When you’re sick like I’ve been over the past 9 days, you have a lot of time on your hands at home. Sure I spent 80% of my time in bed or on the couch but I got bored. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time just staying at home when I’m healthy much less when I’m sick. I’m just not a homebody person! I start to feel like La Lohan on house arrest
I always like to be out doing something: out with my friends, out to a movie, out shopping, hiking, oh and yea running 😉
By the way, the movie The Master last night was pretty kooky but I like strange movies like that (Meloncholia and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to name a few more I love). Joaquin Phoenix was super, super good–but when is he not, right?
Anyways back to being sick and bored. On Sunday morning I started to get some crazy cabin fever and needed a little project. Not sure about you runners out there but I have kept ever bib from every race I’ve ever run over the past 6 years. A lot of them in the beginning were 5ks but I have only run one 5k in the past 3 years so as I ran more races and amassed more bibs they became bigger and more fun 🙂 After each race I write down the race, date, location, and my time on the back and what I have been doing is just keeping them in a few big envelopes along with some of the marathon guides and newspaper results I also kept.
But this is no fun since I never really get to see them and it is obviously a very crude storage/organization method. So I got all the bibs out and made sure they were in order (yes I am that anal). I laid out all of the bibs just from the last year and a half since I started the blog (2011 through now). Actually now that I look at this picture, the Shamrock Marathon and WV Strawberry Mile bibs are out of order and that bothers me to no end 😉
Some of my favorite bibs are from races I ran before I actually started the blog (you can barely see it in the bottom right corner below, but if you live in Boston run the Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5 miler in Southie or the Marathon Sports Cambridge City 5 Miler <—5 milers are such a great distance that I just don’t do anymore but there are a good amount of them in the Bean 🙂 ). Obviously I have a sweet spot for my ’08 Chicago Marathon bib– the first marathon I ever ran–as well as the Boston Marathon bib and Iron Girl bib, the first triathlon I ever did in 2008.
And looky here! The bib from the first race I ever ran, a 5k outside of Boston in 2006. It looks so sad, small, and plain, but it holds great significance to me
SO, my plan is instead of stuffing all of these into envelopes, I will put them all in a big photo album so they are protected and so I can flip through anytime to see them. Does anyone else have any other ideas of ways to store bibs or things to do with them??? (I don’t want to turn them into a handbag though…)
I actually don’t even display my medals right now, although I was thinking about hanging them. Here are some of my favorite medals. I included the 10miler from hell I ran last Saturday because I earned that medal dammit, haha. I love the Shamrock Marathon medal because it is also a beer opener (sweeeet!) and well, duh, I like all of my marathon medals. I also like some of the cheesy ones that I’ve won for placing in shorter races when I was a fast 25-year old 😉 Oh, and my 3rd place AG medal from the Colonial Half Marathon this past February is a big achievement for me since I’ll probably never win anything like it ever again. It’s too bad I’ve run so many half marathons and longer distance races that haven’t handed out medals because it’s fun to collect them as well.
And for the big races I usually get one or two pictures just to have them. I’m sure I’ll get one from the Marine Corps Marathon this month. Don’t know if you can see, but the picture in the upper right is actually me pacing my sister in the final miles of the 2007 Chicago Marathon. She got into distance running well before I did (she tells her story in her “Back in the Saddle” posts here, here, here, and here) and that wasn’t her first marathon, but it was the first time I was involved. I saw how awesome it would be to run one and I was hooked. The following year I ran my very first marathon. Oh, and you can also get a peek of the bf when he was a young 23-year old (I’m almost 2 years older than him) and helped me run the final miles of my first marathon (he’s not propping me up in that picture or anything, LOL, we are just posing)
So it was a fun trip down memory lane and it got me itching to be healthy again so I could run and finish out my MCM training. I have one more long run–22 miles–and I was planning on doing it Sunday, but now looking at the weather it looks like Monday is the day to get it done. I mean just look at those amazing fall temps early next week! I can sleep in and get my long run in. I could ask for anything better 🙂
What do you guys do with all of your race bibs? Medals? I need some cool ideas!