For Your Viewing Pleasure: My Race Pics

The race pics are in, and though there are no pics of me touching my fingers together in the midst of my out-of-body experience, there is still plenty to laugh at!  So, for your Friday amusement, I now present my last half marathon summed up in three short pics…

First, HH…running strong at the end of Mile 9 (the wheels on the bus were still going round and round at that point, he said, but fell off shortly thereafter)–

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I would give anything for his skinny thighs and ass…it’s not easy being married to a man whose butt is smaller than yours.  These are my problems.  Feel for me, people, feel for me.

And here I was, a few minutes earlier at the same spot…half delirious, but somehow rocking an 8:55 mile (not great, but acceptable given my state.)  Hey, Mr./Ms. Photographer, where were you at Mile 4 when I pulled that 8:10 mile out of my ass?  My stride would have photographed beautifully!

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And now I would like to demonstrate the power of two photos, taken just a second apart, to demonstrate both the agony of defeat and how a slightly different angle and snapshot in time can look so different.

Photo 1: I appear to be moving, which is good considering that I was in the middle of a damn race.  My eyes are closed in an expression that is part what-the-hell-am-I doing, part I-am-headed-to-the-medical-tent-can-anyone-give-me-a-ride, part I’ll-be-damned-if-I’m-not-going-to-finish.  I am moving the fingers on my left hand, because I had lost sensation in them.  Was I trying to snap?  Who the hell knows?  At least I don’t look that fat…I look like me when I look in the mirror.  This is what I see in myself…and I’m okay with it…

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Photo 2:  NOT OKAY!  I have highlighted the areas of my discontent.  HH and I laughed for at least ten minutes over this photo last night, but secretly I am just glad that I have a well-worn sense of humor and can laugh at myself; otherwise, I might cry.  Who is this dumpy speed walker and what is she doing with my race bib on?

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I hope this pic gave your your laugh for the day…it is certainly giving me motivation for next weekend’s redemptive half marathon!  Happy running, readers!

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21 thoughts on “For Your Viewing Pleasure: My Race Pics

  1. I just tried to comment but not sure it posted…anyway, what I was trying to say is that I think you are rather harsh on yourself – these are great race pics, all I see is a fit and determined runner! Well done, great time too!

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    • Thank you! It’s true, none of us look our best while running, unless we are Ridiculously Photogenic Runner. Still, I thought it was one for the ages…I hope to cross the next finish line in full-on pose mode! Smiles and jazz hands perhaps…

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  2. My race photos always suck. I’m like a bad-photo magnet, even when I try to smile. Bah. But hey, an 8:55 is far better than I can ever hope to run, so don’t knock yourself too hard, all right? You have a lot to be proud of. 🙂

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  3. Aww I think you are being way too hard on yourself in that second pic although I did laugh at the waddling duck feet. I think race photographers are trained to make people look as crappy as possible. Your calf muscles look awesome!!!

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