The Struggles Of Morning Workouts Are Real

Look I'm a morning person and I STILL hate waking up early to workout. If the suns not up, you best believe that I'm pitching a fit about waking up to run or workout. It's not normal! It's the worst! But when you're juggling a full time job, family, social life, romantic life etc. etc. etc.  and trying to train for an endurance race, sometimes you have to make the sacrifice and get up before dawn. Here are 7 times Disney Princesses Personified my existence as a runner ---

1. When you tell your significant other to wake you up NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU FIGHT THEM!

2. When you eat an extra bagel because you're allegedly going to run tomorrow.

3. When your race is right around the corner and you can't afford to skip a workout.

4:30am alarm begrudgingly set. Who else is waking up way too early tomorrow? #RunSelfieRepeat

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4. When you know you're going on vacation and you'll be eating all the pizza the city has to offer.

5. When you realize that the time to get in shape is now because...WINTER IS COMING!

6. When you can't stay out with friends or significant others because you have to run in the morning.

My life. #RunSelfieRepeat

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and finally...

7. When you can't get through the day because you can't stop eating.

LITERALLY I WANT TO EAT ALL OF THE FOOD!!!! #Runger #RunSelfieRepeat #RunToEat

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The struggle is real! (AM I RIGHT!?!? Here are the 11 stages of waking up early to workout as told by emojis!) To all of you who manage to wake up early and workout regularly, I salute you. Until next time, #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.