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Guest Post: Behind the FaceBook Scenes with So Cal Runner Gal

I happen to be one of the luckiest gals in the world because I found my running sole mate (ha ha) and she’s a running blogger too! We met over year ago at a blogger event and became friends very quickly because of our experience at the 2013 Boston Marathon. She is also a training partner of mine for the Ventura Marathon coming up in September. She is the only person in history who I have run a raced hip-to-hip with and we both ran our hearts out at the San Diego Half this year. And we were equally frustrated with the outcome, but that’s not the point. The point is I adore her and I’m so glad I found her!

So I want to introduce you to Kate, a.k.a So Cal Runner Gal. A hip chick with a big heart and fast feet! She’s keeping me on my toes this time around and I can’t thank her enough. I asked if I could share this post of hers, not because it’s new, not because it even has anything to do with running, health or fitness. But it’s the first post of hers I ever read. After a series of literal LOLs I sincerely hoped we would become very good friends. She is just so fun, hilarious and real. I couldn’t be more thrilled I get to keep this cool cat on the BFF list.  I hope you enjoy her insight as much as I do!

So Cal Runner Gal

GUEST POST: TRUE LIFE – I’M NOT PERFECT BUT FACEBOOK THINKS I AM

There are some really great articles and posts making their way around the internet about how we portray ourselves on Facebook and what’s really going on.  My personal favorite is from a Jewish parenting website, Kveller.com, titled ‘We Need to Stop Telling Lies on Facebook.’  If you haven’t read it, you must!  You will laugh your butt off.  From the article:

My life on Facebook is an airbrushed and Instagrammed image of my real life. I edit the suckage because I want people to think I have my shit together.

Now, I don’t think we necessarily lie on Facebook.  Our cheery, happy, beautiful pictures are real life.  We aren’t making this stuff up (unless you’re photoshopping yourself into beach scenes and a set of six pack abs).  They just aren’t the whole truth.  Everyone’s life looks perfect from a social media lens.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve experienced Facebook envy.

I’m sure some people think my life is comprised of pure bliss, running on scenic trails day in and day out and hanging out at the beach.  While that is almost true, there is more to the story.  Photos only tell a portion of the truth.  I like to think I keep it real on Facebook, Instagram and my blog, but when I looked a little more closely, I realized I don’t always divulge all of the dirty details.  So, in the spirit of being honest, I will share the whole truth behind some of my very own Facebook and Instagram photos.

The photo saysI’m out having so much fun celebrating a friend’s birthday!
The whole truth: I drank too much and ended up eating an entire burrito in a taco shop by myself at the end of the night while a group of people asked me “where are your friends?”
The photo saysLook at me! I can surf!  Livin’ the SoCal life!
 The whole truth: I barely got up once, got smacked in the head with my board and ended up with a huge lump on my skull.  I royally suck at surfing!
The photo saysI have such a relaxing life without kids.  I get to sleep in and leisurely enjoy my morning with coffee, a book and my adorably perfect dog.
 The whole truth:  It’s actually noon, I have a massive hangover, and I need this coffee for my survival.  I also woke up to some dog pee on the kitchen rug.
The photo says: Just another epic run on this gorgeous trail!  Be jealous!
The whole truth:  I have major GI issues and this run is so painful, I’ll use any excuse to stop and take a picture!  Oy.
The photo says: I always eat delicious, homemade meals chock full of vitamins and minerals! I’m so, so healthy!
 The whole truth:  Most nights I eat a bowl of cereal for dinner and call it a day.  I also drank almost the entire bottle of wine myself.
So, there you have it.  I’m not perfect.  My life is messy.  I’m human.
Time to spill the beans!  

TELL ME SOMETHING COMPLETELY TRUE THAT YOU WOULD NEVER PUT ON FACEBOOK.

so cal runner galA bit more about Kate…When I’m not out and about running around San Diego, I work at a non-profit that provides meals, housing, health education and medical care to homeless seniors and seniors living in poverty.  I love what I do and adore the people I work with. I started this blog as an online journal to document my incredible SoCal running adventures.  With its ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, running is  a great metaphor for life, and  I love writing about it! Initially, the only people reading along were my mom and my aunt back in Illinois.  Over time, I learned that people as far as Japan and Australia were reading my posts!  Through this medium, I have met an array of incredible people– runners and non-runners alike.  I’ve made true friends and cross-country acquaintances.  This little blog has given me more than I could have ever imagined. Read her full bio and check out her blog here!

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