Bitchy Running Face

It is hard for me to admit but I have a problem. I’ve been in denial for many years. At times I could fake it and hide my affliction… if I had a little warning. But sometimes without a heads up – there it was on display for the everyone to see. I’m sure at times when people saw me ‘suffering’ they stayed away … and understandably so! While I don’t think my problem is contagious and there is no cure that I know of … it’s time I come clean. I have Bitchy Running Face. Not too dissimilar to Bitchy Resting Face, however, this malady only strikes when running …usually racing (or at least that is where I have documented evidence.)

Exhibit A - Winter Warmup 6k - I actually came in 2nd for Masters - why the long face?
Exhibit A – Winter Warmup 6k – I actually came in 2nd for Masters – why the long face?

I am not sure when my affliction began but looking back at race photos through the years, it is clear I have suffered for quite some time.

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Winter Warmup – 2 years earlier – 3rd female overall and still looking miserable.

Unfortunately, the anguish on my face does not match the good feelings I have or the enjoyment I get from running. This syndrome produces an unpleasant snarl while running. Could it be endorphin-induced?? Is it the pull of gravity on the corners of my lips once I exceed a certain running speed? At this point, there is limited research on Bitchy Running Face (BRF), and there may not be an answer in my lifetime. I know I am not alone, and have witnessed others who suffer from BRF. Just drive down Belmont around 6am on a weekday and you are bound to spot at least one BRF sufferer gutting it out before work!

Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage - gorgeous setting - nothing to frown about!
Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage – gorgeous setting – nothing to frown about!

While there may be no cure, the results are unpleasant to look at, and the race photos are never frame -worthy … I will keep running. I will keep fighting BRF. I will not let BRF stop me from doing something I love … even if it’s hard for the spectators to tell!  If you, too, suffer from BRF, I invite you to join my support group … but lets not run together… that’s too much miserable in one place!

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