Maintaining Momentum in the New Year

Is it just me or does 2015 feel exactly like 2014? What's changed? Why do we make a huge deal about resolutions and "bettering" ourselves only during the New Years? (BTW does anyone else find it funny that we do this on the one Holiday that is devoted to drinking and partying...) New Year's starts in January! January is probably the worst time to get active! 

Here's a list of reasons why New Years is actually a TERRIBLE time of year to start working out:

1. The sun raises late and sets early which makes working out outside difficult and getting up early for pre-work workouts almost impossible. 

2. It's cold EVERYWHERE. I'm in sunny San Diego right now and it's still cold! 

3. There's a likely chance December 31st is spent drinking some sort of alcoholic beverage. Working out after a night of drinking is THE WORST.

4. You and your bank account may still be recovering from the Holiday's and spending money on getting healthy may not be at the top of your to do list.

5. You may be on vacation and getting up early to workout while on vacation isn't always fun. 

6. That first week of January always flies by and leaves you feeling like you already failed. 

So I think we all can agree that New Year's is a TERRIBLE time to start your healthy life changes. NO! NO NO NO NO NO NO! Hold on, yes those 6 reasons are pretty accurate but I can come up with multiple reasons for every single month of the year! I'm a professional bullshitter and I am Queen at making up excuses not to workout! Honestly it doesn't matter what day, week, month, or time of the year it is, the perfect time to make a change will always be right now. Why? Because that yearning for change will never be stronger than it is right now! I know it's terrifying and hard, that's the point! If it were easy you would have done it years ago. It's hard but it's not impossible. The only thing you need is a clear plan of attack and a really great goal. Your goal has to be something tangible and something that resonates with you. Maybe you feel like shit, maybe you're depressed, maybe you need to do something huge to show people you are capable of greatness. If that's the case, then you should run a half marathon! Not sure how? Follow these steps! 

Step 1: Download the free RunKeeper app. onto your smartphone.  Because I'm a RunKeeper ambassador, the first 100 people to CLICK HERE  and type in the code "RSRNewYear" into the RunKeeper.com website will get 1 month free of RunKeeper Elite! The reason I am a runner today is because of RunKeeper. I found the app 1 week after I started running and after trying 4 other apps, decided it was the best Running App out there. I've trained for over a dozen half marathons and 2 full marathons with it. And what's even more exciting is 3 Run, Selfie, Repeaters will win 1 FULL YEAR of RunKeeper elite! How? By submitting your Runfie's of course!

Over the next 7 day's take a picture of yourself running with the reason why, use the #RunSelfieRepeat, and you could win! Remember if your account is private I can't see your runfie! So lace up and get moving!

For those of you who don't have a smartphone, I've gone ahead and created a Beginner's Half Marathon training schedule. Every Monday I will break down the training plan for all of you first timer's! If you can't run a mile start at the top with the walk to running 4 miles plan. That way we can slowly move from walking 1 minute and running 1 minute to running 4 miles without stopping!

If you're already running 1-4 miles without stopping, start at week 1 of the Beginner 13.1 plan.

Step 2: Sign up for a Half Marathon! Not sure which half marathon to run? Check out BibRave.com! There you can search half marathons by distance and time of the year. If you haven't run a day in your life you will need about 6 months. If you can run 4 miles right now, you will need about 4 months.

Step 3: GO OUTSIDE AND START RUNNING! Just because the plan starts on a Monday doesn't mean you have to wait for Monday to get started! Here's the best way to start running, walk for 1 minute and then run for 1 minute. Repeat these intervals for 15-20 minutes. That's all you need, 15-20 minutes! Feeling strong? Throw in 2 minute intervals! Walk for 2 minutes, run for 2 minutes! It couldn't be easier! (I say that with sensitivity because I know it's not THAT easy.)

Step 4: Become a Runner. There's no way you will fail! What works best for me is to schedule my week ahead of time. When my schedule gets hectic it is imperative I know when I am running mornings or afternoons. Only you can get to that finish line.  No more excuses, don't let fear stop you from trying. Stick with it, it gets easier! 

Let me know which half marathon you sign up for in the comments section below and remember you can always email me with questions, comments, concerns, and any panicking: Kelly@RunSelfieRepeat.com.

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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.