So What is "The Shirt?"

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

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As an incoming first-year student, I was gifted "The Shirt" by the Notre Dame Club of Lansing, the Notre Dame Club closest to my hometown. They had a long-standing tradition of gifting the freshmen in the area that year's Shirt at their annual send off a few weeks before move-in day. When I received The Shirt, I didn't understand what it was or how big a part of the Notre Dame tradition it was, but when I moved in, I soon understood.…

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13.1 Miles of Growth - Final Thoughts

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

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Hi! I did it! I completed the Holy Half! I have to say that it is probably my greatest accomplishment since getting into this University that I now call home. If you're new, head over to my first post to learn more about the Holy Half by clicking here!

Training was such a unique journey - unlike any that I've ever embarked upon and I've come to appreciate running more than I ever thought possible. I think that I've gained alot from the pressure that I put upon myself to complete a task that at once seemed impossible and I feel like I've grown as a person. I figured there is no better way to reflect upon a journey than to give advice to someone who also wants to embark upon that same journey so, here's 13.1 tips for completing the Holy Half!

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13.1 Miles of Growth - Week 6, 7, and 8

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

Hey! Welcome to the week eight recap of my half marathon training! I've been super busy with spring break travels so I missed recaps of week 6 and 7 but figured I would catch y'all up! We're less than one week away from the Holy Half! If you're new, head over to my first post

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13.1 Miles of Growth - Week 5

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

Hello! Welcome to week five of my half marathon training! If you're new, head over to my first post to learn more about the Holy Half by clicking here!

As I mentioned in last week's post, midterms are upon us and that makes running even less enjoyable than it normally is. However, as I am aware that the run is less than a month away, I am very determined to keep running no matter how busy I get. Read how my week went below!…

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13.1 Miles of Growth - Week 4

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

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Midterms are starting to kick in, so welcome to a belated week four recap of my training series! If you're new, head over to my first post to learn more about the Holy Half by clicking here!

Like I mentioned, with midterms starting up, life has been crazy busy! Not to mention the fact that I've also had numerous group projects due, which is a topic for another post. The stress of this past week has made running just another tick on my to-do list and therefore, it has lost some of the small amount of enjoyment I was starting to have for the activity. …

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13.1 Miles of Growth - Week 3

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

Hi! Welcome to week three of my training series! If you're new, head over to my first post to learn more about the Holy Half by clicking here

With Junior Parent's Weekend (JPW) coming up this weekend, I knew that I had to get my running for the week done before the weekend so I could just enjoy the time that my family was here at Notre Dame. This meant many days of running in a row! With each run that I complete, I feel more empowered. Also, February 17 marked one month since I started training, which was a great milestone for me!…

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13.1 Miles of Growth - Week 2

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

Welcome to week two of my series of training blog posts! If this is the first post of mine you're reading, head over to last week's post for all the background information on the Holy Half Marathon that I am now training for.

If you're actually interested in what my training consisted of this week, I've broken it down as well as given you a summary of my thoughts about each run below! …

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13.1 Miles of Growth - Week 1

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

College is a time that many people decide to try new things because for many, it is the first time that they are given a chance to truly be independent. With no one to tell them where to go or what to do, they are finally free to be exactly who they want to be. This can go both ways, bad and good. However, for me college meant picking up a new 'hobby' - running.…

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I Am Part of the 9%

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

Every Notre Dame Class is outstanding in its own way. My class, the class of 2018, was no exception. With 1 in 5 students being the child of an alumni or having a sibling that attended Notre Dame and 2 in 5 being part of the top 1 percent of their high school class, I will be the first to admit that I was intimidated. In addition, three in 10 are international or minority students with rich culture and life experiences that I, a girl from a village in rural Michigan, can’t begin to understand. I didn’t know how I could possibly be part of such a class, a class with some of the best and the brightest that our country, even the world, had to offer. With students coming to study here from all over the place, with exciting lives and extensive travel experience I felt that I could never fit in.…

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Going With Your Gut

Author: Kacey Hengesbach

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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It means pumpkin spice flavored everything, getting to wear sweaters and boots, and being able to go to football games again. In college, I’ve found that fall is more enjoyable than it ever was in high school just because I look forward to coming back to my second home and seeing my friends from all across the country that were doing cool things over the summer. However, if you’re a high school senior, fall is the beginning of one of the most stressful parts of your life: deciding on post-high school plans.…

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