I recently read a Runners’ World article on the above topic. It brought to mind the many races I have run, and how few of them actually give out a medal. I have only got two medals – both are finishers’ medals.
I’m not a fast runner so don’t envisage ever receiving a 1st, 2nd or 3rd … so on the two occasions I have felt recognised for actually being in the running – I have felt on top of the world!
A medal does something to my psyche – there is definitely power in a medal. Knowing that every participant receives a medal, gives the incentive to keep going, to hang in there, to continue training – even when you don’t want to, or don’t have the energy.
We are told in Philippians (in the Bible) to strive for the prize, to keep going to the end … to run the race set before us.
And that’s just what I plan to do in the three (?) events that are definite for this years running goals. Interestingly they are placed three months apart, which means I have incentive to continue training even through the cooler months.
To push onwards and upwards … and have fun on the way. And, hopefully in some of those races, I will receive a medal for my effort!