26 Things No One Tells You About Running

There is so much more to running than putting one foot in front of the other. When I started the only thing I thought about was how boring it was and how badly my body hurt afterwards. But as I got into it and once I was able to run a few miles without stopping, I was bit by the running bug. To say running is addictive is an understatement. It became life consuming! I'm obsessed. There's a lot of stuff people don't tell you about running. Let me fill you in, here are 26 things no one tells you about running!

1. It’s expensive. You will spend ALL the money. Clothes, gear, shoes, race entry fees the list goes on and on and on.

2. You will meet people and make friendships with people you wouldn’t normally hang out with. And they will make you a better person.

3. You may not lose any weight but you’ll develop some super sexy muscles.

4. You will become a professional snot rocket launcher.

5. You will start to treat your body with respect and understand that eating is necessary and a wonderful bonus.

6. Your self-esteem will sky rocket and you will see yourself in a whole new light.

7. You won’t feel guilty about wearing your running clothes out in public ALL THE TIME.

8. Your schedule will become precise and you’ll get more done in a day than you ever thought possible. “It’s 11am and I’ve already run 10 miles, had brunch, and gone grocery shopping.”

9. You will start to spend an excessive amount of time reading articles about running or pinning funny running memes.

10. You will eventually enjoy being sore and worry if you aren't sore.

11. You will learn more about your digestive system, nutrition, and hydration than you ever cared to know.

12. You will sweat so, so, so much. Even when it's snowing.

13. There will be boring days and races where you will absolutely hate running and think about quitting.

14. Your life decisions will start to revolve around when you can get a run in and if you can go to bed early.

15. You will do twice as much laundry.

16. Your feet will be repulsive. #AllTheCallouses  

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17. You’ll get really excited about new running accessories or when you find a good brand of chafe cream. (It’s the little things.)

18. Regardless of whether you are training for a specific race or just running to work out, you’ll accomplish things you never thought you could. And you will feel really, really proud about it.

19. You’ll do your best brain storming and thinking while you run. Then get home and forget every single brilliant idea.

20. You will become the world’s fastest walker.

21. When your insecurities slap you in the face, you learn how to run them down.

22. You will become way too comfortable discussing embarrassing topics with your fellow runners. - "Hey hot guy, I love talking about poop with you...also we should get a beer sometime?..."

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23. You will come to find that you don't need the support you think you need. Believing in yourself is all it takes. Everything else is an added bonus.

24. You will have to bite your tongue every time you want to talk about running to your non-running friends. "You guys! Did I tell you I ran 5 miles without stopping? Kind of incredible."

25. You’ll develop crazy habits like refusing to untie your shoelaces or how you warm up or down after a run.

 26. It will change your life.

If you have something to prove, if you need something to do, or if you just feel restless running is for you. It took running a marathon to convince myself to jump off the post college cliff and move to New York. It took running a marathon to believe in myself. I don't know where I would be without it and it's worth every single terrible and painful run.

 

 

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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.