I am a Finisher!
By Jessica Nobert, October 21, 2014
year. I had a lot of obligations. My little ones were very active. I got sick, asthma started acting up. Winter took a toll and my motivation slipped away. I was not 100% trained, but said I will finish no
matter what time I get. I went last year with a 4:29 time to a 5:23 time of which both times I am proud of. My experience was I woke up ready to go until I stepped outside, burr it was cold. I proceeded to say
I can do this, and started making my bagel with wow butter on it. I got in my car to find my windshield was frozen, so I let it defrost. By now I was leaving my house at 7:00am, and pushing time to get in
the parking ramp. I made it just in time. Then I walked around a bit, grabbed a banana and energy drink, and stood in line for bag check. I got right to the start line at 7:58am, race started at 8:00 am. I
lined up with the 4:58 pacers but decided I was running my pace and did not want to stay with a pace group, so I bounced around feeling very at ease that I was not competing, and was running for myself. I
was doing great until mile 16, then my lack of training hit a bit sore legs, but I kept on pushing and got to 20 miles and wanted to quit, but kept on going. I then met this runner Christy from Chicago, and she
helped me finish mile number 22, and then ran with me the whole way and on the last 2 miles she was struggling and said, “You can go ahead, you have more in the tank.” I responded “Nope, you helped me
earlier, I am going to help you, team effort.” We both finished and my kids ran out to bring me to the finish line.
Grand Rapids Marathon: I Am The Warrior
By Bob Cowles, October 21, 2014
“Shooting at the walls of heartache
This weekend was the 11th Annual Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon. To be honest, I hardly had any expectations going in, other than to finish. If I did finish, I wanted to finish in under 5 hours.
Grand Rapids Marathon
By Rick Allison, October 20, 2014
It was cold, then sunny, then… Read more
Surpised myself yesterday in the 13.1
By Jon Dyer, October 20, 2014
Having complained weeks ago about my lack of adequate training and my low expectations for the GR Half, I managed to surprise myself with a respectable time yesterday. The proper nutrition, good tapering, and race day conditions led to a fast time for myself and I suspect others on the course. My first mile was the slowest of them all, and my fastest miles were miles 10 and 12. I ran a -0:09/mile pace negative split and finished in 1:34. About 5 full minutes faster than I thought I was capable. It’s a nervous feeling when you get half way through a race and think to yourself “am I going to blow up in a couple more miles?”
Having trained for a full marathon and experienced a couple of long run disasters (going out too fast…trying to keep a fast pace I was not capable of) I fully know the feeling of hitting the wall. I managed to control myself when I ran the full in GR a couple years ago but yesterday I threw all patience, advice, and my own conscience to the wind…and ran fast.
It felt good when the finish line came into view and I knew I was going to make it. Mile 12 wasn’t much fun and I was fueled by fear as much as anything. I guess its just a different race experience that will keep me coming back for more.
FYI…in training my longest run in the past 2 years has been 11.5 miles. My fastest pace for any run (even shorter 4-5 mile runs) was 7:30 approx. I averaged 7:11 yesterday. Just goes to show when you taper and fuel properly, and push yourself just a little bit, you can go a little faster than you thought!
So what’s next? A week off with no running…then…???
1st Marathon completed!
By Dan Robertson, October 19, 2014
Today, I ran my first marathon in Grand Rapids. It went really well, even though it was a chilly start to the morning. It was a long training plan, and definitely hard at times, but it made it! Read more
I do not have to have a race in front of me.
By Mary Kay Zagata, October 19, 2014
Yesterday I had a great five and a half mile hilly run. The day before that, I enjoyed a really nice five mile run. This might not seem to be a big deal, but something occurred to me while I was talking about these runs with someone I’d just met. Read more
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