I had an entirely different post planned for today. I’m putting it off until Thursday because I realized I had something that I just absolutely had to say.

Photo by woolenium via flickr

I try never, ever to be a whiner on social media. I mean, I try in real life as well, but I succeed less often. Plus, with the magic of tone and nuance, most people get that I’m joking. Whereas when you whine on social media, all of that goofiness gets lost and you wind up being one of those people writing, “Somebody make me go for a run, I don’t wanna but I should.” Which…maybe you should? I don’t know your life. But if you don’t want to go for a run, don’t go for a run. Do something else. Go for a walk or a bike ride or to the gym. There must be something you like doing that will burn calories and that you don’t need to be talked into. And if you do like running but just don’t feel like doing it – well. Don’t. Tomorrow is just fine for running.

But on Facebook today, I made a joke about how tired I was (I hit 15 miles today! This seems like a lot, until I realize how far a damn marathon is) and how I didn’t know why I had signed up.

Well. Don’t joke about stuff like that unless you want people to be nice to you.

Because my friends chimed in with likes and kindness and a Steve Prefontaine quote. And told me that I would rock the race.

And as I replied, “When you doubt yourself, it’s best to have friends to believe in you.” Because eventually I’ll bridge that gap, and believe in myself and remind myself why I’m doing this.

Until then, I have you, my wonderful friends and family. And The Man, of course, who has been my cheering section at all but one of the really long races I’ve done.

I’m really lucky, you guys. Each and every friend is worth more than finishing a race. I couldn’t do that – or much else – without you.

This goes for the Internet People as well – those I’ve met and those I haven’t – you’re amazing and inspiring and brilliant, and I’m so glad you blog or Tweet or whatever and let others have a glimpse into your lives.