I’m not exactly sure how to start this post… I have just returned from one of the craziest running adventures ever and I can’t wait to share it with you! But before I do, I’m addressing this comment that I received because it’s been on my mind for about 6 days now. While it makes my heart a little heavy, it hasn’t dampened my spirit. Nor has it dampened my belief that I’ve been gifted the power and passion to uplift people who are seeking to live healthy, active, and joyful lives.
Here is the comment I received:
Let me preface this by saying I know from the bottom of my heart you mean well and love running. Absolutely nothing wrong with that, after all we need healthier ppl in Portland. Furthermore, being a fan of running I like to peruse running blogs and came across yours. After this latest Boston Marathon post, I have no choice but to say that I find your blog to be the most narcissistic and offensive thing I have ever read. You love to wax poetic about how running in the Boston marathon is a great dream of yours, but a dream is a fancy excuse for people to not do something. If this is your dream, then get a job and earn the money to make the trip over to Boston with your family. I don’t understand how anyone in their right mind can watch people run on TV. You do realize there are a lot more pressing current events worldwide than this marathon right? Like say the impending invasion of Ukraine, or maybe the ferry that has killed 159 people not to mention the missing 143 passengers. Take this with the spirit it is intended, but you really need to get over yourself. You appear to have a husband and 2 kids. You need to take care of your family and stop putting running over everything. It is blogs like this that wax poetic about sheer nonsense rich with flowery useless adjectives which is why the terrorists hate us. Please get a clue, stop being so narcissistic and obsessed with yourself and look around at the world and more importantly your family, and think rather than bettering myself 24/7, how can I better them?
WTF, right? (I copied and pasted so this is word-for-word.)
My intention by posting this is meant to be a reminder that this space is MINE. I am exercising my right to publish content that I wish to share with the world. This is a running and wellness website/blog where I write to hold myself accountable to my dreams, share information that I feel might be useful or beneficial to others, grow my running community, and hopefully inspire my readers and followers to live their life at their highest potential.
While I am very aware of, and sympathetic to, the tragic events so many people face, this is not a world news or current events blog. I will continue to “wax poetic” about my love of all things running using “flowery useless adjectives” without any hesitation. So I suggest that if you find my content to be self-centered or narcissistic I highly recommend that you find another blog more suited to your preferences.
Furthermore, malicious, unkind, rude, or mean-spirited comments will not be tolerated.
I have poured my heart and soul out here on my website. I have opened myself up in a very public way and I knew from the start that I could potentially be the target of this very thing. From what I’ve experienced over the past year, this type of occurrence is probably pretty isolated. I find solace in knowing that so many people appreciate what I have to offer and I’m always so grateful when someone writes to tell me that I’ve inspired them in some way. Running, and sharing it with others, whether by writing about it here, volunteering time to mentor young runners, coaching, or running and being active with my own children is so rewarding and fills me with a powerful sense of purpose.
For those of you that read my blog, offer supportive words of encouragement, sweet notes of congratulations when a goal is accomplished, or have become part of my global running community, thank you for being so radically awesome!!!