If I was halfway decent at taking “professional” pictures (i.e. actually knew how to use a fancy camera), I would volunteer to be a race photographer.
Nope, you do not have to pay me. The entertainment of watching runners and catching random, flattering and unflattering photos is compensation. I might even make a few signs to rotate through, making sure I get a reaction out of people. Morgan, I’ll put you in charge of that!
Taking Dorry’s advice, I’ve realized there’s more fun in showing you how the race really felt. I could easily sit here and only display the pictures from the first few miles – “Well HEY, I feel great! I’m not even that sweaty yet, and psh, 7:45 pace? Easy peezy.”
But we know that’s not how it went down. And I hope you know I don’t’ say “easy peezy” in my head.
Instead, I’ll show you a few snapshots that clearly speak to how exhausted I was, and how badly I wanted that Finish Line to be about 4 miles closer than it was. They’re not all bad, I was having fun for about half an hour…
Look, run with me:
Yup, I do feel great: I guess I could pass this guy; I think this trail will work magic!
What’s that? It’s only mile 5??
Well, photog, I might as well have fun with you now, because I’m already certain I won’t have the energy to smile next time we hang out.
Case in point:
Where’s the Finish Line?! Why are we still running…..?
I’m tired. I want pizza. I don’t want to play anymore.
This was mile 12.5.
It only got worse, see below (D’s POV, from behind the Finish Line):
Um….if I close my eyes, it goes by faster? I block out the exhaustion? I magically hop across the Finish Line and I’m done??
UGH. One. More. Step…
Done! FINALLY. Where can I sit? Where’s the Gatorade? When can I shower?!
Give me food or give me death!
It was a long, hot day at the races folks – and we don’t even have humidity to complain about! My former East-coast self would be ashamed that I took this dry mountain air for granted.
But, hey, at least I got a few good photos out of it all, right? And some bling (see above, left)! And now, I can laugh about those last few shots. We’ll coin that my “race-exhaustion” face. Hopefully there are more of the “race excitement / energy” ones in the future!
Let’s keep the tone going – what’s an embarrassing, or random, race-day moment that you have yet to confess? Leave it here, no one will know…