San Francisco Marathon, Check.

Well, I did exactly what I wasn't supposed to do.  Because of my Fall race schedule, I decided to drop out of the San Francisco Marathon. Originally I planned to run the first half of the San Francisco Marathon with my cousin William. That was until I found out my cousin William had a goal time of 1 hour and 30 minutes. I can't run that fast if you paid me 1 million dollars to try so I chose to run with my good friend Gregg who was running the ultra marathon (52 miles!!!!). My plan was to run 20 miles with Gregg and then hop out of the race. 

Everyone said the same thing, "You're going to get to mile 20 and say I'm just 6 miles away why not finish?" In my brain I thought, "There's no way I'm going to rationalize an extra hour of running when I'm 20 miles in." That's not done. There's no such thing as "only 6 more miles" when you're running a marathon. Now that isn't exactly what happened but I did in fact rationalize a marathon because we were taking walking breaks. (Equally as crazy.)

Now my mistakes started the week of the race. I wasn't planning on running a marathon, I didn't taper and I didn't take stay off my feet the week of the race AND I ran 5 miles of hills the Friday before the Sunday marathon with November Project. On top of that, I ate terribly. The day before the race, we were running late for our Runkeeper sign making party so I skipped breakfast and had a cheeseburger for lunch. Then I had a delicious dinner and about a ton of cookie dough before bed.

The morning of the marathon, I woke up at 3:30am (SERIOUSLY SAN FRANCISCO WHO STARTS A MARATHON AT 5:30AM!?!?!) and had half of an English Muffin and a banana. I didn't take an energy gel because when I run 20 miles I take one at mile 6 and a second around mile 12. William and I used the restroom and then I sent William on his way to go SLAY his first half marathon. (He ran 1 hour 35 minutes!!!!) and I went to go wait for Gregg to be ready to start his second marathon.

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We decided to hop in the very end of wave 3 and literally started the marathon by ourselves. It was the strangest start to a marathon ever! I've never crossed a start line alone! But I love running with Gregg because he's 5 times funnier than I am. Before we even crossed the start line he had me in stitches. This guy was already 28 miles in (The ultra marathoners got lost the night before and ran an extra 2 miles! COULD YOU IMAGINE!?!?!) and he was smiling like it was going out of style.

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The first 5 miles of the race were beautiful. Right along the wharfs and the sun was just beginning to rise. The weather was perfect, super foggy with a slight wind to keep us cool. The worst part of the race was the Golden Gate Bridge. It was awful, wet and slippery, over crowded, people weaving and the bridge never ended. I hated running that bridge and I hope I never have to do it again.

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I told Gregg I was there for him so whatever he needed I was game to do. We walked the hills (Which let me just say, running a marathon with walking breaks was WONDERFUL! I highly recommend it.) There were some serious hills in this race but not nearly as much as I was expecting. But that may be because we weren't running them. Either way, I was a happy camper.

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My only goal was to keep Gregg smiling. Once we got off the bridge I could see just how hard that Ultra Marathon was so I made the decision to stay with Gregg and do the marathon. Had we not been maintaining a 10+ minute mile pace and taking walking breaks, I would have ducked out at mile 20 like I had planned. But I wanted to be there for him and I would have felt awful leaving him. He was the reason these past four months were a breeze and he's probably my most supportive friend so I had to return the favor. I will say, I never would have thought a day would come that I would casually decide to run a marathon to support a friend. That was a sobering moment.

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Here's what made this marathon really special, all the people we met. If you've never had the pleasure of running with Gregg Bard, you're missing out. He talked and supported everyone on that course and we met so many first time marathoners along the way. It was an experience I will never forget. One woman especially, we were in Golden Gate Park around mile 15 when I was dancing and acting crazy -- she asked me how I had so much energy. We all got to talking and she told us this was her first marathon. Gregg launched into inspiration mode (Because that's just how he is, even when he's steps away from exhaustion he is always focusing on the people around him) and she started to choke up. It's so easy to forget how much of a struggle our first times were. MINE WAS AWFUL! I AM CRINGING JUST THINKING ABOUT IT! But I wouldn't have made it had complete strangers not of checked in with me and encourage me.), It's so important to watch out for and support one another. I love the running community because everyone has something to fight for. The reasons may be different but the drive and passion behind them is all the same. We all worked through serious walls to make it to the finish line. It's really hard to do it alone and honestly, you shouldn't have to. The pats on the back, the "You got this!" and the "How are you doing? You're looking great." -- they really make things so much easier.

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At the risk of sounding like a total A Hole, this was the easiest marathon I've ever run. It was literally a walk in the park (Mostly because we spent a lot of time walking in the park) but it was really very special to watch Gregg cross that finish line and to meet so many wonderful people along the way. I am smiling just thinking about it and it meant so much to me to be able to meet so many of you along the way. I've never run a race like that before where we just chatted with everyone around us the entire way! I have absolutely no regrets about running the marathon. None. It was the best decision I've ever made.

