Got Hills? Running Preview

11th Annual Spring Lake 5K & 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk

Want Hills? Got Hills? Running Preview for YOU!

Got Hills? Running Preview

Most Florida runners know that to run in Florida is to run on pretty flat ground. It’s hot and flat, and usually very fast. Well, usually it is anyway, but not this weekend. This weekend is the CHALLENGE! The Arc Nature Coast sponsors this fundraising run called the Spring Lake 5K. It is tough! If you don’t live out in the Brooksville area where this race takes place, then you haven’t seen hills in Florida.

It is not a course for the running weak who want to try out their first 5K. Last year, I wouldn’t even let the littles on my team participate because it is such a challenge. However, I know they can do it, so we will all be there this year, looking to get our course personal bests. Getting a “regular” PR is almost impossible, but hey, you never know.

The Course

The course itself winds through an off-road trail for about a half mile before you head out on to the road. It is important to be careful on the trail section of the race as it is very narrow. Slower runners/walkers should consider starting closer to the back in order for the trail portion to not get bogged down. After the trail, you are met with your first uphill soon after hitting the road. Runners take these hills in various ways. Some do not let it slow them down, others will walk up the hills and run down, but whatever your chosen path, if you want to finish this race you will go up and down the hills several times.  Finishing definitely leaves you feeling accomplished. Some runners hate every minute of it, but are glad that they did it.

Post Race

After the race, sponsors/vendors entertain the runners and their families while they wait for the final race results. There is a shaded pavilion and plenty of water to drink.

If you aren’t busy this Saturday, May 27, consider running the 11th Annual Spring Lake 5K!

It’s not too late to sign up–> https://localraces.com/springlake5k/spring-lake-5k-and-2-mile-fun-run-walk

Get Out There and RUN!

Strength and Power

Strength and Power

Strength and Power

Strength and Power If you are listening at some point to some coach or trainer or instructor at the gym, you have heard him/her say, find “strength in the struggle.” This saying is not meant to be trite or taken lightly. It is not a jest. You find how strong you truly are when you have to struggle. You find your power in the progress that you make.

For example, look at weightlifting. When the lifter wants to max out a weight, he will push the limits of what he thinks he can lift. He will in essence struggle to get that last rep up. He will find his strength in the struggle. Life isn’t always easy or pretty, but when you have to struggle, you begin to know just how tough you are.

Find your strength in the struggle and power in your progress.

Just Keep Going!

NEVER FORGET 5K and Walk

NEVER FORGET 5K and Walk

Never Forget 5K

Park: McKethan Lake Park / Withlacoochee State Forest
Location: 15019 N Broad St (Hwy 41), Brooksville, FL 34601
Start Time 5K: 8:00am
Race Director: Marissa Balderas (email)
Website: www.Neverforget5k.com
Facebook Page: 
www.facebook.com/NeverForget5KRun

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From the Website:

About 5th Annual Never Forget 5K

This year our race is going to be held at McKethan Lake on May 27, 2017.

  • First 200 Individual entry registered athletes are guaranteed an event shirt!!

  • Student prices are available for students in Elementary thru High School(see note)

  • 5K Awards

  • Overall Individual Male/ Female

  • Overall masters (40 and up) Male / Female

  • Awards 3 deep in 5 year Age Groups (9 & under thru 85 & up)

  • There will be a $2 park entrance fee. This is a state park and the $2 goes to them.

We will also have a trophy for the group that has the largest number of participants.  The large trophy that they get to keep at there place of business for a year.  After that year the trophy will be replaced with a smaller trophy they can keep that will have when they won the large trophy.  Each group that wins will have their groups name on the large trophy.

–  For student pricing ensure you either join the “Little Patriots” team or create your own team.  This option is for students Ages 0-18.  For any assistance with signing up or creating a team please contact Rodney Balderas at (352) 620-4365.

Life Happens

Life Happens: How do YOU React?

Life Happens

We wake up and we go to work or school. Some of us have time to play, workout, eat, and sleep. Life Happens! Hopefully the life that is happening for you has found you peaceful and content. If not, how do you react to it? Life is going to happen. We will have good days and bad days. How we deal with it will determine a lot.  How are you dealing with it? I often tell my daughter that you cannot control other people. You can only control how you decide to react. Don’t be reactionary! Think first!

Just Keep Going!

Running Students Take to the Course

Running Students Take to the Course

Running Students Take to the Course: Girls Lined Up  Girls Lined Up

In a world full of technology and gadgets and time wasting electronics, it is so refreshing to see children outside in the sunshine getting exercise.  As a culminating event to end of the elementary fitness curriculum, Coach Bill Toler at Challenger K-8 hosts an Annual Fun Run. Wednesday, May 10 marked the 6th Annual Fun Run for 2nd through 5th grade students.

Running Students Take to the Course: Coach Toler  Coach Toler

Throughout the school year, students participated in various exercise units covered by the PE curriculum. One element is running. Students gain stamina and endurance by participating in running. Sometimes it is running in games, and sometimes it is running laps. At different points in the year, Coach Toler will time his students to see who will qualify for the annual fun run. Students are encouraged to do their best. They are even encouraged to be competitive.

Not all students will qualify. They are given several attempts to qualify, but only the top ten girls and top ten boys in each grade will compete. Parents and fellow classmates are invited to watch the culminating event. The atmosphere is festive, noisy, and encouraging. Students are lined up around the course to cheer on the participants. Parents come out to take pictures. It is a wonderful event the encourages physical activity.

