Fail Better

Fail Better. Last night I couldn’t sleep and found myself googling Run Selfie Repeat when I ran into a very groovy blogger. He is turning 35 years old and to hop his 35th birthday hurdle he, in his words, “Got a bit of a wacky idea to commit to thirty five goals in about fifty two weeks to celebrate living with intention. Some of them are just good practice, others are plain fun, and some are dreaming a little big.” THIS IS WONDERFUL. I am completely invested and I think it’s the best idea in the world. When big things happen in our lives, wonderful and tragic, we are changed. And I have found the best way to go forward and adapt with change is to set a goal and move towards it. Do the things that scare you or the things you never thought you could. Try something different and fall in love with new ideas and new ways of life. Let yourself evolve, grow, change, question and FAIL! One of my favorite mantras from college that really is the best gift anyone has ever given me is to “fail better.” There is a time and a place to live and color within the lines but everywhere else-redefine them and make A BIG BEAUTIFUL MESS!

Read this list and I dare you to make your own. I’m making mine right now. Maybe revisit that New Year’s resolution or last years or the one you made decades ago. What do you think? We have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Let’s make a huge beautiful mess.

And in honor of everyone who ran Boston yesterday, here's a taste of what they are going through today.

Everybody do the marathon shuffle! Congratulations you are incredible warrior angels and I can't wait to run with you next year. Go get a massage, you deserve it.

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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.