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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.
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!
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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!
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C25K Graduate 7/18/2009
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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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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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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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!
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!
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!!!