Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Race

Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Race

Mermaid Race

Set in the unforgettable Weeki Wachee Springs State Park comes the inaugural Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Race! You can choose to run or walk along the cool urban trail route that incorporates sidewalks and urban trails. This open road course starts and finishes at the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Weeki Wachee, Florida, also know as the city of live mermaids.

Every finisher receives a cool mermaid medal and one-of-a-kind swag.
This is an early morning fun run, and access to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is included in your registration. Feel free to wander in the State Park and recover in its serene surroundings.

•Access to chip-timed race event
•Race bib
•One-day admission to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park (same day only)
•Choice of race swag
•Finisher’s medal (a different one for each distance!)

Choose from 3 distances: Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Dash. Each distance will have a unique finisher’s medal. You can also purchase the “Big Splash” Package and participate in all 3 distances, earning not only the 3 finisher’s medals, but also a bonus fourth “Big Splash” medal!

The start times* for each race will be staggered throughout the day.
7 am: Half Marathon start time (cut-off time 12:30 pm)
8 am: 5K start time, wave 1 (for those participating in the 5K ONLY; cut-off time 10 am)
1 pm: 5K start time (for those participating in the Big Splash Challenge; cut-off time 2:30 pm)
3 pm: 1 Mile Dash

*Start times are subject to change.

There will be rest and recovery areas for participants as they transition between races.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, who work to generate and create additional resources and support for, and in the best interest, of the park.

Dash for the Dawn Center 2017


Save the Date: Dash for the Dawn Center 2017


Dash for the Dawn Center

Dash for Dawn Center 5k/1 Mile Support Walk

Basic Information

Sat 10/14/2017 6:00pm — raising awareness and support for Dawn Center, Hernando County’s counseling services for domestic violence and sexual assault.

Layer Up

Layer-Up Cause Baby it’s Cold Outside

Layer Up Hat

Cold is relative. When you have lived in Florida for almost 10 years, 60 degrees and colder becomes cold. I used to live in Wisconsin, so I know what cold is like. However, I am no longer used to those types of Northern colds.  When the temperature drops to this type of Florida cold, I can still run and exercise outside, but I need to dress appropriately.

Dressing appropriately for the weather means layering up.  You can always take layers off if you become heated, but if you aren’t dressed right, you will suffer throughout the workout. When I go for my early morning run, I will check the outside temperature. If it is below 50, I know that I will need my hat and mittens. I have a very nice reflective running windbreaker with a back pocket that is great for storing my mittens if my hands get too warm.

When it comes to layering on the bottom, I actually will wear running pants and then windbreaker pants on top of those. My running pants are longer and cover my shoes, so my ankles don’t get cold. On top I will wear a long sleeve performance shirt and depending on the temperature and how cold the wind is blowing, another performance running jacket and my windbreaker.

I don’t like being cold, so I am willing to shed these layers while running and tie something around my waist. This week, Monday morning was quite cool, so I kept all of these layers on as I ran. However, Wednesday morning was not as cold, so I ditched my mittens and my jacket. It was just the right outfit!

My Favorite Part

Layer Up Ponytail Hat

My favorite part of layered look is my hat. People go back and forth about whether or not you lose heat out of your head. I am in the camp that you do, so I wear a hat. It keeps my ears from getting cold too! My hat, though, has a special feature that is essential for those of us with long hair. It has a unique ponytail slot. My hair is quite lengthy at this time, so it is a necessary feature. Otherwise you get this horrendous bump and your hat just doesn’t fit right.

Hat, gloves, jackets…I know it’s not the most entertaining topic, but sometimes you have to think smart when you exercise! Be informed, be healthy and be safe! Don’t let the cold stop you from working out!


Are you prepared?

Just Keep Going!

Grow and Change

If You Aren’t Willing to Grow, You’ll Never Change

Grow and Change, Grow and Change, Grow and Change…

Grow and Change

Grow and Change…

What does that mean? Grow? Change? Is it a physical thing or a mental one? Sometimes you have to decide that for yourself. We are our own worst critics, enemies, and hopefully cheerleaders. Make the decision to grow and change yourself for a better you! We all have struggles and trials! Are you having a mountaintop beginning to 2017 or are you in a valley? You need to keep going on your journey.

Just Keep Going!



For the mind, not just the body…

As I have previously stated, I am not a fan of resolutions. I am a fan of goal setting, making small achievable goals and then setting a new goal. Last year around this time I was looking to start a small group. I did accomplish this goal of meeting with a small group of women for about six months. I feel it is important to exercise my spiritual muscles as well as the physical ones. It is important to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit. As I was looking to start that group, I came across the plan to D.I.E.T. I thought it was a great way to view spiritual healthiness.

Here is the devotional that I came across last year:

Time to Start a New D.I.E.T.

“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NLT)

D — DISCIPLINE: 1 Chronicles 16:11 says, “Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him” (NLT). The Bible gives us guidelines for living through His Word that help us grow spiritually healthy and mature in our faith. A daily dose of disciplined faith, which includes setting aside time every day to seek God through His Word and prayer, goes a long way to helping us achieve spiritual health.

