Robbie’s Run Preview

Robbie’s Run Preview  

Robbie's Run Swag Bag

Thursday’s blog is generally dedicated to some type of fitness trend or something that has caught my attention in the running world. Well, since I haven’t had a chance to preview this weekend’s premiere running event, I will utilize Thursday’s Blog post for that preview.

Last year I was able to run Robbie’s Run for the first time. This was a run my husband and eldest son had done the very first year of its existence, but then we didn’t run the race again until last year.

This race has become one of my favorites because of the course, the race director, the volunteers, the food, and the welcoming atmosphere.

The Course

Robbie's Run Start 2016

It’s flat and fast! This course allows many runners to set a PR. It is well-marked as it traverses the Word of Life Campus. The neighbors come out of their homes to engage, encourage, and support the participants.

The Race Director

Robbie's Run Keith

Keith is amazing. I met Keith last year and he is a wonderful man and amazing supporter of this event. This year over 300 runners are signed up. He knows that I have a family of five who is running this Saturday, and he messaged me to let me know that there are a lot of participants and we might want to get there earlier, so we have enough time to get our numbers etc. What a thoughtful gesture! I know that he can’t possible offer that kind of personal touch to everyone, but I am thankful that he did and will adjust my race day timeline accordingly.

The Volunteers

Word of Life Logo

Many of the volunteers are supporters of the camp, meaning they are students of Word of Life Bible Institute. They understand the importance of raising funds for the scholarships that support Word of Life Summer Camp. It’s a great cause and they want to open up as many opportunities as they can for the youth.

The Food

Many races are based on the “after” of the race. Were there snacks, water, or a full menu? Robbie’s Run does not disappoint! There is a full breakfast inside with plenty of seating available. If you did not run, you can even purchase a ticket and partake of the, “hot breakfast that includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and fruit.”

Welcoming Atmosphere

Robbie's Run 2016 Sponsors

The race is well organized and promoted well locally. Participants are shown where to park, check in goes smoothly, and instructions are given before the race starts. Some competitive runners participate in the event which makes the field that much stronger. People absolutely stay and hang out to enjoy the breakfast and raffles. Goody bags and nice race shirts are included, all for helping kids get to camp. Don’t miss this opportunity to run the “Rob”!

Robbie’s Run this Saturday!

Just a few days left for the 5th Annual Robbie’s Run 5K. There is still time to sign up. Enjoy a beautiful run on the Word of Life property and after that join them for a hot breakfast that includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and fruit. You will not want to miss the incredible raffle give away during the awards ceremony, all benefiting youth and camper scholarships. This is a race you won’t want to miss!…/distance-runn…/robbie-s-run-5k-2017…

Working Out or Training Up?

Working Out or Training Up?

Working Out or Training Up?

Are you working out or are you training up for a goal? What is the difference? In general there probably isn’t a difference, but for the sake of this inspiration, let’s just say that there is a difference. A work out is a basic state of exercise. You sweat, your heart rate goes up, and you feel accomplished. A training session is goal oriented. You have a purpose for the session. Ultimately, you want to be better than you were before.

Whether you are working out or going through a vigorous training session, do your best.

Just Keep Going!

Hernando Bar 5k Review

Hernando Bar 5k Review

Saturday, March 25, 2017 was a great morning for a run.  The weather for the Hernando Bar 5k was almost perfect. No rain was in the forecast for this morning as runners gathered at the Weeki Wachee Preserve.

The gates to the preserve were opened to allow participants to drive into the park. They did have to walk about a quarter mile to the race check-in and starting line. Check in when quickly and there was plenty of space for runners to mill about before the race. Race Director Erin Daly did a great job of organizing the runners for the route, recognizing the sponsors, and then sending the runners on their way to the start line.

The race was a chip-timed event. Just over 100 runners finished the race. There were a few tumbles on this off-road course, but in general the runners enjoyed the route around the quarries.  Water stations were on the route in two places. Once runners spread out along the course, there was plenty of room for them to hit their stride.

