Monday’s Motivation #52 – Closing out 2013!

I hope you’re all ready for 2014 because it’s comin’ for ya in a couple of days! 
Where has the year gone?! I’ve got no clue, I just roll with it 😉 We were able to celebrate this weekend with a nice dinner out with friends as we reflect upon the year and prepare for 2014!

A Fun-Fancy-Ish dinner included a wine list on a Kindle! How cool?!

Yea, I’ll get dressed up now and again – but spandex ARE my go-to 😉
Sunday morning I made sure to recovery from the 12 miles I did Saturday (and the wine I had Saturday night) with a trip to the gym for a 5k run and corework with G!

This LAST WEEK OF 2013 ends with a BANG and a BUN! This week’s Monday’s Motivation comes from an adorable runner-blend of mine, Ashley from the Running Bun! She’s had plenty of experience with half marathons, marathons, and road races in general – but also believes in having FUN with them. She’s newly married and expecting a BABY BUN in the oven – I’m so happy for her, check out a little more about her here as we bring Monday’s Motivation (for 2013 anyway) to a close!

Name: Ashley Byron

What is your favorite way to workout/exercise: Running, Refine Method and although I haven’t done it in a long time, I LOVE boxing.

What is your #1 cheat food: BURRITOS 

AND beer?? 😉 BEFORE and AFTER baby BUN of course

What advice do you have for those starting on a fitness journey: Find a workout that you actually enjoy. You’ll want to go and it won’t feel like work.

Dream destination race/location: A marathon in Australia.

Favorite inspirational fitness personality/trainer: I don’t have one. I am much more inspired by a group workout with friends than a celebrity fitness trainer.

Workout apparel must have (+brand): Mizuno shoes, oiselle shorts/tops. Still looking for a perfect sports bra for my new preggo boobs 🙂

Motivational motto/quote: “I’m doing this for me!”

Social Media – connect!

Let’s show Ashley some MAMA-TO-BE love!!
I’m still continuing Monday’s Motivation into 2014! 
Interested in being featured? Email me at!

How are you continuing 2014 with MOTIVATION?

Have you taken my 2013 Blog Survey?? I LOVE Feedback!

I’ve also been nominated for a pretty stellar WEGO Health award- You can help me get there with an Endorsement HERE!

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    December 30, 2013, 11:56 am


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    December 30, 2013, 12:11 pm

    You looked fabulous for your dinner date! Looking forward to 2014 with a very big goal!.

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    December 30, 2013, 12:33 pm

    you know, you look fab! and of course i am nominating you for the Wego! CHEERS!

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    December 30, 2013, 12:38 pm

    Setting new goals. It’s all about the goals!

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    December 30, 2013, 1:04 pm

    I’m all about smaller goals this year. Last year I set out to conquer all of the things and burnt out quickly. This year, in order to reach bigger goals, I’m setting smaller ones and reevaluating as I succeed.

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    December 30, 2013, 2:58 pm

    I haven’t even thought about 2014 past dopey weekend, I just need to get through that first!

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    December 30, 2013, 3:10 pm

    I love the quote “I’m doing this for me!” as well!

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    December 30, 2013, 4:47 pm

    I have smaller goals this year, but it still includes 14 races. Longest distance this year will be 13.1. Not ready to take on another 26.2 yet.

    I like the survey. I will have to sit down and put my answers together.

    Happy New Year!

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    December 30, 2013, 6:09 pm

    I love her quote!! You’re rockin’ the workouts, Kat!

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    December 30, 2013, 7:22 pm

    Way to get that 12 miles girl! And….Running Bun is the bestest, love her! 🙂

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    December 30, 2013, 7:45 pm

    Congrats on a successful 2013! You’ve accomplished a lot this year. And I love Ashley! 🙂

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    December 30, 2013, 8:09 pm

    wow a 5k after 12 miles?! you are amazing!! Also, Ashley is super cute and motivating, congrats on her pregnancy!!

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    December 30, 2013, 8:20 pm

    Happy New Year Kat! And I love Ashley’s idea of a race in Australia! Fun!

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    December 30, 2013, 8:49 pm

    Love Ashley and love seeing her here!!

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    December 30, 2013, 9:17 pm

    You look wonderful dressed up or working out! 🙂 Always love seeing who you will feature! 🙂

    I am pushing for a better 2014! 🙂

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    December 30, 2013, 9:38 pm

    I am trying to find a way to refocus for 2014.
    Trying to find the motivation.

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    December 31, 2013, 2:00 am

    Thanks for introducing It seems both of us have a few things in common – runners, pregnant and expecting girls pretty much at the same time 🙂

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    December 31, 2013, 2:22 am

    I’m ready for 2014! Is it ready for me??? 🙂

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    December 31, 2013, 1:19 pm

    Work hard, play hard, right? 😉 It’s always nice to get dressed up and go out! Happy New Year, friend–can’t wait to see what big things you accomplish in 2014!

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    December 31, 2013, 2:22 pm

    i love seeing everyone dressed up in Non Workout clothes! Happy New Year!

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