The "Hottie Hunter"

You may have seen my story at some point within the last week.  I ran the New York City Half Marathon and took selfies with some handsome gentlemen.

It all started when my friend Justin wrote a Buzzfeed community article.

Then Good Morning America picked it up.

And then The Huffington Post.

And Gothamist. 

And then it went international.

The Daily Mail.

Cosmopolitan Australia.

And then I stopped being able to read what was written about me.

And finally, the article that called me creepy and sexist.

A lot changed in seven days. And by a lot has changed, I mean nothing's changed except for the fact that I've gained a few thousand followers on Instagram & Twitter (@KellyKKRoberts). So here I go, riding the "hottie hunter" "seflie bandit" wave, hoping to make you laugh or to inspire you to run (or AT LEAST think about running. I mean come on, I wouldn't lie to you. It's actually fun. Look at those faces- that's a face having fun.). 

So let's get to know each other! Now that you know about what I did, let me introduce myself. My name is Kelly. I'm an amateur runner. I say amateur runner because I run and race for fun.

I know what you're thinking, there's NOTHING fun about running. FACT: There can be times when there is absolutely nothing fun about running. Yes, I've broken down to tears before on a street corner because I was still incredibly far from home. But hey, that was training for a marathon and we can talk more about that when we get there.

I NEVER in a MILLION years would have expected to gain notoriety for being a runner. I didn't play sports in school, I was a theater kid that grew up telling jokes and making people laugh. I'd describe myself as "athletic" only in the sense that I am EXCEEDINGLY competitive (probably because I have a Pac-10 champion swimmer as a dad) [PS: I don't know what that means, but it sounds really important when my dad not so subtly drops it into conversations which is why I'm not so subtly dropping it there]. I enjoy being active but I never sought it out or thought of it seriously.

So now what? Run Selfie Repeat. There's a lot of training, adventures and racing on the horizon for us now that the sun has FINALLY defeated this cursed winter.

If you're a new runner or want to start running  -- I've got your back.  I ran my first half marathon in cotton leggings and chafed like I have never chafed before. Don't know what "sweat whicking material is?" I can't wait to tell you about it! If you never want to run a block in your life or are even as advanced as a Boston Strong runner --  the things I do will probably make you laugh, so sit back and enjoy the adventures and jokes.

So brace yourself folks, we're just getting started. 

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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.