And the HASHTAG is...

The time has come ladies and gents, its race day eve! So what’s the hashtag? HOLD YOUR HORSES! Let’s catch up! SHEESH. The energy at work is electric as over twenty of us are running tomorrow’s Brooklyn Half. I got my bib and my race t-shirt yesterday at the Brooklyn Half Pre-Party and good god the NYRR (New York Road Runners the association who puts on our amazing races) sure knows how to plan a pre-party! There were delicious libations (I broke my no alcohol until race day rule and enjoyed the most delicious India Pale Lager called “Seas The Day IPL” from the Coney Island Brewing Company. (You can catch me post race at the Coney Island Brewing Company playing my new favorite game "who wants to be me a beer.") THEN there were treats from one of my favorite bakeries in Dumbo called One Girl Cookies (their whoopee pies are so good it hurts) and there were tons of awesome vendors and some interesting live music (That’s Brooklyn)! The space was fantastic. We had an awesome time hanging out and enjoying the amazing sights Brooklyn Bridge Park has to offer, I know where I will be hanging out this summer.

Denim on Denim and some sweet kicks-a hint to the hashtag...

Denim on Denim and some sweet kicks-a hint to the hashtag...

My phone is currently being blown up by Tara with all sorts of race day questions as tomorrow is her first half marathon. (She’s all sorts of excited.) Luckily we are having a sleepover because the race literally starts right outside my doorstep in Brooklyn. (One might suggest I lived here just so I could sleep in an extra 30 minutes on race day…Maybe I did…Maybe. I. Did...)

So what do you eat the morning of a half marathon or marathon? WELL, first and foremost take your pre-race meal on trial runs before your long runs. Race morning=excitement, nervous energy, anxiety etc. which can cause GI trouble. And GI trouble and porter potties do not mix! You’ve been warned…

 Let’s get all sorts of scientific about race morning carb consumption. Hold on while I dazzle you with my knowledge. Studies suggest eating 1.5-1.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight 4 hours before a race (some people do 90 minutes but that’s pushing it on the time food needs to digest. I say at least do 2 hours.) For me that’s consuming over 1000 calories! It’s a lot of food first thing in the morning and I live really far from any all you can eat breakfast buffet! So how do I inhale that much food at 4/5 in the morning? I break it up. When I wake up I start with a bagel or English muffin with peanut butter, a glass of green tea and a banana. Then when I am walking out the door, or about 90-120 minutes before the race, I eat a high carb energy bar (something with peanut butter and chocolate because they are so effing delicious.) Then I gu 15 minutes before the gun and I am off. For half marathons, I’m normally ok with just a bagel, banana and half an energy bar but science says otherwise…OH SCIENCE.

Here’s a list of delicious carby food to enjoy pre-race:

Bagels, English muffins, toast, peanut butter, jam, dried fruit, oatmeal, milk, smoothie, waffles, berries, high carb energy bars, a scrambled egg, a cup of rice, cereal.

Avoid fat and fibers as they take longer to digest. You want to really max out your glycogen stores so they keep your blood sugar levels steady while you race. Other than that, stick to what you know and have an amazing race!

 AND WITHOUT ANY FURTHER ADO, I AM EXCITED TO INTRODUCE TOMORROWS HASHTAG:

#HipstersOfTheBrooklynHalf

Brooklyn is hipster heaven and has really assimilated the stereotype made famous by the hip TV show Girls. So I am looking forward to some really delicious beards and stellar eye fashion. I tried to find a running romper but for some CRAZY reason, they don’t exist (Asics, New Balance, Nike: can someone make this happen for me? I need want one.) So what is a hipster? For those of you going, “what the hell you kids and your Instagram I just can’t keep up!” According to Urban Dictionary “Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often be seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses.”

Tara and I look real good in flannel.

Tara and I look real good in flannel.

 Another example that hits the nail right on the head in one opening sentence goes to a NY Times Article titled “How I Became A Hipster” by Henry Alford. “You know you’re in hipster Brooklyn when someone who looks like a 19th-century farmer tells you that his line of work is “affinity marketing.” BROOKLYN IS ALL ABOUT THE HIPSTER! So embrace the beards, flannel, ray bans and thrifty neon 80’s and 90’s running clothing because we are going hipster hunting! (Bonus points to anyone running in fur.) I got my playlist built full of Beyonce (DUH), Robyn (it’s Brooklyn “I KEEP DANCING ON MY OWN”) and JT and I am gunning towards that 1 hour 55 minute PR!

If you’re running this weekend, join me with your #RunSelfieRepeat hashtags and of course if you see a hipster THROW IT IN THE MIX #HipstersOfTheBrooklynHalf AND DON’T FORGET THOSE SPECTATORS! This race we aren’t just hunting hipsters as they run like gazelles but we are getting those groovy sideline hipsters! Kill em with kitten whispers and unicorn magic because it’s all happening tomorrow!

See you tomorrow AM! Follow all the action as I live instagram/tweet the race at @KellyKKRoberts

Happy Hunting!

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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.