One month to go!

THIRTY DAYS! The countdown. Too early to taper. This stuff is getting serious! The Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon preparation is in full swing. Yesterday we got the order for Clif Shots in. Clif is our official energy gel sponsor this year. I ordered another 2,000 Heat Sheets as well. We get them on rolls […]

It’s not just 26 miles

Before too long, many of you will once again complete the magical distance, 26.2 miles, that has come to be called a MARATHON. The distance is arbitrary really. Modern-era marathons started at more like 25 miles until the 1908 Olympics in London moved the starting line at the order of the queen. It’s been 26 […]

Aren’t you afraid?

In 2011 I signed up for my first iron-distance triathlon, the Rev3 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Not long after that, a friend came up beside me during a run and asked me, “Aren’t you afraid?” “Huh?” “What if you fail? What if you can’t do it?” I hadn’t considered that. Wow.  I hadn’t […]

There’s more

  There’s more inside you than you realize. It’s something that I like to remind people over and over. If you’ve been reading my stuff for a few years, you know that!   Recently, I’ve been a lot more aware of that in my own training. In a bit of a rut after a couple […]


An interesting number. If you’re excited about geography or maps or something like that, you know that 24,902 is the number of miles around the world at the equator. But for me, it’s a goal. And this Sunday, my mileage logs will actually reach the number 24,902. I have run enough miles in my running […]

You’re Stronger Than You Think

A lot of the last three years have been spent trying to get my knees back into good shape for running. I’ve still been doing marathons regularly, but not at the frequency of the past. The last two or three months have been a real confidence booster, however. Weekend before last was a real test […]

Adventure – the reason we run

Fresh air, cool trails, and marathons all over the world to enjoy. Places to explore that you would never have known about if you didn’t run. I found a “jungle ruins” type of stairway up from the end of Sixth Street up the hill to Lookout Park. At the end of the bike bridge across […]

Singing with the voice you have

I posted on Facebook the other day something that popped into my head while driving down the road: We all have to sing with the voice that we have. The sad part is that people don’t let their music come out. It occurred to me that this also applies to the running world. Everybody has a different “voice […]


A little bit ago, I had an interview with Croft Edwards about LEADERSHIP. Croft blogs about leadership, and was interested in what happens at our marathon. Seems it’s pretty easy to look at our staff and recognize that LEADERSHIP IS HAPPENING! There will be some pretty good blog entries coming up, but in the course […]

I don’t believe in the wall

On Sunday, I ran the Med City Marathon in Rochester, Minnesota, a really cool milestone for me –my 250th marathon.   On the back of a girl’s shirt I saw something that got me thinking:                     I DON’T BELIEVE IN THE WALL   I thought about it a lot. […]

Marathon News from Grand Rapids 7/12/2013

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