I Want You to Start Today

I spent a long time defining who I was and what I was and wasn't capable of doing. I wasn't athletic or a runner. Working out and getting active wasn't something I did to make myself feel strong, healthy, and capable, it was something I did to try to lose weight. So I dreaded dragging my butt to the gym to workout. I never felt like I was thin enough, pretty enough, or good enough.

I always thought that if I could fit into a size 2 or 4 HELL EVEN A size 6 pair of jeans, I'd be happier. I'd finally be able to look in the mirror and feel like I was desirable. It really wasn't until I started running that i realized how wrong I was about myself. Running wasn't impossible. Once you get past the first few weeks of "everything hurts and I'm dying", running and being active can actually be really fun. 

The hardest part is getting started. There's no avoiding it! The mental and physical strength running requires doesn't develop overnight. There's no shortcut or pill you can take to make the process any less difficult. But anything worth doing won't be easy! It takes time to get used to the repetitive motion of putting one foot in front of the other or to develop the physical strength to be able to run a mile without needing a walking break. I get emails every day from people who feel frustrated because they need walking breaks. I STILL TO THIS DAY TAKE WALKING BREAKS. Since when is walking a bad word? Taking a minute to catch your breath so that you can get back after it isn't something you should ever feel defeated by. Celebrate the fact that you're working to put your strongest foot forward.

For anyone who is incredibly good at telling yourself that you'll start tomorrow, I challenge you to start today. What do you have to lose? Go follow @PSYouGotThis on Instagram and join our community of runners of all different fitness levels. It doesn't matter if you can't run down your block, we all have to start somewhere. All you can control is what you can do today. Set a goal, look in the mirror, and make a promise to yourself that you're going to make it happen. You're not alone. We're here to help you every single step of the way!

Ready?

START HERE. 

This training plan will get you on your feet. Just focus on today and keep putting one foot in front of the other! Don't worry about having the right clothes or equipment. Just go. You can do it!

Every Tuesday and Thursday on WomensRunning.com, Project Start is sharing a new story about getting started and putting your strongest foot forward. Keep your eyes peeled and spread the word! We want to encourage people of all different ages, athletic levels, and backgrounds to give running a shot. It may not be easy but if you stick with it, it just might change your life.

PS, you got this!

Kelly Roberts

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.