Product Review: RunGo App

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The Girl's Got Sole - RunGo app review

When you head out for a run, do you use a running app on your phone? There are many running apps out there, but none of them are like the RunGo app. It can not only track your run, but it has voice navigation. It’s like a GPS navigation for your run!

RunGo provides turn-by-turn navigation allowing you to just enjoy your runs without having to think about looking for street names and when you may have to turn next. Other great features include, audio cues with your running stats, split updates, the ability to share your runs via social media, and create new routes. There are over 100,000 running routes worldwide in RunGo’s database, with hundreds added daily. Another great feature of the app is the ability to work offline. You can create and download your routes ahead of time, before your run so you don’t have to use data during your run.

The Girl's Got Sole - rungo log

I’m usually not the one to use a running app on my phone, but when I was given the opportunity to try out RunGo, I was excited. It’s not your typical app. I loved how you can not only track your run, but get GPS turn-by-turn directions. Definitely unlike any other app I’ve seen out there.

The turn-by-turn navigation allowed me to program a route that I wasn’t as familiar with, and let it tell me when to turn. After having to follow directions “the old-fashioned way,” during a recent run, RunGo is SO much better. I didn’t have to keep looking on directions I had written down to know when to turn left or right. RunGo told me where to go. It made the run much more enjoyable.

RunGo is also very accurate I’ve learned. Sometimes, running apps overestimate the distance of a run, but my experience with RunGo have been positive. The mileage data compared to my GPS running watch are pretty right on. I would feel comfortable ditching my GPS watch and just running with the RunGo app on my phone, knowing it would track my run pretty accurately.

If you’d like to see the app in action, check out the video below. I recommend the app to everyone, definitely worth trying out on your next run!

Check out the RunGo app for yourself in the Google Play store or Apple store. You can download the app for free, and subscription options range from $2.79 a month to $13.99 a year for premium features.

Don’t miss the weekly Twitter #bibchat on October 31st with sponsor, @RunGoApp at 9pm Eastern.

Taper Troubles

Ah, the marathon taper. It should be a restful time, where you get to think about all your months of training and how the big race is finally almost here.

Ha, yeah right.

It’s usually a time where you have crazy up and down emotions, a super-sonic awareness in avoiding anyone who might sneeze or cough anywhere in your vicinity and a fear of any odd soreness or niggle throughout your body.

The Girl's Got Sole - Heel injury

Well, it seems that I’ve developed a heel issue, now two weeks before the race. I noticed my left heel was a bit tender and sore a day or so ago, but honestly, didn’t think much of it. Upon waking up this morning, it greeted me. During my run, I wasn’t feeling the most comfortable on that foot. That’s when I started to get a big concerned. Could I have injured my heel?

Dr. Google told me what I sadly was wondering, the possibility of Plantar Fasciitis. I then went to my fellow runners who have given advice on home treatment. Of course, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) are all a part of that, as well as stretching. Looks like I may be doing that four-letter thing I hate the next few days, rest.

I’m really hoping it’s going to calm down in the next couple of days with rest and all. But, if it continues into Monday morning and not improving, I’m going to call a local sports doctor. Doing my best right now not to be too concerned, and I am going to pray for a speedy recovery.

The Girl's Got Sole - Taper

Have you dealt with Plantar Fasciitis? Or, what about an injury during a marathon taper?

Thank You for your Support!

The Girl's Got Sole - Thank You

As of late this morning, I met and surpassed my fundraising goal for Team 261 Fearless NYC! I am at $2,288 as I write this blog post! 🙂

This is thanks to all of you who have made a donation. You have my appreciation and gratitude for your support, it truly does mean a lot.

I will be posting more soon about the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon and 261 Fearless!

Faith Through Life

This year has been full of ups and downs. I go from highly optimistic and full of smiles to doubts and disappointments depending upon the day. For the most part, I try to keep my head up, knowing that God will continue to take care of me and my faith will carry me through.

You’d think that right now I would be on cloud 9, excited that the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon is in 20 days. I am excited, but I’m also tired and starting to question myself. I have started asking myself things like, ‘why didn’t I get better control over my eating and lose the few pounds I wanted to?’ Or, ‘I should have gotten a better handle on my finances this year.’

