Look what arrived last night! My 2012 race book is here!
I’m a sentimental collector. Call it the former scrapbooker in me, but I save almost every little memento I can get my hands on, including race bibs. A few years ago my race bib collection got a little out of control. I pretty much pinned my bibs to my giant cork board as soon as I got home and forgot about them. It was unorganized chaos.
Then one day, during an organizational cleaning streak, I decided to do something about it. I went back to my scrapbooking roots and digitally created a “race book” via the iPhoto photo book program that came with my MacBook. The first race book was a success and, three years later, remains a yearly tradition (see: 2009, 2010, and 2011 race books).
I still use iPhoto to create my yearly race books because it’s just so easy to use. All my photos are already in iPhoto so it’s as simple as dragging and dropping them to a selected page layout. I can work on the book without a WiFI connection and when I’m done all I have to do is hit “Buy Book” and it’s on its way. There are other great photo book programs out there (Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walgreens, etc), but if you have a MacBook, iPhoto is the way to go.
Unfortunately my cork board has drifted back to resembling a state of chaos in the last few years. Only this time I like to think it’s more of a state of organized chaos rather than unorganized.
I did keep up the habit of lining the race bibs neatly in a row on the bottom cork board – that’s a start.
This morning I took the bibs down and prepped them for the book (I have a bad habit of leaving the safety pins connected to the bibs after races).
Each race book covers all of my races from the dedicated year, highlighting my favorite photos from each race on one side.
And leaving a page intentionally blank on the other, where the race bib is placed using double sided tape.
I also like to include the date, name of the race, and official time on the bottom of the photo page.
By the way, how gigantic are the Rock ‘n’ Roll race bibs? They’re HUGE.
I think the Women’s Half Marathon bib is my favorite. Larger name + small number = greater chance of having your name called on the course. Yay, encouragement!
Each race book is a walk down memory lane and a good reminder of what we can accomplish when we set our minds to it.
I love going back through the years and reflecting on them.
- 2009 was the year of firsts (first marathon, first triathlon, etc.). I was still a newbie falling in love with the sport and figuring out my way in the running world.
- 2010 was the first year of speed. I trained hard for my first sub-4:00hr marathon, thanks to a new appreciation and understanding of speed work.
- 2011 was the year of my first Half Ironman and it felt like all of my training revolved around that one race that year.
- 2012 was the year of fun. Derek proposed at the first race of the year (Ragnar Relay), I trained hard and PRed two big races (Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Pete Half Marathon and Flying Pig Marathon), and I spent the rest of the year rediscovering myself and having fun trying new things (running my first naked 5k and doing a Pretty Muddy run with girlfriends)
Another year of running is officially in the books. Time to start figuring out what 2013 will bring! (hint: a full Ironman!)
If you were to describe your 2012 racing schedule in one word, what would that word be?