When This Baby Hits 88 miles…

The Girl's Got Sole - Once this baby hits 88mph

I’m a BIG fan of the Back to the Future trilogy. In fact, they are my favorite films of all-time. I was 7 years old when the first film came out, but by the time Back to the Future 2 hit in 1989, I was hooked. From there on out, I was a Back to the Future fan for life.

When I found out that Virtual Pace Series was offering a Back to the Future Delorean medal for the 35th Anniversary of the film, I immediately registered for it. The challenge is to run/walk 88 miles in 90 days. I figure that’s easy for me to do since I average at least 12-14 miles of running per week.

The Girl's Got Sole - BTTF virtual race challenge

My mileage for the challenge will begin tomorrow, May 23rd, and my goal is to complete the mileage by July 11th. That’s 48 days, give or take. If I get in my 3 days of week or running, should be easy to do. I will be hash-tagging all of my runs until I complete the 88 miles with #BTTFvirtualrun on my social channels.

If you are a Back to the Future fan, check it out! It’s called the Running Out of Time race. This virtual racing company seems to offer some fun medals if you are looking for a fun way to keep up your training motivation.

The Girl's Got Sole - Virtual Back to the Future challenge

Release the Runner: Set a Goal

The Girl's Got Sole - Release the Runner: Set a Goal

Running isn’t cancelled, its just a bit different right now. With racing not being an option just yet, are you still training for Fall races? Has your running changed?

For me, I am still running a good base each week, keeping up my long runs on Saturdays. I like to keep a base of 6 to 8 miles, and I’ve been able to do that. It is difficult to run longer distances as the weather warms up. That said, having trained for marathons through the Florida summer months, it can be done.

Virtual races have added some fun and motivation to my running lately. I’m not big on virtual races typically, but with actual races being cancelled until who-knows-when, I feel like they are a nice option. Some offer fun swag like medals (runners love their bling), and goodie bags. I’ve been able to take part in a few lately as a BibRavePro. I love being able to be a part of a race that I may not have been able to run otherwise.

The Girl's Got Sole - Release the Runner

If paying for a virtual race isn’t in the budget (or your thing), there are a number of free options out there as well. Strava offers many challenges, Facebook running communities are offering free virtual races, and some virtual events are offering runners the ability to choose a basic option to run for free.

What I do love about the virtual races in addition to the extra motivation, is that some of the races benefit charities and support races that may not be able to survive this pandemic without some sort of races. I’m happy to support great races any way that I can.

I’ve got two virtual race events coming up next month. I will be doing the Hospital Hill Run 10k on June 6th and Carmel Marathon 10k on June 14th. Both races have great virtual race options. You can run a 5k, 10k, or half marathon. I love the 10k distance generally, so doing that in my backyard works out great for me.

I’d love to invite you to join me in running the Hospital Hill Run on June 6th. The Hospital Hill Run offers a virtual 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Check out the swag, it’s pretty nice great! I can’t wait to get the finisher shirt. You can register here. Use discount code BIBRAVE1 to save 15% off. You actually have until the end of June to complete your chosen race distance.

The Girl's Got Sole - Release the Runner

Virtual Hospital Hill Run swag

On the day you decide to run your virtual race, I love to get my flat runner laid out, and sort of treat it like a night before race day thing. Then, I wake up, get dressed and gather my gear and out the door I go! Choosing a fun new route is a good way to mix things up too, that’s sort of what I did when I ran my Hot Chocolate 15k earlier this month. A friend and I chose a trail that we love, but don’t get to run on often enough. It made the morning more fun. I also love taking some pictures along the way. Document the run photographically, and if you are able to safely run with friends, have them join in with you. Hopefully, they signed up for the virtual race too. 😉

After running my virtual races, I make sure to post about it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Most races have hashtags they’d love you to use, so it’s the perfect time to share and be a part of the racing community that way. Search for the hashtags and like other runners photos, and see how they ran their virtual event. I’ve also made friends on social channels because of a shared love of running a race.

