BQ Or Bust 010 The Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon

I've run more half marathons than I can count and it always cracks me up that I still get nervous before every single one. I keep waiting for the day when a 13.1 mile run will be normal for me but honestly, I don't think it's ever going to happen! Running 13.1 miles will always feel intimidating and crazy!

The Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon is one of my favorite half marathons because I get to run it with my family. I love running in wave two during this race because the morale of the runners is infectious. There's something magical about being surrounded by first time half marathoners and new-er runners. The appreciation level for what they're about to accomplish is unparalleled.

It's so easy to take running a half marathon for granted and I hate when people shrug off their accomplishments. Even though I didn't have the easiest day ever, I still feel like a million bucks because running a half marathon isn't easy! And the fact that I had to talk myself out of quitting and meeting everyone at the finish line a few times makes the accomplishment that much more rewarding.

I didn't have a great day during Brooklyn. The heavy training to BQ this September during the Chicago Marathon is catching up with me and I definitely didn't give my legs the rest they deserved before racing. I knew going into it that the race was going to be rough. But this race wasn't about me, it was about my family. My cousin Carley trained for this half ENTIRELY on a treadmill. If that's not impressive, I don't know what is. We went into it shooting for 2:10 and we ended up running 2:00:30, beating her previous PR by 5 minutes!

Have you ever wondered what it's like to run a half marathon with me? Here's a pretty good idea...

This race was the perfect example of "Giving up is always an option. But so is going forward." Not every mile is going to be comfortable, it's about figuring out how to have fun in your discomfort when you just want to throw in the towel.

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.