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May 7, 2014
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When it comes to fitness, be a kid

By Samantha Williams/Personal Trainer     Have you ever watched kids at play?    I am pretty sure most of us have.   But I want you to take a closer look. Watch how kids move and play.    Now, do exactly what they are doing! Get outside, ride your […]
April 29, 2014

Conquering our fear

By Elisa Jones / Grand Valley Trails Alliance   “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”  ― Winston Churchill A brave man acknowledges the strength of others.”  ― Veronica Roth, Divergent Sometimes, my brain gets on an ethereal or emotional area and plagues me […]
April 17, 2014

Just 1/10 of a mile left

By Randee Bergen Of course, a 5K can’t be a perfect three miles; that’d make too much sense. A 5K is 3.1 miles long, but it’s that final tenth that’s so much fun. That final tenth when the finish line is in sight. This weekend, I labored through the last […]
March 20, 2014

Race director? Me? Yikes!

By Randee Bergen You never know where you’re going to end up in life. Right now, I am headed toward race directorship. In less than a month, I’ll be a race director. And that thought frightens me a little. Last month, I helped the Mesa Monument Striders running club with […]
March 11, 2014
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Don’t be so quick to judge

By Samantha Williams/Personal Trainer Recently, I had a very insightful conversation with a woman from one of my classes. I was so happy she felt comfortable enough to open up a bit because she said she never gets to complain about this issue. People are quick to roll their eyes […]
February 7, 2014

What’s Coo5king?

By Randee Bergen Without much effort on my part, I have found myself chairing a committee to put on a 5K race. The PTA at my school started kicking around the idea last fall. I happened to mention, at one of the meetings, that I was on the board of […]
January 31, 2014
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Making it about more than the number on the scale

By Samantha Williams/Personal Trainer     I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor, and January is always the month of “newbies” and their New Year’s resolutions. I love their enthusiasm and how set they are on this being the year they eat better, work out harder and finally reach […]
January 24, 2014

Birthday climb

By Randee Bergen     I climbed Mt. Garfield for the first time seven years ago, on my 41st birthday, about a year after moving to Grand Junction. My children were younger then, 8 and 10, and I knew it would be challenging for them. Heck, it was challenging for […]
January 7, 2014
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It’s never too late to fall in love with fitness

By Samantha Williams/Personal Trainer     It’s never to late to fall in love with fitness.   Most people I meet assume I have always been athletic or into sports.   Not true.   At all.     I tried several different sports as a child, but I never stuck […]
January 4, 2014

While You Are Here, Be Here

By Elisa Jones/Grand Valley Trails Alliance   I have a weird name, I know. It’s too many vowels. I’ve been tempted to legally alter it to something more phonetically pleasing. Unfortunately, this is highly impractical. I mean, consider: Eeleesah? E’Leasah? E•Lee•sah? I know, right? So I’ll just settle for the […]