’s just drinking events, they aren’t really my thing. Maybe I will make some sort of green smoothie though. Ha ha. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - St. Patty's Day

How about you, are you big into celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? I’d love to hear if you run a themed race!

The Weekly Pursuit #34

Can I just say that I am not a fan of the whole Daylight Savings Time thing? I did not sleep well last night and have had to incorporate loads of extra caffeine into my diet today. If there was a way to get caffeine via an IV drip, I’d raise my hand to give it a go…and, I am not a fan of needles. Ha!

The Girl's Got Sole - Daylight Savings

We had some new furniture to deal with last night, so I am actually writing this post on Monday after work. This is after re-organizing some things in my bedroom. I now have a neat wardrobe for my running clothes, which is very cool. Still have some tweaking to do, but I’m liking it a lot.

I had a great run with some of my running friends on Saturday morning in Winter Park. With the last few weekends being race-filled, I was happy to get out there to run with them. I hadn’t seen a couple of them, or even run with them in at least a month, so it was great. We did one of our “usual routes,” and just had a nice, easy social run. Saw a few of our Winter Park peacock feathered friends too.

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With some of my running friends after our Saturday run.

Spent some time with my parents on Sunday after my gym workout, as today is my dad’s birthday. My lovebird, Indy even came along for the visit. I think he enjoyed seeing Rocket and Blue, my parents two birds (an African Grey & Quaker parakeet respectively), I know I always love seeing them as well. Also got some cuddle time with my mom’s guinea pig, Abby.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Sunday bike workout at the gym.

This week, I don’t have much on the agenda which I’m actually grateful for. Will pretty much be about work, working out, blogging and all the usual stuff. My next race is on March 25th at the Winter Park Road Race 10k, so this coming weekend will be another social training run with some of my Galloway friends.

The Girl's Got Sole - The Weekly Pursuit

Looking back at last week’s goals…

1. Food logging every day. Got it done, and I am feeling good about how I’m doing eating-wise.
2. Hydration, keep on keeping on. Did okay, could be better.
3. Write Princess Half Race Recap & Swamp House Half Race Recap. One out of two of these got written and up on the blog. Swamp House still needs to be done.
4. Get back to reading Fred Lebow book. Got back on my book reading!
5. Listen to my body when it comes to needed rest. Could have done a bit better on the rest stuff. 🙂

This week’s goals…

1. Logging my food daily.
2. Hydration, drink up!
3. Write Swamp House Half race recap and BibRave review.
4. Listen to my body when it needs rest.
5. Get my taxes done.

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How about you, what are your goals this week?

Product Review: BUFF Half UV

Disclaimer: I received a BUFF UV Reflective Half 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 Half product review

In the last year or so, I’ve become a BUFF fan. It’s because of my ambassadorship with BibRave that I’ve gotten the opportunity to try them out and add them to my runner “must-have” gear list. BUFF invented the tubular headwear category with their original BUFF product. They have since created over half a dozen varieties of BUFF as well as many other trusted multi-functional headwear products for the active lifestyle.

The UV Reflective Half BUFF is shorter than the Original BUFF and offers a stylish option with sun protection and added reflective strips for runners, cyclists, and fitness lovers alike. Perfect for wicking away sweat while keeping you comfortable as you get your workout on.

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Half UV

I have been loving the BUFF Half, definitely one for a Florida runner like myself to carry on my runs. It can be worn around my neck to keep cooler, as a headband, or even wrapped around my hand and/or wrist to wipe away sweat from my face. Love how many ways I can use my BUFF Half UV!

Now, many know I love wearing a SQoosh band on my hand when I run, and I still do! I actually find I can use my SQoosh over my hand, and then wear my BUFF Half around my neck to keep cooler. This allows me to get the BUFF wet with cold water and boy is that going to really come into handy during my TCS NYC Marathon training this summer! I am all for anything that can help me stay cooler and more comfortable during my training runs!

