Dear Younger Me

The Girl's Got Sole - Dear Younger Me

(Inspired by fellow Skirt Sport sister and blogger friend, Sandy at The Ultra Freak, I decided to do my own letter to myself. At least one at age 40 to a younger me.)

Believe in yourself. You are truly stronger than you know. You CAN do amazing things. With God, all things truly ARE possible! Don’t limit yourself because something is hard or seems scary.

Speaking of God, He is the most important part of your life. Your trust and faith in Him will lead you on the path you were meant to be on.

The Girl's Got Sole - Younger Me

Ignore the naysayers. Those that belittle you and your dreams, or your way of thinking. They are toxic and will only bring you down. Nothing good comes from those negative people.

Friends come and go. If they were truly friends, they will still be there through the ups and downs. If not, they were not a real friend, just a lesson you had to learn on your life journey.

The Girl's Got Sole - Younger me

Sports is something you are capable of. When you are playing Little League, realize that you love the thrill that it gives you. One day, you will run more than bases.

Finding love will be hard. Trust in the values mom and dad taught you, and know that it’s going to take time. It’s not a fairy-tale or like they depict it to be in the movies.

The Girl's Got Sole - Younger me

Math. It sucks and you will never really like doing it. That said, buckle down and learn the whole x + y = whatever stuff as early as possible. Later, it’s going to be more difficult to figure out. Sadly though, the fact is, you will never need to know anything about x or y because you won’t use it.

Stop hating yourself. No one is perfect, nor do they have a perfect body. God made us all perfect in His own image. Disliking yourself will cause you to miss fun stuff like Prom. Embrace who you are. Weight can be gained and lost, but moments in your childhood can’t be repeated or re-lived.

The Girl's Got Sole - Younger me

You CAN write. Don’t let any teacher tell you anything different. If they do, smile and realize how wrong this guy is and know some people just like to attempt to ruin your dreams.

Go to college. Yes, you do go, but shoot higher than the community college level. If you can go away to college, do it. That experience will be something you will wish you did one day.

The Girl's Got Sole - Younger Me

Most of all, live life to the fullest each day. Be yourself, and those who truly love you will always be by your side. Hug your family, and try to never go to bed angry or in the middle of a fight with them. Spend as much time with them as you can. One day, they may not be there anymore. We don’t keep items, only memories and love. Have fun and be sure to never lose your sense of humor and laughter from your life. 🙂

Workout Recap W/E 8/11/18

Hey all! I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m already ready for cooler temps. Here in Florida, it’s been so humid on our runs. It always seems never-ending each year. While you do get better acclimated, you never truly get used to it. I admit, I love any random breezes that come along during a run! 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday group run 8/11

These folks make it all worthwhile and fun!

Sunday, August 5th – Bike workout at the gym. Pretty good workout while listening to the PD Stories podcast. Got in 7.8 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike workout

Monday, August 6th – 8.6 miles on the bike for a good cross-training workout before work.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike workout

Tuesday, August 7th – Run with some of my group. It was quite humid out, but good in a nice, easy 5k run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, August 8th – REST DAY.

Thursday, August 9th – Thursday easy run of 3.2 miles with friends, Colleen and Lourdes. Was a bit cooler out due to the rain the night before.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday run

Friday, August 10th – REST DAY.

Saturday, August 11th – Saturday group run. Started at 5:30am, and it was already thick with humidity. But, the company made the 8 miles seem to fly by.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday long run

How were your workouts last week? How is the weather where you are?

Lansing’s Great Pumpkin Run

Disclaimer: I’m promoting The Great Pumpkin Run: Lansing as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

The Girl's Got Sole - The Great Pumpkin Run

I’m not from an area that experiences a true Fall season. But, if I did, a fun race like The Great Pumpkin Run in Lansing, Michigan would be the kind of race I would love. The 5k has the Fall season in mind with the race taking place on September 8th. Go out and run or walk the 5k, then enjoy a cup of apple cider courtesy of Uncle John’s Cider Mill. This also happens to be the location of the event. For a number of area residents, the Cider Mill brings back childhood memories. Enjoy apple cider donuts, home-baked goods, tractor-pulled hayrides, a corn maze and of course hard apple cider pints for the adults!

