36 Hilarious Running Shirts

Are you sitting down? Good because you are about to laugh your face off. I was perusing Pinterest yesterday and I was on the floor laughing at all the funny running shirts. I am going to start a GoFundMe just so I can acquire all of these shirts and sweaters. I WANT THEM ALL! Most of these shirts are for sale, just click the picture and it will take you to the vendor's website. So here is your ab workout for the day, I present to you 36 Hilarious Running Shirts.

1. Slow Runners Make Fast Runners Look Good You're Welcome

1. Slow Runners Make Fast Runners Look Good You're Welcome

2. I Run I'm Slower Than Internet Explorer On A 90's Dial Up Connection But I Run

2. I Run I'm Slower Than Internet Explorer On A 90's Dial Up Connection But I Run

3. I Run So I Can Eat Cupcakes

3. I Run So I Can Eat Cupcakes

4. I Run Because I Really Like Beer

4. I Run Because I Really Like Beer

5. Forget Skinny I'm Training To Become A Bad Ass

5. Forget Skinny I'm Training To Become A Bad Ass

6. I Run Because Punching People Is Frowned Upon

6. I Run Because Punching People Is Frowned Upon

7. Running Destroyed My Social Like J/K I Never Had One

7. Running Destroyed My Social Like J/K I Never Had One

8. This Seems Like A Lot Of Work For A Free Banana

8. This Seems Like A Lot Of Work For A Free Banana

9. Run Like Dementors Are Chasing You

9. Run Like Dementors Are Chasing You

10. On A Scale Of 1-10 I'm a 13.1

10. On A Scale Of 1-10 I'm a 13.1

11. 5K Mommy 3.1 Miles Of Peace and Quiet

11. 5K Mommy 3.1 Miles Of Peace and Quiet

12. Eat Cupcakes Run Hard (OH I WANT THIS SO BAD)

12. Eat Cupcakes Run Hard (OH I WANT THIS SO BAD)

13. Run Like You're Late for Platform 9 3/4

13. Run Like You're Late for Platform 9 3/4

14. If Found On The Ground Drag Over The Finish Line

14. If Found On The Ground Drag Over The Finish Line

15. Not Funny but OH SO VERY COOL

15. Not Funny but OH SO VERY COOL

16. I RUN BETTER THAN THE GOVERNMENT

16. I RUN BETTER THAN THE GOVERNMENT

17. Shut Up! I'm NOT "almost there!"

17. Shut Up! I'm NOT "almost there!"

18. Where the (Blank) Is The Finish Line

18. Where the (Blank) Is The Finish Line

19. 13.1 it seemed like a good idea at the time

19. 13.1 it seemed like a good idea at the time

20. Never Too Sore For A #Selfie

20. Never Too Sore For A #Selfie

21. I've Got The Runs (HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA)

21. I've Got The Runs (HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA)

22. Run More Than Your Mouth

22. Run More Than Your Mouth

23. Hakuna Masquata It Means Nice Booty

23. Hakuna Masquata It Means Nice Booty

24. RUN LIKE CHANNING TATUM IS WAITING FOR YOU AT THE FINISH LINE

24. RUN LIKE CHANNING TATUM IS WAITING FOR YOU AT THE FINISH LINE

25. I WANT TO PUNCH RUNNING IN THE FACE

25. I WANT TO PUNCH RUNNING IN THE FACE

26. RUN LIKE YOU'RE TRYING TO GET TO THE CHOPPA

26. RUN LIKE YOU'RE TRYING TO GET TO THE CHOPPA

27. i'm only doing this so i can post a picture on facebook.

27. i'm only doing this so i can post a picture on facebook.

28. It's Not Swagger I'm Just Sore

28. It's Not Swagger I'm Just Sore

29. I Run Because I Really Like Chocolate

29. I Run Because I Really Like Chocolate

30. I Like Running Because I Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Like Food

30. I Like Running Because I Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Like Food

31. I Run I'm Slower Than A Herd of Turtles Stampeding Through Peanut Butter But I Run

31. I Run I'm Slower Than A Herd of Turtles Stampeding Through Peanut Butter But I Run

32. Running Makes Me Feel Less Like I Want To Kill People

32. Running Makes Me Feel Less Like I Want To Kill People

33. Why Are All of These Princesses Chasing Me?!?

33. Why Are All of These Princesses Chasing Me?!?

34. Exercise Gives You Endorphins Endorphins Make You Happy Happy People Just Don't Shoot Their Husbands They Just Don't

34. Exercise Gives You Endorphins Endorphins Make You Happy Happy People Just Don't Shoot Their Husbands They Just Don't

35. Running Cheaper Than Therapy

35. Running Cheaper Than Therapy

36. Running Is A Mental Sport And We're All Insane

36. Running Is A Mental Sport And We're All Insane

And as a bonus, introducing my new Run Selfie Repeat HATS!!!!! I am getting the first shipment in next week but seeing as how I am headed to the West Coast I may not throw them online until September 8th when I am back in NYC. Stay tuned for more info!

