Trying to get my groove back

One of my favorite things about half marathons (and full marathons and big races in general) is that the race photographers waste pretty much zero time uploading pictures of the event and alerting its participants that they're ready to be seen.

By the time the post-race glow begins to slightly fade and you've already admired your shiny new medal more times than you care to admit, you log into your email account to discover that the race pictures are ready. They're here! Now I can relive my amazing experience!

Aside from one of my finishing pics at the 2011 Monumental Half Marathon, this is probably the best picture taken of me while running. I typically look super pasty and splotchy with thighs that are reminiscent of jello stuffed into a plastic baggie, but this picture really is not that bad. I think it has very little to do with me and more to do with the morning sun that was casting a rather flattering glow on us as we ran down the street. Not to mention, this was barely a mile into the race and I didn't have the look of death upon me yet.

Not sure why my nostrils were flared as I crossed the finish line, but again, NOT terrible. I normally look aggressive as I finish a half marathon, not gleeful.

I think this last picture of me only looks good because the facial expressions of the other people in the photo are just SO BAD.

But seriously, why in the heck are race photographs so darn expensive? $20 for ONE 5x7 print? Sure, I get that they're high-quality pictures and that photographers have to make money off of their efforts (because it's how they make their living and all), but who's going to pay that much money for a single picture? Do you know how many prints I could order from Walgreens for $20!?

Why not charge $5 for a 5x7 and $10 for an 8x10? If you photograph a race that has a couple of thousand runners, you're bound to make a decent profit. Now, I'm not trying to tell  you guys how to do your jobs, but it's just something to consider.

I had my first run since the Hoosier Half Marathon yesterday. I wanted to get my workout over and done with so I could get home to my hubby (and honestly, there was some BBQ pulled chicken in the crock pot calling my name), so I brought my gym bag with me to work and laced up my sneakers right at 5 o'clock.

The area around the college is hilly, so why I thought trying to run 3.5 miles on a hilly terrain after completing a hilly half marathon was smart is beyond me. Might I also mention there was wind? Oh my gosh, SO MUCH WIND. My earbuds kept blowing out of my ears and little wisps of hair kept hitting me in the face. I was tired, sore, grouchy, my knee was bothering meI was not a happy camper.

I'm pretty sure my brow was furrowed and I looked like I was on the warpath to passerby who saw me strugging up and down the sidewalk. I mean-mugged my way through that horrible run. For the last half mile, Kanye West's "Watch The Throne" came on my iPod and the entire time I was like, "I AM MOST CERTAINLY NOT YOUR BITCH, KANYE. SHUT UP. THIS ISN'T ABOUT YOU."

I knew the run was going to be a struggle, but I was surprised and disappointed by just how much of a struggle it actually was. It's very uncommon for me to be this sore after a half; I guess my body just needs more time to recover.

How long does it take you to start feeling normal again after a tough race?


  1. You look so 'in the zone' in those photos! Love it!

  2. I'm super jealous of those pictures! I always look incredibly dazed and out of it, even 100 feet into a race!

  3. I'm so with you on the photos... why so expensive?? And who buys them? It usually takes me a couple of days to start feeling normal again, but it also depends on how running fit I am at the time of the race. I bet it will take me a month or so to feel 'normal' again once I get back into the serious running now... Haha.


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