Running Medals

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Check out the collection of running medals that I’ve acquired!

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To date, I’ve run 23 road races, but I only have 10 medals to show for it. Of course, not every race I’ve run has given out a medal at the end of it. I actually used throw away my medals. (I once told Caitlin this, and I thought she was going to have a heart attack!) Ok, let me explain”¦

When I got injured after running my first half marathon, I thought I would never run long distances again. I spent months and months in physical therapy and never really recovered, so I spent a lot of time angry and frustrated that I couldn’t run.

When it came time to move (again) into a new apartment, instead of packing my medals, I just tossed them in the trash (like I do with a lot of stuff). I honestly didn’t think running as hobby was in my future. Now, I obviously regret not saving them, especially since I won’t ever get back my very first road race medal or my first half marathon medal. Wah. This makes me sad.

Well, the day that I crossed the finish line of the Rock ”˜N’ Roll Arizona Marathon and earned my 26.2-mile medal, I knew that I would never ever throw away a race medal again. No matter what the distance, a medal is hard-earned and deserves to be celebrated. It should not be tossed in the trash.

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Up until this afternoon, I proudly displayed my medals on the corner of my dresser mirror. I get dressed there every morning, so they often make me smile and remind me of my running accomplishments.

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A few weeks ago, however, I noticed that my medals weren’t as prominently displayed as I thought. It turns out that you can’t really see them unless you stand in front of my dresser.

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Of course, this wasn’t a big deal, but when Ali blogged about her new Running Medal Display Rack, I knew it was exactly what I needed to show off my medals, so I purchased the same one (in a different color) and hung it in my office. 

How cute is this thing?!

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Check ”˜em out! Now, I can see my running medals in all of their glory! This makes me happy.

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What do you do with your race medals?


Mal and I took a break from working this afternoon to eat lunch together outside on the back porch. I had a ham and Swiss cheese sandwich with mayo, sliced tomato, and a pickle on the side.

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I also ate a bunch of Kettle chips, which ended up in my sandwich. I love the crunch!

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Murphy kept us company on the porch and watched closely for dropped pieces of food. He’s such a little scavenger.

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Pug owners: Does your dog often sit with his/her leg out to the side like this or is Murphy just weird?

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A couple of hours later, I snacked on a caramel Oikos with chocolate-covered sunflower seeds mixed in. Mmm! It was the perfect sweet snack.

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I’m doing a little more work and then taking the rest of the night off to relax! Wahoo!



  1. Oh my gosh! I ran my first race less then a year ago and I’ve completed 4 road races… I’ve thrown away all of my medals! I hang them on my door knob for the week after and then toss them. I never know what country I’m going to be in year to year so I’m in a habit of disposing of most things. Eeek, time to rethink because it now seems running is important to me.
    Love the pug pictures 🙂 my toy poodle used to sit like that. I wonder if it’s just male dogs…

  2. I love that you put chips on your sandwich! Me too! Also, I had no idea that they made chocolate covered sunflower seeds … those sound delish!

  3. I hang my medals above my computer at work. When I am overworked, stressed, and unmotivated, they make me smile!

  4. Love the new medal display. I need to get one. Mine are hanging from my bulletin board above my desk. They’re an awesome reminder of what I can accomplish!

    Winks & Smiles,

  5. I have a pug and she sits like that all the time! She also sits all the way back on her butt which leaves her little back paws sticking up in the air…soooo cute!

  6. Hi Tina – My local running store donates medals to a charity called Medals4Mettle. This non-profit gives them to children and adults going thru difficult illnesses.

    Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization founded in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 2005. Its mission is to celebrate and reward the individual and collective courage of all human beings by facilitating the gifting of marathon, 1/2 marathon, and triathlon finisher’s medals from people who have demonstrated similar mettle or courage. Certainly everyone cannot run a marathon or compete in a triathlon, but people who are battling life-threatening illnesses and severe disabilities demonstrate mettle everyday. The recipients can be any age and might have exhibited such mettle by dealing with disease, handicaps or any similar challenge. Athletes around the world who have won medals, give their medals to Medals4Mettle. Then the nationwide network of physicians and local M4M Chapters award these medals to those who might not be able to run a marathon or compete in triathlon, but are in their own marathon to continue to live their life. As marathoners and triathletes run through the streets, large crowds cheer the runners for their effort, and these same runners cheer the wheelchair competitors that they may pass on the course. Medals4Mettle lets these runners/triathletes, healthy enough to compete in such an event, to return the cheers to those who have supported them. Medals4Mettle celebrates our collective human courage and our innate desire to reward and support each other as we all face life’s challenges.

  7. Oh my gosh, yes!!! My pug, Weenie, sits like that ALL of the time!! Murphy is beyond adorable….Every day while reading your blog I hope that you post pictures of him. It really brings a smile to my face 🙂

  8. Love this medal display rack. I have a few and have them in random drawers and gym bags. I was just wondering the other day about what other people do with theirs… Thanks for sharing!

  9. I used to throw away my medals too… not one for keeping that stuff around. Recently, however, I started taking the medals off of their ribbon and attaching magnets to the back. Now, they’re all going up on the fridge!

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  11. Luv the display rack…I will have to get one! I have been keeping my medals down stairs on the key rack (for a week or two) and then moving them to a bin. The racis much cuter!

    Ps How is the caramel Oikos. It is my fave Greek yogurt, but I always buy plain and add fruit, cereal etc. I have been wondering about the sweet flavors!

  12. Hi came across your blog via another website; love this post. To answer your question I had a liver transplant; I started running in 2005 and couldn’t run a lap on the track. I worked my way up to running a full marathon. I also competed in 5 U.S. Transplant Games (like the Olympics, I did track).

    I gave most of my medals away to donor families and one to the doctor who did my transplant surgery. I have kept five of them including my marathon medal. They are hanging on my dresser.

    God bless and happy running! Terri

  13. I love your pictures and your running medals holder. Where did you get your pictures? I especially love the one that says I love you, blogs, and coffee! I need to get that for myself and a friend! 🙂

  14. What a great Idea! I’d like to make one of this. I currently have a frame for 6 of my medals – I have 8 at the moment, not sure where to put the 2 new hard earned medals….but this is certainly a good idea!

  15. I’ve only done two races so have them hanging from my car mirror but I have an old hoe (Just the bottom part) that’s vintage to hang from the wood beam in my house that I’ll probably hang more. Great idea to display them. Love your rnr az one!

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