race bibs

For a person who’s not run very many races, I sure have enough of a collection of race shirts that I can wear a fresh one every day without repeats for a couple of weeks.

I have long-sleeve shirts, women’s fit shirts, tech shirts, cotton shirts and men’s size small shirts. I even have enough colors to match most any Skirt Sports skirt (a huge priority, if I’m being honest).

race memorabiliaToday’s Tuesdays on the Run topic is race memorabilia and it’s made me take stock of what things I keep to commemorate and remember my races. If you’re not familiar, Tuesdays on the Run is a weekly link-up with hosts runner bloggers MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice.

Although I do value and thoroughly enjoy a good-quality, tech shirt from my races, it’s really the race bib and medal that mean the most to me. I’ve actually kept all of mine, and this not-crafty chica even created a race medal and bib display so I can enjoy them in my office. I got ideas from the usual trusty source, Pinterest, but settled on the one I thought I could most-easily execute.

My crafty skills showcased in this race medal and bib display.

My crafty skills showcased in this race medal and bib display.

After each race, I’ve written in my time, just so that I can keep track of my progress. It’s rewarding to look back and see progress, however incremental.

I’ve only gotten an item that wasn’t a race shirt or medal at two races. One was a highlighter-yellow drawstring bag that I use for my running shoes when I pack my running gym bag; the other is my all-time favorite: jewelry. I got a really nice sterling silver race charm that I wear on a simple silver chain.

I got this sterling silver charm at the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon.

I got this sterling silver charm at the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon.

Talk about race swag! I would very much like to see more items like this one at other events. I know that some race series offer belt buckles, but I can’t imagine sporting that very often much like I don’t walk around with my race medals around my neck.

Overall, I keep signing up for races for the feeling of accomplishment, not specifically what I get at packet pick-up. That said, the items serve to extend that warm feeling for many years beyond race day.

How about you: what are some of your favorite items you’ve gotten at a race? If you’ve earned a race-related belt buckle, do you wear it? Feel free to share your blog post links below if you’re participating in the link-up.

Tuesdays on the Run: Bling

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Once again, I’m joining runner bloggers MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Tuesdays on the Run, with today’s topic: Bling.

There are many reasons to run races.

Sure, there’s the allure of bragging rights. Or the feeling of accomplishment. For some of us, it’s the thrill of scratching off a goal on our training plan taunting us on the refrigerator door.

But there’s nothing like the visual reinforcement of glancing at your new, shiny medal. I haven’t been known to choose a race on the medal alone, but I have treasured the medals I have gotten.

 Because I’ve only been running for three years, my bling collection is limited. But pretty it is. And each of the medals is more than just a memento.

I even built a race bib/medal holder after doing a lot of Pinterest research. Me, then non-crafty one who lacks the chick gene.

It hangs on my office wall. I like that it can be a conversation starter. It’s certainly helped me learn that some of my colleagues run, which means they’re part of the tribe.

And the display reminds me that I am capable of some really insane, I mean, amazing things, like running for almost six hours to finish my first marathon.

And it was easy (the project, not the marathon). I bought a wooden board at Michael’s, painted it with four coats of chalkboard paint and glued the letters RUN at the top after the paint dried. I bought a small bag of clips to hold the race bibs and attached them to the board with glue.

Then I screwed hooks to the bottom of the board and attached a picture hanger on the back. Presto. Handy, low-cost bib and medal display.

Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone pays off. Kind of like running, don’t you think?

What’s your favorite race bling? Do you run for medals? Would you run a half, full or ultra if they didn’t hand out medals?

Some run for sanity or health. Some run for the cool race T-shirts. And yet others run for the hardware.

Case in point, one of my runner friends just ran a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon in a row just to get an extra medal for completing all of them in four days.

Because I’ve been injured so many times, I’ve not run very many races in the past three years. Other than my half marathon this past fall, I’ve run eight (and walked one) 5Ks or marathon relays.
Even so, it warms my heart to see my race bibs (and a handful of medals) behind my computer station at work.
Anyone who’s talked to me for more than five minutes knows that I’m a runner (cue the large Garmin watch and the Road ID bracelet). So it should come as no surprise that I display my race bibs. But is throwing them up on a bulletin board the right way to treat those hard-earned badges of honor?
After significant research (read: time on Pinterest), here are some ideas I’m considering instead.
This is probably my favorite because you can easily keep track of personal records or write your favorite quote. This blogger gives step-by-step directions. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find her “about me” information. Oops.
For a ready-made option, this company offers frames to hold your precious.
Source: New Line Cinema
Um, not that precious. 
Source: http://racerusa.com/
Lastly, here’s another display worthy of holding your bibs and medals. Especially for those of us who are not remotely crafty. That’s what Etsy is for, no?
Source: RunRilla
Spendy? Maybe a little but certainly worth it if it’s going to motivate you to get out for a run when you’d rather stay home and eat all the donuts. Plus, where else are you going to spend your money?
Oh, wait. Because remember, chicos and chicas, runners lie.
How do you display your medals and/or bibs? Are you crafty? What’s your favorite medal?