1. Stains For Life: If you are a longtime reader of this blog, you know very well the history I have with my nipples. It's not a fun history but rather a gruesome one filled with blood and despair. On these nipples, there will be blood. And on my last bib, there will forever be blood.
Now, to be fair, I've gotten the situation under control. I use medical tape, like the kind of tape you would have put on your wrist or arm or somewhere on your skin to keep needles in, and I just take two big pieces and make Xs on each nipple. It's really hot, ladies.... Um, anyway, as long as I do that, I'm fine. But the ones I put on my left nip was just not having it that day and around Mile 5 or 6, the tape just came off. That bib is just another reminder that I need to prepare as best as possible. And really, it could have been a lot worse. Who can forget this picture?
2. Small Means Small: So, I talked recently about the differences between small races and big races. While small races have their benefits, one thing that was clearly a strike against them was the size of the medal. Here is a picture with the DVL, San Francisco and Surf City (2011) medals. Can you spot the small-race medal?
Kinda hard to spot, I know. It's kind of engulfed in the massiveness and awesomeness of the San Francisco Marathon medal. I'm proud of all of my medals, especially the marathon ones (and I'm also very fond of that orange medal in the picture above). I'm proud that I earned all of them on my own and that they are a reflection of the work I put into each race, not just the race itself but in the months leading up to it. But let's be honest, some medals are nicer looking than others. So DVL medal, I'm proud of you, but you have a face only a daddy could love.
3. On Display: I may have posted this already, not sure. But this is where I keep all of my medals.
Mrs. LB got this for me for Christmas and it's great. I had been hanging my medals around some large steins that I have on a bookcase but it wasn't the best since they all kind of piled on each other. This though lets them all breathe and lets them all have an equal amount of space to show off. Some are larger than others, of course, and there many different varieties. I have medals from 5Ks, one 15K, half marathons, full marathons and a relay race. Hmmm... I have no 10K medal. How did that happen? Oh yeah, I finished 101st (amongst men) in the Mission Inn 2009 10K and the top 100 finishers got medals. Guess I'll have to try and change that to get my 10K medal and make this collection more thorough.