Running Students Take to the Course: Boys on the Run Boys on the Run

 

Ladies First

The girls took to the well-marked course first. Coach Toler with the amazing help of the other PE coaches and several parent volunteers made sure that all the girls were accounted for before starting. He made sure that no qualifier was left out. The girls were lined up and then they were off. They did great running along the fence line and then up and around the “swamp” area before heading down and around the main field and then finishing in the center of the field. Students who participated were rewarded with a participation ribbon and of course Gatorade.

Then the Boys

Once the girls scores were accounted for and the course was cleared, it was the boys turn. Many of the boys zoomed around the course with impressive speeds. Students and parents cheered them on as they made their way to the finish line.  Students who watch and didn’t qualify this year know and understand that there is always next year.

Keep encouraging these students Coach. Your efforts are appreciated. Great job and great event.

 

Just Keep Going!

 

 

Aim High

Aim High

Aim High

We all know that it is good to have goals. Some goals are more extreme than others. Extreme goals are good to have. We need to Aim High. Even if we miss the target; even if we get off course, if we aimed high, we will have accomplished something amazing.

Be amazing and land among the stars.

Just Keep Going!

 

When you Fall, Get Back Up Again

When you Fall, Get Back Up Again

When you Fall, Get Back Up Again

When you fall, get back up again. The statement is not if you fall, but when. You will fall; it will happen. It may be a literal fall or it may be a mental fall, but it happens. Sometimes it feels impossible to get back up, but you have to do it.  You cannot allow circumstances to get you down.

Physical Fall

This past Monday, on my morning run, I had a literal fall. The dog did it! No, seriously, he tripped me. He darted just enough in front of me that I went down. Hard! Yes, it hurt. My elbow looks like Swiss cheese from the road rash. Guess what? That’s right, I got back up. I wasn’t even a half mile into the run, so I could have stopped and gone back home, but I didn’t. I got up and basically shook it off.

No, I am not some tough beast who is crazy and abuses her body, but I wasn’t going to let this literal fall get me down. I got up, dusted myself off, made sure that I honestly wasn’t hurt, and continued on with my morning routine.

When I got home, I cleaned up my elbow and went on with my day. People asked me how I felt and I honestly said, ask me tomorrow. Only time will tell if I can recover from the fall. Let’s be honest, I am getting older. I am not decrepit and dying, but falling and getting back up is a heck of a lot harder now that  I am getting older.

When the next day rolled around, I actually felt okay. I think the movement of finishing the run helped me to not be as sore the next day because I allowed those muscles time to warm up and not embrace the impact from the fall.

Mental Fall

When it comes to the mental falls, they are not as easily seen by outsiders, but you know when it happens. I am in a fall right now. My weight is something I have been battling against for years. I am not unhealthy when it comes to my weight, but I am at the top tier of what I personally find acceptable for myself. I have tons of excuses and reasons why it is the way it is right now, but that is not the point.

The point is that I have had a mental fall, and I need to get back up again. I know the positive outcomes of getting back up.  Ultimately, I will feel better. I will be a better me, but it is hard to overcome myself in this situation. Right now, I am being the largest obstacle that I have to overcome. In this fight, it is You against You. Don’t lose the war, and don’t give up.

Is it time for you to get back up again?

Just Keep Going!

 

Not Fabulous? Not Finished…Yet!

Not Fabulous? Not Finished…Yet!

Not Fabulous? Not Finished...Yet!

Being fabulous takes time. You are a work in progress. If your’e not where you want to be, it just means that you aren’t done…yet! The operative word here is “yet.” Give yourself time to complete tasks, accomplish goals, and rise to the occasion. Hard work takes time.  We live in a culture where we want everything NOW! Well, guess what, you can’t have it! You have to work for it and it takes time to be fabulous.

There is nothing wrong with being a work in progress. Just keep striving!

Just Keep Going!

Quiet Morning Run

Quiet Morning Run

Quiet Morning Run

I have been an early morning runner for quite some time. However, this morning I had an even earlier rise and shine time. When you are working and still want to work out, sometimes you have to adjust your schedule. Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not adjust well to change, but as in all things, you will make the sacrifice and make something a priority if it is important to you.

Thus, I got up for a quiet morning run. I did my quiet time before setting out this morning. I knew that if I had to cut anything short, it would be the run and not the quiet time. Luckily, neither was cut short, and I had a quality quiet time to start my day, followed by my run.

One word truly describes this morning and it was quiet. There is a definite stillness in the morning before people are making their way to work. There were a few sporadic cars that made their way to work early, but in general it was just Blaze, me, and the pavement. Keep in mind that I live by a local high school, and Blaze and I usually scare half a dozen kids when we run. Nope, not this morning! The only student I saw this morning was on my way back home at mile 3 of my 3.1 run.

Stillness or Music?

I would like to say that I enjoyed the quiet and stillness of the morning, but who am I kidding? If I can run with my music on, I will totally run with my music on. I have spent a lot of time creating my perfect running playlist. Just about the time when I think it’s perfect is when I want to swap out a song or add another one to the list. This morning I had the music going strong in my ears.

In retrospect, I probably should have taken the time to enjoy the quiet morning run, but I am motivated by the music, and honestly I hate hearing myself breathe.

When it is important to you, and you have to be somewhere at 7:15, you make the time. I guess I can sleep when I am dead.

Just Keep Going!

Don’t Give Up. Great Things Take Time.

Don’t Give Up. Great Things Take Time.

Don't Give Up. Great Things Take Time.

Are you on this crazy journey called life? I know that I sure am. Sometimes the journey is easy and sometimes it is just plain hard. Don’t Give Up. Great Things Take Time. Amazing adventures await you, but you need to be a little bit more patient. Cut yourself a little slack and reach for the goals one step at a time.

Whatever the task, don’t give up. Keep moving forward.

Just Keep Going!