The Year in Race Bling: 2013

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So here we are again, wrapping up a year — and it seems like only yesterday when we wrapped up 2012. What’s up with that? I guess it’s true what they say: time flies runs fast when you’re having fun.

And when it comes to racing, 2013 was incredibly fun and busy:That’s 4.6 pounds of bling, I checked:Like their prior year cousins, the medals live in a shoe box (I do have some ideas for them, but not the time to do anything about it), but I took them out for their moment in the limelight: a photo recap of 2013 in Bling! (All links are to my race recaps, for anyone curious.)

2013 Race Bling

January 26, 2013: Coyote Hills Half MarathonFebruary 2, 2013: Dirty Girl Run, San FranciscoFebruary 23, 2013: Vasona Lake Run Half Marathon: A small local race; took 3rd in my age group.March 10, 2013: 408k Race to the Row: Fabulous shopping at Santana Row post-race. If you live in the 408, it’s one not to miss!March 17, 2013: LA MarathonApril 7, 2013: San Francisco Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon: One of my favorite medals (and races) this year!April 14, 2013: U.C.S.C. Slug Run – 10K, Santa Cruz: This was a tiny, inexpensive local race that had no finisher medals… but I won my age group, so I got this one:April 20, 2013: Silicon Valley Sprint Triathlon: My first triathlon!April 28, 2013: Big Sur International Marathon. Ran the last 17-ish miles of the course as part of a relay team and can’t wait to run the full in 2014!May 11, 2013: Mermaid Run series, Sirena18 East BayJune 8, 2013: See Jane Run Half Marathon, Alameda: A very cool (and large!) medal that can be clipped to a backpack or bag. The kids one was a mini version, very cute!June 16, 2013: Morgan Hill Sprint Tri “The Reservoir Triathlon” at UVASJune 30, 2013: California International Triathlon (Olympic distance): My first Olympic distance triathlon. It was 100 degrees out that day, but I loved every minute of it!July 21, 2013: West Valley Dash of Hope 10K: Small local race that didn’t have finishers’ medals, but I took 3rd in my age group and they gave me this one. Ran my first (and only) sub-50 minute 10K, too. Good fun all around!August 4, 2013: The Giant Race: Giants fans probably love this medal, it’s a replica of the team’s championship rings. Too much bling, if you ask me! But the race is one of my favorites, mostly for its finish-line experience inside AT&T Park. August 24, 2013: Double Road Race, San Jose (10K + 5K): Another double-sided medal, because you run two races in one: a 10K first, followed by a 5K after a brief recovery period. September 1, 2013: Disneyland 1/2 Marathon: If I ever consider a career as a pimp, I will wear this:And for the Kids Run, a fun one:September 20-21, 2013: Ragnar Napa Valley: A bottle opener, genius!September 29, 2013: Santa Cruz Triathlon: My favorite race of the year and my favorite medal: smallish, traditional, yet hard-earned and draped around my neck with care by a thoughtful volunteer!October 5, 2013: See Jane Run Women’s TriathlonOctober 6, 2013: San Jose Rock’n’Roll Half MarathonThen got this thing in the mail for completing two Rock ‘n’ Roll events in a year:November 3, 2013: US Half Marathon: Another blingy one, but quite pretty:November 10, 2013: Mermaid Series, Sirena10, San Francisco: Ran hard for this one, a pendant.November 28, 2013: Zoom Turkey Trot Half Marathon: Wrapped up the year with a half marathon PR, but didn’t get a medal (they had ran out two minutes earlier). I got it in the mail earlier this week:And that’s all for 2013! It’s been a fantastic year — and here’s to an even better 2014!

Cheers!

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