BQ Or Bust It's Time To Make Impossible, Possible

After I ran my first painful marathon, I promised myself that I would attempt to do everything that I told myself was impossible. WELL, I think running a 3 hour and 35 minute marathon (which would be the time I would have to run a marathon in to qualify for the Boston Marathon) is impossible. So in 6 months, I'm going to try to make that impossible, possible and I'm going to film the entire journey. Too often we see finish lines and after photos. We don't see the doubts and the tears. This is going to be really f*cking hard and it is probably not going to happen. But I'm going to give it 100% and see what I can do because the only way you'll fail is if you fail to try.

So this is it, I'm putting it out there and I'm bringing you all with me so we can set a HUGE goal together and chase it down because we are stronger together! What's your goal? 6 months may seem really far away but when we break it into weeks, it's not far away at all. Set a goal. Join me. Let's do this.

So what can you expect? Well, at least one video a week (let's be honest, there will probably be more than that) showing you what I'm going through. I anticipate a lot of tears and a lot of f words but we will see. Will you see me talking a lot about pace? I hope not. I don't think that's super interesting but I'm sure it will make it's way in here. My hope is to really just focus on what I'm battling. What feels hard and impossible. What hurts. What works. What doesn't work. My hopes and fears. I'm a work in progress and it's all about the journey!

Step 1 was to get my Physical Therapist Mike Riccardi at Finish Line PT on board. Step 2 is to find a kick ass coach who will help me make impossible, possible. BQ OR BUST!

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.

The Boston Marathon Was Hot, Hot, Hot

For a lot of runners, Boston is the dream. You can't just run the Boston Marathon. There's no lottery, no register before it sells out, and no "I'll just join a charity", every single spot has to be earned. For most runners, access is granted by running what we in the running world call a "BQ" or Boston Qualifying time. Then once you run a BQ, there are a limited number of spots and entry into the race still isn't guaranteed. (For example, if there are only 500 spots for women between 25-30 and 600 women BQ'ed, they start with the fastest times and the fastest 500 get in. Those are fake numbers but you get the point. It's a big deal to get in.)

The first time I ever watched the Boston Marathon live was the year of the Boston Marathon bombings. I was a brand new runner, just one month away from running my first marathon. I remember thinking what kind of person would bomb a marathon? A MARATHON? Where people work their asses off to run an impossibly far distance as fast as they can. It was horrifying, awful, and tragic. There really aren't words to describe the unthinkable tragedy thathappened that day.

But the running community is tough and supportive. It came together, leaned into each other and didn't let a horrendous unthinkable act stop it from moving forward. Every year since, I've watched the marathon live on a computer screen at work. This year, I knew that I had to be there. Even though I wasn't running the race myself, I wanted to be there for the magic and withness my friends crush the race they had worked so hard to get into.

What went down during my Boston Marathon experience? See for yourself!

001: The Q & A.

I had the pleasure of taking over Women's Running's Snapchat on Saturday and to kill time in my car ride from NYC to Boston, I asked if anyone wanted to do a Q & A. Getting to engage directly with the running world and with so many new runners was really kind of amazing. We got questions from Alaska, South America, London, Canada and all over the United States. I honestly can't think of a better way to kill time in a car than getting to hang out with thousands of runner's around the world.

002: Make Running Fun Again

Saturday night, Runner's World hosted the November Project book launch and hundreds of people from different NP tribes across the country took over the streets of Boston before ending at the launch party. Unfortunately, my phone died and I caught basically none of the action. But Sunday, I was taking over Women's Running's Instagram and I got to hang out with @TheMattPowers all day which was nothing short of a good time. #POW is hilarious, smart, and an incredible filmmaker and he is the reason I started vlogging. If you have a minute, go check out what he shot on his YouTube page. It will give you all the feels and make you laugh your face off.

003: Uber Hell

This is what happens when it takes 30 minutes to drive 2 miles. We couldn't find the expo to save our lives and I thought it was going to kill me.

004: Nuun Up or Shut Up

Vibrating beds, the first ever Boston Marathon Flip Cup Tournament (unofficially) sponsored by Nuun, and Siri fun. I may have been a few hours late, but the expo was nothing short of hilarious.

005: Running Unapologetically

Straight from my heart. Thank you Boston.

Vlogging is something that terrifies the crap out of me but it's been really eye opening and exciting getting to tell stories in a new way. If you're enjoying the adventures, please do me a huge favor and subscribe to my YouTube channel. If not, no worries. I promise to continue to challenge myself to grow and become a better storyteller.