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Half

The BUFF UV Reflective Half presently comes in five different colors Sport Blue, Yellow Fluor, Citron, Waterfall or Stadi Black. The Reflective Half UV has the added reflective strips making you more visible as you move. The BUFF Half UV without the reflective strips comes in 45 colors/styles for women. There is a style for everyone.

The Girl's Got Sole - BUFF Half UV

Check out some of my fellow BibRavePro’s product reviews on the BUFF UV Reflective Half!
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Race Recap: 2017 Princess Half Marathon

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 Princess Half Marathon

On February 26th, I ran the 9th Annual Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. I ran the event as a Galloway Pacer for the 3:15 finish time. With over 18,000 runners participating in the race, it was a fun 13.1 journey through Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.

This was my first race as a Galloway Pacer and I was looking forward to the experience. I was supposed to have paced the WDW Half Marathon back in January, but the race unfortunately got canceled due to bad weather. I would be pacing this half with a fellow Galloway runner from Tampa. Melanie is the Program Director for Tampa and had run four other races as a pacer before the 2017 Princess Half Marathon.

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Melanie & I post-race

I met up with my fellow Galloway Pacers at 4:15am race morning to get our pace flags and all. This is when I met my co-pacer for the 3:15 finish, Melanie for the first time. I was excited to not only do the race (Princess has been on my race bucket list), but to pace it. We would be doing 15:30 intervals which equaled a per mile pace of about 14:53.

Once we all met our co-pacers and got our flags, we hit the port-o-lets before heading to our designated corrals to wait for the start. Since we were in corral N, it ended up being quite a wait. It was about an hour after the actual race start time when we reached the starting mat. But, this gave us time to talk to other runners in the corral who were going to run in our pace group. I always love talking running and all, so I enjoyed meeting folks and hearing about their goals. Some of the runners were even running their first half marathon which is always cool.

The Girl's Got Sole - Princess Half

At about 6:30am, we made it to the glorious start and were off! Disney always makes every corral feel special with their starting send off. Every corral, every group of runners gets a firework show as they are sent off to run their 13.1 miles. I do love seeing all the fireworks when I do runDisney races. We were on our way with our GymBosses beeping!

As a Pacer, we signal and yell out at each run or walk interval. We were running for 15 seconds and walking for 30 seconds. So, Melanie and I were yelling out RUN or WALK throughout the race. We also put a hand up to signal walking intervals to the group behind us. Also, we work to stay to the right as much as possible during our walking portions. With how crowded Princess was, it was a bit more of a challenge to do this, but we made it happen when we could.

Running along, I loved seeing all the costumed runners, many dressed as Princesses with the theme of the race. There are guys that run the Princess Half Marathon, and some even wear tutus! I noticed a few guys with their girlfriend/wife running beside her in support which is neat to see. Whenever you can make running or fitness a family affair, it’s awesome.

The Girl's Got Sole - Princess Half Route

The Princess Half begins near Epcot then heads toward the Magic Kingdom. Time is spent on nearby roads and near Disney resorts. Once inside of the Magic Kingdom, you get to run down Main Street USA where there is a lot of spectators cheering everyone alone which is quite motivating. A highlight of the race is running through Cinderella’s Castle, which I enjoyed doing. I mean, what is a Princess without a castle? 🙂

Despite the amount of runners on the course, I had a great time running. By the time we neared Epcot and were inching closer to that finish line, our awesome pace group members seemed to pick up energy. Chants of “3:15! 3:15!” erupted on our running intervals. Talk about inspiring stuff! It made me smile to think how I was a part of leading these runners into the finish. We had some cool folks in our group!

And, then there it was, that beautiful finish line! We told our runners to go for it as we sprinted in. I heart announcer Carissa announcing our pace group and how big we were as I crossed the finish mat at 3:15:02. A smile crossed my face, we did it. I had just paced my first race and it was awesome!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 Princess Half

I had a great time at the 2017 Princess Half Marathon and I can’t wait to run my next runDisney race. I will be running (and maybe pacing) the 2017 Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon in April. Should be another great time, looking forward to seeing what costumes people come up with for Star Wars!

