A Lifetime Accomplishment

Hello friends! I am very excited to share with you awesome news. This past weekend, I ran AND completed the Park2Park Half Marathon here in Holland! So yes, this was definitely the highlight of my weekend. After more than 200 miles of training, I crossed that finish line exhausted, in pain, but happy. No one can take the accomplishment away from me!

To make the race even better, my best buddy Joey and many of my close friends ran the race too. Seeing familiar faces really made me push myself to keep going. Trust me, I wanted to stop. At the 8th mile, I started having runner’s trots, which are cramps. Then, my legs started hurting bad. It was just one bad event after another. At this point, I was ready to just walk the entire thing. But, I never start something and not finish. I owed it to myself to keep going so I did. I might of not had the time I wanted, but it was about the journey and the finish for me!

Here I am crossing the finish line 13.1 miles later!
Here I am crossing the finish line 13.1 miles later!

I encourage you all to try running races. Start small of course, with 5K’s and what not. Then up your game, then dream big! I signed up for this half marathon in the late spring/early summer so I had time to train. Make sure you allow yourself adequate time to train, and make the time for it. I remember I used to very much detest running. But once in the mindset, all you’ll want to do is run. Truly, it’s the effort that counts. Also, running is free therapy. It will get your mind off thoughts and clear your head. Yeah, you might be in physical pain after, but your brain will be clear. Here are some pictures from the race. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading everyone!

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Published by Marvin Solberg

Greetings! My name is Marvin Solberg and my hometown is Traverse City, Michigan. I am a Hope College senior studying nursing, and aspire to obtain my Ph.D. in nursing research with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor. At Hope College, I am involved in Student Activities Committee (SAC), Student Blogging at Admissions, Ballet and Hip-Hop Club, Hope College Immersion Trips, and I am a nursing teaching assistant (TA)! I love God, my family, and friends. There's truly no place like Hope College; I call it my home away from home!

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