"The marketing firm Culture22 is looking for runners for a Chicagoland video shoot. The organization is recruiting male and female marathon runners of all ethnicities. Runners will be supplied with apparel, shoes and accessories and be paid $35 an hour. Runners will be able to keep the apparel and shoes after the shoot."
To apply, you are asked to provide contact info, headshot, and 2-3 photos of you running, preferably in a past race.
HOT DOG!!! I've always wanted to be an extra in a movie or music video. This is also is one of the items on my life's to do list! So I applied as fast as I could. Now I am waiting to hear if I am fortunate enough to get selected.
It ended up being a much bigger challenge than anticipated to find good photos of myself running. Case in point: I wear Cho-Pat knee straps on both of my knees when running. I realized after looking through my race pictures that the double-knee-strap look is actually kind of dorky.
Aside from my fashionable knee straps (and the sexy knee-strap tan lines that come along with them), I have also had issue with my SPI belt (aka my runner's fanny pack). The main problem is that the SPI belt is not big enough to hold everything I want to carry. When you attempt to stuff it with
- GU packets in assorted flavors
- Mobile phone
- MP3 player and headphones
- A wad of cash the size of your head. (OK, OK, wishful thinking. A wadded-up dollar bill or two.)
- A wad of Kleenex the size of your head
- Salt capsules
- My lucky black nylon spatula in the shape of Darth Vader's head
Wearing something like this around your waist does NOT help you look stylish. Quite the contrary, in fact. ("Ladies, and gentlemen, welcome to our journey into uncharted Dorkdom...")
This got me thinking more about appearance. One of my coworkers was telling me about how since he has a very lean build, people assume that he is a good athlete and runner. He said that contrary to what appearance might dictate, he can barely run a mile. Another coworker overhead this discussion and said, "Oh yeah, I'm the same way. We're fat-skinny." (Interesting description!)
My coworker then mentioned that he turns into such a sweaty calamity when he does run, that he tries to go running when nobody else is around to see him. This made me realize that I have grown to care very little about what I look like when I run. When I'm trying to knock out double-digit mileage in triple-digit temperatures with quadruple-digit humidity, practicality wins out above everything else.
Well, almost everything else.
In all seriousness, though, I can't do anything about the knee straps for awhile. But I do want to upgrade the pack mule accessories. Never mind appearance, the gaudy SPI belt monstrosity doesn't work very well for me. When stuffed very full, it bounces and twists - plus it's hard to pull things out of it. I fear that my keys will tear the pouch, and that my phone/MP3 player will get wet or scratched by my keys. As a result, I always end up carrying my keys and my electronics by hand instead.
As far as upgrade alternatives, I've started doing some research and Irina had good things to say about the iFitness double-pouch. I am thinking very strongly about giving it a go!
Now, back to the casting call. In a valiant attempt to improve my odds of being selected, I strategically submitted photos that didn't show my knee straps, the SPI belt around my waist, or my usual look of sweat-ridden, windswept agony. This took some creative selection combined with a little bit of photo cropping. What do you think of the results?
Kidding, kidding. I submitted photos above the knee in which the SPI belt wasn't visible, and didn't worry too much about facial expression. After all, even the world-champion athletes don't smile when they are pushing themselves to their limits, right?
For now, fingers crossed!
Although, I am sure that by being forthcoming here with this info that I have just ruined my miniature chances at being selected. But that is okay.