I — INTENTIONAL: A strong faith doesn’t happen on its own but needs to be intentionally pursued. I have to make a deliberate effort to put God first in my life. Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (NIV). What a beautiful example we have of the intentionality of the first followers of Jesus — they gathered together daily to study, pray and share the Lord’s supper.

E — EARNEST: Being earnest in our faith takes effort to the next level. Have you ever read a passage of the Bible or listened to a sermon, and forgotten the topic 10 minutes later? Me too. I listened, but apparently my mind and heart weren’t fully engaged. Hebrews 11:6 says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (NIV). When we sit down to spend time with God in any form, He longs for our full, zealous attention and the reward for our intentional and earnest faith is the development of a deep spiritual hunger.

T — TRUSTING: My weakest times are when I doubt God’s plans or purpose for the hard times. Psalm 9:10 says, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you” (NLT). When I start to feel weak, I need to uncover any doubt that has settled in my heart and choose to trust God. Trusting God, in the good and bad times, is an essential part of a healthy spiritual diet.

Is 2017 the year to start a new D.I.E.T?


New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions….Yeah or Nay?

I am really not a fan. I like goal setting, but I am not a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Instead, I think that we should set small achievable goals. Once the goal has been accomplished, then we should set a new goal.

A new year is a new opportunity to be a better year. Resolve to be a better you!

Just Keep Going!


Robbie’s Run 2017

Robbie’s Run 2017


Officially less then 3 months away from the 5th Annual Robbie’s Run 5K on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

For the best deal, sign up early on http://www.active.com/…/distance-runn…/robbie-s-run-5k-2017…

The best value race in the area!

About This Activity

The 5th Annual Robbie’s Run 5K, benefiting the Word of Life Youth Camp Scholarship fund is a family friendly event you will not want to miss! Come set your new PR on our fast, flat and accurately measured chip timed course. Raffle prizes, goodie bags, event shirts and unique awards for overall winners and masters division. Awards for standard age groups. All participants are invited to “Chef Blu’s” post race breakfast. Chip timing provided by Big Dawg Runnin’ Inc.

Event details and schedule

Race day check in begins at 6:30. Race starts 8:00 sharp!

$20 by March 1st,  $25 by March 28th, $30 after and day of race.

$10 for all students 19 and under by March 28th, $20 after and day of race.

Full Breakfast and awards following the race. (Non-participant breakfast fee $5.00)

With questions please contact Race Director Keith 727-271-3101

2017 Pasco Challenge

Pasco Challenge







2017 Pasco Challenge–>https://alzheimersfamily.org/special-events/pasco-challenge/


March 11, 2017

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park
10500 Wilderness Park Blvd. New Port Richey, FL 34655

  • FREE goody bag and t-shirt (while supplies last)
  • Finishing and digital medal
  • Participants MUST SIGN entry form
  • Awards
  • Refreshments will be provided



  • Chip Timed Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
  • Awards To Overall Top 3 M/F In Each Age Category
  • 1 Mile Walk / Fun Run
  • Short Ride Bike Tour


  • 16 & Under – $15 anytime
  • $32 until race day
  • 10K – $37 until race day
  • Half marathon (all ages) – $62 until race day. $5 off with coupon code 2016alz until 1/14/16
  • TEAM RATE (Min. 10 entries – excludes 1/2 marathon) 16 & under $10 / Adults $22
  • FAMILY RATE $62 (excludes 1/2 marathon) – 2 adults/2 kids – $10 add. child, $15 add. adult MUST reside in the same household.



*Includes $2 parking fee levied by Pasco County Park

New You in the New Year

New You in the New Year

Will you make a resolution this year? If you do, resolve to keep your resolution. Listed below are some of the top resolutions that people make:

  • Get Organized
  • Help Others
  • Learn Something New
  • Get Out of Debt
  • More Family Time
  • Quit Smoking
  • Quit Drinking
  • Lose Weight
  • Enjoy Life More
  • Exercise

I am sure that more could be added to this list. If you are the type to make a resolution, be sure to stick to it! Start small with your goals. Often we bite off more than we can chew and then we give up. If your goal is to exercise, make it something that is achievable. Before you go and sign up for the 5k, you might want to start walking.

Make that first exercise goal to just get moving a few times a week for 20 minutes a day. Once you have established that routine, then you can increase the amount of days and frequency. You need to start smart! It is essential to start strong and smart in order to finish well. Life is about the journey, not the destination.

Too often I will encounter new participants in one of my group exercise classes. Sometimes these people will know what to expect and sometimes they don’t.  Both formats, whether it is cardio or weight lifting, can be overwhelming if you don’t know the basics of the class. People need to know that it is okay to leave part way through and then come back again and again, adding on a little more each time.

If you are going to attempt to exercise more or lose weight, set achievable goals and of course give yourself time to make those changes. It will not happen overnight or even in a week. Change takes time and in order for you to change you need to resolve to keep the resolution and find the new you in the New Year.

Break and be Made Whole

Break and be Made Whole

In life, in exercise, it is only when you break, you can be made whole.

How many times have you heard that you must break your muscles down to build them back up? Well, the same goes for your mind and your spirit. When you crash and you break, you can rebuild and be made whole. Go into 2017 with new perspective. If 2016 broke you down, then allow 2017 to build you up!

Just Keep Going!