The Biggest Loser on USA

The Girl's Got Sole - The Biggest Loser reboot

Have you been watching return of The Biggest Loser on USA? Having been a viewer of the series since the original during the second season back in 2005, I was looking forward to seeing how things would be with the show since there hasn’t been a season since 2016.

So far, I am liking the new format. They kept the basic idea of the show, but dropped things like food temptations which I always thought were kind of mean. While yes, we all need to learn to get through temptations with food when you are going through a weight loss journey, some of the challenges were rough. I recall rooms full of junk food, and even some of the strongest people can get weak when faced with their favorite cookie or cake.

The Girl's Got Sole - The Biggest Loser reboot

My favorite part of the reboot is that Bob Harper is the host. He is super encouraging to every single contestant. The sit-down discussion he has with everyone is so important. Losing weight is not just about how to eat better and working out. It’s an emotional struggle. Sure, you can teach them how to eat healthy and workout, but if you don’t get to the core of the problem, why each person is overweight and unhealthy, it just won’t be a permanent change.

As someone who lost 80lbs back in 2009/2010, and kept it off, I understand how hard it is to not only drop the weight, but to keep it off. I recall dealing with a lot of body image issues after my weight loss. I thought that if I lost weight, and got skinnier, my life would be so much better. It is so much more than that. But, that too is a part of the journey. That’s why it’s a full-circle thing. You need to work on every part to be successful.

The Girl's Got Sole - The Biggest Loser reboot on USA

Loving seeing how much teamwork and support for one another there is this season on The Biggest Loser. Yes, there are two teams competing against one another at challenges and at the weigh-ins, but everyone encourages and motivates each other along the way. Feeling supported while working toward a goal is important. It keeps you working harder and harder to reach it.

As far as the weigh-in itself goes, I appreciate that there is a yellow line this time around. The team with the least weight loss sends home the contestant with the least weight loss. While that always stinks, it is much better than having to have them vote for who to send home. It takes that burden off. What I wish they changed however, is the women having to go up there in their sports bra, and the men having to take off their shirt. I suppose it’s to be able to see a visual representation of the weight loss as time goes on, but I am sure it’s not the most comfortable thing to do. Heck, I wouldn’t want to weigh in front of others in my sports bra now!

The Girl's Got Sole - The Biggest Loser reboot on USA

The two new trainers seem very inspiring. I like them both, but like Erica a bit more at this point. Having lost 150 pounds, she understands where the contestants are, she can relate to them in that way. The blue team trainer, Steve Cook hasn’t had weight loss struggles, but he has dealt with body image issues. Both trainers want the best for the contestants, and to put their overall health first, and aren’t so focused on being skinny.

The Biggest Loser is a reality show about weight loss, and that’s what it’s always been. But, I do think they have made improvements in the reboot. I’m hoping these contestants get the foundation for success at home that they need with the gym membership, their own nutritionist, and a local support group.

Have you been watching The Biggest Loser reboot? If so, what are your thoughts?

Race Recap: 2020 Lady Track Shack 5k

The Girl's Got Sole - Lady Track Shack 5k race recap

This morning, I ran my 2nd race of the year, the 2020 Lady Track Shack 5k. I haven’t run this race since 2016, and its a race I did miss doing. The race supports breast cancer survivors and benefits the AdventHealth Breast Cancer Care Fund, which help save the lives of women who cannot afford mammograms.

I met some of my runner friends before the race and we ran a couple of miles to warm up. Then, after an obligatory restroom stop, we headed over to the race start. There, we met some other friends and got ready to run the race. It was a rainy morning, and while it seemed to dry up during our initial two mile run, the rain picked back up not long after the race began.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 Lady Track Shack race recap

Some of the girls post-race

I felt good heading out of the start. Didn’t get to finish my 6amrun Marathon drink, so I was drinking it during the run. This was my second run trying out the new supplement. I’ve been impressed so far (also used it for a bike workout a few days prior), so I was hoping it would keep me going for the 5k.

