Runs with Friends

I'm normally not too partial to the group run. I like loner runs where I can run at my own pace and do my own thing. But yesterday I saw the benefits of running with a group. WE RAN REAL FAST AND REAL FAR. First off, yesterday was supposed to be my rest day but I wanted to run with all my friends. So I told them I was down to run 6 miles but they all wanted to do 7 so I thought ok, we go for 7. I normally run 9:00 minute-ish miles. It’s my stride and it’s my comfortable pace. I rarely push myself (unless I’m doing intervals) because if I am being oh so very honest with you I am lazy. OK? I said it. It’s so much easier to run at a pace that’s pushing it while leaning more towards the easier side than it is to push my “aerobic threshold.” (The anaerobic threshold is defined as the level of exercise intensity at which lactic acid builds up in the body faster than it can be cleared away.  For this reason, it is also sometimes called the lactate threshold or lactate turnpoint (LT).) (Thank you runningforfitness.org for that lovely definition.) I don’t care who says it’s good for me, it’s hard to make yourself work harder when all you want do is cruise. I mean you’re already running, isn’t that the point?

My friends are so cool.

My friends are so cool.

BUT when you run with some cool people you push each other. WHO KNEW? I KNOW RIGHT? I DIDN’T! (Ok that’s a lie, I did know that but again I am lazy and I avoid it like the plague.) BUT it was fun! (At least there were fun parts.) Towards the end I was really feeling it but we were running 8:20 minute miles! And we ran 7 miles. Now granted we ran our first mile slower (around 8:56) and then we really started picking up at miles 3-6. Mile 7 was rough and I was all sorts of tired. But it felt really good to run outside my comfort zone. It was a pleasant reminder that when you run faster, the workout ends faster. Who doesn’t love that benefit?

Check out my splits.

Check out my splits.

So gather your friends and hit the terrain for some good old fashion fun running. You’ll have people to share your pain and push you harder than you would normally push yourself.

A battery park sunset run.

A battery park sunset run.

Until tomorrow, #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.