Well hello internet stranger my name is Kelly Roberts! Welcome to Run, Selfie, Repeat!
My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon in 2014. Despite the fact that I'm now a running addict, I haven't been running long. You see, I wasn't athletic growing up. Physical activity and I were never friends. I was the kid who would hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running. I had always thought that in order to be a runner you had to be born a runner. When I tried to run I felt like I was going to pass out. I couldn't run around my block without needing to stop to catch my breath. Then one day I was just desperate enough to start running. Now I realize that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made.
Running has given me a purpose and it's helped me grieve the loss of my brother in a way that makes sense. Running and grieving are very similar. Neither ever really gets easier but you eventually get stronger. Running has also helped me let go of a lifelong problem of insecurities about my weight. You see, after my brother passed away I developed some unhealthy habits and woke up one day over 200 pounds. With a lot of hard work I was able to get my life back and now, running helps helps me feel proud of my strong body while keeping the 75+ pounds I worked incredibly hard to lose off. But most importantly, running has shown me that all the doubts and limits I impose on myself are nothing more than a bunch of bullshit.
I created Run, Selfie, Repeat with the hopes to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. Running is hard! Running can seriously suck! THERE I SAID IT! I didn't pick up one day and find that I was able to run, I ran for 2 minutes and had to stop to catch my breath. But for some reason, even though it hurt and it felt impossible, I kept with it. Then I got stronger and more confident and now here I am having the time of my life running marathons. Becoming a runner wasn't easy but I've never done anything as rewarding or fulfilling in my life.
By finding a way to laugh and poke fun at ourselves it makes it just a tad less intimidating. My hope is that Run, Selfie, Repeat will 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.
If you're a new runner or new to the fitness world -- I've got your back. I ran my first half marathon in cotton tights and chafed in places one should never chafe. Don't know what "sweat wicking material is?" I can't wait to tell you about it! I know what it's like to look in the mirror and not recognize the person you see looking back at you. I know what it feels like to feel so overwhelmed and lost that you actually don't know how to take my next step. (Spoiler alert: The first step is to ask for help.) Whether you never want to run a mile in your life or if you're a seasoned bad ass Boston Strong runner -- the things I do will hopefully make you laugh. So what are you waiting for? Join me and the #RunSelfieRepeat movement!
You can always email me at Kelly@RunSelfieRepeat.com or find me on The Twitter or Instagram via @KellyKKRoberts. Or you can catch up with me on my YouTube channel! So get involved and get social! Simply use the hashtag #RunSelfieRepeat and join the #RunSelfieRepeat family!