Beyond running virtual race events, I hope everyone is able to keep their training up and going. Actual races may not be scheduled right now, but they WILL return. We need to be ready for that. Also, running is just awesome and makes you feel good! There’s nothing like getting out for a good run.

The Girl's Got Sole - Release the Runner

Workout Recap W/E: 5/16/20

Trying to blog more often again. I’ve been doing a post or two a week maybe, but I want to get back to a more regular schedule. Once of the regular posts I wanted to bring back is my weekly workout recaps. Been awhile since I last shared one. In fact, it’s been MONTHS. Like 2019. Ha! So, without further ado…

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

Saturday run group after our 6 miles.

Sunday, May 10th – Bike workout at home for 12.7 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout recap, bike workout

Monday, May 11th – Back on the bike for 11 miles before work.

The Girl's Got Sole -Workout Recap, bike workout

Tuesday, May 12th – Great 3.2 mile run with a couple of my running friends.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap, run

Wednesday, May 13th – REST DAY.

Thursday, May 14th – Track workout day. Warmed up with a half mile walk, then did 2.5 miles of 800s.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap, track run


Friday, May 15th
– REST DAY.

Saturday, May 16th – Long run! Ran 6.2 miles on the Florida trail in Oviedo with a few girls keeping our social distance of course. 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap, Saturday run

How were your workouts last week? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Race Recap: Cinco de Miler Virtual

The Girl's Got Sole - Cinco de Miler virtual run

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Cinco De Miler Virtual Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Since I ran my virtual Hot Chocolate 15k last weekend, I ran my Cinco de Miler virtual yesterday. I’m really glad I opted to move it out a week, and do Hot Chocolate last weekend, because this weekend was much hotter here in Florida.

I met a friend, and we ran one of our usual 6 mile routes. Even though this is a 5 mile run, I wanted to run at least 6 miles. That’s kind of my Saturday long run base, as I try to keep it between 6 and 8 miles, even when I’m not training for anything.

The Girl's Got Sole - Cinco de Miler virtual

We headed out just after 6am, and kept a pretty consistent pace. We ended up averaging a 13:42 per mile, which I’m happy with. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any of our local resident peacocks, but they were heard being vocal up in the trees. Too bad, as I love seeing them on runs.

The last half of our run, my friend must have been feeling good, because she was hauling. I joked to her that I was going to call the run, Chasing the Colleen. Ha! It was good though, as she helped keep the pace in a great place considering the heat and humidity.

The Girl's Got Sole - Cinco de Miler virtual race

While running virtual races aren’t like running an actual race, I’m grateful for the opportunity to earn a great medal and shirt. It’s long sleeve, so I likely won’t be wearing it until the end of the year. I really do love the design of the medal and it’s fun being able to be a part of a Cinco de Mayo race. I’d love to run this race, or one like it in the future.

Five on Friday – 5/8/20

The Girl's Got Sole - Five on Friday

Happy Friday! Can you believe that last Five on Friday I did was back in August? I always liked doing a Friday Five post, because I can post some random things going on and such.


1. Girl’s Got Sole on YouTube! I finally did an intro/welcome video a few days ago and got my channel going. Plans are to do all sorts of videos on YouTube, and maybe some Facebook Lives. You can check out my intro video here, and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Your thoughts and comments are welcome!

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2. Run for Ahmaud. Today is the dedication distance run for Ahmaud Arbery. He went out for a run on February 23rd, and was gunned down by two white men, a father and son. None of us should have to fear being shot because we go out for a run. You can read more about the I run with Maud run on the Facebook page.

3. Cinco de Miler virtual. On Saturday morning, I will be running my virtual Cinco de Miler. My race swag hasn’t arrived yet, but I’m hopeful it will get here by the end of the weekend. That medal sure looks cool. I will be posting photos and a race recap by early next week.

The Girl's Got Sole - Five on Friday

Run for Ahmaud. Run tomorrow, or this weekend.