By mile two, the rain was a bit harder coming down, but I didn’t let it bother me. The only thing that was slowing me down was the amount of runners/walkers on the course, and watching my footing during the brick road sections. The bricks are already a challenge, but when they are wet, extra care is important.

The Girl's Got Sole - Lady Track Shack 5k race recap

With friends, Colleen and Jackie.

While I had started the race with a couple of my runner friends, I sort of took off on my own and listened to music on my Aftershokz Aeropex headphones. Nothing like some TobyMac or Newsboys to get you moving! I was glad that I had the music, because when I’m running solo, it helps keep me motivated.

Seeing the finish line ahead, I sprinted toward it and crossed in 41:12. When I looked at my Garmin, I had negative splits. That made me happy. Splits were mile 1 – 13:30, mile 2 – 13:01, mile 3 – 12:40. So, while I know I can do better at my 5k time, this was good for me right now. It gives me motivation to beat that time for my next 5k. With my breathing issues calming back down (thank goodness), I can’t wait to get my pace back down in the coming months.

This is a fun 5k for the ladies, Yes, it a women-only race! I hope to run it again next year. Always a great time for a good cause!

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 Lady Track Shack 5k

Orange Mud Ambassador

The Girl's Got Sole - Orange Mud Ambassador

I’m happy to announce that I’m now representing Orange Mud as a brand ambassador! I am a part of the 2020 Orange Mud Dirt Unit, which is what they call their ambassador team.

If you don’t know much about the Orange Mud brand, the company was founded on the premise of the hydration pack. Creator and founder Josh Sprague, created the first prototype for what would be the HydraQuiver pack in his garage. From that, Orange Mud was born! The company’s philosophy is to simply make the most efficient, well-crafted gear.

My first experience with Orange Mud was the Orange Mud HydraQuiver pack, then later the transition towel. What really made me love the gear was my recent experience with a pack I almost never run without, the Orange Mud Gear Vest Pro. I got to review it last year and I run all of my long runs with it. I haven’t gone back to a hydration belt since last May. It was a game-changer for me. And, the transition towel is my other favorite, never leaves my car (except to wash it).

They make awesome gear for runners, cyclists, hikers, and endurance athletes of all kinds. You can check out what they have to offer on their website. Use my discount code, F15SHANNONCHENOWETH to save 15% off! I look forward to a great year with the Orange Mud team! 🙂

Race Recap: 2020 Park Ave 5k

The Girl's Got Sole - Park Ave 5k race recap

The 2020 Park Ave 5k took place on January 18th. Oddly enough, I had never run this race before. I run on Park Avenue and the surrounding areas regularly with my training group, but I just have never run this particular 5k race. So, I was excited about doing a local 5k I hadn’t done before.

On race morning, I met up with some of my Galloway running friends early to get in 3 easy miles. Then, I headed over to the Park Avenue area. Since I was up so early to run beforehand, I lucked out with a great parking location. I waited in my car for a bit since I was so early (and it was a bit cold).

As it got closer to the race start time, I headed out. I quickly met up with some of my runner friends as well as other Orlando Galloway runners. We hung out for a bit, used the restroom, and took a group pic before heading over to the starting area.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 Park Ave 5k race recap

Orlando Galloway group before the race.

Since I had just gotten my new tech “toy,” my ASAKSO camera (like a GoPro), I decided to try to run with it and take video during some of the race. That was kind of fun, but it also slowed me down a bit. I also later learned that with the weather-proof plastic housing on the camera, it’s difficult to get good sound. So, fun video resulted, but iffy sound. (I will post the link below)

Once the race started, I was excited, as I decided to have fun over speed. So, I just enjoyed the race and filmed some of it. My pace was okay, but wasn’t as fast as I could have been if I wasn’t playing videographer. LOL! But hey, sometimes, that’s okay too.

The Girl's Got Sole - Park Ave 5k race recap

In the end, I finished the race in 42:27. Which really isn’t too bad. My splits were: mile 1 – 13:41, mile 2 – 13:25, mile 3 – 13:25. I had a good time, and that’s what I came out for (and to burn some calories too of course 🙂 ).