All registered participants receive some awesome swag to commemorate the fun! You’ll get a unique 2018 1/4 zip race tech hoodie, custom finisher’s medal, apple cider, and your own small pumpkin. In addition, FREE professional race photos and entry to the farm all day. If you want to up your game, add on the Tough Pumpkin option, and you will get a pumpkin to run the 5k with. If you cross the finish line with the pumpkin intact, you will receive a second, exclusive Tough Pumpkin medal!

The Girl's Got Sole - The Great Pumpkin Run

If you can’t make it out to Lansing in person, good news! The Great Pumpkin Run has a virtual option! You can run/walk in your own neighborhood any day during the Fall season. Virtual participants will receive the tech hoodie and bib as well as the finisher’s medal. Check out the virtual 5k race option and sign up today!

Make sure you sign up asap, as the event is limited to 3,000 participants! And, prices go up after 8/12! Register today!

Blogging Anniversary

10 years ago, I became a blogger. On August 8, 2008, I began blogging under the domain, I called the blog, Musings of a Writer. Back then, I blogged about my comic book writing, general writing, and photography. Then, on January 10, 2012, the blog officially became

The Girl's Got Sole - Blogging Anniversary

The original opening page to

Musings of a Writer covered a good deal of my time as a self-published comic book writer, as well as my photography and other writings during that time. When I began my healthy lifestyle journey in late 2009, my blog documented my musings. And, then in 2010, I first started running with the Couch25k program and I blogged about it, as well as my time not being able to run due to injuring my back.

The Girl's Got Sole - Blogging Anniversary

The first blog post for

As someone who has loved writing since I was in elementary school, I love blogging and being a blogger. It has given me a great way to talk about the things that I love, as well as meet others with similar interests along the way. I’ve gone from someone who originally shared very little about my personal life online, to someone who has basically documented my journey on my blog. It’s so neat being able to go back and see how far I’ve come as a person and a runner through my older blog posts.

Thanks to everyone who has been following my blog, whether it be for one day, or years. And, if you have taken time to comment on a post, just know it means a lot! I look forward to many more blogging years ahead of me! 🙂

Product Review: Aftershokz Trekz Air

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz Trekz Air review

Disclaimer: I received the Aftershokz Canyon Trekz Air 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!

If you haven’t heard of Aftershokz headphones, let me tell you all about the best running headphones out there. Once you try them out, you’ll never go back to in-ear headphones again.

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz Trekz Air review

Aftershokz are all about bone conduction technology. These headphones sit right outside of your ears, allowing transducers to guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound that doesn’t plug or cover your ears. Because of this, not only do the headphones deliver amazing sound quality, but allow you to continue to be able to hear ambient sounds.

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz Trekz Air review

** Bone conduction technology delivering music/audio through your checkbones, leaving ears open to hear ambient sounds
** A complete wraparound titanium design providing a flexible fit for all-day confort and stability
** OpenFit design ensuring maximum situational awareness and comfort
** Bluetooth v4.2 connectivity and convenient multi-point pairing
** LeakSlayer technology that significantly reducing natural sound leakage
** Six hours of continuous music & calls on a single charge
** IP55 certified to repel sweat, dust and moisture from workouts to crazy weather
** The Trekz Air is 20% lighter than it’s counterpart, the Trekz Titanium

I’m someone who does NOT like earbuds. So, the outside of the ear placement of the Aftershokz was immediately something I love about the headphones. Once I put them on, they are so comfortable, and the sound quality is amazing. I not only could hear my music extremely well, but my surroundings were apparent as well. But, not so much that it makes the enjoyment of the music any less great.

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz Trekz Air review

The Aftershokz Trekz Air have become, and will remain my headphones of choice for my workouts. I have been using them in the gym for my bike workouts, and will be my headphones for my Fall races. If I am not running with friends, Aftershokz will be keeping me motivated and moving.

I highly recommend the Aftershokz Trekz Air headphones if you are a runner that needs to listen to music or podcasts during a run. They will allow you to listen safely so that you are aware of your surroundings. Forget the one earbud thing, upgrade to Aftershokz! You truly won’t be disappointed!

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz Trekz Air

Right now, you can get the Aftershokz Trekz Air Bundle and save $55! Go to and enter discount code BRBUNDLE at checkout. And, don’t miss this week’s #bibchat at 9pm Eastern with sponsor, Aftershokz! You could win a pair of Trekz Air headphones! You don’t want to miss the fun, and a chance to win!

