14 Scenarios That Are A Runner's Worst Nightmare

Most runner's are very particular about where they run, what they run with, and how they train. We all have these routines that we stick to, rarely deviating from path we've set for ourselves. We fear the moment when disaster strikes and all hell breaks loose. The crack in the road that leads to a fracture, that strange pain in your hip that turns out to be IT Band related, or feeling that rumbly in your tumbly and realizing you're a mile from a bathroom. Ladies and Gentlemen I give to you 14 Scenarios That Are A Runner's Worst Nightmare. 

1. Pressing pause on RunKeeper or your GPS watch and forgetting to press resume.

2. Getting to a water station during a race and finding only sports drinks.

14 Scenarios That Are A Runner's Worst Nightmare

3. Runners who stop during a race without warning.

4. Runners who don't signal and collide right into you.

5. Getting 5 miles into your long run and realizing you left your energy gels on your bed.

6. Runner's trots. ::shudders::

7. Having to start in the middle of the pack before a race and getting stuck behind slower runners.

14 Scenarios That Are A Runner's Worst Nightmare

8. Long porter potty lines.

9. Getting to a race late and not having enough time to go potty before the start.

10. Tripping over a curb and ending up in a cast.

11. Cyclists who don't yield.

12. Cars that roll through stoplights or stop signs.

13. All collisions.

14. Coming in last.

Here's to hoping none of these things ever happen to you. What's your worst nightmare? Share you running horror stories! Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.


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.