Hottie Hunting

Until tomorrow, #RunSelifeRepeat.

Why Share? Why Blog?

I was catching up with a friend of mine last night on the phone, one who I hadn’t talked to in a while. We caught up, we gossiped, I told her about my recent “email breakup,” and she told me about her latest dating conquests. We laughed and sighed and then we started talking about Run, Selfie, Repeat. She asked me a question I hadn’t thought to ask myself, “Why share? There's a million blogs out there, why bother?” True, there are a million blogs out there. So for what reason did I decide to share my personal experiences and bare my soul to a whole bunch of strangers?

My initial response was, “I don’t know” and “because it’s fun.” But it’s actually because I had so many incredible family members, friends, and mentors when my brother died who helped drag me through that first year. I can’t imagine going through something like a loss without a support system. Grief can be paralyzing and it can manifest suddenly without warning. I used to be uncomfortable asking for help, leaning on people, or sharing what I was going through. But grief is something you can’t hide. Some days I would be sitting in class and someone would say something that would jostle a memory and I’d just start crying. I was surrounded by loving mentors who had lost friends, children, or siblings. I could walk to the top floor of our department and walk into the first open door I could find and receive insights and perspectives that may not have made everything “ok” but they helped move me forward.

Then after college I felt disconnected from that creative outlet and community. I had a really hard time transitioning. I had moved away from all of my friends and I felt completely isolated. I was living at home with my parents, living in my brother’s old room, working a normal 9-5, and was miserable. I was terrified to move to LA or NY to try to become an actor and I didn’t know what else to do. All the sudden my future wasn’t clear and it scared the life out of me. Then the guy I was seeing decided he no longer wanted to see me. I got the, “I don’t want to hold you back” excuse which ironically has been the reason for most of my breakups. (What exactly these guys think they are holding me back from is beyond me.)

But then I found running. It physically gave me a way to put one foot in front of the other. At first it was just something constructive to do after work and on the weekends. Then I ran a half marathon and felt this passionate drive. So I bit the bullet and decided to go for a full. And suddenly I found this sense of self, power, pride, and dedication that all came from running.  

And so I decided that every year I am going to try to do something I told myself I could never do. Last year I ran a half marathon, a marathon, and moved to New York. This year I am trying to run a sub 4 hour marathon, I fell in love, and I want to learn Spanish. Next year I want to run a marathon in a different country (I’ve never been outside of the US and don’t even have a passport). And I want to do Iron Man in Kona before I am 30 (maybe 40, we shall see.) I’ve spent a lot of time haunted by the things that seem unattainable. Moving home was the first time I didn’t just go for something. It was the first time I convinced myself that I didn’t have what it takes which is why every year I am forcing myself to confront those fears and just dare to fail.

Life is hard. I’m only 25 and I’ve endured a couple huge and difficult cross roads. I would have never made it if it weren’t for the people around me and that is why I want to share my story. That is why Run, Selfie, Repeat exists. I want to be an outlet for anyone going through crisis. I first and foremost want to be able to make you laugh because I truly believe that laughter is the key to everything. I also hope to inspire, motivate, inform you about running (if you are so inclined to learn about it), and share the crazy things that happen to me. Life can be really difficult and sometimes you just need a nudge or reminder that tomorrow will come. Or that despite what you are going through, it may not get better, but the intensity is going to fade. I spend a lot of time hiding or concealing what I am going through. Here I get to share the things I would normally internalize. And it’s motivating. I have never felt more incredibly inspired or humbled than I do when I read your emails, stories, and comments. When I started this site five short months ago I never dreamed that you all would share and inspire me the way you do. It’s liberating. So thank you. Thank you for reading and sharing your stories with me. Thank you for your honesty and your bravery. And thank you for caring. There’s nowhere to go but forward and I can’t wait to go there with you all. Happy Wednesday friends. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

14 Things to Do On A Rest Day

Happy rest day boys and girls! Do I seem happy that today is my rest day? I am trying really very hard to be! OK! OK! FINE! My name is Kelly and I am a mileage-a-holic. I've said it once, I will say it again, I HATE my rest days. I mean what on earth am I supposed to do from 6:00pm-9:00pm if I don't run? Sit on the couch?

No thank you. But rule #1 on a rest day is that you need to let your body recover. Everyone's different so listen to your body and your training plan. Now I have 2 rest days worked into my training plan. I generally take Tuesdays and Fridays off. But if you are like me and can't stand sitting still, I brainstormed some things you can do on your rest day.