It's my hope that by tearing walls down within the running world, I can show the world that you don't need a six pack or a marathon under your belt to call yourself a runner. In episode 002, POW and I talked a little bit about how a very distinct line exists right now in the running world separating the "real runners" and the rest of us. It doesn't matter if you run a 2 hour 3 minute marathon or a 2 hour and 3 minute mile, we all are working towards goals. Everyone is chasing dreams and fighting to put their strongest foot forward. That's all that matters. There's nothing more contagious than a runner's high. There's nothing funnier than the sh*t we got through as a runner. It's my goal to make running fun and shine a light on the funnier aspects of running. Thank you for watching and sticking with me every step of the way.

All my love. All of it. I don't think you all know just how much you mean to me. Thank you.

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.

Giving Up Is Always An Option, But So Is Going Forward

I will never forget the daily struggle I faced when I was trying to find the motivation to make a healthy lifestyle change. After almost a decade of fad diets, diet pills, and countless attempts to lose weight in every way except eating healthy and working out, I thought my only option was to give up. I felt like my weight defined my identity and I didn't think there was anything I could do to change because every single time I set out to lose weight, I gave up. But the truth is, I was never actually giving up, I just wasn't ready to put in the work to make the change. Change requires high stakes, patience and a fearless leap of faith and I was putting one toe hesitantly into the water, too afraid to jump in.

Giving Up Is Always An Option.

I get frustrated when people tell me that giving up isn't an option because that wasn't true for me. Giving up wasn't just an option, it's the path I consistently chose. But I don't regret the years and years I spent giving up. I wasn't ready to accept that there wasn't a magic solution to the problems I had with my weight. Even though "eating healthy and working out regularly" or "getting comfortable being uncomfortable" seem like pretty simple and straightforward concepts, making a lifestyle change is INCREDIBLY complicated and hard. Giving up is never the easier option. Anyone who tells you that doesn't know how devastating it feels to stall in the face of progress.

Over the years I've learned that it really doesn't matter how badly you want something, it's about how hard you're willing to work for it. You can hope and pray harder than anyone else in the world but if you're not ready to make the sacrifices, push through doubts, overcome fears, get uncomfortable and actually do the work that is required to change, you'll never accomplish whatever it is that you're setting out to do. I'm tired of this collective assumption that giving up is a failure or something that we should be ashamed of. Making a change is really f*cking hard! Cut yourself some slack! You shouldn't be expected to succeed the first, second, hell maybe even the tenth time you set out to make impossible possible.

Doesn't Matter How Badly You Want Something

It's easy for those of us who have successfully made a change to say that anyone can do it but I'll never forget how impossible losing over 75 pounds felt. I'll never forget how defeated andfrustrated I was with myself when, after weeks of going to the gym, working out never got easier. It wasn't until I stopped comparing myself and my progress to the people around me and in the media that I realized that my motivation to lose weight was the reason why I was consistently giving up. I didn't want to make a healthy lifestyle change to get the most out of my life, I wanted to look the way I thought society expected me to look. My stakes weren't high enough and I wasn't invested in making a change for myself and myself alone.

Today, knowing that giving up is an option is what pushes me to pursue scary goals that make me feel strong and confident in my ability to do anything I put my mind to. Though giving up is never the easier option, you can't look at it like defeat if it happens. I don't define myself by the thousands of times that I took the easier road or when I gave up too soon. Those disappointments and embarrassing speed bumps were the reasons why accomplishing my impossible goal was so rewarding and empowering.

I love the saying, "The end of one thing is the beginning of something else" because we are never truly "finished". You can't let set backs, mistakes, speed bumps, or failed attempts define your future. As long as you pick yourself up, learn from each and every experience and put one foot in front of the other, you're never actually giving up. When anything feels impossible or when you want to throw in the towel, ask yourself what's at stake. What exactly do you have to lose if you stop chasing your goal? If taking a break makes sense, then take a break. Focus on small weekly goals that will help you work towards that larger goal. The only way you'll fail is if you fail to try. It's all about patience and persistence. Don't give up hope, just keep giving it your all.

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.

Staying Vulnerable When People Don't Like What You Do

The internet is a beautiful place to build a community, share stories, inspiration, motivation and entertainment. It's not easy sharing parts of myself that I worked incredibly hard to keep hidden for decades. I have to work really, really, really hard to convince myself to write and then publish the pieces of myself that I'm uncomfortable with. Some of it has to do with shame but the majority of it has to do with fear.

The biggest lesson I've learned over the years is that not everyone is going to like what I do and that's OK. It's not my job to try to please everyone. My job is to share my story as honestly and openly as possible. Every single day, I set out to inspire and motivate as many people to look in the mirror and say yes to themselves as humanly possible. That's my mission. That's what brings me the most joy inspires me to create articles, graphics and videos that I believe makes running, getting active, or even get out of bed in the morning when you're facing an unthinkable tragedy feel less impossible. That is why I do what I do.

Now a lot of what I create pushes the envelope. Would I call this video groundbreaking?

