Tuesday, 2 October 2012

#OperationHideous




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'. 

20 comments:

  1. I am also a red faced runner! My face stays red for nearly an hour after I stop haha!

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  2. that is amazing!
    i'm trying to get into running. currently trying to test myself to do 1.5miles under 14 minutes. but after a mile i'm knackered! lol.

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  3. Strong is the new Skinny!

    I'm a red-facer too. Every time I run a race, I get all excited to see the pictures afterward. Then I'm horrified at how terrible I look. I still run though, cause seriously, I do it cause it makes me feel good.

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  4. I go red-faced as well. I don't run very much as I'm hopeless at motivating myself. I wish I could make myself get into it.

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  5. I am a red faced runner too, sometimes it is almost bordering on purple. Hideous but the sign of a good workout. Lasts for ages too which is annoying if I want to go somewhere afterwards.

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  6. I turn a lovely shade of puce post run but I know that I've worked hard. It's horrible that women will insult other women like that.

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  7. Well done on your five miles and good luck for Sunday\! I am definitely a red face runner, and like you tried to avoid PE at school because of it. Although I don't run as much as I'd like or should (motivation has been hard to come by lately) when I'm at the gym I'm proud of my red face, although I'd like it if I was a little less sweaty. Obviously not everyone goes bright red, but when I see everyone on the machines around me still a normal colour I feel proud that I've pushed myself to work out that bit harder.

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  8. Er, I think you look pretty amazing! Plus, you'll be really healthy and gorgeous on the inside too.Rx

    http://sandersonsmithstory.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. I get red in the face too. And I'm so fair skinned it's really noticeable. And I also wear actual exercise clothes to work out in, which aren't the most flattering. But I actually feel bad for the girls who feel they must do full makeup before heading to the gym, and spend tons of money on "cute" workout clothes. I exercise to be healthy, and that's what I want to focus on while I'm exercising. I don't want my self worth to be tied to how I look 24/7. That's a sad way to live.

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  10. I commented on your Instagram but I'll comment again, you are amazing :)

    I went for my first run in over a month yesterday and managed 3 miles and I loved it. I get a red face too but I love how Bangs has made it a good thing, her newletters are great too.

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  11. Well done! It's tough - I have hurt my knees from running so I am currently taking a little break. But I miss it! :(

    Keep it up!

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  12. Couldn't agree more, there's nothing like the feeling of pushing yourself that bit harder or further- to hell with looking sweaty!

    Sarah xx
    http://goldilocksrunning.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. congratulations, i really wish to be more healthy and do some exercise :/ but...i'm way to lazy for it

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  14. I am sure I look utterly mad when I run, but running is done so I can look good when not running (not only reason, but one!) that's what I tell myself when I look like a loon :)

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  15. Well, I KNOW I look a bit insane when I run - I'm never smiling in any of the action shots! - but doing it and being fit and healthy and sparkling inside and having FUN is what it's all about!! Anyone who remarks on how you look after a workout probably doesn't do much themselves, I can imagine! Props to Bangs for turning such a horrid insensitive comment right back on them! I will never forget a complete stranger commenting on how red and sweaty I looked when I was walking to work on a 30 degree day back home. This was someone filling up their car with petrol. I was too shy and shocked to say anything back to them but now I would say "at least I'm not sitting on my arse in a car"!!

    And well done to you on all your excellent training! A 10k is wonderful preparation for the half marathon. If you can enjoy the 10k and feel strong in it, you'll be ready for upping the ante a bit. Keep up the great work!

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  16. I love this! A face that shows hard work is a good thing! =)
    xx

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  17. Love this, I know after whatever workout I've done I'm a total sweaty mess, I don't think you've worked hard enough if you're not!

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  18. I love this, recently I have been trying to exercise more and slowly it is becoming easier despite the fact I look like a beetroot!

    Maria xxx

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  19. I wish I looked like that after a workout! Ha I look beastly but I don't care as I know how hard I worked for the look!!

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  20. I love this!! I don't go red but I am a sweater, and it's not pretty at all. But really, running and working out makes me feel so strong, mentally and physically, that what I look like is the absolute last thing on my mind. Good luck with your half training :)

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