Everyone has a different reason as to why they run. You might be running to lose weight, to train for a race, relieve stress, keep a healthy heart, boredom, or enjoyment.
To run is a beautiful thing, we’re lucky to be able to walk, think of all the mermaids out there in their shell bras who wish they were running like you! To be a runner, well, it’s not always beautiful. There are a few physical characteristics that you’ll encounter as a runner, and this is part one of your definitive guide on running aesthetics.
Part one, Facials
Run yourself ugly. Run until your face looks bee-stung, sea-sprayed and contorted with eyes squinting framed by a veiny temple, and every kilometre you’ve run has etched a new line in your forehead.
In short if you remain photogenic while running you’re probably not doing it right. I think I’m getting there. The photo in the pink shirt is from the Wellington Half Marathon in June and that was giving 110%. Could be a bit uglier but this is a great effort from me.
I try to smile at people when I run past them, and it comes out like a dog baring it’s teeth at an intruder. While I do feel like I personally own the Southern coastline after running so many kilometres on it, I will still share it with other runners. If you see me coming towards you, the whites of my eyes glinting in the sun, saliva hanging from my teeth, flared nostrils and breath coming in murderous rasps, just smile at my rabid running face. I’m harmless.
My tips for having a pretty running face for race photos;
- Moisten your gums with your tongue before smiling so that your lip doesn’t stick up there like a curious rabbit
- Flail all limbs so that your running form is so poor nobody will notice how your face looks
- Pull a face, you’re going to look odd either way so you might as well do it properly
- Raise your eyebrows, the look of surprise might make you forget how painful that moment was
- If you feel particularly horrendous, cover your race number with your arm as you go past photographers so they can’t match you with your photos. Ha.
If you see another runner, give them a smile. That little acknowledgement helped me to keep going through so many long hard runs it’s amazing what a smile can do!