In Order the Run Faster You Have To Run Faster

Running has become much more than just a hobby for me; it’s become a way for me to push myself to tangible results. One of the reasons I started running was because I had spent years knowing, without a doubt, that I wanted to act and create art that would change the world. But being a paid, working actor who not only gets to pick and choose projects is almost impossible. There’s probably a clearer, and easier, career path on how to become the President of the United States or an Astronaut than there is to being a working and fulfilled artist.

Running became my outlet while I worked jobs I didn’t love as well and push myself to accomplish feats I was proud of. Getting to a finish line is black and white. You sign up for a marathon, you get a training plan, you complete the training plan, and then you run the race. It didn’t matter how fast I went or what place I got because I was racing because it made me happy. In my bedroom I hang all of my race bibs on my bedroom wall. I was looking at them last night and thinking about what I’ve learned and accomplished in the past two years.

This year I am working to get faster. I’ve read a ton of running books and most of them tend to write about these ordinary people who wake up one day and decide to run a marathon or an and ultra marathon. They don’t even start with a silly 5k or half marathon, or train for that matter; they just walk to the start line and run a marathon in an Olympic trial qualifying time. That’s spectacular for them, but I know from my own experience that I can’t pick up and qualify for the Olympics. I can’t relate. For an entire year I worked my butt off to get my marathon time from 4:43:39(2013) to 4:11:38(2014). So sure it’s extraordinary that so many people are inherently fast, but I’m not.  

But that’s not stopping me from trying to get faster. I asked my boyfriend who’s a fast speed demon and smarty pants (oh and supportive) runner if he would go through his reference books and concoct a training plan for me to follow. Here’s what he came up with for me:

For the next 16 weeks, yes this is going to take 4 months; I am putting everything I have into sticking to the plan and running through the pain. I’ve been in a bit of a slump since finishing the NYC Marathon. I wanted to make sure I took adequate time to recover since I had been battling runner’s knee towards the end but once I was ready to get after it, I didn’t have anything to work towards so I slipped into a rut. Well not anymore, now I’ve got my eyes on the prize. It’s time to see how far I can push myself. I have the Flying Pig Half Marathon in a little over 3 months so we will see if I can take my half marathon time from 1:56:37 down to 1:45. That may not be fast for you, but it seems damn near impossible to me.

It’s time to make impossible possible. Do something impossible in 2015. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

My name is Kelly Roberts and I am a 25 year old New York City resident. My story made headlines when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the NYC Half Marathon. My blog, www.RunSelfieRepeat.com is bursting with humor and personal stories that lend an insight into the world of running and lead you to believe that just about anyone, regardless of their fitness level, can and should fall in love with running. Though currently an avid runner, I never would have predicted I would run marathons. I was the kid who used to hide in the bushes or play dead to get out of running the mile in school. I HATED running. But running has given me a purpose. It’s shown me that I really am limitless. In the two years since I started running, I’ve run multiple half marathons, 10ks, and 5ks, and two full marathons. My mission is to inspire others to find the courage to say yes to themselves all the while making them laugh hysterically because laughing is the solution to everything.