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

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.