16 Feelings All Runners Live For

When you start running it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel but once you get there your whole life shifts. You find you're happiest when you're running. You're not you when you're not running regularly and when that happens, you start to notice the little things. Here are 16 feelings all runners LIVE for:

1. The Rush When You Get When You Register For A Race.

2. Feeling Exhausted After A Really Hard Run and Finally Getting Into Bed.

3. Going Out To Eat After A Long Run.

4. The Feeling You Get When You Watch Video's Of Your Favorite Race Ever.

5. That Moment You Realize You Are Going To PR.

6. Reviewing Your Race Day Photos and Not Finding One Un-Flattering Photo Among Them.

7. Standing In Your Corral Right Before the Gun Goes Off.

8. Taking A Bath After A Really Tough Run.

9. Finding Your Family or Friends Cheering For You Along A Race Course.

10. Feeling Like A Billion Bucks When You Tell People How Far You Ran.

11. The Feeling You Get When You Walk Into A Race Expo.

12. Running A Personal Best.

13. Going For A Run After A Really Shitty Day.

14. The Sensation That Washes Over You When You FINALLY Get Your Post Race Beer.

15. Making New Friends Who Love To Run.

16. The Feeling You Get Every time You Run Further Than You've Ever Run Before.

And that's only the tip of the iceberg. What am I missing? What are some of those feelings that you LIVE for? Until tomorrow, #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.