1. Stretch! Because you're supposed to do this anyway! It's good for your muscles! And your mind! And it improves flexibility! And look how much dog-gone fun that bunny is having stretching!

2. Ride a Bike! Now I can't do this because I can't get on a bike without thinking I am Lance Armstrong. I get all serious and stand up out of the saddle. Or I end up screaming at tourists "ON YOUR LEFT!" Yeah...a leisurely bike ride isn't a viable option for me.

3. Take a Stroll! Walking is fun! Getting your blood flowing with a little movement is good for you on your rest day. Just make it a calm stroll rather than an intense walk. Your body will thank you!

4. Take a Swim! It's good for your body! What I would give to have a pool!

5. Call Your Parents! I never call my parents because I never have any time! What better way to check in than on your rest day!

6. Spend Time With Your Significant Other! Training for a marathon? If so chances of you seeing your partner in crime are very slim. You get up before them or get in bed before them. Make it date night or just spend those 3 or 4 blissful hours together.

7. Go On A Date! Single and ready to mingle but training for a marathon? You have 0 time to date. (Speaking from experience. I once went to a date after running 5 miles. Not so cute.) Gotta be smart about those rest days, Carpe Diem!

8. Cook Dinner! I never cook on the days I run. I make all my meals the Sunday before and then heat them up because I get home around 8:30pm. But on a rest day, you have hours to whip up something delicious!

9. Spend An Evening With Your Friends! Do your friends complain about never seeing you? Mine do. Which is why rest days are time for friendship drinks! Catch up with those people who make you laugh.

10. Pay Your Bills! What better time to balance your checkbook or be fiscally responsible than on your rest day?

11. GO SHOPPING! Or if you don't want to be fiscally responsible, you can go shopping! Want to know where I am going after work? I'll be acquiring every romper and jumpsuit I can find. Because I am west coast bound next week and I need clothes!

12. Read a Book! It's calming, it's good for your brain, and it's just a whole lot of fun. Why wouldn't you read a book?

13. SLEEP! Have you heard of it? It's that thing you're supposed to do for at least about 8 hours. Want to know what's possible on a rest day? Sleep.

14. Binge Watch A TV Show! I watch 0 TV and there are about 10 shows I need to binge watch.

So there you have it! 13 ways to avoid the sheer boredom that is a rest day. They are crucial to your training plan and it's important to actually take time off and give your body a chance to repair. Otherwise it's a one way street to injury and you want to know what is worse than rest day boredom? INJURY BOREDOM! Injury free is the way to be! How do you like to spend your rest day?

Alright friends, until tomorrow #RunSelfieRepeat.

Making It Through a Long Run

There is nothing worse than waking up early and feeling COMPLETELY and totally un-motivated to run. You see, my favorite part about the weekends and marathon training is that you can choose whether you want to do your long run Saturday or Sunday. Friday night my family had a BBQ and I had a few glasses of wine. I HATE drinking the day before a long run. HATE IT. I feel  gross and it invites all sorts of not so beautiful problems before, during, and after the run. But I had signed up for the New York Road Runner Training Run and said you know what, I slept through the last one and I am going to make it happen! I live down in Brooklyn so getting to Central Park is a mission! It requires a 40 minute subway ride! But I said to myself, "Self, I know you feel gross but you are going to make it happen!" 

Then I got back into bed and tried to go back to sleep.

And right when I shut my eyes I had a conversation with myself, like a crazy person, and was like, “I can go to bed early tonight and get up early tomorrow! Go back to bed.”

And then I was all, “No! Get up! You carb loaded yesterday for today. This will be over in a hot second. GET UP! GET UP! GET UP!”

So I dragged my body out of bed, covered it in body in chafing cream, got dressed, realized I was out of GU and had a slight meltdown, shoved a bagel and a banana in my mouth and hopped on the 2 train Central Park Bound.  I got to Central Park and was all, “WHERE IS EVERYBODY!”

I got to googling and realized that the run was actually on SUNDAY! I COULD HAVE SLEPT IN! I could have run Sunday with all my people! And with water stations! So I was really angry about it.

I almost just turned around to go home. But I convinced myself that I was already in Central Park, dressed, and had eaten a bagel. Let me just say that not all runs are wonderful runs. Some runs are blissful and amazing. Some runs suck the life out of you. Some runs have their ups and downs. Some runs start out hard and get easier. This was one of those runs.

The first mile was MISERABLE. I spent a whole lot of time dragging my feet and moaning and groaning about how stupid I was to confuse the days. Then I moaned and groaned about how hot I was and how gross I felt.

If you are stuck in a rut but listen to music while you run, update your playlist. I forgot that I had downloaded all sorts of new music and when my favorite song came on I was all “THIS IS MY JAM!!!” And I started to get into it.