4. Sleeping issues. Anyone else having sleeping issues the last few weeks? I wake up at least two times during the night and sometimes, my mind is reeling. It’s like, I start thinking about just about any and everything. This makes it hard to get a good night’s rest. Really hoping it calms back down soon.

5. Podcasts. I’m getting back into listening to podcasts again, like The Extra Mile Podcast (which I highly recommend). I just sort of drifted away from them for a time there, and I don’t even know why. If you’re a podcast listener, I’d love any recommendations. My favorites are running, fitness and crime podcasts.

The Girl's Got Sole - Five on Friday

The Extra Mile podcast

How has your running been going? Are you doing any virtual races or has your training changed in any way

10th Annual Carmel Marathon Weekend

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 Carmel Marathon Weekend

Disclaimer: I received an entry to run the Carmel Marathon Virtual 10k as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

The Carmel Marathon weekend takes place in Carmel, Indiana. The event offers a marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k, and marathon relay for participants. All race distances utilize the same start and finish line, which is great for spectating and cheering on fellow runners. The finish area features a DJ and Sam Adams Beer Garden, with plenty of space to relax and hang with friends after the races.

The Girl's Got Sole - Carmel Marathon Weekend

The 10th Anniversary of the Carmel Marathon Weekend was scheduled to take place on June 14th. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the actual race has been postponed. Runners can however do a virtual run, defer until 2021, or wait to see if a Fall race date is possible. I was given the opportunity to run the 10k virtually, and I’m looking forward to it. I see these virtual race opportunities as a way to try out a race from the comfort of your own backyard, and maybe run it in person next year.

For those doing the virtual race, you can choose your distance and complete your run until September 1st. Then, upload your results from your Garmin (or other GPS watch) or tracking app to the link provided with your registration confirmation (also on the virtual race website). Once the race receives the results, your swag bag will be mailed! Race swag bags will start being mailed out the week of June 22nd.

The Girl's Got Sole - Carmel Marathon Weekend 2020

Run your virtual race on your own, or with friends being sure to practice social distancing. Photos are highly encouraged! Post your photo(s) on social media and tag Carmel Marathon. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to celebrate with everyone else!

Ready to join me and run the virtual Carmel Marathon weekend? Use discount code BIBRAVE5 at registration to save $5 off.

Skirts Sports: The Finish Line

The Girl's Got Sole - Skirt Sports: The Finish Line

This is a bittersweet post… you may have seen a post in the last couple of days from Skirt Sports. The company is having a big finish line sale. They are calling it the Finish Line sale because this could be the end of the company as we all know it.

The company was started by Nicole DeBoom, former Ironman champion 15 years ago. She created the brand with the goal of making a line of cute, flattering, high-performance running apparel for women. And, she did just that. Nicole and her team created something awesome and special with Skirt Sports.

Through the years, Skirt Sports has made amazing, beautiful skirts and other athletic clothes for women of all shapes and sizes. The company then became more than just a brand of clothing. An entire Skirt Sports community of women was born through the Ambassador program in 2012. It grew through the years to become a supportive forum for Skirt Sports sisters all over the world!

The Girl's Got Sole - Skirt Sports Finish Line

In 2014, I was invited to join the Skirt Sports Ambassador family. From that moment on, I lived Skirt Sports throughout my running journey. I have been blessed to have met some amazing women as an Ambassador, some of whom I have even met in person at race events. The Ambassador sisterhood is an amazing thing, it’s a group I can trust and we talk about just about everything. It’s a connection that’s like no other.

With the impending end, or sale of the Skirt Sports brand, this will change some things for me and many other Skirt Sports sisters. No one knows what may happen in the coming months, it would be nice if someone purchased it and maintained the quality and awesomeness of the brand, but who knows if that’s even possible. Nonetheless, it likely won’t be the company that we know and love right now.

