Monday, May 9, 2011

Race Photos that Don't Make Me Want to Become a Hermit

Confession: I almost did not look at my Half Marathon race proofs.

I got the email saying they were online on Thursday and my first thought was, "Helllllllll No!"   I did not see the value in crushing my fragile self-esteem; I was still riding the confidence boost from some dude asking me out 10 minutes post race, why ruin it?  I think 98% of  my race photos have made me want to hide away for the rest of my life so as not to subject anyone to my hideousness (not even exaggerating a tiny little bit.)

I got another email this morning saying that they would only be available for a limited time.

"Maybe I should just take a peek"
"NO don't do it!"
"I can't not know what they look like"
"Ignorance is Bliss"
" I have to. . . for blog's sake"
"You were wearing itty bitty spandex shorts that creeped into bikini briefs" = unflattering leg photos
"But. . . but. . . but, I've been working out."

Also I am challenging myself to do one thing that scares me everyday, and yup, scared.

So with much anxiety (yes I have issues), I clicked on the link, took a deep breath, said a prayer. . . 

hmmm these aren't soo bad.
But I am gonna pretend like didn't see that one.

Here they are, they're no glamour shots but I think I'll allow myself to leave the house today.



I don't think I'll ever be one to have an awesome smiling finish line photo.

And I think I'm okay with that.

     *After going through Penn Station on my way upstate this past week  I decide I'm going to take a trip to the city and do a little gym research.  It will be nice to wander around the city now that it is nice out and I thought I would accomplish something at the same time by stopping into some gyms and inquiring about what they look for in trainers.  I figured I could ask what qualifications they are looking for (I'm getting ACE certified right now, but I can work on some other certs over the summer as well) and other things I can work on to make myself more marketable.  I think it will also be good experience for me to communicate with prospective employers, because hey, there's another thing I'm scared of.

  So I'm requesting any suggestions you may have on what to ask while I am there. The plan is to venture in sometime this week, I'm going to figure out which gyms I want to hit up today :D

     Plus you should all check out my old college XC teammate Steph's brand new blog!  She got into the NYC Marathon and it'll be her first Full Mary :D 

25 comments:

Siobhan @sio 'n the run said...

These pictures aren't bad at all! And I don't know if I will ever have a smiling photo at the finish line. I'm always too focused on sprinting to the finish!

Mamarunsbarefoot said...

Uh Wow! What a time! And your form looks GREAT!!!!!!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

If you think these pictures are bad in ANY way, you're crazy!!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

What are you talking about--great photos!!
:)

Katie said...

lol well I will 100% admit to being crazy. . .but no I don't think this pictures are particularly bad. I'm very glad that I decided to actually LOOK at these pics because I feared wayyy worse. These actually may be my best race photos ever :)

Thanks MRB!

Sio~ Yes completely, I am usually so focused on sprinting that I miss the time on the finish clock.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

Those race pictures are great! You look fantastic.

Laura Frey said...

I am exactly the same way! In fact I've emailed the photo companies asking them to take my proofs down because they were so horrible! But THESE ROCK! I love your finish line ones. Excellent!! Congrats

Shannon said...

Those pictures are great! I wish my body looked that great, seriously. I'll hire you to be my personal trainer, k? And I'm curious to see what you find out about gyms/certs because I'm considering getting a personal training certification...

Rochelle said...

Those pictures are not bad at all..mine are horrible. I kept trying to do a smile and it just came out and complete exhaustion...thankfully my son ran over the finish line with me...and he made every picture cute!

Good job on the 1:43 - you are a rockstar!

Jenn @ A Runner's Road said...

I think those a great pictures. I'm sure my finish line pics would all say "thank goodness it's over!" if I ran a 1/2 right now!

Melissa Cunningham said...

those pics arent as bad as you think!!!!!!
but i did the same as you when i did my last race--went through the pics,cringed,laughed,and told myself the blog world would NEVER see these!
lol!
anyways,about the questions to ask about waht gyms are looking for in trainers...
ask about how clientale base works...some gyms will asign clients,some make you get your own,some gym require you to be a "floor trainer" (being in charge of showing how to work equipment to new members,etc)first before graduating to a "real" trainer...
some require you to rent your own space (contract trainer),some make you keep a certain number of clients in order to work there.....
just some things to think about....
anyways,hope you have a good rest of the week!
will be thinking about you this weekend while im running my half marathon!

Holley @ Lunges and Lashes said...

those are way better than most of my race pics, shoot!

great pace, way to go!

BabyWilt said...

Pics are amazing, love the flying finish & I wish I could have that time :-) All round great stuff xx

Rachelle Wardle said...

Great pictures girl! You look like you are flying and actually enjoying it. :)

Thanks for sharing and congrats again on a great time!

Megan said...

Those pictures look awesome! If I looked like you, I'd be photocopying that shit and putting it all over the neighborhood! ;D

Nelly said...

I definitely have some of the same thoughts as your about checking out race pics - I am usually excited, but at the same time, dreading what I am going to see if some are bad, haha Mainly I am dreading the pics that look like I just emerged from a car crash. For pics like these, check out my SF marathon race pics, haha

Your pics look great! One of the main tips I learned from reading running books is to never hit your watch until you are totally out of the finish line photo area, that way you get a great finish line photo! I always try to look for where the finish line cameras are and ham it up, haha

Cynthia said...

I think you look great! You look cute and focused!

The Noble Fam said...

I agree with everyone as well, these photos are great! Great job!

Just_because_today said...

I happen to look good on that 25 mile picture, dont know why because I feel anything but good. You looked good finishing, strong. that's the way to look

Neon Blonde Runner said...

Your photos are gorgeous!

I was just talking with OUAL's Sarah about how it takes me like a week to start to be OK with my race photos. At first they always look terrible, but then they usually grow on me with time :)

Jamoosh said...

The "Limited Time" statement is such BS. I don't know why these picture companies do this. Purchase now or pay an "archive fee!" Right. Because three months later, I'll get a "last chance" email. Then on the next holiday, I'll get a "one time only" email. It never ends.

On the other hand - great pictures!

Matty O said...

man, I always pose for the cameras, on the course, at the finish where ever!

I don't care too much about PRs I only lose like 5-10s for the cameras but they remind me the positives of the races and that they are to be ENJOYED, not suffered haha.

Even pushing for a PR, you can still enjoy the race. I have yet to have a horrible race that I was not smiling or happy at. Try it at your next race!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

GREAT photos and what a finish for your first half!! OUTSTANDING KATIE!!!

Kate said...

If I ran a 1:43 half, you bet I'd be smiling at the end. Probably smiling through vomit, but still...

Cute pictures. I know what you mean about race photos, though. I have hated every one of mine that I've seen. I'm much cuter in my mind than on film.

Mike said...

I couln't copy the proof from my race, but my face clearly displayed pain. You look great and had a great posture.