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Aquarium Run 2012
Crazy hair? Check! Red face? Check! Weird look on your face? Check! Adjusting your clothing awkwardly? Check! Walking during a race? Check! 

I'm guilty of all of those when it comes to race photos. It. Never. Fails. 
You are in the middle of your race, you have no idea but someone you know or maybe someone you don't know is on the sidelines taking photos. You somehow managed to get selected out of hundreds maybe thousands of runners to get your picture taken only to see that picture after the race and you look like death warmed over, your hair is looking all kinds of crazy, or you have some weird look on your face that resembles something you'd see on the proverbial "short bus". 

It. Happens. Every. Time. 

My goal for running the Route 66 Marathon was to get at least one good running photo. I knew there would be tons of photographers from Marathonfoto there taking pictures that I could then purchase online a few days later. I tried really hard to look cute (not in pain) and smile (not crying) and wave (not awkwardly clinching my fists like I usually do) at all the photographers I saw. I even wore makeup to a marathon! I NEVER wear makeup to races. I'm just not that kinda gal. I'm also not a hugger, but we'll save that for another blog post. 

When I crossed the finish line my husband was waiting for me and we took a photo together with the official background and our medals. Wouldn't it be my luck that here I am after my first full marathon and I get the proof of the picture back and my hair looks like it is on fire because it is so crazy. Literally looks like fire! Ugh! Oh well, time for my favorite Twitter Hashtag: #RedHairDontCare 

We went ahead and purchased the picture of us at the finish line. Crazy red hair and all. It was our first marathon! How could we not have a photo to remember the race by? But as I was looking at my proofs and trying to decide which one to buy I feel like I did accomplish my goal. I didn't look crazy in all of them, I didn't look like a hot mess in all of them, and you can't see my hair very well in the far away shots so that's a plus! 

In one photo, I apparently wave with the enthusiasm of a 5 year old waving at Santa Claus on Christmas day because it looks like my hand is broken from waving at the photographer. Photo Fail. I'm not buying that one. 

See below to enjoy, poke fun at, laugh at, and ridicule some of my favorite race photos of me and my friends and know that you are not alone if you take terrible race photos too! 

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12/02/2012 7:29am

And then then to pay $$.$$ for those race photos and pray they won't resurface in a blog! After 26.2 miles, I didn't care anymore...

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Ebell0624
12/02/2012 8:26am

I hate race photos. Without fail, I always look terrible. Like death warmed over...twice!!! My hubby bought us our first marathon photo and I proudly display it in my office, even though its the worst.picture.ever. Oh well, gotta be proud of the accomplishment, even if you look like you are in pain the while time...which you are:)

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RunGingerRunBlog
12/02/2012 8:38pm

DonJ51 - I know! They can be pretty expensive! I'm glad my friends are willing to bring their iPhones and snap a few candid shots!

Ebell - I've seen that pic and it's not that bad! It's cute!

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12/09/2012 5:09pm

One of my last half marathons, almost all of my pics were awesome. But the majority of races, they have been super unflattering.

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12/12/2012 10:00pm

That's awesome! Hopefully we all have at least one race with good photos! I hope you bought one since they are so rare! LOL

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The running pictures are great for us i always do morning running to remain fit and healthy. It is important for all the sports person to have vert good routine of running. So thanks for sharing this article for us.

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05/27/2016 8:24pm

It give us a good reading. Hopefully you'll make another one asap. Cheers!

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06/04/2016 10:38pm

You must have really done your research, i have to admit that your blog is professionally written and well displayed. Thanks for posting.

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06/04/2016 11:06pm

Nice going.

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