I took a brief hiatus to regroup.
For one, I had bronchitis which is like, the plague for a runner. I couldn’t breathe, and all the hype leading up to Boston Marathon training day one came to a screeching halt (as did my life, thanks to NyQuil). I was definitely burnt out.
Secondly, and I wasn’t even sure I wanted to write about this, but figured it needed to be mentioned. I had my first internet troll.
I actually pride myself on self-awareness of not being the best at makeup – or anything for that matter. My tone of the whole blog is honesty and mediocrity, and being able to write and express by experiences as (for lack of a better word) a complete amateur. I’m a rookie makeup user, and an even less experienced runner. These are just two topics I’m passionate about, and use that to relate to other people that love makeup and working out, but might just simply not know what the hell they’re doing with either. Let that be known from here on out if you didn’t know already – I’m. a. rookie.
I let someone else’s opinions get to me (which I swore starting this blog I would never do). I finally had to come to terms with the fact that 1) that person either doesn’t read my blog and doesn’t realize I never proclaimed to be good at any of this and is just out to provide negative feedback and 2) I may have ACTUALLY made it. People are now finding my blog from obscure places, and feeling the need to comment because they have no other valuable reaction to bring to the table. Trolling comes with success, and the internet trolls only come when you come across their table.
Don’t get me wrong – I’ve deleted all of their comments and blocked them, because I’m petty with a capital P. And, its times like this I wish I had a blogging mentor – because in the back of my mind I understand that this type of stuff happens, but having someone else to talk to about it certainly would have helped. BUT, it was definitely a learning curve and self awareness that I’ve created to make myself stronger the next time around. I’m using it now to push me forward, instead of stop me all together.
So, in both senses of the word, this week is me getting back on my feet. With the blog, with the running. I’ll be heading full force into training (once my lungs have healed) with Heartbreak Hill Running Company based out of Boston. My BM team introduced me to Dan, and I’m already hooked. It’s just the structure I need to get moving forward.
As I approach one year of the blog being what it is right now, I appreciate everyone who has supported me and look forward to what 2018 will bring. I have so many big plans for this – and it’s time to make them happen.
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