How to Take the Perfect Running Selfie

 Here's the deal, snapping a selfie while running is no easy feat and it's even harder to stay out of peoples way. So here is your Official Guide to Race Day Selfies.

1. TRY IT OUT BEFORE YOU RACE! Race day is not the day to drop your phone while trying to capture the perfect action shot. Train your selfie taking abilities. Play around with different angles-I recommend using your left hand and the volume up (+) button on the side of an iphone. Work quickly! Time is of the essence, there is LITERALLY A CLOCK TICKING. RUN! RUNNNN!

2. KEEP YOUR CAPTIONS SHORT AND SWEET! Establish your hashtag before the race starts. While your hauled in your coral, doing your pre-race dance, grab an action shot. Don't forget to tag #RunSelfieRepeat & whatever your official race hashtag is (Ex: #NycHalf #RunDisney #RocknRollSD). Post the picture to instagram. This way instagram will recognize the hashtag so while you run, all you need to do is type # and the first letter and it will populate for you. DON'T LET THOSE CAPTIONS SLOW YOU DOWN. LEAVE PERFECTION AT THE DOOR, TYPE SOMETHING SILLY AND HOPE FOR THE BEST! YOU CAN DO THIS!

3. DO NOT TRY TO LOOK CUTE. The point of the running selfie is to appear 1-like you just won who wants to be a millionaire (back in 2001 when it was a real accomplishment), 2-super-hero esque, 3-like you're Rocky Balboa climbing those stairs to Eye of the Tiger, 4-like you're on the brink of exhaustion, 5-as if Godzilla is chasing you, 6-like you just won the lottery, 7-as if your photo bombing a photo with Brad Pitt and your real proud of it, 8-like you ran into Buddy the Elf on your way to see Santa at Macys, 9-like you're sweating gold, 10-as if Betty Crocker lived next door and instead of borrowing sugar, you can borrow cupcakes anytime you want, 11-as if you're wandering through the Sahara desert and may never find civilization, 12-like you woke up on Christmas morning to a dozen kittens and puppies, 13.1-like you finally got that Pony you hoped, wished and dreamed of. SO sport the thumbs up, be goofy and remember if it made you laugh you've already won.

4. HAVE EYES IN THE BACK OF YOUR HEAD! The selfie is hilarious and a lot of fun, but what is not hilarious and absolutely no fun is if you get in the way of someone who's gunning for a personal record. Try to look around you before and after you snap the selfie. Stay out of the way and run in a straight line while you type the caption. Remember to be courteous to your fellow runners. It's all fun and games until you drop your phone, trip or cause a collision. Remember, only you can prevent race day set backs.

Otherwise, run like the wind! I can't wait to see what you all come up with! Remember to share them on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #RunSelfieRepeat! Happy Runfie-ing! Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.


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.