12 Stages Of Tricking Your Friends Into Running A Half Marathon

There are 3 things that runners love doing,

  1. Running.
  2. Talking about running.
  3. Tricking their friends, family members, significant others, co-workers, and random strangers into running.

I see you laughing, you're laughing because you know that it's true! We've all done it! These are the 12 stages of tricking your friends into running a half marathon.

1. The Opportunity.

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

Give us a millimeter and we'll run a mile! We see an opening and we're running with it!

2. The Silver Lining.

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

I know your heart is broken but I know exactly how to distract your heartache! We'll make your whole entire body hurt!

3. The Revelation.

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

Oh yeah. 13.1 miles! You, me and a half marathon! WE CAN DO THIS! COMMENCE INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH...

4. Vulnerability.

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

Watch us relate to you and show you how we got through it. (Vindication doesn't hurt either.)

5. The Offer You Can't Refuse.

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

Is it hot in here or is it just intense? Yeah, watch out because we're going for the kill. We won't take no for an answer.

6. A Moment of Reflection.

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

Boom. Truth bomb.

7. Resignation.

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Time is of the essence when we get a yes. Don't be alarmed when we whip out a phone or a computer so that we can get you registered as quickly as possible.

8. Lock It Down.

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

Feeling overwhelmed? Fear is good! It's good to feel! Don't worry about it! Just keep entering your information into that registration form!

9. The Pressure.

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

Don't mind us, we're just doubling down and making sure you don't back out! Don't think about those doubts and fears, just press submit! Just press that button. Just do it. Do it. Do it.

10. The Moment of No Return!

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

YOU DID IT! There it is! It's done!

11. The Celebration.

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

Wooooooooooooooooooooooo! We're doing it! We're running a half marathon!

12. The Realization.

12 stages of tricking friends into running a half marathon

Then you realize what just happened and your life flashes before your eyes...Don't panic! It's just one foot in front of the other! It may feel impossible today but step by step, you'll get there! And yes, it just might change your life!

These are the struggles of living with a runner: Being tricked into running a half marathon. Want more running struggles? (Come on! Running is funny!) Subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.