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How To Take Running Selfies

Yesterday morning my running/blogging/Resolute Running/Fitfluential/fellow dirty girl Rachel and I tried to master the art of taking a selfie while running. She ran a half marathon last weekend with Coach Alex, who tried to take a running selfie of the two of them—and failed miserably. So naturally, we decided to show him up.

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#wheresAlex #selfiefail

We met up at Statue 2 Statue—a gruelingly hilly 15K race from Vulcan to the Statue of Liberty (second tallest after Her Majesty). Some BUTS came off the trails to play with the road folks. But, being ultra runners, they decided to run it twice and turn it into S2S2S, a la Rim2Rim2Rim. Since I’m still building mileage back slowly and Rachel had only 9 on her schedule, we tagged along for their first leg.

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Zombie BUTS

So here are some tested and approved cheats on how to take a selfie (or picture in general) on the run:

1. Have a working phone—Using a phone with a working front camera (unlike my iPhone 6 with the missing screen) allows you to see the selfie and ensure that your aim is dead-on

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Wrong.
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Right. Oh so right.

2. Focus—Taking that extra split second and tapping your screen to create a focal point will be the difference between a great group shot and unrecognizable blur

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Take one
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Take two
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Take three

3. Use long arms—Find someone with a large wingspan, hand him your phone, and smile

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Greg is pretty much a selfie pro

4. Avoid goose head—Rachel taught me about this phenomenon—make sure to cuddle up to your fellow photographees so that no one has to lean in, like a goose

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Bad Rachel Goose
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Bad Tanya Goose

5. Give zero fucks—It’s a selfie—no one takes them seriously, and neither should you. Make them goofy, and ignore the relentless teasing. Haters gonna hate.

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Uphill running selfie may be blurry, but shows how badass we are

Or, you can take it to the next level, get a GoPro, and shoot kickass video selfies like BUTS member Jeff did yesterday:

Statue 2 Statue

We will continue to perfect our selfie skills on future long runs, and I have vowed to also run a race taking selfies with male and female hotties like this awesome girl. Because, genius!

More shots from the race:

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Statue of Liberty
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Water stop volunteering selfie
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Made it to Vulcan and his bare ass!
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Had to.
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Such mature BUTS

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