Gone for a Run Virtual Race Team

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been invited to be a part of the Inaugural Gone for a Run Virtual Run Team! When I got the invite, I was excited to be considered for the team. It’s not only fun to do virtual races, but with all the miles I’ve got ahead of me for my NYC Marathon training this year, it will make things more fun.

The Girl's Got Sole - Gone for a Run Virtual Races

Virtual races are great for everyone. You don’t have to be a runner to take a part. Walking is totally cool, just get out there and get moving! That’s all that you have to do. Gone for a Run’s virtual races all support a charity group. So, your race registration goes to a great cause.

The first virtual race I’m participating in as a part of the Virtual Race Team is the Chicks On A Run 4-Miler. This race supports Girls on the Run. If you aren’t familiar with Girls on the Run International, they are an amazing charity. The group is dedicated to helping girls achieve their dreams through running.

The Girl's Got Sole - Chicks on a Run Virtual

The Chicks On A Run 4-Miler is a Springtime fun run/walk of four miles anywhere you want between April 13-19th. The perfect virtual race for you and your girlfriends to get together to do during the Easter holiday. Registering for this virtual race gets you a large 4-inch Chicks On A Run glittery medal and a race bib to wear. Make sure to take pictures during your race and submit a recap for others to check out!

If you want to get more swag, Gone for a Run has you covered. You can add on stuff like tees, knee high socks, shorties, headbands and decals. Completely up to you on what you want to do for your virtual race. Registering for the virtual race itself is $25, which includes the medal and bib to wear during your run.

I’m looking forward to running my Chicks On A Run 4-Miler next month, and would love for you to join in on the fun!

Disclaimer: As a part of Gone for a Run’s Virtual Race Team, T received a free entry into the virtual race in exchange for blogging about the virtual race series. That said, all opinions and any thoughts stated within this post are mine (as always).

The Weekly Pursuit #33

Hey there, friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Mine was pretty good, especially Sunday since I ran half marathon #27 at Swamp House in DeBary. It was a good race and while I didn’t PR (my time from the 2016 half there still stands as my half marathon PR right now), I finished with a good time. Crossed the finish line 2:57:24. Feel good about that time especially after running a half marathon last weekend at Disney.

The Girl's Got Sole - Galloway runners Swamp House Half

Orlando Galloway at Swamp House Half.

This week, I’m back to my “usual” schedule of things seeing as I don’t have another race until March 25th. That will be the Winter Park Road Race 10k. I’m looking forward to a couple of weekends without a race since I’ll be able to run with some of my runner friends that I haven’t run with much or at all in a few weeks. It will be nice to do a few more social runs that aren’t races again.

I’m feeling more motivated and inspired the last few days. My #fitjourney is going well. I kept myself on track food-wise all weekend long, and didn’t even go crazy after running my half marathon on Sunday. I allowed myself a post-race smoothie and cookie and then stayed on my usual eating plan. Usually, I don’t keep myself on track after a long run or race, so I was proud of myself for that.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday track workout

Last Thursday’s track workout

This week’s workout plan is to take two rest days (unless I feel okay on Wednesday which is my first planned rest day of the week – Friday being the other), run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and cross-train on Monday. I will be running 7-8 miles on Saturday with some of my Galloway group. We are going to go run some hills over in nearby Apopka.

The Girl's Got Sole - The Weekly Pursuit

Looking back at last week’s goals…

1. Logging my food daily. Check, did this every day.
2. Hydration, gotta keep it up! Another goal accomplished. 🙂
3. Write Princess Half Race Recap. Sadly, this one I didn’t get done.
4. Get back to reading Fred Lebow book. Negative on this one, will have to improve this week.

This week’s goals…

1. Food logging every day.
2. Hydration, keep on keeping on.
3. Write Princess Half Race Recap & Swamp House Half Race Recap.
4. Get back to reading Fred Lebow book.
5. Listen to my body when it comes to needed rest.

