I Have Fibromyalgia

After months of waiting for an appointment with a Rheumatologist, I finally had my appointment on Tuesday morning. It didn’t take long before my suspected diagnosis was confirmed. I have fibromyalgia.

The Girl's Got Sole - I have fibromyalgia

The symptoms started months ago, I believe it was really hitting me during training for my 6th marathon last year. While I had the passion and drive to train for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, I was feeling extremely run down all the time. I began to notice it took me longer to recover from hard training sessions, and it wasn’t like that for my previous marathons.

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition causing constant widespread pain, severe fatigue, cognitive and memory issues and many more symptoms. What causes fibromyalgia is not known, and there is no cure. It is estimated that about 2% of the population suffers from fibromyalgia. It is an invisible chronic illness, which means a person doesn’t necessarily appear to be sick.

The Girl's Got Sole - I have fibromyalgia

It is good to know that I finally have an answer as to what else besides my thyroid is causing me issues, but it stinks that this is another thing I will have to learn to live with it. All of my achy days, feelings of severe exhaustion, and constant stomach issues are just some of the fun that having fibromyalgia brings on. I’m not willing to let it stop me though, I just need to learn how to balance my life with it, especially my running and working out.

Product Review: Brilliant Reflective strips

The Girl's Got Sole - Brilliant Relective review

Disclaimer: I received Brilliant Reflective strips 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!


When BibRave offered me to review Brilliant Reflective strips again, I jumped at the opportunity. These reflective strips are really awesome. They are high-quality, and stand out for those dark early morning or late evening runs. It’s so easy to add them to any clothing item or gear of your choice.

The Girl's Got Sole - Brilliant Reflective

Brilliant Reflective strips are made with 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material, and are visible up to 500+ feet! The strips are extremely durable, and stick to just about any surface. They come in colors like black, blue, red and purple. Brilliant Reflective strips are available in stick-on and iron-on options. Why buy new running or cycling gear, when you can add reflective strips to your favorite shirts, shorts, hats and more?

I love adding the strips to my Skirt Sports skirts, running tees, visors and my handheld water bottle. My running group has commented how much they love them, especially when they can customize their gear. I already wear Night Runner 270 shoe lights, but the Brilliant Reflective strips give me even more visibility while I’m out there running on the roads. I’m always out before the sun comes out here in Central Florida, so being seen by passing vehicles is so important. Safety is a big priority when you are out running.

The Girl's Got Sole - Brilliant Reflective

While I love the iron-on option, I admit, my favorite truly is the stick-on strips. It makes it easy to customize a tee at the last minute before I run. They hold up extremely well through the washer too! I just turn my tees inside-out and throw them in the washer, then hang dry. I also still have Brilliant Reflective strips on bags and a running hydration belt from last time I reviewed them, over 8 months ago. How cool is that? Durability at it’s finest!

If you are looking for a great way to be seen on your runs or other outdoor activities, Brilliant Reflective strips are the way to go. Get buy one, get one on strips by using the discount code “BIBRAVE18″ on their website.

The Girl's Got Sole - Brilliant Reflective review

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2018 PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5k race 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 Girl's Got Sole - PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5k

I’m excited to announce that I will be running the 2018 PNC Atlanta 10-Miler for BibRave! The race is on October 21st in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s the second event of the Triple Peach Race Series.

The PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5k is one of Atlanta’s most popular running and walking events. The race begins as well as ends at Atlantic Station, then winds through Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood with cheer zones located at every mile. A highlight is Cardiac Hill at mile 2. The name, “Cardiac Hill,” is what the stretch of Peachtree Road that rises or falls (for this year the latter), more than 12 stories in elevation in less than a mile. Conquering Cardiac Hill is sponsored by the Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno. What’s new this year is the King and Queen of Cardiac Hill award. The titles will go to the man and woman who run DOWN the hill the fastest.

The Girl's Got Sole - PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5k

The event has some awesome swag! For 10 Miler runners, a long-sleeve Mizuno shirt and Finisher’s medal. For 5k runners/walkers, a long-sleeve Mizuno t-shirt and Finisher’s medal. Sponsors this year include: PNC Bank, Mizuno, CLIF, DaSani, Powerade, Piedmont and Radio 680 The Fan. With all this swag, sponsors and cheer zones, the event sounds like it’s sure to be an awesome runner party!

Don’t miss out on registering for this fun race, it will sell out! The 10 Miler is $60 and $30 for the 5k through 7/31/18. Go here to sign up before the price increase! Come out and run Atlanta with me on 10/21!

I will be posting training updates in the coming weeks. With Cardiac Hill, I’ve gotta get in that hill training! I foresee some garage running in my future. 🙂

Workout Recap W/E: 6/9

Last week was a rough one for me. I have a crummy flare up that doesn’t seem to want to truly take a hike. I am such a stubborn one though that taking rest days is hard. I have two days a week that I do rest, and if I have to do more than that, it’s not easy. Sort of have to force myself NOT to workout in some way. Despite my crazy week, I managed to get in my 5 days of workouts.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

First Saturday run of the new season on June 9th.

