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Go Ahead, Put That Sticker On Your Car

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I was on another webpage the other day, just doing some research and sports reading. I stumbling across a thread where the runners were talking about those of us who put those stickers on our vehicles. The 13.1 or 26.2 oval shaped things.

There was a lot of cyber-sneering going on. Like, why do you need to advertise? How pathetic are you that you feel the need to show the world you ran 13.1 miles? Big deal, you ran a Half Marathon., how insecure are you? Bunch of losers. Stuff like that.

I'm picturing a buff 23 year old, with the whole world in front of him, the picture of health, a strong runner who probably works out all the time, sitting at his laptop, typing away. And his look-alike athletes across the country, returning the thought, agreeing wholeheartedly. I know... but it's what I pictured.

I thought, "How sad. How easy for these fortunate, for the time being, souls to publicly deride the hard work and dedication of those who are, in many cases, turning their lives around". They seem to not be aware that their are so many overweight, tired of looking and feeling unhealthy, people out there. Older people, who wish to stay active and engaged in life. Those with illnesses they've overcome - diabetes, asthma, arthritis, the list goes on. And they run. And they train. And yes, they suffer to get stronger and leaner.

The long awaited day eventually comes - when these formerly unfit folks complete the herculean, for them, task of completing a Half Marathon, or even dare I say, a Full Marathon. Wow! All that hard work, nutritional eating has paid off.

And you choose to deride them when they proudly purchase and display a little sticker which proclaims to the world their accomplishment?

I marvel at those who've overcome their particular adversity and continue to strive for health, and achieve miraculous results in the process.

Go get your event sticker, 5K, 13.1 or 26.2 and post it proudly. I am proud of you.

Thanks for reading and have a good day.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FANGFACEKITTY 9/23/2013 2:57PM

    My guess is that the sneerers are not even runners...maybe they failed at the distance, or were not willing to put in the time...and are downgrading others' accomplishments in order to make themselves feel better.

Personally I don't like the stickers but for pure aesthetic reasons; i do not want any kind of sticker on my car.

But I do have my 13.1 sticker hanging out with the rest of my race bliing! So display yours proudly and ignore the trolls!

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CAROLCRC 9/17/2013 8:47AM

    I think most of the sneerers are the people who also think you aren't a 'real runner' unless you run 7-min miles...

I like seeing the stickers - makes me know there are more people like me out there and gives a sense of community.

My non-running spouse proudly displays his 0.0 magnet. We both get a chuckle out of it!

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DOGLADY13 9/15/2013 9:42AM

    Well said. My experience has been that runners, in general, are generous and encouraging people. The really good runners joyously welcome the struggling newbie. I still think of myself as one of the struggling newbies, but lately others have commented on my ability and I simply tell them that I wasn't all that good two years ago and it is still a struggle every time I go out, but I do it for myself.

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ETTEZEUS 9/14/2013 1:54PM

Good blog!
I personally like seeing those stickers even though I don't put stickers on my car, but I do have one of those license plate rims that state my accomplishment :)
And darn proud of it too!!

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BLUENOSE63 9/14/2013 7:56AM

  I like the magnets on the cars as it screams "I did it when I probably thought I couldn't".

Take pride in your accomplishments --- to the haters....come see me when you are 50!

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    Ha! Ha! My people are asking me when I am going to get my sticker since I just ran my first half last week. I didn't really think much about it.

I can say this though, I love to see them because I know that the person in that car is a kindred spirit! A fighter for the goals that they set for themselves. No matter what the distance, be very proud of all you do!!


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DALID414 9/12/2013 11:42PM

    I love seeing these stickers on cars! They bring a smile to my face every time. I always change lanes to get a glimpse of the achiever!
The boyfriend once said you know we can buy some for you emoticon are you crazy, I said, I'll get one when I earn it!
It means more to those of us who 'get it'.

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HDHAWK 9/12/2013 9:23PM

    I'm always impressed when I see those stickers. I know its' something I'll never do. People post all sorts of junk of FB and Twitter about every mundane thing they do during the day. At least the stickers show a huge accomplishment and not some comment like "I vacuumed today"! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 9/12/2013 7:50PM

    One of my teacher's is running her first HM with me Sunday, just so she can put a 13.1 sticker on the back of her car!

