Tuesdays on the Run: Bling

by lachicaruns on

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?

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.



Thanks! Not bad for someone who isn’t crafty, no? If I can do it, so can you! It was super easy. I looked for a bunch of ideas on Pinterest and made up my own.


Great job on your races. I recently ran a 50k and I asked my friend if they handed out medals bc in the description it said finishing award. I didn’t want a certificate. I wanted a medal! Well it ended up being a medal, but made out of wood. I’ll take it.


I love that you made your own medal rack! It looks great! I should do this as I need another one. When I ran my first half back in 2007 there was no medal or even tee shirt for that matter. Now medals have become works of art. Thanks for linking up!


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