Watch Out Europe, I'm Running The Berlin Marathon

Big news everyone! I finally get to share what I've had up my sleeves for the last few weeks.

I'm running the Berlin Marathon on September 27th with adidas miCoach!!!!

KELLYS RUNNING THE BERLIN MARATHON

GASP!

Gasp

WHAT?

I KNOW!

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Now what's so special about Berlin? WELL it is currently the course where the world record for the fastest marathon (2:02:57) is held! You see any marathon is a really big deal in my humble opinion but there are 6 marathons that are apart of the "world marathon majors" and they are a very big deal. They are the Tokyo Marathon, The London Marathon, The Boston Marathon, The New York City Marathon, the Chicago Marathon and The Berlin Marathon.

So this is why I decided and then failed at dropping out of the San Francisco Marathon. (MY BAD!) That means I'm running 3 marathons this year WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. That's terrifying. I'm terrified. But there's a feeling that is outrunning my terror and that's excitement. I've never been outside of the United States before! One of my New Years Resolutions was to run a race in a different country. I never expected that "race" to be THE BERLIN MARATHON!

So here's the good news, I'm in incredibly good hands. I have the total and complete support of the adidas miCoach program to help me recover from that unintentional marathon I ran last month, get me ready to run a sub 4 hour marathon in Berlin and then do it all again 4 weeks later at The New York City Marathon. It's funny, people keep asking me what my goal for the races are. I keep saying, "To have fun" and they all roll their eyes and say, "No really, what's your goal." My goal time is to break four hours but at the end of the day, I want to have fun. I've run painful marathons and really fun marathons and I think it's much more fun to run an easier and fun race than it is to spend four hours in pain. BUT THAT'S JUST ME. We will see if I can do both!

LUCKILY I have the help of the adidas miCoach training platform to get me to that happy medium. I'm using the adidas miCoach smart run with helps track data like heart rate, speed and energy expenditure so that all of my workouts are calculated and taken care of. (The less work I need to do figuring out JUST what I need to be doing, the better!) So I'm excited to use such a groovy program!

It's go time! Adidas and I have all sorts of fun adventures up or sleeves leading into the marathon and I cannot wait to take you with me! We're running back to back to back marathons so buckle up!

Kellys Running The Berlin Marathon

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.