Running Is Anything But Effortless

It frustrates me to no end when I see ads that portray running as this fun and effortless act. They showcase two types of runners, impressive athletes who are busting their asses and demonstrating their strength and resilience or it's a solo runner or a group of runners who make running look like a fun and effortless walk in the park.

I'd see someone in an ad, wearing their matching outfit, smiling and stretching, and I'd think, my socks don't even match and my yoga pants have holes in them...Then the runner would take off on cloud 9, casually bouncing down the street and I sure as hell don't look like that when I run. 

Running is ANYTHING but effortless. Sure there are the incredibly rare days when I take off, blink, and I'm done but a couple dozen not so fun runs were endured to get to that magical run. It took MONTHS before I didn't feel strange and uncomfortable running. I still laugh whenever I see myself run because I look like a newborn giraffe trying to figure out how to walk. But I don't care. I love to run and I really don't care if I look like a fool when I do it. 

Don't feel discouraged if a two minute running interval feels impossible or like you're moving through quicksand. You don't have to be a graceful runner. Those people exist but it's OK if you're not one of them. I'm not and look at how much fun I have! 

Running Is Fun

All you have to do is make it happen. Getting started isn't easy! Running is anything but effortless. But stick with the tough runs, they'll make you stronger. Until next time, #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.