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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Holidays in Michigan

Hey!

This past Monday I spent the fourth of July with some of my friends from Hope at my friend’s house in Kalamazoo. I also spent Memorial Day with the same people. We are starting to grow very close and really enjoy spending time together. On the fourth of July, I met up with some of my Hope friends who live in Michigan. We went out on my friend’s boat and enjoyed the nice weather. 

After boating and swimming, we enjoyed the typical American cookout. My friends and I devoured the watermelon in seconds! Afterwards we spent some more time in the lake and then warmed up in the hot tub. We watched the fireworks of Gull Lake from my friend’s dock. It was a beautiful evening, and I had such a great time with my friends. 

Tonight some of my Hope friends are coming up to Holland to spend the weekend with me. Of course, we will be going to the beach and walking around Holland. Last night I spent two hours long boarding with some friends from work at Tunnel Park. We even saw our professor riding his bike. Many people were out enjoying the park last night. I really have enjoyed all of Holland’s nice attractions during the summer. I am glad I decided to live here for the summer. My job has been a lot of fun, and I have met a lot of cool new people. If any of you get the opportunity to stay in Holland for a summer for either research, work, or school, I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the opportunity of living in Holland for the summer. It’s a fun place! 

Until next time,

Colleen

Sarah and I on the Fourth of July!