This Is What A PR Looks Like

There are so many things I love about the GW Parkway Classic–the race is well-organized, the course is lovely, and Port City sponsors their beer garden. 😉 For the past few years, they’ve also had FREE race photos from Swim Bike Run Photo–what’s not to love about that? Well, I’ve learned that just because a race photo is free doesn’t mean I will want it. 

2015 GWPC

When I first saw my photos for the 2015 GW Parkway Classic, I didn’t like them. I decided that they weren’t even worth downloading and closed the browser window. 

But then I realized that they capture what a PR looks like. I shared in my race recaps that I worked hard for my recent PRs, and these pictures reflect that effort.  

2015 Parkway Classic What A PR Looks Like

Instead of wishing that I had more flattering race photos, I need to remember that it’s those tough moments that lead to these big smiles.

31st GW Parkway Classic

 

Do you usually like your race photos?

 

 

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30 Responses to This Is What A PR Looks Like

  1. HoHo Runs says:

    No, I usually don’t like my photos. Great way to think about it, though. So true.
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  2. I actually have liked most of my race pictures but not the cost! 🙁

    I have the GW Classic on my 201/2017 list-i. Have heard great things about it 😉

    Congrats on your PR!

  3. Yum Yucky says:

    I am so inspired by this. I’m not a runner but this inspires me in others way to keep pushing and get down to the nitty gritty with my goals. Congrats on your PR, my little Coco Puff!
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  4. Love this! You worked your butt off and you should be proud of your photos! Congrats again.
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  5. Carla says:

    YES.
    I swear Im so so so glad there are not photographers around during my tough LIFE MOMENTS.
    Id not wanna buy the pictures.
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  6. Yes!!!! That’s the picture of what hard work looks like. Way to go!!! But I’m with you, my first look at most race pics is cringe worthy. Do I really look like that running?
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  7. Tina muir says:

    YAY! Love this! I am all about actually using the energy to run faster, rather than making sure you look good for the camera. However, I have to admit, for london my race photos do not look like they usually do as I was having fun…and I did PR, but towards the end, there are definitely some ugly looking photos haha. But you are right, the happy smiles should be for the end of the race 🙂
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  8. Steena says:

    The 20k we ran 2 weekends ago had free photos. We posed together, yet the dumb photographer editor people separated us in the final edit. We were obviously together! Free can be disappointing.
    I like your point here though! Maybe a good mantra “Run ugly”

  9. I know what you mean. I don’t typically like how my race photos look (or the price) but this – this IS what a PR looks like and all the hard work, passion and dedication that goes into it. Congrats on your PR!
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  10. Marcia says:

    Congrats on the PR! My race pics usually show me with eyes closed or tongue out. I do love that more races are offering free downloads. The prices of prints have gotten so out of hand.
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  11. Jennifer says:

    Thought it was a great picture! Showed how hard you fought for that PR!
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  12. I love this race photos of you! They show how hard you’re working for those well-deserved PRs! The only race photos I’ve ever liked are a couple my husband has taken. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten one of the professional pics – just too expensive!
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  13. Annmarie says:

    My race photos are usually horrific but I love your perspective on “bad” race photos. You are totally right, PR’s usually aren’t pretty but they are so worth it!!!
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  14. Absolutely!!! For a while I had a good track record with my photos, but lately they have gotten much worse and I can’t blame a PR on them 😉
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  15. I like your race photos! You’re working hard, and it shows! I like my 5K photos far more than my marathon pics. The marathon pics always caught me in the downward stride where it looked like I was ready to collapse on the ground. I actually look like I’m running hard in my 5K pictures! 🙂
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  16. You can tell you are busting a**. Like you said, PRs do not come easy!
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  17. I am so excited I found your blog! Great job on the pR and awesome pace! I am a lawyer and a mom and a runner too! Bookmarking your page now!
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  18. Run Ugly – love it!
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  20. Valerie says:

    So inspiring. Good lesson here to look past the surface at the bigger picture. 😉

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