Race Face! Official Colfax Half Marathon Photos



[WHAT is the skin on my calf doing in the above picture?!]

If these weren’t photos of me running a PR half marathon—one that was extremely emotionally significant to me—then I’d probably delete them from the Universe.

But they are, and vanity aside, I love seeing on the exterior what I know I was going through inside: pain, struggle, reserve, and inner strength. Check out the photos!


This is during mile 3 through the Denver Zoo!


Runners completed mile 8 after running through the Aurora Fire Station. This is where I experience a (very, very brief) runner’s high. Stupid-happy face!


Mile 8 again. The Real Life confession: I’m looking for a PortaPotty.


Just .1 mile from the Finish Line, I realized I was going to finish with a Garmin-running time of 1:59 and some change. Believe it or not, I was happy in this picture (and also, I’m not a 100-year-old confused woman).


Not positive where along the route this is, but I sure do look strong (and exhausted). I think it might’ve been near mile 11.


Here I am a few steps from the finish!


Annnnnnnnnnnd DONE. That face, though.

(This has been the week of not-the-prettiest faces.)

To see more pictures and to read a more in-depth account of the race in all its pain and glory, take a look at Race Recap: My Thoughts on the 2016 Colfax Half Marathon.


(I personally just can’t get over the calf-skin wrinkles.)

17 thoughts on “Race Face! Official Colfax Half Marathon Photos

  1. ThisGirlRuns says:

    I really think they need to have signs saying “photographer ahead” so you can be prepared! I have so many race pictures where I am like really? WTF? These aren’t even close to some of the horrid pictures I have looked at from races. I do love it when they get pics of us looking at our watches though! 🙂

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  2. Sheila Barrett says:

    Wow that’s nice! I get to see pics but they always have a logo or words over them so..I can’t really save or display them. And it seemed like your pics came in very quickly. Was it a small race or maybe just a well staffed photo company? I think mine took 2 weeks or so..but it was for the largest 15k in the US.

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  3. Creative Junkie says:

    Noticing the negative comments about self appearance on here I would just like to say, as a photographer, I’d like to remind you that you’re running a marathon, not posing for a picture :). What you did is amazing. Plus when I look at pictures like this I want to feel what you went through. For example you mentioned “calf wrinkles” well I see it as how much energy it had to take at that moment to force your foot to pound the pavement in an unwillingness to give up. It’s all perspective, and from my perspective I just want to say congrats!

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    • The Real Life says:

      I definitely agree! I am super proud of these pictures and the way I look (most often strong and determined) … but I can’t help but notice the opportunity for humor in some of these “candids.” 🙂

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