Back On The Marathon Wagon

For weeks I've been talking about how I was antsy to train for a marathon.  But I didn't know where I wanted to run it! I was mulling over a bunch of different races but couldn't get myself to pull the trigger. Then yesterday happened...

It all started when I saw that my friend Gregg was planning to run hill repeats in Central Park. I hate hill repeats but I love Gregg so I figured what better way to get myself to run hill repeats than with my funniest running buddy? Well jokes on me because not only did he get me through our hill repeats without quitting halfway but Gregg got me to sign up for the San Francisco Marathon in July.

Anne, Gregg, and I taking on Cat Hill.

Gregg and I always go for a burger and beer after we run together so after my verbal assault on cat hill, we ran over to Columbus Circle. We walked into the restaurant, sweaty and spandex clad, and were promptly sat in the very back of the restaurant with all the other sweaty runners. We ordered our burgers and beers and started discussing our Iron Man goals. (Because planning an Iron Man is what normal people talk about over burgers and beers.) We got on the subject of marathons and I told him, for the millionth time, that I still wanted to do an early summer marathon.

Gregg goes, "Do the ultra with me in San Francisco." I whipped my phone out, Googled "ultra marathon San Francisco." Now I'm a spontaneous and impulsive lady. I often get myself into trouble because I love to commit to something on a whim. Luckily the little voice in the back of my brain said, "No girl, even 1 beer deep running an ultra still sounds like a horrible idea." I looked at Gregg and said, "I won't do the ultra but I'll run the marathon with you!" 2 minutes later and I was registered for the San Francisco Marathon.

So here we are, back on the marathon wagon! Welcome to Day 1 of my San Francisco Marathon training! I'm pretty excited but now that I took the time to make my training plan,  I'm a little overwhelmed. BUT THAT'S A GOOD THING! You're supposed to feel terrified and overwhelmed when you sign up for a marathon!

And just to illustrate one of the reasons I'm nervous, I'll share this with you. I texted my sister Samantha after I registered and this was her response:

Running a marathon is a serious time commitment but this time around I'm going to focus more on quality workouts and cross/strength training in liu of logging infinite miles. My main goal for this marathon is to make it through injury free. If I can break 4 hours, that would be awesome, but with all the hills coming my way I just want to have fun and enjoy the process.

I've learned a lot training for my past 2 marathons from the Expectations vs. Realities of Running a Marathon, Embracing Pre-Marathon Nerves, to not feeling ready, the experience is different every time. It's just about committing and jumping off that terrifying cliff. So here we go! 26.2 or bust!  Watch out San Francisco, I'm coming your way! See you in July! 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.