Monday, July 14, 2014

Marathon Monday: Social Media

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I know I did...I got my long run in Friday and then spent the day laying in bed watching OITNB...I mean is there any better way to recover from a long run? I think not :) 

Friday night was spent doing yet another one of my favorite things...going to bed early. Don't judge me...I'm 29 going on 90 ;) 

Saturday night my mom and I ran the Rock the Crossroads 5k downtown KC. This was a really exciting race for me because it is the first one with my mom. My mom ran all the time when I was little and got back into it a few years ago...but then tapered off again. I was really hoping that by forcing her into a 5k with me it would make her want to keep running (because I am a good daughter like that) Good news...I think once we crossed the finish line her competitive spirit and love for running may have returned...bad news? Well, she didn't have much time to train and it was HOT, HOT, she may or may not have hated me for all 3.1 miles of the race. Tough love I suppose :) 

Sunday was grocery shopping day, and boy did we need it. It's been a crazy busy summer and we haven't really been able to eat many meals at home. Luckily, things have slowed down a little and we will be having dinner at home this week :) 

After grocery shopping we settled in for a day of rest and relaxation that included watching "The Host" which is based on a book by Stephanie Meyer that I read almost 7 years ago. The movie was great...although I am not sure AJ loved it...he humored me though...because he is a good guy like that. Also, after the movie soccer came on...I pretended to care...because I am a good girlfriend like that ;) 
Alright, now onto the purpose for today's post. I know it's Marathon Monday and I said I would talk about my training and update you on how I am feeling throughout it...and while today's post isn't necessarily about my actual training it is something I have been thinking about a lot these last few weeks. 

In the process of this New Year's Resolution I have really become obsessed interested in finding other like-minded people on social media. I have joined a Facebook group (Women's Running Club), found a zillion blogs to stalk follow, and found people on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to follow. Throughout this I have found lots of inspiration and found that sharing my daily runs/workouts has been great for motivation and accountability.

All of that sounds great right? Well yes...but then there is the other side of me that realizes I have friends and family that follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc that have to see my slew of running related things...and that is when I panic. I feel bad...I always see those memes like this:

I know that nobody not everybody cares to see how many miles I run everyday or to see what I am eating or the inspirational quotes that I find and re-post. I know that for some it gets annoying...and I don't want to be that person.

...but here is the deal...I like it. I find it inspiring to see other runners kicking ass and sharing their successes on social media and I want to do the same. I am working my tail off to get ready for marathon training and I am proud of myself. No...I don't just do this so I can "show off" on social media...but sometimes after an 11 mile run...I don't hate being able to brag ;)

 I have always been that person who cares too much about what other people think, but I can't do that anymore. I am not going to stop doing what I want to do to please others...I mean...If it inspires me to see what others are posting, who is to say I can't do the same...and if I can inspire just one person...then it is worth all the eye rolling from people that don't like it :) However, I want you to know that it will absolutely NOT hurt my feelings if you decide to unfollow me or hide me from your each his own :)

Now that that is said and done, if you are still reading this and you want to continue to see me post about running...I need you to know that I have changed my usernames for many social media accounts. I was reading a blog (surprise, surprise) that said it's a good idea to have all of your usernames, blog, email, etc match. I've never been all that organized with things, but I thought now was as good a time as any to change that.

Yep...I just created my very first meme :) Meme generator has just created a monster!
Back in 2011 when I started this blog I adopted a slogan for my life "What the heck...why not?" and I have to say 3 years later it is still going strong. Sometimes when I am debating on whether or not to do something (like sign up for the Heartland 39.3 or the KC Marathon) I say to myself "What the heck, why not?" so I thought it was only appropriate to stick with that saying when changing my usernames/accounts. 

Unfortunately, I hit some snags along the way. Pinterest and Twitter were not cooperating and wouldn't let me have 16 characters (you can only have 15) seriously...SO CLOSE! I had to improvise and come up with something similar but less than 15 letters. So, I am going to go with wthwhynot2011...that way it matches my blog too :)

If you don't follow me already and you would like to I have some social media buttons on my blog now (I'm fancy like that) and that will take you to whichever social media outlet your little heart desires! 

What did you do this weekend?
Have you ever caught yourself caring too much about what others think?


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