After the race finished, those that signed up for the one-mile fun run ran their race. Those kids and adults did a great job.

As the final results were being verified, some raffle giveaways were given based on bib number. The crowd was very enthusiastic about the Marker 48 prize, gun holster/purse, and of course entries into upcoming local events.

This was the second race in the Run the Parks 5K Series. The next event is April 8, 2017. It is the River N Rapids at Hillsborough River State Park. This event is already sold out. For more information on the series visit the series website–> 

Another great event! Glad to have participated! 


Aim High, Finish Strong

Aim High, Finish Strong

Every morning, I have a devotional time that helps me to start my day. This mornings devotional struck a cord with me, so I thought I would share it. I feel that the message can be useful in all walks of life, so please enjoy this share.

Aim High, Finish Strong

I read an article in a running magazine that explained how caffeine could enhance a runner’s performance in a race by diminishing the perception of fatigue. I tried it in a marathon, and sure enough, not only did I set an all-time personal best, but I did so after expending precious energy conversing with a fellow runner during the entire first half of the race. Had I realized that my tongue would be stimulated along with my legs and had I focused more on the race, I’m sure I could have finished even faster.
In that instance and in others since, caffeine provided a boost that translated into a few minutes’ difference in my race time. I don’t take in extra caffeine during my normal training. If I did, it wouldn’t have the same effect during a race. Also, without a solid base of fitness upon which to apply it, no amount of caffeine would set any records. In order to benefit from that extra boost, I had to put in many miles of training week after week, adhere to a healthy lifestyle day in and day out, and really enjoy running.
I didn’t start my running career that way. At first my motivation was rather shortsighted. I had recently recovered from a very bad cough and didn’t want to get that sick again. Over time I discovered the following principles, which are motivational experts’ bread and butter because they can be applied to almost any area of life:

Useful Principles

1. Set small, reachable, short-term goals. When I first began running, my goal was to put on my running shoes, get outside, and run a little every day.

2. Don’t beat yourself up when you fall short. You will have bad days and bad spells; everyone does. Negative self-talk about a disappointing performance is more damaging than the “failure” itself.

3. Be flexible. Adapt to changing circumstances. Expect surprises and flow with them.

4. Aim High. Small, achievable, short-term goals are necessary, but so are large long-term ones. Dare to dream an impossible dream.

5. Nourish your dream. Why is this goal important to you? Why do you believe it can be done? Why do you believe you are the person to do it? Write down your answers, collect inspirational and motivational quotes and anecdotes that support your answers, and review them in times of crisis and self-doubt.

6. Have patience. When clocking your progress, watch the hour hand, not the second hand.

Scripture Reference

Philippians 3:13-14 ESV / Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:33 ESV / But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Luke 10:27 ESV / And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Great words to live by. I couldn’t have said or written this article better myself. Glad to give credit to someone else for their wisdom.

Wherever you are at and whatever you are doing, start small, plan big and,

Just Keep Going!

Surviving your Circumstances

Surviving your Circumstances

Sometimes we just need to survive life. Surviving your circumstances is truly a test of the fire inside you. We all have struggles, issues, and problems. How you deal with them in times of tension will show a lot about your character.  We don’t always need to be perfect. Some of our moments will be outstanding, and some will be mediocre. However, sometimes we just need to survive. That fire inside you will need to burn brighter and stronger than the pit you are facing. Be a survivor! Burn Brighter!

The Struggle is Real!

Just Keep Going!

Hernando Bar 5K Preview

Hernando Bar 5K Preview

This Saturday, March 25, 2017 marks the 4th annual 5K inside beautiful Weeki Wachee Preserve. This off-road race travels around the preserve where participants can see the wildlife and beauty of the lakes.

Last year was the first time I participated in this race and it was great. It is a small local race where the proceeds will benefit students via scholarships. The race was organized and well run. Many stayed around as long as they could last year to win some of the fabulous door prizes that sponsors had provided. The weather was uncooperative for the awards portion, so hopefully that won’t be a problem this year.

