It's a nice feeling after you complete a Half (or any race for that matter) to finally get your medal placed around your neck. It's a feeling that never gets old. However, an even better feeling is when you get one and you didn't even see it coming!
Yesterday, as I checked my mail, I got a package. I wasn't expecting anything so was a little surprised. I opened it and found a thick, heavy, silver medal with the simple engraving "ROCK ENCORE" on top of two guitars. I seriously had no idea what this was or why I was getting it. I took the elevator to my apartment and started going over all the recent race emails I had received. Nothing came to mind. So I went to Google and discovered that my friends over at the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series gave this to me because I completed two Halfs in one calendar year (Chicago and Providence, RI).
Wait. It gets better. I see that there are medals that are given for upwards to FIVE Halfs completed in a single calendar year and then others for upwards to TEN (ten doesn't have to be completed in one year). I was flabbergasted. After I complete Philadelphia this Sunday that will be three Halfs this year qualifying me for the TRIPLE CROWN. But, I've already decided that I want to go all the way in achieving ROCK IDOL status. That's ten Rock 'n' Roll Half marathons. I can do that. I'm going to do it.
So this challenge has now become a combination of completing 50 Half in 50 States and achieving ROCK IDOL status. As I've stated before I'm looking to start my 2013 calendar next month. I'll see if I can give the Rock 'n' Roll Half count a little bit of a boost.
More blogging this weekend from Philadelphia. Later.