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JACKIE542 9/12/2013 3:44PM

    I agree. If I were to ever participate in any of those events I would proudly display my sticker. emoticon emoticon

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DRPOOH63 9/12/2013 3:06PM

    WOW you really hit a nerve here. I say do what works for you. I see those and look forward to the day I can put one on my car! I keep wondering why I never bought one that said tri - but I can always do that now!

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FITFOODIE806 9/12/2013 1:43PM

    My husband put a 26.2 sticker on his car the day after we ran our first full. We are proud! And I love driving and another person gives me the thumbs up and then I see their sticker. It's part of community building. It's celebrating our accomplishments.
Great blog!

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PMRUNNER 9/12/2013 1:28PM

    Don't forget the 70.3 and 140.6 ovals too! I may try for a half IM in the next few years, I don't think I will have the dedicated training time to tackle a full IM in the foreseeable future though!

That's one of the things that I like about the SP site, you will never see someone denegrating someone else's accomplishments. Some of the other sites, like the one you found, there can be a significant amount of negatism. I don't need any of that!

Keep up the Spark! Wear the T-shirt! Add your stickers to your car! Running a marathon (or a HM, a 10k, a 5k or even a mile) doesn't make you better than other people, but it does help make you a better person.

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NATPLUMMER 9/12/2013 1:19PM

    emoticon Well said!

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RUNNINGFRAU 9/12/2013 12:54PM

    Who cares what others think, if you're proud of an accomplishment then proudly display it.

I can relate to negative comments or facial expressions when I tell people that I'm training for a 1/2 marathon, they stare at me, look me over and are amazed. I'm sure they're thinking really, that old woman can she really do that? I once got the finger from a teenager on a bus that passed me as I was doing my hill training, just made me laugh.

You inspired me to get a sticker, thanks so much for the blog. TUWANDA!!!

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PASTAFARIAN 9/12/2013 12:18PM

    I think those stickers are a menace. Because whenever I see one, I always want to speed up to see if the driver is a friend of mine :-)

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LISAINMS 9/12/2013 11:53AM

    I don't understand the haters. Just like people who put stickers on their car that say "My kid beat up your honor roll student". Why would anyone do that? I guess it makes them feel better. Just as it makes someone feel better to sneer at a runner that displays their proud accomplishment. People need to find their own happiness instead of finding ways to look down on others in order to bring themselves up a level. Keep on stickering!

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LUCKEGIRL40 9/12/2013 11:49AM

    I worked hard to complete two half marathons! You're darn right I'm going to display my 13.1 magnet! With pride :) I want the world to know that I did it (even if they're going to sneer at me for it)

We should ALL be proud of our accomplishments and shouldn't be afraid to share it.
Running 13.1 miles is hard. I'm contemplating running a full marathon in the future and I will most definitely be buying a magnet to put on my car alongside the 13.1 and warrior dash displays

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PAMNANGEL 9/12/2013 11:36AM

    Due to sciatica & other issues I can barely walk. Running is something I can only try to imagine. So all you who are able to run any distance... emoticon

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RSTAR13 9/12/2013 11:33AM

    I dated a runner who sneered at those magnets. Needless to say we did not last long.

When I went to the expo before my first HM, I bought the magnet. I was more excited about being able to put my 13.1 on my vehicle that the bling!!!!

So yes announce your accomplishment folks 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2 etc.!!!!!

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JACKSGRAN 9/12/2013 11:24AM

    This is going to sound very unkind, but I have no respect or admiration for professional athletes. They are only people who have been able to devote 24 hours a day in getting into shape, and as such should never fail in their intent!

In comparison, I have the highest respect and admiration for those of us who have not had the same opportunities but have turned their lives around and are now doing something to the best of their ability. That also includes the contestants in the paralympics etc. You deserve that sticker. Drive it with pride. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/12/2013 11:23AM

    Thanks for the wonderful perspective. I have a 5K sticker on my car. Yes, I can remember when I couldn't make it around the block. This years I will have done 9 5K's.

Why can't people just be happy and proud of one another?

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WONDERWOMAN 9/12/2013 11:21AM

    Oh emoticon Not to mention the camaraderie they promote, the conversations they can start with fellow runners. We are an amazing group and proud to advertise it.

