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

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.