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August Training Update

The Girl's Got Sole - Training Update

With a new month upon us, I figured it was time for another Fall Races training update. It’s interesting to me that this time last year, I was training for the TCS NYC Marathon. This year, it’s all half marathons. It’s kind of nice to not have to train for 26.2 miles, but it’s also bittersweet, as I think my marathon days are done.

First Fall race up is the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler on October 21st. I feel pretty good about where my training has been for this race. My long runs on Saturday have gone well for the most part, and I actually ran a 10 mile run on July 21st. I did feel tired the last couple of miles, but it was my first double-digit run since I ran the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon back in April. Since the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler has Cardiac Hill, I do want to get in more hill training this month.

Tentatively on the schedule is Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in November. I am hoping to pace the race, so that would work out great with it being on 11/4, two weeks after Atlanta. Should know soon if that’s confirmed or not. In December, I have OUC Orlando Half Marathon on 12/1 and Mt. Dora Half Marathon on 12/16. I feel good about the timing in between my current race schedule, so I am able to have good recovery time.

The Girl's Got Sole - Running friends

My running group really makes runs all the better!

The OUC Orlando Half Marathon is my goal race for the year. It’s the one I’d really like to PR. My current half marathon PR time is 2:53:09. I haven’t done a half in under 2:55 in awhile, so I’d love to get under 2:53 if not hit 2:50 finish time. I’m fortunate that I’m running the race with some of my friends, so we will all be encouraging one another all 13.1 miles. And, being out there with them will make it all the better.

August should be a good month of training. I’m hoping to head out to Apopka, a better area for hill training here in Central Florida. Otherwise, track workouts for getting my pace up a bit are in order.

How is your training going?

DC Wonder Woman Run Sweepstakes!

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

Disclaimer: I’m promoting DC Wonder Woman Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to find and write race reviews!

I am SUPER excited to be a part of promoting this race series and sweepstakes! As a huge superhero fan, I have always dreamed of being a superhero. Unfortunately, we all can’t get bitten by a radioactive spider, or come from an island of Greek gods. But, what we can do is dress up and run like a superhero!

This is where the DC Wonder Woman Run series comes in. Embrace your inner superhero and run one of the 5k or 10k races in one of five California cities! Events will be held in Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Register for any of the races in the series and save 10% with discount code WWBIBRAVE.

The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run Sweepstakes

You can enter to win a VIP trip for two the the DC Wonder Woman Run in Los Angeles, CA on November 4th! The grand prize includes a trip for two to LA plus hotel stay for 3 nights. Other prizes in the sweepstakes: $500 in NYX Products, Warner Bros VIP Studio Tour, and a 1 Year Subscription to Women’s Running Magazine.

There are 3 ways to enter the sweepstakes:
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The Girl's Got Sole - DC Wonder Woman Run

Falling while Running

This past Saturday morning, during the last mile of my 8-mile group run, I ate pavement. One minute I was running on the sidewalk, the next minute, I recall tripping and trying to steady myself…then, boom! I even recall the nasty slide I took on the cement as I tried to stop myself. Major ouch!

I’ve been running now for seven years, and this is my second fall. I suppose that’s a good thing, considering how often I have found myself tripping and fortunately catching myself before I lost balance and took a tumble. It’s weird how those final seconds stick out in your mind as you hit the ground. I felt myself losing it, then thought surely I could regain my composure. Alas, it just wasn’t the case.

The Girl's Got Sole - Running fall injuries

Surely, the two girls in my group behind me witnessed quite a sight. Not only did I fall, but I slid, as though I was trying to touch first base before the other team’s player tagged me out. Either that, or I’m quite an awful superhero who attempted to fly only to find herself flat on her left side. Makes me cringe just recalling the painful moment.

The last time I took a fall during a run, was back in 2014 at the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon in North Carolina. I was coming from the road onto a sidewalk during the last 5k of the race, when I fell. That time, I also got the right hand palm eaten up pretty good. Guess being right-handed shows, and it’s the hand that gets the brunt of the beating.

The Girl's Got Sole - Running fall

While my left arm and both palms got scrapped up, I only realized later that those were only the visual portion of my injuries. I pulled some muscles in the left side of my chest and shoulder as well. Taking deep breathes has been a bit more painful the last couple of days.

