Bye Bye Insecurities, Bring On The Sports Bra

I used to feel envious of the women who were confident enough to run in a sports bra, ESPECIALLY during the summer when my shirt was heavy and soaked through with sweat. What I would do to feel comfortable and confident enough to run in a sports bra! To not spend my time worrying about what the strangers passing by on foot, bike, or in cars might think when they saw me running by sans shirt. So I ran a marathon. And then I ran 4 more and still I didn't feel confident enough to take my shirt off when the temperature rose. Well, not anymore!

That all changed this past weekend because I've decided to finally close the chapter on my own personal insecurities and finally run in my sports bra. I'm done worrying about what other people might think about my body. Do I really care if someone judges how I look while I run 13 miles in a sports bra? HELL NO. Not anymore. 

Look, I grew up being called hippo and fat. We say sticks and stones but I'm not going to pretend that being put down or judged doesn't hurt. But why do we let a stranger's opinion influence how we feel about ourselves? I'm the one out there kicking my own ass, pushing myself to put my strongest foot forward. Enough is enough, I'm running in a sports bra from here on out.

Strength doesn't look a certain way, it feels a certain way. And running my 13 mile long run this weekend in a sports bra was one of the most liberating moments of my life and I really wish I would have done it sooner. I love my body but it's hard not to compare myself to the women I see in the Instagram feeds of my favorite brands because I don't look like them. It's hard to look at the one body type being represented and not feel a tiny bit insecure, like I'm not "enough". But then I remember, I'm not just enough, I'm more than enough. The little voice that tells me otherwise is just my own personal insecurities talking. I'm strong, beautiful, unique, confident, brave, driven and powerful. I have love handles, stretchmarks and the opposite of rock hard abs and yet I'm still proud of the imperfect body I work ridiculously hard for.

Don't just feel strong, put your strength on display. I'm done waiting for an end result. I'm celebrating where I'm at now. We're all beautiful in our own unique ways. Let's remind the world that just because big brands think strength looks a certain way, the only way we'll change the mold is if we refuse to be defined. I'm not running to look like their version of strength. I'm running to feel strong, empowered, and unstoppable. The foxy body is just an added bonus.

If you need me, I'll be out kicking ass in my sports bra. I hope you will too. Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys β€œhottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.