Issue 22 • March 2014Local Inspiration

Newbie Runner

Experienced runners know that bad runs happen, helping you appreciate the good ones. But how do new runners stay motivated to keep running? Rebecca Heiser looks for the positive, such as reviewing the data on her Nike Plus app to see where things might have gone bad and how she …

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Issue 21 • February 2014Local Inspiration

A Run a Day… Keeps the Marriage Counselor Away

Meet Bill and Elizabeth. They’ve been happily married for 31 years, and when asked if they ever have “marriage encounters”, the answer is YES. They’ve established a protocol though that differs from most marital advice – TAKE IT OUTSIDE. For over 20 years, they’ve been lacing up running shoes instead …

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Issue 21 • February 2014Local Inspiration

Perfectly Normal

Swimming, Surfing, Soccer and Flag Football. Those are Jonathan Dutton’s sports, and he’s excelled in all four. Jonathan is a 37-year-old Special Olympics Florida – Duval County athlete. He’s been an athlete for most of his life. Beginning at age 12, Jonathan’s family introduced him to Special Olympics while living …

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Issue 20 • January 2014Local Inspiration

Losing by Example

When treatment for cancer causes nausea, doctors encourage you to eat whatever you can keep down, even when it’s comforting carbs. Battling the disease is more important than battling your weight but eventually Stacy’s 75-pound weight gain became a potential health issue. When her oncologist said she had to lower …

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Issue 20 • January 2014Local Inspiration

Daryl Walker: Forsight for a Goal

Despite limitations, there’s always opportunity for competition. Ironically, we often face our greatest limitations when competing with ourselves. Although Daryl Walker is nearly 6 feet tall and hits the court almost every day, he has never competed against Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant or Vince Carter. In fact, the day he …

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Issue 20 • January 2014Local Inspiration

Year After Year Friendship Keeps Us Running

Last July, I was in Nashville for 5 days with my family while my 10-year-old son’s team played in a baseball tournament. As I do in most cities when I travel, I explored the neighborhoods around our hotel on a morning run. My good friend and running partner Sara happened …

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Issue 18 • October 2013Local Inspiration

Holly Rocks!

How many of us identify with our passions? I am a runner, we hear people say. It doesn’t seem to matter how muddled our lives become with careers, relationships or children – we always have that title “runner” as a touchstone. It brings us purpose. But what happens when we …

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Issue 18 • October 2013Local Inspiration

My CrossFit Story

Tabbathia Rogers submitted her story to 904Fitness, motivating others to challenge themselves with new workouts. When she decided to try CrossFit as an “unfit” newbie, she had no idea how quickly she would become part of a CrossFit family or how quickly she would transform info a “fit” success story. …

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Beating the Odds

Kristie’s Story of Surviving Breast Cancer and Accomplishing More Than Any Doctor Could Have Ever Imagined It was October 25, 2003. The Komen North Florida Race for the Cure was underway at the University of North Florida campus. Thirty-four year old, Kristie Naines was suffering. All she wanted to do …

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Kami Harrison: Mother, Fitness Addict, Breast Cancer Survivor, Inspiration

We have all been taught that leading a healthy lifestyle, one which includes a balanced diet and regular exercise, can help aid our defense against cancer and other illnesses. But many times we are left shocked and stunned when we learn of a young healthy woman being diagnosed with breast …

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