What It's Like To Be A New Runner As Illustrated By Jennifer Lawrence

Being a new runner is the absolute worst. It doesn't matter how athletic or un-athletic you are, getting started sucks for everyone! There is nothing more humbling than realize you can't run down the street without feeling like your heart is going to explode! This is what it's like to be a brand new runner...as illustrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

When you decide you are going to start running.

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When your lungs are on fire after only 30 seconds of running.

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The moment you realize that running is a lot more complicated than ...well...just...running...

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How you feel after your very first run.

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When your friends lie to you about how far or how fast you're running and make you run further than you intended.

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When you tell yourself you're going to wake up early to run.

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The next morning when the time comes to wake up early to run.

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The first time you have to run a mile without stopping.

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The face you make when you realize you're only halfway done with your run.

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When you start shopping for new running clothes.

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When you're sore for weeks on end.

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The first time you experience "runners trots".

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The first time you call yourself a runner.

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When you're still struggling two months in.

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When someone asks you if you want to run a half marathon.

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But realize that you can't stop thinking about running 13.1...

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So you sign up for your first half marathon because you'll never know until you try!

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Being a new runner isn't easy but as you get stronger, it really does get easier (ish). And like they say, anything worth doing isn't going to be easy! Stick with it! Give yourself a goal and don't quit until you reach 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.