In It For The Bling

I joke that I got into running because of the bling.

But maybe that’s not so much of a joke.

Honestly, I got started because I never thought I could do it.  It was something that scared me and for whatever reason, I needed to prove to myself that I could do it.

So I did.

But let me tell you, the bling is nice.  Some people aren’t into medals.  I love each and every medal.  It’s a memento from a race and each one carries a story.  Maybe that story is filled with pain, maybe it’s filled with glee, but there is a story behind each one.

As of the end of 2012, this is my medal collection.


It’s not the greatest picture, but I have them located in a place that is hard to photograph.  The medal hanger on the left is all runDisney medals.  The medal hanger on the right is the rest of my medals.  What is sad and impressive is that the top row of medals on both hangers are only medals that were earned in 2012.  The bottom row of medals are from 2010 and 2011.

Because there are so many runDisney fans, here’s a better look at my runDisney medals.  Yes, I put the pins from the race onto the lanyard.


So which one is my favorite?  That’s hard to say.  The 5th anniversary Disneyland medal will always hold a special place in my heart because it was my first half marathon.  2010 was a year of many physical and emotional struggles for me, and it was the year that I thought I would have to give up running.  So that medal represents a huge accomplishment for me.  But other than that, I can’t say.  Each one is meaningful.

Do you keep your race medals in a special place?  Do you have a favorite?

One thought on “In It For The Bling

  1. I can’t recall ever receiving a medal for participation in a race… but I’ve only run one half-marathon. Twice in my life I have managed to hit third in age group, but neither time were they giving out medals. Maybe it is a long distance thing, because I think my daughter has received a medal for each of the half-marathons she has been in.

    However, I have a vast collection of race t-shirts (and a few sweatshirts). I ran my first 5K thirty years ago. so that adds up to a lot of shirts. Fortunately, for several years now I have worked from home so old race shirts are part of my daily wardrobe instead of suits. I like the current trend of races giving “technical” shirts because they are much more comfortable to wear to the YMCA for a Nautilus/stair-stepper/treadmill workout.

    Hey, Merry Christmas!

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