What To Expect The Day After You Run A Marathon

So you ran a marathon. Here's what you can expect the rest of your week to look.

You may wake up a little uncomfortable.

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Trying to get out of bed lends itself to a literal interpretation to "falling out of bed."

You have to ask your roommates, parents, and/or significant others help to get dressed.

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Staying home from work will seem like a good idea.

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But you don't want to be the only person at work who ran the marathon and stayed home.

You will either find creative ways to go up and down stairs or avoid them like the plague.

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Standing still for more than 5 seconds is a death sentence.

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Mounting anything will prove challenging.

You may want to leave earlier than normal if you plan on shuffling to work.

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You will feel solidarity when you see fellow marathon shufflers. No words are necessary. You know. You just know.

 

Walking around the office will prove incredibly challenging.

     

White shirts should be avoided at all costs.

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Getting a massage may seem like a good idea but it will actually be the most painful hour of your life.

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You will sleep deeper than you've ever slept before.

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But it's all worth it, because for the rest of your life you will be able to say "I Ran A Marathon."

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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.