Motivational Monday

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ONWARDS AND FORWARDS! IT'S MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY! A day where the Run, Selfie, Repeat family comes together to share why we started and continue to run. I have to say I have had an incredible time reading your “Why I Run” stories. I am inspired and blown away by your honesty, bravery and overall (pardon my French) badassness. Running is the perfect sport because it can be independent and co-dependent at the same time. The running community is an easy place to feel at home in because it’s so inviting and supportive! "Why I Run" is a fun way to learn and celebrate the many different people who run for such different reasons. Reasons that are always evolving and changing. I know when I'm out and I see someone run past me I always wonder what their story is, how many races they've run, how they find the time and what they are training for. Your stories make me fall even more in love with the sport in addition to all of you incredible runners. So let’s dive in!

I would like to introduce Krystal Hardy.

“I got into running at a young age, I was about 10. My Dad ran and started running marathons, I used to go watch him run the Chicago Marathon every year and I became motivated around age 15 to start running races. 5K's were my thing. I was fast, I was winning awards. My Dad was proud (it was the only real thing we bonded on besides music). As I got older I started running 8 and 10k's. Then that's where I stopped. I always wanted to run half and full marathons but never thought I could do it. Then I had my daughter in May 2010, and My. Body. Changed.

It was hard for me to deal with, and I suffered from postpartum depression, and had an abusive husband. Running became an escape. I stared training and started running halves. It was the greatest feeling. Now I'm 30, running marathons still, and I'm divorced. Haha! Woo!  I'm motivated even more now by you and your spirit!”

Krystal Hardy being amazing.

Krystal Hardy being amazing.

Krystal, I have the biggest smile on my face after reading your story, and this picture???? It’s the perfect reminder that running can be an escape that results in triumph and bliss. I was actually talking to one of my co-workers on Friday about running. She was telling me that she wished she could run but she hates it. I told her I thought I hated running too until I literally woke up one day just desperate enough and started running. I was desperate to do something about the anxiety and hopelessness I was feeling. Running gave me a sense of accomplishment and purpose as well as an escape. So thank you Krystal for sharing your story with me and the Run, Selfie Repeat family.

I got a bunch of fun race day selfies this weekend and I CAN’T WAIT TO POST THEM!!!!! Remember to include the hashtag with your runnings selfies #runselfierepeat and email me with all your stories and training questions. It was a beautiful weekend here in NYC, I hope you're enjoying Spring and getting outside! DON'T FORGET THE SPF! (I may or may not have gotten a sunburn on my long run yesterday. Sun 1 Kelly 0)

Until tomorrow!


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.