Running Is Cheaper Than Therapy

Running is cheaper than therapy. I LOVE this shirt because any runner will attest to the fact that running is an excellent form of therapy. If you're going through a divorce or a breakup, unemployed, unhappy at work, unfilled, lost, or feeling hopeless running is an unbelievably helpful resource to confidently put one foot in front of the other. For me, running did something for me that therapy couldn't.

I listen to the conversations being had about getting active and they rarely have to do with health. It's always something along the lines of, “I want to lose weight.” Why do you want to lose weight? Do you want to lose weight so you will be more desirable? So you will feel less self conscious and more confident? Because you don't look like a Victoria's Secret model?

Here’s what running did for me that therapy couldn’t, it taught me that I am so much more than my weight or my pant size. When I look in the mirror, I finally don't feel dread or worry because I see the body I work for. When I go to the doctor's office I no longer fear the scale. I feel like when I crossed the finish line of my very first half marathon a light clicked and that little voice that used to whisper awful things to me when I went jeans shopping or wore a bikini said, “OK fine. That was impressive. My bad.”   

A physically fit body isn’t this or that. You don’t need sculpted muscles to enjoy the benefits of a physically active life. You don’t have to run a marathon to get a runner’s body because running may not make you taller or leaner, but it definitely will make you stronger.

Please don’t work out to be desirable. Don't start going to the gym because you are getting married and want to be skinny in your wedding pictures. Get active because you want to be the best, strongest, healthiest, most confident, and energetic you possible. I promise you if you can’t look in the mirror right now and love what you see, you won't if you're 20 pounds lighter.

Until next time, #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.