In the same way that my goals change from one race to another, so does my attitude about the awards. For example, last Sunday, I was a tad annoyed that I didn’t get to take home one of the long-sleeved technical shirts that all first place winners were to receive (and, yes, I was a first place age group winner). Misleading information always irritates me.
Yesterday, at the Labour Day 10K, I wanted to finish as an overall female or an overall master. That was it. I didn’t care whether I got another medal or plaque or anything else for that matter. I just wanted a top finish.
I was delighted by my podium moment but laughed at what I was given for my effort: a gift card from the Running Room (always useful) and an award bag that no one else wanted. First, I found a red technical tee from May’s Mississauga Marathon – just like the one that I have at home but gave to Skipper. This one was too big for me and too small for Hubby so I gave it to a coworker who is somewhere in between.
Second on the list are Defeet Socks (score!) from last year’s Mississauga Marathon. Wait! They are a size too small; Skipper grinned from ear to ear, more than willing to play Cinderella (in a 9 year old boy sort of way). He loves wearing DeFeet on our bike/runs.
I was also given two wine glasses from the Niagara Country Wineglass Run – leftovers again. I’m going to use them as a prize for a staff meeting at work. After the first week of school, I’m sure there’s at least one teacher who would like to fill them with wine.
Finally, I got Rubbermaid lunch containers. Hurray! With 3 lunches to pack each day, I can find a use for these. And, they are good for leftovers too!
Really, I would have been happy going home with nothing. This just felt, well, wacky.