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.
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.
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?