If there is one thing I’ve emphasized over and over again on this blog, it’s that the miles I run are much more about the memories I make while running them than they are about the times in which they are completed. My quest to run a marathon in every state has never had anything to do with running the fastest marathon or even completing each one within a certain time limit. I’ve picked the races in each state that have really appealed to me for one reason or another because I’m on the journey with the intention of making enough memories to last a lifetime. Yes, sometimes those memories are not always fun, but I’ve learned something about myself in each and every race that has made them a valuable experience, regardless of how I’ve felt during the felt.
The main reason I started this blog is to record the memories I’ve made at races along the way. But what do I do with the “stuff” I accumulate during races, like bibs? Where do I record my stats? What does everyone else do with all their pictures? Until now, I haven’t really been sure, but I was recently contacted by a company called RACEDAY books. They specialize in binders that are similar to scrapbooks and are specially designed to record all of those memories in a convenient flip-book design. At first, I was skeptical about testing out the product because I’m not the most creative person in the world, but I realized that I do need a place to keep all the aforementioned stuff, and now that I am doing fewer races, the idea of keeping up with a book isn’t quite so overwhelming, so I decided to give it a try.
The first thing that I noticed about the book is the simplicity of its design. The book I reviewed has three main components: race details pages, photo pages, and clear sheets where you can insert a bib or whatever other mementos you so choose.
The race detail pages have space for pretty much every type of race statistic you can imagine. I’m not much for things like age group place and all that (probably because it’s usually rather depressing) but for people who like to record that type of stuff, this is the perfect place to do so. There’s even a spot for weather and other details.
If you’re the type that likes to add photos from your races, you can opt to add photo pages to your book. The first photo page follows each detail page. The photo pages are heavy cardboard, and the book itself comes with colorful tape (in the color of the book you chose) to make it easy to affix photos while keeping with the theme. Of course, you can use scrapbook paper, glue, or whatever else you want, but I’m a simple and lazy gal and I like this setup. Honestly, anything more complicated would be a deterrent to me because it would seem overwhelming. This never felt like something that was too hard to do or that would take too much time, so it made me want to actually set up my pages! You can add photos to both sides of the photo pages if you want. If you choose not to add photo pages to your book, you can still include great memories with the detail page and sheet protector, which can also hold photographs if you so desire.
After the first photo page is a clear page protector that is designed to house the race bib. This is one of my favorite features of the whole book! I feel like most runners have some place to put their medals, but very few have some place to store their bibs. This is the perfect solution! A few years ago, I started to really appreciate races that take the time to create a unique bib, and I love keeping them! I have the race bib from every marathon I’ve ever done, but they used to just sit in a stack. No more!
After the page protectors comes another photo page, and then the section begins for the next race! Of course, you can shuffle the pages around so that you have more photo pages for a race with a ton of pictures and less for another. The choice is yours! My pages are fairly plain because I like them that way, but there is plenty of room for decoration and fun stuff.
I think RACEDAY books are a great option for runners who want a place to store their memories without getting into a full-blown scrapbook. There are definitely some limitations, since you don’t have the option of using your own specially designed paper and the book isn’t as big, but I think for all but the most hard core scrapbookers, it would get the job done. The book comes in green and pink, and there are lots of options on the website if you want to add on additional features!
RACEDAY books is giving away a 15-page binder to one lucky reader! Also, they have been generous enough to provide a coupon code good for 25% off through the end of the year! Just enter TREXRNR at checkout!
Disclosure: RACEDAY Books provided the product sample and compensated me in exchange for my honest review of the product. All opinions are my own, for better or for worse.