Sweaty Dates, Achilles International & A Selfie Roundup

You guys. Running has officially taken over my life. Last night I did something kind of unthinkable. So yesterday marked the first day of my New York Marathon training. Because I am leaving for Southern California Wednesday I knew I had to get the run in. I also made plans to go on a date, so I made a crazy decision and said to him, “If you want to grab a bite to eat after my run when I’m disgusting and sweaty we can do dinner. But I’m going to be a little gross. And I am mortified I am even offering.” To my complete and total surprise (and about 10 jokes about me being gross later) we had plans to meetup down in FiDi for dinner.

So after work, I changed into my running clothes, ran and then came back to work to change BACK into my work clothes. MY HAIR WAS GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAROSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. SO GROSS. I was gross. Luckily I didn't sweat as much as I had anticipated because there was a breeze, but my hair was literally sopping wet. I can’t believe I went on a date looking the way I looked. I staring at myself in the mirror cracking up thinking, "who does this?!" Then to add a cherry on top of my sweaty sundae, I had to walk a half a mile to the restaurant. In my brain the restaurant was around the corner from my work...not so much. By the time I got there I was sweating even more, out of breath and just looking a mess. But I have no time! Running is running my life! I’m gonna be a single lady with 80 cats and a million marathon medals. Kind of mortifying. We sat down at the table and the waitress comes over to take our drink orders and I’m all “WATER! JUST BRING THE PITCHER!” And I sat there trying to cool down and not draw attention to the fact that there were beads of sweat rolling down my face. So yeah, that happened. Only me… only me…

Changing topics, I am dying to shine some light on an amazing organization my roommate Whitney turned me onto. Last week at the Brooklyn Half pre-party expo, Whitney was telling me about an article she had read about a blind runner who runs the Boston Marathon. We got to talking and I remembered hearing about an organization who helps disabled athletes compete in races. So I got to googling and I found Achilles International.

How can I get involved? You’ve heard me scream from my soapbox how much I love running and how everyone should do it. Well, that’s what Achilles international is making happen! Achilles International is a non-profit organization that has chapters and members in over 65 countries helping athletes with disabilities in gyms, tracks and parks all over the world! Looking back, I have seen disabled athletes and their guides running together in central park when I lived in midtown and I didn’t think anything of it. I just assumed they were two runners out for a jog. Which they are, but how it works is the volunteer guide and blind runner run side by side holding a rope and the guide communicates via the rope throughout their run. But Achilles International doesn’t just help blind runners, they help runners with many different disabilities. In their own words, “While our programs focus on athletics, the truth is, sports are simply the tool for accomplishing our main objective: to bring hope, inspiration and the joys of achievement to people with disabilities. People join Achilles for many reasons and with many goals: to improve physical strength; to build confidence; or to help someone achieve their dream; and all of our members and volunteers work hard to achieve them.”

If I weren’t already signed up with Team for Kids I would apply to be guide during the TCS New York Marathon in a heartbeat! Here is an excellent article titled “How The Blind Run”  that goes deeper into the athletes journey’s. Achilles International is an incredible organization and I am going to have to stop by one of their weekend runs soon and get involved! CLICK HERE to learn more about this incredible organization, what they do and how you can get involved as a member or volunteer! More examples of why runners are so badass!

OK to wrap it up, here is a LONG LONG LONG overdue selfie roundup. I am really really digging these running pictures you guys, keep them coming! I promise I am going to start posting them every Monday! Remember to hashtag your walks and runs #RunSelfieRepeat. And get out there! The weather is beautiful and there are hot runners to chase! I’m going out for day 2 of my marathon training today and then tomorrow I’m on a flight to sunny SoCal for a six day wedding extravaganza!!!! (I may have to do my Workout Wednesday in the airport…but then I will be all sweaty for the plane…decisions, decisions…) I am really excited to see be locked in a hotel with my best friend Irene who is running the Rock N Roll San Diego marathon next weekend. I LOVE when I get to run with her so that will be a blast. Until tomorrow friends!  #RunSelfieRepeat

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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.