Rain Running: Yes or NO?

Rain Running: Yes or NO?

Running in the Rain!

When I got up yesterday morning, I checked the weather. It said light rain, so I decided to go for it. Honestly, I didn’t have time to hit the treadmill at the Y because I wasted, yes absolutely wasted 10 minutes scrolling Facebook. So, like I said, I decided to go for it.

I am not a huge fan of running in the rain. I already run when it is dark outside. When you add in the rain, it stays darker longer, the roads are wet, puddles…Yeah, it’s a mess outside. Also, I don’t like my shoes getting wet. I hate the squishy feeling in my shoes. The worst feeling while running is the squish and slosh. Plus, your shoes get wet. I am super picky about that, which is why you won’t find me at a mud run anytime soon. I don’t want to ruin my shoes!

Once you have made the decision to run in the rain, you just do it. You know that you will get wet, but you don’t let that stop you. Leashing up my running buddy, Blaze, off we went. I was holding my phone for a bit, but luckily I had an extra bag. I am a responsible pet owner, so I come prepared to pick up after him! Anyway, I wrapped up my phone so it didn’t get wet.

Blaze Kisses

Blurry Blaze due to the rain!

After a while, I decided that this rain was certainly a “light rain.” It wasn’t misting, it wasn’t steady, and it certainly wasn’t a torrential Florida downpour, so it must have been light.  It wasn’t blinding and it wasn’t heavy; it was mostly just annoying. I didn’t get too much water in my eyes, and the puddles were intermittent. Generally, it was almost pleasant.

Home and Wet: Now What?

The problem though arrived when we got home. Blaze and I were soaked. Luckily, I have a crew who wakes early at my house. I had them bring us towels. Drying off a frisky puppy after running is not something I would recommend. He decided to roll around in the garage, covering his wet coat with garage type debris. After someone else took him over, I was able to dry me off. I had to leave my sacred running shoes in the garage to dry. Hopefully, they will be ready to go on our next run.

What did I learn from this early morning adventure? Don’t waste time on Facebook. Check the weather and run inside! Kind of! Not really! I don’t know! Maybe! I think it just depends on my mindset for the morning. Will I mind getting wet or do I want to stay dry? When I answer that on any given morning, I will have my answer for that daily run.

Rain running: Yes or NO? For me, it truly depends on the day. Yesterday was a day to Run in the Rain!


Wet or dry:

Just Keep Going!

Positive, Optimistic, Determined

Positive, Optimistic, Determined

Positive, Optimistic, Determined

Where are you at? Are you positive, optimistic and determined? Or, are you doubtful, fearful, and defeated? Don’t let yourself get so far down that you can get back up again. Find the silver lining and just keep pushing forward. You can do this! Be positive! Be optimistic! Overall, be determined to do your best!

Never give up and never give in!

Just Keep Going 

Super Fun 5K Sunset & Pizza Spectacular

Super Fun 5K Sunset & Pizza Spectacular

Super Fun 5K Sunset & Pizza Spectacular

Sign up now at the introductory price before it goes up! ONLY $25 for race, super custom sunset t-shirt, custom medal, raffles, and fun!

Picture the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, a Sunset, a wonderful scenic run/walk/stroll starting and ending at a beautiful city park….once you complete this race you get a Finisher Medal with a custom made unique artist photograph befitting to the theme, AND a Pizza Party, even raffles for prizes..does life any better? Oh wait, yes, it gets better, you can run with your Fur Baby!

What’s Included? 

Every race entry includes a 5K run along a beautiful route, a water station, Super FUN Photo Stops along the way, post-race raffles and giveaways, Finisher medal, and enjoy an after party with soda and pizza for $5.99 (pizza by ‘JOHNNY’S BRUSCO’S NY STYLE PIZZA’ after the sunset at Waterfront Park.
This will be a 5K route, self-timed race, with a SUPER FUN photo stop at Brasher Park with fun at every turn, people and dog water stop. A wonderful after party with music, food, a drink for purchase for race participants and their guests! Raffles to follow the race and extra tickets for photo stop facebook posts! Register today!

Sign up today to begin collecting your unique medals depicting the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast Sunsets. Can’t make it? Don’t worry there is a Virtual option! Want to purchase the T-shirt, medal, or beautiful photo, visit our store on the race registration page.

Dates & Times: You may do the Virtual Run at your convenience after 3-5-17
— March 5th, 2017 – race start at 5:15 pm (6:34 sunset)

2017 Goals: Time to Check In

2017 Goals: Time to Check In

2017 Goals

How are you doing with your 2017 Goals? We are now halfway through February and six weeks into 2017.  Did you make a New Year’s Resolution? Or did you set a personal goal? It is time to check in on those resolutions and goals and maybe reassess or reboot.

As I have stated before, I don’t do resolutions. I like to make goals. Mostly my goal right now is about survival. What does that even mean? It means that my plate personally and professionally is very full, and I am striving for balance.  Balance is my goal right now. I want to work hard, spend time with my family, and still take care of me. Let’s just say, I will need to keep working on my goal.


How about you? Did you have a weight loss goal, an exercise goal, a reading list to tackle, work goals? Let’s check in! Did you aim to high or are you right on target. Take time and consider how you are doing. If you were doing something with your diet, did you stay on track? If you didn’t, now is the time to take back your goal. It is never too late to start over. What is it they say in golf? Mulligan? Yeah that’s right! Do over! Start again. Call it a comeback!

