December 30, 2014

2014 Year in Review, the Medals!

This year was another busy race year. After Dopey Challenge and then my spring half, I took a long break from running to enjoy myself and then regroup for fall marathon training. As I look back on this year, it almost feels like two discrete racing seasons and in part, it was. I focused on goal times in the winter and early spring and then again in the fall. Instead of a traditional year in review, I decided to focus on something that has always been a big motivator for me…the bling!

I figured it would be fun to share some stats for my medal haul of 2014
* 16 Medals earned in total: WDW 5k, WDW 10k, WDW Half Marathon, WDW Marathon, Goofy Challenge, Dopey Challenge, Shamrock Half Marathon, Red White and Blue 5k AG award, ZOOMA Napa Half Marathon, RnR Dublin Half Marathon, RnR Va Beach Half Marathon, ToT 10 Miler, Richmond Marathon, Trot for Tots 5k AG Award, Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler
* 2 Marathons: Walt Disney World Marathon, Richmond Marathon
* 5 Half Marathons: Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Shamrock Anthem Half Marathon, ZOOMA Napa Half Marathon, Rock ‘n Roll Dublin Half Marathon, Rock ‘n Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
* 3 Challenge medals: Goofy Challenge, Dopey Challenge, World Rocker
* 2 Age Group awards: 3rd place in the Red White and Blue 5k, 2nd place in the Trot for Tots 5k

Now let’s talk about the bling, shall we?  After helping with an office holiday party and some fun superlative-esque awards, I have had the “best of” categories on my brain. I figured it would be fun to apply something similar to my race medals.

Best Accessory: Zooma Napa
I love the little wine glass charm from this medal. I have heard lots of people remove them for adding to a charm bracelet but I like my bling blingy so it will be staying on my medal!

Most Interactive: Tower of Terror 10 Miler
I LOVE that the elevator car on the medal moves – definitely a cool medal! And it goes without saying that we are grateful we got to experience this runDisney event before it concluded its final running this fall.

The one I still don’t love: Richmond Marathon
This race still makes me a bit sad that it went so off course. But as your stereotypical girl who loves fall, I really do adore the theming on this medal and it is really gorgeous in person. I like to think a small bit of my soul is housed in this medal, where I proved that no matter how bad it hurts or how much it sucks, I can get myself across a finish line.

Stinkiest Ribbon: Rock ‘n Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
A warm summer day meant this was without a doubt the sweatiest race of the year…so I can only assume this ribbon has some sort of sweaty, stinky residue from that day. I’m only kidding here guys!

Best Holiday Theme: Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler
I love that this medal can also be used as a Christmas ornament on the tree.  For now, it will happily reside on my medal rack for me to enjoy all year long.


The Divas: Dopey Challenge Bling
They didn’t belong on my regular medal rack so they got their own space as a permanent shrine to conquering 48.6 miles.


If you could give an award to one of your medals, what would it be?
{Christine}

36 comments:

  1. You have some great bling from 2014. I love your display wall. The medal from Va Beach was so much better this yr than from the past. -L

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    1. Yes, that lifebuoy medal from VA Beach is one of our favorites!

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    1. Of course you do Cape Cod girl....come run it in 2015!

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  3. What a fantastic medal haul, Christine! I love all of your superlatives, especially the "stinkiest ribbon" one.

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    1. That medal is a great one though Kathryn!

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  4. Wow, so many lovely medals and good memories! Love them all.

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  5. Nice medal haul! The ZOOMA one is really cute!

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  6. OK, Crazy Girl, I'm going to say something to you about Richmond - you proved, in that race more than any other, the kind of runner and person of character that you truly are. Easy races are just that. This one WAS NOT. You fought hard and made it through. I've read a lot about your races since I started following you about a year ago, and of all of them, Richmond was the one that inspired me the most. To keep moving forward and be the best runner I can be on THAT DAY. You did that. OK, lecture over.:)

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    1. This means alot Jennifer. I know in my heart I should appreciate the race and hopefully that will come soon!

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  7. I love that you put the Dopey Challenge medals on their own rack -- they look fantastic!

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    1. I'm not going to lie, Mom is a little jealous of that special display rack!

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  8. You have certainly had a wonderful racing 2014!!! Always a joy to read your blog :-)

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  9. Awesome bling! Most interactive would have to go to my MCM medal!!

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  10. You had a great year! I'm not really a fan of the trend of bottle opener medals, but the designer really creatively hid it in the VA Beach one. That's really cute!

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    1. Mom has gotten bottle opener medals at the Quintiles half and full marathon in Wilmington, NC, but neither of us have used them for that purpose!

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  11. Wow... I like them all but the Dopey shrine is... something else. Some seriously earned bling in that collection. Hope you both have a Happy New Year.

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    1. Thanks Frank. Mom is trying to organize her shrine at the new house, but her medal hanger has gone missing in the move!

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  12. Lots of bling! In the back of my mind, I keep considering Dopey.... But then I remember how miserable of was when I did Goofy and I put it off. Lol! Congrats on a successful year!

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    1. Skip Dopey Jamie if you hated Goofy. The 4 early mornings are a killer!

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  13. I'm soooo jealous of your Zooma Napa. I'd like to do that half and the medal is fantastic. A great year of running! My Nashville Women's half had a charm. But not as nice as that one!

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    1. That Napa medal is a beauty and Pam would like that one day too!

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  14. My Diva award would go to my first marathon medal - the 20th anniversary Disney marathon from 2013. Still my favorite but that might change next weekend :)

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    1. I am definitely jealous of that medal and look at mom's every time I visit!

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  15. Thos are some great medals! and you had quite a race calendar this year! I'd love to add that Napa Valley medal to my collection one day (post baby of course) :)

    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Napa was a really fun trip and the race was great too.....you would love it Karen.

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  16. The creepy one -
    Crazy Kiawah Kitty

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    1. I thought that medal was really weird Abby. My friend ran her first marathon there and I was sad she did not get a better medal.

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  17. I'd give my award to my Princess half marathon medal, because it was my first half marathon and I know the hours and hours of blood, sweat, tears, miles and a knee injury that I had to push through to earn it. It's the one that means the most to me and the one that I think of when I'm running a race and want to quit or it's not going great for me. I think of how far I've come since that race (4 more half marathons since then) and where I want to go from there.

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    1. That's a great story Michelle. Every runner has a story behind each of their races, and honestly the hard fought battles are the ones that keep us coming back to race again.

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