Recently, someone tweeted the question, "How many race medals do you have?"
I thought about it, mentally calculated my races and replied, "25+"
And it got me to thinking, I wonder how many medals YOU have? And which ones mean the most to you?
Runners come in all sizes, shapes and ages. And we all run for different reasons. So here are a few medal stories, some frunners, some fellow bloggers but each and every one, a runner.
Sare Bear, my running bestie, was the first to send photos of her hard earned medals.
I was with her the day she earned her favorite. Watching her cross that finish line in January was incredible! She selected her medal from the 2011 Houston Marathon. "This one means the most to me because even though it was one of the worst races I've ever run, I proved to myself that I could be a mom and a full marathoner." (yes, SB has two of the cutest kiddos on the planet!) Training for a marathon is no joke - it's like having a part time job that doesn't pay very well! I'm always in awe of how moms of little ones manage to devote time to training and STILL be a rockstar mother! My hat is off to motha runnas.
Rachel was next to reply to my call for medal pics! This is one spunky lady and I fully expect to see that neck full of medal grow in the next year - she's on fire these days!
She says, "
Mama C has a neck full of medals and her son can verify, they are all very heavy!
She says her favorites are: Dallas White Rock Marathon 2004 - her first full marathon, Marine Corps 2005, her 2nd full and special because of her family history in the Marine Corps, and finally NYCM 2010. "Because I waited 4 years for it and trained for it like I had no other. It was a dream come true to run New York."
Lauren has earned no less than 22 medals!
"Out of the 22 medals, my favorite 2 are my second Hyannis marathon medal (2010) and my first Cape Relay medal (2010).
I ran Hyannis as a full twice. The second year I raced "smarter," although I am still just a slow long distance runner. I can run close to a 2 hour half, but get slower and slower in the second 13.1. Even so, I was proud of finishing, especially since it snowed for a majority of the race.
I was really proud of the Cape Relay medal because it was my first experience in a relay and as a captain. We came in 45th out of 200 teams, and I was proud that we followed the rules (other teams didn't stay in the same order from leg to leg, etc) and that we finished strong. Although we finished 7th out of 217 teams this past year, I am still more psyched about that first year's experience!"
Who doesn't love a Canadian? One of my favorites is Leigh! Here she is with her medals.
My friend Robert recently ran his very first marathon!
Sweet Lucy has quite the collection of medals herself. She recently ran her 2nd marathon securing a shiny new PR! I asked her to pick the most meaningful and she replied, "
Derek takes hardcore to the next level. In the last 28 days he has completed 2 marathons, a 50K and a 50 mile race. Just reading his Daily Mile report each week makes me tired!
He picked two meaningful medals/awards. First is the "My friend A* who because of her job, wishes to remain anonymous. Her story had me in tears.