The Runfie

Runfie: A photograph that you take of yourself before, during, or after a run to share your runner's high, your latest running fashion statement, or to show off some form of badassery.

I want to share with the very first runfie I ever took. I took this December 1, 2012. (Note the cotton shirt and the angry face? That's the face of a woman who is frustrated with her inability to run a single mile.)

I often hear from strangers who hate, with every fiber of their being, the fact that running selfies exist. So to those beautiful and lovely humans, I say:

In case you haven't guessed, I enjoy a runfie and here is why. That picture of me was taken 9 days after my very first run. I walked with short walking breaks 5.31 miles in 1 hour and 36 seconds. Those first few weeks of running were really, really, painful and hard. I can't believe I stuck with it they were that hard for me. But at that time in my life I felt like I had nothing going for me. I wanted something to be proud of so I started running. I would take these runfies and post them to Instagram as a way for me to say look what I am doing.

I know, it's vain, but it held me accountable and it became an outlet. My friends couldn't believe I was running. Running a marathon was something I thought was impossible. Running gave me something to be incredibly proud of in my post graduation rut.

I have been using RunKeeper, a running app you can use on your smartphone, since the very beginning. One of the best part about these runfies is that I have the ability to take a runfie and see the stats of it's corresponding workout. I love looking back at those first few months and seeing 10, 11, and 12 (OK fine sometimes 13 and 14) minute miles. Take that very first runfie as an example. These are the stats from my 5 miler.

1 whole hour and 36 seconds averaging 11 minute 25 second miles! This is my last 5 mile run. What a difference 21 months can make!

I was running with my friend Lisa on Sunday and she kept apologizing for slowing me down. I kept telling her, "GIRL! This isn't slow! This is my pace too!" A 12 minute mile and a 5 minute mile are both a mile! You have to walk before you can run! I mean if you are one of those people who can just get up and run 5 miles at a 6 minute pace your first run out the gate, I salute you. That's awesome. I didn't have that experience. It took me about a month to be able to run 3 miles without stopping. I have been running for 21 months now and I too still run a 10 minute mile. I hate hearing people tell me how slow they are. I also hate when I tell people how slow I am. There are no slow runners, just runners. And the fact that you get out there and run deserves a standing ovation.

So that is why I love the runfie. I love it because it was one of the reasons I stuck with running and now I have hundreds of runfies that I can look back at. I can see runfies from my first races, my first runs in snow, my runs in different places or on vacations. I have 2 years worth of selfies that illustrate my progression. And for the same reasons, I love the #RunSelfieRepeat hashtag and movement! It amazes me that I get to look at all of your runfies and all the different places, countries, and states you run. I see people all over the USA and in different countries using #RunSelfieRepeat. So thank you for sharing them with me. Without further ado here is the latest seflie roundup!

Keep those runfies coming! Remember to use the hashtag #RunSelfieRepeat to capture and share those wonderful runfies! Until tomorrow friends, #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.