Sunday, June 3rd – With Orlando Galloway kick-off the day before, I ran on Sunday morning with a couple of friends. We ran 6 miles on the Seminole-Weikva Trail. Wore my Brilliant Reflective shirt for the first time. Love their reflective strips! Use BIBRAVE18 on their website to get buy one, get one!

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday run

Monday, June 4th – Bike workout at the gym before work. Felt tired, but pushed myself to get the workout done.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, June 5th – Run itself was great, first official Tuesday run of the new season. Felt exhausted later, but not for a second do I regret running.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday morning run

Wednesday, June 6th – REST DAY.

Thursday, June 7th – Track Thursday. 400s were on the schedule, but I ended up taking it pretty easy pace-wise. Just glad to get in some kind of run for the day.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday track run

Friday, June 8th – REST DAY.

Saturday, June 9th – First Saturday run of the new training season. We have quite a bit group of runners! My group that I co-lead is called, Sole Warriors. We took the group out for an initial 3 miles then some of us headed back out to get in a 10k distance. Good start to the 2018/2019 training season!

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday run

How were your workouts last week? Anyone run a race?

Become a BibRave Pro!

The Girl's Got Sole - Become a BibRave Pro!

Have you seen all the orange love here on the blog and all over social media? I love being a BibRave Pro, and you can apply to join the fun! On June 11th through the 22nd, applications will be open at BibRave.com to become a BibRave Pro!

Perks of being a BibRave Pro include free race entries, free products to review, and being a part of an awesome community of runners! If running races and trying out some great products sounds good, you’ll want to apply to join us!

Mark your calendar, and bookmark BibRave.com now, so you don’t miss out. And, if you aren’t already a member of the BibRave community of race reviewers, register today! The race reviews help fellow runners who are looking for information about races they are interested in running. Also, make sure to join us every Tuesday evening at 9pm Eastern for #bibchat on Twitter!

Battling Myself

The Girl's Got Sole - Battling Myself

Yesterday sucked. That’s really the only way to describe it. I guess some days are just like that. At least they are going to be it seems.

I’ve already posted about how I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, but I have since developed something else. A new disease for me to battle in addition to the Hashis. I’ve been told that I have Fibromyalgia, and while my regular doctor believes I have it, I’ve been waiting for an appointment with a specialist for an official diagnosis. Unfortunately, the wait for the Rheumatologist has been so very long. As I write this, it’s still 14 days away, on June 19th.

I’ve had some ups and downs since making that appointment over two months ago. But, none was worse that yesterday’s down day. I had what I’ve learned are called flares. It’s where your symptoms just are worse than usual and you feel like you can’t function. I have experienced mostly major fatigue days, but yesterday was beyond that. I felt not only the extreme exhaustion, but terrible pain and utter discomfort through every fabric of my body. It was so bad that I finally broke down into tears.

The Girl's Got Sole - Battling Myself

Looking back, I suppose that breakdown was inevitable, I tend to keep a lot of upset inside. Between this crappy disease(s) and my Nana passing away in February, it’s been hard. On the outside, I do my best to smile and act like everything is fine. But, I know it’s really not. Funny how easy it can become to pretend you’re okay when you need to, isn’t it?

The truth is, I have more times than not that I feel like crud. It’s like I have a flu or some other virus that just won’t go away. It’s haunting me and it sucks. Doing things I love like running can end up costing me all of my energy the next day. It’s worth it though, because I don’t know how I could live without running and my awesome running family. Running has become such a part of my life that if I have to deal with more cruddy feelings later, I guess that’s just the way it is. Be nice if it didn’t have to be that way of course.

The Girl's Got Sole - Battling Myself

I went onto my Facebook page after my tears finished flowing, and I got to see how amazing my circle of friends truly are. Those prayers and good thoughts made a huge difference and got me through the roughest part of my day. It helped calm me, which helped sooth my stomach which was upset, and my muscle relax. I was able to finish my work and get some much needed rest. People that care are a blessing, and I know I am blessed with some great friends.

From now until I can get in to see the doctor, I am praying that I can keep up my strength to push through. Today has been better, but even as I write this post, my body has ached all day. With God, I know that all things are possible! I constantly remind myself that He is there, and it’s only because of Him that I’ve been able to see how strong I can be the last few years. If I can run a marathon, I sure as heck can fight this!

Workout Recap W/E: 6/2

Welcome to the summer! Well, it’s June anyway, and I always feel like June is the beginning of the summer season. Though, I suppose June 21st is the official start of summer. It’s feeling like summer here in Florida, that’s for sure! Last week’s workouts were good, though I ended up having a flare-up day, so my energy felt none existent by Thursday.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout Recap

This is actually Sunday’s run (June 3rd), as the weekend got switched-up.

Sunday, May 27th – Bike workout at the gym for 45 minutes. Was feeling pretty good since it was a three-day weekend.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Monday, May 28th – Cross-training on the bike for just under 9 miles. Wanted to have a lazy day, but gotta get the workout done first!

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

Tuesday, May 29th – Humid 5k run with some of my group. Felt pretty good, less for the heat!

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, May 30th – REST DAY!