Use whatever cliché you need to use, but reassess, restart, and renew! Recover the lost ground! You can do this! We often lose sight of the big picture. Now is the time to rejuvenate your intentions for a better you. Do you need to delegate some tasks in your life to make sure you are accomplishing your goals? Then do it!

Part of me having balance is doing something that I enjoy. Since I am still able to find time to share fitness with others, I am doing okay!

Your turn? Check in! How are you doing with your 2017 Goals? Whatever it is, don’t stop! Start over if you need to!

Just Keep Going!

Mutant Sweat=Broken Headphones

Mutant Sweat=Broken Headphones

Mutant Sweat = Broken Headphones

*Please note that this public service whine is brought to you due to my need to vent.*

I am a runner. In the morning when I run I like to listen to music. Over time I have developed a great playlist. I do not enjoy listening to myself breathe when I run. Hearing my feet hit the pavement doesn’t do it for me either. I like to listen to music!

However, I have a HUGE problem. I have mutant sweat. That’s right, my name is Katie and I have mutant sweat. I think that I need to start a support group for this. I can’t possibly be the only one! Why do I think I have mutant sweat? Well, let me tell you why.


My headphones always break. ALWAYS! I have tried cheap ones from Dollar Tree. Five Below has also been tried. I have tried corded. Bluetooth was even my friend for a bit, but nothing seems to work or last. I am truly afraid to buy a really nice set that could last FOREVER because I know that my mutant sweat would eat them alive.  Usually they start out fine, and if I’m really lucky they will last for a month. Without fail though, I usually lose one side. THIS IS FRUSTRATING!

Did I mention that I don’t want to hear myself breathe or listen to my feet slap the pavement? I just want to get lost in my carefully crafted playlist. Last week, my headphones died. Yes, I did run, but I had to listen to myself and the dog. Apparently, he breathes heavy too while running! This weekend I got a new pair so I thought I was good to go, but I wasn’t. They started off broken! Yes, that is what I said. I plugged them in and they did not work correctly.

Is it me? Is it user error? I don’t think so! I think it is just my mutant sweat! We’ll just have to see how a different pair works tomorrow!

On a happier note, I did get those new running shoes I wanted for Christmas. My feet say thank you!

New Shoes


Even without my music, I will continue to…

Just Keep Going!

It’s You Against YOU

It’s You Against YOU

YOU are your own worst enemy. Sometimes you need to get out of your own head.

It's You Against You

During the ab track of Body Combat I was listening the the lyrics of the song Don’t Let Me Down. Honestly, you need to not let yourself down! A lot of our issues are in our own heads. You can’t control other people.  Don’t let others control you. Take control of your own fitness!


Don’t Let Me Down
So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down
I think I’m losing my mind now
It’s in my head, darling I hope
That you’ll be here, when I need you the most
So don’t let me, don’t let me, don’t let me down
D-Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down

Spring Lake 5K & 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk


Spring Lake 5K & 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk

Spring Lake 5K The Arc Nature Coast Logo

“Florida’s Toughest, Most Scenic 5K!”

The Spring Lake, Florida 5K is located in scenic eastern Hernando County. Don’t let the majestic trees and peaceful setting fool you; these are some of the toughest hills in Florida! The course takes the runner over a variety of terrains; from asphalt to a nature trail through the woods, a horse barn and up and down some challenging hills! This event will support individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities. Come run and achieve with The Arc Nature Coast!


Sat, May 27, 2017


Brooksville, FL 34601

Online registration ends on:
Fri, May 26, 2017 6:00 PM EDT

–> https://localraces.com/springlake5k/spring-lake-5k-and-2-mile-fun-run-walk

Group Exercise: Why I Love It!

Group Exercise: Why I Love It!

Group Exercise

Why do I love group exercise? I love group exercise because it is fun, motivating, high energy, holds me accountable, and I feel like I belong.

In an ironic turn of events, I came up with the idea for today’s blog when I was running on my own. Actually it is not that mind blowing when you consider that an individual run is a great time to ponder, think, or just zone out. While running yesterday morning, the idea for today’s post came to me. Yes, I certainly love to run on my own, but I love the camaraderie and essence that is Group Exercise.

It is no secret that I teach two formats of group exercise at the local Y. However, I was a participant long before I was ever an instructor. Going to the gym and using machines is great, especially if you do want to ponder, think, or just zone out. I always found that it was very individual though. I never had a whole lot of interaction with other people. Most of the time, I just did my own thing and left.

When I started to venture into the realm of group exercise, a whole new sense of purpose and motivation was born in me.  I am truly a quiet person when I don’t know people that well, but once I am around people for a while I will start to engage more. When I am comfortable, I will really get involved. Going to my first couple of classes was daunting, but after a short time, I got to know people.

Just Try It

Getting started was so hard. I didn’t know anyone, and I always felt that I wasn’t “doing it” right. What I have come to find out through observation is that most people are not concerned with how you are performing in class. Most participants are there to sweat and get a great work out, and they certainly weren’t focused on me.

Some of my favorite classes to take part in are Body Combat, Body Pump, Spin, yoga, Pilates, and Body Flow. Over time I have tried many different classes and met so many interesting people. It is the people, the instructors, and the formats that keep me coming back. I love the energy I feel when the room is bursting with people who want to be there.

Unlike traditional work or tasks we don’t want to do, most people who come to group ex classes want to be there. They are excited to be there and just want to motivate others to be their best.  When people are feeling the music and working hard, you work harder too.  It a truly motivating combat class, I will “beat up the air” like nobody’s business and feel stronger, more competitive, like I could take on the world.

Group Ex! I love it! I will keep coming back!

Just Keep Going!