As is the case with most of us runners, the more we continue to run the more we accumulate medals. I'm not going to lie, I love getting medals. LOVE IT. What a great and tangible way to appreciate the fruits of your hard work. It isn't the only reason I run, not by a long shot, but it certainly is a nice motivator. I remember wearing the medal from my first 1/2 for 2 or 3 days straight, I was just so proud of myself for doing what I once thought was impossible. Now, if you've been following along for the duration of this blog you will have noticed a theme related to my confidence and motivation. As in, I have none. While looking for something else on the abyss that is the top of my dresser I cam across several of my medals. It just didn't seem right that they end up jumbled in a pile with receipts, mismatched earrings, and the like. It also made me pause for a minute and remember where each one came from and what it felt like to receive it. I stopped what I was doing and spent the next hour finding every medal I'd earned since I moved to VA and started running. For the moment they are hanging on a doorknob in plain sight (and the sight of them is helping) but I think they deserve something more permanent. This is where you, my dear friends, come in to the mix.
I really like the idea of getting something like this, especially from a place like Etsy where it will be one of a kind. (I also like her race bib display too!) I'm not really sure I want a shadow box, they just don't seem as accessible or fun (too formal?) and I don't want to accumulate multiples across my bedroom wall. However, I have a few medals that don't have ribbons attached to them nor is there a way to attach one. So the hanging hook option doesn't quite work for those. Ideally I'd like to have one display that can showcase both types. I did some basic Google searching and haven't come up with anything yet. I did email the owner of the above-mentioned Etsy shop to see if she had any ideas. What do you think of the linked item? Should I reconsider the shadow box idea? How do you currently store your medals? Do you have mad crafting skills or know someone that does and want to help a girl out? Can't wait to hear all your great ideas!
P.S. I read a really inspiring race recap today, and you should read it too! I don't know what it was about her post but it really seemed to shake some of this bad juju off me. I hope this is just the beginning! Hitting the gym after work tonight, say a prayer to the treadmill gods for me :)