Hot Guys of the Chase Corporate Challenge

It was just like shooting fish in a barrel! I’ve said it once and I will say it a MILLION times, if you are teeter tottering on the edge of committing to run a race, let the sweet, sweet eye candy motivate you across the finish line. Yesterday I ran my very first 5k! And I know I have been all DO THE COUCH TO 5K CHALLENGE (Here’s what you can expect) and the whole time I hadn’t done one. 5K’s are AMAZING. My race day flaw is that I gun it at the starting line and when you run a 5k IT’S NOT A PROBLEM, IT’S ENCOURAGED! Right when I started feeling tired, IT WAS OVER! My official time was 26 min 38 seconds (1 min 38 seconds over my goal) but I had an absolute blast. And live instagramming some hotties only sweetened the deal. (Sorry for the blurry-ness, the weather and lighting was very un-cooperative…) BUT HATS ARE COMING! I am working out an order now so get ready for Hottie Hunting and #RunSelfieRepeat hats! Who doesn't love a hat that says Hottie Hunting on it?!?!

The Chase Corporate Challenge was a wink longer than a 5k (which is 3.1 miles) it was 3.3 miles. I know to newer runners 3.3 miles seems like a pilgrimage. It was not too long ago that I would have opted death over a 5k, but alas here we are! I was talking with a co-worker at our XO Group after party and she was feeling the “race high.” Yesterday was her first 5k and she was beginning to think about going for a half marathon. It’s something fun to do once JUST so you can casually drop it in a conversation or scream from the rooftops. The biggest drawback for her was finding the time and the motivation to get outside and train.

Where's Waldo? Here's all of XO Group getting ready to tear up some asphalt!

Where's Waldo? Here's all of XO Group getting ready to tear up some asphalt!

Ironically, I was texting my good friend Stephanie yesterday about staying motivated. She did her first 10k a few months back and is now training to run the Disneyland Half Marathon (with me) in September. She writes,

“Having a REALLY hard time getting motivated and changing my mind set. Any chance you’ll do a blog about it on Run Selfie Repeat? I need some inspiration. I wake up feeling horrible about myself but never do anything about it. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve started training then stopped, I’d be a millionaire.”

Look, the first step is signing up. The hardest part of training for any endurance event is establishing a routine. The first few weeks are always toughest for me. After I ran my first marathon there was a HUGE resting period. Getting back into the swing of things was really tough. Because I log everything with RunKeeper I was able to look back and reassess my training plan. I ran my full marathon on June 2nd and planned to go straight into training for a half I was running in September. After my marathon I took a solid 7 days off. My first run post marathon was 2.98 miles at a 9 min 22 second pace and it was A STRUGGLE. Then I had a really difficult time getting back on a training plan. It took me 3 weeks (22 days) to power through a 7 miler! And literally every run felt like I was a brand new runner. June and July were two of the hardest training months I had ever had. So whether you’re brand new or just are having a hard time getting out the door, here are some tips:

1. Find a Time of Day When You Are Most Likely To Commit To A Run:

If I don’t do my weekend runs first thing in the morning, I won’t do them. I will end up drinking or unmotivated to shower and re-do my hair before going back out with friends. So I set my alarm, immediately put on my running clothes, eat an English muffin and a banana and bolt out the door. During the week if I don’t run immediately after I get off work, I won’t do it. Some days I am motivated enough to get myself home and run from there but Prospect Park is 3 ish miles and I will talk myself out of doing a second loop if I am not in the mood. When I run from work I know I can run a 3-4 miles North which forces me to run 6-8 miles. When I lived in San Diego I couldn’t run from work so I would come home, change and then run routes that would make it impossible to cut a run short. Strategize and trick your brain. I say the second you think “I really don’t want to work out today” that’s the day you need it most. Just put your clothes on and go. At the very least, 30 minutes is better than nothing. Just get outside and do what you can.

2. Train for Something!

What’s better than a deadline to get you motivated? Want a really good trick? Tell people what race you are running, it will hold you accountable. Announce it on Facebook, tweet it and tell your friends and family because they will want to hear how it goes. Or they may even want to cheer for you. And then ask people if they want to do it with you! A running buddy will keep you on track. If you’re a visual kind of runner, put your race date somewhere you will see it and countdown to the days to your race.

3. JOIN A RUNNING GROUP!

I wasn’t a fan of this in the beginning (mostly because I was embarrassed by how slow I thought I was-which is so stupid) BUT NOW I AM A BELIEVER. You will make incredible friends and network, you will have people literally tell you what to do and they will make you show up and work. It’s the trifecta-opt for this option if you need something to motivate you. Join Team In Training. Join a charity that has training plans where you run together. Or join a running club that meets at least 2 or 3 times a week. I belong to 4 groups now! My work running group, Team for Kids (Training for the NY marathon WHAT WHAT!), the Dashing Whippets (a serious running group-I go to them when I want to train like a badass) and now the INSTARUNNERS! I mean seriously, running groups push you harder than you’ll push yourself.

4. Just Do It.

Nike is on to something with this. No one actually ENJOYS running all the time. Sometimes you just don’t want to work out. But I promise you, the sooner you get out there, the sooner it will be over. Just do it. I mean seriously, that race isn’t going to run itself. You owe to yourself to try. You are already enough just keep going.

Alright my friends, that’s all for today. Tomorrow is “From Justin to Kelly” and we have our first check in with Justin. It’s been one week since he drastically changed his diet and exercise regimen and I don’t want to give any spoilers but he’s doing pretty well. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.