A Long Overdue Selfie Roundup!

I'm back on the East Coast and I am exhausted! There was a baby who screamed BLOODY MURDER the entire way from Long Beach to JFK. It was miserable. I hardly slept. I was so tired after we landed I bit the bullet and decided to take a cab home so I could nap for an hour before I had to leave for work. But I get to run after work today which I am RIDICULOUSLY excited about.

BUT WE ARE BACK AT IT!!!! We are 18 days from the Brooklyn half, so what does my training plan look like? We've got intervals today, followed by some 6-8 mile maintenance runs. A 13 miler Sunday and then the same next week. Now My long run the Sunday before the race will be a 10 miler as I start to do a baby taper. What's tapering you ask? It's a groovy animal that lives in the forests and grasslands of Central and South America. JUST KIDDING that's a tapir and a really terrible joke.

Tapering happens when you are about to run a race because that's what your training plan calls for. I don't question runkeeper I figure it knows what it's doing. (OK can you tell I'm in a weird mood. I'm so tried you guys. I need sleep I'm so sassy when I'm tired.) When you taper you decrease your mileage but not your intensity.  Tapering gives your body a chance to recover from the fatigue training causes. This way on race day when the gun goes off your body is race ready. Tapering for a half marathon is definitely different than a whole. Since I am running a half we will focus on that. My taper is going to take about 7 days and will start the Saturday before the race. I will run 10 miles for my long run and then 5 miles Monday, 3 Tuesday, Gym Wednesday, 4 Thursday (run to pickup my bib!), small shakeout 1 miler Friday AND RACE DAY/ HOTTIE HUNTING SATURDAY!

This race kind of crept up on me time wise but I am beyond ready! I CANT WAIT! I am itching to run a race! Anyone running the Brooklyn half? What's your coral & wave placements? Post them to instagram and #runselfierepeat! LETS DO THIS!

Here's some AMAZING running selfies. These make me so incredibly happy.

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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.