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Marathon News from Grand Rapids 9 June 2016

Follow this link June I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty lucky right now. I get to run outdoors without spending a long time getting dressed. There’s a 5K to run any weekend you like to get some speed work in. We have lots of longer events as well that offer cross-training.  The […]


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Marathon News from Grand Rapids 2 June 2016

Our latest newsletter.  (Follow the link for the complete newsletter) Summer Monday I was playing around in the lake with my youngest granddaughter, Alexis. It must be summer! I’m ready for some open water swimming. Last Saturday at Bayshore, I was completely impressed with all of the people up there who had been training in cooler […]


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Kids Marathon Newsletter

Kids Marathon Runners and Families: Are you ready for summer, sunshine and outdoor fun? Watch the upcoming newsletters and our facebook page for the kickoff of the 10TH ANNUAL HELEN DEVOS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL GRAND RAPIDS KID’S MARATHON to be held at Millennium Park on August 8, 2016. Mark your calendars for the event to be […]


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What’s Next?

We never rest, it seems. The week has been full of dealing with the after-effects. Washing coolers and tubs, storing signs, repacking MyWay box with stuff we won’t have to use for another year. But planning the next thing. Cool stuff on the horizon. Groundhog Day, the Frostbite Marathon Relay, and a few adventures of […]


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The Afterglow

The end of a long journey. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. The FINISH LINE. Sunday, I stood at the finish line and greeted many runners, from the speediest guy early in the morning to the last person to finish, somewhere after 3pm. I laughed with people who laughed. I cried with some who cried. […]


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Two days to go …

Last night was our final pre-race staff meeting. We started early. We loaded all the shirts, packet pickup stuff, signs, medals, and about half of my household furniture into a UHaul truck and a MyWay Storage box and headed for the YMCA. This morning we’ll be covering up the gym floor and getting ready for […]


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It’s Mile 25!

Sunday morning.  Or afternoon.  For YOU! It’s Mile 25. God Save The Queen! You’re almost there, just about to jump off the bike path onto Wealthy Street. The 25-mile mark. Take out the headphones. It’s time to engage ALL your senses and fully feel what’s going on. Your legs are sore. Your body is tired.  Your stomach has had ENOUGH Gatorade and water. The people […]


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Some next-to-last-minute thoughts

There’s poison ivy all over the course out on Indian Mounds and a lot of Millennium Park. Just be aware of that when you’re heading off into the woods for that emergency break. Your toenails will grow back. But it’s Wednesday, so this would be a good day to trim them down and keep the […]


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Aren’t you afraid?

Lots of feelings creep in during the lead up to the marathon. Let me share this story with you. My friend Christa was going to run her first marathon a few years ago.  I had referred her to the same hotel we were staying in, and when we went to her room, her fiancé answered the door.  […]


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Doubts?

Sometimes doubt will creep in–you’re getting to the final days of training. Was it enough? Are you really going to be ready a week from Sunday? Relax. It’s natural to have those thoughts. There are a couple things you should know: 1. Your training has probably been adequate! 2. There’s more strength inside you than […]


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