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Finisher Medals are NOT Equal

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Aloha !!!!!

I just returned from a great two week vacation in Hawaii, what an awesome time. I was so excited to be going to Hawaii (my first trip) and even more excited that they were having a half-marathon during the time I would be there, so of course I had to sign up, I was looking forward to bringing home a souvenir race medal. I was excited about it when I signed up (in January) but after running my first marathon in March and doing something to my knee it was really more of a dread since I hadn't been running nearly as much and no more than 5 miles at a time since then. I was determined to do it anyway. As race day approached I was seriously doubting the knee would hold up so I decided that I would run the 5-mile portion of the race instead of trying to push it the whole 13.1, I didn't want to have a sore knee for my entire vacation.

I would be running this race with my BFF's daughter (AB) and this was her first race ever, she had signed up for the 5-miler so I was happy to run with her, but still a little upset with myself since I wasn't doing the "half". The evening before the race I opened my suitcase to get out my running gear and oh the horror.............I had forgot my running shoes. How in the world could I have forgotten the most important thing in the world, I wanted to cry. Luckily AB wore the same size and was happy to loan me a pair. This was turning into a nightmare, not only was I worried about my knee, now I would be running on borrowed soles, OMGeeeeee.

Race morning arrived (race started at 5:30 a.m., wow that's early) and I was so worried about the knee, was I doing the right thing in even attempting to race? I was doing it anyway, I had been looking forward to running around Diamond Head volcano, and wanted to be able to say I did it. I was happy to meet up with a long lost friend (Constance) that I hadn't seen in many years at the start line. We were childhood friends and it was the icing on the cake to be able to see her and best of all, I got to run with her and catch up on the last 17 years, where has the time gone?

I had told AB not to worry about running with me (the slow old people, lol), for her to go ahead and "kill it" since this was her first race and was going for a personal best, or the "gold" as I call it, lol. Off she went, I didn't even see her at the half way turn-around, she was faster than lightning. I don't remember her finish time but she did very well taking on a 5-miler for her first race. Way to go AB !!!

I jogged the entire way, just really not into it, but I was enjoying the company of an old friend and the scenery around Diamond Head was awesome. I hit the five mile turn around, waved goodbye to Constance and wished her luck on the rest of the race.

The way back was me, myself and I. I decided just to take in the scenery and enjoy the moment. I saw a beautiful lighthouse on the course and wanted to stop for a pic but I didn't want to stop running to snap a photo, in hindsight I wish I had stopped for that picture, I just wanted to be done....the hills were kinda killing me and the shoes were horribly wrong for me, but I finished.....slooooowwww, but I crossed the finish line for the five-miler. AB and I had a dude at the finish line take our picture, thanks Hawaii dude.

We were driving back from the race and I was checking out the finisher medal and OOOOHHHH the horror......the medal had "Half Marathon" on it.
WHAT ?????? I didn't run a half marathon, how in the world could they give every finisher of the race the same medal???? Hellooooooo.... one size does not fit all per say. I was so upset. In all my experiences they give medals for the different distances, but not this time. This was one medal I was NOT HAPPY to receive, it was unearned....I DID NOT complete a half marathon, I felt jipped and cheap for having something I did not earn, so now hear this........

ATTENTION Race Directors: All medals are not equal

On a more pleasant note....the lighthouse that I passed on the course on the coast as I jogged by ......I saw the same lighthouse again, 2 times, each time from a different view. First it was running past it, darn it I knew I should have snapped a picture.

Second was from at the top of Diamond Head, which I hiked the next day, and my oh my, what a lot of steps to climb on that one, but so worth the time and effort.

And lastly, I saw it from the water while sailing on a catamaran, I thought that was kinda neat to have seen it from 3 locations.

More details on the trip in next blog.

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  • SHARON10002
    Yeah, the Hawaiians are pretty laid back. . .but in my humble opinion, you deserved and earned the medal for going forward in spite of your knee, and forgetting your running shoes, and running in borrowed shoes, and finishing! I think you deserve an old fashioned "Atta Girl" for this one. Why not look at it as a souvenir of your trip rather than an unearned medal?

    1716 days ago
    LOVE THE PICS!!!! So beautiful!!
    I am with you 100% on the medal!! I would be EXTREMELY unhappy about the wrong distance!!! UGHHH!!!!
    And no running shoes?? The horror!!! Well, I am glad you made the best of everything! You always have a way of seeing the positive.

    1717 days ago
    Bummer about forgetting your shoes and receiving a medal you did not earn. That stinks. My solution would be to put a piece of masking tape over it with "5 mile" written in and hang it with the rest of them. Beautiful photos. How is the knee feeling?
    1717 days ago
    Sounds like a great vacation! Great job on the race :-)
    That is pretty crappy about the medal.
    1717 days ago
    I'm so happy you had a wonderful vacation in Hawaii! What a whirlwind with the race, although your intention was to run the HM I love that you embraced running the 5 miler... in borrowed soles no less! You listened to your body and followed your gut... good call. I agree with you on the medal and how it unsettled things with you but I know there is more on the horizon for you, you'll always be a hero in my eyes... you keep me on my toes!

    The photos are breathtaking! I look forward to your next blog. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1717 days ago
    You deserve a medal anyway! Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.
    1717 days ago
    Sounds like you had a great trip regardless of the running shoes fiasco.....
    1717 days ago
  • THATGIRL0515
    What you need is some POG! You a WINNER no matter what the medal says! emoticon
    1717 days ago
    OK That just isn't right - I can't believe they would just give those out like that. Strange. But you know what - We know you can do that half marathon NO PROBLEM. But it's still not the point.
    Anywho - Isn't that really cool how you saw someone there you hadn't seen in years... What a small world it is. That's awesome.
    Love ya
    1717 days ago
    Beautiful pics! I may have a chance to go to Hawaii next year and so hoping it happens as I've never been there and would love to see it. So sorry about the things that went wrong with the race before but glad some good things came out of it during though. I would be upset to with a medal I didn't earn! Why in the world would they do that because it cheapens the medal for those who did the half to have a lot of 5 milers running around with the same thing who didn't do it. Hope the race directors learn something through this! Just love the pics of the lighthouse!
    1717 days ago
  • SAMI199
    What amazing pictures-I've never been there..but will have to add to do the list of places to go.
    Sorry about the medal-I'm proud of you for making the best of a race that just wasn't going the way you would have wanted it to.

    You are always a gold medalist in my book!

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    1717 days ago
    sorry about the medal hard to believe they would do that I totally get what you are saying Hawaii is amazing have fun
    1717 days ago
    emoticon emoticon I think the medal is a sign of just more things to come for you. You didn't give up or forget about it. emoticon
    1717 days ago
  • THESB25
    What a bummer about the medal and forgetting your shoes -- When I do super sprint triathlons I'm always dreaming I'm going to forget something. In fact I dreamt just the other night that I forgot my goggles. Making sure I pack those this weekend :)

    Great photos!
    1717 days ago
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