Pursuing Perfection

I was in a spin class this morning and the instructor said something that I had never heard before. Her class was KILLER and she was motivating us to push ourselves in ways I have never really been pushed before. We were working our faces off, searing with pain, huffing and puffing when halfway through the class she says,

"This push is only 30 seconds long. Pursue perfection in these 30 seconds. It's in these 30 seconds that you learn how to pursue perfection in every aspect of your life."

Perfection? What does perfection have to do with a work out? Here's how, perfection isn't something you can see with your eyes, it's in the act of working and improving that you achieve perfection, a state of your best. Whether you're in a spin class or running a marathon, it's all about tiny executable goals. You have to focus only on what you can control. A finish line may seem impossible but the next 30 seconds or 1 mile? Not only is it doable but it’s most likely already happening! By breaking down your event you're able to check in and figure out what you have in your tank. That's the difference between 1 more mile and I can't go any further.

One of the reasons I continue to run marathons is because it reminds me what it means to give everything I have to be the best me possible. It’s so easy to settle into a habit of giving the bare minimum, but through running I’ve been able to see that I’m capable of so much more than I thought. So when I feel like I'm dying during a spin class and the instructor says 30 more seconds give me everything you have, I go for broke instead of staying in my comfort zone. It doesn’t matter if you are running your first or fourteenth marathon; it pushes your physical strength, your mental strength and your self-confidence. A marathon isn’t 26.2 miles, its hundreds, possibly even thousands of miles that accumulate from the moment you start running to the moment you cross that finish line. And by pursuing perfection each and every mile you acquire this confidence and joy that is unexplainable.

There’s so much more to working out than obtaining an attractive body. If you’re dragging yourself to the gym because you want a bikini body, you’re doing it wrong. Find something challenging and set a goal other than a goal weight because when you work out for all the right reasons, a foxy body gets to be an afterthought and every time you look in the mirror, you get to feel proud of all the work you've put in to get there.

Perfection isn’t about flawlessness; it’s about being the best, strongest and most bad ass you possible both physically and mentally. It’s that about giving everything you have and realizing you are so much stronger than you ever imagined. Remember that it’s in discomfort and pain that change and perfection lives. You just have to be brave enough to dig deep, believe in yourself and never give up. Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

PERFECTION.

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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.