Finding Ways to Give Back

Be the change you wish to see in the world. How many times have you told yourself you wanted to be more charitable but didn’t know where to start? Start with yourself! Last year was the first time I did something directly for a charity and it scared the crap out of me. Committing to raise over $2600 to run the NYC Marathon with Team for Kids was paralyzing. I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to do it. I was terrified friends, family, and internet strangers would be annoyed with my efforts. None of that was true and it ended up being not only rewarding but fun.

I don’t do enough for others. I need to take time to do more to help people wherever I can. Sure I donate to a friend’s marathon fundraising charity efforts here and there; I give $5 or $10 to charities I believe in like EveryTown and Planned Parenthood, but helping others goes much further than giving the only $5 or $10 I can spare. Donating time and donating the stuff I don’t use are the next steps.

Want a perfect way to help others today? SIX:02 has teamed up with Goodwill for a campaign called #DontSweatYourPants. They are asking you to donate your gently used athletic pants that either don’t fit, don’t flatter, or don’t perform and in exchange will give you a $10 off discount to buy a pair that does. And it doesn't stop there, by getting social and sharing your best workout pictures with the hasthag #DontSweatYourPants you could win a $100 SIX:02 gift card. It doesn’t get any better than that.

As a top women’s fitness retail destination, SIX:02 knows the importance of the perfect fitting pant that makes women feel as good as they look.

SIX:02 is introducing #DONTSWEATYOURPANTS, a campaign encouraging women to donate the pants that no longer make them feel their best, and in return, find a pair of Under Armour that look, fit and perform great.

Beginning December 26th through the end of January, drop any pair of gently-used pants at your local SIX:02 store (For locations CLICK HERE), where they will be donated to Goodwill Industries, and receive $10 OFF A NEW PAIR OF UNDER ARMOUR PANTS!

Don’t live by a SIX:02 location? Donate anyway! Don’t wait until Spring to do some Spring cleaning! Go through your closet, find the clothes that you don’t wear and donate them to someone who will. When I first started running I stupidly bought a few pairs of running pants that were way to small thinking because I was now a runner I would lose weight and fit into them. That didn’t happen. They’ve been worn once or twice and tonight they are being donated. It's time to clean out my entire closet of everything I haven’t worn at least once in the last 6 months and donate it to Goodwill. (In New York space is hard to come by so the fact that I’ve waited this long to part with the clothes I don’t wear is a little ridiculous.)

So here's to a finding ways to help others and being the change we wish to see in the world. What are some of the ways you give back to your communities? Let me know in the comments section below, I need to make this a monthly goal. To give back, contribute, and help others more often.

Until tomorrow, #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.