So bad it’s good: The curse of the hideous race pictures

Ok so here’s the thing. I look hideous in every race photo. FACT! I don’t even know why I bother looking at them when they are published after the race. I guess I’m secretly hoping that I’ll have turned into Elle McPherson in a few of them over night.

  • I’m either looking at my Garmin and not paying enough attention to the photographer:

Brighton Half Marathon, February 2012

  • Looking slightly unhinged:

Brighton Marathon, April 2012 – sorry Sami – we both look lovely in this one! πŸ˜‰

  • Looking as though I am barely even moving:

Brighton Marathon, April 2012

  • Or dishevelled:

Eastbourne Half Marathon, March 2012.

Clearly my ‘ignore the photographer’ strategy isn’t working! Does anyone have any tips for how to look human in race pictures? Tips that don’t involve lipo and/or facelift would be good! πŸ˜‰

14 thoughts on “So bad it’s good: The curse of the hideous race pictures

  1. The only tip I have is to be a very tall man. My husband is the only person I know who looks good. They are designed to make women look shorter, fatter, dumpier, paler and altogether more unfit!!

    • I think you might be on to something there. Being 5’4″ is not great for looking slim. Even though I am only an 8-10 I seem to balloon in their photos. πŸ™‚ Just not flattering are they? πŸ™‚

  2. I don’t look great either, I think there is something in the previous response. I’m only 5ft 2, a size 12 and I always look like a size 20. My photos are similar to yours, barely look like I’m running, eyes closed, grinning like a lunatic and now I’m in my mid-40’s my last event confirmed I have flabby triceps and calf muscles any Olympic cyclist would kill for! Maybe we should lobby the photographers & get some air brushing ;0) (joke!)

  3. Hmmm this is a really good question and on the face of it impossible to solve – but how about this? ….choose a signature accessory or garment that is a bright colour and also functional ( a head band, armband, necklace even.. or something) that is unusual in some way. This will draw the eye, and become like a “visual signature” – dawning the eye and becoming associated with you.

  4. I ran my first half marathon (well first offficial run of any type) a few weeks ago and was seriously shocked at how much larger I looked than I thought I was so feel so much better for reading all the above comments. One official photographer managed to get me at 10 miles answering my phone while running to my husband who had missed seeing me and was trying to find out where I was – a dear friend posted that one on facebook saying he didnt think I was taking the running seriously!

    • I LOVE it! πŸ™‚ That really made me chuckle. That is just typical that you don’t see a photographer for 10 miles and then he’s there the minute you have to answer your phone! πŸ˜‰ I think to not look ‘big’ in a running picture you need to be very tall and a size 6 and below.

  5. Since a sex change or the purchase of a balaclava are not in my to do list at the moment, I guess I’ll have to look “less then my best” on the pics from my next race… Oh well…
    And I don’t think yours are that bad!

  6. Well we all have our moments! I have a photo from Boston and I have the look of death in my eyes! Yeash!
    Your blog site looks awesome and someday I’m going to figure out how to upload pictures. Every time I try the files seem to be huge and then the photos pixilate. I’m still a newby.

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