tuesdays on the run: 2017 in bling

Happy Tuesday!  I’ll be joining up with My No-Guilt LifeMarcia’s Healthy Slice and MCM Mama Runs for “Tuesdays on The Run”!

Tuesdays on the Run

Today’s topic is…


While it wasn’t quite the year I was expecting, I really can’t complain.

After all, I was able to come back from an injury and a nasty fall and get myself back out there. Those aren’t things to take lightly, and even if I’m not 100% thrilled with my progress, I have to learn to honor where I am at and what my body is doing.

See? I’ve been paying attention in yoga

Running is a gift and I am lucky to be out there, no matter how slow or or inefficient I have been. I don’t want to take it for granted, ever, and so I am being mindful of my perspective. Progress isn’t always a straight line, and I’m at peace with my evolution and development in 2016.

But enough chit chat! Let’s talk about the bling!

Number of Medals Earned in 2016: 21 (+ 5 virtual medals)

I ran 20 races in 2016, one of which did not provide a finisher’s medal. Of those remaining 19, two offered a bonus challenge medal. I also ran four virtual races (earning a bonus medal for a series of three).


Favorite Medal: The Pugasus

Because Pugasus.

This may have been a virtual run, but it’s the clear winner as my favorite medal of 2016.

Hardest Medal to Accept: Publix Savannah Women’s 5K

This race was supposed to be awesome. I had huge plans to dominate this half marathon, and then a simple injury sidelined me and caused me to drop from the half marathon to the 5K at the last minute.

The good news about having a hard race? There’s always a chance for redemption. And I’ll be going for it on April 8. Want to join me? Register here for the half or 5K with code PUGS to save $10 off your entry.

Most Medals Earned in a Race Weekend: Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon Weekend Remix Challenge

The honor for this goes to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon Weekend Remix Challenge.

Over two days, I ran three races (a half marathon, 5K and 1 Mile) and earned four medals AND A PIE!

Hardest Medal to Earn: Ragnar Trail Alafia River

We are one day closer to the grand race recap for this race, but my team and I fought hard for this medal.

Ta-da! That’s my year of medals!


What was your favorite medal earned this year?

Which one really pushed you to your limits?

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17 Responses to tuesdays on the run: 2017 in bling

  1. Yale Houghton says:

    NICE JOB!!! I was out with Plantar Fasciitis part of this year so my medal count is down. But my favorite and also hardest earned was my RAGNAR Alafia Trail also. This was my first Ragnar and I loved it. What was your team name/number??? I was on Scorching Hot Sun Baked Runners/207 we were one short and I did an extra leg, luckily it was the green course. 🙂

    • runswithpugs says:

      It was also my first Ragnar. We were the Turtle Divas and we were so very out of our league LOL! However, we had a blast. We had one injury on our team but I ended up not having to take an extra leg. I HATED the green loop with the fire of a thousand suns. I would have run red ten times over before doing that one again! It was definitely a test of will. We are looking at doing another one, maybe in a different state.

      • Yale Houghton says:

        Ha, I liked the green… Hated the red, and got to do in the daylight. Night would have been pretty rough. Felt sorry for team mates that had to do it. I’ll definitely do another, maybe the Tennessee one. I can talk the wife into going along since our youngest son lives in Chattanooga so she can visit til time to meet me in Nashville. LOL

        • runswithpugs says:

          Nice! I had red first, and yellow in the dark. I thought I hated red. Until I did green. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

          We were thinking South Carolina or maybe Tennessee. I told my husband he should come out with and camp with us and be our support crew and he looked at me like I had three heads, so girls’ trip it is!

  2. Nice job with all the medals! I so want to run in Savannah- I need to get 2017 planned! I can’t wait to hear more about Ragnar- I imagine it is one heck of a story! Again congrats! I hope I see you in 2017!
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  3. Marcia says:

    Aaaah the pug medal! Perfect! I hear you on making the most of what the day and year bring. Looks like you did just that. Congrats and cheers to a wonderful 2017!

  4. Stacey says:

    Okay, I’m kind of obsessed with your Pugasus medal 🙂 Congrats on a great 2016!

  5. 20 races is impressive! I did the first annual Pug Run virtual run a few years ago, and that is still one of my fave medals too. There is just something about a pug in a unicorn/pegasus outfit.
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  6. Kerri Olkjer says:

    Looks like you had an awesome year of races! I didn’t race at all in 2016. I was focusing on slow and steady getting back to running. Now, 2017…

  7. Wow! Sweet bling! So many medals! I love the Ragnar ones how they are a puzzle that is complete with your whole team.
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  8. My favourite medal is from a race that I struggled mentally and physically. Our dog passed away two days prior and I was not in a great place. My goal half marathon went out the door fast…but I love that medal.
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  9. Brandi says:

    That’s some beautiful bling.

  10. What a year of running that you’ve had! Love all of the bling! Here’s to a great 2017 of running!
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  11. You had a great year of running, in spite of some injuries. I knew you did a lot of races, but I didn’t realize 20!

    I really want to do Savannah–I need to figure out if I can do that one next year. Stay tuned.
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  12. That is a heck of a lot of races ! Love the pug medal. Glad to read you are on the road to recovery. Happy holidays !
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