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To everyone I met in San Francisco, thank you for all the support and kind words. I'm tearing up just thinking about this weekend. I never dreamed I would be in the position I'm in. I never expected to have this online social community. The impact it's had on my life is not lost on me. To everyone who came up to me this weekend and to all of you on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat -- THANK YOU. It's so cool to be able to get real time support from all of you during the marathon. I spent miles reading everything to Gregg as well, you don't understand how helpful it was to him.

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I am so grateful to be able to be in California and spend time with my family. It was so special to have them out on the race course and here with me this weekend. I'm out in California until Friday and we've got all sorts of adventures planned! I'm going to take it easy this week and recover from that impromptu marathon but when I get back to NYC it's back to business. I have that surprise race to train for but more on that soon. :)

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

 

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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.

Welcome To San Francisco!

After the world's longest travel day, MY SISTER AND I MADE IT TO SAN FRANCISCO! So I know I said I was leaving on Friday, but turns out I booked our flight for Thursday! We only found out on Tuesday but it ended up being quite the happy accident! We had a layover in Dallas before arriving in San Francisco late last night so it was nice to have today to hang with family before the madness of race weekend began. I grabbed Aziz Ansari's new book "Modern Romance" before we took off and it was so good I finished it before we landed. If you're looking for a HILARIOUS and really engaging read, go get that book. 

My Mom and my Cousin William came to pick up up at the airport and we made a bee-line for IN N OUT! A double double and some animal style fries later, I could not have been happier. 

Then I did what any normal person does the first day they are on vacation, I woke up at dawn to go join November Project here in San Francisco for some hill repeats! In case you haven't heard, I'm slightly obsessed with this tribe of humans.  We met over by UCSF and there was this entire hidden gem of a forest right there! We did .5 mile hill repeats up and down Mount Sutro Hills and it was a blast. If you're in a city with a tribe of November Project, go check them out. They are so much fun to workout with. What was really funny was everyone was giving high fives up and down the switchbacks and for a while I kept thinking, "What are they doing? OH! That's for high fives!" New York City has ruined me, I'm officially a jaded monster. 

So here we are! If you didn't know, OrthoLite insoles (You know those incredibly comfortable insoles you're probably already wearing) is sponsoring Charity Miles for the SF Marathon and I need you to join the #RunSelfieRepeat Charity Miles Team right now!

Walkers, runners, bikers -- you all can use Charity Miles! Just open the app, join team #RunSelfieRepeat, select a charity to raise money for (I'm raising money for Parkinson's Research) and go get sweaty! Let's see how much money we can raise this weekend! I'm also doing a giveaway so CLICK HERE for more info. Spread the word! Share which charity you've decided to raise money for and use the hashtag #RunOrthoLite! Let's raise some money for some incredible causes!

BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME!

I want to introduce you to my wonderful Cousin Boy William who is getting ready to run his very first half marathon this weekend! There's nothing like your first half marathon so I asked William to share his experience both before the race and after!

CLICK HERE for Excited and Scared, I'm Running My First Half Marathon in 2 Days.

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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.

Excited and Scared, I'm Running My First Half Marathon In 2 Days

HI! I'm William! I go to college in Chicago and in two days from today, I'm running my first half-marathon. The way I started running was through my Dad. He was always a runner (he was pretty good back in the day) and in his quests to make me exercise when I was eight we ran a couple of miles. I always hated it, but somehow I joined the cross-country team in middle school. Despite coming in near last in all the races that first year, I found out that I enjoyed running and I kept with it. (Yay for no cut sports!). By the end of high school, I was a competent runner, even if I wasn't a star.

I just completed my first year of college and to keep that Freshman 20 at bay, I decided I knew that I needed to keep running. I'm from San Francisco, and running in Chicago during college has been a struggle. The weather is always either 15˚ with snow or 90˚ and humid (I think), and it's been pretty difficult for this spoiled Californian to handle. I don't always have a ton of time, so I often end up running early in the morning before class. My trick for forcing myself to wake up? Find running buddies who will run in the morning, so I feel bad if I leave them hanging.

The furthest race I've ever run is the Bay to Breakers (a 12K) and I wanted to challenge myself so I decided to sign up for the SF Half-Marathon. My goal is to run it in 1 hour and 30 minutes, which might be pushing it, but we'll see what happens on Sunday. What's the point of a goal if it's not a little intimidating?

Here what I'm scared of:

  1. It's so long! 6 miles is far! Then when you get to mile 6 and you realize that you aren't even halfway done and you think to yourself "Oh no..."
  2. Hills. I mostly trained in Chicago, where the largest hills are freeway overpasses (this is not a joke). So coming back to San Francisco and running a race up and down all the crazy hills is a scary thought.
  3. Going out fast and dying. I tend to get excited when I'm about to run a race, and then I go out super fast. In a 5K I can kind of get away with it; but I'm betting if I go out like a speed racer on Sunday I'll have serious regrets at mile 10 when I feel like my legs are made of jelly and I'm asking people for piggy back rides.
  4. The time. The race starts at 5:30am, which means I'm gonna have to get up at 3:30 or some ungodly early time. How am I supposed to race if I fall asleep two miles in?
  5. That I'm completely out of my league. What if all of these people have been training better than me? What if I have no idea what I'm doing? What if I just want to lie down at mile eight? What if I can't even finish? Ahhhh!