After the 5k race, there was lots of food to sample! There were many local restaurants out, so it was quite the post-race celebration. I enjoyed sampling a breakfast bowl from Create Your Nature, and a granola-type bite from Dandelion Communitea Cafe. Both were delicious.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 Park Ave 5k race recap

Definitely a race to run again. I’m not big into paying to run many 5ks anymore, but I enjoyed this one. And, I got a cool medal! It was a nice race to kick off 2020 with.

I’m a Fibro Fighter

The Girl's Got Sole - Fibro Fighter

It’s time for a bit of a health update. The new year has brought a new challenge with my Fibromyalgia. Due to changes with my medical insurance, the medication I was on successfully was going to cost me over $200 a month to stay on. I ended up being off of any medication for my Fibromyalgia for just over a week.

After appealing with my insurance, and my doctor (who is thankfully really great), even with a copay assistance, the cost was still around $200 a month. There is no way that I can afford to pay that kind of copay. So, the medication I was doing so well on for over a year was no longer going to be an option.

My doctor and I discussed other options during my appointment late last week. It unfortunately came down to Cymbalta (which I pretty much refuse to get back on after how awful it was for me), or a slightly different drug, Effexor XR. The latter is similar to Cymbalta, which I am not too keen about from previous experience, but there really aren’t many options for those of us with Fibromyalgia. The Savella I was on is so new to the market, that it’s almost out of reach financially for most people (guess I was lucky before in only paying $35 a month).

The Girl's Got Sole - Fibro Fighter

So, as of Saturday morning, I have started a new drug therapy. I’m keeping my head up about it, and hoping for the best. My body has been feeling weak and achy since I had no medication in my system for 8 days. I have noticed I feel more draggy and exhausted again. I suppose it’s going to be a fight between me and the fibro. While the disease may bring me down at times, I have no plans to let it win. I will continue to get back up and be a fighter.

My life, my goals are important to me. So important that no matter how I feel, I will continue to show up and get things done. Some days, I may need to rest more, while others I may feel like I can do anything. Going to take it one day at a time and know that with God all things are possible, He makes me strong!

One month until Hot Chocolate ATL!

The Girl's Got Sole - Hot Chocolate Atlanta

Disclaimer: I am promoting the Hot Chocolate Atlanta 15k/5k 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!

One month from today, the Hot Chocolate series is back in Atlanta! This is a fun 15k/5k race sponsored by Allstate. All participates receive an awesome goodie bag that includes a Hot Chocolate navy full-zip fleece-lined jacket with hood, finisher medal and of course chocolate!

If you’ve never done a Hot Chocolate race, you’re in for a real treat! The race features marshmallow sweet stations along the course, and an awesome Finisher Mug! But, the event isn’t ALL about the chocolate (though, let’s be honest, that’s reason enough), participants get a USATF sanctioned course, preferred start corrals for qualified runners, and wave starts for larger events.Not to mention complimentary training programs powered by McMillian Running, Live Runner Updates for family & friends during the event, and results posted online in real-time. The Hot Chocolate Atlanta race benefits Make-A-Wish which creates live-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

The Girl's Got Sole - Hot Chocolate Atlanta

All 15k and 5k finishers receive an official Hot Chocolate Atlanta medal to celebrate your race achievement. The 15k medal features a chocolate bar lookalike, wrapped in silver with a shimmering finisher ribbon. The 5k medal features the race’s silver mug, on a matching finisher ribbon.

Head over and register today for the 2020 Hot Chocolate Atlanta 15k/5k races! Price increases in two weeks. Use discount code BRHCATL20 to get a free Hot Chocolate running hat!

One Word for 2020

The Girl's Got Sole - One Word for 2020

Do you have a word for 2020? One word you can focus on each and every day? This word helps center your goals, both long and short term for the year.

Last year, my word was FAITH. I wanted to work on making my faith in God be the center of everything in my life. It was about listening to Him, and His path for me.

