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. 


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.