COUCH TO 5K…BUT I HATE RUNNING


PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR IF THIS IS YOU AND YOU JUST DON’T CARE!

Do you hate running? Are you an active person who hates running? (You’re always explaining to your friends who run, “I spin,” “I swim,” “Yoga’s my thing,” “I do Pilates,” or “I go to the gym and I don’t need to run thank you very much.”) Well I feel you because just a short while ago I was one of you. In P.E. when we were forced to run the mile I wanted to pull my hair out or hulk it out and punch a hole in the wall. But then, like I said in my post “Motivational Monday,”  I was just desperate enough and I found my inner Forrest Gump, working through all my pain, frustration, uncertainty and eventually joy, euphoria and triumph via running.

So whether or not you’re “just desperate enough” like I was, looking for something new, inspired to run a 5k or hoping to get active, I want to introduce you not-yet-runners to something you may or may not have heard of: “The Couch to 5K.” It’s an app you can get on your phone that holds your hand while getting you 5k ready in 9 short weeks. How far is a 5k you ask? 3.1 miles. How many times have you said “I can’t believe it’s (insert year) already or I can’t believe it’s already (month and/or season). We all can agree time flies and I’ll do it tomorrow really means it’s not happening in the immediate future. So do me a favor, download the app and see what happens! What do you have to lose? Each workout is 20-30 minutes long and for the first 5-6 weeks you are taking tons of walking recovery breaks. WHO DOESN’T LOVE WALKING?!?! I challenge you to take nine weeks out of your life to just SEE WHAT HAPPENS. Dare to try something different. If you still hate it after you run 3.1 miles WITHOUT STOPPING then I digresses. It’s not for you (right now). But silver lining, you’ll be able to say you did it and impress your friends, family, partner or person you’re dating. (And there’s that added health benefit. Summer and skimpy clothing will be here in almost 7 weeks!)

Here are the 10 stages and what you can expect on your “Couch to 5k” Journey

Isn't running FUN!?!?!

Isn't running FUN!?!?!

Who's in!?!? Comment below what race you're signing up for and don't forget those running selfies! (Might I suggest hottie hunting to pass the time???) #RunSelfieRepeat

I also wanted to share a very fun interview I did with Obviously Social about social media, hottie hunting and going viral. Click here to read all about it.

#REGRAM Director of Content Lucia Davis and I #hottiehunting over lunch

#REGRAM Director of Content Lucia Davis and I #hottiehunting over lunch

And last but not least, email me with any and all questions as you get going! RUN SPEED RACER!  RunSelfieRepeat@gmail.com

Until tomorrow!

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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.