Running Etiquette

Running Etiquette

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If you are an avid runner, at some point you probably have run with a group or entered an organized race. Running with others is great for accountability and motivation. However, there needs to be some rules of etiquette when it comes to sharing the course, path, road, or sidewalk with others. Here are some tips that may help you and others in the future.


Using a Narrow Trail or Path

At many events or even in parks, runners and walkers will utilize a narrow path. It is so important to be aware of your surroundings and to NOT block the trail for others. If you and your running buddy are running side by side and someone wants to pass, please allow that runner to pass. There is nothing more frustrating than being out for a fast pace run and having to slow down and try to maneuver past a group of people “chatting” who have no idea that you are there. Many will use the phrases “on the right” or “on the left,” to let others know that they are trying to get through. Be aware, be courteous, and let others pass safely.

Know your Pace


Another pet peeve of the faster crowd of runners is those that don’t know their pace. If you run a 5k in about 20 minutes, you should start at the front of the pack. If you are closer to 30-35, you should be middle of the pack. If you know that you are going to walk and most likely will finish in more than 40 minutes, please don’t start at the front of the pack. There is no shame in knowing what pace you are capable of running a race. Now younger runners will often start out quite quickly and some of them will finish quickly, but their quick starts can often be overcome by the more consistent runners. These young runners aren’t necessarily who this is directed at. This pacing instruction is mostly aimed at newer runners who haven’t got a clue. If it is your first run and in your training, you haven’t broken 30 minutes, please don’t start at the front of the pack. Again, be aware, be courteous, and let faster runners start in the front.


Now, you may think that I am going to say that strollers should start at the back and stay out of the way. You would be right and oh so very wrong. There are a ton of running groups and running individuals who train diligently while pushing a youngster in a stroller. I have seen some of the fastest run times come out of someone pushing a stroller. Please see the above etiquette guide. It’s all about knowing your pace. If you are breaking land speed records then please start up front. It will save you from having to run people over (see use of a narrow path/trail).  However, if you are more of a walker than a runner with your stroller, please move to the back of the pack. No one needs to get hurt trying to maneuver around a stroller.


Courtesy Please

Ultimately, we all just need to be aware of others around us.  Be courteous, know your pace, run safely, and or course have fun!

Just Keep Going!

Run for New Beginnings Review

Run for New Beginnings Review


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The Run for New Beginnings Youth Shelter took place Saturday morning, October 15, 2016. This event marked the sixth year of the running event.  In the past few years, this event has been a color run, but coordinators decided to “shake the dust off” that fad and go back to a traditional 5k format. By forgoing the color, the entrance fee was reduced, which meant that many more participants were willing to join in the fun.  204 participants crossed the finish line in the 5k, with many others signed up for the Fun Run, which was free for those 12 and under.

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The venue for the event was the beautiful town of Brooksville with the staging area in the Main Library parking lot and adjoining park. 29 local vendors supported the event in various ways.

Runners had three options for packet pick-up to expedite the process. In the past few years, timing and the starting the race on time have been issues, but not this year. With safety reinforced via the Brooksville Police Department and many volunteers, the race started just about on time.

The weather for the event was pretty near perfect. Being slightly overcast made sure that runners were not sweltering and humidity was lower. These concessions made tackling the hills in Brooksville just a little bit easier.

With the sound of the horn various ages of runners entered the course which traversed up and down and around the town. People always consider the state of Florida to be flat, but it is not! Runners were definitely challenged on several uphill portions of the run. Luckily, the run finishes on a downhill. The course was well-marked by volunteers and directional signage.

After finishing the run, participants received a finisher’s medal and were treated to hamburgers, hotdogs, and pasta. A wonderful band played in the park. The Fun Run was under way in a timely fashion with many younger participants entering the course. The awards portion of the day started promptly at 9:30 with many thanks being giving to supporters of the event. Sheriff Nienhuis, representing the Sheriff’s Department, a longtime supporter of the event, was in attendance and congratulated all winners individually with a handshake and a photo.

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The overall male was Jason Wetherington finishing in a time of 21:04. The overall female was Keira Barbee finishing in 24:38. Other awards were given for Masters, middle of the pack, and three deep in age groups. Age group winners received a commemorative lunchbox with a place identifying key chain attached. Participants were also treated to some amazing door prizes.

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Overall, the event was a huge success for participants on the course and coordinators and supporters who made the event happen. Can’t wait for next year!



Official results can be found at Cool Running–>


My Fitness Journey: Body Combat Team

My Fitness Journey: Body Combat Team


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Simple Definition of team

  • : a group of people who compete in a sport, game, etc., OR
  • : a group of people who work together

The second definition is the one that I want to discuss today. We were not meant to do this thing called life alone. We were meant to be part of a group. I am part of an amazing team of group exercise instructors. The group I want to focus on today is the Body Combat team.


I have been teaching Les Mills Body Combat now for 18 months. Every three months we get a new release where we learn new choreography, techniques, and coaching to share with our faithful members. Along with that new release, we have a launch event where the instructors team-teach the new release together. I have been part of five such launches so far and this Saturday, we are getting ready to launch Body Combat 69.

I would like to think that we make it look easy, but it’s not! I don’t think our members or participants really think that either. We practice a lot to get the movements down correctly, and we still mess up. However, what holds it all together is the team. Many times we will team teach or co-teach together in order to make sure we are all learning the choreography and coaching the technique the best way possible. That added instructor in class gives more energy to the group and helps the whole atmosphere.


