It has been exactly a week now since Steph and I completed the Grand Rapids Marathon. After 26.2 miles of running we crossed the finish line. All of the hours of training had finally paid off and an item got crossed off my bucket list. I do not think I have ever felt so accomplished in my life.

We started training back in June and slowly worked our way up to completing a full marathon. I didn’t think I would want to run another marathon while I was training, but after crossing the finish line I wanted to try again. My goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon the next time I run a Marathon. I also would like to do a marathon with more music and people. The Grand Rapids Marathon was pretty quiet since majority of the race was on a bike trail. However, the scenery was beautiful. My parents and friends came to watch the big event, and I loved seeing them at different spots while running. My friend Kimberly ran the last 6 miles with me and helped me finish. Miles 20-26 were definitely my hardest miles.

I’m already looking forward to my next marathon. Now whenever I need a nice study break I will research different marathons.

I’ll write again soon talking about my fun weekend home :]

Getting ready to cross the finish line!
Getting ready to cross the finish line!
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Loved the support from friends and family!


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Published by Colleen Quick

My name is Colleen and I'm from Springfield, IL and am a Senior this year! I am studying International Business and Spanish. I have been involved with a variety of groups and activities on campus such as: Business Club, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Volunteer Services Committee, Student Congress, Mortar Board, Intramurals, HEI, Dance Marathon, and other activities. I love Hope College and the people here! So blessed to be living in Holland and attending Hope :]

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