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ONMYMEDS 9/12/2013 11:19AM

    Nice blog my friend. I've seen those threads myself, and quite frankly have no idea where the sneerers are coming from. I have a hunch though, that if I met them in person, I wouldn't like them very much.

We've all seen stickers on cars, advertising a radio station, a vacation destination, a religious or political stance, a love of dogs, kids or activity of one kind or another. The unique thing about running stickers is that, as you said, they "proclaim to the world an ACCOMPLISHMENT".

I've never put stickers on my car, I don't particularly care for them. But you better believe, after completing my first marathon, I had a 26.2 sticker on MY car.

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WILEE323 9/12/2013 11:11AM

    I took it a step further than a sticker for my car - I have 13.1 tattooed on my right ankle and across my foot are 5 postal abbreviations for the states I've run halfs in so far! (I've actually run 7, but am getting them tattooed 5 states at a time.) I made running in all 50 states a goal 2 years ago, so I thought it only proper to put it in writing!!

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MARGARITTM 9/12/2013 10:49AM

    I'm looking at the back of my car now - yep I do have the magnets - Did not want the stickers messing up my paint

Around here the tallest mountain is Mount Washington - and they have a road that goes up and when people drive it - which is a challenge in itself they get a sticker that reads: This Car Drove Mt Washington.

If you are selected (by lottery) - ya there are that many of us nuts out there to RUN the mountain road. You can get a sticker that reads The Driver of this Car RAN Mt Washington - yep got that one too!

Can't tell you how many people beep and wave and thumbs up me!

If someone looks at me and thinks - hey if that old bat can do it maybe I can too. It's all worth it!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/12/2013 10:42AM

    I love your blog. I bought my 5k magnet for my car a month after I completed my first and NOT my last 5k. I see the 13.1 and long for the right to display, show off, to brag about my accomplishment.

Thank you for your blog. You put a smile on a struggling runner.

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LEWILL1982 9/12/2013 10:33AM

    I don't have a sticker, yet. I plan to purchase one after my Thanksgiving 1/2 marathon. In my head, I told myself I wanted to see myself run a few before I put the sticker on, I was afraid of letting myself be a one hit wonder. When I see other stickers though, I always want to stop and talk to them and pick their brains and find out how they train, where they train, what they eat. Inquiring minds want to know and I think it's a great community out there, that makes you unique. The stickers are great motivators and congratulations to everyone for accomplishing their goals!

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SPEEDYDOG 9/12/2013 10:08AM

    I bought my wife a pink 13.1 sticker when she ran in the Disney Princess 1/2 marathon. She is 48 years old and a two-time breast cancer survivor. She blew past
the majority of twenty-somethings!

She really likes the little pink 13.1 sticker on her car. If someone makes a disparaging remark about that sticker, well. them is fightin' words!

Thanks. Bruce

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BETHIEMAE75 9/12/2013 9:53AM

    My 21 year old son told me a few days ago...I can't wait to see you put a 13.1 sticker on your car mom! I just started running 5 K's and plan to run a few 10 K's in the coming months (at least 1 race a month for a year - goal)...He has given me the inspiration to push that extra mile each time, build my endurance, and to strive to get better.

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MASRITE 9/12/2013 9:50AM

    The day I ran my first half, my husband took all of the kids outside and displayed my 13.1 sticker on my car. He said that he was proud of me and the kids should, too. So, I display my 13.1 sticker proudly!!

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MSSHERRY10 9/12/2013 9:46AM

  A lot of people don't understand. They get the wrong impression, but that's their problem. Keep on keeping on.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/12/2013 9:42AM

    I'm proud to display my two stickers! And every now and then I overhear people walking by making positive comments. Ignore those others!

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MICHIGANLORI 9/12/2013 9:38AM

    I proudly have my 13.1 oval stuck on my car. I own it! emoticon

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JANEMAR2 9/12/2013 9:32AM

    I started my first C25K program at age 42 and trust me it was a struggle. I always think "good for them" when I see those stickers on cars. That being said, my neighbor has a "0.0" sticker on her car and it makes me laugh every time I see it.

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WADINGMOOSE 9/12/2013 9:27AM

    My favorite comment in those threads (I've found them before) is about the half marathon being only half a race. I figure it's like anything else in life - there are those who'll be impressed, and there are those who don't understand. You'll never know either way, so show your pride in your accomplishment. You're not putting it there for anyone but yourself.

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