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

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, 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.