Why I’m Addicted to Race Bling

Yesterday I took on the Winter Run 10k in London, adding another medal to my growing collection. Here’s why I turned out in the rain to pound the pavements with 15,000 other runners and Why I’m Addicted to Race Bling.

1. For the people you meet

Races are amazing places. No matter whether the day is grey and rainy, the course is muddy and hilly or it’s the most perfect running weather ever, runners will always smile and welcome you in. I have made some amazing friends through running, who I’ve shared some wonderful race memories with- friends who will motivate, congratulate and comiserate, and then head out with me again next time. I continue to be surprised by the generosity of volunteers, marshalls and other runners who offers shouts of encouragement and support when you’re struggling. It truly is a community.

Winter Run 3

2. For the laughs

No-one should take themselves too seriously. When life seems depressing and dreary with the pressures of work, relationships, and money weighing you down, heading to a race is bound to lift your spirits. Smiling and laughing as the blue paint and glitter dripped down my nose in the rain, and hugging penguins and snowmen couldn’t be a better example!

Winter Run 1

3. For the rewards

Of course it’s all about the cake really. I know that in previous races I’ve spurred myself on by picturing the pancakes I’m going to eat after I’ve crossed that finish line. And even though people say we shouldn’t reward ourselves with food, I don’t really care – I’ve earned that cupcake! But without getting too cheesy, the rewards of running are far more encompassing than the food I can justify myself eating, and infinitely more valuable. 


4. For the scenery

From the iconic sights of London, to the rolling fields of the English countryside, to the lakes and mountains in Geneva, to the Spanish vistas, I love running with a view. It’s a distraction to have something interesting or beautiful to keep your mind occupied, but for me it’s also why I run – to see the world, to see my everyday from a different angle and to explore new and exciting places. While there is still more out there, I don’t think I can stop running, even if it is a very slow plod…

Winter Run 2

5. For the pride

While people are beating themselves up for not being skinny enough or not having a big enough bum I look at my wall of medals and feel a huge surge of pride. I never believed that I would be a “runner”. In school, wheezing and watching my classmates disappear into the distance on cross-country runs I couldn’t have imagined that I would go on to run four half marathons in a year. That I still stand on the start line of a race fidgety with excitement, and that no matter how many people pass me by on the course, I will still feel that incredible sense of achievement every time my legs carry me over the finish line at the other end.

Winter Run 4

Thanks to Nuffield Health, Cancer Research UK, Human Race and the Winter Run Series for putting on a fantastically organised and fun race despite the weather!

Why do you race? 

Beki x

NB: I was given a complimentary media entry to the Winter Run 10k.

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  • Reply Maria @ runningcupcake

    I love race bling too! I think it’s great to have something to show for your achievements, and like you, I wasn’t sporty at school either so I still can’t believe it sometimes.
    I did the Winter run yesterday too- I thought it was so well organised- the only thing I think would make it better would be having foil blankets at the finish, as it was so wet and on the walk back to the bag drop I was absolutely freezing. (Also, I was not keen on the polar bears as I could just imagine slightly creepy men inside them…. I did love the penguins though!)
    Love your face paint!

    February 1, 2016 at 5:55 pm
  • Reply Elle @ keep it simpElle

    I just dug all mine out; I say this all the time but I need to get around to finding the perfect way to display them all!!

    February 3, 2016 at 8:30 pm
    • Reply misswheezy

      My medal hanger is from Runner’s Wall – I highly recommend! 🙂

      February 3, 2016 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Laura : Fat 2 Fit

    I love the bling too, it’s probably the main reason why I do a race. 😉 The only point that I wish would apply to me but totally doesn’t is scenery! When I look at a route, I look forward to seeing everything.. but then when I actually get to the race, I honestly don’t seem to remember a thing unless it’s spectacular! I missed most of the landmarks at London except for St Pauls! 😉

    February 3, 2016 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply LilyLipstick

    Wow that is an amazing medal collection! Lovely to meet you on Sunday – the cold and rain were so worth it for the medal (and for the food after!) X

    February 4, 2016 at 10:24 am
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