Thursday Things

1. I need advice. I’m a running hoarder, and as such never throw away race-related things. Shirts, medals, bibs, safety pins: I keep it all.

racepins

You thought I was kidding, didn’t you?

Anyway, while my safety pin collection is doing just fine, and I still have plenty of room to display my medals, the bib situation is getting a little out of control.

racebibs

I think the B-Tags are primarily to blame, since they add extra bulk to the bibs. It’s getting to the point where my bibs (clearly) don’t come close to lying flat against my corkboard anymore, and I’m concerned that sooner rather than later, I’m not going to be able to pin more bibs onto my collection. Since I’m currently registered for six more races in 2014, this is a problem. I’m not about to throw them away, but I’m in the market for a new, creative, and cheap (ideally, free) way to display the numbers I paid so much money to wear. Any ideas?

2. Our bag of post-run food at the Shuffle included belVita Breakfast Biscuits. While these were all the rage around Blogland awhile ago, I had never had one before (and have yet to eat the one that came in my bag, but never fear: I’ll get around to it ;) ). I was looking at the packaging, however, and thought this was strange:

belvita

Natural flavor with other natural flavor? What does that even mean?

3. So I’m running a half marathon this weekend, and in hilariously predictable fashion, I am starting to FREAK. OUT. over every itty bitty thing that could possibly point to inevitable race day failure. Minor lingering soreness in my right quad on Monday and Tuesday? DISASTER. Slightly twingey left Achilles tendon after dance? HORRIFYING. A small tickle, perhaps scratchiness, in the back of my throat on Wednesday? DOOM. Hahaha. Everything is a crisis when I have a goal race. I’m such a joy to be around this week :P

Do you keep souvenirs (bibs, medals, etc.) from races? What do you do with them?
How do you stay sane when you have an upcoming race? I’m all ears…

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  1. I do keep my medals and bibs. Last summer I made my own holders. However, I have yet to hang them on my wall. I need to get permission from the landlord (my sister) to put so many nails on the wall.

    That is so strange about belVita (even spelling is so strange). And yes almost every blogger has raved about them. Sometimes I wonder if they’re in some kind of cult. :-)

    As for staying sane for upcoming races. I try really, really hard NOT to think about them. I have an ultramarathon on Saturday and while I have not given it much thought, I have noticed that I have not been sleeping well.

  2. Isn’t it ironic that our bodies start to fall apart right before races? I think it’s our brain playing jedi mind tricks on us. I have all of my race bibs in a bucket next to my bed. When you figure out a creative way to display them, let me know since I need to find something to do with mine too! Making an entire wall of race bibs would be pretty cool, but I feel like I’d end up damaging the wall with my luck.

    • Oh, I totally blame my brain for like 85% of this. Evil, traitorous jerk! I think if I owned my own house, I’d be tempted to put them all up on the wall, but with renting and not planning on staying in my current place (or any place I rent) for the rest of my life, I don’t think the wall is my best way to go for the moment. But maybe someday!

  3. Hmmm I know they make things to hold race medals, but I’m not sure about bibs. Sounds like a question for Etsy! Good luck in the race this weekend!!

  4. I really like my BibFolio (http://www.ilaxstudio.com/blog/2012/07/17/a-new-home-for-my-race-bibs/) for displaying my bibs… but that was a gift. You could do something similar with a binder and sleeves?

    I missed all the belVita raving on the blogs! But I actually really like them. Only, we call them cookies in our house. LOL.

    Have a fun race! :) I have a half this weekend too. I stay sane because… well, it’s just for fun. I signed up a few days ago ;)

    • The binder idea is a good one! Or maybe I’ll ask for a BibFolio for my birthday…I only have to wait five and half months! Haha.

      Noooo, not cookies, BREAKFAST. Or a post-run snack (far more likely than breakfast…I don’t think one little packaged snack would cover me for breakfast). OBVIOUSLY not a cookie :P

      Thanks! Good luck to you as well!

  5. You will be FINE this weekend! And, remember, even if things don’t go as planned it’s not like it’s the last race in the universe. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself about my goal race at the end of the month :-)

    Do you want your bibs out for people to see or are you cool putting them in a binder or something? I scrapbooked all of mine from 2007-2011 (and then haven’t worked on it since…yeah…) but you wouldn’t have to go that crazy. Maybe just some fun paper, glue the bib down on it, and put it in a sleeve in a binder or similar.

    If you wanted to display them, what about making like a giant wall-hanging by pinning them together to look like a quilt. Or framing them like this or this? Actually, just go on Pinterest and search race bib display and I bet you’ll get a ton of ideas! I like this one, too.

    • Good point. There will definitely always be other half marathons. Thanks for the reminder :)

      I definitely want them out so people can see them (mostly because I think if I tried to do the scrapbooking thing, the same thing would happen to me as happened to you!) I do like the framing idea, but I don’t know where I would actually put said frames — not entirely sure my roommates want me to turn the living room walls into an ode to Bethany’s running hahahaha. But I really like that last link! That I could definitely pull off on my own wall space.

  6. I am with you on the pre-race nerves. In the past, I’ve always been advised to just trust my training… but that is obviously much easier said than done. What I usually do to try to keep myself sane is to really focus on stretching, foam-rolling, and PT – especially if I’m in taper mode. That way I stay busy while also helping to work out some of those muscle knots. Win win!

    I don’t keep my race bibs, but I am definitely all about hording the medals! It’s gotten to the point now that I select certain races over others based on whether or not they give out medals, the quality of the medal, LOL. How do you display yours? Do you have a medal rack?

    • Good call on the stretching/foam rolling/PT. Since my pre-race nerves tend to manifest themselves in me thinking my entire body is breaking down, I imagine that’s a really good way to deal with things!

      I’ve been pinning my medals to the bottom of my cork board, mostly because I don’t have a place to put a medal rack (someday!). After Sunday’s race, though, I realized I’ve run out of pushpins to hang my medals! But I still have space on my cork board, so I’ll probably be stopping by the store sometime soon to get more push pins haha.

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