How Kelly Roberts Became A Runner, Episode 2: The Road To Run, Selfie, Repeat

The hardest part about running for anyone who isn't already a runner is getting started. There's no question, those first weeks are torture. I don't know how any of us managed to get over the getting started mountain. Personally, I didn't have a choice. I was drowning and I needed a way to run from problems.

CLICK HERE for Episode 2 of The Road To Run, Selfie, Repeat: How I Became A Runner.

One of the reasons I wanted to share my story is because when I was trying to find the courage to admit that I wanted to get healthy again, I rarely found anything I could relate to. I saw success stories online that didn't inspire and motivate me, they made losing weight and getting back to what I thought was "normal" seem intimidating and impossible. We live in a very weird society where perfection is ideal. Perfection is a lie. Look we all know that life is messy and extremely difficult! There are no right or wrong answers and almost everything lives in a grey area. Just because one thing worked for someone else doesn't mean it's going to work for you. To anyone going through something similar to what I'm going through, use the stories you see online or in the media only as resources and remember that you're on your own journey. Throw that time frame out the window.

It doesn't matter how badly you want something, it's about how hard you're willing to work for it.

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.