BQ Or Bust 013 The Mental Block

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It's no secret that running is a mental game. It's not about how strong you are, strength is just a tiny piece of the puzzle, running is really about how strong your mind is. Something I learned when I was out in Los Angeles with November Project Los Angeles, killing the stairs of the Hollywood Bowl, was that I was a lot stronger than I was giving myself credit for. I would look up before a workout and immediately tell myself that I wouldn't be able to run the stairs. Then I'd get started and with the help of the people around me, I would push myself to not only complete the workout, but to finish strong. I realized that I wasn't just defining what I was and wasn't capable of doing, but I wasn't working on that muscle in my brain that tells me to pull back when I get uncomfortable.

The more I ran stairs, the harder I pushed myself. I thought I'd worked through my mental block but recently, it reared it's ugly head again. I'm still having a really hard time pushing myself when I get uncomfortable. I tell myself that I'm tired and that it would be easier to just run at a slower pace, so I do. Or I see my finish line, the top of a hill, or the end of an interval and pull back instead of finishing strong. It's disappointing and really annoying but it's something I'm working on. These changes don't happen overnight. If it were easy, it wouldn't be worth it, right?

How do you push yourself through mental blocks? Let me know in the comments below!

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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.