• Jennifer Perkins
    Running Journey Inspiration
    By Jennifer Perkins, August 16, 2017

    I have only been running for four years (I say “only” because it seems like most of my friends are life-long runners). During this short amount of time, I have seen some pretty remarkable accomplishments from my running friends. Read more

    It’s the people I have met during my journey.
    By RToogood, August 16, 2017

    I started running about 11 years ago. I had exercised off and on since college but like most people I started and stopped and it wasn’t really consistent. But then one day I went for a run. I am not even sure what pushed me out the door that first day but I know I liked how I felt…even though it was hard. I was traveling a lot for work as well during that time and it was also something to get me out of my hotel room. Fortunately it got easier and easier and I was hooked. I don’t think I realized at the time the people I would meet along the way and how this would change my life. I still remember my first 5k event at the Susan Komen Race for the Cure in 2006. I was just in awe at all of the people who turned out. The following year was my first 1/2 marathon here in Grand Rapids. Again I talked to so many great people before, after and even during the run. Some were running their first 1/2 like me and others were running their 20th. Then as I did more events I realized that I was getting to know many of these people who also ran, and I recognized so many faces. I could almost always show up to an event and run into people who were now my friends. Runners….they are a great community of people. There was always someone to encourage me when I was struggling and then I found myself encouraging others as well. This year I started doing duathlons and have “expanded” my community of friends. It has been these individuals that have kept me plugging along on my journey and why I keep signing up for those crazy races. I get messages all the time, I am going to do this race do you want to too? And the next thing I know I am signing up. I can’t imagine my life today without this community. Though we may be all very different in some ways, we all have one commonality and that is our love of running and competing. I can’t imagine life without this great group now.


    Phil Barnes
    Is it a good idea to listen to music while working out?
    By Phil Barnes, August 15, 2017

    Health Journey
    By Liz, August 13, 2017

    It’s difficult to narrow down who has been instrumental in my health journey because there are a variety of people who have played a role. If I had to choose one person, I would say it is my husband.  Read more

    Catherine Cooley
    Who has been instrumental in my health journey
    By Catherine Cooley, August 9, 2017

    My mother has been the person most instrumental in my health journey. My earliest memories involve being in the buggy as my mom pulled us on her bike while we were young. As we got older, we biked as a family a lot, we were always doing something together outside. Today, my mom and I bike together often in the summer, in the winter we enjoy cross-country skiing together, and in the fall, walking. Her example has been instrumental in my health journey which has eventually led to finding my passion, working with people to help them fulfill their potential and reach their health goals. Because of the great example my mom set for me growing up, I saw how that influenced me to be active and healthy into adulthood, I recognize the importance of setting a good example for children so they can grow up to be engaged in healthy activities.


    Amanda C
    Who has been instrumental in my health journey and why?
    By Amanda C, August 9, 2017

    So, when I looked at this question I immediately thought of my kids.  They are why I started on this journey to get off the couch and keep up with them!  Read more

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