Pictures from The NYC Run, Selfie, Repeat Fun Run

Community. We are nothing without the people who support us, believe in us, and tell us to fight when we want to quit. And I can say, without a doubt, that the best part about being a creator is getting to meet the people who hopped on board my little horse and pony show of a struggle bus and joined me for the ride of my life.

When I decided to do the first #SportsBraSquad shakeout run before the Chicago Marathon, I thought 12-20 people would show up. My jaw was on the floor when over 130 people came. And getting to everyone who came was the icing on the cake. I share so much about myself, it's fun to get to meet you all face to face. Everyone always tells me that they feel weird when they meet me because they feel like they know me. Well, you do know me. You probably know more about me than my friends. So it's not weird, it's fun for me to get to actually meet all of you. And getting to hear about your journeys is what really makes what I do worth it.

Then after Chicago, I was chomping at the bit to hold the 2.0 shakeout run. So I put word out and with the support of my co-host Finish Line Physical Therapy, Vega, Zico, and Power Bar, we threw the most fun NYC Marathon Shakeout Run EVER

Stay tuned for all the amazing videos my friend and incredibly talented producer Mayuran shot during the fun run! But while we wait, enjoy these photos from my amazing friend who volunteered his Saturday to capture us all, Justin Smith (@Just_incase_Smith).

I just want to say thank you. Without your support, I wouldn't be able to do what I do or feel courageous enough to step outside of my comfort zone. To everyone who waited to give me a hug or talk to me, thank you. Getting to meet you face to face and hear about why you run, how you got started, or what you're working towards makes every struggle that I have worth it. Going for a BQ this year and shedding my shirt and insecurities to run in my sports bra wasn't easy. But knowing I had you behind me helped me take the first step. There's no community more supportive or amazing than the Run, Selfie, Repeat community. 

(I ALSO want to say thank you for making me look SUPER cool in front of my Mom! I know that was unintentional but secretly, we all want our Mom's to think we're the most cool.) 

There's more fun runs to come so West Coast, WATCH OUT! And you better believe we'll be doing another before the London Marathon come April 2017! SO MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Figuring out how to run with you all is at the top of my 2017 goal list! 

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.