Project Start Takes Over The News

Just in case you haven't yet joined the Project Start revolution, Project Start is an initiative launched by my friend and power house supermodel Candice Huffine that encourages women to start running. If you know anything about me and Run, Selfie, Repeat, you know that I'm not shy about sharing how painful and impossible getting started and becoming a runner was for me.

Everyone has a story and Candice invited myself along with my friends Ali Feller, Alison Desir, and April Cargill to be apart of the Project Start: PS You Got This ambassador team. We shared our stories and in turn, we hope that we will show women of all different walks of life that you don't have to look a certain way or be at a certain athletic level to get started. All you really need is to take the first step.  

What a lot of people may not realize is that Candice, Ali, April, Alison and I are actually friends in real life.

So when Candice if we'd like to talk about Project Start on Good Day New York, we knew we were in for a good time. From the madness of live TV and flying by the seat of our pants to taking over the news desk for our own impromptu morning show, check out the fun we had when Project Start took over the news! 

One of the truly difficult parts about getting started for me was feeling so totally and completely alone. I didn't know anything about the running community and had I had something like Project Start, I feel like I wouldn't have felt like such an outcast. Just remember that regardless of whether you can run to your mailbox or if you can run a marathon, everyone is invited to the running party. All you have to do is set a goal and take your first step. 

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.