Bright red....

a beginners question

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11/09/2002 at 20:12
Why after a 5k run in 35 mins I come back VERY pink (polite description) and look very sweaty..
Naturally fair skinned - anyone else the same?? or is it something I'm doing?
Karen
11/09/2002 at 20:17
Hi Karen,
I too go extremly RED, the redness also seems to take some time to fade even after I have finished. I too am naturally fair skinned whether that has anything to do with it or not I don't know. Must admit though get pertty fed up with the comments from other people when I have finished especially Mr Slow. But always feel smug that at least it must be doing me some good when I look that awful when I come back!!
Don't worry about it.
11/09/2002 at 20:17
Opps meant pretty not pertty.
11/09/2002 at 21:11
Karen - you're not alone! I too have a beetroot complexion! Although I must admit that when I run slower, it is definitely not quite so bad.
11/09/2002 at 21:28

me too Miss Tomato Face here. However I read somewhere that sweating a lot is the body saying its working efficiently or something like that :) so sweat away and be proud.
11/09/2002 at 22:34
I'm a member of the Red-Faced Sweaty Women's Club too!!! Mine also takes a long time to subside and I just pray I don't see anyone I know when I'm out running.. if I do, I just keep my head down..!!!!
Michelle x
12/09/2002 at 08:07
Us men get it too - I have a dark complexion and after a 5k run I am also bright red, sweaty and look like I am about to explode. I take the self righteous view that it's a sign to the lazy that I have been exercising
12/09/2002 at 08:49
I'm in the Red Face Club too, I'm with you Gemini, sweaty and proud.
12/09/2002 at 09:28
I too have the red face. In fact, I have such naturally pink cheeks that complete strangers make comments like "don't blush luv" and "what a lovely healthy glow" etc - when I'm not exercising at all! (don't get me started on that one, healthy glow? my ar$e!), so I figure I didn't stand a chance on the "delicate glow" thing when running. I agree with the others - I think that at least you can tell I'm working hard!
12/09/2002 at 10:51
can I join the red faced club...

I look as if Im about to explode and have to tell people that I feel better than I look,

yesterday i went out for a run, and my face didnt cool down for about an hour.

Im going to do the nike 10k but was a bit worried about wandering around london looking like a beetroot..

will try and be red and proud...



12/09/2002 at 11:57
Oh me too,

But it is getting slightly better now. Did a 10k race on sunday and felt like my face was going to explode, but it actually wasn't as red as I thought. I must be improving!!

But, tell you what - my eyes and tops of my cheekbones were very stingy and red for ages afterwards - think it might have been all the salt from sweating, and slight sunburn.. but now the cheeks have calmed down I look more healthy!! Shall have to remember to slap on some suncream next time.

I am glad I am not alone with my little red face though... :-0

Go slow
12/09/2002 at 13:33
Beetroot of the year award here please! Within about two minutes I look like I've been in a sauna and yes, I'm very fair-skinned. Guess we just have to live with it.
iron fraggle    pirate
12/09/2002 at 14:46
me too
12/09/2002 at 15:53
A red face and a bright yellow tee-shirt running around Richmond Park.

How silly are we going to look.

12/09/2002 at 16:09
Few to think for a moment it was just me - cheers every one!!!!!!!!!!!!1
The Evil Pixie    pirate
12/09/2002 at 16:21
may I join the red faced club too?
Ok so I know I am unfit and all that but I do 10 mins warm up walk then 30-40 mins run/walk and a 10 min cool down and still when I see people I am brilliant red!
At least we are not alone! It must be all the effort we put into this running lark!
12/09/2002 at 16:36
Me too!! I'm a bit disheartened now because I thought it was something that was going to subside after a while as I got fitter, but I guess not. I'm fair skinned, too. My running partner (who's got olive-y skin) always looks likes she's just had a gentle stroll through the park while I look like my face is about to burst into flames. Not fair! Have had to endure many witty remarks from workmen, blokes in vans etc etc.....
13/09/2002 at 07:42
I must be the sweatiest person in the world - it used to bother me when I was nobbut a nipper, but since my kidneys failed it is the best thing that could happen to me! Now, instead of only being able to dream of drinking cold beer, I can actually have one post training (you cant imagine how that feels).
Before I joined a gym (A Harpers joint) I was really worried about what people would think - I have anaemia, so I go very 'white' and end up looking like a very sweaty corpse... not a pretty sight. But nobody there has ever said a thing and they are all very supportive. Nowadays I just dont give a damn what people think of my appearance.
As for people who shout at you when you are out etc, I just file them under "fat ignorant slobs who are going to die young from painful conditions" and then forget them.
Sweat on!

RoboKidney
13/09/2002 at 09:13
This does get better!
As you become fitter it takes longer for your face to enter 'meltdown mode'.
When I first started you cold fry an egg on my face after half a mile.
I find a cold wet towel thrown over the head for 10 minutes helps a lot.
However,save this 'til u get home or you will get lost or run over.
13/09/2002 at 09:25

Glad I'm not the only one, RoboKidney! I sweat buckets when I'm running. I always used to run before my wife got home from work, which meant that she never saw me when I'd get home. The first time she did, she panicked and wanted to call a doctor! I had to re-assure her that, no, being bright red and dripping wet is actually fairly normal for me...
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