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!

Until tomorrow!


Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.