This year, it took me some time to decide on a word, but I’m going with STRONG. It is defined by Your Dictionary as The definition of strong refers to someone or something who can exert a lot of power or force, or is the ability to do a task very well. And, defined by as having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power; physically vigorous or robust: mentally powerful or vigorous: or of great moral power, firmness, or courage.

For me, being strong is a mental and physical thing. Right off, I think of the word as being strong in my running and being able to do hard things. It’s a combination of physical, mental and emotional strength. This will go well with a number of my goals for the year.

The Girl's Got Sole - One Word for 2020

Do you have a word for 2020?

Goals for 2020

The Girl's Got Sole - 2020 Goals

Wow, it’s hard to believe that 2020 is right around the corner! I’ve been thinking about my goals for the new year, and while some haven’t been completely worked out yet, I have a basic idea of things I want to do/accomplish.

1. Start a vlog. I’ve been a bit nervous about getting myself on video, but I’m going to work on getting through that next year. I’m going to start a vlog/youtube channel where I can chronicle on video some of my running musings, product reviews, and talk about other running and fitness stuff. Working on a name for the vlog, so suggestions are welcome!

2. Read regularly. This has been something I’ve been so bad at all year. My goal is to read every single day next year. Going to schedule in the time to begin with, so that I get back into the habit of reading books again. My stack of to-be-read is way too big right now.

3. Speed work for running. Because of my shortness of breath issues, my speed work basically came to a halt this year. My goal is to get back onto the track and get speed workouts going again so that I can work on my speed.

4. Continue my Intermittent Fasting. This has worked well for me the last 5 weeks or so that I’ve been doing it. I’, already down 3lbs! I average 12-13 hours of fasting daily, going to work my way up to at least 14, though I’d love to do 16 hours in the future if possible. I feel better doing IF and I like that.

5. Strength training. Another fitness-related goal for 2020. I want to get in strength workouts regularly again. Also, doing a plank a day would be great. I love what it does for my core strength.

6. Drink more water daily. I feel like I can ALWAYS be drinking more water. So, I’m going to shoot to drink at least 60 ounces of water per day. Always makes me feel better when I’m well hydrated.

7. Listen to more podcasts. I’m fortunate in that I work from home, so listening to a good podcast when I’m not making phone calls is possible. I also got an awesome blue-tooth speaker for Christmas, so perfect chance to utilize it more!

What goals do you have for 2020?
Any suggestions for a name for my new vlog?

Race Recap: 2019 Mount Dora Half Marathon

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the 2019 Mount Dora Half Marathon 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 - Mount Dora Half Marathon

On Sunday, December 22nd, I ran the 2019 Mount Dora Half Marathon. It was my third year running the race, and was probably the most challenging year for me thus far. The reason I say that is because it rained almost the entire race. Made for a bit of a challenge, but that didn’t stop me from getting it done.

The day before the race, I drove over to Mount Dora to pick up my race packet. It’s about a 35 minute drive, so it’s not too far away. When I arrived, I easily picked up my race packet and then ran into fellow BibRavePro Samantha. We then had the opportunity to chat a bit, and met Olympian Bill Rodgers who was at the event. He was so great to talk to!

The Girl's Got Sole - Mount Dora Half Marathon 2019 recap

When race morning arrived, I hoped the rain in the forecast would somehow take a hike. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. When I arrived, I easily parked in a nearby parking garage which was great. It worked out not only because it was close to the start/finish line, but that it was covered. This ended up being where a number of us hung out before the race so we could stay as dry as possible.

About 15 minutes before 7am, we walked over to the start line. Made it over in time for the social media group picture which was fun before the race began. I then walked toward the back of the starting corral with a couple of my Orlando Galloway friends. We decided to start together and see how it went.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 Mount Dora Half Marathon recap

I ended up running most of the race with my runner friend, Meg. We used 30:30 run/walk intervals and I was feeling pretty good. Despite the rain, we kept a decent pace and chatted to keep one another motivated. I had hoped we could finish in 3:15, but figured we’d see how it went.

