Am I Going to Worry about Runner’s Face? Nope

Fit Is a Feminist Issue

Runner's face at lunch right after the Scotiabank Half Marathon in October 2105. Maybe I look 50, but I'm a happy 50! Runner’s face at lunch right after the Scotiabank Half Marathon in October 2014. Maybe I look 50 (whatever that means), but I’m a happy-looking 50, runner’s face be damned!

Every week another article appears trying to warn of the perils of exercise. Last week I talked about that study that warned about the harms of “strenuous exercise,” where “strenuous” meant anything that makes you sweat or gets your heart beating fast.

The newest (to me) contribution to this fear-fest: runner’s face!  It’s not new news.  This article “Runner’s Beward: Crossing the Finish Line May Accelerate Fine Lines” with the sub-heading “Do You Have Runner’s Face” hit the press in 2011.

More recently and critically came this: “Runner’s Face: Beauty Advice Rears Its Ugly Head.”  It says that “fear of gauntness takes women away from the joys of running and back into prescriptive ideas about how they should…

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