This is my second of MANY post on race medals. My first “Medal Lovin'” post highlighted my first, my favorite and my most unique. Todays post will cover my most hard fought for medals.
I know medals are not the only season to do a race… but it is a pretty important of chosing to do one for me. As you might know I’m running a half in all 50 states so I’m trying to get a nice collection of neat medals. One day I will have an awesome display
My hardest fought for medals:
Rock n Roll Las Vegas December 4, 2011
My current half marathon PR of 1:52:23 came from this race. Man it was tough. I was in great shape and had really trained to kill it and kill it I did for the first 8.5 miles. The course runs the Las Vegas strip at night. Its nice and flat… a great course to set a PR. Not sure if it was the time of day, since I’m not use to racing at 6PM but I just couldn’t ever catch my breath. Perhaps it was cause I had an average pace of 8:10 by mile 8. Yea I was running fast. It was also the closest I’ve ever gotten to throwing up during a race. Needless to say I ended up having to pull back. Still setting a PR but a painful one. There was no cruising to glory! One day I hope to stomp all over this PR until then it was a hard fought for medal!
ING Georgia Half Marathon March 21, 2010
This race wins the award for the wettest and hilliest run. I was also very out of shape, VERY. I was dying and soaking wet. I had not spent as much time training on the hills as I should have so that was my fault. I think on a clear day it would have been a really nice course through the beautiful parts of Atlanta. Unfortunately all I remember were the hills!
Disney World Coast to Coast Challenge January 10, 2010 and September 5, 2010
The Disney Coast to Coast medal is awarded to those to run at least a half marathon at both Disney World and Disneyland in the same calendar year. This challenge started out at the WDW Marathon, also my first ever marathon, and it was 22 degrees! We were definitely not dressed to run in that kind of weather. Snow and freezing temperatures? It’s Florida. In any event besides the cooler than normal temperatures we finished the race. I had the best time.. but it was tough for sure. After we finished the race my friend Amanda and I were hooked on Disney races so of course we signed up to fly out to California to run the Disneyland Half. Out in Cali, I set a PR that stood for over a year. I was flying throughout the run… and it felt good. It is such an awesome feeling to have had a great race AND set a new PR. So not only did I have to run 39.3 miles for this medal I ran in freezing cold temperatures and I set a PR.
I love my medals! What is your favorite medal?