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How to be an Instagram Runner

How to be an Instagram Runner
Step One: You have an Instagram.
Step Two (maybe?): You run.

In that order

In the last few years, social media has taken off. Before Instagram, there was blogging, and before blogging, there was myspace and Xanga. Who logged a workout on those?

Now social media is here to stay because who doesn’t want to take photos of themselves and promote their running. If there is anything I’ve learned, people love to talk about themselves (myself included).

So Now You’ve Thought: “Being an Instagram Runner is for me”…

First, keep in mind there is a difference between a runner on Instagram and Instagram runner.

how to be an instagram runner

Here are a Few Easy Techniques to Become an InstaRunner:

Step One: Create a (FREE) Instagram:

You need an Instagram account to be an Instagram runner. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need to run. (Fake it until you make it!) You just need an Instagram.

Step Two: Run (Maybe):

Here is the thing about being an Instagram runner. You don’t actually have to run; you just need to say you did! I always advise honesty but don’t feel pressured to run just because you are an Instagram runner now. You never know with any runner on Instagram, but honesty is always the best policy. You don’t need to be an elite runner, but I do advice to run and race.

A Few Posts You Should Include in your Feed:

The Instagram Runner Watch Pose:

Stand with your watch on your wrist with your workout done. Snap photo to maybe include shoes. Decorate your wrist with pieces of jewelry to enhance the wrist. Bracelets, charms, whatever. Just add your own artistic flair.

Tips:

  • Try to find pretty grass to stand on. The bathroom or dirty floor is not desirable.
  • Clean your watch face.  It’s your watches time to shine!
  • If your workout did not go as planned and you would like to look faster, just end early. Want to look like you ran 13.1 miles in 62 minutes, just end early and log the 62 minutes. You could even write (in PaintShop) 13.1 on your watch for better authenticity.

The Instarunner Run Shot:

This can be the hardest to master, so don’t get discouraged. Some instarunners actually have professional photographers to follow them around every workout! Talk about glamorous. If you have a spouse or running coach, position them at the finish line to take instagram worthy photos.

Tips:

  • Buy a high-end camera. You have to pay to play! $800+!
  • Don’t choose a rainy day, that makes photos blurry. You don’t want to view that post on Instagram only for your shoes to be blurry.
  • Jog in place. That way you can get higher-quality instarunning photos.
  • If you don’t have at least one fight with your significant other about taking the shot, you are doing it wrong!
  • Use video mode and just grab a shot that way.

The Instagram Runner Motivational Shot:

Now, this is usually a recycled photo and that’s okay. Got a favorite picture of yourself from the 1980s with a big perm?  Perfect. The point of this photo is not the photo; it’s the caption.

Tips:

  • You should have a minimum caption length of 400 words. This is generally what is accepted to be “motivational.”
  • It should provide some sort of motivation. Hard to get out the door that day? Struggle from lack of sleep? Pants just don’t fit right? Struggle to balance everything? Did you get out there for 15 minutes of solid cross-training? Those are just some starters, but any old motivation will do. Remember, you are your biggest fan.

Instagram Runner Post-Run Selfie:

This can get confusing because you don’t need to run, just post a selfie saying you did.

Tips:

  • Make sure to download a photo app that allows you to make your skin as smooth as porcelain. Runners don’t sweat or have any lumps and bumps.
  • Just selfie. Work your best angle from myspace angle to straight forward. Do you have a signature pose? Mine’s winking!

The InstaRunner Flatlay:

Once you’ve found a few brands you like, this is your time to make them shine.  Before a race take a photo of every piece of gear, you plan to wear (don’t forget underwear!).  Arrange neatly so your fans can see your plan. They might want to track or recognize you on the course (thank your new found celebrity instagram runner status!).

Tips:

  • Include everything, even things you might think you would want but will never use. It’s better to be safe than sorry in this shot.
  • Make sure to find a beautiful backdrop. Don’t use the bathroom. Perhaps go to a fancy hotel with a 50,000 dollar rug. The hotel bought that rug for you to take the shot on!

These are just the basics to help you become what you’ve always dreamed, an Instagram runner!

Finally, have you subscribed to the LOLZletter? It’s a free newsletter that comes out each Monday. In the newsletter, I share running industry trends and things relevant to the sport. 

Question for you: What other Instagram Runner techniques do you use? Who is your favorite instarunner? 

 

 

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Off the Grid

Yesterday I shut off my phone for two hours.  I stepped away from the computer and away from all technology.  I had no outside social media connection.  I went for a walk to the nearby beach and walked back.  No technology at all.  No Instagram filter of the sunset and no vlog of me walking down to the beach and back.

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(my foot felt pretty good as well…no pain but noticeable ache)

I was completely disconnected from social media and from everything that exists online (which is everything right?).  It really made me think about how dependent we (as a society) have become on technology. Yesterday during my walk I found myself thinking, it’s funny how touch screens have caused us to become out of touch with the real world.