Because of the rain, I have to be honest and say a lot of the miles during this race blend together for me. We did have periods of time when it was barely raining/drizzling thankfully. The worst moment was when it practically down powered for a few minutes and the wind picked up. But, that passed fairly quickly which I know I was grateful for.

The Girl's Got Sole - 2019 Mount Dora Half Marathon recap

The last 5k was a mixture of a bit of exhaustion at first, then I felt a bit better and was able to push myself to the finish. I finished in 3:20:43, which while not what I had hoped for, I was pretty good with. It was 5 minutes slower than my OUC Orlando Half Marathon time.

Since I’ve been dealing with with my shortness of breath/asthma issues lately, I’m okay with how this race went. I didn’t experience any shortness of breath issues the entire 13.1 miles. Not sure if it was because the rain kept the allergens down or what, but whatever it is, I’m happy about it. Despite the rain, this race was a great way to end my racing in 2019.

The Girl's Got Sole - Mount Dora Half Marathon 2019 recap

Product Review: Aftershokz Aeropex

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz Aeropex product review

Disclaimer: I received Aftershokz Aeropex 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!

I was excited to be a part of a unique campaign with Aftershokz. The Give Good Vibez promotion allowed those who provided their email before the Thanksgiving holiday to have access to a special Black Friday deal. Buy one Aftershokz wireless headphones, get a refurbished pair of Titaniums to give to a friend. They are the perfect gift!

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz Give Good Vibez

Due to the promotion, I was sent a pair of Aeropex to review, and a pair of Titaniums to give away. I don’t know what I was more excited about, that I was getting a new pair of Aftershokz Aeropex (I have the Airs which I love), or that I was going to be able to share my love of Aftershokz with a friend! Guess it may have been a toss up, because I was so excited to give my non-running friend the Titaniums!

My friend, Pat does so much for everyone else, that I knew instantly she was the perfect person for the headphones. She puts everyone first, one of those people that is just so giving all the time. I was enthusiastic about meeting up with her to surprise her with the Aftershokz.

We met for coffee, and I told her how much her friendships means to me, and how I wanted to give her something that she likely would never think of getting herself. Pulling out the Aftershokz Titaniums, I explained the Give Good Vibez promotion, and told her all about Aftershokz. Pat has been wanting to get back into walking again, and she said the headphones would be such a great motivator. We hugged and she couldn’t wait to try out her new tech “toy.” 🙂

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz Give Good Vibez

My friend Pat loves her new Aftershokz!

As a bonus, I decided to gift the other pair of Titaniums I had on hand from a a couple of years earlier to another friend. I gave those to my runner friend, Colleen. She has been raving to me how awesome they are ever since she has run with them in a recent race. Love that I was able to give her a pair as well!

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz review

My friend, Colleen with her Aftershokz Titaniums.

If you aren’t too familiar with Aftershokz, they work through bone conduction technology. This technology uses transducers to send mini vibrations through the cheekbones that deliver sound directly to the inner ear. You can not only clearly hear your music, but your ears are open to listen to your surroundings. This makes Aftershokz perfect for runners, as they allow you to safely stay aware of your surroundings while enjoying music or podcasts.

The Aeropex has amazing sound with it’s deeper bass, less vibration, and louder volume compared to the Airs headphones. Aeropex has an 8-hour battery life and are fully sweat and waterproof. Utilizes PremiumPitch 2.0+ sound preservation which allows for powerful bass and higher volume. The Bluetooth connectivity is up to 33 feet.

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz Aeropex review

I am LOVING the my Aeropex! They are more comfortable then the Airs in my opinion, and the sound quality is the best. They are a bit lighter than the Airs, and I appreciate that while on a run. They are also awesome in the gym, I get great quality music while still being able to hear my surroundings.

If you are a runner who likes to run with headphones, you owe it to yourself to get a pair of Aftershokz. I recommend the Aeropex, but the Airs and Titaniums are also great choices. Check out the Aftershokz website to compare them.

The Girl's Got Sole - Aftershokz Aeropex review