My First Half Marathon

Before I took off for my run yesterday I was talking with a co-worker of mine who runs with me. She is getting ready to run her first half marathon next weekend with a bunch of us at work. She's feeling the normal pre-race nerves and anxieties mostly worried she isn't ready. Sound familiar? I was trying to reassure her that not only is she ready but the adrenaline and excitement of the race itself would get her through it.

After our exchange my mind wandered to those two months leading into my first half marathon. I opened RunKeeper (the amazing running app that made me a runner) to track my runs. I started using RunKeeper 6 days after my first run so I have almost every single run I have ever done stored in this incredible app. The best part is going back and looking at my progress and how far I have come in the past year and a half.

Right before my very first half marathon!

Right before my very first half marathon!

I want to share with you what the two months before my first half marathon looked like. I tried to pick 1 run a week to show my progress but it doesn't seem like I had much of a process when I first started running....the runs look pretty random. Below are mostly weekend runs with random mileage. (You will also notice a jump in mileage the week before the half marathon. I was on vacation in Hawaii when my best friend Irene asked me if I wanted to run the The Tinkerbell Half upon my return. As in get off the plane Friday and go to Disneyland Saturday. The furthest I had run before I left for my trip was 6 miles but she told me to try to run for two hours that Wednesday and see what happens. So here's an idea of how I my first three months of running and how my first half marathon went.

A Hawaii Running Selfie.

A Hawaii Running Selfie.

One very cool feature Run Keeper has that I didn't utilize and looking back I really, really, really wish I would have is "How Did Your Run Go." When I finish running a billion miles (ok maybe not a billion) the last thing I want to do is type anything or take a picture of myself. But looking back I love reading the "woooo", "So ready for Sunday" or I know some exist where I write "that was the worst ever, I hate running." I love looking at the reminders of all my good and bad runs throughout the past months.

If there is one thing I hope, wish and dream of doing as a result of sharing my stories and adventures with you all (besides making you laugh) it is to motivate people to get active. If you're not a runner I'm asking you to gather your people and go for a 30 minute walk once or twice a day. Or ride your bike. Just get active. We live in a scary world where weight and processed foods run our lives. I hate that my weight runs my life but running has given me the upper hand and a sense of ease. Do you love body slamming cheeseburgers and cupcakes? I do and it's why I run so I can simultaneously body slam a burger and a cupcake every Sunday after I run 10-15 miles guilty free. I love to eat and I run to eat. At my heaviest, I was over 200 pounds and losing the weight was really, really, really hard but living with it was exponentially harder. I felt terrible about myself and I didn't even know where to start to lose it. Getting active was the best thing to ever happen to me. And I'm not athletic! If I can do it, anyone can do it! So make a goal whether it's a 5k, 10k, half marathon, a walk for a cause, a bike race, a fun run ANYTHING! Just make a goal so you can say "I did it."

Ready to pass out.

But there you have it! It's pretty incredible to see how I went from 14 minute miles to 8/9 ish minute miles in just over a year and a half. I'm quite a ways from my 4 hour marathon goal time this coming November so I have a lot of hard work ahead of me. But looking back and seeing how far I've come, I think I might be able to do it. Who knows! What do I have to lose?

SO who's running this weekend? Any first timers? Use the hashtag #1stRunSelfieRepeat and show us what you got! Welcome to the club friends! And thanks for listening to my story.

Until tomorrow (WHICH IS FRIDAY!) #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.