Every Single Mistake I Made Before My First Marathon

Getting ready to run your first marathon? You're probably sh*tting your pants right now. It's terrifying! The amount of things that could possibly go wrong seem endless! You doubt that you're ready. And you probably did everything wrong. 

I have good news. I did everything wrong and not only did I survive, but crossing that finish line changed my life. 

Here's the way I see it, nothing can really prepare you mentally for what it's like to run 26.2 miles. Yes, there are things you can do during your training to get you as close to ready as possible but come race day, all bets are off. I was wildly underprepared and if I could go back in time, I would 100% do things differently, but my goal wasn't to run an impressive time. I needed to survive a marathon so that I could feel proud of myself and see that because I didn't believe in myself, I was holding myself back.

For some of us, the marathon isn't about the PR, it's about making impossible, impossible. Nothing will alleviate the fear that you're experiencing but just trust that if you take it one step at a time, you will make it to the finish line. Believe in yourself and trust that if you want it badly enough and if you're willing to work for it, it will happen. Give yourself permission to take walking breaks and stay focused on the mile you're in. And most importantly, have fun.

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 “hottie 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.