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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Tomato Face

Yesterday I decided to run in the middle of the day, outside. This is Florida mind you, so midday means that it is the sunniest, warmest part of the day, but when I had stepped out in the morning I thought it felt pleasant, and there was a slight breeze, so I figured it wouldn't be too hot for me. I was wrong. I ran four miles, and for the most part, the run went well, and I felt good, but I did feel like my head might burst into flames at the end of my run.

I always get a sweaty face when I work out (I don't know if it's genetic or what, but I do not look pretty), but when I run with the sun shining, I get the "tomato face." I don't feel it so much as I run, but when I stop running, it literally feels as though all the blood in my body is gathering in my head, and I can here the thrumming of my heartbeat behind my eyeballs, and that's when I know I will have the incredibly flushed face.

After the race this last Saturday my husband commented, "Whoa, you have a red face." Thanks honey. And that day was cloudy and cool out. So this makes me wonder. If I ever do get to running long distances and I actually do run a marathon, will my head just pop off from the heat and exhaustion? I mean if I have a tomato face after three or four miles, what will happen after 26.2? Will my whole body be tomato body?


psbowe said...

I get them tomato face too! It drives me crazy, but what can you do, right.

winter runner said...

No matter how cold it might get (and I'm talking -25C), my face is still beat red! Good to know I'm not the only one.

Liv said...

You never know, you might turn into ketchup.