Specifically a race number:
[image credit Gary]
Younger runners today would be well served by picking up and reading one of his books. Your life might change, seriously.
Anyway, over the weekend I took Mister Tristan (the 7 year old human being, not the blog) to run his very first race. It was a kids race, a 1K, but it came complete with all the swag to help get a kid motivated: T-shirt, finisher's ribbon, actual course timing and a finish line chute...and a number bib.
It was the number bib that made him feel as though he was a runner.
So now he is. He wants to run again as soon as possible.
As for Ultrarunning, on my part, after the kids' race I ran a 5K with the adults, my first race in many months. I can't tell you how motivating and exciting it was. Granted, I was old and slow, but for the first time in awhile I felt like a runner. A runner. It's been a very unmotivated 2015 for a variety of reasons.
Looking ahead now to find a suitable Ultra so I can run some trails, with a number bib pinned on me.