A BQ Or Bust Catch Up

One of the toughest parts about running towards my Boston Qualifier (BQ) time goal of 3 hours and 32 minutes (YES, you read that correctly, my original goal of 3 hours and 35 minutes, the official time I need to run to BQ, isn't good enough to grab a spot into the Olympics of average runners [should I call us average? I don't think we're average but you know what I mean..] like myself is taking a 6 month goal and figuring out how to bottle the adrenaline surge and motivating spark that helped me leap off the cliff and put the plan into motion.  [That was the world's longest run on sentence EVER.] It doesn't matter what kind of goal you're working towards, it's really hard to wake up 2, 3 or even 4 weeks later and maintain the drive to make it happen; ESPECIALLY if it's a long term goal with no end in sight! So what do we do? How do we keep ourselves from fizzling out and quietly giving up on our impossible goals when the determination and excitement dulls? We set tiny weekly goals and make them exciting!

3 full weeks have gone by since deciding to chase down my goal and though 3 weeks in the grand scheme of 6 months isn't a ton of time, it's still a significant chunk! You know that saying, "Don't wait, the time will never be just right"? That applies here. How many times have you told yourself that you'll start something tomorrow? How many times have you woken up and realized that months have gone by and you still haven't made the change you want to make? There's no secret to goal setting, you just have to want something enough to do the work because at the end of the day, it's not about how badly you want something. It's about how hard you're willing to work for it.

See? You can't argue with a motivational meme.  

See? You can't argue with a motivational meme.  

Which brings me to Week 3 of BQ to Boston! A lot has gone down in 3 weeks! Let's do a quick recap shall we? In the past 3 weeks, I...

1. Got my Physical Therapist Mike Riccardi on board to help me prevent running injuries.

2. Found a killer coach in Josh Maio.

3. We assessed my fitness level (and you got to see how truly awful and uncomfortable running fast is for me).

4. I got some perspective when I ran in Cancun.

5. I did my first Fartlek/speed workout in Mexico and remembered that even a beautiful run can hurt.

6. I realized how quick I am to doubt myself and my abilities while I was in California. This one is a lesson I really need to put on the front burner and tackle ASAP. Sometimes when I see a workout in my training plan that sounds scary, I immediately tell myself I can't do it. I saw 7:45 minute miles and panicked. But after the workout, I reminded myself that just because a number feels intimidating, that doesn't mean it's impossible! All you can do is give it your all! 

7. I got to get uncomfortable with my friends at November Project Los Angeles who really helped me develop my running confidence and showed me that you can have fun getting uncomfortable. They really are the reason I was able to even entertain the idea of going for a BQ. I love every uncomfortable and incredible workout with them because I have fun giving 120%! 

8. And finally I had my first soul crushing bad run of the training cycle in Boulder, Colorado.

This week, my goal is to work on my mental game. I have my first intense run with Josh's team Gotham City Runners tonight and honestly, I'm really intimidated. So instead of saying, "I don't know if I can do this" I am staying optimistic and I'm going to give it my all. I have a habit of pulling back and making excuses when things get uncomfortable and I'm working really fighting hard to break out of that habit. So that is what I am working towards this week! What about you?

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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.