Over the course of the past few years, I have become the anti-photograph type. I am that pesky individual who covers her face with her hands when a camera is around, demands that pictures be reviewed and / or approved before the photographer even thinks about posting the candid on Facebook, Instagram, and whatever other media sharing / social platform exists, but mostly, I just avoid cameras altogether. I think I experienced one too many shocks when looking at my own photos, that disbelief and utter disgust when faced with my own face. “That’s me!?”
I run several 5K events, 10K events, and obstacle courses each summer and autumn, but I expend most of my energy worrying about the pictures, spending copious amounts of time avoiding the cameras, the GoPros, and the seemingly endless sea of cell phones and selfies. I want to resolve to stop this behavior for 2017’s events. Admittedly, I did far better during my last two events of 2016 (Color Me Rad (5K) and The Dempsey Challenge (10K)). I am aware that there remain a plethora of pictures floating around on the event websites, but I am moving on from those, and I will no longer worry about their existence. I am taking control by including a handful of photos I have recently uncovered.
So, from this point forward, it is my goal to be in at least one photo, taken at each event that I do. After all, I should be proud of my participation, not hiding from the photographic evidence of it.