Last night while scrolling through the feed of one of my Facebook Running groups, I saw that someone had posed this question. I seriously wondered if it was a joke. A makeup refresh station??? I thought I learned long ago not to make even an innocent comment on public posts. It’s just fodder for the trolls. But of course I had to comment, with an imbedded ‘settle down, trolls’ disclaimer:
By this morning there were a number of new comments, some were for, but most were against the idea of wearing makeup for a race. The general consensus was, ‘whatever floats your boat’. One person commented that she would look like this if she ran with makeup, which just cracked me up. Maybe that’s why most of us choose not to do it!
I enjoyed this bit of humor, and then moved on to the blogs. I started with one of my favorites, Marcia’s Healthy Slice. This week’s Tuesdays on the Run linkup is about best/worst race photos. Which got me thinking…maybe this makeup refresh station isn’t such a bad idea after all! Marcia asked in her post whether or not people buy or display race photos. My first race was the 2013 Chicago Marathon. Since this was my first race, I bought a (way too pricey) package ~ several 5″ X 7″ photos and the generic race DVD. The photos are in a drawer in the envelope they came in. I’m not sure what I did with the DVD. Since then, I have run six marathons – each of the past five Chicago Marathons, and the Marine Corps Marathon last year. Just as I’ve always tried to treat my kids equally (they might beg to differ), I’ve treated each of my marathons equally. I buy two photographs, one of me running through the finish line with my hands up in the air, and one of me posing at the race backdrop with my medal around my neck. They’re all in the same drawer in the envelopes they came in. I’ve never bought photos from my smaller races. Not that I don’t value them; it’s just that race photos are too darned expensive. But I still feel obligated to treat all my
kids marathons the same and keep buying my standard two.
I’ve had people tell me in the past that I am photogenic. I don’t know about that. There is literally one photo from my son’s recent wedding that I think I look good in. Don’t get me wrong–the photos are absolutely beautiful, and I think everyone in them looks amazing…except me. I’m sure some of you know the feeling. We’re our own worst critics.
Anywho, back to the photos. So here are the two ‘standard’ pictures I buy, from my first marathon in 2013. I love them! I’m not even sure how good I think I look in them (they’re not bad), but I had never run in my life and had just completed a marathon. What’s not to love? Now, before we move on: I still laugh at the picture on my left, with the earbuds in my ears. I put them in before the race started, but with all the excitement and listening to the pre-race announcements, I just started the race and forgot to turn my music on. I ran the entire race with the buds in my ears but with no music. Doh! And the pic on the right…is that a sweaty crotch I see? UGH. I have similar pictures from each of my marathons (minus the earbuds and hopefully minus the sweaty crotch), so I won’t bore you with all of those. I’ve searched the archived website photos and found a few good ones. Needless to say, I didn’t purchase them.
How about you? Do you buy your race photos? Do you display them? Yay or nay on makeup during a race? Do you think these makeup refresh stations will be a thing?
I’m linking up with Marcia, Patty, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run, Annemarie and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday, and Debbie, Rachel, and Lora for Running Coaches Corner! Be sure to check them all out, along with the other great posts from this week’s linkups!