TGIF Yall, TGIF

What. A. Week.

This week has been insane. Thank god it's Friday. I feel like I need to just sit down and be still for a minute! (That won't happen. The weather's approaching perfection and I have some adventuring to do.) The amount of things that happened to me this week is unprecedented. From filming, to fainting, to going from coast to coast and everything that happened in between, I am very excited to have two days off.

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me, I assure you I am fine and everything is ok, just got getting checked out by the doctors to cover my bases. It was a touch on the scary side but we are all good in the hood. And luckily I get to work really early so even after hitting the floor yesterday and ending up in an ambulance I was still on time for work. I deserve some sort of medal.

But it’s FRIDAY! I still have a teeny tiny little headache, so I am going to take it easy today, maybe make my run a 3-5 miler. Then we will reassess tomorrow and Sunday as to how long my long run will be. Speed bumps happen along every training plan and sometimes you just have to roll with the punches! It doesn’t look like it will affect the Brooklyn Half though, which is fantastic news! I'm ready to run like the wind and hottie hunt like I've never hottie hunted before! And I got a super cool new hat to wear. So while I may not be able to put the pedal to the metal the next week or two, I still get to run so everything's good.

Irene sent me a funny running article I wanted to share. The article is called “7 Things Runners Do On Long Runs (But Probably Won’t Admit)" and I was rolling on the floor laughing at some of them. My favorite? BATHROOM MAPPING! OK, running in the suburbs is very different than running in the city. I used to tell people when I first started running, “You really don’t realize how few and far between bathrooms are until you become a runner.” BECAUSE IT’S TRUE! Those long runs can really jostle your innards and sometimes disaster strikes and you just gotta go! I once had to have someone come and pick me up from my long run because I was about 1 full mile from a toilet. So do yourself a favor and map those runs! < No Pun Intended. (I feel like we've reached the point in our relationship where we can talk about these things. No? Not Yet? GOD I do this in every relationship! I promise we wont talk about it for a few weeks.)

Every Runner's Worst Nightmare.

Every Runner's Worst Nightmare.

The same goes for hydration, plan to drink water or Gatorade every 2-3 miles (or whenever you find yourself thirsty). I tend to over hydrate which is why I go for 2-3 miles.

The best part about running in the city is there are an abundance of restrooms, drinking fountains and food stands/carts along the way. I know I am never more than ¼ mile from a restroom or water. So I don’t have to worry too much ALTHOUGH some of the drinking fountains still haven’t been turned on so I have to map out which ones to hit along my route! But when I was running in SoCal last week I didn’t bring the water bottle belt I packed and I spent a good two miles wondering where the next place I could buy water would be because there were NO drinking fountains! And that’s never fun because you end up dwelling on the fact that you are so thirsty! So map it out, save yourself the dehydration and panic if danger strikes.

ALRIGHT so who’s running this weekend? Anyone have any fun races? Remember to send me those selfies! #runselfierepeat and email me your “why I run” stories RunSelfieRepeat@gmail.com

I have a fun weekend of birthdays and adventures ahead of me but I hopefully won't get to crazy. The weather is supposed to be beautiful in the city and I brought all my summer clothes I left in San Diego with me this trip so I feel like I got a whole new wardrobe!

Have a fun weekend everyone, I leave you with this-this song is everything that is wrong and everything that is right in the world. Break for a dance party.

Until tomorrow!

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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.