No. I think it makes a really gross and terrifying aspect of running, the ever looming possibility of pooping your pants, something we can laugh at because most runners have experienced it. When it happens, it's not fun. In fact, it's really awful. But it makes you feel less alone or embarrassed because you realize that we all have been there! I went back and forth about making that video. Do I really want to make a video about having to poop my pants? Is that something I want to live online forever? Yes, yes it is! Because runner's trots are awful! And I would much rather laugh about it instead of pretending that it doesn't happen.

I deal with fear in two ways, my initial response is to find laughter. I've dealt with enough trauma and heartbreak to know that laughter is the only thing that gives me hope when I feel broken or hopeless. The second way I deal with fear is to find hope and inspiration in other people's stories and experiences. That's part of the reason why I share so openly here on Run, Selfie, Repeat. If sharing my devastating grief, doubts, failures, successes and experiences gives hope to even one person, then it's worth it.

But it isn't easy. In fact, being vulnerable and honest about my insecurities is really terrifying and difficult for me. My biggest frustration with the internet is how easily we disassociate a human being from something they've done. When I try something new, I do what you're not supposed to do and I read people's comments. I come from a theater background and I'm not afraid of constructive criticism. In fact, I welcome it with open arms. I know that I'm not going to grow or continue to challenge myself if I don't figure out what works and what doesn't work. The problem is, people don't give constructive criticism online.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece here on Run, Selfie, Repeat that I was hoping would motivate and inspire people called "16 Inspiring Quotes For Runners". I shared images of myself with my own thoughts and words written on them. It's easy to share the words of someone else but your own? That's pretty tough. My good friend's at Women's Running shared my piece on their social media outlets and this was a comment someone wrote on Facebook.

Susan

I'd understand if Susan's comment was in response to something a little more crass like 11 all too real stages of having to go to the bathroom during a run (because it's a little on the obnoxious side) but this particular piece? I was confused. Susan proclaiming that I'm obnoxious doesn't help me! And I'm sure it doesn't really help her so what does that comment do? Susan, what isn't working? What about me bothers you so much that you felt it was appropriate to write that I'm so obnoxious that you can't stand it. I'm not mad, I'm just curious.

Look, I'm not here to please everyone. I know people aren't going to like what I do or even like me. It's not my job to care about the people who think I'm obnoxious. That really isn't my fault, that's a difference in taste. It is my job to listen to feedback and figure out what is working and what isn't working. My point is, I challenge you all to think before you post your reactions or responses online, especially responses that are emotionally charged. Remember, even if you don't think the person you're responding to is ever going to see your response, comment as if you're saying it to their face. And if you don't care what they think, maybe go take a look in the mirror and ask yourself why that is. It's OK to disagree, just be smart about how you respond. 

The internet can be a wonderful place. Be compassionate whenever possible. Try to put yourself in other people's shoes. Think before you react and respond. Do good! And if I do something that you find frustrating or disappointing, email me! I want to hear those things just as much as I want your likes and LOL's. I'm not perfect, I'm here to grow. 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.

The Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

Hi friends! I know, its been a while since I've taken the time to actually talk about my life and what exactly has been going on. A lot has happened since I got back to New York City. You may have noticed a few videos about my trip down to Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. Confused? I decided to push myself to start vlogging! Let's start in the beginning...

I love being able to share bits and pieces of my adventures with all of you but I've never felt confident enough to put a camera in my face, break that fourth wall and actually vlog. Turns out, I'm really self conscious about walking around with a camera in public! I've wanted to create more videos for a while now but I've been too afraid to take that leap of faith and actually do it. The truth is, I love storytelling. It's what drove me towards theater and being able to see how someone else lives their life or what they've gone through hand overcome is fascinating and exciting to me. I love the idea of walking a mile in someone else's shoes and I finally realized what better way to do that than to actually run a mile in their shoes?

This year is all about getting stronger and one thing that I really want to work on is moving past my fear of being judged or worrying about what other people think about me. I'm a confident lady, don't get me wrong, but I still invest a little too much energy in what other people think. So that is why I've started vlogging, to push myself to be vulnerable and honest in a different medium.

In part 1, we leave NYC and I wanted to introduce you to Casey and Melissa. We talked a little about our road trip goals so you could get a feel for who they are and how the trip was going to play out.

In part 2, we get our hearts broken by $20 pretzels at the Maryland House.

In part 3, we take some more time to get to know Casey and Melissa and have our first morning in DC.

One of the only things we wanted to do in DC was go to this Trampoline Park called Flight. (I know, we're in DC we should see the sights and the museums. But we really wanted to go to this trampoline park!) We drove all the way out to the suburbs and then found out that we weren't in because we didn't have children. It was pretty upsetting.

