Wednesday, May 20, 2015

#ThursdayTriumph - #NavyBridgeRun, Running in a Dress & @SofiBellaLife #GIVEAWAY

Welcome to Week 3 of the Thursday Triumph posts with me, Linzie and Carlee!  These are so much fun.  Did you read the intro post?  You can read it and get caught up HERE!  Please share your triumphs with us as we share ours with you!

So this week, I have all sorts of things to tell you.  I ran the Navy Bridge Run the second year in a row.  You can read about last year's experience here.  Over 10,000 people take to the iconic Coronado Bridge for this awesome 4 mile race.  I HIGHLY recommend it!

I ran this one with my sweet friend Tara who put up with my sickly slow pace.  Sinus Infection + Race = SLOW!  

We hung out with some mariachis!

Some Navy folk!

Best of all, we hung out with our fellow awesome Moms Run this Town San Diego members.

The race is an elevation change of only 210 feet but it feels like a lot more.  That bridge is steep!

Thanks to our friend Chris (pictured below) we got to hang out in the VIP Hospitality tent just like last year and enjoy some coffee and fresh fruit after the race.

I even finally connected with pretty Liberty in real life!

There is such a fun atmosphere at the finish line of this race.  Music, vendors, balloons, party!  Did I already say I highly recommend this one?  Run it with me next year!  I will try to avoid this dreaded sinus infection!  There is even a fun steel drum band entertaining you as you wait in line for the shuttle to take you back to the mainland!

When we made it back downtown, we spotted a Dunkin Donuts!  My first time so we had to stop!

And take a picture of our coffee...

So where is the Triumph, Smitha?  The Triumph comes from me trying something new.  I usually run races in a skirt or in capris.  This time, I ran in a dress.  Sofibella sent me this dress to review.

I won't lie.  I was excited and anxious at the same time.  What if I don't like the dress?  What if it rode up?  What if it showed all the parts that I usually hide under a baggy tank or a skirt?  But when I tried it on, I LOVED it!  It was so cute!

PROS of Running in a Dress:
-  Don't have to worry about the top and bottom matching
-  Don't have to worry about your top riding up
-  You look like you are ready to head to brunch, a tennis match or a run.  Keep 'em guessing!

Somethings I didn't like:
-  If you have a bigger chest, you still have to wear a sports bra underneath.
-  You have to wear some kind of shorts underneath.  Nothing attached.
-  Your race bib has to attach to your dress and makes holes.
-  The dress tends to highlight bulges and curves that a print would hide.  

So will I ever run in a dress again?  OBVIOUSLY YES!  I think the 4 mile distance was perfect.  And the dress itself was so comfortable.  Breathable fabric, UV protection and anti-bacterial.  I felt VERY girly!  In order to spread the message about Sofibella and their colors and their styles, I have this visor (an exact replica of the one I wore for the race) to GIVEAWAY!

A little about the Brand.  They started out as a tennis wear company and have slowly expanded into running gear.  They are 100% Made in the USA too!

Here is what you have to do to WIN THE VISOR:

1.  Comment below with whether you have ever run in a dress.
2.  Extra entries for each of the following:
-  What would you buy at Sofibella Wear?  Leave me a comment and tell me.
-  Visit the Sofibella Wear Facebook page and tell them I sent you!  Leave me a comment saying you did.
-  Tweet about this GIVEAWAY and leave me the link to your tweet in the comments.
-  Link up a post about your #ThursdayTriumph OR leave a comment on someone else's #ThursdayTriumph post and leave me a comment telling me you did.

You can get up to 5 entries!

Contest runs 5/21/2015 to 5/27/15 at 11:59 P.M. PST
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited. 1 winner will be selected via a Random Number Generator.  Open to Residents of the US 18 years of age or older.  Must have a non P.O. Box mailing address.  Winner must have a valid email address.
Winner will notified via email (if available) and/or blog post, and will have 24 hours to claim prize.  If original winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
Contestants must comment on this post in order to win.
All winning entries will be verified. If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.  Winner will be provided the prize directly from SD Mom.  Substitutions unlikely but may apply.  SD Mom not responsible for failure of sponsor to deliver product.

So please link up your post with us!  Here are the rules:

1. LinzieCarlee and I will start the LinkUp Post every Wednesday night by 11:59 EST. It will be hosted here, on SharpEndurance and on CarleeMcDot. You can link up your posts any day of the week but the most common day to do so is Thursday. The post can be about any TRIUMPH in your life! Each linkup will be open for one week only.
2. Entries that are not associated with a POST or just linked to your homepage will be deleted. 
3. Link back to Running with SD MomSharp Endurance & Carlee McDot so others can add their link up and find others too! You can use the above graphic if you'd like! Use #ThursdayTriumph so we can find you.
4. MOST IMPORTANT: You MUST visit the person's blog who linked up directly before you and leave them a motivating comment and share their POST. This is the most important part of the linkup. We want lots of links and we want to help each other out. This is MANDATORY! 
5. Void where prohibited.

Good Luck!
As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom


  1. Yay for rockin' a dress! We both tried something new and outside of our comfort zone this week! Remind me about this race next year and I am TOTALLY in! GO SMITHA GO (and get rid of that sinus infection already ;) )!

  2. That dress is adorable! I've never heard of that brand, but you make me want to try it! I love the colors!!

  3. One question....does the dress have shorts underneath?

  4. I would love to try running in a dress. So cute :)

    1. Stephanie, you are my winner! Please email me your address at Thanks!

  5. I run in skirts mostly, but am not a fan of the frilly/tutu/sparkly ones. I might fgo for a ruffle skort, tho!

  6. That race sounds so cool! I love larger races because you get to feed off the energy of all the runners. Hope you start to feel better soon!

  7. So, I have never run in a dress; I certainly wouldn't be opposed to it, though! I love their Athletic Tunic; it comes in so many different colors/patters and it looks like it would be really comfy. Thanks so much for sharing the linkup with me, Smitha!

  8. Oh, and here's my tweet about the giveaway!

  9. I've never run in a dress. If there were shorts under, I'd be ok with it. Probably get a nice little breeze up there :-)

  10. omg I love all of the pictures! Super cute stuff.:)

  11. Hope you feel better soon! But awesome job rocking anyways despite the sinus infection!

  12. I'm strictly a shorts or leggings runner. It'd be fun to try a dress. Why not?! Live a little!

  13. I have never run in a dress.
    Sadie B.

    Sadie B.

  15. I would buy the Perseverance Abaza Skort.
    Sadie B.

  16. I've never run in a dress but I think I'd try. I wore a hot pink running skirt to hike Mt. Katahdin:-)

  17. I have never run in a dress but could totally try it out

  18. I tweeted

  19. I don't wear a dress running... but played tennis for years so i guess I have run before matches in one. I wear skirts all the time. I would love to try the purple running skirt!

  20. I went to their Facebook page! awesome