The Half Marathon Panic

So you've signed up for your first half marathon. Maybe you were peer pressured into it. Perhaps you signed up because your friends were doing it. Or maybe you set a goal to do something huge in the New Year. Whatever the reason, this is probably how you feel once the realization that you just paid money to run 13.1 miles sets in...

huge tiny mistake

Then...

shit

And you press the back button to see if you can un-do your registration...

what have I done

Nope, there's no going back now. You're going to run a half marathon! Here's the silver lining, the scariest part of this entire ordeal is over. (I said scariest, not easiest.) Committing to run an endurance race is half the battle. You are standing at the foot of a very scary mountain, we will call it half marathon mountain. 

scary mountain

No, no, no, no don't panic!

panic

Stay calm!

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Snap out of it!

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NO! Stop it! No one is going to die. Running a half marathon is only scary because it feels impossible. It's not impossible! Yes, it's going to be tough. Sure, it's probably going to hurt. Just think of yourself like Dorothy when she lands in Oz. Your training plan is your yellow brick road.

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OK! Bad analogy! Alright, here are some tips to ensure that you cross that half marathon finish line like a boss:

Step 1: Get Your Training Plan.

There are multiple different places to find a training plan. You can use a running app on your smartphone like RunKeeper or you can even find one here on Run, Selfie, Repeat CLICK HERE.

Step 2: Look The Part

From running clothes to running gear, there are some things you are going to need. CLICK HERE for a run down on what you'll need and how to acquire it without breaking the bank.

Step 3: Break Down Your Plan Weekly

Plan your schedule on a weekly basis. Assess what you have going on in your work and personal life. Physically pencil the time you will take to run or cross train into your schedule. Anticipate speed bumps and road blocks because life is going to happen. Things are going to pop up and get in the way. By being a step ahead you will be able to roll with the punches or skip a training day when something comes up. Try to stick to your schedule as much as possible but expect the unexpected.

Step 4: Find a Running Group or Training Buddy

Training for your first race by yourself? AMAZING! I trained for both my first half marathon and a marathon all by my lonesome. (Mostly because I was intimidated to run with anyone else.) Training with a group or with a friend is so much easier and more fun than going it alone. Check out the website meetup for running meetup's in your area. Enlist your co-workers! Stop by or call your local running stores like Road Runner Sports or Lulu Lemon. Most offer free weekly runs that you can join. Or run with a charity! All are great ways to meet new people and stay on track.

Step 5: Don't Get Discouraged

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Don't try to cut corners or cheat your training plan. Increase your mileage slowly and try to include some cross training. As the weeks progress and your long runs start getting longer, let your fears fuel your fire. You can do it, you just have to try. There are going to be terrible shitty runs. There will be discouraging days where you will walk away thinking you're never going to be able to run a half marathon. Keep going. It's just one foot in front of the other.

Until tomorrow, #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.