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)?

It’s My Birthday Week!

The Girl's Got Sole - It's My Birthday Week!

My birthday is this coming Saturday, and this year is going to be different, that’s for sure. Having a birthday while in quarantine (or, as they are calling it, “safer-at-home), is like nothing I’ve experienced before. I’m sure it’s going to be one to remember.

While I am not necessarily keen on getting older anymore, it’s a bit sad that my birthday is happening during this corona virus pandemic. There won’t be the typical going out to dinner or hanging out with friends. What I think I’m going to miss most though is all the love and hugs I look forward to. I love hugs from my family and friends. Miss that so much.

I’m doing my best to keep my head up though, as I do get to be with my sweet budgie bird and a couple of friends whom I live with. I’m so thankful for them in my life. It’s a blessing to be able to live in a home that truly feels like home and that there’s happiness and laughter in.

I am also blessed that I am in good health and have some amazing friends in my life. Even if we all can’t see each other right now. Great friends mean the world to me. Most are running friends, who have become like family to me over the years we’ve run together.

So, things may be different right now, but it’s about being safe and healthy. In the end, that’s more important than celebrating another birthday.

The Girl's Got Sole - It's My Birthday Week!

If you would like to send gifts, I do have an Amazon wishlist (link in my About section). Or, what I’d love this year is donations to TEAM 413. You can make a donation or sign up for the virtual event on their website in the online store, at https://team413.org.

Cinco de Miler Has Gone Virtual!

The Girl's Got Sole - Cinco de Miler virtual 2020

Disclaimer: I received an entry to the virtual Cinco de Miler to review 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 last few weeks may have been tough, but here’s your opportunity to take part in a virtual run celebration all over the country! Chicago’s Cinco de Miler is going virtual this year! Due to the COVID-19 virus, everyone in cities all over the country now have an opportunity to take part in the 5-mile race!

RAM Racing, the great folks who put on the Cinco de Miler (along with many other races), are proud to offer the race event to runners and walkers virtually. Registration gets you a long sleeve tech tee, an awesome finisher medal and a few extra surprises mailed right to your doorstep.

The Girl's Got Sole - Cinco de Miler virtual

This is another great way to keep your motivation up with all of the race cancellations and social distancing due to the corona virus. Any bit of motivation right now is a plus in my book! Even if you aren’t normally a virtual race kind of person, maybe taking part in one or two right now will keep your spirits up. Add some fun to your training runs. Who doesn’t love awesome bling, right?

The race has a new official charity for 2020! RAM Racing will donate $5 from every registration to the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund which helps get needed resources in the hands of organization on the front line of the pandemic. Run a race with great swag, and support a needed charity at the same time!

Sign up soon, so that you can get your race packet and gear! Head over to https://www.cincodemiler.com/ and use BRCINCO20 to get a FREE trucker hat in addition to the included race haul! Let’s get May started off with a fun race event. I know I’m excited to do this one!

The Girl's Got Sole - Cinco de Miler virtual

Vlogging Ideas

I’ve finally started to do some short videos lately on Instagram and Facebook. Hopefully, some of you have been able to catch them. Mostly, they are updates about training and such. That said, I want to start doing some vlogging on topics or subjects that YOU would like to see.

With this whole Covid-19 “stay at home” stuff going on, I realize motivation can be less than easy to find these days. I know I’ve had my ups and downs in that area. What’s interesting is that the days when I’ve run or been active in some way have really helped my mood. This has helped me get myself going on doing some videos, even though they are short and basic.

What topics would you be interested in hearing about? I can also do Facebook Lives for some discussions if there’s interest. We can talk about training, both physical and mentally, as they are both important. Or, we can chat about cross-training, weight loss, maintaining a fit lifestyle… whatever you would find interesting or fun.

If you want to talk about something else, feel free to mention that too. You can comment below or drop me a message if that works better for you. I’d love to get this started this weekend. Let’s have fun and motivate/inspire one another! 🙂

Today is TEAM 413 Day!

The Girl's Got Sole - TEAM 413 Day

Today, April 13th is TEAM 413 Day! Each year, this is the day TEAM 413 GRACE-RUNNER MINISTRIES designates as a day of prayer and fundraising for the ministries. The organization counts on donations to keep it afloat. This year is especially difficult due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. It has taken away running event expos that TEAM 413 counts on each year.

This year, TEAM 413 is doing a special event for runners, walkers, and athletes (or non-athletes) of all ages and abilities. For $30, you can sign up to STAY THERE & SHARE the great love of Christ right in your own neighborhood. You will get a mens or womens short-sleeve shirt to commemorate the event. If you’d like to opt for a sweatshirt instead, you can do that as well for a $50 donation.

TEAM 413 exists to share the love of Christ in the athletic arena, promote the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the athlete, and compete in road races across the country. We believe that the truth of “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” in Philippians 4:13 is our call to serve Christ in ALL we do.

The Girl's Got Sole - TEAM 413 Day

While the “Get There & Share” mission may have slightly changed with the current state of the world, that doesn’t mean we can’t share right in our own backyards. Wearing a TEAM 413 shirt while you run on the roads, trails, as you take a walk, or whatever you may do, gets the message out there.

I’d love for you to join me and sign up today for this fun event for an awesome ministries. Then, invite your friends to join in! Let’s STAY THERE & SHARE all over the country and world!

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Join the Virtual Hospital Hill Run!

The Girl's Got Sole - Virtual Hospital Hill Run

Disclaimer: I received an entry to run the Virtual Hospital Hill Run to review 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!

Hey runner friends! I’d like to invite you to join me in a great virtual race opportunity. COVID-19 may be canceling (or delaying) many of our races, but I love how many virtual options have opened up. Some that we’d never get to run virtually before. The Hospital Hill Run is one of those opportunities.

On June 6th, the 2020 Hospital Hill Run was scheduled to take place in Kansas City, MO. This is a Kansas City race tradition, now in it’s 47th year. You can run one of three distances, half marathon, 10k, or 5k virtually through July 1st. This gives runners and walkers the chance to run their race of choice, at home on the day of their choosing during that time frame.

The Girl's Got Sole - Virtual Hospital Hill Run

With all the virtual race options popping up, Hospital Hill Run is making this one special. There is a Facebook Page where you can share your photos, videos, and race experience with everyone else running. Also, hopefully you are on Instagram and Twitter, so you can use the hashtag, #HHRVirtual2020 to follow and continue the sharing and virtual event excitement!

So, what are you waiting for? Join me and let’s run Hospital Hill virtually! Head over to https://virtual.hospitalhillrun.com/ and register for the distance of your choice. Use discount code BIBRAVE1 to save 15% off! Then, be sure to join the Facebook Group to join in the fun conversation, motivation and photos! Then, run your race! Once you’ve crossed your finish line, submit your results!

Once your results are submitted, your awesome swag pack will be headed your way! You will get a digital finisher certificate to your email, race bib, Charlie Hustle Finisher shirt, and Finisher Medal!

The Girl's Got Sole - Virtual Hospital Hill Run

The awesome race swag!!!

I’m running the 10k virtually, and I can’t wait to see who is joining me and my fellow BibRavePros in running this virtual event! I’ve never run a race in Kansas City, MO (never been there either, LOL), but I feel like this is a great way to be a part of a fun race tradition in Missouri!