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This is Race #2 in the Run The Parks Series. Run the Parks Race Series Logo

Can’t wait to see local runners hit the trails this year!

See you Saturday!


What’s New at NAMI Hernando?



Saturday, April 8th, 2017


11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Brooksville, FL 34601

Run Information

Register Before March 31 – $30 Public – $15 Students
Free for children under 12

Register online on

Proceeds benefit NAMI on Campus, North Campus Human Services Club, NAMI of Hernando and Vincent Life Skills Center.
For more information, contact Eddie Williams at

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Environmental Elements Kicking Butt

Environmental Elements Kicking Butt

Environmental Elements Kicking Butt

Cold weather, Daylight Saving Time, and the moon cycle are wreaking havoc around my house right now. Do you see the irony that it is Spring Break in Hernando County, and we are having the coldest week of weather all winter? When you add in that we just started Daylight Saving Time, the dark mornings just got that much colder. The full moon is also making my dog nuts!

Cold Weather

Yes, I know it is not THAT cold, but it is Florida in March and we have a FREEZE warning going on. I don’t think we had one all winter. Winter really is a relative term in Florida. I know that it isn’t really as cold as other places, buy seriously, I had to “layer up” this morning. I thought I was done with that for the season, but I guess not.

Of course, I still ran because you just keep going regardless of the weather!

Daylight Saving Time

Last week, I was out running, in shorts mind you, and it was light outside. It was not kind of light; it was light. It was safe for me running. It was safe for the high school kids going to school. This week, DARK! Apparently, we sprang ahead into the twilight zone of the frozen tundra of darkness. Monday morning was a cold dark place to run compared to last week. Luckily. those high school kids are enjoying sleeping in on these cold dark mornings this week.

The Moon

Not only it is cold and dark out, it is a full moon. I am not superstitious or anything, but I do think that the moon fluctuations do impact how people and/or animals act. My dog has been going through some vigorous training to make him a better part of family. He has been nuts this week.  Now, the kids are home because it is break, so that might be throwing his routine off. However, I still think that the full moon is impacting his behavior.

Regardless though of the weather, the light or lack of it, and the moon, I persevere. I get up on those cold dark mornings and run anyway. It is what you have to do. You can’t control your environment, but you can control how you choose to react to it.

Don’t like the Environmental Elements get you down. Spring will come and then Summer, and then we will be complaining about how hot it is!

Just Keep Going!


Find Strength

Find Strength

Where do you find strength? Often we find it in the most unlikely places when we weren’t even looking.

Find Strength

Sometimes life can be broken down into a series of peaks and valleys. When it is rough you might be down in a deep valley. Life can be a struggle to climb out of that valley. You find the strength somewhere that allows you to push on and move forward. Then life can be a series of peaks, of moments when you get to say, “I made it!” Who or what helped you get there?

For me, my strength comes from God.  I know I can’t do it alone. He is my rock, and He sees me through.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who give me strength.”

Reality check: where is your strength coming from?

Life has thrown me some serious curve balls lately, but I know that I will get through it ,not because of my own power, but because of His.

Just Keep Going!

Brooksville Library 5K-Review A+

Brooksville Library 5K-Running Review A+

Brooksville Library 5K-Review A+

Saturday, March 11, 2017 marked the 3rd Annual Brooksville Libary 5k. It was amazing! Check in went quickly and efficiently. The weather was quite cooperative. Once registration was closed, participants went to the starting line, which actually has the race starting up hill.

After singing the National Anthem and receiving course instructions, the race started. 208 participants raced around downtown Brooksville. Up and down the hills they ran in order to come back to the start, race up the hill and finish in the library parking lot.

Race Results can be found at –>

After the race, awards were given to the top three finishers male and female. Age group winners received the embossed journal that has become customary for the race. Throughout the awards presentation various door prizes were given away. There were some very generous donations!

Great Race!

Thank you Brooksville Library 5K for a well organized, well-timed, and well-attended race. Can’t wait for next year!