If you love Skirt Sports, this is your chance to stock up. Everything is on sale on the website until it’s gone. Feel free to leave any love or memories of Skirt Sports on this post or over on the Skirt Sports Facebook page. I know Nicole and everyone will appreciate it!

Race Recap: Virtual Hot Chocolate 15k

The Girl's Got Sole - Hot Chocolate 15k virtual

On May 2nd, I did my virtual Hot Chocolate 15k race with a few friends. Don’t worry, we were responsible, and remained at a social distance. I signed up for the race because a good friend (who I ran with), asked me to. With virtual races being a fun way to get the miles in, I told her that sounded like fun.

We met at 6am at a local trail, the Seminole-Wekiva Trail, otherwise known to locals as the painted trail. A good portion of it has neat painted fences done by a local artist and some friends of his. It’s also a beautiful trail on it’s own.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hot Chocolate 15k virtual run

The awesome Hot Chocolate swag!!!

It turned out to the a great morning for a run, we had a temperature of 60 degrees at the start. This made running 9.3 miles a lot easier, as I recalled the previous weekend’s 7.5 mile run that was extremely hot and humid. We rarely get 60s this time of year in Central Florida, so it was appreciated.

As we headed down the trail, we saw a runner or two here and there, as well as some cyclists. Everyone for the most part was keeping their distance, following the guidelines. Every once in a while, we did deal with a cyclist not informing us of his/her passing.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hot Chocolate 15k virtual run

The painted trail, some of the art.

The run was enjoyable. We chatted and enjoyed the weather, and beautiful trail. My favorite parts were definitely where the painted fences were. I love seeing the creative art panels. Some are from movies, TV, and entertainment, while others are animals and inspirational. There is something for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.

We even ran into some fellow Orlando Galloway runner friends on the trail! They were heading in our direction, and us in theirs. We all may not be seeing each other much (or at all) these days, but it was nice to see them for a moment and say hello.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hot Chocolate 15k virtual run

Some social distancing photo ops on the run.

Once we hit the 4.6 mile mark, we turned around and headed back toward our cars and where we started. With it being more light out, this gave us better opportunities for a few painted fence photos, as well as a group shot. The remainder of the run back continued to be good, and I felt blessed that it was such a good morning.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hot Chocolate 15k virtual

I was happy to finish the Hot Chocolate 15k virtual run. I really love the hoodie jacket that is a part of the swag. I will wear it later this year once it cools down again here in Florida. While I earned chocolate at the end of my run, I opted to treat myself to a smoothie instead. Though, I will admit, I had some chocolate chip cookies later. 🙂

There’s still a chance to register for the 2020 Virtual Hot Chocolate 15k or 5k. The race charity is Make-a-Wish, which creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Head over to their website to sign up soon, as I hear there’s only a few openings before they sell out.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hot Chocolate virtual run

Post-run smoothie!

My Upcoming Races

The Girl's Got Sole - My Upcoming Races

By races, I mean virtual…because, as we all know, unfortunately actual races are on hold. I’m REALLY hoping by October we can line up at the starting line of races again. I SO miss it!

I have posted about two virtual races I will be doing as a BibRavePro, the Cinco de Miler and Hospital Hill Run 10k. I added another to that list as a BibRavePro, Carmel Marathon 10k. They have a few distance options, and I will be blogging about that one specifically this week. All three are still open for virtual registration if you’d like to join the fun.

The other virtual I have signed up for is the Hot Chocolate 15k. A runner friend asked me to do this one with her, and I said yes. We will be running it this coming weekend. I have only done Hot Chocolate once before, and it was in Tampa back in 2016, Had a great time, less for the heat. This one will be a bit different since it’s virtual, but I plan on making the best of it and having a good time.

While I know some runner friends are on the fence with the virtual races, I think right now, they are a great way to keep up motivation during this unprecedented time. It gives me something fun to keep my training runs more exciting. And hey, maybe you’ll like a race swag or medal so much that you’ll want to go run it in person next year!

Are you running any virtual races right now? Let me know if so in the comments and which one(s)?