Friday, March 15, 2013

Race Book 2012

If you remember, a few weekends ago I spent a Saturday afternoon being productive putting together my first race book, with much inspiration from Meghann at Meals and Miles. Well, she's finally here and I'm so excited to show it off! I may or may not have carried it in my gigantuous purse for a week in case I had an opportunity to whip it out if someone ... you know, asked.

It was on my doorstep less than a week after I ordered it - much faster than I had expected and I just about squealed when I saw it on my doormat. 

While I'll spare you looking at every single page, I'll show you some of my favorites and why they are so. Obviously, there's some significant ones (i.e. first half marathon), but there's some with fun stories attached that I'll always remember. I think I'm glad this blog is going hand-in-hand with these photos, as I'll always be able to look back and laugh at all the shenanigans I've participated in.

And now for the fun...
 First marathon page! Obviously the one that started it all and to kick off this running craze I've caught on to. Love how big my finish photo is and all the fun ones that come along with it!
 Color Run is just freaking awesome, and the first race I had done for super fun - without worrying about a time, worrying how long we took, or if I had screwed up. What a freaking blast! This race was done with a few coworkers from my office, a few sorority sisters, a few random folks I've never seen since, but was just such a blast.
 I really only like this Warrior Dash bib page because it's the only bib that's not stark white - ha! Love how it still holds on to what the race was all about: getting muddy, let's be honest. And I like that I had actually hung on to the wristband for this one, as it adds a little something extra. I think I want to be certain to hold on to any other race 'extras' so I can dress up some of the pages a little bit more.
 Obviously, one of the best times of my life. This page was hard enough to pare down to seven photos for, let alone doing a page of about 30 photos that were so tiny you couldn't actually see them anyway. These seven are from different points in the race, all very accurate as to what was going on and what we were feeling. And, naturally, the group finish had to be the largest of all. Love love love.
 I'm so glad that I messed around with photo layouts for every page, so first, they're not all alike, and b, I can really highlight some favorite photos or race moments. Running, participating in, and experiencing Wine and Dine weekend with some really fantastic people was unbelievable. Colleagues, one of my greatest friends, and a longtime friend all came together for a blast of a weekend - helping Heather finish her first half marathon was of course an amazing opportunity, but my first runDisney race surely didn't disappoint!
Peachtree was just crazy it and of itself - you enter a lottery for 60,000 spots, when 80,000 people have entered such lottery, and well... you don't get in, naturally. So I bought a bib about a week before the race and well... for a whopping hour and a half, I was Ashley. It's like a whole new identity! 
And I really enjoy that the back of the book allowed me to incorporate some photos with it too! Adds a little flare and fun to the entire thing, not just on the front!

Have you ever made a race book of any kind - whether printed or scrapbooked? What are your favorite race experiences that you like to highlight?

PS. This also makes for post 200! Crazy talk! 

13 comments:

  1. Love that you put the bibs inside the book :)

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    1. I love it too! Keeps my wall a little more organized. ;)

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  2. I love this! Very nice! I want one now!

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    1. Do it! I think it's my newest favorite race thing ever! :)

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  3. very nice!
    I have many books like those
    I love to make them for my family and for presents also
    I have some for running and I make scrapbooks also with the bibs and pictures and stickers!

    I have one book just for Hood to Coast!!

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    1. I believe that you have one for just HTC! It was REALLY hard not to do one JUST for Ragnar, but I had to hold back a little bit. Maybe next time...

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  4. Oh snap, I would carry that around in my bag, too!! And I think I'm totally going to steal your idea. I love that you still put the bib in the book, I NEVER would have thought to leave a blank page to glue it in. Genius, I tell ya.

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    1. PS - I actually pinned this so I can remember how awesome the idea is.

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    2. I felt like a nerd carrying it around. Glad you would have done the same! :)

      And thanks for pinning! <3

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  5. I love this idea! What a great way to keep track of all your races and victories!

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    1. Thanks Becky! I love it too! :)

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  6. Hey girl, just followed over from RunEatRepeat. What size is your book you made? and was there a specific theme or did you just start with white pages. Sorry for the million questions. I just love this idea and am more likely to keep up with making one.

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    1. Hi there! I started with blank white pages, but there are themes available through Shutterfly's design program. I am not sure of size (dimensions-wise) but I kept adding pages as I needed (I think it starts with 10 pages), I think I finished with upwards of 30 pages or so. Thanks for checking it out! :)

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