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3948 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 28, 2010 8:01 PM by Robinrld
MotivatedMomma Amateur 30 posts since
Jul 31, 2009
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Apr 20, 2010 8:52 AM

Red in the Face

I was just wondering if anyone else gets really red in the face when they run? I have been running for about 6 or 7 months I have run several 5K's and am training for a sprint tri. I have lost 25 pounds but I still get really red in the face. I guess I feel really self consious because I still have about 30 pounds to loose. I was just wondering if anyone has found what may help with this issue.

  • TheeSean Amateur 18 posts since
    Apr 20, 2010
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    1. Apr 20, 2010 9:02 AM (in response to MotivatedMomma)
    Re: Red in the Face

    This is a result of the body shunting blood to the capillaries in your skin, for the purposes of cooling.

  • Francessmom Pro 177 posts since
    Feb 11, 2009
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    2. Apr 20, 2010 6:05 PM (in response to MotivatedMomma)
    Re: Red in the Face

    I also get very red in the face when I run or do any strenuous exercise.  I don't really get red skin anywhere else on my body.  The redness usually takes over an hour to go away.  My daughter, who is ten, also has the same thing happen.  I looked it up online and found that it just happens to some people. (Aren't we lucky! )  As long as your heart rate and breathing are okay, I wouldn't worry.  I have been running for a about 18 months, but I also remember it happening to me as a child when I exerted myself.  I have done several 5K's, an 8K (last weekend!) and 2 sprint tris.  All the post race photos show me smiling and red-faced!  You are not alone!

    Marie





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  • meryl27 Pro 116 posts since
    May 18, 2009
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    3. Apr 20, 2010 8:51 PM (in response to MotivatedMomma)
    Re: Red in the Face

    I've looked this up too, and apparently it is "just one of those things"  - nothing to be worried about.  I think it runs in famlies... I got it from my Mom, and my sister is the same way!





    Meryl I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday. ~Author Unknown

    C25K Graduate 7/18/2009

  • WellnessGeek Rookie 4 posts since
    Mar 20, 2010
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    4. Apr 20, 2010 9:39 PM (in response to meryl27)
    Re: Red in the Face

    I have the same thing happen when I do anything above a brisk walk. Definitely embarrassing, especially if you're not working that hard! I have really fair skin, and I don't know if that plays a role in it, too, but I feel your pain





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  • Karensfit4life Expert 80 posts since
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    5. Apr 23, 2010 10:22 AM (in response to MotivatedMomma)
    Re: Red in the Face

    I ALWAYS get very red in the face when I run or doing anything else streneous.  This has always been the case for since I was a kid and it usually takes an hour or two to go away.  No need to worrry.





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  • msucj21 Pro 58 posts since
    Mar 19, 2010
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    6. Apr 24, 2010 10:47 AM (in response to MotivatedMomma)
    Re: Red in the Face

    I always get really red in the face running or doing any strenuous exercise.  Don't let it eat away at your conscience!  I take it as a sign of working hard





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  • raytodd Expert 44 posts since
    Apr 16, 2010
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    7. Apr 25, 2010 8:00 AM (in response to MotivatedMomma)
    Re: Red in the Face

    +1

     

    I get red in the face after more than 15 minutes of running, and it usually doesn't go away until the rest of my body cools off.

  • lpiotti Amateur 20 posts since
    Apr 29, 2008
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    8. Apr 26, 2010 7:39 PM (in response to MotivatedMomma)
    Re: Red in the Face

    I have the same issue! I try not to get too self-conscious about it, as it's a sign of working hard. I often think people who see me get worried, though; they probably think I'm about to fall over!

  • emilysparkle Amateur 19 posts since
    Sep 15, 2008
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    9. Apr 27, 2010 1:48 PM (in response to MotivatedMomma)
    Re: Red in the Face

    I get very red-faced too after I run! I have fair skin, and I inherited the red-faced thing from my dad. My mom and two brothers tan easily and don't get it, but my dad and I who are fair-skinned get it.

     

    For me, it also extends down to my chest and upper arms, but disappears completely about an hour after I've finished running.

     

    And, my face doesn't get as red if I'm running in the cold. But if I'm running in heat, I look like a lobster!

  • sarahsactive Rookie 4 posts since
    Jan 12, 2010
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    10. Apr 28, 2010 6:14 PM (in response to MotivatedMomma)
    Re: Red in the Face

    I'm so happy I saw this post in my Active e-Newsletter.
    I have the same "problem" ...

     

    I'm not alone :-D

     

    One day, after a particularly gruesome Crossfit WOD, one of the members who was coming in for the next class, and who is also a flight medic, said if she were out in the field and saw me, she'd administer oxygen.

     

    LOL! Glad to hear it's more normal and I'm not alone!!!

     

    ---

    Sarah

    http://www.sarahshealthjourney.wordpress.com/





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  • Robinrld Rookie 1 posts since
    Mar 7, 2010
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    11. Apr 28, 2010 8:01 PM (in response to MotivatedMomma)
    Re: Red in the Face

    Yup the same thing happens to me when I run or if I happen to have a drink or two.  Embarrassing, but thank goodness I am not alone

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