Thursday, May 31st – Track Thursday. Warmed up with 2 laps of walking before running my magic mile. It wasn’t as good as last year’s, but it was not bad. Then walked more to get a total of 3 miles total.

The Girl's Got Sole - Galloway Magic Mile

Friday, June 1st – REST DAY!

Saturday, June 2nd – This was kick-off day for Orlando Galloway, so I hit up the gym after the event. Got in 8 miles which was good.

The Girl's Got Sole - Bike workout

How were your workouts last week?

2018/2019 Orlando Galloway Kick-Off

The Girl's Got Sole - Orlando Galloway 2018/2019

Saturday, June 3rd was the 2018/2019 season kick-off for Orlando Galloway training. This is my 7th season in the program (5th as a group leader), and I look forward to this event every season. It’s always great to see everyone together, as well as some new faces to the program.

There were about 100 people registered at the time of kick-off, and this number grows a bit the first week or two of the season. What I found interesting is the breakdown of ages in the group. The average age is 49, with the youngest being 22, and oldest 74. We sure have a great variety of people which is another thing that makes Galloway training so special!

The Girl's Got Sole - Orlando Galloway kick-off 2018

The kick-off began with Program Director, Kerrie Gregory introducing herself and co-Program Director, Carol Haile to the group. They then talked a bit about the program, what to expect this season and such. It was then time for everyone to warm-up before running a magic mile.

The magic mile is a tool used to predict a runner’s abilities so they can be put in a pace group. As I posted previously, I ran my magic mile a couple of days prior, as I always take pictures of the kick-off event and the runners doing their magic mile.

Also, this year, as a Generation UCAN Ambassador, I put out some samples. Runners were able to try out UCAN Hydrate and Snack Bars in Cinnamon Delight and Coffee Bean. The products went over well, so many asked questions and loved UCAN. It’s definitely a product I believe in, and I love being able to share how awesome it is with my group.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2018 Orlando Galloway kickoff

Runner’s starting their magic mile.

I am looking forward to our first runs of the new season this week. Tuesday morning is our first 3-mile run, followed by track on Thursday morning. Then, our first Saturday group run which is when I get to see who is in my pace group this season. Here’s to a great 7th season for Orlando Galloway!

Galloway Magic Mile, season 7

The Girl's Got Sole - Galloway training

It’s kind of hard to believe that I will be beginning my 7th season with Orlando Galloway training next week. When I joined the program in June 2012, I had not a clue where it would take me. I feel blessed that I’m still out there running with Jeff Galloway’s run/walk/run program.

This morning, I did my annual pre-season magic mile with some of my group from last season. We haven’t been doing any speed work on the track, or at all for months, so I wasn’t sure how I would do. We walked a couple of laps on the track before doing the actual magic mile.

The Galloway magic mile is a tool to help training group members determine goals that are realistic for them. It shows what you are capable of, which allows you to be placed with a group with other runners of similar pace abilities. Jeff advises that the magic mile be run hard, but not so hard that you would pass out or get sick. This mile time trial can then be used to determine what you are capable of running in a 5k, 10k, half marathon or marathon.

The Girl's Got Sole - Galloway Magic Mile

I ended up basically using a 1 minute run to 30 second walk ratio during this magic mile. The last lap was a more running during the last 300 meters or so. When I finished, my watch told me I ran the mile in 10:40. While this is 12 seconds slower than last year’s magic mile time, I felt pretty good about it. I can definitely do better once I’m back on the track again for a few weeks getting my speed work going again.

Our season kick-off this Saturday morning has a big group magic mile scheduled, but I tend to like to do mine beforehand. This is because as a Group Leader, I’m always helping out doing something like taking pictures. I love how motivating the group magic mile is every kick-of though, it’s awesome to see everyone together.

The Girl's Got Sole - Running with Orlando Galloway

Check out the new season of Orlando Galloway training through Track Shack! Kick-off is this Saturday, June 2nd at 7am. Run over to TrackShack.com for more details!

Do you do a magic mile or some other timed trial run?

Workout Recap W/E: 5/26

Last week felt long, but once Saturday morning arrived, it was good. Who doesn’t love a three-day weekend? Unfortunately, I didn’t get to hit the track for a speed workout last Thursday as planned. When my group got there, it was closed. So, a regular run it was. Otherwise, my workouts went as planned, hitting up some Florida hills to close out the week on Saturday.

The Girl's Got Sole - Workout recap

Sunday, May 20th – Got in 8.5 miles on the bike for CT in the late morning. Was a good, sweaty workout.

The Girl's Got Sole - Sunday bike

Monday, May 21st – Bike workout before work for 8 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Monday bike

Tuesday, May 22nd – Run with some of my group for 3, humid miles. It was a hot one for sure.

The Girl's Got Sole - Tuesday run

Wednesday, May 23rd – REST DAY.

Thursday, May 24th – Run with my group for 3 miles. Felt a bit cooler, still hot but a bit better.

The Girl's Got Sole - Thursday run

Friday, May 25th – REST DAY.

Saturday, May 26th – Apopka hill run with the group. It was a nice, challenging run and we got in 6.8 miles.

The Girl's Got Sole - Saturday run

How were your workouts last week?