On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

2010: The Year of the Medal?

2010 medals to date: 2 (ALA Fight for Air Climb and the ESBRU)

It all started back in October when I finished the Chicago Marathon.  I was motivated in the last 10 or so miles solely by the desire to feel the weight of the medal around my back.  And I wasn't disappointed.

But then... it seemed like every race I registered for after that gave me a medal.  The Damon Runyon Yankee Stadium 5k.  The Prospect Park Turkey Trot.  The 5k in Somerville.

And that got me thinking: how many can I get in 2010, without going overboard?  I'm not planning my race calendar solely around the idea of obtaining medals, but I am trying to find medal-friendly (non NYRR) races. 

Also?  I'm totally doing this.  Check out the medals that I can earn that way!  In fact, I'm a quarter of the way to a bronze.  [Harsh language alert!  Ahead!]  Suck it, WBHS gym teachers.  [/Harsh language]  But one of them - he knows who he is - almost kept me from graduating high school by threatening to fail me in gym class.  True story.  If they could see me now...

I know that Fred Lebow said that runners will do anything for a t-shirt, but I have enough t-shirts.  Medals, those I can never have enough of.


  1. Remember the Somerville 5K medal doubles as a bottle opener! Anyway, my sister (the one who you say is me with black hair) used to win those President's Challenge medals when we were in elementary school. I wasn't athletic enough apparently. I got over it (kind of). So, how many medals are you aiming for this year?

  2. I didn't even know they gave out medals back in grade school. We had to do all the tests, but I was never even maybe close to the level of earning anything besides a certificate that said that I'd done all the tests.

    Anyway, I'm not exactly sure how many medals - partly it's a surprise. I think, if I finish everything I plan on starting, there are at least 6 more in my future. It's always a little bit of a surprise whether a race will have them or not, you know?

    Btw, I registered for Broad St. the other day. Are you in? :)

  3. I came across your blog looking for info about the ESBRU. I am finding trouble signing up online, do you know which website you went to to sign up? Thanks!

  4. Hi, Tiffany, apologies for the delay in getting back to you. If you go to nyrr.org in late December/early January, they'll have the information up there. I have to warn you: it's hard to get in, and getting harder each year. You can join through a charity program, but to enter the "normal" way requires an application (in the past it's not been a lottery). Good luck - awesome race!