Long Run Tip: instead of sticking to my normal route, CHANGE IT UP! I decided, “LET’S SWITCH IT UP AND RUN CENTRAL PARK TWICE!” So I was dancing my way up Harlem Hill and having all sorts of fun. Waving at strangers, dodging pigeons, and buying $4 Gatorade with a smile on my face.

Before I knew it I was down the west side highway and 13 miles in. 3 MORE MILES! 3 MORE MILES! 3 MORE MILES!

Not even the fact that sweaty parts of my body were being rubbed raw could bring me down. (OK that's a lie. Chafing is just so painful. I need new sports bras.) But then 13 miles turned into 14. 14 turned into 15 and I was one Beyonce chorus away from 16 miles.

Long run tip: DO NOT watch your Garmin or running app (for me it's RunKeeper) during that last half/quarter mile. You know the saying a watched pot never boils?

I spent the last half mile watching my phone go from 15.6 to 15. 7 to 15.79 to 15.8 and I swear to god going from 15.91 to 16 took 10 minutes. I was shaking my phone screaming, "THIS CANNOT BE ACCURATE!" If you must check it just check it and forget it. Check it, play your favorite song, and finish strong.

Running 14 and 15 miles felt incredible but 16 made me incredibly confident. The scariest part about training for a marathon for me is the long run. I like to dwell on "what ifs" and then I second guess myself. 16 miles is a long way to run! Training for this marathon feels completely different than my first. I think I trust myself a lot more and I definitely know that slow and steady is the only approach. I can feel the difference. My long runs are hard but I don't feel spent after. And then you get to run around for the rest of the day telling people that you ran 16 miles.

I am so excited for the NYC Marathon. I can't believe I get to participate. Bring it on NYC, bring it on.

How do you guys get yourself through your hard long runs? Share below, you can never have to many running tools in your spibelt. Until tomorrow friends, #RunSelfieRepeat.

From Justin to Kelly: Mission Accomplished

It has been 11 weeks since my favorite Justin decided to make a change in his life to eat healthier and get active. I'll let him tell you the good news:

Today is a big day. Today is a goal date I set for myself months ago. A simple calendar reminder that said, “Have you reached your goals?” This past Memorial Day I went to a rooftop party with my friends and couldn’t find anything to wear. Nothing really fit me. It SUCKED to have to spend a beautiful day, with my friends, while everyone took pictures and laughed. I felt so uncomfortable. I smiled and laughed and got through the motions but really I was miserable and embarrassed. I did that a lot, went through the motions and acted like everything was okay when it wasn't. I forgot how to value myself. So on that day I made a goal to change, to become healthier and happier, and today happens to be the date I set for those goals.
On Memorial Day I weighed 236 pounds. Today I weigh 200 pounds. 36 pounds gone and hopefully never be seen again. I still have more work to do on myself but I’m happy with the progress I've made. People notice not only the weight change but a change in my demeanor. My confidence has sky-rocketed! You never realize the lack of confidence you have until you actually have it. I’ve been auditioning, taking voice lessons, and I’ve decided to really focus on my career and what I moved to NYC for. No more excuses. I believe in the value I have in myself. I have value and so does every single one of you. Value is something not many people think about but if we don’t value ourselves then no one else will. If you treat yourself like you matter (and you do so start acting like it) then you will start mattering. You’ll have this infectious confidence and people will flock to you because of it. 
Yesterday was our company’s Summer Event. We went to the Boat Basin on the Upper West Side and we had such an amazing time. Kelly and I like to call ourselves the party starters. We should totally go into business together to make this a thing because we can get anyone dancing. At every company event that has dancing (or even the potential for dancing) we are there right as the music starts dancing our faces off. If you look back at Kelly’s introduction of me (click here) you’ll see a larger Justin still dancing his heart out but super self-conscious. At least I can see how self-conscious I was. Yesterday I felt like the sexiest greatest dancer that ever lived and I danced like nobody was watching because I didn't care about how I looked. I felt confident and I was having an amazing time! All these people have seen my weight loss and now they are seeing my confidence. It was such a fun event with great people and I could have danced the night away with Kelly. I was actually sore the next day we danced so hard. 
 
 
My journey isn’t over yet but I feel incredible to have reached my goal of being happier and healthier. I’ve had people say to me that they didn't think I could do it or "it's a lot harder than you think, can you really do it?" To them I say thank you for your support. And success is the sweetest revenge. But I'm doing this for me. If you are at all struggling with either happiness or health start valuing yourself and have that confidence to dance like no one is watching. It’ll do wonders. Thank you for following my journey. I hope you see that all it takes is the courage to say, "I'm making a change." It's not hard. You can do it.

All it takes is a desire to change and then commitment. To just have the courage to say I'm doing this. 11 weeks is all it took. 11 weeks. You only get one life. Do the things you never thought possible.

Until tomorrow friends, #RunSelfieRepeat.