The Girl's Got Sole - Faith

The whole weight loss and body stuff is a constant in my life. For so long, I kept all 80lbs off that I lost by the end of 2009, but in the last couple of years, 5-8lbs have creeped back on. I’m not where I was weight-wise that I was when I did the 2015 NYC Marathon. I so wanted to get back to that, or at least close to it. But, it just didn’t happen. It’s all about food, you can work out 5-6 days a week, but if you don’t make sure your nutrition is on point, you can still gain, or at least you aren’t going to lose anything, that’s for sure.

Having to move four times this year hasn’t helped stability in my life. I have gone from living with a friend 45 minutes away from my running group, to living with my parents for a month, to finding a place I thought would be great, then having to move two months later. I’m thankful that my current residence seems to be working out. I attribute that to God. He allowed a friend to help when another friend of hers was looking for a room-mate. My current landlord/roomie is a Christian filled with faith and I just love that. She is incredibly sweet and we talk about the Lord every day. Such a blessing.

Nothing has gone the way I had thought it would go in 2017. And, you know what? I have to believe that it was meant o be that way. God directs my path, and while I don’t always understand why things happen or don’t happen (not sure I ever will), I do believe that God is in charge of my life. Things may have been hard at times, but I have to believe that He knew I would be strong enough to push through whatever the issue might be. Sometimes, I admit I wonder if God believes in me too much. I mean, when I’m in my bedroom, crying into my pillow, how strong am I really?

The Girl's Got Sole - beautiful

God doesn’t make mistakes though, He knows what we are capable of. He is all knowing. Thankfully, those weak moments that I have are few and far between. When I question myself and my life, I know it’s just negativity. It’s not from Him. When I’m looking in that mirror thinking I look bad, that I’m not beautiful, that is not true. That’s the world, the enemy in my head. I’m nowhere near perfect, but I’m not my struggles. I’m just me, an imperfect beautiful creation.

I’m going to be praying to keep the enemy at bay. He is not invited and I only want God within me, and in my life. His blessings have gotten me this far, and it’s because of God that I’m going to be running my dream race again on November 5th. He makes all things possible!

Workout Recap: W/E 10/14

If I had to choose one word to sum up last week, it would be tired. Ever since my 26 mile training run, I’ve been exhausted, feeling ready for a nap every single day. I think that the reason is two-fold for me. One, I just ran 26 miles, and secondly, my thyroid issues don’t help.

So, while I got my workouts in for the most part, I just wasn’t nearly into it. It was more of a habit getting the workouts done than anything else. That’s fine, but I know rest is also a part of the training plan. Not always easy to back down to take the extra needed rest, but I’m working on doing that now.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sat group post-run

Sunday, October 8th – REST DAY. This was the day after my 26 mile run, so I took a rest day.

Monday, October 9th – Bike workout at the gym for cross-training. Just over 9 miles for 52 minutes.

The Girl's Got Sole - Oct 9th bike workout

Tuesday, October 10th – Run with my group in Baldwin. Actually felt pretty good, this was probably my best workout of the week. Was happy with the pace too. Just humid as heck out.

The Girl's Got Sole - Oct 10th run

Wednesday, October 11th – REST DAY.

Thursday, October 12th – Group run. We opted to hit the road, since some of us weren’t feeling like doing speed work. Also, I woke up with a sinus headache.

The Girl's Got Sole - Oct 12th run

Friday, October 13th – REST DAY.

Saturday, October 14th – 10 mile run with my group. Wasn’t feeling as energized as I would have liked, but run went okay. Last double-digit run until the marathon on 11/5.

The Girl's Got Sole - Oct 14th group run

How were your workouts last week?

She’s a Beautiful Work in Progress

Okay, disclaimer right off here… I am about to admit to a girl crush on a fellow runner and Skirt Sports Ambassador. I just finished her amazing book and I can’t wait to meet her in person next month in NYC. Just who the heck am I talking about? Mirna Valerio!

The Girl's Got Sole - A Beautiful Work in Progress

Her new book, A Beautiful Work in Progress just hit bookshelves, Kindles, other E-Readers and Audible. Let me just tell you right now, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. Mirna is the real deal. As I listened to her (I bought the Kindle edition and the audible, so I could hear the words from the horse’s mouth, so to speak), I could picture myself running beside her, taking in all the miles together. Of course, I’m not a trail runner, nor an ultra runner, but other than that, totally works.