We’re definitely not doing it for the money! We’re doing it because we love what we do and we want to see our participants make gains and make changes. We want to see people sweating it out and working really hard. When you see one or more instructors up in front, they are coaching just because they want to practice. They are not getting paid, most likely.


Outside of class many hours and conversations occur regarding tracks and how to teach a certain series of moves correctly. The amazing team that I am so proud to be a part of even practices together. Many of us work some other job besides our group exercise classes, but we make practicing together a priority. I am so honored to be a part of a team that works together for the betterment of everyone.



Just Keep Going!


Big Dreams

Big Dreams

Have you ever heard the phrase, go big or go home? Well, how about dream big? No one ever said that achieving your dreams would be easy, but you have to have the courage to try and fail.


Don’t ever think that trying will be easy. It takes heart, courage, and effort. Mistakes will be made, but they will build character!

Achieve it!

Just Keep Going!

Preview Run for New Beginnings

Preview Run for New Beginnings


This coming Saturday, October 15 marks the next running event on this runner’s agenda. For the last few years, this event has been a color run, but that activity has run it’s course. The event is back again for its 15th year and it is looking to be better than ever with a more affordable race fee and a better timing company, which are great reasons why registration is up from last year. The addition of a “team” category has also peaked some running groups’ interest.

If you are signed up already, you should have received your packet pick up information.

Avoid the Long Lines at the Day of Registration by visiting one of these Packet Pick Up Locations :

Thursday October 13th : 4pm – 7pm Dicks Sporting Goods 12936 Cortez Blvd Brooksville, FL

Friday October 14th : 4pm – 7pm Anytime Fitness Nature Coast Commons 1267 Wendy Ct, Spring Hill, FL 34607

Saturday October 15th : 6:00am – 7:10am Hernando County Public Library Main Branch 238 Howell Ave Brooksville, FL

The route in Brooksville is challenging, but the New Beginnings volunteer crowd provides lots of support and lots of entertainment. They will have a live band, The Shadow Ridge Band, back this year to wake everyone up and keep them energized throughout the morning!

Warm ups to avoid injuries will be provided by Anytime Fitness Nature Coast Commons and the event will wrap up with the Post Race Party and Awards Ceremony! There will be commemorative awards this year, as well as a fun filled awards ceremony with Door Prizes to win including Bonefish Grill Certificates, Beatspill by Dr. Dre, Several Gift Baskets, Grocery Cards and Much More so be sure to stick around!

Here is the Schedule of Events for the Day —

PLEASE take note, Registration and Packet Pick Up will CLOSE at 7:10 am on Saturday morning so be sure to Arrive by 7:00 am if you are planning to pick up your packet on the day of the race!

6:00 am Registration & Ticket Sales Opening and Pre-Race Program Begins

7:10 am Registration CLOSES

7:30 am 5K Run or Walk

8:45 am 1 mile Fun Run | FREE for children 12 and under

9:30 am Awards & Post Race Party


Further Event Information–>

3rd Annual Red Mule Runners Good Neighbor Trail 5k Run

3rd Annual Red Mule Runners Good Neighbor Trail 5k Run

Run Through the Woods

Registration is open for the Good Neighbor Trail 5k Run Sat Feb 11, 2017 at 8am. You can register on or on the Red Mule Runners website at Students 18 & Under are $15. Register now for only $20 until Jan 1st.

About This Activity

3rd Annual Red Mule Runners Good Neighbor Trail 5k Run is back!!! Come join the local group on Brooksville’s finest paved trails shaded with old oak trees and beautiful scenery. Fast out and back course.  Finisher medals for all finishers!!

Event details and schedule

Students 18 and under pay $15. Registration is only $20 until Jan 1st. After Jan 1st price goes up to $25. Race day price is $30. Preregistered runners are guaranteed t-shirts. You may register online at or at our website at

Race day registration begins at 6:30am that morning. Race starts at 8am. Awards given to 1st place in 10 year age groups, masters and overall awards as well. Finisher medals to all finishers

Parking is on the shoulder of Richbarn Road on grass next to the trail. Call Judy Hensley (352)585-7495 or Jennifer Smoot (352)346-5182 for more details.

Hernando Bar Association 5K 2017

Hernando Bar Association 5K 2017


 Registration Available at

Run Sign Up
Discounts for early registration.

Current Pricing  is $20 for adults and $15 for students.

About This Activity

Come out to enjoy one of Hernando County’s most beautiful nature preserves on a nature trail while supporting a great cause.

New – CHIP TIMING BY Finish Time Sports, part of a new 6 race series

Signature shirts for per-registered 5K runners and volunteers.

Awards for M/F Open and Masters, and Medals in 5 year age groups.

Free one mile fun run on a paved trail.

My Fitness Journey: Mother and Daughter Duo

My Fitness Journey: Mother and Daughter Duo

This story came across my Facebook news-feed this week.  Since I didn’t have a local story to share, I thought I would share this one. You may have heard about Cheryl Shaw and her daughter Tessa. If not, please got to the link below to read the story by Barbara Diamond.


Follow their continued progress on Facebook:

It is amazing stories like these that help us all!

Just Keep Going!

A Different Path

A Different Path…

Your path might be different from someone else. That doesn’t mean it’s wrong, or that you are lost. Life is all about the different journeys we take individually.  We all have different roads to travel and different goals to achieve. What is right for one person may not be right for someone else. Choose your path wisely, just be sure that you don’t get lost.


Whatever that path may be, stay focused!

Just Keep Going!