You Hashtagged, I Received

I LOVE THE SMELL OF RUNNING SELFIES IN THE MORNING! It’s an incredibly sunny 53 degrees here in New York City (headed to a high of 60!!! AS IN 60 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT!) All our prayers, bone shaking and sunshine dances have paid off. SPRING HAS SPRUNG! I MAY HAVE TO CALL IN SICK BECAUSE I HAVE CAUGHT SPRING FEVER BABY! Oh you guys. I am a SoCal beach bum who spends her winters wearing a bikini buried in the sand. This winter, not so much. I spent it in layers and layers of fleece, wool and awful parkas. So join me as we burn our tights and winter clothes in a giant bonfire by the Hudson. (Just kidding we need those for next year. Winter clothes are expensive and I am poor.) BUT no more winter! Which means the suns out and we are running in short sleeves, tanks, shorts or capris! But wait a second, are you using your SPF?!?

I wanted to take a second to remind you all the importance of protecting your skin from the sun ESPECIALLY on your long runs! When purchasing, look for sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays (sunscreens with Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide are best), have an SPF of at least 30 or greater and are water resistant IF NOT waterproof. Here are two of my favorite sunscreens that come highly recommended by dermatologists. (I worked in an amazing dermatology office for a year after college. I got your sunscreen needs covered! [Hey, live in San Diego and need a derm? Click Here! They are the best best best.]

Solbar Shield Sunscreens-with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, Solbar Shield sunscreen offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection. Solbar Shield Sunscreen is hypoallergenic, very water resistant, unscented, and contains no synthetic sunscreen. This stuff is amazing. It’s thick, reliable, waterproof and it will PROTECT YOUR SKIN!!!! (Available online or at most sporting goods stores.)

LaRoche Pose- My personal favorite is the tinted face lotion because it is so light and covers up my beautiful face imperfections. For my chiseled body (lol jk) I like their waterproof body lotion. They have both UVA/UVB protection and are available at most local drug stores. This stuff is tops & they normally have coupons galore (they aren’t super cheap).

Don’t forget hats and sunglasses! Protect your face and protect your retinas!!!!  

Now that we’ve taken necessary steps to protect our money makers (your faces), LETS TALK ABOUT RUNNING SELFIES!!!! You hashtagged and here they are. Man oh man do I love my Run, Selfie, Repeat family. What a bunch of rockstars and cool cats. (pause for hair flip) Keep them coming! Remember to include #runselfierepeat and share, share, share!!!! GO GET OUT IN THE SUNSHINE!!!!!

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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.