Mirna, otherwise known online as Fat Girl Running is out there doing her thing no matter what. Period. I LOVE THAT! She laces up her running shoes and goes out and runs, just like you and me. She is here to tell us all that it doesn’t matter what you look like, how much you weigh, what color or whatever you are, that you are beautiful and you can do anything. As someone who has and continues to struggle with myself (we are never truly satisfied with our looks and who were are, sadly), her message hits home.

In her book, she tells us about her life, including her family (whom sound very cool, especially her mom), school years, and how she got into running. She has fought through a lot of hard times, people telling her that she can’t do this or that, yet she proves them wrong every time. Her will to succeed and be herself is nothing short of inspirational. I found myself yearning for more stories when the book concluded.

The Girl's Got Sole - Mirna Valerio

Thankfully, there is her blog, Fat Girl Running. It’s a blog that I’ve known about for awhile now, but honestly haven’t truly explored, until now. Mirna has many race reports, motivational pieces, musings on running, and much more. I plan on visiting her blog regularly from now on. Since it’s new to me, I know I have plenty of fun things in store to check out!

Fall in love with Mirna for yourself, head over to Amazon and check out A Beautiful Work in Progress. I promise that you will love it and not want to put it down until you finish the entire book.

2017 NYC Marathon Training Update #6

The Girl's Got Sole - 2017 TCS NYC Marathon training update

My last long training run for the TCS NYC Marathon is done! On Saturday morning, I ran 26 miles. It was a LONG morning, and by the end, I couldn’t have been happier to finish.

The morning began with a way-too-early wake up call at 2am. My alarm went off and I rolled out of bed to get dressed and ready for the run. Once I was dressed, I grabbed my Generation UCAN pre-mixed drink and the two UCAN gels I had made the night before and headed out the door.

There were six of us heading out at 3am to get in our miles. Jenny and myself having the most with 26, and the others were needing 17. We headed out toward Winter Park from the school and within the first half mile, I was warm. Boy was it humid out! Florida doesn’t exactly celebrate that season called, Fall.

The Girl's Got Sole - UCAN gels fuel

I was feeling good other than being hot, which was good. That first ten miles went well, by the time we returned to the school for our pick-up/drop-off, I was feeling content. We added a few more of our group members at this point, and one of the girls that started at 3am opted to finish the four miles she needed in the neighborhood. The group of eight of us hit the road in the opposite direction (I switched things up a bit for the next part of the run).

When we again got to Cady Way, Jenny and I had hit 13.1 miles. Halfway point! We high-fived at the accomplishment. Less than 13.1 to go. The group would be separating soon, since the 17 milers were almost done. We all headed out of the Cady Way water stop and once we hit Phelps, took a group picture and the majority headed left back toward the school, while Jenny, Erin and myself went right to continue on our miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sole Warriors group

First stop for us was Phelps water stop. The three of us had hoped the park’s restroom would be open, but no go. So, we did a nearby loop and went off a bit to the local YMCA to use the facilities. Gotta love the Y! The brief stop refreshed us and we again hit the road.

As we made our way toward downtown Winter Park, Erin debated whether she was going to join Jenny and I for the full 26 miles rather than the 23 she had planned to do per her schedule. She opted to stick with us, and we were definitely all for her continued company (of note, later she would question why she did this LOL).

The trio of us hit the golf course route which I had the directions with me for. I had only done the 4.5 mile route with others, and didn’t know it by memory. There are quite a lot of turns, so I wondered how my fellow runners remember it. But, I suppose if you do a route enough times, you can memorize it.

The Girl's Got Sole - 26 mile trio

It was during this route that we got a little loopy. We sang aloud, laughed at silly thing like a house having our trash cans all so evenly lined up in their brick driveway, and awed at a tree that fell over with the sidewalk along with it from Hurricane Irma. It was amazing how many large trees had fallen in that area alone.

By the time we hit mile 20, I think we all were ready to be done with the run. Mentally, I good, but my feet were hurting and legs were getting tired. I’m thankful for my sense of humor, because it kept me going and helped me encourage Jenny who was doing great until about mile 22.

