A Virtual Turkey Trot For Everyone

With Thanksgiving less than a week away we are in the heart of Turkey Trot season. What's a Turkey Trot? It's a fun run, normally around a 5k/10k that happens on Thanksgiving! It's the perfect way to start your holiday splendor of sticking your fingers in the mashed potatoes or sneaking into the kitchen for a spoonful of stuffing. (No just me? OK moving on...)

Here's a ridiculously convenient way to fit in that turkey trot this year (if you're like me and missed the signing up for a Turkey Trot boat...): you can run a virtual 5k for charity! Say what? What does that mean, that sounds like a bunch of Hocus Pocus! NO! NO IT'S NOT MY SKEPTICAL FRIENDS! It couldn't be easier! Everyone wins you get to eat your Thanksgiving feast guilt free AND support a great cause by signing up for Courage to Hope's Virtual 5k: 'Run for Hope.'

How does it work? Well the beauty is that you can run this 5k whenever and wherever you want between November 24th and November 29th. (Basically you don't have an excuse not to do this runners...you're running that far anyways!)

Step 1: Run/Walk 3.1 Miles (at least)

Step 2:  Take a screenshot of your time from any running app (RunKeeper, etc.)

Step 3: Upload it onto social media with the hashtag #RunForHope2014.

There are amazing prizes for the winners of each age category so don't phone that run in! Registration supports victims of domestic violence in Ukraine and gets you a great T-shirt. Sign up and find out more CLICK HERE!

It's the Holidays everyone, remember there's more to it than panicking, stressing about presents, and feeling overwhelmed. Do something for yourself and for someone who needs it. And remember to breath and smile. We will get through the holiday's together. I got an arsenal of jokes ready to go. Until Monday, #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.