Thursday, July 15, 2010

I'll show you mine if you show me yours...



Between hubs and I, we have an abundance of medals in our house! Around here, we collect bling at most races, even 5K's and 10K's. As you can see, we've accumulated quite the pile since our first race in September 2007.


Yes, unfortunately they are hidden away in a shoebox.

Here are mine alone (all 26 if them!):




Some faves:



Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront - My first marathon (Sep. '08)




A Mid Summer Night's Run - Certainly not my best race, but the bling was nice! (Aug. '09)




Rock 'n' Roll Seattle - this one is HEAVY! (Jun. '10)




And of course the
Goofy Challenge (Jan. '10)


What do you do with your medals?

I would love to display them somehow... I just don't know where to start!


Challenge:

Let's see your medals! Whether they're prominently displayed or hidden away in a shoebox like ours, I want to see them! I challenge you to snap a pic and post on your blog. Feel free to spotlight some of your faves.

58 comments:

Christine said...

I LOVE the Disney collection!! They look so cute. Good job on getting so many medals in such a short time. Congrats!!

Bethany + Ryan said...

i love your first marathon medal! this is a fun idea! I have my medals at my parents house in my bedroom there but i will definitely take part in this! i have about 60 of them, 15 of which are from Disney LOL

N.D. said...

so many! i have no idea - my marathon ones (only 5) are in shadow boxes w/ bib #, the rest are hanging in our office room.

misszippy said...

I'm kind of like you...most of my stuff is away in a storage bin. But I do hang all my medals around the neck of a wooden bear I picked up in the Adirondacks the year I did Ironman Lake Placid.

J said...

You have a TON of medals!! I will have to dig mine out, but I think I really only have one legit medal from the one half I ran.

Denise said...

i found a really tasteful coat/hat rack with a shelf above it on line and i use that for my medals. a lot of the medal holders are cheesy, if you ask me but i love the one i got. there was no way i wasn't showing off these things!

yumke said...

First of all, you got published in the Globe. It'll be on our running page soon (here) but in the meantime, here's the first few graphs.

Fine-tune your racing machine
Thursday, July 15, 2010
DAVE McGINN

Marlene Sykes needed to get ready for race day. In aiming to run the Mississauga Marathon in less than four hours, she knew she'd have to get a few other races under her belt. She needed a tune-up.

"It's something I've only kind of learned in the last year, but it's made a big difference in my success running marathons," says the 27-year-old executive assistant from Newmarket, Ont.

Second, I wrote this post about medals a few years ago. I have way too many (I saw more than 40) and tuck them away in a box. I usually put up my last two marathons on the fridge door to remind me about goal setting :)

Mark said...

Nice bling!! I love the Disney stuff.....worth the trip!! Okay, so I need to post a pic....prob...Hillbilly bling! Usually a cheap ribbon or piece of paper! Embarrassing!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

It is a crime to have those medals hidden away in a shoebox girl! I will snap a phone of mine and send it to you. :))))

How I love the bling!

Sara Elizabeth said...

I have acquired two more since this post - but here are most of them!

http://justdontquitever.blogspot.com/2010/02/lets-talk-about-b-l-i-n-g.html

Teamarcia said...

Love the bling!
I have a couple...ok one, just my last 1/2 displayed. The rest are in a box. I've been meaning to erect a shrine of some kind in our workout room, just haven't done it.

HEATHER @ runfastermommy! said...

those medals are far too pretty to be hidden away in a shoe box! Shame on you! ;) You can see mine in the sidebar of my blog, I have a picture of my shelf permanently on there. I'm a bling lover :)

Lorian said...

As I was reading your post and looking at your pics, I was trying to think where my medals are. I don't think I have kept them all in one place. I know where the Seattle one is...but the rest, maybe I will put that on my "To Do" list for today!

Jocelyn said...

Damn girl! Those are a lot of metals! You totally rock! I only have 3 metals right now but I have the on display! never hide them

Angie Bishop said...

I don't have much but they are in the back of "my" drawer in my desk. The drawer that no one is to get into but me :)

Indi said...

That is quite the metal collection! LOVE, love the Disney ones!! So want some of that. I've got race bibs, and a few...but might take a pic just for you! :)

Lisa said...

i don't have very many and they are in a drawer. I think you should hang yours up somehow, but make room because you have a lot more coming your way!

Lily on the Road said...

there are medal displays that you can get from the states with the actual distance on the top of the "coat rack" style of hanger. I'll try to find a link for that for you.

I do use a rack similar to a coat rack or you could even use a long "coffee cup" style rack. I always pin my bib to the medal too!

Claudia said...

26!! WOW that's amazing!!
I can only hope that 3years from now I will have collected that many.
Love the Disney Medals, hope to have one of my own soon.

Allie said...

Wow, I only have 4 and my RNR Dallas half is my favorite. I have a picture of mine somewhere on my blog. I framed my race bibs and have my medals hanging on hooks below.

Jill said...

I LOVE your medals, so very cool. The Disney one is a race I never ever wanted to do but after reading your blog last year about the challenge, it's been on my radar since.

I hang my medals for that year on my closet door. Everytime I go into my closet, I am reminded of the hard work I put in to earn them (and how cool you get them for 5 and 10K's!! We do not, not very often anyway). At the end of the year, I take a picture of them and write up a little end of the year race summary and retire them to a box so I can start the new year, with a clean, fresh door knob. Here's my blog from last year's races/medals in case you're bored and want to spend 10 hours reading it: http://runwithjill.blogspot.com/2009/12/2009-review-in-medals.html

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Runners Fuel said...

