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Jackie Places Top 10 at Gazelle Girl Half Marathon

I think my body may still be recovering from this long weekend of running!

Sunday was the second annual Gazelle Girl Half Marathon & 5K in Grand Rapids. It is an all-female event sponsored by Nike to bring awareness and support of Title IX, a 1972 federal law protecting people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities, including athletics.

I am a huge fan of women's athletics and fitness, having been a college athlete during my time at Ferris State University.

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Grand Rapids Gus is quite the bad ass groundhog
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Grand Rapids Get Ready For The Groundhog’s Day Marathon

Every year in February we wait for that little ground hog to come up and either see his shadow or not, and make us know whether spring is in the horizon or if we'll be suffering through more winter!

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Jackie Races the Dopey Challenge: Part 3

Wow. It took me awhile to get to this one: Part 3 of my Dopey Challenge saga.

Why you ask?

Well, I really crashed and burned in Part 3, where I ran the half marathon at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

If you aren't familiar with half marathons, that is 13.1 miles. Not to sound like I just got off the bus from bragging camp, because 13 miles isn't a very difficult distance for me.

I have run for so many years that 13 miles is a staple in my weekly training. In college, 13 miles was also known as Sunday.

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Australian Couple Runs a Marathon Every Day of 2013

As many of you might know, I am a crazy runner. 

When I talk about my running endeavors, many people act like I am crazy. But the truth is it's just like those of you who maybe played soccer from when you were 4 years old, or started football back in the rocket football days and still play occasionally today.

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Jackie Runs The Grand Rapids Half Marathon

Sunday was the 10th annual Grand Rapids Marathon and Half Marathon. Along with thousands of other people from around Michigan and other surrounding states I laced up my running shoes and joined the madness! It was unusually cold for how it has been as of late and I wasn't exactly prepared. I am actually rarely prepared though so no surprise there! In order to understand how this race went down, I have to tell you a story.

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Photos From Jackie’s Finish At The Air Force Marathon

Last Saturday I raced in the Air Force Marathon, fantastic experience with some of my running friends!  I opened my email today to find some photos that were taken during the race.  When I look back to running I remember feeling really crappy but in these photos I just look like a goof ball!  Mile 9 I was flashing the ROCK ON sign... Mile 19 I decided to be a Wayland Warrior!  Then of course there's the finish... those are just ugh!

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Jackie Completes The Air Force Marathon

What can I say about the Air Force Marathon?  It is AWESOME! I don't know if I would be saying this if the stars hadn't aligned for me and I hadn't ran what was basically the best marathon I ever ran!

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Michigan Marine Runs 5K With Young Boy Who Was Separated From His Group

A 19-year-old Marine, home on leave, randomly decided to run a 5K race last Saturday, and now he's an internet sensation. Lance Corporal Myles Kerr was home in Charlevoix visiting family, and had just arrived home the day before. But, he decided that the next morning he was going to suit up in his boots, fatigues, and backpack, and run the 5K race. That's pretty impressive in and of itself, but it's what happened during the race that his getting him all of the attention.

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I clearly didn't know what layed ahead, or I wouldn't have been grinning like a fool!
I clearly didn't know what layed ahead, or I wouldn't have been grinning like a fool!
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Jackie’s Race Progression

I normally see a photo of me running and think, BAH! AWFUL, every time. This past Saturday though I raced in, Duo On The Ledge, a half marathon in Grand Ledge. I was sent a series of pictures from the race progressing from mile 2 on up to 13. I had to share these mainly because the ones at miles 2,3, and 4, I am down right gleeful... then we get to mile 13 and I look like a dead animal!

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Jackie Runs Chicago Women’s Half Marathon

This past weekend was very eventful!  I traveled to Chicago with 2 of my former team mates and together we raced in the Chicago Women's Half Marathon.  Let me tell you something, it was miserable!  90 degree weather... 13.1 miles... HELL!

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Jackie Brings “Rock” To Running

I am a cross country and track coach.  I talk about running so much that by this point you must know that I am a runner.  Well I was designing my teams shirts for the year while I was at work.  ACDC was blasting and I found myself singing along to, "For those about to rock

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Cosplay Or Running Wear With Jackie

I am a crazy cosplayer, AND a crazy runner! So I have this new top... which am I using it for cosplay or my next big race? Either one would be pretty sweet... I may just let you decide! Vote below if I should make this into a cosplay costume/photo shoot, or if I should wear this in the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon coming up this April!

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