The Run It, Feel It, Spell It Challenge!

Get ready to lace up your running shoes because today is Day 1 of Newton Running's Run It, Feel It, Spell It Challenge!

There's a very groovy movement running through our community right now. Runner's are thinking outside of the box and are using their GPS watches and running apps to spell out words, phrases, and symbols during their run's! Perhaps you've seen this spelling WIN executed by Ben Chudley who proposed to his now fiance using the Nike+ Running App.

Well Newton Running and their friends at Timex are calling on runners across the country to express how running makes them feel and share their run's on Instagram and Twitter. Why? Because you can win some RIDICULOUSLY GROOVY PRIZES! YES! That's prizes PLURAL!

The Run, It, Feel It, Spell It Challenge is also a contest that starts today and ends on May 1, 2015. The prizes include:

  • A daily give-away of Newton and Timex swag

  • A weekly prize of a pair of Newtons and a Timex GPS watch

  • A grand prize of Newtons for life and a new Timex IRONMAN One GPS+

Additionally, as a proud Newton Ambassador I get to give away one FREE pair of Newton Running Shoes and a Timex Ironman GPS watch!

So let's get spelling! Here's how you can join the Run It, Feel It, Spell It Challenge:

Step 1: Brainstorm

Grab a map and ask yourself, "How does running make me feel?" Powerful? Strong? Confident? Empowered? Happy? :)? Brave? Sore? (Someone please spell out sore.) Feel free to spell out phrases! The first word that popped into my head was LIMITLESS so I decided to run with it...

Step 2: Map It Out

Grab a map or if you don't have one (like me) grab your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer! There are a few ways you can spell out your word, phrase or symbol. You can break your spelling attempts up by doing one letter or word per run or you can try to spell the entire thing in one try. Then grab a piece of paper and map out your directions onto a cheat sheet. (This was a crucial step for me. Between counting streets and backtracking, I forgot my next step after the first letter. Luckily I had my cheat sheet in my pocket.)

Step 3: Lace Up Your Newton's, Grab Your Timex GPS Watch, and Hit the Pavement

Next, start running! Some apps or watches work best by pausing between letters, others work best when you spell your word in cursive. It may take some trial and error so start with 2 letters and check your progress. The end result is worth it so stick with it!

Here's my first attempt, #RunningMakesMeFeel LIMITLESS!

Step 4: Share Your Run

Once you've finished your run, join the conversation!

  • First make sure you are following @NewtonRunning on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Next, add your caption explaining why you chose the word, phrase, or symbol you chose.
    • I chose limitless because running reminds me to challenge myself, dare to fail, and push my limits every single day.
  • Use both hashtags #RunningMakesMeFeel and #Promo and press send!
    • For a chance to win my giveaway, add the hashtag #RunSelfieRepeat to your Instagram photos! (Remember, you can always go back and edit your captions if you forget a hashtag.) The winner will be chosen and notified via Direct Message on Instagram on May 2, 2015.

Confused? Watch this video demonstrating how you can join the Run It, Spell It, Feel It Challenge!

For a complete list of the contest rules, CLICK HERE.

So what are you waiting for! Get spelling! I can't wait to see what you come up with! Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.


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.