Isn’t that true, with life, with running, with everything?

With the invention of social media, we never lose touch with the internet.  How many times have you been somewhere only to realize your phone is going to die soon?  Or you haven’t been able to check your email, post a Facebook status, check a blog or Instagram?  I know I have been several times.  I know I have gotten upset that my phone is going to die.  The horror of being disconnected!

Life used to move forward before social media.  We used to do something for ourselves, not for the amount of likes, follows, or blog comments we would receive.  We used to go for runs not to record them online but because we enjoyed running.

Internet Addiction (2)

A couple of years ago I decided to turn off my cell phone and internet around 9pm. It’s been something I’ve pretty much kept with since.  There are always exceptions but for the most part I like to unplug around 9.  It’s rare for you to see a text, tweet, etc. from me after that time.  I find this time to be personal “me time”.  I don’t worry what life changing facebook update is coming, or what tweet is being sent.  It’s a great part of my day.  I haven’t missed anything and I get time away from the screen.

I’m not challenging anyone to find an hour of their day to take a walk technology free.   I’m not challenging anyone to take an hour of their day and keep internet free but I will say it’s one of the best things I do for myself.  Our society is only going to keep advancing technology and it’s important for us as individuals to find our balance.

In an effort to better myself, I’ve started to clean up my social media usage.  Instead of spending hours online, I’m spending hours pursuing other hobbies too.  I’m not looking for the next new blog, the next new person to follow on Instagram, the next new article…the next anything.  I’m spending enjoying my outside life.

Questions for you:

When are you known to be “off the grid”?

 

Comparison

I have been wanting to write this post for a while now but the words haven’t flowed as I would like.  The fact of the matter is it’s covered in several blogs daily.  Don’t compare yourself to others.  Every person is different.  Ect, ect.   As with all of those phrases “the comparison trap” is also overused.

But what about comparing yourself to yourself?  What about negative self talk that eats away into our heads every day?  If you are human you have had negative self talk.  You have doubted your abilities, looks, or anything in your life.  It has stressed you out.  It has put you down.  It happens to everyone at some point and we all have had that experience.  For me personally I have a lot of negative self talk right now about job searching but this isn’t what this post is about.

What I did want to talk about was negative self talk about physical appearance.

It’s not a secret that #selfies have ruled the instagram world for a while.  Personally I don’t mind selfies as long as every photo is not a selfie and they are not half naked.  If you want to take a million selfies…go for it, but please keep your clothes on.

When you see others photos it’s hard not to compare yourself to them.  X has great bangs and a gorgeous complexion.  Y has the most beautiful and popping eyes I’ve ever seen.  Z has the world’s perfect body.  I could scroll down my instagram, facebook or twitter and find something I’m jealous about with every single person.

But did you ever stop to think how many photos you take before finding the perfect photo to post?  Unlike the real world, you have a plethora of choices. If you truly wanted to take 1000 photos to find the perfect one for instagram you could and no one would know if you took 1 or 1000.  In the real world, people see you at your best, worst and everything in between.  Generally that is not the case online.

When choosing a photo for a blog someone is not going to chose the worst looking photo of them.  Why would you choose a photo that you are blinking and therefore look half intoxicated?  You wouldn’t.  The photo that is being showcased is generally the best one.

So are we comparing ourselves to the best looking photo that captures a perfect angle of someone?  Maybe.  I don’t even care to dig into photos that are being photoshopped as well.  Generally a photo on a blog or instagram is the best of the best.  The cream of the crop.  For all you noninstagrammers and bloggers, the “facebook profile shot”.

So where am I going with this?

First and foremost, the point is stop comparing yourself to other people.  Whether you are a blogger or not , stop looking at people’s profile photos, instagram or blogging photos and comparing.  Realize (and I’ll fully admit I’ve retaken plenty of photos to get the “perfect” one) that you don’t know the angle or amount of photoshop that might have gone into that single photo.  Unless you are with this person every time of the day, you really have absolutely no idea.

Realize that every person in the entire world has good and bad days.  When I wear makeup I am a different person versus right now bumming around half showered and looking a mess.  I won’t deny that I like to wear makeup and it makes me feel good.  I don’t wear it all the time and especially now that my life has consisted of being a bum and being a bum. Would I feel the best taking a glamorous photoshoot right now?  No.  Not at all.

Here is a photo of me taken last January.

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And here is a photo of me now after typing this post.

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One I would send my grandparents to give them a yearly update…one I would probably not post  (or detag myself on facebook).  But in reality it doesn’t matter.  In a society that does judge people on the outside, in reality we are own toughest critics.

Questions for you:

Fan of selfies?  Do you care? 

No, not really.  People taking selfies does not ruin my day.

What feature (of yourself) are you most proud of? 

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