I have only raced in 5k's, and they don't give out medals here for those. I have a ton of bibs, which I record my time on and place in a folder with the rest of them. Good job on the medals!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Look at all that BLING!! Atleast in Seattle we make them heavy.. HEHEHE.. I have 4 medals, I will have to get creative on this one.

Lacey Nicole said...

hahaha i use sneaker boxes for storage, too!!! :) i also use them to mail gifts to people and just hope they don't get offended... hah.

WOWWWZERS medals! :) talk about some bling :) perhaps you should wear them all as your halloween costume next year. :)

Jamie said...

That's some serious bling! I have mine hanging on silver tie rack in my office
I love adding to the collection.

RunKathyRun said...

nice bling! I have a few ways of displaying my medals. I bought this at the Eugene Marathon this year and it is awesome:

http://www.runmommarun.com/home/rmr/page_11_1/marathon_medal_rack.html

My husband has also framed some of my medals in 16 X 20 frames along with the race bib, photo or other race memento - pretty darn cool.

RunKathyRun said...

Let's try this link again:

http://www.runmommarun.com/home/rmr/page_11_1/marathon_medal_rack.html

Tricia said...

LOVED this

and I'll show you mine in Nov.

Heather said...

Great idea! I need to do this . . . AND think of a good way to display my medals.

dietitianontherun.com said...

Mine used to be hanging side by side on a bedroom wall, but have also been in a shoebox for ~2 yrs now! Boring. 26 blings is quite impressive! That would require quite the display case ;)

ajh said...

LOVE This post!! I love my medals and will do this

I did not know you did the Goofy Challenge. I was just starting to blog then. I will have to look back. I am very impressed!!!

My medals are in a box ( a decorated box - woo hoo) If it is during the school year I take them to school to show my students when I get them as they are Properly Impressed!

Robin said...

Nice bling! Mine are all hanging on a big hook in my bedroom!

Middle Name Marie said...

I know it sounds crazy, but I got rid of a few medals!!! I regret it!!! I have a few hanging on a lamp in the office.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Awesome collection of medals, that's a lotta well-deserved bling! ;)

Lindsay said...

Okay AMAZING!!! Congrats on all those metals super cool.

Rad Runner said...

Dear Awesome Pants, Those colors, all the shinny its all just so fabulous! Great pic representing! I LOVE IT!
Mine are hanging on the side of the fridge, but the collection is growning I think they need to find a better hanging home/place ! :)

Jess said...

Cool idea, Marlene! Everyone likes to show off their bling!

Mine are all hanging from a hook in my office. I keep talking about doing SOMEthing with them, but never have.

runnernic.com said...

I LOVE all your medals!!! I have so many from high school.... but not that many from marathons and 1/2s yet! hopefully i will get more though!!! :) great idea! i love the goofy challenge!

H Love said...

I am thinking of doing the Disney Princess Half...have you done that? Or have any thoughts or feedback on your experience? It is Feb.should I rush to sign up??

lindsay said...

oh lord... i gotta dig these things out? :) might take me awhile. love the collection!

Meg said...

So many medals! So colorful and sparkly. I would save them to share with your family some day, what a neat collection!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Mine are also in a shoebox. I'll try to get a picture of them after the move.

teacherwoman said...

That's a lot of awesome bling! I have all of my bibs and a only a few race bibs, but am trying to find something clever to do with them all. Haven't figured that out yet.

Morgan said...

Oooooo shiney!!! Love all the bling! I only have like 5 medals but Spike has boxes and boxes and files them away yearly never to be seen again. So don't get it... I love my medals!

Sarah said...

I have bling envy over your Disney medals. So cool!
(I'm a new follower, and just wanted to say hi!)

Lisa said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I don't have many medals (yet) but my favorite, by far, is from the NYC Marathon. I just have them sitting on my dresser. It gives me confidence and motivation to see them every day.

ajh said...

Okay here is my post!

http://wwwagegroupsrock.blogspot.com/2010/07/bling-love-it-or-hate-it.html

aron said...

mine are all up in the home gym!! i should post a pic next week :) LOVE MEDALS <3

RoadBunner said...

I will post a photo of what I've been doing this year. Up until the past year I had all mine stashed in a box like you. Then I got some frames for a few favorites. This year I hung all the medals from THIS year up on a curtain rod. I'll get that up on my blog next week :)

Robyn said...

Wow so many you have! Funny how there are 26 :)

Tami said...

i don't have my medals anymore, i donated them here

http://www.medals4mettle.org/

i hope others will do the same

Cole said...

Awesome medals! I blogged mine for ya! :)

http://runningthemarathonoflife.blogspot.com/2010/07/ill-show-you-mine.html

Melissa said...

I only have two and I'm impressed by your collection.

Badgergirl said...

Nice bling! My collection is nowhere near as large as yours, but I'll be sure to show you mine in the next few days!

Katherine said...

First, I love your medal collection, can't wait to build mine up!

Second, although I read this post earlier, I had no pics of my medals at the time, and no blog.

But now I have both, so you can see my (2) medals on my fist blog entry.

http://katmovingforward.blogspot.com/

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Love it! Look at all your swag! I'm going to post mine tonight!! Such a fun idea!

Cynthia O'H said...

Mine are all over the place. Some are in shoeboxes (like yours) but, one day, the boys got into them so a few are here and there.
Others are hanging on a bulletin board. This years are neatly tucked away in a bag. By the time I figure out what to do with them, we'll be into 2011.