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Running Tip They Don’t Teach You: Smile & Say Cheese!

Posted Jul 16 2010 5:40am

I think I may have mentioned here and there that I hate it when people watch me workout. I turn into the strawberry cousin of Violet Beauregarde from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. The hair, the sweat, such a hot mess. It ain’t pretty. After each race the event will send you photography of your feat. I typically scroll through and go “eesh” or “umm, not too awful.” I have to this date never purchased proper race photography. Not even of my first. Well, if you ever wonder what happens to your race photos after the event has come and gone….

10K Surprises!

That’s me, right there at the bottom. This pic is from my FIRST proper race as an adult, the Atlanta U.S. 10K Classic last Labor Day. Which at the time when I saw the pics I was not going to order. You should see the others. I shutter to think what they could have used. There’s probably a solid blooper reel out there. You always pass a race photographer and you do your best to not look like a total spaz running. We all know the crazy faces we can make during a hard run. A lady at my gym actually spotted me (insert another fear of mine here) and said she recognized me from an event race e-mail she received. Are y’all laughing hysterically yet? How random can this get? She then sent me the e-mail for the Atlanta U.S. 10K Classic race promotion, complete with my mug.

I know, running a hilly course in Atlanta during the dead of summer, what’s up with that? The Atlanta U.S. 10K Classic however was a fantastic experience. The support of the racers and spectators was overwhelming. Everyone was cheering each other on and for the first time I felt like an athlete. There were throngs of racers, including cyclists and inline skaters. I was able to get my first race jitters out of the way, since this race was a precursor to my half marathon. The race set-up organization and post-event celebration were terrific. Quite the spread of goodies. PLUS you got free entrance after the race to White Water, the local water park.

For all you peaches, here’s some local info on the race:
The U.S. 10K Classic — Atlanta’s premier multi-event road race. Each year we bring runners, walkers, inline skaters, wheelchair athletes and professional cyclists together for a single cause — to raise awareness and funds for children’s charities in Georgia and for the future development of the World Children’s Center.

Moral of this story: Smile big, and wear a supportive top. I guess this means the pressure is on for me to sign up again, right?!

Next week I’ll start sharing more deets around the tri training. My thoughts about tri plans and I’ve got to start thinking about my outfit. Does is sound like I am running a race or going to prom?

So spill it. Let’s hear how you captured your best race moment. Anybody got some hot race pics floating around out there?!


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