From 2011-2013, I ran many hundreds of miles with the ladies in this selfie. Our lives have changed a lot since then; between the three of us we’ve changed jobs, had babies, took up new hobbies, and moved away. We haven’t run much together since then. My memories of the miles we shared together during those two years are so happy, but I have almost no photos of us together! So when we got back together last weekend for a trot, I wanted to snap this selfie to remember it.
In taking that selfie and posting it on social media, I joined legions of other runners who post thousands of #runnerselfies every day, of which there are many types: post-run glowing faces; the watch shot; running buddies (human and canine); the shoe shot; treadmill action shots; post-run donuts; and even mid-stride snaps (those are my favorite). I’ve taken my share of selfies to commemorate everything from completion of a killer treadmill workout to stroller runs with JB, and even bloody wounds from spectacular falls.
The selfie is an important part of the run ritual for many people, though others are too serious about their training and don’t have time for such frivolity.