Of course, I wouldn't be doing this if I wasn't excited. Here's what's going to be awesome:

  1. The course. The SF half-marathon goes along the bay, across the Golden Gate Bridge and back, and into Golden Gate Park. At least I'll have lovely scenery to distract me.
  2. Family! I'll have a big group of extended family cheering me on, from my mom to my grandparents, along with my lovely cousin Kelly who's also running!
  3. Weather. After running through Chicago winters and summers, 60˚, foggy, and a breeze are going to feel like the best things in the world.
  4. Racing! I love running races. It's so much fun: the anticipation, the adrenaline, pushing myself. It's my second favorite feeling in running.
  5. Finishing. Duh, the best feeling. I'm already looking forward to crossing that finish line, accomplishing my first half-marathon, getting home, showering, feeling awesome, and eating so much food. Just so much. All of the food. Doritos, cookies, In-n-out, chocolate. And I don't have to feel bad about it at all!

I'll let you know how I do! 2 days and counting!

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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward with OrthoLite and Charity Miles

When you’re engaged in an activity that is literally one foot in front of the other for hours on end, it’s pretty important that you make an effort to put your best foot forward! It’s the reason runners spend so much time and energy trying to find the perfect pair of shoes! Well, allow me to introduce you to what’s going to help you run happier, OrthoLite insoles!  I’m partnering with OrthoLite on this post because they’re the best out there and chances are, you’re already using them! Their open cell foam insoles can be found in more than 200 million shoes each year including ASICS, Clarks, New Balance, Merrell, Nike, Puma, Vans and Timberland to name a few. (See, you’re probably already using them.) How can you tell? Simply flip over the insole in your shoe! If you see little black specks, those are pieces of recycled rubber, which are signature to OrthoLite technology.

(So fancy and SO eco-friendly.) It gives it that little extra bounce to help your feet stay happy and comfortable all day long. (Which is important!)  

Personally, insoles are a HUGE deal to my training. I may joke around while I train for marathons but comfort isn’t a laughing matter. I wouldn’t be able to dance my face off during a 22 mile training run if it weren’t for my support system (my shoes and insoles). If I’m not comfortable, I’m not having fun. I’m complaining and that isn’t just bad for me, it’s bad for anyone around me!

If you’re sick of your feet sending you hate mail after your runs, here are 6 reasons you should wear OrthoLite insoles.

 1. They are essential running gear! The last thing you want to think about when you’re out pushing your limits is about your feet hurting. Happy feet make happy runners! It’s science!

2. They’re made with recycled rubber! Who doesn’t want extreme comfort from a sustainable insole?

3. They’re inexpensive! For $19.99, they’re a STEAL! AND for every pair sold online at OrthoLite.com, they donate $1 to the Level Field Fund; a grant-giving program that helps athletes achieve their Olympic dreams! (What’s that feeling? It’s our hearts growing 25 sizes.) 

4. They’re breathable and moisture wicking! Wet feet are a disaster. That’s how blisters are born! You want an insole that breathes and keeps you dry so that you are pain and blister free!

5. They’re fully washable and antimicrobial! Fight fungus, bacteria and odor! An insole that you can actually wash! No more smelly feet!

6. They’re lightweight and they hold up! Sick of your insoles going flat? OrthoLite retains 95% of its thickness over time.

What’s even more exciting is that OrthoLite has partnered up with the incredible app Charity Miles for the San Francisco Marathon weekend! Charity Miles is one of the greatest ideas ever and if you aren’t using it I need you to stop what you’re doing, go get your phone and download it right now. Charity Miles allows you to earn corporate sponsorships for charity while walking, running or biking. Basically you raise money doing the things you do every single day for free. Sound too good to be true? IT’S NOT! You just launch the app, choose a charity and start moving! Walkers and runners you earn 25 cents per mile and bikers, you can earn up to 10 cents per mile!

So here's where we can work together, no matter where you are in the world let's run, walk or bike as the #RunSelfieRepeat Charity Miles Team! Here's how we do this --

Step 1: Go download the Charity Miles App.

Step 2: Select the runner in the top left corner.

Step 3: Select "Teams".

Step 4: Type in #RunSelfieRepeat and join the team!

Then simply select a charity and get moving! Let's get sweaty and raise some money!

Join the #RunSelfieRepeat charity miles team!

Now let’s kick this San Francisco Marathon weekend off with a contest! I’m giving away 3 pairs of OrthoLite Fusion Insoles to three readers who take a sweaty selfie anytime between today 7/23-7/28, join the #RunSelfieRepeat team, share which charity they are raising money for via the Charity Miles app, and use the hashtag #RunOrthoLite! So hop to it! I’ll see you out there! Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

*This post is sponsored by OrthoLite.

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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.

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