The Girl's Got Sole - God gives us gifts

How was your weekend? What are your goals for the week?

Ultimate Coffee Date – March 2017

It’s Saturday, and time for another Ultimate Coffee Date! I haven’t done one of these in awhile, so I’m happy to be able to participate in another one with Deborah and Coco. If you haven’t heard of the Ultimate Coffee Date, it takes place the first Saturday of each month. It’s basically a virtual coffee/tea date with friends!

The Girl's Got Sole - Ultimate Coffee Date

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… how blessed I am truly feeling right now. God is truly good and I am thankful that I have another chance to run the NYC Marathon. It’s something I haven’t been able to get off of my mind since running it in 2015, and all of 2016 I wanted just one more opportunity to run the five boroughs. He has blessed me just that.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I have my 27th half marathon on Sunday. This will be my second time running Swamp House Half Marathon in DeBary. I PR’ed there last year, but I’m not sure how I will do this time around. I’m going to play it by feel on race morning and go from there.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… getting into the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon has kicked my FitJourney into high gear. I really need to get on my goal of getting myself in better shape by the summer. I think having that big goal ahead of me will really help keep my motivation up. That’s what helped me a lot in 2015 when I lost 5lbs before I hit my main running training.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you… I’ve gotten into the reality show, Hunted on CBS. A friend just told me about it and it’s so good. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s about couples/teams of two who “go on the run as fugitives.” If they can avoid the Hunters for 28 days, they win 250,000. Quite interesting and fun to watch.

The Girl's Got Sole - Coffee with friends

How about you? What would you tell me if we were having coffee together?

Confessions of a Mother Runner

New York City, Here I Come!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 NYC Marathon acceptance

I am in for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon!!!!

I am feeling incredibly blessed to be able to go back for a second time to run this amazing race. It truly is a race like no other. It’s going to be a great year!

Stay tuned for regular posts on my training starting in probably May. I plan on doing some video updates as well this time around. I’m not the most comfortable with doing video, but I want to chronicle my journey in that way this year. It will be via my phone, unless I get a Go-Pro or some other video camera somewhere along the line.

Looking forward to an incredible training season for my 6th marathon, the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon! 🙂

NYC Marathon Dreamer

The Girl's Got Sole - NYC Marathon Dreamer

Here it is again the eve before the big TCS NYC Marathon lottery drawing. My love and dream of being back on Staten Island staring upon the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on November 5th lives deep within me. The New York City Marathon is a race like no other, and I can’t imagine any other race being as special to me.

In 2015, I was blessed to have gotten into the TCS NYC Marathon. It was one of the greatest year’s of my life, and I remember the excitement of the experience as if it were yesterday. From the moment I learned I got in, through the miles and miles of training, to race day itself…IT WAS AMAZING. All I could think about since crossing that finish line in Central Park was, ‘when can I do it again?’

As crazy as that may sound, even though that 26.2 journey through five boroughs was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life, I want to do it all over again. I close my eyes and can see it all in front of me once again. It’s a dream that I find myself needing to relive.

The Girl's Got Sole - NYC Marathon medal in 2015

After finishing in 2015 and getting my medal.

Tomorrow, when the TCS NYC Marathon lottery selection is going on, I will be praying and hoping 2017 is my year yet again. Knowing my concentration on just about anything else will be nearly impossible, I even took the day off from work. Will I be stalking my bank account all day? Let’s be honest, absolutely yes I will be! Going to try not to be too crazy, but I already know I will be driving family and friends nutty during the wait. 🙂

So, if you’re like me and will be waiting nervously tomorrow for your credit card to be charged that $295, know that you are not alone. It’s a rare moment that I WANT to see that amount of money sitting in my ‘pending transactions’ in my account. That’s the first sign that you are officially in for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon. That glorious, beautiful acceptance email comes later (and yes, it’s everything you imagine it to be).

Good luck to everyone else I am sharing this lottery anticipation with. It’s going to be a special day for thousands of runners by the time March 2, 2017 is over.