Me, after a hard 5 mile run down Otterspool Promenade and Sefton Park.
#OperationHideous started when some random instagram user called Bangs (of Bangs and a Bun and Spikes & Heels) 'hideous' after she uploaded a photo of herself post-workout on to instagram. There does seem to be an expectation for women to look glamourous all the time, even after working out, perpetuated by photos of celebrities going to the gym looking fabulous. Bangs talks about it more eloquently than I ever could, but I really agreed with all the points she makes. I am a red-faced runner. Some people sweat, others glow and I just go red. I hated doing PE in case I ended up all red-faced at school. Getting red and sweating just wasn't seen as 'ladylike'. Instead I stood on the sidelines, putting in the bare minimum effort.
I've got over that now and see my red-face as a sign of achievement. Every time I run a bit further or it feels a bit easier, I get a real sense of achievement. I've got to the level now where I want a challenge to push me over the 6 mile/10k mark. On Sunday I have a 10k run in Southport, which I'm not aiming for a PB in, as I've been dreadfully slow lately, but I'm going to use it instead as my base for my half marathon training.
Some sights on my run...
Looking glamourous while running is not my aim. I wear neon orange running shoes and skin tight lycra - it's hardly the height of fashion. However, the feeling that I get when I push myself a bit further, get a PB or do some exercise on a day when I haven't felt like it is well worth looking 'hideous'.