I’m a sentimental collector. Call it the former scrapbooker in me, but I save almost every little memento I can get my hands on, including race bibs. A few years ago my race bib collection got a little out of control. I pretty much pinned my bibs to my giant cork board as soon as I got home and forgot about them. It was unorganized chaos.
One day, during an organizational cleaning streak, I decided to do something about it. I went back to my scrapbooking roots and digitally created a “race book” via the iPhoto photo book program that came with my MacBook (non-Mac users might want to check out other services like Shutterfly, Snapfish or even a local drugstore with a photo printing booth). The first race book was a success and, three years later, creating a race book remains an annual tradition (see: 2009, 2010, and 2011 race books).
Each race book covers all of my races from the dedicated year, highlighting my favorite photos from each race on one side. With a page intentionally blank on the other, where the race bib is placed using double sided tape. I also like to include the date, name of the race, and official time on the bottom of the photo page.
Each race book is a walk down memory lane and a good reminder of what I can accomplish when I set my mind to it!
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Meghann Anderson is a blogger-extraordinaire living in the Tampa Bay, FL area. As an avid runner and constant kitchen experimenter, Meghann inspires her readers to get active and eat healthy. Check out her blog, Meals and Miles, and follow her journey to become an IRONMAN, as she navigates life as a new “Mrs!”