I’m looking forward to healing up, and hopefully not falling on a run anytime soon. I think once every 4 years is more than enough for me, thanks. 🙂

Have you fallen on a run? What happened?

Product Review: Under Armour HOVR

Disclaimer: I received Under Armour Sonic Hovr shoes 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 - Under Armour Hovr review

I rarely deviate from my Brook Adrenaline GTS running shoes, as they have been a favorite of mine over six years. But, when we had the opportunity to review the new Under Armour Hovr Sonic shoes, I raised my hand. I thought, hey these look fun and different!

The Under Armour Hovr Sonic shoes ARE different. The Hovr shoes are made with a technology that provides ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step. They are a neutral shoe for runners seeking a balance of flexibility and cushioning. The sot knit upper is fast drying and provides a breathable, compression-like fit that delivers lightweight directional strength and comfort.

The Girl's Got Sole - Under Armour Hovr review

Since I typically wear a support shoe, I decided to test the shoes out first on a track workout. That morning, when I put the Hovr shoes on, I did notice the indeed have a compression-life fit and feel. I asked for an 8.5, but I realized I should have gone for a size 9. If you usually go up a full size on your regular running shoe, I recommend maintaining that for the Under Armour Hovr shoes.

As I wore the shoes on that first run, they were comfortable and I felt light on my feet. They are probably the lightest shoe I’ve ever worn. I did feel faster that day on the track with my new white UA Hovr shoes on. Did they make me a Kenyan? Not even close, but hey, they felt good on my feet and that was a great thing.

The Girl's Got Sole - Under Armour Hovr review

I wore them to the gym a number of times, as well as to the office one day. That compression and light-feel made me feel like I barely had anything on my feet. For someone who has flat feet, these neutral shoes get a thumbs up from me. I can foresee more track workouts being done in the Under Armour Hovr Sonics in the coming weeks. They work best for me on the track I’ve learned.

You can check out the Under Armour Hovr shoes over at Under Armour also makes a connected version of the Hovr, allowing you to connect with the MapMyRun app for info on your runs. Those definitely sound awesome! Who doesn’t love data from your runs?

The Girl's Got Sole - Under Armour Hovr review

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Five on Friday 7/27/18

The Girl's Got Sole - Five on Friday

Happy Friday! I haven’t been blogging enough lately, and for that, I apologize. I have just been dealing with some things and free time has been sparse. But, I hope to change that in the coming days. I want to get back to posting three times a week at minimum again. Thank you to everyone who visits the blog and comments when you can!

1. Workouts. Overall, these have been going well. I have been working out 4-5 days a week, and only missing that third day when I feel my body needs the extra rest. I’m trying to learn to embrace that extra rest day when I do need it, but I admit, it’s hard. I like to workout 5-6 days a week, so anything less than that kinda bugs me.

The Girl's Got Sole - Moving

2. I’m moving! Yup, I’m moving again. This time, in with a friend’s mom and I’m pretty excited about it. She is the sweetest, and I think we are going to get along so well. The only downside is that it’s a bit further away from where my running group meets from where I am now. So, in September, I will have a 35 minute drive three times a week to my group runs. But, other than that, I feel good about things.

3. PD Cam. This is a new show from the creators of Live PD. It’s all from footage obtained from police bodycams, car cameras, and helicopter cameras. It’s hosted by Sean Larkin (with Tulsa PD) who is also a regular on Live PD. If you are into police shows, you will love it. The first episode definitely was a crazy good one.

The Girl's Got Sole - UCAN Hydrate Watermelon

4. UCAN Hydrate Watermelon. If you’re a fan of Generation UCAN like I am, you will want to know that there is a new product out! UCAN Hydrate in Watermelon flavor just hit the market earlier this month and I’m loving it. It’s perfect for summer training. I love being able to carry it with me during a hot training run. Check it out on the Generation UCAN website. You can purchase it through my link to save 10% off your order of Hydrate or any other UCAN product to fuel your runs.

5. Health/Weight loss journey. So, I’m sort of at a stand still in regards to my weight loss. I’m not losing anything right now, but on the plus side, I’m also not gaining. It’s been a bit of a struggle because honestly, I haven’t always felt like eating right with how I’ve been feeling. It’s an up and down cycle. Hoping to kick things back into gear again soon. I know I can get the 5-8lbs off I want, but I have to really be on target with my eating again.

The Girl's Got Sole - Healthy living

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