I admit it. I am a bling junkie. I run for bling and I choose events (partially) on who has the best bling.
This started at Weight Watcher, where I got a few awards for weight loss, and started to really appreciate those. They were earned. I worked hard for them. I could see it, touch it and help me remember my journey.
When I decided to run a 5K, I check to see if there were finishers medals. Found one with a cool “stained glass” look. It would actually fit together with medals from other events that year. I wanted it. I wanted it so bad that I decided to sign up…even though it was a 7K!
Nothing has ever felt quite as good as getting that first medal around my neck. The second was for a Half Marathon. That one was a cheap ugly medal and I was so let down when they gave it to me. I worked too hard for that. From that point on, I knew I was bling motivated. No, it wasn’t the only reason to pick a race. I exercised to stay fit and healthy. I exercised to keep the weight off. I signed up for events to keep me motivated to exercise. I would hang the medals in my exercise room to chronicle my journey and as a visual reminder to keep me motivated. The more bling…the motivated I was. The more motivated I was, the more bling I earned.
Forty medals in 18 months.
I think I have a problem….