While I usually am terrible at eliminating things from my workload, I did manage to keep one thing off the calendar during this extra exciting year: training. Sure, I was #SweatingForTheWedding, but I vowed not to sign up for a half or full after completing the Snickers Bar Marathon last March. (I was already training for it when we got engaged…and I’m no quitter.)
Despite feeling more overloaded than ever (in the most joyous way,) I found plenty of time to complain about not having a race on the calendar. I would look at races online while sitting on the couch watching Jeopardy. I would peer over at Andrew with a begging and desperate sort of look in my eye. Without saying anything at all, Andrew would respond to my look, “You said no races until after we’re married!” I would whimper and pout in response. Andrew would tell you it was no whimper, but a sassy, “Meow!” He really believes I’m a cat in a human body. I really think he’s right.
Just a couple of weeks before the wedding, I knew I was finally in the allowable window to be making race plans without completely wrecking an already unruly calendar. (We traveled nearly 50% of the first three months of this year.)
What would happen next is what I can only describe as a breaking of the fast. Have you ever been stuck on an airplane with no food, waiting on the tarmac, just dying to get inside the terminal to the nearest Wendy’s and sink your teeth into an lesser-than-drive-through-airport-knockoff Junior Bacon Cheeseburger?
After a year of being hungry to train for a longer event, my plane had finally been assigned a gate and my meal was in sight.
When you’ve been eating regularly, it’s easy to select the right amount and the right kind of food. When you’re starving, it’s all too simple to over indulge and get a little crazy…and that’s exactly what I did.
In the same day, I signed up for my first triathlon and ultra marathon.
When my running life said, “Can I take your order?” I said, “SUPER SIZE ME!”
It’s sure to be a wonderful year of running, and I’m glad you’re along for the ride. Stay tuned for more updates re: tri and ultra training.
Have you ever taking a racing hiatus? What was your next move when it ended?
I wouldn’t call myself the craftiest — after all, I only got half of my mother’s genes. I was born to a woman who could make Martha Stewart cry. My mom is so thoughtful and careful with details, has cursive handwriting that would make your Catholic school nun teacher glow with pride, and does everything with a touch of beautiful.
I’m…learning. I’m getting better at steadying my hand, editing my ideas, and not rushing to finish whatever art-y endeavor I’ve embarked on. So, I hope you will take this as a preface that I am in no way claiming this was the perfect way to take on my latest little project — and I’ll be curious to see how you’ve turned your running memories into lasting keepsakes too.
I was glancing over at my medal board the other day and noticed the rust building on the bib hooks. That pile of papers is full of sweat, tetanus-laden safety pins and so many memories. I barely got my bib from my last race to fit up onto it.
I’ve heard so many great ideas about how to turn bibs into special things you’ll want to keep forever. I’ve looked into the bags they can create. I’ve seen folks photograph them and have them printed in a slim book.
A lightbulb came on as a Modge Podge canvas project popped up on my Pinterest feed. That’s it! What if I could make my bibs into art to hang around my medal board? Here’s the low down.
What you’ll need:
Step One: Make Your Arrangements
Before you go ahead and permanently secure your bibs down to the canvas, you’ll want to play around with how you’ll arrange them. Will you pile them like a stack of polaroids? Will you set them at an angle? You may even want to make each canvas a different year of your running career with bibs only from that time period.
Also, think about what bibs may be duplicates (that standard Road ID bib over and over doesn’t have much art quality.) Consider color balance. Are there a lot of blue bibs on this one board? Maybe I should swap it for the purple or red bib. Though — I would reccomend holding on to some of those less exciting bibs to fill in any white space on the canvas. Cut the corns and use them to make the look complete.
Finally — think about the ones you don’t want to use for reasons of the heart. I couldn’t bare to put my marathon bibs on here, simply because I know I’ll want to make something even more special will all fifty of them when my journey is done
I edited down my selections and decided to do three canvases at alternating angles.
Step Two: Prep the Canvas
Before you put your bibs down, you’ll want to first cover the canvas in Modge Podge. Put a nice first layer down on the canvas. Then, select a bib that you wanted to place towards the middle of the canvas. Paint some Modge Podge onto the back of it. Push down onto the canvas and smooth out wrinkles. Repeat until your bibs are all places down.
Now, you may have some corners hanging off the edge or blank spaces. This is the time to make use of the more “throw away” bibs and fill in the spots that need it. No need to trim edges of the bibs hanging off just yet.
Let this dry for two hours before doing anything else with your art.
Step Three: Trim and Tuck the Corners
Now that your bibs have dried and secured themselves to the surface, let’s tidy up the edges. You may need to trim them down — but leave enough room so that you can bend them towards the back of the canvas. Once they are on the reverse side, secure with a staple to the frame of the canvas. This will give your canvas a great museum look where the art goes all the way to the edges.
Step Four: Seal and Shellac
It’s time to put on the finishing touch. To seal and shellac your canvas of bibs, paint a layer of Modge Podge directly onto all the surfaces of the canvas — go all over the edges and to the back of the canvas too! Then, allow to dry for 20 minutes. I reccomend completing this step one more time to add extra shine and security.
Voila! An homage to your hard work out on the course!
What’s your favorite way to save your race memories?
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