Expectation and Reality of Becoming a Runner



Nothing makes my blood boil faster than a picture, video, or article that makes running seem easy and effortless. Running is ANYTHING but easy and effortless. Becoming a runner is next to impossible for a hell of a lot of people (myself included) so someone please explain to me why we put up with brands who make running seem like a walk in the park? 

I never thought I would become a runner because my experience was NOTHING like the expectation video you see above. I couldn't run for 30 seconds without having to stop to catch my breath. It took me 4 years and 5 marathons to feel confident enough to run in a sports bra! When I was first getting started, I had shoes from Nordstrom Rack that were a two sizes too small, cotton socks that never matched, two sports bras with holes in them, maybe three from target, and two pairs of leggings. I felt like a sack of bricks moving through peanut butter, my face was always redder than a beet, and I produced enough sweat to end a drought. I walked 90% of my runs and I still felt like I was going to die. How I stuck with it through those first initial painful weeks of "running" is a miracle.  

I love inspirational content. The workouts in the expectation video are great! They work...once you've developed both the physical and mental the strength to make them happen. Just promise me that you won't let the fact that you can't run for 30 seconds discourage you! Everyone has to start somewhere! My road to becoming a runner was a total struggle but if you're willing to fight for it, you'll be knocking out a 5K before you know it! Be patient and celebrate what you can do. 

Shoutout to all the big brands, if you could stop making running seem effortless, that would be awesome. 

Feel proud that you're out there trying. That's a huge win!

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

**Produced and shot by Mayuran Tiruchelvam


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.