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Running in jewelry isn’t exactly common. Some people have sentimental pieces they always wear, but in general getting “glam” just to sweat for an hour or two isn’t in the cards. Because I run alone (although on a well-trafficked trail), I even take off my wedding ring to avoid calling attention to myself. Luckily, I have some other “bling” to trick myself out with.

Don't everyone rush to call Jason.

Don’t everyone rush to call Jason.

Because of the frequent aforementioned solo running, I wanted a way to be identified (and Jason contacted) in an emergency should something happen to me. Enter Road ID. Road ID makes bracelets (among other things) with a metal plate engraved with essential info about you – name, emergency contact info, allergies, pretty much whatever you want to put on there. I went with the basic Wrist ID Slim – a thin, stretchy silicone bracelet with no clasp – but there are lots of options for styles and colors. I also ordered a second band should I want to change up my style (it’s black); the metal plate can easily be removed and attached to a new band. And since I’m training for my first half marathon, I added on a 13.1 Slim Badge to personalize things even more. I’m thinking of picking up one of their shoe pouches as well so I can get away with not wearing a belt.

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With my Road ID on my right wrist and my Garmin Forerunner 10 on my left, you might think I don’t have any more room for bracelets. But you’d be wrong! I discovered races2remember and thought their pace bands would be a great training tool for my big race. I get a goal pace for each mile based on my preferred pacing strategy (I chose negative splits, but there are several options, or you can enter in your own pacing strategy). And I can wear them on my left wrist next to my Garmin so it’s easy to glance over and see if I’m on track.

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The instructions that come with the bands are really great, too – especially the GPS info. In races, I’ve never had my watch sync up with the race mile markers, or the Nike+ running app, so manually recording the laps is a great little tip.

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And because they were cheap, I ordered some extra bands with my motivational message of choice. Every time someone runs with me (so, basically, every time my friend Beth has run with me), they get to hear me repeating this mantra. I even repeat it loudly to myself when I’m alone. Might as well wear it on my wrist as an extra reminder.

When most runners think of bling, they think of medals. But races 10k and under typically don’t give out medals; the Rock ‘n’ Roll half will be my first medal race. Fortunately for my desire for bling (if not my wallet), I discovered virtual runs. Many people who do distance races run on behalf of a charity, which requires them to do significant fundraising before the event. One method of fundraising that’s become popular lately is creating a virtual run, complete with bibs and medals for finishers. The races are on the honor system – you could pay for a medal and never run a step – but typically people submit photos of their qualifying runs (often just a training run), and the race organizers create personalized bibs people can print at home and wear should they desire. I’ve registered for several of these, and my favorite medals so far have been for the Princess Challenge.

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Each medal featured a different likeness of a Disney princess (this set was Aurora, Merida, Rapunzel, and Jasmine, but there’s a second challenge starting soon with even more princesses), and the four main medals were for complete four half marathons (they could be walked or even completed over several days, so not a “traditional” half marathon). Runners could pick their favorite princess to run for, or they could register for the entire challenge (which I did) and get a bonus fifth medal, the pink Perfect Princess medal above. A super cute beginning to my bling collection.

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