2011 Kalamazoo Half and Full Marathon!

9 May

Yea, we’re awesome:)  Amanda, Jill, and Melissa (all the way from Gaylord Melissa came) and I ran the half-marathon in Kalamazoo.  It was also the 1st Marathon for Kalamazoo and just really neat for Kalamazoo.  I believe 47 states were represented at the race and the atmosphere really was just fun and exciting! 🙂

We woke up early in the morning...Jill and Amanda were at my house by 5:30am and we went to pick up Melissa who is the sister-in-law of a dear friend of ours, Kate:) This was Melissa and Jill's first half...!

It was early when we arrived...we walked to the event area...the grass is wet with dew (which froze our toes as we ultimately were in the grass)...I was nervous...my adreniline was pumping and my body was telling me that by having me go to the...

...the porta-potty like 4 times before the race started...maybe it was only three times, but Jill was relaxed at this time...Melissa felt great...and Amanda was doing well as well...

...though Amanda and I both know...TRY! At least try:)

Ok, a little personal, but hey, I’m being honest:)

At 6:30am they had a church service on site and I just really had to listen and it was so worth it...just a really to the point but encouraging message, and while listening I saw these...

...the coolest shoes ever! 🙂

Then Steve arrived and Amanda was able to take a picture of us which turned out so cute:)

Then he took a picture of all of us ladies together…

US!!!! The time is getting near for the...

...START!! (Yep, Santa Claus ran:0)

There truly were so many people and it took about 8 minutes to cross the start line from where we actually started.

We really felt great...we knew we had a lot ahead of us, but man, we were here...we were running...the sun felt good...it's Mother's Day...and we rock! 🙂

I look like a freak:), but who cares as you see signs like this and even if they are technically for someone else they pump you up...

...:)

If you’re running this or a full…you need this:)

Bands played at different parts of the race to keep us pumped...

...I personally enjoyed some beautiful trees right in the city of Kalamazoo...

...we're still going strong...!

We head into the city of Kalamazoo...

…and we see…yes, our lovely friends…

...Jim and Julie:) Julie came out even though she is pregnant and going to have a baby soon...how beyond sweet is that?! Thank you Julie and Jim!

We then, after seeing Jim and Julie, went through the outside Kalamazoo Mall, which I learned was the first outside mall in the US in 1949, from a pace leader...think I have that correct:)

Another musician playing for us...thank you!

I tried to get some runner's in the reflection in the storefront...do you see me? 🙂

Ma and Pa, I thought you'd appreciate the name of this business as I passed it running...we love Mount Rushmore, yes?! We know we do:)

Can't forget the local schools supporting the runners!

Melissa feeling great running...:)

I have a large forehead, but still feeling great running:) Self photo...should I even post...ahhh...who cares...this is reality...:)

So, we get to this bridge...IT WAS SHAKING...just from runner's running...a very weird feeling as your just about or just past the half way mark!

Just a good picture of runners:) We're about to head up the "FIRST" hill...it was steep...I really felt like - UGH...

...but we saw Jill's husband and beautiful two children...and Steve's mom, Barb...his sister, Shari, and her daughter, Presley...I thought I was taking a picture of them, but I hit a button that switched some setting and got nothing...hold on though I got them at finish line!

The hill was seriously tough!

Soon after we saw some yard art...Nascar Fans take note...yea, it's Jeff Gordon's car:) Gotta love it...well, I do because I like him and I like Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth.

We then had some local churches supporting us! We're getting there...I'm thinking we're in between 11 and 12 miles now:)

Melissa's hitting the race just before 12 miles:)

We make the second hill and we are literally about a mile away from finish...

...the end is in sight...!

People were really sweet to support us coming in to the end…

I see the end!!! Do you see Chr and Travis? 🙂

Do you see Barb, Shari, Presley, and Steve:) ! Seriously how great a pic is that:) What support!!!

Amanda's Mom here to cheer us on!!! 🙂

I'm there!!! Yea!!!!

Melissa totally rocked...done:) Yea!!!

Amanda is hitting finish line and rockin' it!

Jill finishing now...she rocks!!! 🙂

Jill and her husband and son (her daughter with aunt)...we love your support!

My KS and I just happy to be done and enjoy rest of day!! 🙂 We rock!

Amanda's family...on the far left is her mother-in-law, who came all the way from UP and then the far right is her mom:) Happy Mother's Day to all Mom's:) Thank you, Chris and Boys, for supporting us too:)

And, we cannot forget our friends (Jill’s sisters, Nancy and Kelly (hope I spelled your name correctly), and for Kate, Travis, and Melissa’s husband and son, for supporting us.  My parents supported us with moral support from Ohio and I want to say a BIG Happy Birthday to my brother, Russell!!  I love you:)

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One Response to “2011 Kalamazoo Half and Full Marathon!”

  1. d. strouse May 9, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    You four girls do rock:) What an accomplishment!! Sarah, again I love the pics. So neat to see what you have done. Yes, I saw you in the stores window and you got that right about Mt. Rushmore:) Neat to see all the support for you: Steve, mothers, in-laws, friends, husbands and kids. Really liked the pics of everyone:) Couldn’t be there, but was praying for you all during the run:) Looked like a beautiful day weather-wise. Again, great job girls!!!

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