Thank You

I'm not the best at responding to every single amazing comment or thought left on Run, Selfie, Repeat's Facebook posts, Instagram posts, blog posts, tweets, and daily vlogs. But I do see and read every single one of them and they always leave me feeling incredibly fortunate to have the Run, Selfie, Repeat community. 

There was a moment during the Rock N Roll Philly Half that really helped me push when I wanted to quit. We were passing mile 3 and I already felt like crap. But a woman running next to me got my attention. I took my ear bud out to say hi and she told me that she was pulling for me. That you were all pulling for me and that you all believed in me. I wish I could have stopped to give her a hug because I often forget that I'm not alone. I know it's true but it's really easy to get frustrated with the business side of things and forget the big picture. That was just the reminder I needed to embrace the pain.

I'm not sure you'll every be able to truly understand just how much you all mean to me. My birthday is always a bit of a tough day for me. It's hard not to feel sad that my brother isn't with me anymore and as I was starting to sink into the fog that grief brings, I read your supportive comments and birthday wishes. Your comments and emails helped me feel grateful instead of sorry for myself whenever I started feeling like I wanted to get back into bed.

Whenever I hear or read that you're getting ready to run your first 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon or when you're chasing an impossible goal, every single one of my own personal problems disappears. Because that's why I continue to keep Run, Selfie, Repeat alive. It's because of our community that I continue to struggle to make ends meet or work crazy hours. So I just wanted to take a second to say thank you because I need you all to know just how important you are to me.

Keep kicking ass. There's huge things coming...STAY TUNED!

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.