9 Reasons Why The First Week Of Training Sucks

Welcome to week two of marathon training everyone! Yup! You read that correctly, I'm back on the marathon training wagon! I know what you're thinking, "But Kelly, don't you need more time off?" Here's how I decide when I can start training for a new marathon, I wait until I can say "miles 22 through 26" audibly without crying. Last week, I was finally able to speak the words without ending in the fetal position so I'm back at it!

It doesn't matter how experienced or in-experienced you are or what you're training for, the first week is the worst! I haven't been able to sit down easily in a week! Getting into and out of a car is a serious struggle! It's at the point where a guy I went on a date with asked me if I was OK when I got up after we finished dinner. "No, I'm good." I answered with a wince, "I ran every stair in the Hollywood Bowl 3 times in 40 minutes yesterday. I'm just sore". That is how sore my quads are right now! Let's talk about the 10 reasons why the first week (or three) of training sucks--

1. A lack of motivation meets too much motivation.

The hardest part is ALWAYS getting out the door.

The hardest part is ALWAYS getting out the door.

It's almost like your mood has two tides, a high too much motivation tide and a low lack of motivation tide. How is it that one minute you feel unstoppable and then the second you get out the door, you regret your decision to ever register for the race in the first place?

2. The unfamiliarity.

When you have to check your training plan mid run to figure out what you're supposed to be doing...

When you have to check your training plan mid run to figure out what you're supposed to be doing...

Training doesn't get easier, you just develop a routine and stop having to think about what you're doing. It's when you have to take the time to figure out how far you have to go, why you have to go that far, (and God help you if you have a time goal), that the logistics become unfamiliar and annoying.

3. The pain.

Pain. So much pain.

Pain. So much pain.

Nothing says a good time like one of those really great effortless runs. You know the ones where you take off, smile, blink and then realize you've run 14 miles? (No? Just me?) Well those tend to come towards the middle to end of a training cycle, months after you've suffered through the first few weeks.

4. The regret.

Captain struggles.

Captain struggles.

"I am not ready for this" was something that played on repeat in my head last Saturday as I forced myself through my long run. I spent a good 2 hours arguing about whether or not I wanted to train for a marathon. Then I finished, felt like a million bucks and was like, "Of course I want to train for a marathon again!" It's always better after it's over...getting to that point is so much harder than it needs to be!

5. The chafing.

Guess who forgot to rub body glide on before her long run last week. THIS GIRL! It wasn't that I forgot per se, I just didn't put it on as liberally as I should have. But it's been a while and I'm out of practice! Now I have a giant attractive scab on my thigh! YAY CHAFING!

6. The runger.

🎢 Here's to the ladies who #Runch 🎢 BUT SERIOUSLY...what times runch? Asking for a friend. #RunSelfieRepeat

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I'm not even kidding you, my mileage is really low and I'm already psychologically ready to eat like I'm running a marathon. My brain is 4 weeks ahead of my body...

7. The time commitment.

And just like that, a monkey wrench was thrown into my Spring plans. Trips had to be moved around because there's no way I want to be in a foreign country with a 20 mile long run in the mix. My week revolves around my runs and workouts again and my friends aren't happy about it. (I don't blame them, I'm a total runhole.)

8. Feeling like it's impossible.

@KellyKKRoberts

I have 5 marathons under my belt and I can't shake the feeling like it's impossible. It's so hard to get going!

9. Regretting time goals.

@KellyKKRoberts

My God does running faster and harder hurt! This year I want to see just how far I can push myself so I'm forcing myself to do more of everything I hate (IE speed work). I always think setting a time goal is a great idea until I have to start doing the work. IT HURTS SO F*CKING MUCH! HOW DOES ANYONE DO THIS!?!?

The first few weeks feel impossible. Everything is so much harder than they need to be but tomorrow is going to come whether you do the work or not so honestly, it's so much easier when you just get it over with. Yes it's painful and tough but that's the point! It takes hard work to do something incredible. Just try to remember that every single painful step will pay off in the long run. (Get it? LONG RUN!?!?!?) It takes months of hard work to cross a finish line.

@KellyKKRoberts

Here's to kicking our butts and putting our strongest foot forward! 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 β€œhottie 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.