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.
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"