The last 3-4 miles definitely felt like an eternity. More walking than running began to take place at this point. There were segments of silence among the three of us. It’s like, we were all trying to concentrate on finishing the run, and adding conversation would be an overuse of energy that we didn’t have left in the tank. Who thought doing a marathon was a good idea anyway? Oh, yeah…

The Girl's Got Sole - Jenny & Shannon post-26 miles

When we finally got on the street where the school was, and more importantly, our cars, I smiled. Jenny then asked me, if she gave me her car keys if I would drive it over to get her. This made me laugh. No, I replied as I plodded her to keep moving forward. We’re almost there. Can’t knock the girl for trying though. Ha!

Finally arriving at the school, seeing that glorious 26 miles on my GPS watch, I couldn’t have been happier. We did it, we were done! It’s the best feeling, even if all you want to do is lay on the ground and not move another step. Somehow though, we always manage to get some happy-looking photos despite the exhaustion.

As I exchanged my Brooks running shoes for my oh-so-comfy OOFOS sandals, I was beyond glad to be done. Sure, I was exhausted and my feet and legs screamed at me, but mentally I felt good. This would be the longest run I would do until the big race on November 5th in NYC. It was so awesome to be entering taper.

The Girl's Got Sole - 26 miler

30 Days till NYC!

30 days from today, I will be running the five boroughs of the greatest city in the world. I can visualize the starting line on Staten Island on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. I can already hear Frank Sintara crooning New York, New York for 50,000+ runners…

The Girl's Got Sole - 30 days until NYC

While this training season has been nothing like 2015, when I first trained for the TCS NYC Marathon, I know that it’s going to be amazing. I’m blessed with not only being able to run the big race again, but this time, as part of a team.

Team 261 Fearless NYC will consist of 13 runners along-side Kathrine Switzer. We’ve got an awesome team, and I couldn’t be more excited. In fact, I get more and more so each day. Especially with my last long run coming up this Saturday.

At 3am on Saturday morning, my 26 mile training run will start. I’m thankful that I’ve got such a great running group that I will be doing most of the miles with, and all 26 with my friend, Jenny. It’s going to be a long morning, but I look forward to getting the last long training run done before taper.

The Girl's Got Sole - Verrazano-Narrows Bridge NYC Marathon

That said, I’m still $520 from my fundraising goal of $2,261 for 261 Fearless. I would LOVE to hit that goal by this weekend, but I need your help, your support! Every single donation makes a difference! If you can donate $25, or $26.10, it really helps! Thank you for the support, and especially to those who have donated already. Please go here to make a donation. YOU ARE ALL AWESOME! THANK YOU!

Gifts of 261 Fearless

I LOVE being a part of Team 261 Fearless. The group is full of amazing women all inspired by Kathrine Switzer. In 34 days, I will be running with 261 Fearless, and as the big day gets closer, my excitement grows.

In case you don’t follow 261 Fearless on Facebook or other social media, you may have missed the gifts of 261 Fearless. Leading up to the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, Kathrine and Team 261 Fearless will be revealing some great gifts. The first, is courageousness.

The second gift has already been teased on the Facebook page. Be sure to follow 261 Fearless so you don’t miss out on the reveal!

The Girl's Got Sole - 261 Fearless

Also, an update on my Team 261 Fearless NYC fundraising… I’m now $801 from reaching my goal of $2,261. Please keep your donations coming, they are greatly appreciated! I know that I will hit that goal soon!

Workout Recap: W/E 9/30

The last week of September went pretty well. I got in my regular workouts, three days of running and two days of cross-training. Felt like I was mostly getting back into my usual weekly routine.

The Girl's Got Sole - Melissa & Shannon

With friend, Melissa after she did her longest run to date, 19 miles!

Sunday, September 24th – Bike workout at the gym for CT. 9.60 miles done.

The Girl's Got Sole - September 24th bike

Monday, September 25th – Another bike workout in the gym for just over 10 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sept 25th bike

Tuesday, September 26th – Great 5k run with my group in Baldwin. Felt good.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sept 26th run

Wednesday, September 27th – REST DAY.

Thursday, September 28th – Track workout! So happy that the track was open so that I could get in a speed workout. Did ladders and pushed myself. Good stuff!

The Girl's Got Sole - Sept 28th run

Friday, September 29th – REST DAY.

Saturday, September 30th – 10 mile run with my group. Was feeling a bit off that morning, but got it done. Rained for a good portion of the run too. But, actually felt nice.

The Girl's Got Sole  - Sept 30th Sat run

How were your workouts last week?