Don’t believe what you read on the internet

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Don’t believe what you read on the internet

Duh.

I could probably end the blog post here, but I’ll go on.

And I’ll start by saying that my job before triathlon was in the world of digital advertising. In short, I put ads on the internet. Getting you to click on an ad essentially earned me more money. So needless to say, I know *all* the tricks about targeting and cookies and yada yada. I get it.

And yet, yesterday, a package arrived at my door. Because three days ago was Amazon Prime day. I was doing a reallyyyyy good job resisting Prime Day. I didn’t really have anything I *needed* to buy, so I had a couple phone charging cords in my cart that I figured I’d go through with the purchase if I did discover that one other thing I needed. I was going to hold strong. Food, water, shelter – those are my needs. I have them all, so I was pretty certain I wouldn’t be partaking in Prime Day.

And then, I opened Facebook. I believe the title of the article that kept appearing in my feed was “9 Things Every Grown Ass Woman Needs from Amazon on Prime Day.”

I wish I was kidding.

And now, two days later, I own this:

 

Apparently, Himalayan Salt lamps improve indoor air quality, improve mood and reduce indoor allergens. Clearly, I needed this.

This was my really long way to remind you that we’re in the thick of race season. If you’re tapering, you’re probably spending too much time on the internet. If you’re training a boatload, you’re probably still spending too much time on the internet because your legs are so tired you can’t move to go do anything. I get it. But, stop it.

Get out, go to a movie. Go eat out. Just sit outside and….relax.

Because the internet is full of crazy advice! I am, in fact, a grown ass woman and I definitely do not need a Himalayan Salt Lamp. And you don’t need to read whatever you’re reading right now* about the right way to do your training or how to taper. Just ask your coach. And if you don’t have one, maybe look into that.

And in the meantime, I’ll keep you posted on how the salt lamp works out.

*Yes, I understand the irony of the fact that you’re reading my blog right now. I like to think one day this will be condensed and put into a memoir of short stories, so really you’re just reading literature right now in it’s pre-released state.