IT'S NATIONAL RUNNING DAY

IT’S NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!! You guys, what the heck!? I woke up this morning and ran to my National Running Day Tree and the National Running Day Fairy TOTALLY didn’t leave me a present…I guess she knows that I've been slacking on my strength training and that I may or may not have cheated on Saturday when I ate my body weight in cheese and crackers at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic…Oh well, there’s always next year I guess.

Today I am running my very first 5K! (Please don’t be intimidated. I know it’s a big deal.) I have no clue what I am doing because quite honestly I don’t really run short distances. I get itchy when I don't run for distance because for some reason, even if I am doing speed training, I feel like I am cheating if I don’t log 6+ miles! I KNOW IT’S PREPOSTEROUS because it just aint true! It’s all in my head because as we discussed yesterday, speed training can actually burn more calories (not that it matters) than a steady long run. I don’t run to knock off calories, I do it to maintain my health and train. (Ok, also so I don’t snap and do something utterly insane. Mental health is real and life is hard. Running makes it a teeny tiny bit easier for me.)

BUT today’s 5k, to selfie or not to selfie?! It’s such a quick run! And I plan on running at the speed of light (hahahaha jk my goal time is 25 ish minutes. I haven’t run to run for speed since I was probably in elementary school. I have no clue how this is going to go...)

But there’s all sorts of groovy deals and events happening today to celebrate National Running Day. Women’s Running is holding a 24 hour sale where you can get a year subscription for $10 or a 2 year subscription for $20! CLICK HERE TO MAKE IT RAIN IN WOMEN’S RUNNING MAGAZINE. Seriously that’s a steal and if you’re a runner or someone looking to stay healthy it’s an amazing magazine to subscribe to. AND you’ll be receiving the July issue featuring a certain hottie hunter blogger on the run, ME!

But the coolest of the National Running Day events is a chance to PLEDGE YOUR MILES TO CHARITY! If you plan on going out for a run or a walk today follow these three easy steps to effortlessly support a charity of your choice:

Step 1: Download the free Charity Miles app to your iPhone or Android.

Step 2:  Choose the charity you want to support.

Step 3: Select walk or run, and start moving! Every mile logged produces a donation toward your selected charity.

Click here for more info.

BOOM! Making a difference! CLICK HERE to head over to RunningDay.org to check out all sorts of fun Coast to Coast National Running Day Action!

Yesterday I met up for a run with the super groovy social media all-star @phill_mina to plan our #CentralParkShuffle. IT WAS POURING RAIN! We got so ridiculously wet. But we are hardcore and I had some running to do. We decided the #CentralParkShuffle throw down will take place in Central Park Sunday July 13, 2014. We are putting our teams together so it will be The Insta-Runners vs The Run Selfie Repeaters. If you are going to be in the NYC area July 13 and want in on the action, shoot me an introductory email at RunSelfieRepeat@gmail.com and stay tuned for details! It’s going to be ridiculous and all sorts of a good time.

Phil and I

Alright friends stay tuned to see what I come up with for today’s 5K! You can follow me live at @KellyKKRoberts on Twitter and Instagram while I cause a raucous at the race. That’s all for today! Until tomorrow, Happy National Running Day and #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.