Part 5 is, without a doubt, my favorite video of the vlog thus far. We were hanging out by the Lincoln Memorial when we started watching these two dudes try to get the perfect selfie. Literally 10 minutes and dozens of photos were taken before they moved on. It was 10 of the greatest minutes of my life and I feel truly blessed to have been able to witness it. These guys are my heroes.

In part 6, we ride bikes and try not to die.

Part 7 is the main event, RACE DAY! The night before the race was NUTS. It was so windy that the power went out. I wasn't prepared for the weather AT ALL. I didn't bring any throw away clothes and I assumed it was going to be 50 degrees. All in all the race was fun. A little crowded and cold for my liking but we had a good time. (AND I got to run with my good friend Anne which was a real treat.)

Part 8 is pretty hilarious because I gave Melissa a camera to document what it's like on the spectating side. Once I finished, I ran back to Mile 9 to the November Project DC cheer station to cheer on the rest of the runners. We stayed there until the very last runner ran by and we actually ended up getting onto the much feared sweeper bus! Turns out, the struggle bus isn't something to be feared...it's a party bus!

And last but not least, part 9 is the return back to the city. We give the Maryland House a second chance, discover Melissa doesn't lie and talk about the things we want to do before we die.

My life is about to get pretty crazy again. I'm headed to Boston this weekend for my very first Boston Marathon! I've never been to a Boston Marathon before so I'm really, really excited. I'll be taking over Women's Running's Snapchat on Saturday and their Instagram on Sunday so keep your eyes peeled for some behind the scenes action! If you're in Boston on Tuesday, Women's Running is hosting a pretty amazing event with Bobbi Gibb to celebrate her 50th anniversary of running the Boston Marathon. CLICK HERE for details.

My life gets pretty crazy from there! I'm traveling to Mexico, LA, New Hampshire and Boulder within the following 6 weeks! It's going to be a lot of adventuring but I can't wait to bring you all with me! If you haven't already, take a second to subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up to date on all the vlogging action!

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.

My Favorite 30 Second Dessert

One of the hardest parts about losing weight was overhauling my diet. I hate restricting myself and feeling like I need to watch every single calorie I consume. When I was trying to figure out how to satisfy my sweet tooth without undoing all of my hard work, I started making a few dessert options that stayed on the healthier side but still tasted AMAZING. I love chocolate so I would simply combine...

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Roasted Unsalted Peanuts
  • Mint
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Tangerine
  • Honey

It takes under 30 seconds to throw in a bowl and it's so tasty, you won't even feel like you're missing out! 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.

Watch Two Guys Spend 5 Minutes Trying To Get The Perfect Selfie

We knew we were in for some laughs when we went on a road trip to Washington DC. But this? Never in my wildest DREAMS did I think we would witness anything this spectacular. This is what it looks like when two guys spend 5 minutes trying to get the PERFECT selfie.

SO MANY QUESTIONS!
1. Who are these guys?
2. Did their pictures turn out OK?
3. Are they still at the Lincoln Memorial trying to get that perfect selfie?
4. What tips do they have for us mortals?

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.

The Problem With Before And After Photos

Recently I received a notification on Facebook that I'd been tagged in a photo. I clicked the notification and found a picture of myself that I never knew existed. I tried very, very, VERY hard to delete and erase EVERY photo of myself at my heaviest weight because I was ashamed of the way I looked. I was convinced that people would judge me for my weight and I did everything I could to delete that part of my life.

Looking back, I wholeheartedly regret my decision to attempt to erase that time in my life. I regret spending so much time and energy caring about what others thought about my weight and I primarily regret feeling ashamed of the way I looked.

The Problem With Before And After Photos

When I look at this picture, I feel a lot of things but surprisingly, embarrassed isn't one of them. This is me at a time in my life when I was doing everything I could to simply get out of bed. I was trying to survive the unimaginable, sudden and tragic loss of my younger brother and figuring out how life goes on without him. I don't regret gaining weight and surviving that first year.

Okay, here’s my issue with these ‘inspiring’ before & after photos – we’re acting like something is wrong with us in the before photos and it’s saying that it’s unacceptable to look anything but the “after” photos.

Newsflash: Even after I lost the weight, my life didn't magically change. I was still incredibly unhappy because I hadn't found the thing that made me feel happiest in my skin. Eventually I found it – running. It makes me feel as I'm always working towards something. I feel strong, empowered, and confident in my US size 8-10 frame. I can run a marathon fast AF and I no longer spend my time trying to look a certain way so that I can be desirable for someone else.

If you want to make a change -- go for it! I'll be the first to stand beside and cheer you on. But if you love the way you look and feel, then keep doing what you're doing because you're already living your best life.

 

The Problem With Before And After Photos

This isn't a "before" and "after" picture. It's simply me in two different stages in my life. Neither is more "beautiful" or "better" than the other, they are both simply me.

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.