Bye Bye Insecurities, Bring On The #SportsBraSquad

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

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys β€œhottie 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.