I ran my first 1/2 marathon in 2007 and was rewarded with a hideous Donald Duck medal that I had no idea what to do with. So I gave it to my dad, and it's in storage in Minnesota.
Triple Crown), and I really don't know what to do with those either. I had been hanging them on the corner of a shelf--just in a big pile,and adding more and more. I never look at them, I never do anything with them, but the thought of not having them seemed just wrong to me somehow. I earned them, after all.
But when you think about it, I've earned a lot of things over the years that I no longer have. I didn't keep my trophies from elementary school basketball, my Girl Scout badges or my figure skating costumes. If I was proudly displaying these medals, it would be one thing, but the fact that I acquire at least four new ones a year makes the thought of doing something with them arduous and overwhelming. Plus, I'm not crafty and don't really care for knick-knacks.
So why keep them?
So far, the only reason I've kept them is because I have the odd attachment that I earned them. I feel like getting rid of them undermines my accomplishments, but then I look at them (and I can't even see them right now because they're packed somewhere still) and I feel a little rush of pride. Does that make it worth hanging onto them? I matted and framed all my diplomas, aren't these a kind of sporty diploma?
Other running bloggers have talked about this problem, and some runners save EVERYTHING from their races:
There's a charity called Medals for Mettle, which re-gifts race medals to children and adults who are battling debilitating illnesses in recognition of their mettle and perseverance, and I've often thought I should give my medals to them. But I haven't. Presently my diplomas are tucked away in a closet, just like my medals, so do either of them have actual worth to me, or would the medals bring me more happiness if I gave them away?
Do you have any particular items that seem to have a hold on you? Is it because these are something I feel like I've won, or does my reluctance to get rid of them just mean that I should stop considering it?