I love getting that email notification telling me my race photos are in. Surely this time I will look like the powerful lithe running goddess I am, I think to myself! And then I click on the link and sink further in despair as the slideshow proceeds. My hopeful thoughts quickly turn to self-loathing. Do I really look that manly? Why is that stuff flapping over there? Do those shorts even fit? Am I dying?
How many times have you thought, “why do I always look like *#@$% in my race photos?!” If you’re like most of us, many many times. Many. Many. Times.
Here’s the thing. Except for the occasional accidental amazing shot, the vast majority of your photos should look like *#@$%! And by *#@$%, I mean not like a posed #selfie, but badass and GETTING. IT. DONE! I’ll illustrate why below!
Think about it. When you go to a race, are you there to take a beautiful portrait of yourself or are you there to run your best? Why waste valuable mental effort stressing about how you look before the race? Sure, go ahead and add waterproof mascara application to your prerace ritual, but worrying about what your hair is going to look like or if your lipgloss is going to wear off if you drink at a water stop is not going to help you race your best. Do what you need to feel happy and comfortable, but no more! Keep your focus on your pace.
Besides, doing things that others recommend to look good in race photos is also counterproductive to performing your best. For example, check out these counterproductive common tips for a good race photo.
Be on the hunt for photographers so you are prepared. If you’re focused on giving it your all and exercising your race plan you should actually not notice the photographers!
Don’t do ___ as you cross the finish line. Um, if you gave it your all you probably aren’t going to give a damn about how you look at the finish line! Getting to it before you _____ (insert: vomit, pass out, some other extremely embarrassing or painful experience you rather not endure, etc) should be your only concern.
Smile! First, you need to find the photographers, which we already covered above. But then you have to actually smile … without looking like a freak? How often do you look good when you force a smile when your mom is trying to snap a photo of you sitting in a chair? About never. So how good should you look if you force a smile when you feel like you might poop your pants, vomit, or your quads are about to explode?
The best advice for taking good race photos? Confidently race your best and hope the photographer captured one of 5 race photos in your lifetime that make you look as strong, confident and powerful as you feel. If you really just want a good photo of yourself, hire a photographer to snap it outside of a race environment!
Share your most badass #RunLikeaGirl shots! And tell us, do you worry about taking good race photos?