EVERYONE REMAIN CALM – 6 Tips For All Half and Full Marathoners

Attention Fall Half and Full Marathoners. It’s come to my attention via the 10+ emails I am getting every day that you’re all panicking about your upcoming races. I get it! It’s terrifying! I’m terrified with you! But I need everyone to CALM THE F*CK DOWN. Sorry for the language but holy smokes! I'm gonna need you all to stop focusing on that finish line and bring your focus back to the week, the day and the mile that you’re in. Here are 5 tips to help put your fragile running nerves at ease –

1. RUN THE MILE THAT YOUR ARE IN.

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The worst thing you can do is dwell on a long run. You spend the entire week thinking, “OH GOD I HAVE TO RUN 12 MILES THIS WEEKEND! THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE!” I know because I’ve done it. (OK FINE I STILL DO IT!) Remember, break your long runs up into smaller more manageable chunks! Focus only on what you control, the mile you're in! What will happen already has.

2. Injuries happen. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

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I’m not going to tell you not to panic when you notice a splitting pain in (insert muscles here). Injuries are frustrating and just may force you to drop out of a race. (This is a worst case scenario but it does happen! There will be more races!) If you’re in pain, stop running. Rule #1, don’t run in pain! Just go to a doctor! These online outlets are great but a diagnosis from a professional is better! Better safe than sorry.

3. Cross Train and Strength Train.

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I’m not allowed to run more than 4 days a week because I get injured when I do. So I run 4 days a week, cross train 2 and rest 1. (THIS IS WHAT WORKS FOR ME! EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT!) If you aren’t cross training and strength training you are cruising for a bruising.

4. REST.

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Are you getting enough sleep? Are you actually taking your rest days? Are you resting? It’s simple, take care of yourself! It’s so much wiser to get an extra hour or two of sleep and miss a workout than it is to workout exhausted.

5. Positive Affirmations!

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Celebrate yourself! Pat yourself on the back every time you make it out the door! We’re so quick to kick ourselves if we have a bad workout but we rarely humble brag after those really intense runs! Share your accomplishments, celebrate yourself!

6. HAVE FUN.

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Oh my god, why is it so hard for people to have fun when they’re suffering through training! (I realize that sounds a little off...) Look we’re all in this together – surround yourself with people who motivate, inspire and make you laugh when you train! Don’t do it alone! I often try to distract myself from the fact that I’m training for a marathon, that’s why I have so much fun! Try it! You’re going to think, “I NEVER WANT TO RUN ALONE AGAIN!” Misery loves company right?

But please God stop stressing out! Everyone just cool your jets! Trust your training and keep going! I know it’s scary and you feel like you’re never going to be ready, but ready or not you’re going to be fine. All you have to do is show up. 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.