No Donald Trump, A Woman's Weight Is Not A Problem

I was going to start with the sentence we all write when we're trying to be polite: "I don't normally get political" but f*ck that. The way Donald Trump talks to women is deplorable, disgusting, and unacceptable. After I watched this clip from The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, I had to speak out.

In reference to former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, he said, "She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem...she went up to 160 or 170. So this is somebody who likes to eat." Well Mr. Trump, I want to show you a picture of me taken seven days ago during a 10 mile race. 

Kelly Roberts RunSelfieRepeat

I weigh 168 pounds and not only is my weight not a problem, this body is strong AF. You see Donald Trump, I ran an average pace of 7 minutes and 45 seconds for 10 miles. And next weekend, I plan on running a 3 hour and 35 minute marathon. 

Having a Presidential candidate who refers to women as pigs is disgusting and it's not OK. The fact that we aren't stepping up, speaking out, and standing up for ourselves is even worse. We need to own our strength and speak out against the way Donald Trump speaks about women. 

If you aren't registered to vote, go to https://www.iwillvote.com and register to vote. And remember, if you don't speak up, you're apart of the problem.

Take a long hard look Trump because that is what real strength looks like.

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.