CHANGE OF FACE
Forehead Don’t frown or wrinkle your forehead, especially the area between the eyes. Eye sockets Avoid squinting or screwing up your eyes. (Sunglasses can protect against bright light, wind and dust.) Cheeks Let your cheeks be soft and loose. Lips Don’t purse your lips – let your
mouth hang slightly open. Jaw Relax your jaw and avoid clenching your teeth.
Neck Focus on keeping the back of your neck long and relaxed.
It’s a rare runner who likes their expression in race photos, but your finish-line grimace could be marring more than your mantelpiece. ‘Tension in the facial muscles [there are more than 40 of them] can negatively affect your sense of effort,’ says Jean-francois Harvey, kinesiologist and author of Run Better (Greystone). ‘Muscles that are working when they don’t have to also waste energy needlessly.’ Harvey recommends ‘scanning’ your face now and again during a run, focusing on these tension hotspots: