Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Awkward and Fugly Race Photos & a 13.1 Winner

It's been 3 days since the Shamrock Shuffle 8k and life is slowly returning back into my legs. Monday morning I could barely bend over to reach my toes and think that I got a small lick of what it will feel like to live inside my body when I'm 90.

Received an email yesterday that my "race photos" from Sunday were ready for my viewing. I don't photograph well while running, but I thought that I would take at peek at the overpriced photos that I wasn't going buy anyhow.

After this fugly race photo from 2010:

Chicago Marathon 2010
I pretty much gave up any expectation of great action shots years ago. Running and beauty apparently just do not go together for me.

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Like I mentioned the other day, Sunday's race is kind of all a blur in my mind. There are few things that I remember after my legs pumped out that 5:42  2nd mile, but after seeing this pic I remembered something else... that I ran up the 400 foot incline in the last half mile with my eyes closed. Why? Who the heck knows, but chances are likely that at the time my mind was going to great lengths to make that finish line appear as quick as possible.

When I look at that photo above the only thing that pops into mind is "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can."

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I'm also super cool where no matter how much pain I am in upon crossing the finish line, the first thought that crosses my mind will always be "must...stop...garmin...".

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Race day support crew


I also like to play ballerina as my pre-race ritual apparently.


And make cool faces at the Millennium Park Bean.

Without further ado, the randomly selected winner of the Chicago 13.1 Marathon giveaway is...


Congrats Michel! Looks like we will be taking to the Chicago 13.1 Marathon course on June 9th together! Email me at chicagorunnergirl@gmail.com and I'll get you in contact with the race organizers for your free entry.

Alright time to air your dirty laundry folks...
We've all got them, those fugly race photos that seem to capture the true glory of race day. Who wants to trump my Chicago Marathon 2010 fuglyness? Think you've got a real winner email me at chicagorunnergirl@gmail.com to be part of a fugly race photo posting.

14 comments:

  1. Yay!!! Big smiles over here! So excited!!

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  2. Love all the pictures. I think you look HOT!!!!!!! The ballerina pic is cute. I want that top :)

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  3. Congrats to Michel!!!

    I love your photos. They show how hard you were working! And love the ballerina one. That bright pink top... I can't stop looking at it... it's mesmerizing!

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  4. I was actually going to do a post about this today as well... But you beat me to it!!

    If your photos are fugg... Then oh lord I wonder what you'd call mine!?! :)

    I'll be sending mine over soon.

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  5. I emailed you my photos! Like Kim said, you look like you're working hard in your pics! I can't wait to see the fruits of this photo request!

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  6. awesome!! i think my photos from the shamrock are worse. eyes closed in almost all of them. made me finally hire a professional photographer to take running pix of me next week on the trail. and I WILL BE SMILING for those :D

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  7. i always look so serious in mine like I am pissed off or something. I usually have on my sunglasses so that eliminates the closed eye look. i try to smile if I see the photo guy but he usually misses his cue

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  8. Oh I wish I'd won that half marathon entry so that I could come visit and run with you and Xaarlin (my two chicago blog friends) in Chicago haha :)

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  9. I totally feel your pain. I'm running a half in about 2 weeks and one of my goals is to actually get some decent photos at the end!

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  10. I almost think it is impossible to get a good race pic from me. Your look good and your way speedy. Nice work!

    btw LOVE your shoes!

    Sarah

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  11. I have a hard time getting good race pictures too. I always look like I'm dying. Haha.

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  12. LOVE these pics girl! SO not fugly at all :-D

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  13. Oh, man...I just found a priceless one online from the Atlanta half where I genuinely look like I'm picking my nose. I'll have to send that one to you ;)

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  14. I agree about the pink ballerina top. It's adorable! I love anything bright. Your race pics are great. I swear I never even look at mine because I usually have bad form and some sort of gel spilled all over myself..scary.

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