Me with my Disney Half Marathon medals

Me with my Disney Half Marathon medals

Medal Monday is one of the really fun hashtags which is all over Instagram. Every Monday people show off their race bling. They proudly wear the medals they ran miles for and sweated buckets for. I love seeing them all and when I’ve run a race over the weekend I always post a picture on the Monday.

But what about after Monday? What happens to all those medals – all that race bling that people collect? I actually don’t display mine. And if you knew how much I fawn over the medal when I get them, you’d be as surprised as I am. I wear them the day of the race, the day after the race, and if that isn’t the Monday then on the Monday too. Then I take the medal and put it in a tote bag which lives in my dressing room stool.

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There is something magical about 26.2 miles. It’s so easy for me to forget that I have run this distance TWICE. I want to celebrate this a little more often because I am so damn proud that I did it. I don’t display my medals or marathon photos and it’s easy to forget. Surprisingly! But when a friend of mine posted about Sportmaps I knew I had found exactly what I wanted to commemorate my achievements.

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Stylist Live, the festival of inspiration was back for the second year last week and on the Friday I was there. Last year I was lucky enough to win an upgrade and have my standard ticket turn into a VIP one. Stylist Live know how to treat their VIPs and as I enjoyed the experience so much there year I decided to buy a VIP ticket as soon as I could. However deciding which day to go was much, much harder until I saw that on the Friday there was a talk called Sweat, Sacrifice, and Sleepless Nights: Heroes of Rio 2016.

I was sold.

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