Will the Real Jolly Runner Please Stand Up?

I had so many hopes and plans when I started blogging.  First I was going to blog all the time.  In my head, I had (and still have) so much to say but every time I sit down to write I always find myself worried about how people will react to what I write.  I don’t want to 1zmkfomake anyone mad, or upset anyone, or worry anyone and so I stop writing.  I delete my half-written post and try to think of something else to write about that has absolutely no controversy. But, halfway through that new post, I am completely bored out of my mind and once again stop writing and delete another half-written post.  This never-ending cycle of writing and deleting has put a huge damper on my plan to blog all the time and instead, I have turned in to one of the most sporadic bloggers of all time who pretty much only talks about dogs, running, and hiking – not really the most controversial or exciting topics out there.

I dipped my toes into sharing my true feelings early this summer when I wrote a post about how I felt when people gave me, what I felt to be, less than genuine encouragement during races and I got a backlash from some people telling me that I needed to think about how my post made people feel who give encouragement during races.  They said I was purposefully making encouragers feel bad when all I was trying to do was giving another person’s perspective.  I wasn’t purposefully trying to do anything other than share my point of view.  I did want to open a dialogue about what goes on during races and was hoping for an open, accepting exchange of opinions rather than accusations.  Apparently, I have too much hope for mankind that we could successfully achieve that goal.


So how do people do it?  How do you share your life with people?  We love to share when everything is going awesome in our lives but the reality is that is just a small portion of our lives, the other portions of our lives are either extremely boring or overwhelming stressful and scary.  How can you write about what scares you and the turmoil’s you are facing without worrying or upsetting everyone around you?  If I was writing to the faceless masses this would be easy but I know that people I know and love read this as well and I don’t want to do anything that upsets them.  I honestly feel that some of the things going on in my life might help other people, or at least others can relate to – unsuccessfully balancing work and life, my inability to cook edible meals other than casseroles, making the choice not have children and dealing with everyone and their brother asking you why, having medical issues that you can’t get answers to, parents who aren’t 40 anyone (because WTF I’m almost 40), and being a runner who is not a size two (or four…or six…or eight); but I also know that some of the topics can be upsetting and aren’t the most comfortable conversations to have.

rainbow-chalk-labSo, with all that being said, I guess this is just a fair warning that the real Jolly Runner is going to stand up and start sharing a little more and going a little deeper and hopefully finding their passion to write again.   If you are looking for rainbows and puppy dogs you probably won’t find them here (well, you will find some puppy dogs), but here are some great sites to visit:  Best of Cute Golden Retrievers and Top 20 Beautiful Rainbows Around the World.


A Machu Picchu Selfie

In my attempt to write more I have been exploring the world of writing prompts.  Just some quick inspiration to get my creative juices flowing.  In my search for writing prompts I came across the Mama’s Losin’ It blog.  Every week the blog emails me five or six prompts that will hopefully inspire me.  So…this is my first attempt to be inspired.

One of this week’s writing prompts was to share the story behind your current Facebook profile photo.  This seemed like the perfect prompt because I have been promising to tell you all more about our trip to Peru and it just so happens my profile picture is from Peru.


In my picture, you will notice a handsome man and a beautiful mountain.  This is a picture of my better half and myself at the entrance to Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu in the background.  We arrived at Machu Picchu on the next to last day of our visit in Peru.  We had started out visit in Cusco, hiked through the Andes mountains on the Lares Trek, spent a night in Aguas Calientes, and finally arrived to one of the wonders of the world, Machu Picchu.  We arrived to Machu Picchu with our guide, Ronnie (thanks Kandoo Adventures!), and made our way through the crowds up a steep walkway to a platform overlooking Machu Picchu.  When we arrived at the platform the fog was so thick you could hardly see four feet in front of you, let alone Machu Picchu.  The feeling of disappointment was overwhelming.  I couldn’t believe that we had come all this way and there was the potential we wouldn’t see anything.  Ronnie encouraged us to just wait a little bit and within minutes you could see a small blue patch of sky.  The clouds parted even more and the blue patch grew bigger and bigger and suddenly Machu Picchu was in front of us.  The first views of Machu Picchu were absolutely amazing and utterly breath taking.  You read about places and you see them on the internet and on television, but being there in person was completely different – it was magical.  We spent several minutes on the platform taking in as much as we could, snapping pictures and feeling completely awe struck. After taking in the views we moved on to start our tour and let the other visitors to Machu Picchu enjoy this amazing experience.

My profile picture wasn’t actually taken during our first stop to the platform.  After our first stop on the platform Ronnie took us on a spectacular tour of Machu Picchu.  During the tour, Ronnie gave us an insider’s view of the Lost City of the Incas.  After several hours, it was time to say good bye to Ronnie and my better half and I suddenly found ourselves alone at Machu Picchu (well, alone without a guide – there were still thousands of other people there).  We stood in line at the entrance for a second time and headed back up steep path to the platform to get another birds eye view of Machu Picchu.  This is where we took this picture.  So, my profile is a Machu Picchu selfie.  I love so much about this picture.  First, I feel we look like how we felt, happy and excited.  Secondly, it’s in an absolutely beautiful place in the world and right after this photo we climbed the mountain in the background of the picture and thirdly, I am sporting my favorite alpaca hat that I bought several days earlier on the streets of Cusco.

This was just a quick sneak peek from our Peruvian adventure.  I will be sharing so much more over the next couple of weeks!

What’s the story behind your current profile picture?