My 7th marathon is less than two weeks away and I'm trying to mentally prepare for it.
I survived my last long run of almost 20 miles this weekend but my training this season has been less than stellar. I'm pretty sure won't be setting any PRs anytime soon. But I willing signed up for this race and I'm going to give it a shot.


Because I like medals.

I collect them. It's not just a collection. It's something I can say that I earned as well. Every step of the way. I know some runners don't care much about medals and we all have different reasons why we sign up for a race, but this is mine. 

When I'm picking a half or full marathon, I go through these questions in this order:
1. Does it have a medal? If yes, move on to question two. If the answer is no to this question, there is no need to move forward to any other questions. 
2. What does it look like? If I think it's neat, cool, unique, etc. Move on to next question.
3. Travel, Lodging, Cost. If it's affordable, move on to next question. 
4. Does it fit in my training cycle? If the race in Oct/Nov or late March/early April, next question.
5. Have I already raced in this state? If no, then its a definite possibility!

Sometime last year there were rumors swirling in my running community that the Garmin Marathon in Olathe, Kansas was going to have Dorothy as the main character for their medal this year.

Quick back story - In the past, the half medal has been the Wicked Witch and the Full marathon medal has been rotating the other characters (Tin Man, Scare Crow and last year it was the Cowardly Lion). 

Another quick story - I freaking love the Wizard of Oz! I've dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween 2 or 3 times, I've watched the movie countless times, and I've seen the musical Wicked 3 times! 

Last year, the Hubbo and I and some of our running buddies drove up to Kansas and ran the half marathon. So now I have the Wicked Witch medal and when it was confirmed that the Full Marathon Medal would be Dorothy and I knew I had to sign up. And I did.

It only makes sense, right? If I'm not going to do this race again, this is a perfect set. 
Wicked Witch + Dorothy
They are an iconic pair like, Romeo and Juliet, Popeye and Olive Oil, or Bonnie and Clyde! 
You just can't have one without the other. You just can't. My brain can't comprehend it any other way.

I don't plan to do another full marathon anytime soon. So I won't be collecting the other characters. Sorry Scare Crow, Cowardly Lion, and Tin Man! Who knows if they will be doing the same thing over the next few years.

I don't plan on running any marathons for a while because this is me lately...
And that is how I ended up signing up for another marathon when I had no intentions of training for a full marathon two training cycles in a row. 

I'm just here for the medal.

Question! Have you ever signed up for a race just for the medal?



04/06/2015 12:01pm

It's going to be a fun one! I really hope the weather is perfect. I have a feeling the Dorothy medal is HUGE! Look at the size of it, compared to the medal ribbon!

RunGingerRun - Sarah
04/06/2015 5:47pm

It will be fun no matter what! The lion medal was huge last year so I'm guessing you're right about the size of this one! Can't wait to see you in person! :)

04/06/2015 7:29pm

I did the Route66 half a few years ago for that flying woman medal. I love that medal!!! I'm in the same boat as you...if #1 is a no, then I don't go

RunGingerRun - Sarah
04/08/2015 2:36pm

Route 66 always has an awesome medal! I can't wait for the 10 year anniversary medal.But I'll be doing the half this time around.

04/13/2015 2:18pm

I decline to answer that question on the basis that it might incriminate me. Said the guy who ran a marathon after seeing Disney bling for the first time.

I think you will do great in Kansas, you'll see. And the bling is pretty cool. Wizard of Of... Kansas... How do they come up with this stuff? I'm holding my breath for an (extremely) bright green Emerald City medal. A huge one. After that I won't need lights for running at night, I'll just wear that.

RunGingerRun - Sarah
04/15/2015 2:15pm

LOL I'll let you know if I see a medal like that!


Nothing wrong with being there for the bling. Especially when it's for something you love. That's part of what is spurring me to run a full marathon, other than just the next accomplishment and thing to accomplish, but I need to run a marathon to earn the Goofy Challenge medal, and he's my favorite Disney character since as long as I can remember.

RunGingerRun - Sarah
04/16/2015 5:46pm

Do it! Everyone should run one in their life. It's a different ball game and it will give you a whole new outlook on the sport!
Plus Disney medals are always awesome! I need to do a Disney race too!


I have to admit, I'm a sucker for race bling. The PF changes marathon is starting a 4 year run of "puzzle piece", each year you'll get another piece to complete the puzzle. Definitely has me hooked.

RunGingerRun - Sarah
04/22/2015 9:49pm

Oh man! I have to avoid races like that because I can't handle not completing the set! Ha!


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