The 13 Worst Parts About Training For Your First Half Marathon

Running a half marathon is no easy feat! It requires discipline, courage and just the right amount of crazy! Are you getting ready to run 13.1? Here are the 13 worst parts about training for your first half marathon --

1. Not knowing what you're doing.

13 worst parts about training for your first half marathon

2. Feeling like you're dying after a few miles.

3. Being sore ALL THE TIME.

13 worst parts about training for your first half marathon

4. Fearing every single long run.

5. Wondering if it will ever get easier.

13 worst parts about training for your first half marathon

6. Spending all your money on cute running clothes.

13 worst parts about training for a half marathon

"If I have to run 10 miles this weekend, I want to look cute doing it."

7. Trying energy gels for the first time.

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8. Discovering what "runners trots" are.

13 Worst Parts About Training For Your First Half Marathon

Hell hath no fury like an uncooperative stomach.

9. Having a bad run and feeling utterly hopeless.

13 worst parts about training for a half marathon

"I'll never be ready. This is impossible."

10. Feeling hungry every second of every day.

13 worst parts about training for your first half marathon

THE RUNGER IS REAL!

11. Talking to other runners and not understanding a word that comes out of their mouths.

13 worst parts about training for a half marathon

Lactate threshold? Hill repeats? Yasso 800s? Bookend miles? What the hell are you even saying!

12. Wasting all of your spare time reading articles on running blogs and Runners World.

13 worst parts about training for your first half marathon

13. Experiencing the insanity of a taper.

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But it's all worth it because before you know it, you're crossing the finish line of your very first half marathon and you remember back to when you thought it was impossible. And you'll find yourself saying, "When can I do that again!" 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.